10 useless baby products you shouldn't buy

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Every new parent is nervous about bringing a tiny, helpless baby into the world. That often means buying every parenting product you can get your hands on. Multiple bottles, hundreds of blankets, different formulas (if you choose not to breastfeed) and every lotion under the sun.

It's scary to even consider not having something that your baby needs. But there are useless baby products. Our Facebook users shared the items they wished they have never purchased.

BATH PRODUCTS
baby products
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Babies have very sensitive skin and some are even born with skin conditions. Paediatricians advise that only scent-free products be used on babies for the first 6 months regardless of whether or not they have skin conditions. The crazy amount of products that new parents receive at baby showers are a waste of money and often go unused.

BABY SLINGS
baby sling
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All babies are different. Some love being in a sling but others don't. If your baby decides that a sling is not for him, that is a huge waste of money that could've been put towards buying (even more) nappies.

BABY BEDDING
baby bedding
Instagram

Frilly pillows and expensive baby duvets are unnecessary. Your baby will end up wrapped in a blanket and sleeping on top of that bedding in no time at all.

COTS
Baby cot
Instagram

I'm not sure if you've checked recently but cots are expensive! You can easily pay R3000 or more for a basic cot. For some, this is a huge expense that could be avoided if they choose to co-sleep.

RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE BABY CLOTHING
D&G baby clothing
Saks Fifth Avenue & Childrensalon

Sure, that brand name baby jacket is totally adorable and those designer jeans are the cutest thing ever, but the expense is insane. The cost of the single Dolce & Gabbana jacket pictured above could clothe your child for a couple of years (depending on where you shop). Plus at only a few months old, your little one will neither appreciate nor remember the very expensive item of clothing they got to poop, pee and vomit on before they outgrew it within weeks.

GOLD PACIFIER
Baby pacifier
4akid

At almost R500 a pop for one of these Elodie Gold Pacifiers, I can't think of a single good reason to own one. You wouldn't give it to your baby which means it just becomes another (expensive) dust collector. Similarly, why do babies need silver cutlery? Definitely a useless baby item if there ever was one.

NAPPY BINS
Nappy bin
Angelcare

Some of you may disagree with me on this one but in my opinion (and our Facebook users agree), nappy bins and their liner refills are pricey and very unnecessary. A simple swing bin and scented bin bags are a much cheaper alternative. Plus you'll have a bin to use once your kid is off nappies.

BABY SHOES
Newborn shoes
Instagram

This one is simple. Babies can't walk and therefore do not need shoes. No matter how cute they may be.

BATH THERMOMETERS
Bath thermometer
Instagram

You may have every good intention of bathing your baby in the perfect temperature but your baby may disagree with your decision. Maybe your baby likes the water a little cooler or warmer. Eventually that thermometer will end up at the bottom of a cupboard while you test the water with your hand anyway. Fact.

TUMMY TUB
Tummy Tub
Tummy Tub

I'm about to be real honest here, guys. I don't get the point of a Tummy Tub. I get that it's meant to promote a stress-free bath experience. But you're honestly just bathing your baby in a bucket. And surely it's cheaper to just buy an actual bucket if that's what you're wanting? Plus, how does your little one splash around in there? That's half the fun! 

What are your thoughts? Do you disagree with anything on this list? Comment below!
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