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The Absolutely Most Useless Baby Products Ever

Feb28

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I remember the first time I walked into one of those ginormous baby stores. I looked around at all the furniture, toys and baby contraptions, felt a cold sweat come over me and left in a deep panic. I immediately went home and emailed the only friend I knew who had a baby and asked her to send me a list of everything I needed for an infant. I followed that list as if it was the baby bible, never daring to deviate.

It can be terrifying to try to prepare for your first baby. And anyone who has had a kid can still laugh at some of the ridiculous things they registered for or bought for someone else.

In the hopes of saving you some cash, here’s my list of the absolutely most useless baby items ever.  (If you love any of these items, please speak up because these are only the opinions of me and my friends.)

The Wipe Warmer (and it’s cousin The Travel Wipe Warmer): Babies don’t need warm wipes. I swear. They don’t. And someday when you are on the floor of some grungy bathroom that doesn’t have a changing table and you are using your standard room temperature wipes, this will all become clear.

The Peepee Teepee: I am pretty sure I gave this as a gift to someone who had a baby boy.  Because I thought it was so cute! (I mean, the name alone is irresistible.) It is supposed to prevent a baby boy from peeing on you but in reality, it looks ridiculous, you can just use any cloth to try to prevent this kind of thing and if you have a baby boy, you will be peed on anyway.

Pacifier wipes: You baby will drop his or her pacifier and I promise you do not need a special pacifier wipe to clean it off. Run the pacifier under water, use a regular wipe or if you already have a few kids, you’ll wipe it off on your jeans. You also do not need a special case to hold your pacifier. (You can shove pacifiers in a diaper bag pocket or your own pants pocket).

Slip Proof Baby Knee Pads: I actually bought these when my first baby started to crawl. That’s tough to admit. But I didn’t want her knees to get hurt. Babies are a whole lot tougher than we think. They don’t need knee pads unless they roller blade and I’ve never met a roller blading baby.

Plastic Disposable Placemats: These are for a more hygienic restaurant experience for your baby or toddler. Except you will never have these placemats with you when you need them. And they tend to not adhere properly to the table which causes them to wad up. Just clean off the table with a wipe. No one will judge you.

Laundry Soaps Especially for Babies: It’s just marketing folks. You see the pink box with the happy newborn and you think, “Man, that baby must love his or her laundry detergent.”  Instead, pick up a bottle of your favorite natural laundry soap and you are set.

Stuffed animals: Oh my gosh, these will multiply! Everyone loves to buy stuffed animals and you know what, they don’t do all that much except clutter up your home. So for the love of babies, don’t register for any. Ditto for blankets. You will end up with a million of them.

Baby Food Maker: Guess what? You can just use a food processor which you probably already own. Or just mash up the food. Or if you are super lazy like me, buy it in jars. You don’t need a special baby food maker unless you like things to collect dust in your cabinets.

Shopping Cart Cover: Don’t buy one of these unless you want to take a photo of your baby in it so you can laugh at yourself years later. There are germs everywhere. It’s actually good to expose your kid to germs so they can build up their immune system! This cover is not going to protect your child from the universe.

Bumper Pads for the Crib: They are often expensive, can be a breathing hazard for your infant and are completely unnecessary.

Bumbo: This is a seat for babies who can’t sit up on their own yet. You will use it for 3 minutes. A lot of kids don’t like it. If you really want to try it out, I promise one of your friends has one down in her basement. Borrow it.

Diaper Pails: I can’t end this list without mentioning those trash cans (like the Diaper Dekor or Diaper Genie) especially made for diapers. I happen to love my Diaper Dekor and have been pretty much using it for 8 years straight. But lots of moms think they are a waste of money and don’t control odors better than a typical garbage can. Plus, you have to keep buying expensive refill bags. Hmm… they might have a point.

So what did I forget? Please tell me if there is a really useless baby item I missed. And take our poll! What’s your top pick for the most pointless infant product?

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Kelcey Kintner

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Kelcey Kintner writes the humor blog, The Mama Bird Diaries and co-founded the cheeky advice site, The Mouthy Housewives. This Columbia Journalism School graduate also drives a gold minivan because you can't fit five kids on a Vespa. An award winning journalist, she still secretly longs to be an Olympic ice skater. You can follow her on Twitter @mamabirddiaries.


