(CBS Radio) — Have you ever looked at a friend’s baby registry, only to become completely overwhelmed and wonder how on earth one tiny person could need so much stuff? If so, you’re not alone.
For first time parents, many believe that they need every baby product known to man for their little bundle of joy — no matter the cost. Let’s be clear, back in the day babies were not pampered like they are now — and somehow, our generation turned out okay.
The next time you feel overwhelmed while trying to find the “perfect baby gift,” remember our list of unnecessary baby items.
10. Wipe Warmer. This product is completely unnecessary. Furthermore, if a mom or dad warms baby wipes during every diaper change, their baby will become accustomed to this. Then, when they have no other option but to change their diaper in a public setting, the baby wipe warmer will most likely not be an option — and their baby will become visibly and vocally upset.
9. Diaper Genie. Sure, having a place to store those dirty diapers sounds like a good idea, but is it really? Diaper Genie’s promise to contain the odor of smelly diapers, but … what happens when the Diaper Genie needs to be emptied? Let’s just say the stench is enough to make anyone vomit — and the smell lingers. A better way for parents to dispose of diapers is with scented diaper bags that can be thrown away in their regular trash container.
8. Stuffed Animals. Let’s get one thing clear … during the first few months, all babies do is eat, sleep, and poop. Newborns do not appreciate or play with stuffed animals — not to mention that stuffed animals in a baby’s crib has been linked to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS.)
7. Baby Laundry Detergent. Laundry detergent specifically designed for a “baby’s sensitive skin” can be costly. The reality is, most babies do not need their clothes washed in baby detergent. For the most part, many babies can have their clothes washed in Tide or another higher quality detergent. Additionally, hypoallergenic laundry detergent is another, cheaper alternative.
6. Traditional Bassinet. Bassinet’s can be costly and quite frankly, they are not worth the money considering most babies can only fit in a bassinet for two months.
5. Baby Shoes. Baby shoes are a waste of money. When a newborn baby is born, they cannot walk and won’t have any need for shoes for at least the first 9 months of their life.
4. Changing Table. Most changing tables are expensive, and most parents end up not getting a whole lot of use out of a changing table. This is because the changing table is stationary and is often in the nursery. Most parents don’t want to go to the nursery every time they have to change a diaper. A better item to purchase is a portable changing pad then can be placed on the floor. This is also the safest option, as the baby cannot roll off of the floor, but they can roll off of a changing table once they are able to roll over.
3. Designer Clothing. I’m not sure why parents opt to add expensive clothing to their baby registry … especially because at best, their child will only be able to wear the item for a few months.
2. Receiving Blankets. Having loose blankets near a baby increases their risk of SIDS. The problem with receiving blankets sold in most stores is that they are too small to use as swaddle blankets. In truth, they are pretty useless … unless of course parents want to use receiving blankets as a big spit up cloth.
1. Bedding Sets. Sure, a sheet set with a matching comforter and bumpers may look cute in the baby nursery, but bedding sets are also linked to SIDS. Pediatricians recommend that bumpers and heavy bedding be kept out of cribs.
- QC Writer, CBS Radio