5 of My Favorite Baby Products & Why I Love Them
By entirelyalis on May 29, 2014
If you've had a baby, then you know what a hassle it can be to find the best baby products. You end up spending lots of money on products that don't work out and then you have to start the painstaking process all over again of looking for safe and effective products for your little one. I've been through this experience many times since giving birth to my daughter nearly two years ago, so I thought it would be good to list some of my favorite tried-and-true products so that you can decide if they're right for you.
Babies have sensitive skin and many baby soaps have harsh chemicals that aren't good for them. This soap is very gentle on skin and is certified organic with no preservatives or other icky stuff. It contains a combinations of olive oil, jojoba oil, hemp oil, pure essential oils, and organic extra virgin coconut oil. It's an all-in-one soap so you can use it as a body wash and a shampoo for your baby, but it also has many other uses besides baby soap, like aftershave, car soap, wool wash, pet shampoo, etc! The smell is so mild that it lets your baby's natural smell linger, which is one of the best smells in the world, in my opinion.
2. Bumkins 3 Pack Waterproof SuperBib
These are the best bibs I have experienced. My daughter has had them since she was probably five months old and she still uses them now that she's almost two and they are still in great condition. They're big enough that they provide plenty of coverage but they're small enough that she can eat without them getting in her way. They attach around the neck with Velcro and I haven't had a problem with her pulling them off on her own. They are BPA-free, waterproof, and 100% polyester, so the material is comfortable and it can be cleaned easily. Sometimes I rinse them under the faucet for a quick cleaning or wipe them off with a cloth or wipe, but these can also be washed in the washer and line dried (I have accidentally dried them in the dryer and they came out just fine, but it isn't recommended.) By the way, these dry very quickly when line dried.
They have a pocket on the front which catches food. What I am about to tell you is very gross: my daughter once vomited (not spit up) while she was eating and not only did the vomit not soak through her bib (nothing ever does) but the pocket caught every single drop of it so there was no big disaster of a clean-up afterward; I simply had to rinse out the pocket and throw the bib in the washer -- there was no wiping her up and changing her clothes at all.
These are also great because they come in many different patterns and colors combinations for your little boy or girl. Warning: you may experience stress, tears, and all kinds of anxiety at trying to decide which of the stinking cute color/pattern combos you would like for your baby.
One of the problems many parents experience is trying to transition their baby from the bottle to a cup. This NUK spout cup was the answer to that problem for me. The base can be used with both NUK nipples and NUK spouts, so that alone can make the transition even easier. If you already use NUK bottles, all you have to do is buy some NUK spouts to replace the nipples on the bottles, transforming them instantly from a bottle to a sippy cup. Even if you don't use NUK bottles, you can buy these cups with the spouts already on them. My daughter mostly drank from Playtex bottles, which had completely different nipples than NUK bottles, but she still loved these spouts and transitioned very easily; she never cried for a bottle when we started using these; it was like she never even noticed we switched. The spouts are silicone, just like the nipples, so your baby won't be able to feel much of a difference. These cups have different colors, patterns, and characters to choose from, and you can also buy the NUK Silicone Spout Learner Cup, 5 Ounce, which comes with detachable handles.
4. Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
4. Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Coconut oil might not seem like a baby product, but it can definitely be used as one. I have used it as a moisturizer for my daughter since the day she was born and it's very gentle on her skin and much safer than baby lotions and oils. This kind in particular is organic and hexane-free so it's was a much better choice for me than baby lotion or baby oil. It is solid at room temperature but melts easily if you rub it between your hands so it can be applied to your baby's skin very easily. The smell is not the sickeningly sweet coconut scent that you find with coconut-scented products like suntan lotion because this is made from actual coconuts; it smells mild like a freshly sliced coconut. I also like having this around because it has so many other uses, like cooking, and I also use it as a moisturizer for my own skin.
5. Lafe's Organic Baby Insect Repellent
Picking out an insect repellent was quite stressful for me. I couldn't stand the thought of using something with DEET or other harsh chemicals on my daughter, but I didn't want her getting eaten by insects. Where I live, mosquitoes in particular are everywhere -- probably worse than a lot of places -- so this was a big deal to me. After much research, I came across Lafe's Organic Insect Repellent for babies, and I figured this was the best choice for me and that I'd take my chances with it. It contains several types of essential oils and is BPA-free and contains no phthalates or harmful chemicals and is certified organic.
The first time I used it was my daughter's first Independence Day. We had plans to go to my sister's house to celebrate and we would be spending most of our time outside, so this day would be the true test for us. The first thing I noticed about it is that the smell is very mild and pleasant, not overpowering like the chemical smell of regular insect repellents, and once it dried on her skin, I couldn't smell it all. I was really worried that it wouldn't work but after a few hours outside, my daughter had no bug bites anywhere even though the rest of us did.
Yesterday several family members came to visit us and we decided to go outside in the evening when the worst of the mosquitoes are out. My sister asked if I had any insect repellent that she could use on her five-year-old daughter because she always has very bad reactions to bug bites. I let her use this Lafe's repellent and put it on my daughter and myself as well. No one else wanted to use any. My sister was batting bugs off of herself left and right, but the three of us who used this repellent came inside with no bug bites. In fact, I didn't have to bat at a bug a single time; my sister even asked in an exasperated way while she was smacking at bugs, "Why aren't you batting away bugs like I am? Aren't they bothering you at all?" I told her I hadn't even seen an insect near me except for a little fly that zoomed over my head. She said she couldn't understand how because they were bothering her a lot and I told her it is because I had used this insect repellent. Now she wants to buy some for her daughter. This experience in particular is what made me decide to write this blog post; I love getting the word out on great products for the sake of the companies that make them and for other consumers like me who want something that works and won't waste their money.
If you are interested in any of these products, don't forget to be a smart shopper by reading up on them further from the companies that make them and from other product reviews so that you can make sure that they're the right product for you. Secondly, don't forget to price check so you can get the best deal; that's always important!