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63 Responses to “The Absolutely Most Useless Baby Products Ever”

  1. Karen Feb 28 at 5:36 pm Reply Reply

    I love this! I met a mom recently who had these cover things that went over your baby’s socks (on feet) to prevent baby from removing her socks. I would lose those in a heartbeat. Buy some Robeez or imitation ones at Target – they work great.

    • Isabel Kallman
      Isabel Feb 28 at 6:15 pm Reply Reply

      yeah. that sounds like another ridiculous product.

    • Kelcey Kintner
      Kelcey Kintner Feb 28 at 9:58 pm Reply Reply

      I forgot about those! They should definitely be on the list. Too funny.

  2. Ally Feb 28 at 5:48 pm Reply Reply

    I agree with everything except the bumbo. All three of my kids loved it and it really was a lifesaver. It really came in handy. I never left them alone in it, but I used to keep it in the car and use it as a high chair when we were out.

    • Isabel Kallman
      Isabel Feb 28 at 6:13 pm Reply Reply

      ha. i predicted that the Bumbo would be the first to be defended. it’s definitely a beloved product by many. but definitely one that has a short life. ;)

      • laura g Mar 01 at 10:54 am Reply Reply

        When I got the bumbo back out for my youngest, her older sister wanted it back. So I had to buy a second so they could sit next to each other. I bought the tray that went with it and they had “picnics” on them (snacks or small meals). I was the one that was finally like, this is dumb, get it out. the girls loved them for long past when they were sitting on their own.

      • Carolyn Mar 01 at 3:01 pm Reply Reply

        My kids both LOVE being upright in the Bumbo so they can watch what is happening and be involved when we aren’t able to hold them in a sitting position, and because I have skinny babies, we got a fair amount of use out of it! I recently brought it out for my new baby, and my toddler actually loves to sit in it (I think he knows its for the baby and finds the situation HILARIOUS!) He’s super skinny and fits in it almost better than the baby does!

        • Starla Mar 07 at 10:07 am Reply Reply

          Same here Carolyn! I brought ours out for the new baby and my almost 3 year old sits in it anytime it is vacant! Funny thing is, I think her legs fit better in it now, than they did when she was a chubby baby and she had those adorable fat baby thighs! I also used the Bumbo for bathtime, when they couldn’t quite sit up on their own, but were past the stage of needing to lay down to bathe. It was great!
          And ugh, don’t get me started on those stupid peepee teepees. Babies don’t stay still long enough for you to get it on there or even for it to stay put! By the time you get that stupid thing on, they’ve already peed on your face!

  3. Annie W Feb 28 at 5:58 pm Reply Reply

    I do love my wipe warmer, especially since I use cloth wipes.  And my baby is definitely more patient when I use a warm wipe on her than a cold one. But I would never buy a travel wipe warmer, and if I wasn’t doing cloth, I wouldn’t use it either.

  4. Kate Feb 28 at 6:07 pm Reply Reply

    I used my wipe warmer the whole time I diapered. We did cloth wipes, so I could make a batch of 10 or so and the warmer would keep them moist. I also loved my cart cover, though, I didn’t use it because of germs. It just seemed so warm and cozy to sit in when it was cold outside. :) I agree with a lot of these, though!

  5. Debra Feb 28 at 7:18 pm Reply Reply

    The only thing on that list that I do use constantly is the diaper genie. I don’t even mind buying the refills. However, in full disclosure, my husband thinks it is ridiculous.

    • Isabel Kallman
      Isabel Feb 28 at 7:28 pm Reply Reply

      haha.

    • Cassie Feb 28 at 8:17 pm Reply Reply

      Me too, Debra! Husband thought it was useless, but I liked it a lot, especially for the poopie diapers.

