Things You'd Never Buy for Baby Again

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Things You'd Never Buy for Baby Again

The getting ready for baby thread had me thinking about products that were just useless or just didn't live up to the hype. Of course everyone's preferences are different, but there's plenty of baby stuff out there that is just silly.

BTDT moms, what did you buy/receive that you didn't end up using or found wasn't up to the hype?

FTMs - Have you received anything that you just don't see yourself using for whatever reason?

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I found the following a waste of money:
Diaper Genie
Special ear cleaners
Changing table
In bed cosleeper (way to bulky for anyone to get cozy)
Baby wash cloths (I cut up blankets)
Baby tub especially the ones with "showers"
Bottle props
Steamers for pacis and bottles...a pan of boiled water works JUST as well lol
Baby shoes
Crib sets...idk why but I just dont see the point until they are older

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ITA with your list Ashley!

Another thing I would never get is something like a bundle me or any sort of car seat cover that you have to thread through the straps -- it's totally unsafe and interfers with the car seat safety. They have ones that just slip over the seat so baby is covered but it's not altering the straps safety. Same situation with snow suits. Unless you're going to put it on them after they're out of the car seat.

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Things that I found were a waste of money:
Wipe warmer- totally dried out my wipes
A hundred million blankets people gave me.. I think I used the same 2 or 3.
Any kind of bottle/plate/spoon etc. from dollar store because they can't go in the microwave or the dishwasher.
Crib bedding- It's really only for looks cause I don't think I ever used my crib comforter set at all. I will use the same one I had for DD for the new baby, just because it looks pretty in the room.
Sleep positioners- have them but never used them... a rolled up receiving blanket does the same thing

Things that I LOVED and couldn't live without:
Breastfeeding pillow- used for much for then just breastfeeding!
On the go bottle warmer- the kind that has the chemical in it that you snap and gives you instant heat.
Hooded towels- we still use them for DD
Electric breast pump
Video baby monitors- I didn't have these for DD and I wish I did! I just bought them about a month ago and I have one camera set up in DD room and the other in the baby's room. This way I can check on the kids when they are crying and see if I REALLY need to go in the room, or if they will settle on their own. With DD I found that I would rush in her room when she was crying, but half the time she was just crying out in her sleep, and by me going in, it would wake her up.

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I agree with the diaper genie. It was a PITA to change....much more convenient to throw in the garbage. I also did not use a changing table. I just kept a few small baskets in various rooms with diapers, wipes, and cream for changing time (mostly in my room, the living room, and the nursery).

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Oh the blankets! I love a good baby blanket but I have a tub of barely used blankets DD got that are just sitting in her closet.

I should have thought to make it a love/hate thread. Smile

I too use rolled receiving blankets instead of a positioner. Works great.

Video monitors are so worth the money (if you have it to spare) IMO. We are excited that we can upgrade ours for around the same price that we paid for DD's two + years ago and get two cameras so we can have one in our room and one in DD's for when the kids are napping. Makes checking on them so easy when you're out of the room.

We love good hooded towels too, but I definatly think it's one of those you get what you pay for items in that so many of them are paper thin.

We love a good car seat cover for winter. It's just a matter of getting one to fit your car seat.

Boppy/BFing pillow and a Medela Breast Pump are godsends in my book. Same with the nipple shield but most people don't need those. As hard as it was to wean DD off of it, it saved our BFing.

The fleecy/blanket sleeper gowns and outfits with the mitten covers are big in my book too!

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I'm surprised no one else loves their diaper genie!! We love ours. We keep it in the bathroom and it works really well at keeping things from smelling. LOL We're even going to get another one for upstairs since we'll be changing lots of newborn diapers in the middle of the night.

The waste of money items for me-
Recieving blankets. I used swaddlers and warm clothes.
Changing table. The couch or bed works just fine with a blanket.
Wipe warmer. Regular wipes work fine. Blum 3

AWESOME buys for us-
The diaper genie. Wink
Bottle cooler for on the go.
Boppy.
Carseat warmer cover thing, kept Sophia nice and snug!

