As promised, here are some more of my favorite baby products. I really try to go minimal as far as products and gadgets are concerned (I don't like much clutter/paying for it). However, there are some things that I have definitely learned make life easier as a parent, so here goes: 1. Boogie Wipes - These magnificent little tissues contain saline and moisturizers, which helps remove dried crusty leftovers off your little one's nose (there's really no graceful way to say that, is there?). Compared to a wet tissue or even a baby wipe, which I usually avoid wiping my son's face with, these are more effective, soft, and gentle! They help keep the inevitable red nose during cold/flu season at bay and my son doesn't kick and scream while I wipe his nose...most of the time, anyway.
2. Diaper Genie - Despite my best efforts to not spend money on one of these, I broke down one day because I was constantly trying to freshen up our home from the slew of stinky diapers that would collect, even though we change our garbage daily. I read more than one article that said these were unnecessary, but for us it is worth it. Our son is pretty "regular" as they say, and we still only have to remove the bag once per week. It's so convenient too - you just cut the bottom of the bag, tie it shut, and pull up the bag for the next round of diapers. Genius.
3. Swaddle-Me - I cannot tell you how much these came in handy for our colicky son. Swaddling is an art, and if your baby is crying (or you are lacking the patience for tedium), just slip one of these on your baby, and he will be nice and cozy (and hopefully more calm). One night when our son was only about two weeks old, I was desperate and frustrated after being unsuccessful in swaddling him in a blanket that was just too small. I suddenly remembered that I had a couple of these dashed in an organizer and within one minute had Joel quiet and my sanity back. Worth every cent! I also heard great things about the Halo brand of swaddles, but I received several Swaddle Me's as gifts, so we just opted for those. I'm guessing that there are patterns out there for these if you are a DIY-er and would rather make them. Just having something like this on hand is valuable!
My favorite picture of any baby in a swaddle...ever (I may be biased)!
4. Sound machine- When Joel was young/colicky, this helped A TON. You don't even have to get a dedicated "white noise machine." You can also use the static on a radio (be careful to not turn the radio up too loudly). Recently, there has been a little controversy on the safety of white noise machines in regards to infants' hearing. Dr. Karp, author, of Happiest Baby on the Block has responded to the recent study and says that the results of the study are inconclusive in respect to having the white noise as quiet and as far away from the crib as possible. He poses that at the appropriate levels, white noise can even have life-saving benefits for infants. Read more here and here. It mimics the sounds of the womb (which are as loud as a vacuum or hair dryer), so it comforts and makes them feel right at home!
5. Baby carrier - Whether you're faithful to the Ergo, Moby, or Baby Björn, invest in a good carrier. It will really help, especially in those early months when babies more cuddling and soothing. And, you can even get things done with them or carry them places while they're still relatively light (and you can of course carry them until they're almost 40 lbs with some carriers). More on this in my post with reviews on baby carriers.
What are some of your must-have baby products? What would you recommend to a friend whose a mom-to-be? Please share!