      And the rest of that list? SO SPOT ON. I got many as gifts, they got used once and then I passed their useless butts on to other people. ;)

  6. Rachel Feb 28 at 7:53 pm Reply Reply

    I loved my bumbo! Both my kids used it for feeding time. I would sit down on the floor with them and have a little picnic. I would bring it to the park for little picnics too. Later it became a toy for dolls. Finally we passed it on to a friend. I also love my Diaper Dekor and still use it. But, I agree, the PeePee Teepee was completely worthless and would constantly fall off. Ridiculous! I can’t think of anything else to add to your list. It often depends on parenting style and baby temperament. For us the pack and play proved to be worthless – we just never needed it. I was in love with the idea of baby leg warmers so I bought 3 pairs when I was pregnant with my daughter. I did use them here and there but they were never really necessary. As far as stuffed animals go they seem to breed overnight!!!

    • Kelcey Kintner
      Kelcey Kintner Feb 28 at 9:57 pm Reply Reply

      I love the idea of baby legwarmers too! How can you resist?!! But I also love my pack and plays. Use them for travel, naps and even a safe play space when my twins were crawling and I needed to run to the bathroom!

  7. Kacie Feb 28 at 11:01 pm Reply Reply

    HAH! Love these. And seriously, that first pregnant trip to Babies R Us is just terrifying.

    I think for me, my most useless baby product I have owned was a spoon that held a tiny bit of food, and you squeezed it and a tiny bit dispensed onto the spoon part. WHAT THE WHAT. It didn’t work well, and what exactly was the point? It was a huge mess. A regular spoon + bowl would have been slightly less messy.

    I think I bought it because it was cute, and I was sleep-deprived and didn’t know any better anyway.

    • Kelcey Kintner
      Kelcey Kintner Feb 28 at 11:09 pm Reply Reply

      What?! That sounds completely crazy. I would have totally bought it too.

    • Pixie508 Jul 12 at 10:18 pm Reply Reply

      Are you talking about a Boon Spoon? I have ones that screwed on to the pouches of baby food. They were perfect for eating when we weren’t at home. I could squeeze through the pouch straight onto the spoon, and not need to worry about much else. It had a little carrying case, so I’d stop at a bathroom on our way out, rinse it, put it away and get back on the road. We used them for awhile before my son got the hang of just squeezing the pouches.

  8. Sam Feb 28 at 11:32 pm Reply Reply

    My husband insisted we needed a shopping cart cover, but I thought it was dumb and never used it. Then one time I turned a little too fast and my son hit his head on the side of the cart and of course the metal gashed his head. I’ve always wondered if he would have just got a bruise instead of nasty cut if I had used the cover!

    But I still didn’t use the cover afterwards. 

    I also lied to my husband about where the cut came from……

  9. Heather D Feb 28 at 11:35 pm Reply Reply

    With a new babe, this made me laugh. However, the wipe warmer has turned out to be handy as we make our own wipes with Viva paper towels and water. The wipes don’t go mushy and baby is rash-free.

  10. Kellie Feb 28 at 11:51 pm Reply Reply

    Hey! My kid totally loved his Bumbo!

    Also, with a Baby Trend Diaper Champ you can use regular trash bags. And it works really well at eliminating odors. Definitely beyond worth the $30 we paid for it.

  11. Leslie Mar 01 at 12:29 am Reply Reply

    You forgot to mention the scoop with the soft front to use to pour over the baby’s head to remove shampoo…that really only dumps water in the baby’s face instead of NOT no it. Registered for that and it was ridiculous. 

    I have a Diaper Champ and am on the 2nd kid with it. It uses regular kithen size trash bags and is not a continuous money suck with having to buy the special bags. 

  12. Julia Mar 01 at 3:49 am Reply Reply

    we bought a very expensive baby hammock that we used for about four days. 
    oh, and before anyone buys a wipe warmer: a thermos with warm water and dry paper or cloth wipes besides the changing table work really well. And our pediatrician said room temperature is actually best for baby’s skin…

  13. Mona Mar 01 at 5:10 am Reply Reply

    I think the money spent on useless baby products could have paid our mortgage for a solid month. Live and learn and pass the info on, I guess!
    That said, we totally used and loved our Diaper Genie (def. Contained the smells and we used it for poopy diapers only, so buying refills was not a big deal), Bumpo, and I did buy and use a cart cover for our second. There was the germ aspect (he’s a major chewer of all things), but I also loved that it helped stabilize him in the cart and was soft and cozy.
    But the peepee teepee? Ridiculous- I have two boys and got doused plenty of times, but you learn soon enough to spot when they’re about to get you, and just cover that bad boy up with a diaper.

