While many friends, relatives and well wishers have good intentions, there are simply too many baby items on the market that no new mom would ever need. From ridiculously expensive infant tubs to silly looking hats that protect your child from a trip or slip, each of these items are gifts to skip when trying to shop for a new mom.
Cleanwater Collection infant tub
This infant tub is not only completely unnecessary, but also rings in at a whopping $189.95 at the register! For decades, babies and parents have been using the sink or larger tub just fine, making this a completely useless and extravagant baby gift.
Baby cry analyzer
Every new mom worries that she may not know what to do every time her baby cries. However, the baby cry analyzer is certainly not the answer. Not only is the effectiveness of this product questionable, but it also encourages a lack of bonding between parents and babies.
Dr. Brown's bottle warmer
Whether you are breastfeeding or formula feeding, you certainly do not need a $40 item to warm your baby's food. Warm water is quicker, cheaper and safer than a useless product like this.
The Thudguard supposedly helps to protect children as they learn to walk and encourages helmet wearing habits. Aside from the fact that your child will look completely ridiculous, this product only encourages children to believe that a bump on the head does not hurt and should be avoided at all times. New parents should definitely skip this.
Baby knee pads
For years and years, babies have been learning to crawl without the protection of infant knee pads. This is definitely an unnecessary purchase.
Baby wipe warmer
Getting your child used to a warm wipe each time you change them only encourages an on-the-go cold wipe incident where baby reacts terribly and your road trip is ruined. The safety of wipe warmers is also questionable and absolutely means this is a product you can do without.
While it is admirable to want baby to be as cute and comfortable as possible, small bassinets can only be used for the first three to four months at the most. Instead, choose a pack and play with a smaller top insert that can be used from birth to the toddler years.
New mommy advice cards
It is hard to imagine any new mommy appreciating 25 cards filled with oodles of advice about exactly how she should care for her baby. Instead, get a new mom something she will really need like a bottle of wine for her first post-baby date night or a gift certificate for a massage.
Crib bedding sets
Not only are crib bedding sets expensive, but they are also advised against for prevention of SIDS and the safety of baby. A bare sheet is still recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics making this purchase a poor choice for a baby shower gift.
Designer infant shoes
At $30 a pair, putting shoes on an infant that cannot walk seems a little silly. While it is understandable that new moms want to dress baby up in cute new outfits, the addition of these running shoes is a gift to skip.