There must be some unwritten rule that as a first time parent, you need to acquire as many baby-related products as possible. More likely than not, most of it’s crap that you’ll never use more than once – if at all.
Now, that’s not to say you won’t come across a handful of items that actually make life easier during your first year as a parent and beyond, but there’s a fine line between useful and useless.
Here’s our list (in no particular order) of baby products worth buying that we’ve found to be more than helpful in navigating the uncharted waters of first time parents.
1. Fridababy NoseFrida
No parent likes seeing their child sick, and naturally, we always want to do whatever we can to help them feel their best. The NoseFrida is a modern nasal aspirator that’s designed to draw mucus from the child’s nose through a filtered tube. The unique, and relatively simple, design helps to remove mucus through the suction supplied by, you, the parent.
Now, don’t think you’ll be getting a mouthful of snots as you draw the mucus from your baby as there is a filter in place to prevent any transfer.
Some people might prefer the typical bulb-syringe for helping your stuffy baby breathe better, but we found this to be a quick and effective method after failing to find any use in the traditional method.
I will say, it was most effective probably up until our little guy was 9 months or so; until he began resisting our advances! We still use it from time to time, whenever we deem necessary, and it still does a pretty good job, we just aren’t able to linger as long due to little arms flailing about.
2. Zarbee’s Naturals Cough Syrup
My sister introduced us to this brand, who had been using it for her own girls.
The great thing about this brand is that the products are made with naturally occurring ingredients, like agave in the cough syrup. Not only did we find the cough syrup to work well in helping suppress our LO’s cough, but it was also thicker than your standard baby cough syrup. This helped immensely in keeping it in our child’s mouth, unlike the infant Tylenol that would run out the sides of our son’s mouth. Since the syrup is thicker, your baby receives more of the dosage; and you’re wasting less.
In addition to loving the Zarbee’s Baby Cough Syrup, we also gave the chest rub a chance as well. This also has natural ingredients, like the cough syrup, but this one features eucalyptus and lavender to soothe and relieve congestion in your LO. The smell is strong from the eucalyptus, but it’s only going to help open up your child’s nasal passages for easier breathing.
3. BabyGanics Multi Surface Spray
I am a bit of a neat freak, so I tend to clean everything all the time. With a baby in the house, even more so. The BabyGanics multi surface cleaner is great for cleaning up messes just about anywhere in the house, and it’s safe for baby! Definitely a win-win for parents.
This spray’s cleaning ability is powered, naturally, from plants; and contains no chemicals, artificial fragrances, dyes, ammonia, bleach, or anything that will harm your baby (or your pets, I can imagine). We like to use the fragrance free spray out of sheer preference, but it also comes in citrus.
We have three bottles of this in our cabinets because we use it so often, whether for baby-related cleaning or not. It’s safe enough for baby, but powerful enough to cut through food, grime, and a whole lot more. Plus you don’t have to think twice about using it or where you’re spraying it!
4. Dapple Bottle & Dish Liquid
This is another great, all-natural product that harnesses the power of plants for it’s cleaning abilities. We’re definitely not hippies, hipsters – arguably, but why use chemically products when there are plant-based products that work just as well, if not, better?
The most note-worthy attribute for this dish soap is that it not only cleans, but it eliminates the filmy residue that’s sometimes left over from formula or breast milk. Anything you wash with this is left looking and smelling clean. No leftover residue, no lingering odors.
It actually works so well, that it’s become the standard dish soap in our house. We don’t buy any other soap for washing dishes other than the lavender-scented dapple Bottle & Dish Liquid. It cuts through milk, grease, you name it. And you’ll feel good knowing you’re cleaning your baby’s bottles, pacifiers, and more using a naturally derived dish soap.
Dapple Bottle & Dish Liquid is available in a variety of scents including additions: apple/pear & apricot.
5. Boogie Wipes & Boogie Mist
While baby snot isn’t the greatest topic for discussion, this is what parenting is about; coming to the aid of your children and making them feel as comfortable as possible whenever sick.
These two are another great baby product that’s designed to help baby fight the common cold. Boogie Wipes & Boogie Mist use natural saline to help flush mucus from baby’s nasal cavity.
The mist is best for helping to loosen any stubborn mucus – shake the can, place the nozzle in the nostril and dispense. Then use the saline-infused wipes to clear away any mucus flushed from their nose. The Boogie Wipes are especially helpful in removing dried mucus around the nostrils and septum. We know it’s all happened before, and baby wipes usually don’t get the job done.
It actually comes in handy when you use the combination of mist/wipes prior to using the NoseFrida, which will really help to remove any remaining mucus.
In reading our favorites we hope we’ve been able to better inform, or encourage you to purchase an item you maybe, otherwise, didn’t think was worth it. It’s not always easy to find worthwhile baby products to use on, or around, your LO, so we hope this list helps in making you a more informed shopper. What do you think are some baby products worth buying?