Sunday, May 19, 2013

9 Products & 3 Websites That Make Baby Care Easier



1) BioGaia Probiotics- A 2010 study (you can read more about it here) found that probiotics significantly reduce crying time in babies with colic. Another study (check it out here) found that giving a baby probiotics reduces his chances of developing eczema. I discovered them when I was doing research on how I could help solve Noah's painful gas, and let me tell you, this product has been a gem. We noticed a difference within a week and tummy troubles intensify when we run out.

2) Snuza Go- This handy little device clips onto your baby's diaper and an alarm goes off if it doesn't sense movement for 15 seconds (you can change it to 18 or 20 seconds if you prefer). This was on my maybe list when I was pregnant. It seemed like a good idea, but a little pricey. Fast-forward to the day Noah was born. I had gotten 5 hours of sleep the night before and had just delivered a baby! How much sleep did I get that night? Not a wink. I spent the entire night watching him, making sure he was still breathing. First thing in the morning, I ordered this on Amazon and it was the best $70 I've ever spent. The peace of mind is so worth it and I've been able to sleep well (as well as you can with a baby) knowing that I'll be alerted if he stops breathing.

3) Sensible Lines Milk Trays- Better than traditional storage bags because it's less expensive (you freeze milk in the tray and then transfer to a freezer-safe ziploc bag) and tray slots are one ounce each which means milk freezes faster, thaws faster, and there's less potential for waste. It's also convenient because the sticks fit easily into a bottle, so you just toss them in and thaw. That simple.

4) Baby K'Tan Carrier- Any babywearing mom can attest to the awesomeness of having your baby snuggled up next to you while still keeping your hands free. I chose the K'Tan over the super-popular Moby wrap because it doesn't involve any wrapping, which means it's quicker and easier to put on. It's two large circular pieces of fabric connected by a smaller piece of fabric and you can get the baby in it in literally 30 seconds. The disadvantage is that it's made in specific sizes, so Josh can't use the size small we have, but I think that the convenience of this cloth carrier outweighs that. I used this carrier daily until Noah was about four months old and it made life so much easier! There are also lots of ways to position your baby in this carrier, which is nice, but I don't agree with the outward facing front carry position that they recommend because it puts the spine in an unnatural arch and doesn't hold the legs in the correct position. You can read more about this in Nine Reasons Not to Carry Your Baby Facing Out from the Boba website.

5) Boba Carrier- A fantastic soft structured carrier that holds a child up to 45 pounds. It's comfortable, adjustable, has multiple pockets and a purse strap holder. It also keeps baby's knees in line with it's hips, which is important for preventing hip dysplasia (you can read more about this and check out helpful illustrations at www.hipdysplasia.org). We started using this as our primary carrier after Noah got a little heavy for the K'Tan.

6) California Baby Products- Ok, so using these products won't necessarily make your life easier, but it will give you peace of mind. I'm hyper-aware of what Noah is exposed to, so I did a great deal of research before purchasing the stuff that I slather on him every day. A lot of the products in this line have good ratings on Skin Deep, which I'll talk about in a minute, and they're reasonably priced.

7) Medela Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump- Noah is exclusively breastfed, and this pump has played a huge role in that. It's efficient and well made. It was a godsend in that first six weeks when breastfeeding was so painful and I needed a break from his not so great latch. It has also allowed me to leave Noah with Josh occasionally and to create a 40 ounce frozen stash. I also like that the has an insulated pocket that fits four storage bottles and four reusable ice blocks so that you can keep the milk cold while you're transporting it.

8) JJ Cole Carseat Cover- Noah was born in November, so we knew we needed something to keep him warm when we went out. This is made of weather-resistent nylon so it's perfect for wet weather. It keeps the heat in and is safer than similar covers that have a piece of fabric that goes under the baby. Also good for keeping germy strangers away :).

9) Munchkin White Noise Machine- Baby's sleep better with a little wooshing noise. This has six different sounds, including white noise, rain, ocean, heartbeat, and two different lullabies. It also has a night light and a projector feature if you're into that.

And three websites you've got to check out:

Baby Got Colic- I couldn't tell you for the life of me why this works, but there were many times when Noah was absolutely inconsolable and we turned this strange sounding white noise on and he instantly calmed down.

Skin Deep- I research all of the skin/beauty products I buy for Noah and for myself here. They break products down by each individual ingredient and provide a rating on how safe the product is (the lower the number, the better). It's a very objective assessment of product safety, which I love. Anyone can throw all-natural on a label. It's meaningless. This website will give you some clarity and help you make informed decisions when it comes to buying skin/bath type products for your baby.

KellyMom- Everything you could possibly want to know about breastfeeding, and it's all backed by research so you won't get some of the cooky information you see on BabyCenter boards.

20 comments:

  1. I'm amazed by #3. That is so coooool!!!! I'm pregnant with baby #3 and it's amazing how much cool stuff has came out in 2 years. Definitely going to be looking for this!

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  2. What a great resource!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

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  3. Awesome stuff!! It's amazing to me what everyone likes for baby products because they are all so different.

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
    Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.
    Leslie
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  4. So neat! I love my Medela pump and my baby carrier! And I'll definitely remember the Baby Got Colic website. So far I've had easy babies, but I'm sure we'll have our trouble maker before it's all said and done.

    Thanks for linking up at Babies and Beyond! I love your website and will definitely be coming back.

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