Baby Guide


7 Overpriced Baby Products You Don’t Need

Today’s supermarkets are bursting at the seams with products aimed towards babies and toddlers. A simple stroll down the aisles, and an anxious parent might be forgiven for assuming that the boundary between adult and baby products is as solid as the Great Wall of China. After all, why would these child-friendly products exist if they weren’t necessary?

A glance at the price tag should give you the answer. Baby and toddler products carry a steep mark-up, and manufacturers are making a killing from the average parent’s desire to keep Junior safe. Here are seven popular baby products that you can safely cross off your grocery list.

1. Baby Body Wash

Despite the hype surrounding baby washes and cleansers, you shouldn’t use a body wash on your newborn at all. A few drops of oil in your baby’s bath is fine, and you can use a soap-free body wash for your toddler. However, you don’t need to go out of your way to purchase a special body wash (with price tag to match); a gentle, unscented wash will get the job done for grown-ups and tots alike.

2. Baby Moisturizer

Your baby’s skin probably needs extra-special moisturizer to keep it soft, right? Wrong. A baby’s skin is naturally soft and smooth, and doesn’t require any special care to keep it that way. If your baby has a skin condition like eczema, your pediatrician may recommend a moisturizer, but otherwise, save yourself some money and skip the softening products.

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