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What baby products do you rate – and which do you slate?

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Baby? Check. Car seat, pushchair and highchair? Check. Bottle warmer, nappy stacker and air purifier? Er… check?!

Ask any second-time parent and they’ll tell you their most and least useful suggestions for what to buy for your baby (even if you don’t ask!).

But as a first-time parent, it’s difficult to know what you will and won’t need. You often end up with products that get used every single day and others that remain unopened in their boxes, waiting to be donated to charity or sold on a second-hand baby equipment website.

Having had twins last year, my most useful baby products so far have been stair gates, a smartphone app baby monitor and baby door bouncers. These items have proved to be extremely useful for safety (stair gates), peace of mind (baby monitor) and entertainment – for both me and my twins (door bouncers). And there are many more baby products I’d recommend to anyone who will listen.

On the flip side, my least useful baby products have been two Bumbo seats that were only used for a very short time.

As we don’t have a lot of space at home, I’ve since learnt to wait and see if we can live without a baby product first before buying it. This seems to have reduced my list of least useful baby products thus far.

Buy, buy, baby

Curious to know what others thought, I was drawn to our recent survey that polled over 1,000 parents of children under the age of five on which baby items they found useful and those they found least useful.

Tallying with my own findings, stair gates and the smartphone app baby monitor were in the top 10 most useful baby products.

most useful baby items

Interestingly, baby door bouncers fell into the top 10 least useful baby products, but, as I said before, they’ve proved very useful for me.

least useful baby products

The research also found that if you avoided the least useful products, you could save yourself up to £400!

Thankfully, I didn’t buy a bottle warmer, nappy stacker or air purifier…

What baby products couldn’t you live without and which have you found have gone unopened or unused, gathering dust in your cupboard?


What is the best electric toothbrush to buy for an 18 mth -2 year old

Money no object Lel ?- try-Philips Sonicare for kids connected -HX6322/04 or cheaper-
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But if you are unimpressed then visit dentistry bloggers website and read on-
Which? also recommend certain toothbrushes –

Is it necessary for a two-year old to use an electric toothbrush?

There are a number of readily available manual toothbrushes specially designed for children at various ages and I would have thought one of those would be suitable.

If a powered toothbrush with a vibrating action was necessary I would start with one of the much cheaper battery types where there is a battery in the handle. It can be used in manual or powered mode according to preference and would probably be a good introduction to using a higher powered model in due course. They are also much lighter and more suitable for small hands. I have one in my travel washbag and find it just as good as a rechargeable electric toothbrush.

Abby Semple Skipper says:
20 March 2019

I remember staring at a wall of baby gadgets in the shop willing something to appear that would make it all magically easier. Teething rings – we had soooo many and the only thing that worked was a damp muslin square.

This will be of interest to mothers with new born babies .
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is proposing a new rule that would virtually eliminate the sale of inclined sleepers (in the USA ) .
This is backed by the American Academy of Pediatrics who state (categorically ) that babies should sleep on a Flat surface not inclined 30 degrees saying that (inclined sleepers can be “deadly” ) .
A study conducted by the CPSC found that babies had died in inclined sleepers even with warnings by the AAoP , assistant Professor of orthopedic surgery – Erin Mannan –at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences led a study into this.
In the USA Fisher -Price recalled 71,000 inclined sleepers , Grace Brombach ,US PIRG Consumer Watchdog associate quote- “we applaud this and urge the quick implimentation of the rule ” -end quote.

This is consistent with long-standing advice in the UK. The recommendations for positioning babies in cots or baskets is given to expectant mothers during their ante-natal sessions. Another important recommendation is to position the baby’s feet against the foot of the cot.

It is gratifying that the number of sudden infant deaths has dropped remarkably over recent years in the UK having halved from over 250 a year to around 120. There are several causes of cot death of which the sleeping arrangements are now of reduced significance, smoking by the mother remaining a prominent cause unfortunately.

Advice here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/reducing-risk-cot-death/
I’ve never come across inclined sleepers or suggestions other than to lie a baby flat.