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What's the point in a top and tail bowl? Do I need one?

(39 Posts)
Madratlady Tue 06-Aug-13 13:45:06

Basically what the title says. Is there a point in them that I'm missing?

Panzee Tue 06-Aug-13 15:04:52

I used baby wipes for cleaning between baths.

Somethingpink Tue 06-Aug-13 15:11:11

I've just purchased one from kiddicare for £1.99. I put a bit of baby wash and warm water in one side and cotton wool balls in the other side and then clean the baby from head to toe on none bath nights or when baby has vomited a bit but not too much that a bath is needed. I found them really useful with other dc.

JulesJules Tue 06-Aug-13 15:18:29

I would say no point and you don't need one.

Maryz Tue 06-Aug-13 15:24:00

They are useful for storing marbles. And for keeping lego bits in when making complicated models.

You don't need one. Or a baby bath. Or a changing table (use a changing mat on a chest-of-drawers with enough storage for nappies and other crap).

In fact, you don't need most of the stuff you currently think you are going to need.

Madratlady Tue 06-Aug-13 15:53:08

Maryz that's why I started this thread, the list of stuff to get is so small that I'm starting to wonder whether I've missed something! Essentials only, then maybe a few 'nice to haves' if we can afford it. It's all going to be second hand anyway.

Maryz Tue 06-Aug-13 15:57:01

According to my mum at the time, for a newborn you need a few baby grows and vests, boobs or bottles and stuff for you - nipple cream/cabbage leaves/enormous knickers/chocolate.

And a car seat for getting home. That's about it.

As your baby gets older you will be buying so much crap; don't waste money now.

blueshoes Tue 06-Aug-13 16:00:18

My top and tail bowl was one of the baby things I used the most ... and I hardly used any. I used it like fluff further down the thread. Clean water in one and, in my case, wipes or tissue paper in the other. I prefer to use fresh water to clean my baby's bottom and they rarely had nappy rash.

starfishmummy Tue 06-Aug-13 16:06:38

Handy if you are using water &cotton wool for bum changes. Store the cotton wool, nappies and any cream and potions in one side and put water in the other. I wouldn't have bought one but was given one and did find it useful.

FoofFighter Tue 06-Aug-13 16:12:54

Yes two bowls could do the same job, but it's easier to carry the top n tail bowl ;)

CPtart Tue 06-Aug-13 16:15:20

I had one-barely used it.
I also had a matching baby bath and changing table, barely used those either, just dunked them in the big bath, much easier!

Offcolour Tue 06-Aug-13 16:20:09

Dh and I always giggle about when I was pregnant with dc1 and I said "I'd just feel so much more relaxed if I had the top and tail bowl". Never used it for either dc. Complete waste of time. Use two different bowls.

Xenadog Tue 06-Aug-13 17:55:45

I have never heard of a top and tail bowl!

Seriously I have no idea what to buy and I think I might need a list - does anyone know of a realistic and useful list for what you need for a baby?

spanky2 Tue 06-Aug-13 17:58:18

I used baby wipes. I was too worried I would get the top and tail bowl ends muddled up.

Madratlady Tue 06-Aug-13 18:35:54

Xena I found the Mumsnet list of essentials good. I also went through a few other online lists and picked out the stuff that I'd actually need and use. I ended up with 2 lists - essential and 'nice to have'.

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