This is a guest post by Lucy of The Ultimate Gift Guide Blog.

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Moms, You Don’t Need These!

Let’s face it, buying for a new baby is fun, even if it isn’t your new baby. But, there are some products out there that just don’t need to be gifted. Why? Because they’re not needed and you’d be better off giving a gift card to the mom to use as they need it.

{Wipes Warmer}

I know someone out there is like “WHAT? We liked our”…and my answer is good for you…now how did baby react when her butt got wiped with a wipe that hadn’t been warmed when you were out visiting/shopping? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Sure, they are neat, but you really don’t need them…baby will not resent you for the rest of her life if you use room temp wipes. Promise.

{Peepee Teepee}

I don’t have boys, but I changed one once. Trust me when I say these do not stand the test of a stream of pee…learned the hard way. Come on people, as a new parent you need to learn the art of the quick change…for girls make sure you get the butt part of the diaper under there fast…or boys make sure you have the front covered first. No problem. And if you aren’t a quick change artist yet? Toss a couple wipes on the front of the boy to deflect the pee.

{Baby Shoes}

Sure they may be cute, for the three seconds they stay on until baby flails and has a fit. Baby shoes for infants are useless, if they aren’t walking or crawling there’s not point to having any kind of shoes on their feet. And before a lynch mob comes after me, I didn’t say NOT to cover baby toes, you should do that, just not with SHOES, go with socks. My favorites are the Trumpette brand or for a more afforable option the Luvable Friends brand.

{Baby Bathrobe}

Infant bathrobes are a waste of money pure and simple. There’s nothing much more to it than that, I don’t know any little 3 month old who lounges around in his bathrobe…doesn’t happen. If you want to give a bath set go for the hooded towels.

{Full Size Travel System}

I’m going to get hate mail. These travel systems are big, bulky, and for one kid they are too much. You’ll appreciate what I’m saying after pushing that Hummer month after month and getting jammed on doorways…trust me. Want a travel system? Fine, look for one that says LIGHTWEIGHT, or buy the stroller and infant car seat separately and then get the adapters to make your own travel system. NOTE: Strollers are a personal thing and most new moms like having a hand in the decision process… don’t gift something like this out of left field!

{Baby Bathtub}

I have two words for you: “Kitchen Sink”. Yeah I know it’s not cool, but honestly baby bathtubs are more trouble than they’re worth…you need to store them, scrub them out since they mold, and you basically still do the same exact thing you would if you were giving baby a bath in the sink. So, just wait until baby is a sitter and use the big tub…but please don’t think about wasting money on those tub seats either, I’m begging you.

What’s on YOUR “Do not gift” list for a new mom?

Lucy Montgomery is the creator of The Ultimate Gift Guide and The Ultimate Gift Guide Blog.  Visit her blog for product reviews, giveaways, gift ideas, styles and trends for everyone, and gifting tips and tricks!


6 Responses to 6 Products NOT to Gift to a New/Expecting Mom {Special Guest Post}

  • I would agree with the first 4, although I wish the hooded towels were bigger(the hood is normally too big and towel part too small). I like the travel systems, but definitely agree that Moms are particular and like to choose it themselves…but if they have one on their list and someone can afford it, would love it gifted. As for the baby bathtub, sure it gets in the way…but unfortunately I dont have a dishwasher, so even though I do dishes 2-3 times a day, my kitchen sink typically has dishes in it so I would much rather wash in the bath tub…plus until they can sit up I think it is difficult to wash in sink or regular tub.

    I think diaper bags are over rated…or at least let the mom pick it out herself. Like purses or hand bags women have their own personal likings. For me I think baby bedding is the biggest waste of money. I know they are adorable, but you arent supposed to use bumper pads or comforters so why the heck do they sell them, especially at the prices they do!

    • Oh my gosh! You are SO right. I hate when people buy me diaper bags! With my first baby, I ended up with SEVEN, and they were all as ugly as sin. Never used a single one of them, either.

      And don’t even get me started on the price of baby bedding. LOL!

  • I couldn’t agree more with everything on your list. I’ve never understood the idea behind wipes warmers. They’re just ridiculous. And I just use the regular bath tub for baths. A tiny bit of water is all you need those first few months, and it prepares them for taking a bath int he big tub as they get older.

    Great list!

  • I agree with all that and the one I would add is the Diaper Genie. I know a lot of people will disagree with me here but a poop snake is not my idea of a worthwhile product (and they still smell defeating the purpose).

  • i totally disagree! with both my kids i used an infant wipe warmer and they had no problem using a room temperature wipe when we were out and about. and I LOVE my baby bathtub. it makes bathing so much easier for me– i put it in the regular bathtub so that I have plenty of room and the baby is safer in it as opposed to the kitchen sink. its hard to give the baby a bath and hold them up at the same time which is why you need a baby bath tub. the infant wipe warmer is a luxury but the infant bath tub is a necessity!

  • I agree on a couple and disagree on the others. I ended up loving my travel system and used it the whole way through both of my kids. But I did pick out the one that I wanted myself.

    I also liked the baby bathtub that I got for 2 reasons. 1) it was a cute way to organize all of the gifts that came in it rather than just a gift basket, and 2) I did use it inside my bigger bathtub when I was NOT using the sink. But I used the sink a lot. I think I used it more as the girls got a little bit older and wanted to “play” a little more than just the quick scrub.

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