Every mom and dad of a new baby knows the feeling; all of a sudden in the midst of regular life you are introduced to the vast and often overwhelming world of Babyland and all the choices that come along with it. Should you use cloth diapers or disposable? Breastfeeding or formula? To babywear or not to babywear? I know all about Babyland; I've been entrusted with a baby, a toddler, and a (surprise) baby-on-the-way. After 3 years of being a mom, I'm excited to share with you some of my favorite products that have become must-haves in our house. Most of these items are simple, low-tech, and meet an everyday need; they all make awesome baby shower gifts too!
I went through several rounds of bottle styles and brands before finding my favorite. There are tons of bottles designed to meet different needs. My favorite style has been Philips Avent Natural Bottles. They come in a wide variety of sizes and colors, detailed with flowers, elephants, monkeys and more! Each of these bottle sets are highly rated on Amazon.
The tops are very easy to screw on, they are durable and haven't been damaged by the dishwasher at all after a year of daily use, and I haven't experienced any leaks. I also like how the chubby bottle style is easy for a baby to hold. Overall, a great buy for bottle feeding!
If you decide to go with bottle feeding your baby, a sterilizer is a very easy way to clean all the bottles! I always use a sterilizer for the first few months of bottle feeding, while my baby is building up his immunity. The Wabi Baby Electric Steam Sterilizer heats and sterilizes up to 8 bottles in just 8 to 15 minutes. An auto sensor automatically shuts the machine off when it's done, and it also has a drying feature in intervals of 30, 45, and 60 minutes that will return your bottles ready to use again with just a push of a button. That's all you have to do; pour in the water, load the sterilizer, and push the button. Wabi's sterilizer is a huge time saver, especially when a newborn uses 8+ bottles a day. It's also streamlined and doesn't take up a lot of counter space.
My oldest daughter was the inspiration for Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches. My husband and I created the brand as a reusable way to take fresh baby food on the go. I love making homemade baby food and Yummi Pouches allow me to fill a pouch, put it in the diaper bag, and easily feed my baby without needing extra dishes or spoons. After a few months, a baby can even hold the pouch themselves and enjoy their snack on their own. Yummi Pouches are also great for older children to enjoy yogurt in the car. Simply open the zipper seal, fill with a blended snack, reseal the pouch, and enjoy a portable snack by twisting off the lid and drinking through the spout. Yummi Pouches come in 2.5oz, 6oz, and 10oz sizes.
Even a baby's teeth benefit from being brushed! My little one just got her first two teeth and she's already enjoyed using them on a variety of foods. Baby Buddy's 360 Toothbrush is an innovative way to reach all the tiny teeth in a baby's mouth. My little one likes holding it herself and chomping on the bristles. More than 10,000 microfiber bristles remove 1.8x more plaque than regular toothbrushes and this brush can be used with just water.
Some of my favorite baby products are made by BabySpa. They are all natural, gentle, and smell amazingly! We love the BabySpa Bubble Bath Milk — it makes so many bubbles in the bath! The Nourishing Massage Oil is great for addressing cradle cap and for giving your baby a soothing massage. BabySpa's Moisturizing Body Lotion is a go-to for our family after every bath time. It leaves baby's skin feeling silky smooth and is essential in the colder months! Check out the whole line of BabySpa products on Amazon; you will definitely find some products that will easily become favorites.
My favorite BabySpa product is the Lullaby Pampering Cologne, which is great to freshen up my baby when she's smelling a bit sour from spitting up. I used this baby cologne on my daughter almost every day during her tough 0 to 6 month spit-up stage.
Suki Moon's unique bumper-less crib solution is pretty much amazing. It's so innovative and really keeps a baby's hands and legs from getting too close to the crib slats. Each side is slightly slanted inward by foam borders and the whole thing gets covered up by a soft sheet. I usually put a small cotton liner down to keep the cover clean so I don't have to wash it as much. The Suki Moon Sound Sleep Crib Cushi System is easy to put together and disassemble, and it can be used on a toddler or twin bed too to help keep a toddler from falling out of bed!
Margaux & May Organic Muslin Blankets are functional and stylish. They are great for swaddling, playtime, cuddling, staying cozy in the stroller or car seat, and more! I love the modern prints and large size of these blankets. Plus they are very soft and only get softer with time! My daughter loves clutching a soft blanket and Margaux & May blankets are perfect for playing peek-a-boo and even looping around your neck as a nursing cover. See our full Marguax & May review »
Finally, Buttons Diapers are my favorite brand of cloth diapers. They are designed by my sister-in-law and feature beautiful prints and high quality details. The 2-in-1 system is easy to use and the inserts are interchangeably swap-able with small or large, and daytime or nighttime; all within the same cover. Buttons Diapers grow with your baby and can be used from birth all the way through potty training! See their beautiful range of solids and prints at buttonsdiapers.com.
Great products can make life with a new baby just that much easier. All of these products meet a practical need with some style and innovation too! Try any of these and you'll see why these products are some of our family's faves.