Have you ever seen one of those Top 10 lists of the most useless baby items? If you haven’t, here’s one from Babble. I’ve seen several of these lists in the past few months and a few of my favorite products routinely make the list. I have to respectfully disagree with the following:
The Diaper Genie
Okay, I get it. If you live in a house or a large space, the diaper genie isn’t necessary. A covered garbage can could probably do the trick. However, for the population that lives in 700 sq. ft. or less, the diaper genie is a beautiful invention. Glorious, in fact. It successfully keeps C’s raunchiest-smelling poop hidden from our nasal passages until we have time to take out the trash. There is NO way that a garbage can could keep that smell from the rest of our apartment. Believe me – we’ve tested that theory.
The Wipe Warmer
If you subscribe to the idea that a baby needs to get used to the harsh reality of life (not everything is a warm, plush delight), then the wipe warmer is frivolous. On the other hand, this makes diaper changes so much easier. Of course a kid is going to squirm and fight you when you shock his tuckus with a cold, damp wipe. But (heh, but!), when you use a warm wipe on his derriere, it’s a more pleasant experience. Again – I’ve tested this. C is not a fan of the cold wipes in our diaper bag.
The Child Leash
C is far from needing this invention, but I’ve known several toddlers who have required this doodad. It’s interesting that those toddlers have all been boys… When you have a super active, fast, rebellious toddler who only takes a couple of seconds to run away from you, then I think this is a fabulous thing to have. The kids that I know have also loved their monkey, doggy, or whatever animal their backpack leash has been fashioned after. I’d rather put a leash on my kid and have people think I’m nuts than to have my kid run away from me in the mall.
There, folks. I’ve said my peace. You are welcome to disagree.
Are there any baby products that you can’t live without?