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Published on September 8, 2020

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Baby products that baby hates

By Stephanie Johnson / The Bulletin

II always read articles about baby items and wonder if they ever work. I wrote one myself about baby items recently while I was pregnant, and I couldn’t wait to try them out once the baby was here. Well, I have tried them out, and here are my conclusions.

One of the items I was most excited about was the Mammaroo, which is a swing that mimics the mother’s womb and is very popular among moms these days. It retails for around $300 and is one of the most expensive swings on the market.

I couldn’t wait to put the baby in there and have him peacefully go to sleep. As soon as I did, though, the crying started. I thought it might take him some time to get used to it, and I tried it again later. I put him in it again, and the screaming started. Over and over again, he screamed. He wanted nothing to do with the Mammaroo.

I would give this swing zero stars if I could, but every baby is different. I took the Mammaroo to the garage and almost acted like it was the printer on the movie "Office Space," but I left it intact so that I could re-sell it.

I bought a more traditional swing. The baby is currently sound asleep in it.

Another item that I was excited about was called “The Shusher.” It retails for around $40, and the Kardashians are known to use it to put their kids to sleep, which should have been my first red flag.

It’s a portable sound device that shushes over and over so that you don’t have to. The manufacturer mentions that it is great for car rides and stroller walks.

The Shusher almost ended up across the other side of the house one night, another product to which my baby gives zero stars. It made him scream even more. It ended up being returned, but the store should have paid me for how that device wrecked my sleep that night.

The Karshashians must have made a deal with the company because there is no way this worked on all of their kids. Lesson learned!
Lastly, another zero star review would be the beloved Bumbo seat. Everyone told me to put this on my registry, and it’s probably great if you have a smaller baby, but if you have a larger baby, stay away from it and go with a more traditional sit-up seat.

My big baby’s legs are a little fat, and they got stuck in it. I was ready to cut the Bumbo up to get baby out, or call Jaws of Life, but luckily my husband was home. It took both of us to get him out of it.

There are a couple of products that I would give five-star reviews. This would include baby’s bouncer.

He poops every time he’s in it, which makes us both happy. His pack n’ play is one of our favorite items because baby can sleep, play, and get changed all in the same place. He might like it more than his bassinet because he has more room to sleep and move.

His bassinet gets a four-star review due to the fact that he is outgrowing it too fast, but it has a built-in sound machine and lights up the room with stars, which is pretty neat.

It even puts me to sleep. Once he moves to his crib and doesn’t need the bassinet anymore, you can take the sound machine off and still use it with his new bed. That feels like a parenting win to me.

A surprising item that I wish I could give 100 stars to would be the Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit.

Baby has some issues with being startled and is very active, but as soon as I put this on him for bed, he is instantly comforted and goes to sleep. He looks like a little marshmallow in it too - it’s adorable.

So, you never know what your baby might love, like, or hate. But don't fall into the “fad” trap. I have retreated to using proven brands and products that have worked best for babies over the years. There is a reason they have been on the market for so long.

It doesn't have to be fancy or a technological marvel. It just has to work.

(You can reach Stephanie at stephanie.bulletin@gmail.com. Or by writing to: The Bulletin, P.O. Box 2426, Angleton, TX. 77516)