Babies are so expensive, right? When they first come into the world, the list of things that we absolutely must have for them seems never-ending. And the world of marketing bombards us with messages about just how essential those things are. So many of the things that we buy for baby are useless or not fit for purpose, though: for a selection, read on….
Manufacturers talk up baby floor seats, claiming that you should use them instead of just sitting baby on the floor. However, there are a couple of drawbacks. First, they seat a baby very upright and keep them immobile, which isn’t necessarily good for their development. Second, it has been argued that they prevent the proper development of the muscles of the pelvis, keeping babies from being able to gain skills that they will later need to move around.
A changing table seems essential: there’s hardly anything else you’ll use more often with a new baby. However, they’re costly and take up space, so you could consider a cheaper alternative. If you buy a changing pad instead, costing roughly $20, you can use it anywhere: sofa, bed, floor, even atop a dresser.
Diaper disposal systems
Special bins that keep used diapers out of sight (and away from your nose) might seem like a great idea, especially in hot weather, but the downside comes when they need emptying. Then the effect of a couple of days’ extra marinating becomes obvious. And they need a regular change of the cassette that keeps them fresh – and that can be costly Just using a regular bin and taking out the trash every day might work out just as well.
A newborn is many months away from walking, so shoes might be a bit extravagant. However, you do want to keep baby’s tootsies warm – so crib shoes could be a good idea. At least they would be if coverings for little ones didn’t come in one piece more often than not. And the good thing about a onesie? Baby can’t kick it off.