5 Baby Products I Wouldn’t Use Again!

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Five Items for Babies That I Wouldn’t Bother Buying Again!

I’m sure there are a billion of these types of posts out there if I go searching but I wanted to write my own as a reminder to myself, IF we ever decide to be crazy and have another bubba one day. These are the things I “rush” purchased/borrowed or requested as gifts (because family asked!) and I really did not need to. On the flip side, here are the 5 items which were bloody brilliant! Perfect for getting through early motherhood and the realities of maternity leave!

5 baby products i could live with out

1- An umbrella for the pram

I got a regular black one that was supposed to clip on to the pram and shade the baby. It was bloody useless. Never again. Hair clips, muslin cloth – job done.

2- A gro-thermometer thingy

I know a lot of people find these useful but I hated ours. It was constantly orange or red, which meant I constantly felt like my baby would die. Our house is usually very warm and B was a summer baby. Also, the stupid thing would never stand up very well. We had a thermometer on the monitor. That was enough!

3- The backpack/lead thingy so your child doesn’t go missing

I get the concept and in theory it would work really well if you have a child that likes to wander. When B was at the walking stage, he just wanted to be carried. I think we used his turtle backpack thing three times. Brand new, anyone want it? 😉

5 baby products i could live with out

4- Shoes that weren’t from Clarks between sizes 3 and 8

B has pretty wide feet – a size G. I’ve found (through making multiple purchasing mistakes) that any type of non-Clarks shoe just don’t fit him well. Now his feet are a little bigger, some trainer type shoes fit well, but otherwise in the early days, it was money well wasted.

5- The Bumbo

I didn’t purchase this and I’m pleased I didn’t. My sister had one and she gave it to me (because she also didn’t use it much). I know people will disagree but on the whole, I really didn’t use it much. The hubby and I tried it out, multiple times. We really wanted to like it as the concept is great but we always found that b would arch his back and try to get out of it. And he hated the tray table too. It was useful at the very early stages of weaning as per the photo below but I wouldn’t say it was an essential for me. I found it easier to pop b on my lap!

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Do you have any baby bits that you would never buy again?! Or did you find all of the above super useful – maybe it was user error on my part haha. Or mummy-brain! I did find some products really useful and I share those for you in this post here.

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33 comments

  1. I\’m with you on most of these, especially the bumbo, waste of money! But the backpack/reins was perfect for my son who liked to run off, my daughter never needed it though x #bigpinklink

  2. I\’ve heard those bumbo swats are dangerous so didn\’t buy one. Glad now. We propped A up with a million cushions instead 🙂 oh that thermometer!! My hubs is obsessed with it, checking the temperature alllllll the time! #bigpinklink

  3. I\’ve heard those bumbo swats are dangerous so didn\’t buy one. Glad now. We propped A up with a million cushions instead 🙂 oh that thermometer!! My hubs is obsessed with it, checking the temperature alllllll the time! #bigpinklink

  4. I\’ve heard those bumbo swats are dangerous so didn\’t buy one. Glad now. We propped A up with a million cushions instead 🙂 oh that thermometer!! My hubs is obsessed with it, checking the temperature alllllll the time! #bigpinklink

  5. I\’ve heard those bumbo swats are dangerous so didn\’t buy one. Glad now. We propped A up with a million cushions instead 🙂 oh that thermometer!! My hubs is obsessed with it, checking the temperature alllllll the time! #bigpinklink

  6. I\’ve heard those bumbo swats are dangerous so didn\’t buy one. Glad now. We propped A up with a million cushions instead 🙂 oh that thermometer!! My hubs is obsessed with it, checking the temperature alllllll the time! #bigpinklink

  7. I\’ve heard those bumbo swats are dangerous so didn\’t buy one. Glad now. We propped A up with a million cushions instead 🙂 oh that thermometer!! My hubs is obsessed with it, checking the temperature alllllll the time! #bigpinklink

  8. I\’ve heard those bumbo swats are dangerous so didn\’t buy one. Glad now. We propped A up with a million cushions instead 🙂 oh that thermometer!! My hubs is obsessed with it, checking the temperature alllllll the time! #bigpinklink

  9. I\’m completely with you on the Gro Egg – my hubs bought ours from a baby show when I was pregnant and it was a TOTAL waste as there was a built-in thermometer on our baby monitor! But like you say, I know lots of people who rave about them so each their own I guess.

    We got our Bumbo really cheap second-hand and I\’m really glad I didn\’t pay full price as we hardly used it either.

    Other things we didn\’t use – baby carrier (although next time I will get a ring sling and try with that instead as I hear much more comfy) and bath seat (used it once, we just held him in the water after that as he liked his body properly submerged.

    Thanks for sharing xxx #bigpinklink

    • I didn\’t use our baby carrier much either. I just found it hurt my back a lot. id like to try a sling though if we have another. and yep, we just held b in the bath too. the bath seats were a bit awkward! x

  10. So bumbo fab with babies 1 and 3. Not with no 2 he used to throw himself out of it. Umbrella blooming useless! Mixed feelings about reins, they are always in bag (just in case) for no 2. Love the Gro Egg, we have two 🙂 plus got characters to sit on top of them, an owl and a monkey. This time I haven\’t even got the baby bath, changing table or electric steriliser out the loft. Wouldn\’t be without my Ergo babycarrier and little bouncy chair and Medela breast pump as babies. Hate the buggyboard, love my double pushchair!

  11. We had all of these apart from non-Clarks shoes. The bumbo seat was the worst. Little B had such chunky legs that although we managed to squeeze her in, it was always a bit touch and go whether we\’d get her back out again!! Needless to say, we hardly used it.

  12. We bought a gadget at the baby fayre that allowed you to turn any bottle or carton into a teat. Naively bought before I actually became a mum and found out whilst the child is using a teat it’s never going to drink anything I drink that warrants a teat.

    Used our glow egg loads but it was always red or orange.

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