  14. Kendra Mar 01 at 7:59 am Reply Reply

    I loved our Bumbo but it definitely had a short shelf life. My husband just loves the diaper genie. He changes that thing religiously where I tend to just chuck the diapers in whatever trash can is closest.

    The most useless item I think we got was those super tiny, super cute burp cloths. We used them for about 10 seconds until we switched to good old Gerber cloth diapers. Our daughter now uses the super cute burp cloths for her dolls. :)

  15. Trish Mar 01 at 9:01 am Reply Reply

    I have two boys. The first peed during a diaper change only once. Maybe because we didn’t circumcise? I don’t know, but the peepee teepees would have been wasted on us. 

    • Isabel Kallman
      Isabel Mar 01 at 9:12 am Reply Reply

      Trish, they’re wasted on EVERYONE.

      • Kaela Mar 02 at 10:19 pm Reply Reply

        My boy is circumcised and he also stopped peeing during diaper changes really early. Guess we’re just the lucky ones!

    • Anna Mar 15 at 1:05 am Reply Reply

      We didn’t circumcise and our guy never peed on us either. Thank goodness! 

  16. Lauren Mar 01 at 9:12 am Reply Reply

    Hate the bumbo! Ridiculous! Although, I’ll defend the shopping cart cover only because of a lecture from an infectious disease doc. The pre packaged chicken often are covered in sticky chicken juice and potentially salmonella. Germs are everywhere but my kids teethe on the shipping carts :(.
    I would like to add the receiving blankets to this list – what are they good for? They are too small to swaddle or even wrap the baby. We used them in layers on the changing pad after the pee pee teepees surrendered ;).

    • Isabel Kallman
      Isabel Mar 01 at 9:27 am Reply Reply

      i hear you about the chicken juice thing. Maybe a quick wipe down with a diaper wipe is an alternative. Or not.

  17. Allison Mar 01 at 10:57 am Reply Reply

    I agree with so many of these! I do love our shopping cart cover though. My daughter chewed on the handle of the carts–the first time was enough to prompt the purchase (and we’re not germophobes in the least, but that was too much). Also, when she was smaller, the cart just seemed too big–it was good padding. Even now at 18 months she just seems more comfortable with it.

    • Kelcey Kintner
      Kelcey Mar 12 at 11:20 am Reply Reply

      Allison – you are absolutely right. I just purchased one of these for my 5th kid. He continually sucks on the handle of the cart and I couldn’t take it anymore. 

  18. A Mar 01 at 1:13 pm Reply Reply

    We loved our Bumbo and Diaper Champ for all 3 of our babies!

    But the peepee teepees were ridiculous. A relative gave them to our 3rd baby, our first boy. They were so cute! But our newborn could actually shoot them into the air!!! My husband thought this was a great game, but by the 3rd or 4th time I was fed up (and covered in pee), gave them away and just used a wipe.

  19. Gina Mar 01 at 1:14 pm Reply Reply

    I agree on almost all of them, BUT, not on the bumber for the crib, I did not buy one and when my son was 6 months old he woke up twice screaming in the middle of the night because his leg was stuck between the crib rails!!! Next day we got the mesh one, initially I thought that was a waste of money, but it gives me peace of mind!

  20. Lauren Mar 01 at 2:14 pm Reply Reply

    I literally left the store crying when I first went to register. I went armed with all kinds of lists and product recommendations, etc. and I still felt completely overwhelmed. My husband and I spent hours in the stroller section. Completely overwhelming. That’s why, when all the rest of my friends started having babies, I either went with them to register or sent them lists of the things they REALLY need. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the products. I agree with most of these! Except for the shopping cart cover. We used ours a lot. But not because I was worried about germs… but because I had a teeny tiny petite baby who basically would slide and fall over any time I put her in a shopping cart or restuarant high chair. So we used ours to sort of cushion her in place! :) I also admit that I love the disposable placemats. We smack ours down on the restuarant table (no worries about who/what’s been on the table before us) and clean up is easy because I just peel it off and all the mess comes with it and I don’t feel shameful walking out of the restuarant leaving a mess on the table for the waiter to clean up (just a huge mess on the floor). :)

  21. Carolyn Mar 01 at 3:02 pm Reply Reply

    We use cloth wipes, and the warmer is perfect for keeping them moist for a day or so at a time. I don’t think it’s NECESSARY, and I don’t think I’d buy it for normal wipes, but for cloth ones we love it!

