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Unnecessary Baby Items 2010-02-25 09:00:00

What's the Newborn Item You Regret Purchasing?

When a mama-to-be strolls the aisles of a baby emporium for the first time, everything looks enticing. Armed with friends' recommendations and the latest issue of Consumer Reports, a pregnant woman thinks she knows exactly what she needs. But, once the lil one arrives and the new mom gets in her groove she is likely to find that some of the items she swore she would need are not perfectly suited for her tot.

When expecting my first child, a car seat manufacturer had just introduced their latest and greatest infant seat. It claimed to hold babies up to 30 pounds and sure that I was going to give birth to a giant I quickly registered for it. What I didn't realize was that a car seat that holds such a big baby is bound to weigh a ton itself, and once you add a baby, it is virtually impossible to carry more than a few feet.

What is the baby item that you regret buying?

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Livvy-P Livvy-P 7 years
I regret a few things: -Registering for the travel system. I didn't use the stroller after my daughter was 6 months old - it was too heavy to lug in and out of the car. I would have preferred the Snap n Go, and then the Maclaren for a lightweight stroller (I love my Maclaren). -My sling - my son outgrew it so fast, it was useless for me. Also, my husband loved the Baby Bjorn, but I couldn't stand it. This time around (with #3) I'm going for the Ergo. -The highchair. I did use it alot with my daughter, but when I had my son, I got the Fisher Price Space Saver. In a word, it's wonderful! Since #3 was a wonderfully pleasant surprise, I'm going to have to buy another one - we got rid of/donated/gave away almost all of our things! -All clothes that are 0-3 months. Maybe a couple packs of onesies, but that's it. Babies grow so fast! Right now I'm trying to learn from my previous mistakes and only get what I need. My kids loved the swing, but I don't want to spend a ton of money on that again, so I think that I'm going to get a portable one. Also, definitely getting the bouncy seat. I'm going to take it as it comes, and not buy a ton of stuff before. I have my Pack n Play, which is convenient. Now I'm just trolling websites, figuring out what I should/shouldn't get. Does anyone have a feeling about the Ergo baby carrier?
pixiedusk pixiedusk 7 years
dont have any regrets with my purchases YET.. hehe... i dont have a lot of purchases cuz im... asking around first on what to really buy... i know i still have to buy bathing & sleeping stuff..... but i want to use 2nd hand stuff... cuz im drain in the money dept....
KarlaTrotman KarlaTrotman 7 years
I almost threw my back out with the darn baby bjorn.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 7 years
we use the ergo baby, a basic cotton bjorn that we got used, and a sling too (well, only I use the sling, and not that often, but its alright) i prefer the ergo and the hubby likes the bjorn. the nicest thing about the ergo is the infant insert that they just improved- so you can wear your newborn even at 7 pounds! keeps baby warm too....
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 7 years
the crib for my 2nd one! i feel that we could very safely (and MUCH more comfortably) be cosleeping on a kingsize mattress on the floor (but with the crib we dont have room) she is actually a great sleeper but i'd still prefer a bigger bed
amandachalynn amandachalynn 7 years
Awesome! Thanks so much for the tips.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 7 years
I regret the knock off baby bjorn. I don't remember what brand it was, I bought it for about 30 bucks at target. The thing hurt my back and it was so complicated! It took me 10 minutes to strap the kid on when I was by myself. I really love the idea of wearing the baby, and I'm wondering if any of you have used the sling. Did it work for you?
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
Peg Perego rocking high chair.....seemed cool when we registered for it but the rocking feature was so useless. Hot Sling....kiddo grew out of it so quick and it always pulled on my neck or back the wrong way. I'm half/half on the wipes warmer. Great for our cold winters but the stupid pads inside dry out so quick and the bottom wipes always end up dried out and brown. Car/Travel bottle warmer. If it didn't take 20 minutes to get a bottle barely warm it would have been great.
little-miss-x little-miss-x 7 years
Our Svan highchair. Although aesthetically appealing, the next time around I'm going to look for an easy-wipe down model with a GIANT tray. Why do companies even PUT fabric on highchairs? As if we don't have enough laundry to do!!
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
Haha, goldiecar. We got tons of shoes as gifts and I never put shoes on her! They're so bad for those little feet, and completely unnecessary!
goldiecar goldiecar 7 years
Karenelise--You really hated the spa bathtub?? I LOVE it. Only, my 9 mo just learned to splash... The clawfoot (yeah, sounds luxurious... NOT!) was just too hard to reach into with a C-section... Bad purchases: the Boon baby food holder in the spoon thing (only works with overly pureed food), those stupid baby food holders that you're supposed to put homemade baby food in (they don't shut... I just use an ice cube tray), the million of homemade/knitted blankets, NEWBORN SHOES (I mean, really?? What was I thinking?!?!?). Best purchases: Beaba (it's freakin' amazing!!!! SO easy to make baby food), white noise machine, BumGenius one size cloth diapers!!
katiekat katiekat 7 years
I regret buying a glider that does not recline, a Phil & Teds AND a Burley (should have just gone for the Chariot!) The space saver high-chair (once it was in booster mode, it was too tall to push under our table) I disagree w/ pp's re: the heavy infant seats. We have the Peg (30/30) and though can get heavy when they're big having the OPTION to leave them in their seat was wonderful! You don't have to do it, the car seat can stay in the car just like a convertible, but boy was it nice when I had to make quick stops...much easier than unbuckling and re-buckling her in her seat!
schnappycat schnappycat 7 years
The Boppy was pretty useless to me. I only BF for a few weeks and didn't even really like to use it then, so it remained largely untouched. We also didn't really use the swing because my son hated it, but I'm hoping the second one will use it some.
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