Top 5 unnecessary baby items

Hey there mamas! Whether you’re expecting a new baby or on the search for a practical gift for an expecting family, we’re here to tell you all about the top five unnecessary baby items that you should avoid. We've been there, done that, and bought ALL the t-shirts when it comes to raising babies, and we're here to give you the inside scoop on what you DON’T need when it comes to baby gifts.

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First up on our list of unnecessary baby items is the infamous baby wipe warmer. Yes, you read that right. There are actually devices out there that warm up baby wipes before you use them. But let’s be real, does your baby really need a warm wipe? Sure, it might feel nice on their delicate skin, but it’s not worth the extra expense and hassle. Plus, it takes up valuable counter space that could be used for something more practical. Trust us on this one, just stick to a simple wipe dispenser that keeps your wipes organised and easily accessible.

Next up on our list is the baby food maker. Now, we know that the idea of making your own baby food sounds nice in theory, but it’s not always practical or necessary. A baby food maker can be expensive, and you can achieve the same results with a simple blender or food processor. Plus, most baby food makers can only make small quantities at a time, so you’ll still need to use your blender or food processor for larger batches. Save yourself some cash and kitchen storage space and invest in a good set of food storage containers that can be used to store homemade or store-bought baby food. We know how much everyone loves tupperware!

Moving on to number three on our list – the nappy stacker. This is a decorative soft material storage bag that hangs on the wall and holds nappies. While it may look cute, it’s not practical for storing a large quantity of diapers. Plus, it takes up valuable wall space that could be used for something more useful or attractive. Instead, invest in a wheeled caddy that can be easily moved from room to room and holds a larger quantity of nappies, wipes, and other essentials. Alternatively, just throw the bag of nappies in a cupboard or on top of a shelf and grab them as you need them!

Coming in at number four is baby shoes. Yes, we know that baby shoes may look adorable, but they’re definitely not necessary for babies who are not yet walking. In fact, experts are now recommending against shoes as they can actually hinder your baby’s development by restricting their movement and preventing them from feeling the ground beneath their feet. Instead, opt for soft-soled booties or socks that keep your baby’s feet warm and protected. And let’s be real, your baby isn’t going to care about their footwear until they’re old enough to start walking.

And last but not least on our list of unnecessary baby items is baby powder. While baby powder has been a staple in many households for years, it’s actually not recommended by pediatricians due to the risk of respiratory issues when inhaled. Plus, it’s not necessary for your baby’s health or hygiene. Instead, opt for a gentle nappy cream or ointment that is free from harsh chemicals and fragrances such as coconut oil or something natural. 

To sum it up, as mums, we know how overwhelming it can be to choose the right baby items. However, it’s crucial to keep in mind that your little one’s comfort and your own practicality should be at the forefront when making these decisions. We recommend skipping the unnecessary items like the wipe warmers and baby food makers, and instead, opt for practical essentials like a wipe dispenser and gentle nappy creams.

Remember, it’s the small things that make a big difference. As a mum, you want what’s best for your baby and your family, and sometimes that means focusing on the basics. And if you ever feel overwhelmed with the daily household chores, Mum’s Village Coast to Coast is here to help. We offer a range of in-home services and home resets to make your life just that little bit easier, so you can spend more quality time with your family…or go gift shopping!

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