Which? reveals the most useless baby productsSave up to £350 by avoiding these items

18 April 2013

With so many baby products out there to spend - and potentially waste - your money on, we reveal which ones parents found useless so you can save your money.

We asked 1,448 parents with children under five to rate the baby products they had bought as very useful or very useless on a scale of one to 10 - one being the most useless.  

Baby products - least useful

Most useless baby products

Some products, such as child car seats and pushchairs, are essential but there are plenty you can live without. Top of the list for the most useless baby products was a nappy disposal bin, which costs between £10 and over £50, with 12% of parents who bought one saying it was useless. 

A dummy came in close second but was one of the controversial items on the list as it also appeared in ninth place on the 10 most useful list. Also on both lists was a baby seat or support for the bath, which came in seventh on the least useful list and tenth on the most.

Take a look at our full list of the 10 least useful baby products to see what else you could save your money on. 

Baby products - most useful

Most useful baby products

Besides the essential baby products, parents also selected 10 items they found very useful and that helped make their lives easier. 

In first place was a stair gate - something that 69% of parents who had one found really useful. Appearing second on the list was an electric steam steriliser kit, with the microwave version coming fifth.

You can see the full list of the most useful baby products as rated by parents in our guide.

Baby product essentials

We've seen a divide among parents about whether some baby products are useful or useless, so it ultimately comes down to personal choice and what suits your lifestyle and baby. We therefore recommend, where possible, trying out products with your baby - either ones owned by friends or family or at baby fairs - before you buy.

Remember there are a number of essential items all parents need, including a cot, cot bed, Moses basket, crib or cradle, nappies, and a changing mat. See our full list of baby product essentials for more tips on what to buy and when.

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