Save £408 by avoiding 'least useful' baby productsWhich? reveals baby buys parents rate and slate

27 June 2015

Baby products

Which? surveyed more than 2000 parents to find out which baby products they found most and least useful bringing up their baby.

It's a big thumbs down for door baby bouncers, voted least useful baby product for the second year running. But parents love their stair gates and baby monitors, voting them first and second most useful baby products, for the second year in a row.

To find out which baby products it's worth splashing out on, we asked parents with children five years and under which baby products they have bought or used. We then asked them to rank the usefulness of these on a scale of 1 to 10. We excluded the more obvious purchases of a child car seat, pushchair, high chair, Moses basket and crib/cradle from the final results as these are considered core essentials.

We added up the cost of the 10 least useful baby products and found you could save up to £408 if you decided not to buy them. For this money you could treat yourself to both a Best Buy car seat and a Best Buy pushchair.

Browse Best Buys of our top-rated most useful baby products in our stair gates reviews and baby monitor reviews. 

Least useful baby products

Top and tail baby washing bowls were voted second least useful product after door baby bouncers. Hardly surprising when you can simply use an ordinary, plastic bowl.

The controversial Bumbo seat also made it into the top 10 least useful. This seat, designed to help your baby sit up straight, is the Marmite of the baby world: parents either rave about it or really don't like it. 

Bumbo seat

Love it or hate it: the Bumbo seat was voted one of the least useful baby products

Manual breast pumps were rated the third least useful baby product. Electronic breast pumps didn’t appear on either list. If you need to express, you'll want to find a breast pump that suits you: either manual or electric, so it's worth consulting our guide to choosing a breast pump.

Read the full list of our 10 least useful baby products to see whether you agree with other parents (if you're already a parent yourself) or to find out where else you might save money if you've got a baby on the way.

Most useful baby products

Electric steam steriliser kits, baby sleeping bags and digital ear thermometers all made the top 10 of most useful baby products. A thermometer is a must for anxious parents, worried about their baby's health. Find out what parents thought in our first look digital thermometer reviews. 

If you're looking for a bottle steriliser, we've got the lowdown on the best bottle steriliser brands.

Read our full list of the top 10 most useful baby products to get an idea of what other parents are rating as worthwhile baby buys.

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