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What is the craziest/strangest/least necessary/most useless baby gadget or piece of stuff sold to parents for their babies you've seen?

I'm voting for little wigs to put on babies who don't have much hair.
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Omg mamazee those exist?! Wow, I can't top that!!
The big fluffy/stiff newborn snowsuits. Unless you're actually strapping them into a dog sled in Nunavut, what's the use? You can't use them in carseats and there's no way those would be comfortable in a carrier. They put me in mind of Randy's snowsuit in A Christmas Story: "you'll put your arms down when you get to school!" lol
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They do exist! Have a look http://baby-bangs.com/store.php

 

Here's a few more I find a bit overboard:

 

Thudgauard http://www.babysfirstheadgear.com/

 

Baby Butt Fans  http://www.infantbreeze.com

 

Poop Alarm  http://www.dhgate.com

 

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OMG I just flashed to Toddlers in Tiaras!! Insert fainting smiley
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Oh god. I haven't seen anything that compares to baby wigs and peepee bottles.
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I want the Butt Fan!!!!
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Aren't there diapers that tweet at you when they are wet? 

 

Yes! These: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57583756/huggies-tweetpee-device-sends-tweet-when-baby-wets-diaper/


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Omg Adina... I'm just speechless... Seriously?! Wow... Some people lol
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OK I was at a shop and saw a little watch for a tiny newborn baby. A wristwatch. The idea was that it would look cute in a photo, but really I thought "a baby can't tell time!" and then I thought of this thread.
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This isn't exactly useless, but I find it hilarious when infant clothing has a pocket(s). My sister sent me some wonderful wool longies with a back pocket on them. Obviously essential for the wallet-carrying diaper wearer. LOL!

Maybe this is because I live in a warm climate, but I always roll my eyes when I see wipes warmers on registries. They seem ultra useless to me, but I have heard of people using them.

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Maybe this is because I live in a warm climate, but I always roll my eyes when I see wipes warmers on registries. They seem ultra useless to me, but I have heard of people using them.

 

My friend always tucked wipes under her boobs to warm them up.  I think that's hilariously awesome!

 

Stupid baby gadget?  Knee pads for new crawlers.

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Curious whether AP parents ever see much use for baby monitors? 

 

I'm not planning on by-the-book AP, but we're planning on our little spending at LEAST the first three months next to our bed, and after that, nearby with an open door. I'm like . . . why? Why do I need this thing?

 

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Curious whether AP parents ever see much use for baby monitors? 

I'm not planning on by-the-book AP, but we're planning on our little spending at LEAST the first three months next to our bed, and after that, nearby with an open door. I'm like . . . why? Why do I need this thing?

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I never really needed one for my first either-small house, co-slept, naps in my arms, etc. BUT the monitor has come in very handy with subsequent children, especially with three. When the little one is sleeping, miraculously by herself, I can play outside with the big kids. Our yard isn't big but it would be very difficult to hear baby when she wakes up without the monitor.

Also, the monitor is nice when the grandparents are babysitting the kids. They are always super concerned that they won't hear one of the kids when they wake up from naps. Really, they would but I think it is a comfort for them.
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I'm not a cosleeper but very AP otherwise and I couldn't survive without a monitor. My situation may be totally different than yours though: we live in an old 2 story brick house with lathe and plaster walls that do a very good job absorbing sound. Also we have 2 cats and while they are lovely, safe pets, I always keep doors closed for the kids at night so the kitties can't have access to the kiddos unsupervised. I can't hear well enough even in our bedroom (a few feet away) to wake up to the crying or calling. When kiddo is napping upstairs, I can't hear them down in the kitchen or living room. Now we have two girls (2.5 years and 5 weeks) and we have a monitor set up for each. Their rooms share a wall but with fans blowing for white noise, I can't hear one in the other's room loud enough if I pass out (happens a LOT).
I would set everything up, go to the different places in the house/apartment and have your DP make noise in baby's room and see how loud he needs to get before you hear him. If you can hear well enough to wake then save your money and skip the monitor. For us it just wasn't an option with our house.
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My DH would love the baby butt fan. He is borderline obsessive about making sure little bums are bone dry before re-diapering. I think I might order him one! LOL
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Curious whether AP parents ever see much use for baby monitors? 

I'm not planning on by-the-book AP, but we're planning on our little spending at LEAST the first three months next to our bed, and after that, nearby with an open door. I'm like . . . why? Why do I need this thing?

