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Mondays…Useless Baby Products

imageCome on, we have all done it. Seen something in the store or online and thought “Wow! What a great idea”. If we were lucky we had second thoughts, but that usually happens on your second child. Expecting your first you believe you will need all the companies tell you you just can’t live without.

A few things I bought and then never used, regretted later, or things I think are just dumb are:

  • Infant sleep positioner.  I didn’t realize that babies don’t sleep! Mine slept on me on the sofa for the first four or five months until I gave in and tried cosleeping (best decision ever).
  • Baby hats and booties.  This one is my fault, I should have learned after we never used any with Sawyer. But expect the twins to be born small and in the midst of Canadian winter, I somehow collected tons of them. Never used a one!
  • My Quinny Stroller.  I researched strollers up the wazoo but somehow got this one wrong. I also figured at the price ($800 for the set with bassinet) it would be top of the line. Hated it! Luckily, I got it for half price but I ended up dumped even more money into it on accessories (like a cup holder and basket) and on the only compatible car seat (which costs $200!)
  • Bucket Car seats. Okay, I admit you do need these, and they are very handy to put on the stroller or use as seats. But after spending $200 on mine I was depressed when at 4.5 months my son had outgrown it! What a waste.
  • Car seat seatbelt magnets. Okay, I didn’t buy this one, I saw it at the Baby Show. You can use the magnets to hold back the car seat belts while placing the children in and out to prevent them from getting tangled. If you are laughing, so was I (and the seller was not to happy with me). How do you tangle carseat belts? I mean really? If you can’t handle that maybe you shouldn’t be reproducing. LOL
  • Baby Monitors. Okay, if you are rich and famous and have a big house and or yard go for it. In my house the babies are always with me anyways, and if they are in another room and crying, trust me, you’ll hear it!
  • XL Superyard. This one I agree is useful. However, I bought one new and only used it for a week. It took up so much space and just got in the way and Sawyer hated being in it. I am hoping it will come in handy for the girls.
  • Nursing Cover Up. Yeah, after having to nurse in front of everyone at the hospital my stage fright was gone. It was a pain and silly. I think I used it twice, not for my own modesty but not to offend the company I was with.
  • Pee Pee Teepees. Seemed like a good idea. Everyone told me they’d help prevent my son from peeing on me. Yeah, he never peed on me, I never used them and I now have twin girls who think it’s hilarious to pee all over the change table 🙂

So let’s hear it! What have you got suckered into, or seen for sale that just made you laugh. I know we’ve all done it at some point.


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I am a university educated full-time working mother of four children. Proudly Canadian, I freeze my butt off along with my loving partner, two dogs and a cat. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I love writing them, but if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.


5 thoughts on “Mondays…Useless Baby Products

  1. Receiving blankets! They’re really too small to use except at the VERY beginning, as a swaddle. 🙄

    Posted by Valerie | May 13, 2013, 6:11 pm
    • I agree. I have found they are good for covering the change table (for easy clean up) or as Sun protection in the stroller (they are lightweight across their laps). Never used them for what they were intended.

      Posted by secaulfield | May 13, 2013, 6:43 pm
  2. I absolutely love everything The Honest Company has delivered to me, I highly recommend this company!

    Posted by honest diaper reviews | May 22, 2013, 6:40 am
  3. So many things we bought were a waste of our money (at least this time around).
    1. Baby Swaddlers (we had a baby who hated to be swaddled).
    2. Bottle Warmer
    3. Bottle Sterilizer (dishwasher would have done a well enough job)
    4. Bottles (our baby never took a bottle)
    5. Breast Pump (used only a handful of times, and for the $250, I could of probably hand expressed or bought a cheaper pump. I was hardly ever away from my son anyway.
    6. Pacifiers (bought every kind you can imagine and our baby never used them
    7. Sippy Cups (Our baby went from breastfeeding to drinking from a cup at 11 months old due to his preference)
    8. Playpen (those things are horrible, hard and almost inhumane to ask your baby to sleep in) Plus our little guy was tall for his age and would jump over the sides anyway.
    9. Bassinet (used a few nights and baby didn’t sleep well at all)
    10. Breast feeding pillow (baby was too long and 10 lbs so a body pillow worked better for us)
    11. Wiper Warmer to prevent the cold wipes from making the boys pee on you during changes (because it always broke, and my son hardly ever peed on me, seeing how I always changed his diaper right after he went) so I suppose there wasn’t much left in there and this was a stupid purchase.
    12. Wash cloths to use instead of disposable wipes. (I learned quickly that my son would get a rash with the finest of washcloths, and the pampers sensitive wipes were softer on his skin and easier on my wallet (with the laundry it was causing).
    13. Bibs (I could never get the stain out, so why use them? Started taking his shirt off when he would eat at home) Now we put him in a shirt we don’t like as much.

    Just some of the many things we purchased that we didn’t need. There are so many more, like baby seat which was a gift anyway (fisherprice type, similar to the bumbo), etc, etc, etc.

    You do think you need everything as a first time mom, but reality is that every baby is different and what you need for them, and finding your way that works for you and your family is what is important.

    Posted by Sarah | June 5, 2013, 1:26 pm
    • Thanks for the great points. We don’t use a dishwasher so we did use our bottle sterilizer and I only bought a single breast pump I used daily, but my double for the twins was a waste because I use it like a single LOL (lucky I am a savvy shopper and got it for %60 off on Amazon).

      I think the moral for a lot of it is to wait and see what you need after baby comes. We had the same thing, a million pacifiers when Sawyer never used them. Sawyer was a thousand degrees so we never swaddled him either. The one good thing is some of the toys he didn’t like to use the girls love to play with.

      Posted by Shannon | June 5, 2013, 3:02 pm

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