  22. Amie Mar 01 at 3:37 pm Reply Reply

    I’m a fan of the Dekor, and I really have to defend those plastic placemats–not so much to protect kiddo from germs (though that too), but more to protect the table from kiddo. We can’t use plates because they end up on the floor, so we just slap down a plastic mat and put the food right on top. Then when she’s done eating/making a giant mess, we can just pull it up mess and all, and feel less guilty about taking the little time bomb out into public.

  23. Kat Mar 01 at 4:51 pm Reply Reply

    I love my Diaper Genie (and we just use regular garbage bags, I didn’t even know about the special kind). I also love my shopping cart cover (he was sitting up pretty young and just wasn’t chunky enough to not slide around in the cart), the toy loop is great too (I’m not constantly picking up the rattle he throws down because it is attached to the cover). Slip proof baby knee pads are right up there with foam helmets – kinda silly but obviously people buy them with good intentions.

  24. Tracey Mar 01 at 5:04 pm Reply Reply

    When my firstborn (now 8) thought it would be a good idea to try to chew on the sides of the grocery cart while riding in it, I thought to myself “ick”, and made her a cart seat cover. I’m not squeamish about germs as a rule, but I felt that couldn’t be good for her. I’m still using it for our third. The Bumbo is a bit hit and miss, some babies love it, some don’t, I think it’s good value if you plan on having more children. Mesh bumper pads are fabulous for preventing your baby from sticking his or her feet through the crib rails…and the hysterics that follow! We also have a Diaper Champ, it takes regular trash bags, and it’s been awesome. Tip for reducing the stink factor for any brand of diaper pail; dump the poop into the toilet and flush before putting the diaper into the pail.

  25. Tracy Mar 01 at 7:04 pm Reply Reply

    cart cover – I always felt I was being judged by passersby – and the baby would find some vulnerability in it and suck on that part of the cart anyway.
    One thing I would like to add – is cute shaped bowls and plates, or ones with suction cups on the bottom – 
    things that make the bowls and plates unable to stack with the other bowls and plates.  So, essentially the entire line from Boon.  Sorry Boon – I’ve tried everything you make, and only like the grass and bath toys.

  26. lindsay Mar 01 at 9:30 pm Reply Reply

    i love my diaper genie. i also love my shopping cart cover. great when he was a little tiny for the shopping cart. still great now because when those seat belts in the cart are broken, it doesn’t matter! and he is so comfortable in it.
    i also love the plastic stick-on placemats. they are also good for herding leftover food, so you don’t leave a huge mess for the restaurant staff.
    baby food maker is nice if you don’t want to get out and clean your entire food processor every time you make baby food.

  27. Jennifer Mar 02 at 1:10 am Reply Reply

    We do get a LOT of use out of our shopping cart cover.  My daughter (~22 months) was a preemie, and still needs lots of extra padding in carts and restaurant high chairs–oh, and one time I saw something on a restaurant high chair that was, oh, I don’t want to think about it.  It was brown, and there was a lot of it.  So I like it, but obviously a crib-sized afghan or quilt could do the job nearly as well.  

    We bought a Baby Bullet, and I did make most of her food at home, but the motor on that thing stinks. It can’t make hummus!  If we’d had a food processor already, I’d just have used that, and in hindsight we should’ve gotten a food processor in the first place (though I do like the little containers and freezer tray).

    Bumbo!  My daughter was too small to use it until she was about 6 months old.  At 8 months she toppled it over trying to get out. That was the end of that.

  28. Autumn Mar 03 at 12:10 am Reply Reply

    I wanted a wipes warmer for our cloth wipes, but the Mr thought it was dumb, so I delayed my purchase, then the kid came 3 1/2 weeks early and just haven’t needed it yet.  We keep a spray bottle full of tap water on her changing table so we just spray away at room temp and she’s good with that, even when we spray her butt for the heavy duty stuff.  

