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14 Baby Products That You Need Immediately
Let me tell ya, there are a lot of completely useless baby products. Wipe warmers, baby bedding sets (newsflash: you only use a fitted sheet), baby powder (as far as I’m concerned, it’s just a cheap dry shampoo replacement)…there’s so many things you will never use. But on the other hand, there are products that you will not be able to live without. After having 4 babies in under 5 years, here are the absolute best baby products. Products that make my life so much easier.
I’ve used about 5 different carriers with my kids. Two are clear favorites–and the baby bjorn is one. Here’s why:
- You can use it almost from birth (8lbs and up).
- It’s really easy to figure out and put on. And let’s be honest, if it takes forever to figure out a carrier, you may not use it much. And dad will probably never even attempt.
- It’s great for dads as it doesn’t look feminine and, as stated above, it’s so easy to put on.
- Baby can face in or out (once they can hold their head up)
- You can clean and take care of household duties while still comforting your little infant. The sleep deprivation with a baby is real and super intense. Taking care of the house tends to go down the tubes, which makes mama feel pretty crummy. But with this bad boy, you can comfort your little baby and have 2 hands to get stuff done. I wear this around the house ALL the time when my baby is little. For me, Baby Bjorn definitely equalled happy baby and cleaner house.
Because baby grows out of this one by about 15-20 lbs, it can’t be used forever. Which is why I love…
The Ergo Baby 360 is another one of the best baby products around. Once baby can wear the Ergo Baby without an infant insert (which I just do not like, personally), the Ergo Baby is my favorite carrier and can be worn until baby is a whopping 33 lbs. Like the Baby Bjorn, baby can face you or face forward. And because the baby’s weight is resting on your hips, it’s very comfortable and even wearing a toddler won’t kill your back. While it may seem tricky at first to put it on, it will quickly become second nature.
Finding the right diaper bag was like dating for me. I had to go through a lot of duds before I figured out which one I wanted to settle down with. For me, no matter what bag it is, it needs to be a backpack. I need to be able to run and I need the use of both my hands without a bag getting in my way. After no fewer than 10 diaper bags–a few Petunia Pickle Bottom bags (which are ridiculously expensive), and various Amazon buys, I finally settled on this Herschel backpack in raven crosshatch. It’s not actually even a diaper bag, It’s just a high quality backpack that has held up really well for the last 2 and a half years.
I love it because it’s super functional. I found that I never actually used all the weird pockets that came with all my diaper bags and just threw everything in the middle. I use the front pockets for my wallet, cell, phone, and chapstick. Then diapers, wipes, and snacks in the big part. I put a diaper changing pad in the laptop pocket. It’s perfect and my husband has zero qualms about wearing it around town.
Here are some other great Backpack Diaper Bags (that will not break the bank):
- The HapTim Backpack Diaper Bag w/ Stroller Straps
- Parker Baby Co. Backpack
- HaloVa Waterproof Diaper Backpack
As a new mom, you will find yourself changing diapers all over the place. If you are lucky enough to find a diaper changing station, it’s probably crawling in germs. So you need a pad to laydown. This diaper changing mat is by far, the best I’ve used. It’s basically a portable changing table. It’s durable and has pockets for diapers, wipes, and even diaper trash bags. We throw this in the diaper bag or keep it in the living room to make a sanitary diaper changing station (since the changing table is upstairs). It’s super durable, can be wiped clean, and can be thrown in any bag as a complete diaper changing kit.
Once baby is self feeding and making the most epic messes possible, this bib is a lifesaver. Hands down, one of the best baby products on the market. I like any old cloth bib when they first start feeding (so I can use it to wipe their little faces), but once they are grabbing finger foods and going for it, this bib is where it’s at. The pocket really catches a lot of the mess that falls from their little hands and mouths. It’s comfy around their little necks and it rolls up for easy storage or throwing in a diaper bag. My 1 year-old loves it because once she empties her high chair tray, she goes back for more in her bib pocket 🙂
It took 2 kids to learn this (I can be a slow learner sometimes, folks). Pacifier clips will save you so much grief if your baby uses a pacifier. These are some of my favorites and can be used with most pacifiers.
These are the best baby products for bath-time, no question. Other soaps can be hard on baby’s skin–even if it’s advertised for baby. My pediatrician recommended Aveeno products for my babies and frankly they’re awesome. It’s perfect for sensitive baby skin. I love the lotion, baby wash, bath bubbles, and oatmeal bath (especially for my little one with eczema). Their products are fantastic.
Hands down, this is the best bum cream out there–and I’ve used sooo many. Instead of just protecting the skin (like Desitin), this stuff heals it. And it smells awesome. A bit pricey, but a little container goes a long way and it can last a long time. Cloth diaper safe, too!
9) Sound Machine
When you are sleep deprived and have a small baby, you will pretty much do anything to help them sleep. For us, noisemakers were really helpful in soothing our babies, covering up other noises, and also signaling nap or bedtime. We’ve used them from the start.
I can’t tell you how many times I’d be driving and convinced my baby stopped breathing because I couldn’t hear her. But then I could look in the rear-view mirror at this handy dandy backseat mirror and see my baby’s tummy reassuringly rise and fall.This mirror is a must, if you will be driving around at all. You’ve got to be able to see your rear-facing baby. It brings so much piece of mind.
As I’ve nursed all 4 of my babies, the boppy nursing pillow was completely essential to comfortable nursing. I’ve loved it. Side note: Also makes a great lap pillow to rest your hands and book while reading!
These are the best bottles for breastfed babies. We call them them “booby bottles”, ’round these parts. They do a really great job mimicking the breast for the baby. My babies that took bottles loved them and had the easiest time drinking pumped milk from them. A little pricey, but totally worth it, imo.
If you will be doing any formula feeding, then this is a must-have baby product. Each compartment of this formula dispenser hold an 8oz serving. When I was out and about, all I had to do was pour the contents of the compartment into a baby bottle of water, and voila! Milk for baby. Can also be used to dispense snacks like cheerios.
Once baby becomes mobile, your realize what a death trap your house is. Baby gates are handy for keeping baby away from danger zones or simply containing them in one room. This one is a fantastic and economical choice. Our has lasted almost 6 years!