Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Overbuying and the Peepee Teepee Dilemma

One matter I've noticed that regularly conjures up new-parent regret, is the money wasted on those new baby products they didn't use and just never needed.

In a post last week, I highlighted a couple of obvious items that were just gross cash grabs, including "Specially-formulated" baby water. But there are so many others that seem to fit into this category.

The trouble is, it's tough to know which ones. 

I told Mrs. Blackwell that I was writing this post about "useless baby products." A good topic she agreed but unfortunately, we couldn't agree on the products.

How about a baby wipe warmer? How useful could this be? Are newborns demanding something better than room temperature for their wipes? Are there legions of sadists who can't help but keep the wipes in the fridge? I thought this one was useless, Mrs. Blackwell says many moms have told her otherwise.
Pictured: "Style."

So, perhaps it's not the products that are deserving of skepticism so much as it is the promises they make. 

For instance, how about  the breast pump that invites new moms to "Pump in Style." 

Yeah. Who says breast feeding can't be cool?  "You go for it mom!" And be sure to drop nearly $400 in the process. (Of course, even non-stylish breast pumps can cost much more. Ugh.) 

Even product purchases that seem centered around the simplest of goals - child safety - aren't so simple. 

Talk to a parent of a five-year old about that car seat they bought with the air pads that secured their child's head in the event of a side-impact crash. 

Really, any teepee can accomodate peepee.
"The kid cried and was uncomfortable because they couldn't see anything but air pad when they turned their head."

And hey, while we're baffled, does anyone need a "Peepee Teepee for the Sprinkling Weewee?" I read the Amazon.com entry for this product twice and I still have no idea what it does, aside from forcing people to say "Peepee Teepee," which is pretty funny.

This, I suppose, is a pretty fair trade. If companies are going to manufacture products -- and need -- they can at least provide a few laughs along the way.

If you're searching for a good place to start looking for products to avoid and those to embrace, this is as good a place as I've found and includes links to some useful sites. Happy hunting.

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