7 Baby Products to Skip
Sunday, December 15th, 2013
With all the baby products out there, starting a registry can feel like an overwhelming task! What do you register for? Well, I can tell you one thing: you don’t need to register for a copy of What to Expect When You’re Expecting. I see them on Craigslist, at yard sales, and in the free bin at the library enough to know you should NOT be paying full price for one! But there are also those products at the store that look like they will be awesome to have, but that just don’t end up that way. I asked several moms what product they could have done without, and while the results varied, there were a couple that stood out. Here are a few things some everyday moms say they’d skip the second time around.
1. Diaper System
While the idea seems appealing (no more stinky diaper smell is always a plus!), the application just isn’t worth it. One mom said, “With the amount of times my baby was pooping, that thing was filling up fast! I was changing the bag all the time, anyway, and they are not cheap. While the room was never really stinky, it never smelled fresh either. Also, the idea that I was choosing to keep a growing pile of feces in the room with my infant made me uncomfortable. In the end, it wasn’t that much more of a hassle to just take it outside to the trash in a plastic bag.”
2. Wipe Warmers
Unless you live in Antarctica or plan on keeping your wipes outside in a snow bank, room-temperature wipes will be just fine for your little one's bum. If you’re really concerned, you can warm them up between your hands for a second—but be careful, especially if you’re changing a little boy. That time could be just long enough to remind him he needs to pee again!
3. Changing Table
I think I used my actual changing table to change a diaper maybe a handful of times. It was upstairs, I was downstairs—it just wasn’t convenient. Not to mention that once my kids were big enough to move, I was so busy holding them down so they didn’t wiggle off. The floor just became a more realistic option for the change.
4. Shoes for Non-Walkers
Don’t misunderstand, I have seen some “so adorable you just have to have them” baby shoes, too. But do little humans who can’t walk really need shoes? Probably not. Is that $20 probably better spent on diapers? Probably so. I hate the fact that I had some adorable pairs of baby shoes that I was gifted for my kids that they just never wore.
5. Infant Bathtub
Did you know that your home has a built in infant bathtub!? It’s called the kitchen sink! Infant bathtubs take up a lot of space and can get really heavy when they’re full. We ended up using it inside the big tub so it was easier to drain, but it can be back-breaking to lean over the side of the big tub holding a baby in a little tub. Long, whiney story short—I loved bathing my babies in the kitchen sink. Easy peasy.
6. Walking Wings
This is meant to assist your baby and help them walk. There are two reasons I would skip this: 1. I never wanted my babies to walk sooner—it opens a whole new can of worms, and 2. IT'S BACK-BREAKING! It gets really old, really quickly. I quickly felt like Quasimodo. (And if you really want to help them walk, a towel wrapped in front of their chest and under each arm is a much cheaper alternative!)
7. Video Baby Monitors
These infrared monitors with night vision not only let you spy on your baby while they’re sleeping, but there’s also a setting to “scan” the baby’s room. For what? I’m not exactly sure, but be sure if the monitor’s alert feature tells you that someone or something is in the room with your baby and you go running in to find that your baby was safe and sleeping soundly, but is now awake and cranky because you woke them up all in the name of a room scan of some moving dust, you might just be cursing the monitor. I say save yourself a lot of money and a lot of trouble, and use your God-given baby monitors—your ears! After three children, I’ve learned if something is really wrong, you will hear their crying!
What would you have skipped purchasing for your little one? Did you love one of the products that these other mothers would skip? Why? Tell me in the comments!