So you have endless lists about what you need when you have a baby, but what are the worst baby products? What should you avoid the like the plague? Didn’t we used to live in caves and survive? How is it that if you read through all of the baby must haves on Pinterest, you will discover you need EVERYTHING? When I was first pregnant with my oldest, Ryder, I was so overwhelmed with all the baby products out there. I wish I had seen mom thoughts on the worst baby products they have encountered. Now that I feel like a seasoned pro, I wanted to do that for my readers.
1. Sleepers with snaps
Ohhh my gahhhhh! By far, the worst of the worst. If you don’t know what I am talking about, here is a link to one. When the baby is screaming in the middle of the night and you just want to get the diaper off and a new one on quickly, these are the worst. When my youngest, Maddux, hit 4 or 5 months, he started kicking and going wild. If you don’t have kids, imagine snapping one of these on a chicken. The ones with one long zipper (like these) are my favorite for nighttime, when it’s cold, or if you keep your AC high. I shop the sales (Target, Carter’s and Marshalls/Ross) to find them because these can be $16!
I know, I know, they are super cute, but baby feet grow so fast and they are so expensive. We actually received a few pairs of shoes for Ryder when he was a baby, but he never got to wear them. I didn’t know it was a thing, but some babies have wide feet. It took me almost a year of trying to find a pair of shoes that Ryder could wear before someone finally told me that I should try wide sizes (if you’re curious, I have only been able to find these through Stride Rite, which you have to know how to find discounted to avoid paying $45-$60 a pair-I’ll happily share my methods with inquiring minds). Both of my boys have to wear wide shoes. And at the cost, I only want the minimum I need.
3. Bibs with Velcro
These are horrible. They get stuck on everything in the laundry and babies can easily rip them off, leaving you with an even bigger mess. All bibs should have snaps.
4. Socks with different designs on them
These are cute and they are fun and kids enjoy them, but I can’t tell you how many half pairs of these I have stashed away in the closet. I truly don’t know where single socks go and why they can’t stick together. I suppose a mesh bag to hold them all together could help, but generally I am frantically trying to get all the laundry in the wash and I don’t even sort the laundry (sssshammmeeee) so adding an extra step is too much. No one wants that.
5. Under the tongue thermometer
You usually have to keep these under the tongue for about 60 seconds. When you have to take a crabby, squirmy baby’s temperature, it’s very challenging to get a good reading. If you have a sick baby and you’re worried about his/her well-being, you want something fast. Ear/forehead thermometers are easier, faster options.
6. Bulb syringe that isn’t issued by the hospital
Even if they say they are hospital grade, they’re not. Unless you got it at the hospital. They just don’t work the same. Well, they don’t work at all. I also have the Nose Frieda, as recommended by my sons’ pediatrician. That works well, but I just really love the bulb syringes the hospital gave us when each boy was born.
7. Teething gel/Tabs
Not baby related, but I couldn’t leave this one out. Pull Ups that don’t snap apart: I have never used these, but I have heard parents talking about them and can’t imagine such a product. Imagine pulling a diaper full of poo down your potty training toddler’s leg. No thanks.
Don’t waste time, frustration or money on any of these seven (plus one) products. Avoid them and you should be good to go.