Thursday, January 23, 2014

7 Baby Items That Are Totally Overrated...

Two years ago, I was wrapped up in a frenzy, researching everything that I could ever possibly need to welcome Miss Ella into the world. I spent an unhealthy amount of time on The Bump & subscribed to just about every possible baby newsletter out there... my favorite of which is Stroller Traffic. This basically resulted in information overload and over-registering. There are things that I have for Ella that we've barely ever used. There are other things that we did use, but were totally pointless. We could have saved a lot of money if I'd only known that I didn't need these 7 "essential" items. 

1 - Sophie the Giraffe

sophie the giraffe
So this teether was, and still is, all the rage. It's supposed to be all natural, and it's cute, and it's French. Celebs have been handing them to their kids for a few years & now Pottery Barn stocks them too. The truth of the matter though, it's just a status symbol. The $2 teethers at Target will work just as well and are a tenth of the cost. If you don't care about looking cool, this isn't an item to spend money on. 

2 - Bumbo

The thing about the Bumbo is that it actually is a practical product. We used it frequently... for about two months. Before she could hold her own head up? It was worthless. Once she knew how to sit on her own? It was worthless. It just wasn't worth the expense for us... if you really want one, ask a friend to borrow it or check out a consignment shop

3 - Video Baby Monitors

I have a friend who swears by her video monitor. She lives in a huge house with three floors. Her sons room is the in the middle, while she spends most of her time on the first & third. I can completely understand having a video monitor in those circumstances. However, I have a two story house in which I can hear Ella crying from all rooms. I sleep right next door to her & always have. We just didn't need to spend $300 on a video monitor. We never used it, because it was never charged & we could already hear her crying. So unless you live in a mansion, skip it. 

4 - Wipe Warmers

Just don't. The baby doesn't care. It'll never actually be on when you need it to be. You won't ever want to sit around waiting for the wipes to warm up. Just don't. 

5 - Diaper Pail

We have one of these & we absolutely hate it. First, it's expensive. The refills will run you $16 per two-pack, which in our house lasts just over a month. That's because it has to be changed frequently, otherwise it reeks. Slowly you'll notice the nursery smells, then it'll seep into the hallway, and if you don't nip it in the bud, the whole upstairs will be unbearable. So while it's a great idea & can be handy in the middle of the night, just bag them up & put them in the trash. You'll save a lot of money & your nose will thank you. 

6 - Crib Bumpers 

notice the bumper on one side & not the other... 
Let's just ignore the fact that they're reportedly unsafe for a moment.... I had custom bumpers made for Ella's nursery. They're adorable - yellow, white, & grey with elephants on them. I loved them. Then, it came time to put them on her crib & they simply didn't fit the long ways because of the decorative panel on her crib. I tried to make it work, but it just looked tacky, so now she only has bumpers on the ends of her crib. Which look cute, but were definitely not worth the $150 I spent. It makes me angry just thinking about it... 

7 - Noise Machines 

You know the adorable lamb that attaches to the crib & makes the noise of the ocean? I think it's awesome. But you know who hates it? My daughter. She can't stand it. She prefers the hum of her ceiling fan & humidifier. Thus, it sits there purely as decoration in her crib. The most expensive stuffed lamb a baby girl could ask for... 


  1. Wow. Good to know! Those Bumbos look like torture devices anyway haha.

  2. This is great to know! I am totally in that information overload phase right now trying to figure out what we'll need. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Love your list! Except I finally used a bumbo on my 4th kid and thought why I hadn't I ever had one of these before. My daughter used hers closer to 6 months. I never even heard of that giraffe though, it just seems weird!

    Jennifer @

  4. Love this! We never wasted our money on wipe warmers thankfully because I read that they were a waste before I had my son. He never even liked his Sofie the Giraffe, so that was a total waste for us too. Maybe my little girl will like it. We didn't even bother getting bumpers for her crib since we never used them for our first child. They were such a waste of money!
    The Grass Skirt

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