5 Baby Items You Don’t Need But Might Want

I’ve noticed that there’s a lot of mom shaming going on lately with baby products. If you don’t necessarily need it and you buy it, you get so much hate… and it’s usually from other moms! I remember reading a comment in an online thread along the lines of “if you can’t handle using diaper cream on your finger then you shouldn’t have a baby” … ummmm lady what?! This was in reference to mommas using a diaper cream applicator and I just thought that was a little bit ridiculous. I mean, I use one of those, not because it grosses me out to use my finger, but because it’s so much easier and it spreads the cream evenly. And yeah, it’s nice to not get cream all over myself. Sue me!

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Okay, rant over. I’ve compiled a list of baby products that aren’t totally necessary but they’re a nice little extra if you’re interested!

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BabyBum Diaper Cream Brush

As I mentioned above, I love this thing when my baby has a rash! I can spread the cream evenly and quickly and although not 100% necessary, I think it’s super convenient and a great baby shower gift! It’s easy to clean with just a baby wipe after each use.

Wipe Warmer

This is another one that moms often get shamed for using. I didn’t buy it when I first had my baby, but I bought a diaper caddy that had a space on the top for one so I figured I might as well try it. Honestly, when my baby was a teeny tiny 5lb little thing, this really made diaper changes a lot more comfortable for her when it was chilly. We will probably pull it out again while the weather is getting colder.


These are a huge hit for babies. If you don’t already own one of these, they’re pretty useful to help pacifiers from falling out of baby’s mouth so much… and they’re super cute! They’re also really hard to lose with the stuffed animal on the end, which is great because I’m constantly losing pacifiers and finding them later all around the house and under furniture, lol. Ellie has a couple of these, but the first one we got her was the lamb and it’s really cute!

Baby Scale

This one is for any new moms who are paranoid about their baby’s weight gain. I was so worried at first. I had irrational fears that I was starving my baby and wasn’t producing enough milk (even though I totally was). Even when I had a little oversupply I scared myself by reading up on the internet and thought I was only giving my baby foremilk and that was why her poop was green and she was going after every meal. (Come to find out it was dairy intolerance.. who would have thought?) Having a scale to reassure me that baby is growing fine in between doctor check-ups really eased my sleep-deprived paranoia!

Bumbo Seat

I’ve read countless times that this product is not necessary, so I didn’t plan on buying it until my baby started getting fussy while laying down but wasn’t strong enough yet to sit up on her own. I figured it was worth a shot, and although we don’t use it super often, it’s useful when Ellie wants to sit up and play with her toys! I don’t have to worry about her falling down since she is supported and I can get some things done around the house for a little while! The only thing I regret is getting one without the tray, so I recommend this one I linked with the tray attached.

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