As a mom of two, I love me some baby gear. I probably buy more of it than I should. I love the idea of a product that can save me time, money, or sanity (all three is a HUGE win).
I have to admit though, there are a few products I’ve purchased that I regret. Not because they don’t work, but because they just were not worth the money. Baby’s are expensive as it is, there’s no need to waste money on a product that just are not necessary. Here’s my list:
Baby Wipe Warmer
Sorry kiddo, life can be cruel and I can’t bring the wipe warmer everywhere with us, so you might as well get used to those room temperature wipes on your bottom. You’ll survive worse down the road in life.
I know ALOT of moms will disagree with me on this, but hear me out. First six months of my first daughters life, we used the heck out of our diaper pail. After that, I was loosing my marble over how in the WORLD to get the smell out of it. We took the bags our daily, like clockwork. But without fail, we could NOT get that terrible smell out of the pail. It’s like it was absorbed into the plastic. So we ditched it. And replaced it with a $7 metal trashcan right outside our back door. After a diaper change, we toss it outside in the trash, and each night, we bag ’em up and toss them in our large trashcan.
An Entire Changing Table
An entire piece of furniture dedicated to changing diapers isn’t going to come cheap, and it won’t be used for long! Plus, it can take up alot of space! Instead, look for a small topper for baby’s dresser to hold the changing pad. Heck, out youngest daughter doesn’t even have the topper. She just has a skid proof changing pad laid on top of her dresser. It worked great!
Changing Pad Cover
I feel like in the past two years, my daughters changing pad cover is actually on the changing pad 20% of the time. Why? Because it always get’s dirty! Like the day I wash it and put it back on, it get’s poop on it again. Honestly, it’s easier to just do away with it and keep a tub of Clorox wipes near by to clean the plastic changing pad cover when needed.
While I know they are cute as can be, they are not needed. They rarely stay on their feet and end up lost most of the time. Buy a 10 pack of some cute socks and you are all set!
12 Piece, Frilly, Fluffy, baby bedding
From birth to 12 months of age, there should be nothing in baby’s bed except for baby. If you are worried baby is cold, they you can put them in a wearable blanket. If you are worried about their arms and legs going through slits in the crib, you can look into a mesh, breathable bumper. These might not be the cutest or align with their room theme, but they are safer.