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Ten Baby Luxuries We Won't Miss


Out with the era of the rock star.

Cookie magazine, Conde Nast's bible for fashion-centric parents, folded this fall, but the party was already over.

Unlike the days of anything goes lofty excess, in today's more down-to-earth parental environment, taking baby's first cashmere to the dry cleaners (Ralph Lauren (RL) buntings, $195 in pink or blue) could be downright embarrassing. Has that quintessential sterling silver spoon (Tiffany (TIF), Elsa Peretti collection, $150) become a symbol without meaning?

A recent Washington Post article estimated that sales of high-end baby gear had declined 10% to 20% over the last two years. Even Bugaboo, the status stroller of the decade, has seen sales declines in the double digits. At a tenth of the price, people realize the Graco MetroLite works just as well.

With that in mind, Minyanville decided to scout out the 10 baby items we're most embarrassed to be seen with these days.

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