Choosing the baby products you need carefully can help you to avoid throwing money away on unnecessary items that you rarely use.
In June 2020, we asked 594 parents about the baby products they own to see which they find most and least useful.
We collected ratings for more than 50 baby items including bathing, sleeping, feeding and travel products.
If you’re planning to pick up some bargains in the upcoming Black Friday sales, read on to find what to look for and what to avoid.
See the best and worst rated products.
Least useful baby products
Among those rated least useful in our survey were door baby bouncers, baby reins, sleeping pods and manual breast pumps.
Although these products may suit some people, our results show that it’s worth carefully considering whether they’re likely to benefit you before deciding to buy them.
Sleeping pods in particular should be treated with caution as they don’t have a flat sleeping surface, which means they could pose a suffocation risk if your baby rolls on to their front.
The chart below shows the products that were rated least useful in our survey.
Read our baby safe-sleeping tips for advice on ensuring the correct temperature, clothing, bedding and sleeping position for your little one.
Most useful baby products
A pushchair and car seat can make it much easier to take your little one safely out and about with you.
Parents told us that pushchairs were the most useful product they bought, with 98% finding them helpful. Car seats were close behind and were also the most popular product, with 76% of parents owning at least one.
Bedtime products such as cribs, cot beds and cot mattresses all scored highly in our survey.
Cribs can only be used until your baby is around six months old so while they are more expensive initially, cots and cot beds could offer better value for money in the long run. To help you decide, take a look at our guide on how to buy the best cot bed or cot.
Feeding and changing
High chairs were one of the top-scoring products in our survey, with many finding them a worthwhile investment.
Baby change bags were also considered useful. They offer a convenient way to carry around changing equipment such as nappies and wipes when you’re outside the house.
Head to our baby essentials guide to see a list of important products to buy ahead of your baby’s arrival.