Many people mistakenly believe that baby walkers can help babies learn to walk, but in fact, they can delay walking and cause improper muscle development. Additionally, they are not safe. They have been taken off the market in Canada and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends they not be used. There’s really no reason to use a walker. If you need a safe place to place your baby while your doing something, get a stationary activity center or swing instead.
2. Bumbo Chairs
These popular baby “sitters” were recently recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission due to their unsafe nature. Because there is no belt or safety harness. Babies can easily flip out of the seat and fall. Additionally, some health practitioners believe it puts babies in an unnatural position. These chairs are not safe places to leave your baby unattended, and are not supposed to used above floor level, which kind of eliminates their usefulness.
3. Diaper Genie
These environmental hogs encase each dirty diaper in its own little plastic casing, in effort to eliminate odors. But you have to keep buying the refill plastic thingys which cost around $8 for 110 diapers, for the average newborn that could last about a week! Not to mention the addition of MORE plastic to the landfill. Instead, consider a diaper pail that allows you to put a dirty diaper in the pail without exposing all the other dirty diapers.
While there are some videos that claim to make babies smarter, there is no evidence that this is true. In fact, it is not recommended that babies watch TV at all until the age of two, while that might seem like a long time, many babies are not even intereseted in watching TV and many can be confused and overstimulated by the fast pace. Even children’s cartoons can be violent and contain adult content, and babies don’t understand that it is not real.
Yes, I know this is shocking. But here’s the honest truth: When you have a baby you will amass a large collection of toys, without ever having to buy a single one. And a lot of babies don’t like toys that much. I found myself completely overwhelmed by the amount of toys we received, and I never really needed to buy any.