This all started when I was in Target yesterday picking up the last few things for the baby and the hospital and I noticed these:
I'm labeling these as my #1 Unnecessary Product for Babies. Let's face it: we all know we live in a consumeristic society where companies create random products to generate revenue. I could come up with a whole other list of items I think are completely unnecessary for life (pre-cut aluminum foil? Really? Is it that hard to tear a sheet of aluminum foil?) For now, here are the rest of the products that, while they may make some people's lives easier, really aren't a necessary expense.
So, pacifier wipes. Why? Because we all know babies lose their pacifiers and they land on the floor and Lord knows what's on the floor. But, I ask you, what happened to rinsing it in plain old water? And if you really think about it, how high are the chances of there being a deathly illness - say, smallpox - on the pacifier that landed on the floor for a whole 5 seconds? Your kids are going to get sick; do you really want to try to trace it back to that one time the pacifier fell on the floor and it didn't get sanitized? I would include Boogie Wipes along with pacifier wipes.
2) Wipes warmers: When you first look at these, you think "Oh yeah, that makes sense. Who wants a cold wet wipe on their behind? Those poor babies!!" But really...no. First of all, you have to have space on your already overcrowded changing table to plug it in. Second of all, they dry out the bottom half of the wipes. Thirdly, come on...the baby will survive a brief cool sensation without too much trauma.
3) Baby spas: Yes, they really make them. I give you Exhibit A:
Yes, that is a jetted, footed tub for an infant. Let me treat you to the manufacturer's description: "The Summer Infant Soothing Baby Spa & Shower - Spa Ducks makes bath time safe, fun and relaxing for babies and parents. Parents can rinse baby with clean, warm water from a motorized jet showerhead as baby relaxes and plays in the whirlpool bath. This soothing spa relaxes nervous first-time parents and fussy babies." And there's the key: "nervous first time parents". Frankly, it would make me more nervous to get the whole thing set up and working properly.
Looks like fun, doesn't it? Grocery shopping is stressful, isn't it? Trust me, I know. The idea of something for the kid to play with while shopping sounds great. Here's the problem: it quickly becomes just one more thing to carry into the grocery store. And again, we're back to the paranoia about germs. It seems to me that even if you cover up the germs on the cart, the germs are still going to get onto the cart cover, which the mom is then eventually going to transfer to the child since she's the one handling the germy cart cover.
7) Diaper bags: This may be a controversial one. My problem with them is 1) you spend the same amount on them as you would on a purse, 2) you either carry around both a purse and a diaper bag or you succumb to carrying your wallet thrown into the diaper bag and 3) the stuff you really need fits into a big, cute purse, which is what's in style right now anyway. Really, when you leave the house to go grocery shopping, all you need is 1-2 diapers, a travel pack of wipes, a burp cloth, an extra outfit, maybe a pacifier, maybe a toy. All of that fits in a purse.
8) Babyfood makers:
People, this particular baby food maker retails for no less than EIGHTY-SIX dollars. The one that Williams-Sonoma sells costs $149.99. Throw some veggies in a microwave. Use a food processor. It does the same thing.
9) Mittens. You know, the ones they sell along with the onesies to keep the infants from scratching themselves? Hey, you can try them, but in my experience, you'll probably make yourself crazy trying to keep them on. They are tiny and they will get lost and the baby will still find an ingenious way to scratch their face. Don't worry, the scratches on their face are only really bothering you in an aesthetic way. They aren't going to actually claw their eyes out with fingernails that tiny.
10) I could probably come up with a whole bunch more, but I'll stop with this one. Baby bath robes. Every new mom gets one at her baby shower, I suppose because they look cute. But really? Who has the time or energy to dry the baby off in a towel, wrangle their teeny tiny arms into a bathrobe, unwrangle their teeny tiny arms, then re-wrangle them into actual clothing?
Alright, then. Agree? Disagree? Anyone have anything to add?