It’s not too late for you! Discover the 7 baby products I wish I had known about that would’ve made caring for my baby much easier.
As a child, my relatives and I would go on road trips where you’d find my cousins and me sitting in the trunk of a hatchback playing cards or hand games. Let’s just say that many drastic changes have happened over the last few decades (ahem… car seats!).
But even these short years since my twins were babies have seen many changes as well.
With my eldest, I had already learned new information, from sleeping on his back to wearing a wrap, things my parents’ generation had never heard of. I also took advantage of the latest baby products, both when I had my eldest as well as my twins a few years later.
Even though I was done having babies, many of my friends were still caring for or expecting one. They’d tell me about new baby products or those already in the market that I’d never heard of when I was in their shoes.
Baby products I wish I had known about
As I hear about these new products, I can’t help but think how much easier or different caring for a baby would’ve been if I had known about them. Check out the 7 baby products I wish I knew about to see whether they could help you as they have others around me:
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The hospital sent us home with a basic nose suction device, the one that looks like a baster. Considering that babies can’t breathe with their mouths for the first few months, keeping their noses clear is important.
Thing is, those nose suctions don’t always work well. And kept long enough without proper cleaning, they can also grow bacteria inside, far from your eyes ever seeing it.
When my friend told me about NoseFrida, I was amazed. It sounds gross because you’re using your breath to suction out the mucus, but the devise allows you to better remove the mucus and clean it well.
2. Magic Sleepsuit
Ever see a baby, whether awake or asleep, flail his arms? It’s as if someone had tapped his knee and his arms reacted by swinging instead. That’s the Moro reflex, which babies are born with and outgrow after a few months.
In the meantime, these arms can startle a baby awake or make him cry. Reflex aside, babies also grew comfortable in our wombs, encased in fetal position.
When they’re born, they no longer have that enclosed space to keep them in nice and tight, making for disrupted sleep and many tears.
The only option I had to keep my baby’s arms in place was to swaddle him. Loose blankets worked all right until my babies learned how to undo them. Velcro swaddles were an upgrade, especially since they cut down on the number of swaddling steps.
When I visited a friend and saw her baby in the Magic Sleepsuit, I was intrigued. Here was a different way to keep the baby’s arms in place while still giving her freedom to move. The sleep suit also works well to transition babies out of swaddles and acts as a go-between to sleeping unswaddled.
3. Infant cushions
Alone with two babies, I had to get creative with putting them to sleep throughout the day. I relied on many gadgets, from swings to swaddles to pacifiers, but one thing I wish I had was the Snuggle Me Organic.
The founder created this unique pillow because she too was a twin mom and understood the juggling act between putting two babies to sleep. Without anyone to help hold a baby, she created a pillow that uses the baby’s weight to sink him in place, giving him the feeling of being held.
This would’ve helped a lot for those crazy days when I didn’t have enough arms to hold both my babies.
4. White noise apps
My husband and I saw the benefits of white noise even with our eldest. Without that continuous sound, any noise would startle our baby awake. Plus, it also helped muffle his newborn sounds that would often wake us up in the middle of the night (we shared a room).
A heater or fan would’ve given us the white noise we needed, but we didn’t want the temperature of the room to change. So, my husband created his own white noise by downloading a one-hour long mp3 of static noise and looping it eight times. We’d play this throughout the night to get the sleep we needed.
Thing is, those loops weren’t always smooth. Right at that one-hour mark, you’d hear the pause that indicated the end of one loop and the beginning of another. I dreaded hearing that pause, especially when I had heard it an hour ago and realized I still hadn’t been able to sleep.
Enter white noise apps that allows you to download all sorts of white noise, from smooth quiet ones to loud static. You can set a timer and turn it off and on with one touch. This was exactly what I was looking for back when we’d been looping static noise.
5. Bumpers for each crib slat
Traditional bumpers aren’t safe since a baby can potentially suffocate with his face pressed against them. We experimented with the thin, sheer ones that would allow for air to pass. While those were safer and prevented the baby’s limbs from poking out, they still didn’t offer the padded protection.
Nowadays, you can find individual bumpers you can wrap around the slats of a crib. This allows air to pass through so it’s not one long bumper from one end to the other. But it’s still padded, so babies won’t bump themselves on the hard crib.
6. Wearable temperature monitor
Another freebie we got from the hospital was a thermometer to check the baby’s temperature. It works most accurately when you insert it into the baby’s bottom or tucked in the underarms (you can see why I often opted for the underarms).
But even then, getting an accurate reading was difficult, especially once the baby began to squirm or refuse to sit still. These thermometers often need a full minute or more for an accurate reading, an almost impossible request for a mobile baby or toddler.
When I heard about TempTraq, I knew they were on to something. This is a wearable patch that can monitor your child’s temperature up to 24 hours. It has bluetooth, which allows you to check the temperature on your phone throughout the day.
Since your baby is wearing the patch, he won’t squirm or fuss, but rather wear it throughout the day, making for more accurate readings.
7. Pumping and nursing bra
I usually made just enough milk for my babies. With my eldest, I pumped enough at work to get him through the next day. I was never one of those moms with bags and bags of surplus milk, as much as I wish I did.
Turns out, you can trick your body into producing more by pumping and nursing at the same time. It’s like you’re telling your body to produce enough milk not for one baby, but for two.
A pumping and nursing bra allows you to nurse your baby on one side while you pump on the other. You’d encourage him to nurse and empty one breast while pumping the other side. At the next feeding, you’d switch sides and have him nurse from the breast you had earlier pumped.
This is what a friend did with her second baby. Whereas she was able to produce just enough milk for her first, she was now able to store bags and bags of breastmilk for her second.
Ask around five years later and you’ll likely hear a new crop of baby products moms will wonder about or wish they’d had.
While a few may pass as a phase or an item you can do without, many will be the next item you’d likely share with your friends, as mine had shared with me.
That’s the beauty of invention, innovation, and listening to moms who said “Someone should invent…” And yes, that includes car seats so kids no longer sit in the trunk of a hatchback on road trips.
Get more tips:
- The Ultimate Newborn Shopping List
- Come Prepared: Your Hospital Bag Essentials
- How to Establish a Baby Nighttime Routine
- Baby Things to Buy Before Birth (Make Sure You Have These!)
- How to Entertain Your Baby
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