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Genius Alternative Uses For Excess Baby Paraphernalia

Before your first bub is born, you are inundated with products and hampers from friends and family, you scour the pharmacy for all the must-have baby products and you stock up for every possible scenario. Lotions and potions fill the drawers as you eagerly await the arrival of your little bub.

When they do appear, you are ever so grateful for the cooling breast pads, the thousands of baby wipes ready and waiting for every poo-nami and the lifetime supply of maternity pads. But that newborn phase passes in what seems like the blink of an eye and you’re left with all sorts of products you may never use again.

Genius alternative uses for excess baby paraphernalia. Here are some genius alternative uses for all those leftover lotions, potions, wipes and pads. Instead of just disposing of them in the bin, use them up like this!

Here are some genius alternative uses for excess baby paraphernalia. Instead of just disposing of them in the bin, use them up like this:

Lanolin nipple cream

Throw out every lip balm you have ever owned and reach for the lanolin nipple cream. This stuff works miracles on dry lips and a small tub lasts forever. This miracle cream is an all-natural alternative to Vaseline, so you can use it on any bit of dry skin.

Baby wipes

I somehow ended up with countless packs of baby wipes in those first few weeks. Most of them were scented, which I could not stand in my sleep-deprived nauseous state. Others I’m sure contributed to the bad bout of nappy rash bub suffered in week 2. I didn’t throw out a single pack though. Did you know you could use baby wipes to:

  • Polish shoes
  • Remove deodorant marks
  • Calm frizzy hair
  • Clean the barbecue
  • Remove makeup
  • Clean countless items around the house?

Check out these 50 uses for baby wipes that have nothing to do with poo.

Baby oil

What is the go with baby oil? I must have missed that memo, because I really had no idea what I was meant to use it for. It was included in every hamper we received, so we ended up with bottles of the stuff. If you missed the memo too, here are some things you can use baby oil for:

  • Makes an excellent inexpensive makeup remover
  • Remove a bandaid without the ‘ouch’ – read how here
  • Drip a few drops into your ears to remove ear wax
  • Polish wooden furniture, leather, car tyres and the dashboard
  • Help sticky zippers slide
  • Unknot a necklace
  • Remove stickers.

Baby powder

Another product that’s normally on the ‘must buy’ list for new mums, but I never used. If you still have some banging around the back of the drawer, try these alternative uses:

  • Use as a dry shampoo
  • Remove sand from little feet when leaving the beach
  • Sprinkle on some baby powder to bring the grease out of fabrics – perfect for greasy makeup disasters on your favourite blouse
  • Eliminate friction to prevent chafing
  • Freshen up whiffy sports shoes by sprinkling in some baby powder
  • Sprinkle on some powder before applying wax to your legs – it will help the wax to grip and soothe your skin.

Haemorrhoid cream

Was labour a little – ahem – strenuous? If you needed the haemorrhoid cream post childbirth, you’ll be glad to know that you can use it for other things too. Obviously, use a fresh tube if there’s any concerns about cross-contamination! Models and make up artists swear by using haemorrhoid cream for under eye circles and puffiness. Apparently it tightens puffy areas quickly and reduces wrinkles. Be careful not to get any of the cream in your eyes.

Breast pads

I am still finding boxes of breastpads. I must have expected to breastfeed bub till he left for university! Here are some great ideas for using up the excess boxes:

  • Use a breast pad inside shoes that are a bit too big to keep the heel from rubbing
  • Use as makeup and nail polish remover pads or to apply toner
  • They’re perfect for polishing shoes
  • Can be used as an emergency bandage
  • Washable pads are great around the home – try using them to wipe mirrors for a streak and lint-free shine
  • Cooling gel-type breast pads are great for bruises or for cooling minor burns.

Maternity pads

Another item you probably accumulated in excess as everyone told you to stock up. If you find them excessive for your monthly visitor, you can use them as a cold compress for migranes or a hot compress for sore muscles. They’re also great for packing fragile items such as glassware when moving house or delicate Christmas decorations. Maternity pads work wonders for soaking up spills on carpet!

What genius alternative uses for excess baby paraphernalia have you discovered? Leave us a comment below.


  1. January 4, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    I’m currently using some left over baby oil as a moisturiser for my legs. It soaks in within minutes without leaving a greasy feel.

    • January 5, 2016 at 8:20 PM

      Great idea Sally! Thanks for reading 🙂

  2. January 2, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Baby wipes are seriously the best! Great tips 👍🏻

    • January 2, 2016 at 8:40 PM

      Thanks for reading Kim 🙂

  3. January 2, 2016 at 11:58 AM

    I use baby wipes for absolutely everything, I’ve got a packet in every room of the house!!

    • January 2, 2016 at 8:39 PM

      Haha, me too!

  4. January 2, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    Baby wipes are still my number 1 go to cleaning cloth to grab at a moments notice – so handy!

    • January 2, 2016 at 8:43 PM

      Thanks for reading Lauren 🙂

  5. January 2, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    We used baby wipes for everything too! Just used up the last bulk pack from costco now that Missy is well and truly toilet trained!

    • January 2, 2016 at 8:41 PM

      I’m sure I’ll still be using them years past toilet training! 🙂

  6. January 2, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    Love this! Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

    • January 2, 2016 at 8:41 PM

      Thanks for reading 🙂

  7. December 29, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    I had no idea you could clean the bbq with baby wipes. Great suggestions 🙂 #justanotherlinky

    • December 30, 2015 at 1:27 PM

      Thanks Nicole! Baby wipes work on everything! 🙂 hehe

  8. December 29, 2015 at 7:07 AM

    Never understood the baby oil or baby powder thing either. They were never used with either of my kids. Genius ideas for them now!

    • December 29, 2015 at 12:10 PM

      Thanks Christina 🙂

  9. December 28, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    I think you should have fun with packing someone’s fragile present by using maternity pads to protect the gift. Would love to see the look on someone’s face as they try to figure out the new packing material.

    • December 29, 2015 at 12:12 PM

      Hahaha! Who dares to try it!? 🙂

  10. December 23, 2015 at 1:13 PM

    I think these tips are good. I use baby wipes for everything! Haha!

    • December 23, 2015 at 2:02 PM

      Thanks 🙂 Me too! I’m obsessed with wipes!

  11. December 23, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Great suggestions – maternity pads for packaging is genius! (Though perhaps not if sending something to someone else – may confuse them!) Lanolin cream is amazing.

    • December 23, 2015 at 2:02 PM

      Thanks 🙂 Yes, definitely not for packing Christmas presents hahaha!!