The number of items available for babies is insane. So naturally, there must be items that are complete wastes of your cash. According to an internet poll of parents, these are the top ten baby items that are a total waste of money.
1. Designer Baby Shoes
Designer baby shoes are such a waste of money. Baby’s feet are consistently growing, and the shoes quickly become unwearable because they’re too small.
Most designer baby shoes are also too heavy for babies as they fine-tune their motor skills to walk. The sock shoes with grips on the bottom are the only shoes that help the babies without hindering them. Warm baby shoes are suitable for outside and in the car.
2. Onesies That Button All the Way Up
Button-up onesies will get on your nerves after the first use. Most babies don’t like staying long enough for you to button them, so they remain not fully buttoned half the time.
The ones that only button on the bottom are much easier to use. The number of times you change diapers makes button-up onesies impractical.
3. Wipe Warmers
Wipe warmers are not a worthy investment. Holding the wipes in your hands is much easier than waiting for them to heat up. Not to mention, you have to be careful with the temperature of the warmer since baby skin is very sensitive. Bacteria also quickly grow in wipe warmers, and that can cause infections.
4. Books That Teach You to “Train” Your Baby
Books that teach you to “train” your baby are ridiculous. Anything that gives tips on “training” a human is a generalization of all people and a few critical studies that they warp to support their point.
Each baby is different. It’s up to you, as the parent, to change how you act to suit your baby’s needs, not the other way around.
5. Expensive Baby Clothes
It has always dumbfounded me why people spend so much on expensive baby clothes. First, the baby typically grows out of the clothes in weeks if you buy them a few sizes larger than needed.
Also, every baby spits up and poops, so they will likely ruin hundreds of dollars worth of clothing in one night.
6. Infant Bucket Car Seats
Infant bucket car seats have become obsolete. There are so many safer, convertible options that could last you years, never mind the months the bucket seat would work before your baby grows out of it. Since the convertible car seats came out, I would never switch back.
7. Fancy Blankets
Fancy blankets are unnecessary because of how often they get ruined. One mom shared that receiving blankets were thrown around in her house like nothing. She used them for everything comfort related to cleaning up spit up. (Cloth diapers are great for everything too).
“They were my holy grail. I had six friends get me large boxes of receiving blankets, and I kept every single one rotating. It made all the messy fazes so much easier, even through the toddler years.”
8. Any Seat For the House With No Motion
Regular baby seats without motion or vibration are not helpful for fussy babies. One mom called the vibrating bouncy seat her mother-in-law bought her, especially in the early months, her “best friend.”
She explained her baby was very clingy when she got home from the hospital, so putting him down was a hassle. However, as soon as she set that seat up, she got my first three hours of unbroken sleep, and her husband said he didn’t cry or wake up once.
9. Most Store-Bought Bassinets
One mom shared that her friend bought her a bassinet that practically fell apart before the baby came. She explained being so nervous about where her baby would sleep.
However, her father-in-law was so excited for his granddaughter that he and her husband built a crib with a changing table topper, a standard gate on the side, and a co-sleeping option.
She could lower the gate to a little taller than the height of her bed. “They had been working on it for months without my knowledge. No store could make something so beautiful.”
10. Standard Baby Bathtubs
Finally, one mom suggested that standard baby bathtubs are useless. “I used mine twice, but each time struggled to get my daughter to stay still enough or not cry the entire time.
Eventually, I started using the sink, and my husband held her while I washed her Or vice versa. Ultimately, we made a tub-like piece to fit in our sink, making bath time easy for the next eighteen to twenty-four months.”