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Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:52 pm 
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moses basket, my baby hates it. she will lie in it during day but refuses to sleep in it...
I second that, such a waste of money for us..wish we'd gone straight for the cot in the first place.
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Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 11:28 am 
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Just realised,I haven't made a list of things yet so here's mine!

Waste of Money

Baby bath in a way because he hates it,so now I take him in with me,but I use it for me washing in stead! Very Happy

Gripe water,did not work for us
my breast pump,used it twice
early baby clothes(although alfie was early and would have fitted them,he spent all his time in sleepsuits)
Bath thermometer (just use my elbow)


DUMMIES!could not live without them!
Teething gel
loaadds of body suits/sleepsuits,can never have to many!
ooh and scratch mitts!not just to stop the scratching themselve but also keeps their hands warm

umm think that's it,if I think of anything else,I'll put it on

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Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 8:00 pm 
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I've just put Molly in her cot for the first time tonight so my Moses basket has had a lot of use Very Happy

Same for my baby bath, we're still using it although after seeing her splashathon tonight, I think she might need to go in the big bath soon.

The one thing I've bought and not really used is sleeping bags. I find them difficult to work in to our bedtime routine.
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Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:50 pm 
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I never wanted moses basket as I thought it wouldn't be any use. About a week ago I found out it's missing piece at home. Went to husbands dad's for few nights and had to borrow friend's because Dominic wouldn't have where to sleep. Would be quite use in our livingroom too, he doesn't like to sleep upstairs in his cot during day. No use of baby wipes, find them kind of sticky, better use is water and cotton balls. Couldn't do without baby carrier, have no car so it's brilliant to put Dom in the "kangaroo pocket" go shopping with both hands free. I do use baby bath, have got wooden desk on the top of bath so don't have to bend. No use of water thermometer, just use my elbow. Muslins are brill...
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Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:23 am 
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Waste of money for us:-

Top and tail bowl (never used it)
Baby oil
Video monitor (too much interference from phones and routers etc)
Pram section of travel system, Lucy used it about 3 times and then screamed
Duvet that came with Moses Basket

Top cot changer
Mobile (settles Lucy at bedtime)
Advent dummys
Sleeping bags
Dr Browns Bottles


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Posted: Wed May 13, 2009 3:06 am 
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These are great lists!

Waste of money:

baby neck supporters for car seat
baby positioners

Couldn't do w/out:

Bjorn Carrier
baby sacks (to sleep in)

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Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 9:14 am 
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A month in I now feel qualified to add to this list:

    Waste of money (not much though because all off eBay or Ikea)
    baby bath - use the big bath with Dad or sink
    breast feeding related equipment - the boobies malfunctioned early on
    Mamas and Papas bouncer chair - too upright and William hates it.

Newborn clothes - the little porker outgrew them in 2 weeks
Huggies nappies - scratch his little legs

    Couldn't live without
    Sick squares (muslins) - for sick (baby and animal), wee, spillages, sun shade and so much more
    Bibs - reduces washing
    Baby Bjorn carrier
    sleeping bags
    v shape cushion - for feeding, propping up on bed
    Always nighttime pads - much better than cheap ones
    camera - so many photo opportunities
    shower curtains - for protecting furniture and carpets during nudey time
    glider chair - just so comfy
    laptop - for music, AB and Skype
    Pigs' ears and biscuits - for keeping the dog entertained while I feed William

"be who you are and say what you feel because those who matter don't mind and those who mind don't matter" Dr Seuss
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Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 10:06 pm 
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Thank you
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Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:46 pm 
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thought iw oudl add mine now that arianna is 3 months

baby carrier
baby swing - the only thing that stops her wind cries
cow and gate free cow - she loves it her fave toy!!!

not useful
bouncy chair - she does not like it
dresses - everyone bought her loads but when she is so small i just find tham fussy and too much (will have them when she starts walking)
babybath- use the sink and now the big bath
breast pump - did not breat feed so did not use
tt close to nature bottles - she hated so had to change to nuk ones which are great
scratch mitts- never keeps them on

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Posted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 10:13 pm 
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Just come across this page, so useful! Don't think I've bought anything useles yet from the sound of it Smile Thanks Mums!

Not sure what to do about a moses basket. Should I try and put the cot in our room perhaps for the first few months? My travel system has a pram insert but not an actual carrycot to take off. Our bedroom isnt very big unfortunately so I dont know how well the cot would fit in? Any advice welcome! X

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Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 3:54 pm 
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From my experience of buying usless things:
-baby carrier(son could sit there only several minutes)
-baby sling(it was not comfortable for both)
-baby oil
-special toothpaste from 6 months(didn't open his mouth at all)
-shoes with soft back
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Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 4:16 pm 
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I couldnt live without:
BABY SWING!!!! (It is the ONLY way Jenna will go to sleep) Mad
Full body short sleve outfits (onesies)
The sleepers with no bottoms, just snap or tie up, or just hang open! PERFECT for nitetime!

When I came home I had to use some premie clothes for Jenna, so I deffinatly got some good use out of the Newborn clothes, she is 2 months old and is still in newborn onesies!! (although her pants are 3-6 or 6-9.. shes a tall but skinny baby!

Wastes of money:
Baby sacs ( jenna loves to be under the blankets)
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Posted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 6:16 pm 
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Hi girls

I'm writing this in the defence of baby baths!!!!!!!

I love mine and wouldnt be without it. Our family bath is huge and I would lose ellie in it so I put my baby bath in the big bath and its the perfect solution.

I agree about never having enough bibs and the changing table is a godsend.

I also hated tommee tippee back to nature bottles as I couldnt read the numbers on the bottles - I switched to Mama ones and they are fab!

Total waste:
baby soap
too many new born clothes

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Posted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 6:14 pm 
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oooo just seen this!!

total waste of money!
bottle warmer!! (NEVER USED THE THING!)
gripe water, it went stright throu her

best things EVER
play mat with toy bars paige has been on it since day one
muslin clothes
advent bottles
teatha teething granles
and n raggy cat ee got her!

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Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 5:29 am 
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I can't think of anything we've bought that was a waste of money.
Heres what we couldn't live without

bed pad to go on changing mat, its cloth and she wees at every nappy change, saves loads of washing.

Johnsons baby box. Lives in the bathroom ready to go

Bath support sponge. She lays on it and i wash her.

Ducks for the bath, she loves kicking them about.

Bibi formula dispenser. measure out formula before you go, so when you out just tip it into the water.

Sleeping bags, settles so well now at night.

Bag that folds into a changing mat, not everywhere has good baby change facilities. (Ikea however is amazing for it!)

Just bought an activity gym that goes over her and after first use she was rolling on her side!

An elevated changing mat, was getting such bad back crouching over!

We also wouldn't be without our baby bjorn carrer. Had a cheap carrier at first and it was rubbish, baby bjorn ones are amazing!

Sorry bit long there

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