    And while I would never register for receiving blankets, those usually flannel ones make great changing table covers.  we have a dozen or so, so if one gets a hint of dirty, just toss it in the laundry and a fresh one goes on (good after above described butt spraying).  

    They are also very helpful to have around when your toddler gets her first real tummy bug with the 3 hours of puking to attempt to contain puke/keep puke off floor/furniture/you cause you are in your last clean jammies at midnight after the 4 others have been puked on.  

  29. Susan:) Mar 03 at 12:58 am Reply Reply

    My nieces loved the bumbo! They were both so delighted to be able to sit up on their own. And I know we used them for a good long while. I agree with everything else on the list. As for shopping cart germs, I always wipe off the cart with a disinfecting wipe, the grocery stores all have them out front now.

  30. Jessica Mar 03 at 9:58 am Reply Reply

    I agree on all but shopping cart/highchair cover! We use it a ton! Not necessarily for germ protection but found many uses. First it does keep my son from chewing on the cart which is disgusting. I also really like it to contain his stuff. On longer shopping trips like the grocery store I usually give him a snack and some toys and they always fall through the slats so the cover helps tremendously! Also when my son was little and just starting to sit up, it offered nice padding.

  31. Kelly Mar 03 at 10:51 am Reply Reply

    I like the convience of a diaper pail however I do think the models that require special expensive bags are ridiculous. The Ubbi diaper pail is a nice alternative.

  32. IrishCream Mar 03 at 12:58 pm Reply Reply

    I used to be a nurse, and as a rule I am all about infection control. I’m also very keen on building healthy immune systems, so I hate those shopping cart covers and anything else designed to shield kids from every-day germs. I hate having a sick kid as much as the next mom or dad, but barring any underlying medical conditions, it’s much healthier to get the exposure now.

    • leslie Mar 06 at 3:01 pm Reply Reply

      Thank you for saying this. I cringe every time I see someone using one of those shopping cart covers or even just the wipes they provide to clean the cart. I know parents have good intentions and are trying to protect their kids, but in reality, they’re just hurting them. Kids need exposure to germs. And now is the time. They’ll have horrible immune systmes if you shield them from germs. The human body is amazing and has the ability to fight off way more than you think!

  33. bmr Mar 04 at 1:13 am Reply Reply

    My mom bought us a shopping cart cover. If it’s just a quick trip in the store I’ll just use a wipe, but the one she bought has little toys attached to it, so it’s GREAT for keeping my 8 month old occupied on longer grocery runs. I bought a Bumbo second hand and boy am I glad I only paid $8 for it. He hated it!!! And I do like our Diaper Genie.  We bought a store brand refill for it and one $15 box has lasted almost 6 months! 

  34. Meg Mar 04 at 12:47 pm Reply Reply

    I have to say… we love the Bumbo. Our son loved it, too. I would suggest buying one used or borrowing from a friend. They are overpriced (but isn’t everything?) We also use a shopping cart cover, but more for comfort than germ control. Annnd we have a cool reusable place mat for restaurants (Summer Infant Tiny Diner). We just keep it in the car, so we always have it when we’re out and about. It has a cool little tray that catches dropped food, too.

    The two I agree with the most on this list are the wipes warmer (seriously, just use your breath to warm up the wipe if you’re that concerned) and and pacifier wipes. Totally unnecessary.

  35. Shayne Mar 04 at 2:38 pm Reply Reply

    Definitely another Bumbo fan. We started using ours at two months and my son is nine months old and we still use it in place of a high chair for almost every solid feeding at home. I’d argue that it has a much longer span of usefulness than a lot of other baby products. 

  36. Clare Mar 04 at 3:32 pm Reply Reply

    I loved our Bumbo, and have to disagree with you on the logic behind the shopping cart covers. I always used mine. As others have mentioned, the fear is not so much “protecting from the universe” but e.coli, salmonella, listeria, and all kinds of other goodies that drippy chicken and ground beef packages, as well as heaven knows what else has touched those shopping carts. Not all stores offer wipes, and I found it much easier anyway to put my child in the covered seat and wash the cover later than to wipe everything down, wait for it to air dry, and get him in.

