Which? today reveals the top 10 baby products that parents have named most useful – and those they said were least useful.
To discover which baby products really do make life easier, and which are more likely to stay in the cupboard, we asked 1,005 parents with children aged under three to reveal which ones they found most and least useful, excluding obvious essentials such as child car seats, pushchairs and cots.
Our video shows parents talking about the products. And below it you can see the top 10 most useful, ranked according to the proportion of parents who found each item to be one of their most useful baby products. We also list the least useful – ranked by how many owners of the product said they didn’t need it.
Most useful baby products
1. Stair gate
2. Baby sleeping bag
3. Baby monitor
4. Changing mat
5. Baby change bag
7. Electric steam steriliser kit
8. Travel cot
9. Microwave steam steriliser kit
10. Digital ear thermometer
Least useful baby products
1. Fabric sling
2. Nappy stacker
3. Baby washing (top and tail) bowls
4. Nappy disposal bin
5. Bumbo seat
6. Door baby bouncer
7. Baby carrier
8. Ride-on toddler board for buggy/pushchair
9. Night light
10. Baby reins
Which? home editor Liz Edwards says: ‘There is an abundance of baby products available and new parents often feel the pressure to splash out on the newest baby gadgets.
‘It’s sometimes difficult to know which will be most useful for you – and particularly hard to factor in how your baby’s’ going to react to a product – so as well as looking at the parents’ top 10 lists here, wherever possible and practical it’s a good idea to try before you buy. For instance, you could borrow a friend’s fabric sling or Bumbo seat and try it out before buying.’
See the reasons why parents didn’t use each product in Parents’ 10 least useful baby products. And find out more about the products parents said were most useful in Parents’ 10 most useful baby products.
What do you think of these top 10 lists? Are there other baby products you couldn’t live without, or didn’t actually need? Join the debate on Which? Conversation.