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I've never had a diaper genie, but I've used one before and didn't like it either. The baby bath tub was a waste IMO. We always just use the bathroom sink and counter, then the bathtub with a small amount of water--works just as well and doesn't take up any extra space. Changing table...we just sit on the floor, bed, or couch, depending on what room we are in.

Must haves:
boppy--I used one for 4 out of 5 of my kids and loved it
car seat cover to keep the wind out of baby's face--since most of mine were born in the cold months
hooded towels
stroller--for me a double
baby monitor--we just have a basic monitor and it works great for us, but a video one would be nice so you don't have to enter the room unnecessarily
receiving blankets, but not 50! I probably have that many now...

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I personally want to thank you ladies for this list !!! Im a FTM and there are things in here that im like wow really ??? Lol i knew about the diaper genie im not a fan if it bc it looks tooo complicated!! Lol but like the wipe warmer i didnt know they dried out the wipes i thought they knocked the chill off !! Ughh !! Well soo far one of my fav items is the vics humidifier esp because he will be in our room and i often get stuffy at night as well so we both will be using it ! Lol !! I also wanted the bundle me as well but if it interferes with the safety of LO then im not for it !

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Lurking* Thanks for the list. Im a FTM too, so this is helpful. We have a diaper genie already that we use for bathroom trash, bc its the only trash can my dog can't figure out. Lol.

Im surprised so many of you like your boppys. 3 of my friends with kids all said they preffered regular pillows or the breast friend pillow.

So most of you seem to prefer the video monitor to a regular one. This is my toughest decision...a lot of peope say the angel care monitor is great if your a worry wort like me, but the video monitor sounds great for the toddler age.

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"MrsV2B" wrote:

I also wanted the bundle me as well but if it interferes with the safety of LO then im not for it !

This is just speaking for the JJ Cole brand but would be the same with similar products. This one that is just a cover is safe. This Bundle Me is where things get unsafe.

That's the hard thing with aftermarket products, they aren't safety tested.

Glad our FTMs out there are enjoying the list :).

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I thought the boppy was useless... so there is one vote against the boppy. We did not warm our bottles; baby got them cold or room temperature. We did not warm the wipes.

My bob stroller got the most use.

I liked the foam thingie for the bathtub... I bathed my son in the bathtub and shower and we used ours a ton. But never once used the baby bathtub. Not once.

I think I am close to ready to splurge on the video monitor... one that can handle two cams, but I haven't bit the bullet on it yet. What I would really love is one that I can hook up to my iphone or ipad. They exist. That way I can peek in on babies at home while I am working.

We never needed a car seat cover living in Texas... but will need to look into that now that we are living in the cold.

Tiffany

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I love my boppy pillow, but I've actually heard my brest friend is better. Don't think I'll find out since I'm trying not to buy too much new stuff this time around.

I have a diaper champ, and it is great. I love it. You can use regular kitchen garbage bags, it is easy to change and keeps the diaper smell out of the room. I still have it in my son's closet since he isn't night trained yet.

Buying my own breast pump was also totally worth it. I work part time and was still able to nurse, and it is great for when you just want to give baby a bottle, or someone else does if you need to go out or whatever. I ended up supplementing formula after about 7 months also, but kept nursing up to a year and got so much use of the pump. I know I will this time too.

Good to hear about the foam thingie for bathing. I hated the baby bathtub we had and never used it. I think it leaked too and we threw it out. Foam pad it is. We bathed the little ones in the kitchen sink a lot anyway. Smile

We have to get a new infant seat since ours has expired. Any opinions out there on the weight limit? When we bought our old one, there was only the option for up to 22#, but now I see they go up to 35#!. I can't see myself lugging around a 35# baby in the infant seat anyway, but was thinking of getting the one that goes up to 30#.

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*lurk*
As an alternative to the Angelcare monitor we had the Snuza monitor. It clips on the diaper so you can take it with you, which was important to us as we were traveling quite a bit with baby. It is also cheaper than the Angelcare (around $80 I think). We used it up until about 8 or 9 months when baby started sleeping on his stomach (it's no good for that). I absolutely loved it!

