Useless Baby Gear

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BBK - May 16

Veteran parents, please help. I'm trying to decide what's needed and what's not when we greet our daughter in 9 short weeks. So far I've heard multiple people say that diaper/nappie disposal units and baby-wipe-warmers are useless. Anything else you can add on this list? First time parents tend to overdo it, so any help would be appreciated.

 

lilmama - May 16

burp cloths! they are too small to hold anything- i used a receiving blanket.

 

Leahp - May 16

Yea, I was wondering about the diaper genie!!! I heard from a lot fo friends it doesn't work! The smell still leaks out!

 

Jen - May 16

Dpr genie is a waste of money. Better off throwing them in the outside garbage.

 

Jen - May 16

Baby swings are great! I used burp cloths. my baby spit up all the time so it was better for me to have a bunch of those.

 

BBK - May 16

Thanks for the feedback. I'm also debating these maybe semi-useless items: Walker, Playpen, formula (if b___stfeeding), bottle warmer....

 

April - May 16

I would think wipe warmers would be useful... would you want a colda__s cloth touching your b___t several times a day? haha... That CAN'T be comfortable...

 

tiffani~edd 11/07/05 - May 16

Baby wipe warmers, Diaper Genie, Pack N Plays (playpens) - Not recommended. Baby swing, 3in1 travel systems, burp cloths, Exersaucer, "Johnny Jump Up" all highly recommended. Baby walkers are thought to delay walking, and are dangerous in homes with stairs. They also don't work on carpet. Spending tons of $$$ on toys that make noise and light up, again, not recommended. My kids (ages 3 & 1 1/2) got the most use out of blocks, stacking cups, and rattle type toys. (especially anything soft they could chew on) Toys that require imagination are the best, I only wish someone had told me that before we spent hundreds on all these noisey/lightup toys. Another thing, I never ever used my changing table. I always found it easier to change the baby on a bed, couch or the floor. To me, it's easier changing a diaper when the baby is facing me, as opposed to laying sideways on the changing table. These are all personal preferences though, and i'm sure there are just as many moms who swear by the things I feel are a waste of money. :o)

 

Heidi - May 16

I'm glad someone else asked this too! I'm trying to avoid buying useless things as this will be our one and only child. I even bought enough infant outfits at garage sales to last up to it's first year and then I plan to go again every spring. My mom said forget about the changing table too. I'd prefer to use the bed or floor instead as it's more convenient. I heard the same about walkers and our house will be mostly carpet. I'll remember that about the diaper genie. I saw millions of them at the garage sales this spring but didn't buy any of them. Ha ha! Must be a reason they were selling them! I won't even ask for one at my baby shower. My family swears by the johnny jump ups and swings though! Can't live without them they said. They also said tons of receiving blankets for burp rags. I bought my ba__sinet at a baby exchange for $40 and it was hardly used. It's a baby snoopy one. It's so cute. I also got tons of outfits there and ba__sinet sheets and so on. Same with the garage sales. People practically give the stuff away and some of it wasn't even worn. I'm due in October so I got quite a few halloween onsies and costumes for infants that weren't even worn. One question, why not the playpen? Everyone told me they're a must, especially the portable ones.

 

tiffani~edd 11/07/05 - May 16

Heidi~ The playpen thing I guess really depends on your lifestyle. I'm a stay at home mom, and personally had little use for it, but I will say, I used it more than the other "useless" things I listed. The Pack n Play I have is a good one, but beyond the first 3 months, I got no use out of it. Ours has a ba__sinet and changing table, which is what I used, but the actual playpen was a no-go, atleast with my kids. The playpen surved no purpose, as I could just as esily put the baby on a blanket on the floor with some toys. As for the ba__sinet & changing table (which lays towards you, unlike normal changing tables you would put in the nursery) they were helpful, but not necessary. Like I said, it's just as easy to change the baby on the floor or couch, and I could very easily roll out the full size ba__sinet out of our room and into the living room if I didn't have the Pack N Play. Hope this helps. Too bad you don't live near me, I'd give you mine. :o)

 

Tigerphoenix - May 16

My mom suggested to use cloth diapers instead of burp cloths. She says they are bigger and soak up alot more. Cheaper too.

 

BBK - May 16

April, I heard the baby wipe warmers, dry the baby wipes out.... don't know first hand though

 

Julie - May 16

I agree the diaper genie is useless the think stinks! every time you put a new diaper in it air leaks out and stinks up the place. We always put dirty diapers in plastic bag and threw them outside. No wipe warmer needed either. It was nice having a bottle warmer though!

 

Heidi - May 16

Tiffani - I live in Minnesota :) Well we have a large dog so I thought the playpen would be useful in our tv room when it's time to play with the dog and get a little rough so the little one is out of the way. Or when he/she starts crawling and if there's a problem with he/she constantly pestering the dog or pulling on fur, kind of a good place for the baby so the dog doesn't get booted out of the room all the time. Gotta keep it fair! Ha ha! Plus when we're outside it would be nice to have one for the same reason or when we go visiting, which I'll do a lot. I'd like something portable. I know which one you're talking about too. I saw them at Walmart. Tigerphoenix - mom my said the cloth diapers were the best for burp rags!

 

BBK - May 16

Heidi I heard the swing is good too. All: question about the onsies: I heard that you can't put onsies on with the ambilical cord still attached and you're better off with a two piece outfit when you take the baby home.... true?

 

Heidi - May 16

I read that too but then other moms came on and said it wasn't true and that two pieces irritate it even more. Every newborn I ever saw had onsies on. I never even thought about it till I read it on a different post! I found a lot of both but mostly onsies I bought.

 

April - May 16

oohhhh... that may be true... (about the wipe warmers) I haven't really heard anything about them... I think the pack and plays are nice because when my mom babysits my neice, my neice sleeps and naps in the playpen (at least I think that's what it is) they don't use it for her to play in though... just to sleep... and my cousin used to use the playpen as sort of a punishment for misbehaving.. because the kids couldn't climb out of it... so when they were bad she'd put them in there for 10 minutes or so until they calmed down and appologized.

 

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