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10 baby products you really dont need
Yes, babies need a lot of stuff. Youll thank your lucky stars some clever folk invented some of the baby products out there, but others, well, theres probably a good reason why you didnt even know they existed. Willy wigwam, anyone?
Thats why weve put together a list of baby gadgets and products you shouldnt invest in because you really DONT need them.
Even if there was such a thing as a discerning baby bottom, could they tell the difference between a room-temperature wipe and a pre-heated one? And have you ever seen (or heard of) a baby wailing in protestation because mean old mummy scrimped on a wipe warmer and simply used warm water and cotton wool, instead. No? No.
Designed so you dont accidentally clean babys top half with water thats been used to wash their tail end, the top and tail bowl could be useful.Or, you could just wash babys top first and tail last in the sink or baby bathhellip;
Some swear by its smell-trapping abilities as it turns each used nappy into a little shrink-wrapped sausage, but beware – its an ongoing investment. Nappy disposal bins need refill cartridges and when youre getting through 7-10 nappies a day, youll be forking out a fair few quid over the years. Nappy sacks tied tightly and disposed of in a bin emptied regularly will do the job just as well.
Now while we understand that some babies do like their milk warm, the car charger ones just arent worth the hassle. They take so long to warm a bottle(if they manage it at all) that you might as well rub it between your hands for 10 minutes for the same effect.
This should be so straightforward. Fold up sling and put on as per instructions. Pop baby in. Baby happily snoozes, while you have two hands free to actually get things done. Only it isnt. Its eons of wrestling and tying, swearing and crying. If you have boundless patience and dexterity, or youre an origami master, get one. Otherwise, get a baby carrier thats already assembled.
The average baby in the UK weighs 7lb 8oz at birth and after a common initial weight loss, puts on around 1oz a day. That means they reach 9lb, the size at which they grow out of newborn clothes, in around 3 weeks. Try and buy a spread of sizes so youre not left with loads of cute but useless unworn babygros.
While its tempting to splash out on a gorgeous cot bumper set that matches the curtains and fits with your theme, resist! They may look pretty, but the only benefit of them is to please your eyes. Plus, safety experts dont recommend them, because its possible for babies to get tangled up in the fastenings, or overheat. It may look prison cell bare, but the safest way for baby to sleep is without any loose bedding or bumpers.
Watching your little one crawling over the tiled kitchen floor bare-kneed may make you wince, but babies have squishy little knees that are up to the job. If you have a particularly abrasive floor and/or a baby who will actually keep them on, knee pads could be worth the money, but otherwise, save your cash, theyll be on their feet in no time.
They are sooooo cute! Just like Daddys! And they may be. But even though it feels weird leaving the house with one of your number shoeless, your baby doesnt need anything to protect their feet from those grubby old paving stones before they can walk. Save your money for their school years when youll be wishing youd bought shares in Clarks instead.
Also known as the willy wigwam, yes, they really exist. Experienced mums know that the second boys bits are exposed to fresh air during a nappy change, they decide to pee. So, to spare your clothes and any immediate soft furnishings, the pee-pee teepee was invented to pop over your little one to catch the sprinkle. Amusing? Yes. Necessary? Not so much.
What did you buy but never use, or wish youd never bought? Tell us in the comments area below.
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