While at a friend's baby shower, my mom and I watched her open a wipes warmer. How ridiculous we thought, as we exchanged glances.
A couple years later I specifically left such a mini-appliance off my own registry. Then, as I unwrapped one of the packages at my own shower, I uncovered-- dun dun dun-- a wipes warmer! I took it home and set it up with all of my other new gifts.
To my own amazement, I used it at every diaper change and actually found it necessary, even for a baby born in the heat of July! And it was used for 18 months-- until it was transferred to new January baby. (And perhaps losing the cozy warm wipes was an accidental push towards potty-training!)
The wipes warmer was probably my most-used, eventually most-loved, non-necessity item. Looking forward a year or two, I see a backseat DVD player as my next object of mal-opinion. I scoff at the need for it-- and I'm not a TV-for-kids hater! But why do they need to watch a show on the 8 minute drive to school? Doesn't that distract from their ability to self-amuse?
I need to stop there though. I'm afraid I'll soon be eating my words in the form of a Disney DVD...