New Baby Products – How Many Do You Really Need?
A-Z Challenge letter: P – Products
Recently, I saw this article about new products on the baby market – a selection of the new products offered by the 3000 or so exhibitors at the ABC Expo in Las Vegas earlier this year.
Now, I haven’t seen the rest of what was on offer, but reading through this list made my heart sink. Let’s be honest, there’s not much you actually need when you have a baby. There may be lots of things you would like, want, but babies are pretty accessory free really. You could certainly waste an awful lot of money of unnecessary stuff if you wanted to. In fact, play your cards right, and you could buy enough stuff that you never need interact with your little cherub at all.
Some of the things that stood out to me were:
- A battery operated device to rock baby’s car seat to save you a job.
- The Dream Premium bassinet in leather at a cool $1200
- Booster seats for kids that match the car’s interior
- A Hello Kitty range of bouncers, high chairs, pushchairs etc
- A pushchair with built in generator and mobile phone charger
- Voice activated night lights which play music when baby cries
- A device to tell you when the bath is full enough for your toddler
- A storage system for shop-bought baby food pouches
- A leather covered Silver Cross pram
There were any number of strollers and car seats with designer fabric, “this season’s colours”, a “must have” name and more.
I just don’t get it. I really don’t. Babies do not care whether their cot has Hello Kitty all over it, so why bother? You have eyes in your head to tell you whether the water is too deep for your child.
Maybe I’m being overly picky, but we didn’t find a need for most of the things on the baby market. We didn’t have everything on the market for Bean, and when Plum and then PK were born, we bought even less, having realised how few things are necessary.
Of course, you need a car seat if you will be travelling by car with your munchkin – and it’s worth paying for a good one, if you can. By which I mean, one that is safe and will protect your baby in the unfortunate event of a collision, not one that has designer fabric. Last time I checked, designer leather does not protect your baby from a side-on shunt.
What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve seen on the market for new parents? What thing could you not do without? And finally, what did you buy that you found out you really didn’t need after all?