Wipe Warmer: Baby Products You Don’t Need

Reasons to skip the wipe warmer

Don’t waste your money on a wipe warmer.  It’s another one of those baby products that big box stores have us thinking we need.  It’s not a necessity; it’s hardly even a luxury.

To me, it falls under “the more trouble than it’s worth” category.

1.  $$$

  • Wipe warmers can run you between 20 and 40 bucks.  Not only that, most require an electrical outlet.  As we all know, leaving anything plugged in, even when not in use, uses electricity and costs you money.  The wipe warmer is something that is meant to be left plugged in and turned on 24/7.  Prince Lionhart (a popular brand of wipe warmers,) claims that their products “consumes the same amount of electricity as a tiny Christmas tree lightbulb.”  However, it’s my philosophy that we need to be mindful of the things we consume, even in small amounts.  Same goes for my money.  Looking at my credit card statements really makes me realize how the little purchases really add up.  With a new child to support, the money you would spend on a wipe warmer is really better off being spent somewhere else.

2.  It eats up time

  • With a new baby, time becomes a hot commodity.  If you have older kids too, being efficient with your time is even more critical.  Wouldn’t you rather spend your time giving your baby extra cuddles and kisses, than filling, re-filling, and maintaining the wipe warmer?  It’s not as simple as just unpacking a pack of wipes and sticking them in the warmer.  With most wipe warmers, you have to also add water, to prevent wipes from drying out.

3.  Bacteria Growth?!

  • I searched high and low for scientific studies on wipe warmers.  I’m no scientist, but common sense dictates that moisture and heat are a winning combination for bacteria growth.  Prince Lionhart must have read my mind, and to ease this concern, they state that their wipe warmer is made with an “EPA approved anti microbial additive to inhibit the growth of bacteria and microorganisms.” However, when I reached out to the company to inquire more details about this additive (EPA approved doesn’t mean diddly squat in my book), I got the following response:  “Due to proprietary blend, we cannot disclose the exact name of the antimicrobial additive.”  Well, that doesn’t exactly give me the warm and fuzzies that this product is safe.  I’m trying to reduce my child’s exposure to harmful chemicals, so bringing an unknown chemical in my home (for something that isn’t a necessity and that will come in direct contact with my child’s skin), just isn’t worth it!
  • Further, the wipes of my choice (due to lack of chemicals and preservatives), are recommend to NOT be placed in wipe warmers.  The majority of the baby wipes on the market are laden with chemicals and preservatives to prevent bacteria growth.  However, if wipes are stored in a cool dry place, you can ditch these harmful ingredients.  Even though warm wipes may provide temporary comfort to a baby, it’s the responsibility of parents to look out for their overall well-being.


Diaper Pail: Baby Products You Don’t Need

Diaper Pail: Baby Products You Don't NeedAhh the diaper pail.  It makes it on practically every “must-have” list, but I’m here to tell you, you don’t need it!  Those contraptions that hold dirty diapers and promise to keep your nursery smelling fresh…well frankly they aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.
Here are 5 reasons to skip the diaper pail:

1. Save Your Time

If you are only thinking short-term, then yes, a diaper pail will save you time.  Just pop the dirty diaper in, and done.

But, not so easy.  The diaper pail is a ticking time bomb.  Like letting dirty dishes pile up in the sink.  It’s super quick to just toss them in there, but when you do go to rinse them, it’s much more difficult and time consuming than had you just washed them from the get-go.  Same goes for the diaper pail.

Those contraptions are a hassle to change, especially when you’re sleep deprived (and you will be sleep deprived).  Depending on the number of diapers it holds (or your tolerance for stink…see # 2), emptying the diaper pail will be a task you have to perform every couple of days.

Long story short, it will take more time emptying the diaper pail than just taking each individual diaper out to the trash.

2. Save Your Nose

When you do go to empty the diaper pail, it will be stinky!  And I mean, stinky!  A smell I can’t even begin to describe.  Changing one diaper can cause a grown man to gag.  Now imagine a stench that is multiplied and magnified.

Why would anyone want to smell a dirty diaper twice?  For the convenience of a quick initial disposal, that’s essentially what you’re doing.

Not only will changing the diaper pail be gag worthy, but there’s a good chance that won’t be the only time you smell the contents.  These things aren’t magic.  Every time you use it, you will likely get a whiff.  Or the thing may wreak 24/7.  I’ve heard multiple stories where the stench soaked into the plastic and remained even after being emptied.

The thought of dirty diapers stewing in my house for days does not settle well with me.  I get antsy when my kitchen trash piles up or my recycle bin is overflowing with junk mail.

3. Save Your Planet

Obviously using disposable diapers aren’t that great for the planet.  And there’s controversy on whether using cloth is any better.  The goal here to do what you can to help save the planet.

By buying one less product (the diaper pail), you are reducing your carbon footprint.  Think of all the resources that go into making, shipping and selling the diaper pail.

Then think of the life cycle of the diaper pail.  Yes, you will get a couple years out of it (depending on how soon your child potty-trains). Skip the Diaper Genie refills! If you use it for multiple children, even better!  Even more power to anyone who goes the second-hand route!  At the end of the day, it’s just one more thing in our landfills.

In most cases, the diaper pail also requires specific bags.  By skipping the diaper pail, you can skip these bags and reduce the impact to the environment.

4. Save Your Money

Depending on the brand, a diaper pail can set you back anywhere from 20 to 90 dollars.  And don’t forget about the special refill bags.  You’re looking at a lifetime cost of hundreds and hundreds of dollars.

5. Save Your Space

Whether you live in an apartment or McMansion, save your space and skip the diaper pail!  Most people buy into the myth that babies require a lot of “stuff”.  It’s simply not true.  Be mindful of everything you bring into your home.  The diaper pail is just one more unnecessary “thing” that takes up space.

5 Reasons to Skip the Diaper Genie