  37. CP Mar 05 at 9:06 pm Reply Reply

    “its cousin” not “it’s cousin”

  38. Anne Mar 06 at 4:49 am Reply Reply

    Wet Bags are another totally useless item! Just use zip-loc bags! You can just throw them out when you are done, or wipe them out with a Chlorox wipe (if not too dirty) to reuse. You won’t have to wash them and remember to put them back in your diaper bag over and over–just carry 5 rolled-up/folded zip-locs –they take up less room too! You can also see the contents without having to open it up…pee ew!

    • Shera Mar 06 at 12:38 pm Reply Reply

      We cloth-diaper and use the wetbags all the time. I agree that ziplocs work in a pinch, but I would rather have something reusable.
      That said, I love those disposable plastic mats for eating out. It is so much easier than worrying about a plate and cleanup is as easy as peeling it off the table. I’ll have to check out the reusable mat that someone else mentioned.

  39. Heather Mar 13 at 5:48 pm Reply Reply

    Wipes warmers were one of those things I always thought were useless.  But it was very useful for cloth wipes, and when she was first born, we used to rinse off the disposable wipes so they wouldn’t irritate her sensitive bottom and having a stack of rinsed wipes ready to go in the warmer at 2am was much better than trying to rinse them off individually or mess with bottles of lukewarm water on the changing table.  I also used my Beaba baby food maker CONSTANTLY.  It was awesome if you just wanted to make a small batch of food or just blend up whatever the family was eating without hauling out and dirtying my huge food processor, pans and steamer baskets.  And here’s a hint re: the Diaper Dekor: you don’t have to use their inserts, you can use a regular old kitchen bag.  The extra lid inside keeps curious hands out of the dirty diapers and does cut down on the smell, IMO.

  40. Anna Mar 15 at 1:09 am Reply Reply

    I loved our Bumbo and used it all the time – but I also got mine from a friend, so we didn’t have to buy it. 
    Our guy is much easier to change if his wipes are warm, but I just warm them up in the microwave for a few seconds. 
    I also got a Diaper Genie as a hand me down but have never used it – I never wanted to buy the special bags. We just throw the diapers in the regular trash and take it out every day or so. But we used cloth diapers for the first 6mo so during the 10 diapers/day time the trash wasn’t a problem. 
    Definitely peepee teepees are ridiculous. 

  41. Christi B Mar 22 at 3:06 pm Reply Reply

    I would say that I have two diaper pails that use regular trash bags and I LOVE them. I wouldn’t buy the special bag ones only because of the expense… And I’m totally with you on the shopping cart cover! Used it ONCE with the oldest and then said to heck with it :) The crib bumpers however… Now, many of them are illegal and choking/breathing hazards so in that I agree, but I got a breathable mesh “bumper” that I tied to the OUTSIDE of the crib and it was a sanity saver! My youngest would get her legs stuck through the bars of the crib and then scream and scream because she couldn’t get herself unstuck. Then we put the bumper on and no more stuck legs. DEFINITELY a sanity saver! But only suggest the breathable mesh kind, not the puffy, stuffy ones.

  42. Danielle Mar 26 at 1:47 pm Reply Reply

    I guess it’s just me, but I actually really liked my babycook and am planning to use it again with #2 (due in May). It steams as well as processes while dirtying only one appliance/set of prep dishes. Once you’ve introduced your child to a wide range of foods and s/he can basically eat a mashed up version of whatever you’re eating, sure, it’s not that useful anymore (get a food mill or a fork), but when you’re still introducing foods and need to cook just one thing, unseasoned, at a time, it’s a godsend. However, those special single-serving freezer containers for the food you make? Total waste of money. I always just used an ice cube tray.

  43. Jami Apr 21 at 11:07 pm Reply Reply

    I agree with this. I did have a diaper genie. You are right it is waste of money, even though I didn’t buy the genie itself. And you can’t even get the bags for the original one. However, I have a pail that you can use with regular garbage bags. And yes it does hide the smell, and you dont have diapers in the kitchen trash bin. Which is a pet peeve of mine.

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