There are a jillion baby products out there that all claim to help you baby eat more, sleep more, learn more, fill-in-the-blank more. But how many of those products actually work? Here’s my list of the 10 baby products that are actually worth the investment because they do what they claim to do and make life as a new mom easier!
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1. Snuggle Me Organic
This is, by far, my absolute favorite baby product that I purchased once my son was born for 2 reasons: he was so freaking adorable sleeping in it and it ACTUALLY helped him sleep. My son’s never been a great sleeper. I was desperate for my own sleep so I was willing to try anything. This little cot was a game changer. It’s designed to help your little one feel as comfortable as they were in utero and it accomplishes just that. My baby went from waking every 1 or 2 hours to sleeping stretches of sometimes 7-8 hours straight.
2. Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit
Again, another sleep solution. This suit helped my baby fall asleep so quickly that when we went through sleep training with him and were trying to get him to fall asleep independently in his crib, he would often accidentally fall asleep on our laps during the bedtime routine because this suit comforted him so much. It really is magical!
3. Owlet Baby Heart Rate Monitor
This is my splurge item on this list. It is a whopping $300, but SO worth it for the peace of mind. When we brought our son home from the hospital, if I wasn’t awake in the middle of the night because I was nursing him, it was because I was watching his little chest rise and fall as he slept. I just could not relax knowing what I knew about the possibility of SIDS. I started with a movement monitor but once he started rolling over, it was rendered basically useless because it would fall of his diaper. I wish I would have just started with the Owlet from the very beginning. You can check your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels all from an app on your phone, so you’re never left wondering if he’s doing okay. It’s pretty brilliant.
4. Nose Frida
Say buh-bye to the old way of plunging boogies with an old fashioned bulb syringe. This little device is much more effective at getting those stubborn boogs out of little nostrils and my baby seems to hate it slightly less than the bulb. Yes, it still feels like your sucking their brain out, but it’s a little bit less invasive than the alternative. And if you’re wondering how you suck the boogies out using your own mouth without actually getting them in your mouth, there’s a little filter that keeps the icky stuff from entering the tube you suck on. It’s not as gross as it seems, but probably still only something a mama would be willing to use.
5. Video Baby Monitor
I didn’t realize how necessary this was until we were at my parents’ house and my son needed a nap. All they had was an audio baby monitor and I felt completely lost! Not being able to see him as he fell asleep was so disorienting. It was a constant Oh, that’s him! He must be up…wait…now I don’t hear anything…is that just the sound machine? Is he actually up or his is nose just whistling while he’s sleeping? Or is he up, but just content and not crying? It was so frustrating! With the video monitor, you know what’s going on all the time and can watch to see when baby is really awake and not just shifting in his sleep or snoring.
6. Changing Table Toy Bar
Babies are notorious wigglers, especially when getting their diapers changed. Once my son started rolling and showed an interest in rolling off the changing table, I decided to start giving him a toy to play with while I changed him. Little hands have little strength though, so he’d often accidentally drop it off the side of the table. I didn’t want to leave him on the table to fetch the toy, so the wiggling, twisting, and turning would commence. That where the toy bar is helpful. It arches over the heads within grabbing distance with toys securely attached so there’s no dropping them off the table. Genius.
7. Baby Bullet
I knew from the very beginning I didn’t want to feed my baby jarred baby food, but wanted to make everything fresh and organic. I also knew I had limited freezer space and couldn’t make months worth of food for my baby in advance. The Baby Bullet is amazing because it makes good sized batches of fresh food without completely filling your freeze. It comes with a convenient silicone freezer tray, as well as fridge-friendly containers to store perfectly portioned meals. Included in the box is guide for starting your baby on solids which I found really helpful, including a list of safe foods categorized by age group.
8. Teether Bibdanas
These were an absolute essential because my son seemed to start teething around 3 months and hasn’t stopped since (though at 8 months he still hasn’t yet to pop a tooth!). Everything goes in the mouth! Just as I mentioned with the changing table though, he can’t hold onto a toy forever, try as he might. We would go to church and have to bring at least 3 teething toys because he was sure to drop them on the floor. These bibs take that inconvenience away because the toy is attached to the bib. No more dropping. My only wish is that I had thought of the idea first.
9. Zutano Booties
Do your socks ever get stretched out to the point where they are constantly sliding down and you have that baggy-toe look? Yeah, babies seem to have that all the time. Their little feet just can’t seem to keep a regular sock on for more than 2 minutes. And when they start crawling, forget about it. That’s where these adorable booties come in handy. You basically strap baby’s foot into the bootie and snap it around their ankle making it much more difficult to come off, even when crawling. They have grips on the bottom for new walkers as well. And lastly, they’re pretty warm so you can be sure those little tootsies stay toasty in the cooler months!
10. Clean Hands Changing Pad
This product surely must have been invented by an experienced parent. Once your baby reaches a certain age, as soon as the diaper tabs come undone, their hands immediately shoot down to their messy diaper area. This changing pad comes with a cone-like shape that velcros at the waist rendering it impossible for them to reach! It’s amazing. Like most portable change pads is also water resistant and wipeable.
What are some of the top baby products you can’t live without? Share in the comments below!