S/O: Useless baby stuff

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alwayssmile's picture
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S/O: Useless baby stuff

We have the other thread to share the top must have item, so let's share the pointless items.
BTDT moms, did you get anything that you found to be a complete waste of money?
Anyone have any ridiculous baby items that you've seen online or in the stores that make you laugh or wonder who would buy it?

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The most useless item we received (was a gift) was the bumbo. I know a lot of people love them, but for us it was used like twice and then promptly ignored. I know there are a couple of groups trying to get them to be recalled because babies have gotten hurt in them despite the bumbo being on the floor (so not a table, etc). We ended up using it as a booster seat when DS was 12-14 months because he wanted to sit at the table with us and we didn't have a booster yet that fit under the our our kitchen table.

There are quite a few items I've seen advertised that have cracked me up. I'll share later as I find them. Biggrin

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the pee pee tee pee!!!!

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"moon7starr" wrote:

the pee pee tee pee!!!!

OMG YES! Like I see why they exist, but it's just something else to keep up with and lose when a baby wipe will do just fine.

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I didn't buy this (thankfully), but I found a breast pump to be completely useless. Most of the BTDT moms on DD's birth board considered a breast pump to be an essential baby item, but for us it never was useful. At. All.

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The bottle warmer for the car.

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wipe warmer

diaper pail systems (we always just throw them directly outside-no matter what you do, the pail systems ALWAYS have some kind of a smell-no matter how faint.)

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**Lurker from Oct**

We registered for and received the Diaper Genie and I thought it was a complete waste of money. The bag refills are outragiously expensive and so not worth it. Just get a trash can with a lid! We used the genie until we ran out of bags and then it promtly went into the closet. I just took it to Goodwill a few weeks ago. Whenever I'm in a store and see someone looking at one or registering for one I always give them my opinion. Smile

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From August '12

Baby bath tubs. I found it easier to either just bath in the sink or stick 'em right in the main tub.

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"moon7starr" wrote:

wipe warmer

I finally figured out this past winter why wipe warmers still sell. Families who cloth diaper and use cloth wipes buy them and use them! Cloth wipes when kept wet are WAAAAAY colder than disposable wipes. Would freak my son completely out and he was a toddler! I had to change over to dry cloth wipes and wet in the sink which ended up being a major pain. Now for disposable wipes? I don't get wipe warmers at all.

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I only got one thing off my registry when I had my first. It was a papazon chair that didnt bounce... it just vibrated. DS1 and 2 hated it till they were older... then they used it as a seat to sit and watch movies in. I got rid of it and got one that bounces on its own... My sister has one for her kids and they LOVE it... hoping sqwirt does too. The baby genie was definitly a waste of money, glad I had gotten mine at a garage sale, then sold it at my own later lol. Another thing that just took up space was our changing table. It just ended up collecting stuff because we just changed our kids where ever. I am getting a small one for the living room this time around. DD is way too helpful when it comes to babies, and I want to be able to change the baby where she cant reach... at least at first. I'm not spending money on it... getting one from my youngest sister, then if we dont end up using it at least I didnt waste my money Wink

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I second the baby bath tub. We normally had our daughters in with us. Or we bathed them in the sink. People ask me how I'm going to afford all new baby things since I've given everything away. (we thought we were done.) I am about sick of explaining that now that I've done this a few times I know that a brand new baby needs nothing fancy. A place to sleep,(my bed) a diaper on her butt, and a few pajamas and onsies. Other than that They don't need much. Especially in the beginning. So many people can't believe we live without a changing table and a crib till our kids are older. I suppose were just minimalists.
This time we won't have anything except what I mentioned above untill baby gets here because we will have no idea what the gender of the baby is.

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We don't have a changing table. I just bought a $20 changing pad and stuck it on top of the dresser. I like having a dedicated changing area, but no need to get fancy!

http://www.amazon.com/Upspring-Baby-Walking-Learning-Assistant/dp/B000E9TDRS/ref=cm_lmf_tit_1
Now that is a product that makes me go "huh? Really?" And people apparently buy it. I'm waaaaay to cheap to spend $25 on something like that!

http://www.babygadget.net/2006/08/the_babykeeper.php
WTF.

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This makes me want to ask why they just don't cover their child in Saran Wrap and keep them in a padded room! I mean really, I get it if your child has a disability but for an ordinary toddler I believe this is Overkill!

http://www.amazon.com/Jolly-Jumper-Bumper-Toddler-Cushion/dp/B003KVWKZO/ref=pd_cp_ba_0

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"livinitup" wrote:

This makes me want to ask why they just don't cover their child in Saran Wrap and keep them in a padded room! I mean really, I get it if your child has a disability but for an ordinary toddler I believe this is Overkill!

http://www.amazon.com/Jolly-Jumper-Bumper-Toddler-Cushion/dp/B003KVWKZO/ref=pd_cp_ba_0

ROFL
Yes, my son has a lot of bruises on his head at times, but definitely not enough for me to want to pad it!!! Not that he'd keep that on anyways. lol

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I saw this on an actual child one time. At first I was wondering if the child had a something wrong to where if she bumped her head it would cause a serious problem. The mother told me that was not the case! Kids are supposed to get a few bumps and stuff from falling! That's how they learn right?! Just crazy! And what is that walker thing for? just silly.

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Arent those things supposed to be used on Hydro kids, or babies with mis shappen heads (like the flat head you see on babies that spend too much time laying on their backs)? My DD has OI, and although putting her (and especially her cousins) in a bubble seems like a good idea at time, you gotta let them be kids. Some people's parents I tell ya lol

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"alwayssmile" wrote:

http://www.babygadget.net/2006/08/the_babykeeper.php
WTF.

ROFL "WTF Mom?" ROFL

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"moon7starr" wrote:

the pee pee tee pee!!!!

My first son was a sprayer, as in EVERY TIME he was changed. So we bought this. One use and it was tossed in the laundry. Pair that with changing 12 diapers a day= pointless! We just put a stack of baby wash cloths on the changing table and he got one laid on top of him at every change.

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This is exactly what we did - washcloths worked great (and we got a TON of towels and washcloths as gifts that came in handy). We got the tee-pees as a gift, thought they were cute, but agree that they never worked very well!

"haysmama" wrote:

My first son was a sprayer, as in EVERY TIME he was changed. So we bought this. One use and it was tossed in the laundry. Pair that with changing 12 diapers a day= pointless! We just put a stack of baby wash cloths on the changing table and he got one laid on top of him at every change.
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Def a changing table and bouncy chair! I always just changed my kids on the bed or the couch with a changing pad underneath! The bouncy chair wasnt used by any of my kids, so we wont even look into getting one this time around!

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"*~*Amber*~*" wrote:

Def a changing table and bouncy chair! I always just changed my kids on the bed or the couch with a changing pad underneath! The bouncy chair wasnt used by any of my kids, so we wont even look into getting one this time around!

I second the bouncer....never used it. DD hated it!