Shopping for baby items can be very frustrating, not to mention expensive.
New parents usually have a short list of items they imagine they might need, like diapers, bottles and toys. But once they start looking, they discover a whole new world of seemingly essential things they’ve never even heard of.
Diaper stackers? Baby timers? Electric bottle warmers? You can’t decide if you do in fact need all that stuff, but now that you’re aware of it, it seems careless and irresponsible not to get your bundle of joy everything he or she might ever need.
Well, we’re here to tell you there’s no need to be stressed. Most of that stuff is made specifically to capitalize on new parents’ anxieties and is actually pretty pointless. Chances are you’ll never even get to using these things, so why bother buying them in the first place?
We mean things like these:
1. Wipe warmer
There’s absolutely no need to warm baby wipes. Room-temperature wipes are perfectly fine. There’s no secret to wiping baby butts, either.
2. Bottle sanitizer
Any pediatrician will tell you there’s no difference between “sanitizing” bottles in a fancy contraption and simply washing them with hot water and soap. Sterilization has no health benefits whatsoever unless you’re in a hospital—in which case you should leave it to the medical staff, anyway.
3. Baby timer
Baby timers are portable devices that keep track of your baby’s feeding, changing, and sleeping schedules. It might be a good idea if you want to establish a routine, but buying a separate gadget is preposterous. Just use pen and paper—or download one of the dozens of apps.
4. Newborn mittens
These cute little thingies prevent babies from scratching themselves. This isn’t even a problem most of the time, but if you’re worried about your baby accidentally hurting themselves with their tiny fingernails, you can put baby socks over their hands. There, it’s done—no need to spend any extra money!
5. Diaper stacker
These are supposed to help you keep diapers organized. But filling the stacker up with diapers and then fumbling to get them out is a major pain in the neck. Just put the diapers in a drawer or a basket if you need to carry them around.
6. Bottle warmer
Okay, bottle warmers offer an easy way to heat up some milk quickly. But warming your baby’s bottle in a bowl of hot water works just as well. Why would you pay for something that makes no discernible difference?
7. Baby shoes
Babies don’t need shoes. They lose them the first chance they get and grow out of them faster than you can say “overdraft.” Unless you’re planning a fancy photoshoot, let them wear tights.
8. Baby bathtub
This is the one item on this list most new parents will buy. And there’s nothing wrong with having a separate bathtub for your baby—except they’ll outgrow it very soon. Instead of getting a bathtub and trying to find a place to put it and have it dry each time, you can just take a bath with your baby or use the sink.
9. Bath thermometer
Sure, it’s pretty useful to know the exact temperature of the bathwater… Or is it? Come on, you’re not in a lab—you don’t need an exact reading! Just use the the inside of your arm or your elbow to check if it’s warm enough and not too hot.
10. Formula mixer
Is it really that hard to shake a baby bottle? Or have you got too much counterspace that’s just begging to be taken up by a costly, bulky, single-purpose contraption? Honest answers, now!
11. Hold-on stroller handle
It’s a small contraption that hangs on a stroller so that a walking toddler can hold on. Believe it or not, a toddler can also hold on to the side of the stroller. More often than not, they’ll ignore the fancy handle anyway.