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What was your biggest waste of money

76 replies

Maz91 · 13/06/2020 15:26

Hi all

Any baby items which you bought and totally regretted or didn't use? Just curious

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BernadetteRostankowskiWolowitz · 13/06/2020 15:28

Not much, if anything. But I did a lot of reading up online etc beforehand and specifically didn't buy the things I thought would be a waste of money:-

Travel system
Baby furniture (apart from cot) e.g. wardrobe/changing table etc.
Baby bath
Top n tail bowl

Both saying these things are a waste of money for everyone, just for me.

Wearywithteens · 13/06/2020 15:29

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BadAlice · 13/06/2020 15:34

As above really.
We bought the bare minimum and figured anything else we’d get if we actually needed it. Which for us meant a basic every stage car seat, an off road running buggy and carry cot (although we could have managed with the sling and no pushchair for the first 5-6 months if we needed to tbh), a soft structured sling, a basic bouncy chair, and a regular cot hitched up as a next to me.
My one suggestion is to be really wary of anything that promises the moon on a stick eg. Claims to fix colic, will make your baby sleep through he night etc.

JustAddCoffee91 · 13/06/2020 15:39

Newborn shoes and crib shoes... pointless my 2nd is 6 months next week and he's just had socks on or sleepsuits, with my 1st I spent a fortune on baby converse, dr martens you name it I wish I'd just saved the money for when he started walking he goes through sooo many pairs of shoes now, and expensive designer clothes they are literally in it for 2 minutes

coffeeandjuice · 13/06/2020 15:39

Agree with the clothes!

I was glad I didn't do a nursery for my babies (because of house moves) . After a few months when their personalities started to come out I did them much more toddler friendly than baby friendly.

gonewiththerain · 13/06/2020 15:44

The cot.
I have got a travel system 2nd time around.

Aroundtheworldin80moves · 13/06/2020 15:47

Double pushchair (2nd time round obviously. 20 month gap. DD1 was happier on buggy board, or I used baby carrier for baby)

Cloth nappies... But I think the ones I was bought were rubbish rather than all cloth nappies.

Ouchjuststoodonlego · 13/06/2020 15:48

Changinf unit. Although we didn't buy it, it was given. Much easier to do say on the floor.

Expensive rocket. She much preferred the cheap bouncy one at my parents because she could move it herself. I preferred it as I could bounce her to sleep with my foot.

Ouchjuststoodonlego · 13/06/2020 15:48


Ouchjuststoodonlego · 13/06/2020 15:49

Sorry. There are so many typos there. I have over active autocorrect and fat fingers.

DrDreReturns · 13/06/2020 15:52

A breast pump. I think it was about £100 and it got used once.

Laney79 · 13/06/2020 15:54

Outfits -sleepsuits are just easier when they are tiny. I only started putting my boy in other clothes once he hit three months! And totally agree on the pram shoes!

Non-isofix car seat. Made the mistake of buying the mothercare journey travel system and the car seat isn't isofix, and no other car seat will fit on the journey frame. We ended up buying a joie I spin 360. Slings of various designs...I just couldn't get on with them

Stuff we have used lots so far (all bought second hand or gifted!) changing table top, Moses basket, next to me crib, cotbed, bouncers x2, jumperoo, play arch.

Mumtoone39 · 13/06/2020 16:01

Baby outfits and jackets- very little wear - they grow so fast.

THNG5 · 13/06/2020 16:04

Baby clothes! Baby gros are your friend for the first few months. And I know people will probably disagree but I found the perfect prep machine a waste of money.

Wishing56 · 13/06/2020 16:09

Expensive baby clothes/outfits. As others have said sleepsuits and/or vests (depending on the weather) are literally the go to for the first 4 months at least!
If the babies had a poo explosion in a primark sleepsuit i didnt have any worries about cutting them out of it and throwing it away 😂

Molocosh · 13/06/2020 16:14

I bought a proper big cot that converts into a toddler bed. For the first six months the baby just slept in a basket beside my bed. By the time he went in the big cot he could pull himself up on the bars, which was dangerous because he kept flopping back down and bashing his head. A few nosebleeds and bust lips convinced me that it was unsafe to put him in a cot with wooden sides. He never settled in the cot, not even after I converted it to a toddler bed. And it was never as stable and safe as an actual toddler bed would have been. The hard wooden headboard was still dangerous, plus it was too small for me to get in with him to shush him to sleep. Eventually we got rid of the whole thing and just bought an ordinary single bed.

BeMorePacific · 13/06/2020 16:46

People wasted their money on gifts for my son. He had 2 suits to wear before he was 6m.. skinny jeans.. etc etc. He was mostly in sleep suits ! x

popcorndiva · 13/06/2020 17:00

Pram suit. I just put DS in a tuppence and star wrap.
I didn't buy a changing table just put a changing mat on our bed..

Aroundtheworldin80moves · 13/06/2020 17:11

I get the feeling I'm odd... But I found sleepsuits a complete faff with all the buttons. I preferred leggings and tops.

(Also... Watch out for sleepsuits which button up the back! Most pointless things ever!)

Bobbiepin · 13/06/2020 17:17

Top & tail bath definitely unnecessary. We also didn't buy a room or bath thermometer and was fine.

Others I know bought a massive set of bottles before finding out baby doesn't like it and they had to buy different ones.

Natalie654321 · 13/06/2020 17:21

Baby bath, pump (I didn't have time to express, so just stuck to breastfeeding from the source 😂), bottles/ steriliser (again, I didn't bottle feed).

Thecazelets · 13/06/2020 17:22

Special nappy bin with expensive refill cassettes. Utterly pointless and pongy.

Floofsquidge · 13/06/2020 17:23

Cardigans. Every hospital list out there tells you that you must pack cardigans. Never used once.
Too many blankets. With sleeping bags they just don't get used.
Moses basket. Got about a month of use, if that, before switching to a crib.
Buying the next size up clothes; don't do it. They can grow so fast they skip a size, or end up fitting in the wrong season. Buy for now.
Bits & bobs NCT told me I'd definitely need in advance and never got touched, eg nipple shields.

Molocosh · 13/06/2020 17:24

I agree that sleepsuits with back buttons are pointless, it’s impossible to put them on a baby. In fact nice outfits in general are pointless, they’re a faff to put on, they’re uncomfortable and get puked on after half an hour, then they’re a faff to wash. Pram suit is pointless too, you can’t put baby in a car seat wearing one.

I made the mistake of buying a car seat with a carry handle. It’s really heavy and with a baby inside it’s heavier still. It took two of us to carry it, it was useless. Not to mention difficult to get in and out of the car. After a while I chucked it and got a fixed car seat that doesn’t come out, one that rotates to make it easier to put the baby in.

MsChatterbox · 13/06/2020 17:24

18kg rear facing car seat. Should have gone straight for 25kg rear facing after the baby seat.

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