We did use the baby bathtub a ton by the way. We had one that sat over the sink so we didn't have to lean over the bathtub which is hard on your back. We used it until he could sit up on his own in the tub.

Another thing we used a lot is sleep sacks (with swaddle attachment when he was small). He's still in a sleep sack at one year old and will be for a long time.

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My must haves:
Boppy
Wipey Warmer LOVE for winter especially since we use homemade ones during the cold months
Blankets, I use them for everything just cut them to size after they've finished there original purpose.
Moby and Sling

I really dont need much with a newborn lol I babywear, boobiefeed and cosleep. Ive been dubbed the family hippie LOL

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:lurk:

I like the lists that have been going so far.

Things I didn't use:
Most of the decorative blankets I got at the shower.
Snugli front carrier- thought I would like it but the straps were just uncomfortable and I think my boobs were just too big, wound up making a moby wrap.
A massive amount of clothes- This one I am posting because my sister tends to over buy clothes for her kids, they grow to fast and she still had brand new clothes that never got worn, not to mention 99% of the stuff in her storage room is clothes (which is good if I want to borrow some but the money she spent even if every piece was on sale EEP!) DS was in footed sleepers and onsies most of the time, and when we went out I usually stuck to the same eight to ten outfits.

Things I used alot:
I am one of the few that likes the baby tub we lived in an apartment with a small shower stall and I didn't like bathing him in the kitchen sink.
Someone bought DS a thick fleece dinosaur costume since he was born a few days before halloween, we wound up using it most of the winter when going out because it was warm and awesome. I don't think we will get a dinosaur this time, the the full fleece jumpsuit is a must.
I also liked the car seat cover (not the bundle me kind) on snowy or rainy days.

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"MJDttc" wrote:

:lurk:

I like the lists that have been going so far.

Things I didn't use:
Most of the decorative blankets I got at the shower.
Snugli front carrier- thought I would like it but the straps were just uncomfortable and I think my boobs were just too big, wound up making a moby wrap.
A massive amount of clothes- This one I am posting because my sister tends to over buy clothes for her kids, they grow to fast and she still had brand new clothes that never got worn, not to mention 99% of the stuff in her storage room is clothes (which is good if I want to borrow some but the money she spent even if every piece was on sale EEP!) DS was in footed sleepers and onsies most of the time, and when we went out I usually stuck to the same eight to ten outfits.

Things I used alot:
I am one of the few that likes the baby tub we lived in an apartment with a small shower stall and I didn't like bathing him in the kitchen sink.
Someone bought DS a thick fleece dinosaur costume since he was born a few days before halloween, we wound up using it most of the winter when going out because it was warm and awesome. I don't think we will get a dinosaur this time, the the full fleece jumpsuit is a must.
I also liked the car seat cover (not the bundle me kind) on snowy or rainy days.

This! DD got so many freaking clothes, especially in NB-6 months. She didn't even fit into newborn for almost a month so I had/have tubs of clothes that she hardly wore. It works out well with having a niece that was just born around the same season as DD this year, but it's insane how much people go overboard. I guess consignment events are a good way to make cash off it.

We liked our tub too. We had the typical plastic one and a mesh one that just sat in the tub and gave support. We liked both for different reasons. The fleecy bunting suits are great IMO for cool weather as it covers everything, keeps them warm and doesn't interfere with car seat safety. We are going to buy one for this LO soon.

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Ah yes I forgot about the fleece! Its so soft and cozy and thin! Its perfect for winter and carseats.

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I love love LOVE my boppy, loved my breast pump (but I was working last time, not sure I will use it this time around), sleep sacks are awesome, I love my snugli carrier I coul never get my Moby tight enough to feel comfortable wearing it,

Diaper Genie is useless, I just put dirty diapers in a shopping bag then in the garbage....NO SMELL

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I put my shopping bags from the grocery and such into one large bag with 2-3 dryer sheets to make them smell pretty lol Perfect for tossing dirties!
If my hub would get on the cloth diaper train with me, we could avoid all the diaper crazines!

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Ashley you make baby wipes??!! How??