Shopping for baby products can be confusing and overwhelming if you’re a first-time mom. It’s easy to fall under the spell of baby products that promise to make your life easier, and your baby happier and more comfortable.
But before you start adding a long list of baby products to your registry, take a moment to consider what’s really necessary, and which brands are simply trying to pull the wool over your eyes with tricky advertising gimmicks.
Here are seven baby products you and your baby probably won’t need.
1. Bathtub thermometer
These products, which often come in the form of cute rubber duckies, fish, and other aquatic objects, are designed to display a digital temperature of bath water. Instead of investing in these fancy battery-powered gadgets, simply use your hands and arms to test water temperature.
2. Newborn baby shoes
Babies who aren’t walking typically don’t require shoes. Instead, invest in cute, soft socks, which are lower in price, more comfortable, and won’t fall off your baby’s feet.
3. Bumper pads and pillows
Bumper pads are designed to prevent your baby from rolling and moving around, but these products can increase the risk for suffocation while your baby sleeps. Instead, use a tight fitted crib sheet and properly fitted mattress for the crib.
4. Baby food blender
A baby food blender is still a normal blender, with the exception of being adorned with baby colors, baby logos, silly faces, and other “baby” features. Save your money, and just blend your baby’s food using your standard household blender or food processor.
5. Baby bottle sterilizer
A baby bottle sterilizer is another extra appliance that takes up kitchen counter space and can be substituted with other household appliances. For instance, consider boiling bottles and nipples in a saucepan on the stove, or buy disposable bottle bags you can toss after using. Before boiling anything, read the instructions that come with your bottles and nipples to make sure you care for them as intended.
6. Diaper disposals
Diaper disposal systems offer an alternative to throwing diapers in the kitchen trash can, and are typically designed to capture the odors of smelly diapers. However, many parents admit that diaper disposal systems aren’t effective at blocking the smell of waste, and are too costly to maintain. Instead of using diaper disposals, consider taking the trash out more frequently.
7. Baby seats at home
Newborns and infants generally require neck and back support, which is why most baby seats designed to force your baby to sit up can be dangerous. Plus, these seats can make your baby uncomfortable. Instead of buying special baby seats that prop up your baby, use approved infant bouncy seats with safety belts, and spend more time with your baby on the floor.
Keep your inventory of baby products simple at first, and stick to buying products you know will make your life easier, such as an approved infant car seat, bottles, diapers and wipes, and comfortable clothing. What your baby needs most is your own love and care, which can’t be purchased from any store.
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