Which? has surveyed more than 2,000 parents to find out which baby products are the most and least useful.
Door baby bouncers have been rated by parents as the least useful baby product you can buy. Meanwhile, stair gates, baby monitors and baby sleeping bags have been rated as some of the most useful.
To find out which baby products are really worth buying, we asked mums and dads to tell us about all the baby products they had bought, excluding the obvious essentials like pushchairs, car seats and cots. We then ranked them according to how useful parents found each product overall.
We added up the total cost of the 10 least useful baby products and found that you could save up to £275 by avoiding them. This is the same price as some of our Best Buy pushchairs.
You can find out which products parents rate as the best by reading our list of top 10 most useful baby products. To see which products you should definitely think twice before buying, read our list of top 10 least useful baby products.
Least useful baby products
Door baby bouncers topped our list of the least useful baby products. They are much less popular than baby bouncer chairs, which actually made it into our top 10 list of most useful products.
Top and tail (baby washing) bowls take second place in our least useful list. It’s perhaps unsurprising that parents didn’t feel they added much value, as simply using two separate plastic bowls works just as well.
Manual breast pumps came out as the third least useful baby product. Interestingly, they ranked much lower than electric breast pumps which didn’t appear on our least useful product list. If you’re having trouble deciding which breast pump to buy, read our breast pump reviews to find out which one is right for you.
Most useful baby products
Stair gates came top of our list as the most useful baby product. They are clearly seen as a safety essential for many mums and dads with over 70% of parents asked saying they owned one. Find out which stair gates are Best Buys by reading our stair gate reviews.
Baby monitors, both audio and video, featured in our top 10 list. Baby monitors provide peace of mind when you are not in the same room as your child. Read our guide to buying the best baby monitor to find out which one’s best for you and your baby.
Baby sleeping bags also made it to our top 10 list. They are essentially are a ‘wearable blanket’ for your baby and are a useful alternative to traditional bedding.
Read our full list of the 10 most useful baby products to find out which other products parents rate as the most useful.