Unnecessary Baby Products

The other day, our family ended up at Buy Buy Baby, a children products store owned by Bed, Bath & Beyond. I hadn’t been in there for a while, but we used to spend a lot of time in that place leading up to my daughter’s birth and the first year or so afterward.

Anyway, I was strolling through the aisles, and something totally unnecessary caught my eye. Surely, a totally unnecessary baby product must be at a low low price. I scanned the packaging and low and behold…sticker shock set in.

I took pictures of this, along with two other products that I found completely unnecessary and utterly expensive, that I just had to share with you.

ITEM 1: CHILDREN’S SHOE SIZER

unnecessary baby products (3)I know most of you woke up this morning dreaming that you could size your child’s foot. Well, for the low low sum of $14.99 (!) you can own one yourself.

unnecessary baby products (2)Yeah, your kid’s feet will grow fast. During the first several years, you will have to switch shoes often. But, there’s a simple and free alternative to purchasing this shoe sizer.

Sure, there could be killer shoe deals that you’re waiting to pounce on, but if you’re that into shopping, you probably will pass by a shoe store in your travels. If not, there’s a slightly cheaper alternative – again, find your local shoe store for free measurements.

ITEM 2: COOLING DISH

unnecessary baby products (4)You cook for your kids right? Sometimes the food is hot right? Do you hate putting hot food in a bowl and waiting a long time for the food to cool down enough so your kids can safely eat?

unnecessary baby products (5)Well for the low low sum of $9.99 (!) you can have a plastic dish that you place in your freezer that is filled with ice pack goo. Now you can place the hot food in a dish and through the magic of thermodynamics, it will get cold faster.

I have a free alternative.

Ice. Add ice to the food, swirl it around until your food reaches desired temperature. I’ve talked about this method in the past a few times.

Either you have an ice tray laying around, or your fridge has a built in ice maker. Even if you don’t have an ice tray, you can get one cheaply enough. It also won’t limit you to a baby bowl that will eventually be discarded.

ITEM 3: BATH KNEELER

unnecessary baby products (7)A happy foam whale will save your knees from harm. This item is useful. There I said it. I’ve had roughed up knees from bath time. However, my qualms with this come from the price. After all, this happy whale will only cost you the low low sum of $14.99 (!)

unnecessary baby products (8)Unless you desperately need to tie in an aquatic theme to your bathroom, there are cheaper alternatives. Almost every garden shop have inexpensive foam garden kneelers. You can find these in dollar stores too! Sure, it’s not a happy whale, but it will get the job done. (you can also buy garden kneelers on Amazon for $5.99).

Or, you can also use a rolled up towel, which is free.

That’s all I have today – a theoretical savings of $40. Are there any expensive kid products that you’ve come up with cheap or free alternatives? Share with me in the comments below.

-Rob

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