Input?

I thought just like you but DH convinced me to get one and I am glad. Its surprisingly loud with fans and AC going in our small apartment.

We don't use it for naps because she never takes them on her own, but we do use it for bath time. I put it in the bathroom and take a shower then call for a baby delivery, get her clean, then call for a baby pickup so I can dry off and DH can dry her. We use it for other creative communication too.

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Thanks! That was super helpful. 

 

Back to the point of the original post, I think this is pretty wacky. 

 

Uh, why would I buy some expensive device that lets me use my mouth to suck out my baby's snot when I can buy a bulb syringe for under $5?

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I actually had a wide, screw top lid water bottle almost exactly like that that I had in my car for emergencies, but I never knew there was a product like that!  It was wonderfully helpful!  We live in a rural area and spend a lot of time in the car, plus small town stores often don't have public restrooms, so having this emergency option was perfect when they were potty training age.  I still remember my kids saying, "Mommy, I have to use the bottle."  It sure beat running around in the woods getting poison ivy.

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Thanks! That was super helpful. 

Back to the point of the original post, I think this is pretty wacky. 

Uh, why would I buy some expensive device that lets me use my mouth to suck out my baby's snot when I can buy a bulb syringe for under $5?
I've actually heard mom swear by it. Bulb syringes don't work well for me so I'd get one if I was desperate. Looks wacky though; I'll grant you!
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This isn't exactly useless, but I find it hilarious when infant clothing has a pocket(s). My sister sent me some wonderful wool longies with a back pocket on them. Obviously essential for the wallet-carrying diaper wearer. LOL!

Maybe this is because I live in a warm climate, but I always roll my eyes when I see wipes warmers on registries. They seem ultra useless to me, but I have heard of people using them.

I have to admit- after my LO screamed at how cold the wipes were (my partner and I started holding them in our hands for a few minutes to warm them up, it got so bad!)- I can understand the purpose of wipe warmers. I can't really imagine having hte disposable income to justify it, though...

 

(fortunately, someone gave us a different brand that turned out to be softer and didn't feel as cold to the touch, LO loved 'em and even after switching back to the original, cheaper, brand no longer has a problem with the wipes.)

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AHH! This thread is cracking me up. 

 

I have to confess, my mother did buy a baby crown for our daughter's infant pictures. It's not quite as hideous as you'd imagine (http://www.crownedembellishments.bigcartel.com/product/naira-crown), but I still kept thinking of Marie from Breaking Bad. 


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I love a little crown in infant pictures! But it's probably not something I'd buy myself. But if the photographer had it...

Definitely makes me think of Marie from BB!!! Although who needs a $300 diamond baby crown! Yikes!
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That's what my Mom said (about the photographer having one) but when I reminded her my husband was the photographer, she went and bought it. I totally wouldn't spend $22 on a baby crown myself, but it's perfectly acceptable for a Grandma!! I do plan on putting it on a shelf in her room as a decoration, maybe get a little more mileage out of it. $300 diamond anything is a total waste of money for a baby! 


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The snot sucker is far superior to the bulb syringe. If for no other reason because it's near impossible to properly clean (and dry) a bulb syringe. Plus, the amount of suction it provides isn't enough to help a little one with moderate congestion.

 

BUT - the same company that makes the snot sucker also makes the Windi. This one, I cannot understand. huh.gif

 

http://www.amazon.com/The-Windi-Colic-Reliever-Babies/dp/B00BEX1P56/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1378258782&sr=8-1&keywords=windi

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BUT - the same company that makes the snot sucker also makes the Windi. This one, I cannot understand. huh.gif

 

http://www.amazon.com/The-Windi-Colic-Reliever-Babies/dp/B00BEX1P56/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1378258782&sr=8-1&keywords=windi

 

My friend uses the Windi with her son.  He was born with some physical complications and sometimes he needs a little help.


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We definitely registered for the snot sucker, though my husband says he refuses to use it and bought a bulb syringe. The cleanliness factor is definitely a sticking point for me, though I have some friends that swear by them. I've seen that Windi in the store and wondered about that!! 

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I always thought those car seat and stroller covers to practically keep a baby in a bubble were ridiculous... But, wow.  The stuff in this thread wayyy out-ridiculoused (yes, I turned into a verb) that!

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I had a baby with colic and I would have tried that Windi thing. It would be better to use that than have her scream for hours every night.

Bad memories! She's happy now as a pre-teen though.
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