August 7, 2010

My Top 10 Most Unnecessary Baby Products

The amount of unnecessary baby gear out there astounds me. In no particular order, here are my Top 10 Unnecessary Baby Products, as pulled from the Babies 'R Us website:

Lillebaby EuroTote - I can see this being useful if I were forced to carry my infant on a dog sled team in the Antarctic. Anywhere else, and it looks like you shoved your child into your gym bag.

Especially For Baby Playard Netting - I hate mosquitoes as much as the next person, but this is a little extreme. Why not let your child enjoy being outside too instead of leaving them in this jumbo laundry hamper?

Walking Assistant - It's a wonder that anyone learned to walk before the development of this product. You COULD just hold on to your kid's hand, but then you'd miss out on having your own personal marionette.

Prince Lionheart Wash Pod - I heard great things about a similar product, but I just don't understand why it's any different than the 5 gallon bucket that people keep out in their garages.

Bebesounds NasalClear Aspirator - My child is scared of the vacuum when it's 10 feet away from her, I can't imagine how much fun it would be to try and shove THIS up her nose.

Diaper Genie II Elite - (I know this is a big baby registry classic, so I may be on my own on this one.) I try and eliminate the amount of trash I produce as much as possible, so the idea of saran-wrapping disposable diapers in yet another layer of plastic is a foreign concept to me. And it says it holds up to 30 diapers, as if that were a lot. It's not. Raise your hand if that thing looks like a lot of fun to empty and reload every day with a screaming newborn in one arm. Besides, when you have children who emit such noxious fumes as mine do, no plastic baggie is going to help anyway.

Safety 1st Little Men Working Potty - Hold on, this is a potty? If I can't even tell the difference, I wouldn't expect your two-year-old to.

Podee BPA Free Feeding Kit - I used to have one of these! Oh wait, that was a beer helmet...

Safety 1st Rear Window Shade - This product sucks. Actually, no, it DOESN'T suck - that's the whole problem. Unless you want to duct tape it to your window to protect your child from getting a black eye when the suction cups give way, I'd pass on this one.

KidKusion Large Driveway Sign - It's such a pain to have to go outside and watch your children play in the driveway by a busy street. Why not let this sign babysit for you?

Feel free to add on if you've encountered a baby product that had you scratching your head - I'd love to see what other wonderfully unecessary stuff I may be missing out on!

**Disclaimer: This is my own personal opinion and not meant to offend or insult anyone's parenting. I'm sure there is a time and place for each one of these products, except for the sun shade, because I've owned one and you really may as well just hit your kid in the head with a plastic object and save yourself the trouble.**


  1. haha I haven't even heard of half of these! Wow, how ridiculous. I love the baby walker... ha!

  2. I think it's a great release when you listed it all out. New moms tend to collect 'unnecessary' things, and with your list you might save another mom! Cheers!

  3. I gotta add a wipes warmer. I know lots of people say it's so great but I'm not sure I want a warm, bacteria festering environment containing the wipes that go near some of the most sensitive places on my childrens' body!

  4. I will have to disagree with the nasal aspirator. My youngest daughter hates the manual ones, so I got on of the battery powered ones to try out. She LOVES it. No more screaming and yelling everytime I need to clean out her nose. I press the button to play the music and I have her nose cleaned out in no time.


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