Baby Gear You Can Skip (and save some money!)

We were visiting one of our soon to deliver moms yesterday and she had some last minute questions. One was ‘Should she get a bath seat that suctions to the tub bottom?’

Our answer is no – and that reminded us that we have a list of products that we think you should just skip. These are a few items we feel are either unnecessary or are considered a safety risk:

  • Sleep positioners:  Those wedge-shaped foam pieces can be a suffocation hazard.
  • Crib bedding sets:  Yes, we know they are adorable, but cute quilts, bumpers and pillows can be a suffocation risk. Keep that crib simple – just a tight-fitting crib sheet and a light blanket.
  • Bottle sterilizer:  You can wash bottles in the top rack of your dishwasher or by hand with hot water and dish detergent.
  • Wipes warmer: We will admit we had one Mom who said she couldn’t live without it, but realistically do you want your baby to get used to warm wipes all the time? Also, the heat from them can damage the finish of a dresser or nightstand.
  • Ear, oral, forehead, or under-the-arm thermometers? No – rectal models are the most precise.
  • Last but not least: That bath seat we discussed earlier. It poses a drowning risk.

We hope this helped clear up a few of the misconceptions that are out there about these products.

See you soon for more baby-related information,

- WHN baby-bloggers Sarah and Linda at

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