Thank you so much for all the comments on the Anna Maria Horner blog tour post! In case you missed it, I asked you to recount the most ridiculous baby gear you’ve encountered. I read them all and compiled a Hall of Shame, conveniently divided into categories …
Wipe warmers (definitely #1 amongst the commenters!)
Baby Bubadoo (kind of a straightjacket for diaper changing?)
Bottle warmers – travel and home versions!
Baby food grinders
Hooter Hider (nursing cover-up)
Portable high chairs that attach to the table edge
Bibs – especially infant sized
Infant shoes and socks — and those baby heels, oy!
Two-piece infant outfits
Expensive/fancy/dry-clean-only/white baby clothes
Baby helmet for beginning walkers
Crib bumpers and bedding sets
Crib lights/toys that attach to the bars
Carseat and stroller covers
Designer or unwieldy strollers
Loud & plastic toys
1st curl/1st tooth/birth certificate holders
Depends highly on the kid and mom:
play yards, swings, and exersaucers (these were lifesavers for us — much to my dismay our baby hated slings and carriers and loved these things!)
Ha … I’m kind of feeling bad for the negativity fest, even if it is directed in a lighthearted manner at mass-produced stuff, so please feel free to defend any of these items in the comments! But overall, the resounding message is: 1) babies need love a million times more than stuff, 2) stick to the essentials — your money is much better spent on, say, massages for mama! 3) as Anna Maria’s book emphasizes, you can never go wrong surrounding a new arrival with handmade loveliness.
And the winner of the copy of Handmade Beginnings is …
Shanna Boatler (comment #103), who wrote, “we bought the mesh food holder. it definitely was messier and harder to clean than just a messy baby eating with her hands!! great book!!” Congratulations, Shanna!