Infant Products Mom Must Have:
The Top 5 Baby Items Making My Life Easier
There’s a lot of commotion, loud noises, banging, jumping, and running around going on in our home nowadays. I don’t remember things being THIS crazy when we only had one child, but everything doubles when you have your second child. Earlier today, I was gazing around the house (yes, gazing – do you need a visual? too bad!) and I started to realize that my life could be a lot crazier if it wasn’t for a few of the amazing infant products and gear that we own.
These things aren’t exactly unusual or out of the ordinary, wild products you’d never be able to find unless you read the Super Secretive Motherhood Manual (Yes, we have one – it’s called Intuition!). However, I will say that four out of five are items I did not KNOW existed or think we would need during my first pregnancy.
I left these items off of my baby registry and didn’t get ahold of them until after my son was born. So, I hope an expectant mom out there will read this post and do what I didn’t do – and have a bottle warmer ready for the first night home for their first child. Boy, I had a rough night that time around…
(These are in no particular order. The order depends on what time of day or what my daughter needs THAT second, so I can’t do 1st through 5th place. It’s not fair, so I am skipping that for the sake
#1 The First Years Babypro Quick Serve Bottle Warmer
Have you ever had a screaming baby in your left ear, whining preschooler on the right, and all you need is for the water in the pot to BOIL? Why does water only take 3-4 minutes to boil when you’re in no rush, but a lifetime when the baby wants to eat?
I didn’t know about bottle warmers when I put my baby shower registry together during my first pregnancy. Luckily, I had a girlfriend pass hers down to me when my son was 3-months old. I had no idea why I would want to use it, so I shoved it in the closet. We were using the pot and boiling water method, which takes forever when a baby is hungry.
I finally had enough and started to look into ways I could speed up the process. Microwave? No way – bad idea. That’s when I actually read an article online about bottle warmers. The lightbulb went off and I realized that I didn’t have to buy one – I already owned a baby bottle warmer! Oops. Silly first mom moment, but I still joke with my husband, ".. remember how we used to boil water and didn’t know how easy it would be to use a warmer?".
Naturally, I would buy another one this time around for my daughter. Baby bottle warmers are a life saver during those 3am feedings when your head isn’t on right and eyes are too sensitive to light (Amen for light dimmers in the kitchen!). When you are cooking dinner and all of the burners are in use on your stovetop, your bottle warmer will be right there waiting to warm up your bottle!
I went with The First Years Quick Serve Bottle Warmer. Besides an unbeatable price (~$15.99), I also knew The First Years brand made very reliable and simple bottle warmers since this was the brand used when my son was an infant. It’s small, quick, and makes my life much easier!
#2 Baby Bottle Brush Cleaner
Such a simple kitchen item, but an absolute MUST with a baby around! Cleaning bottles on the inside is a nightmare and I do not enjoy doing it (shocker, I know). The baby bottle cleaner brush is probably the simplest baby product that we own. Nowadays, baby gear is full of buttons and functions. Our battle cleaner does one thing: clean bottles.
I couldn’t live without our bottle cleaner and have no idea how I would reach the bottom of the baby bottles if not for our baby bottle cleaners! We actually have three in the house at all times:  baby bottles;  backup (just in case!);  all other water thermoses, cups, and non-baby bottles. Yes, I like to use a bottle cleaner for cups, too. Who wouldn’t? I think everyone needs one in their house — baby in the house, or not!
#3 Playtex SmartSteam Microwave Baby Bottle Sterilizer
Last month I wrote a raving review for a great product that Playtex sent over just in time — because I was only days away from going crazy when it come to sterilizing baby bottles. We go through an average of 6 or more baby bottles per day. That means 6 bottles, 6 nipples with sealers, and 6 nipple caps. Filling a pot with water to boil all of these items is a nightmare. If my son wanted to take a bath, I had to tell him he had to wait 10-15 minutes until I could turn off the stove.
I no longer have to worry about anything but turning my microwave on now that I have my Playtex Baby SmartSteam Microwave Sterilizer. Some may argue that the sterilization process didn’t take "that long" with boiling water, but I beg to differ. It’s a giant pain in the butt and even if the SmartSteam saved 30-seconds of my day (it’s a lot more than that though!), I can tell you that a busy mom with thousands of things on her plate cherishes every moment of her day.
I’d much rather be laying on my living room floor with my two angels playing Transformers and cars with my little boy while my 2-month old waves her closed fists in my face (I think she wants to fight me; I’m waiting to see if she makes the first move…) Moms love their time, so anything that will help spare even one minute of my day (it’s MORE than that!!) - I will love that product and the brand for giving me that time back with my kids.
Check my Playtex Baby review to learn more about the SmartSteam Microwave Sterilizer. You can find this baby bottle sterilizer on Amazon (as low as $49.99), Toys ‘R Us ($33.99), or any other favorite online or local retailer in your neighborhood.
#4 TinyLove 3-in-1 Rocker Napper
I definitely have a place in my heart for TinyLove products and could probably go on and on about how great they are. Although all of their products are absolutely fantastic, I could not live without their 3-in-1 Rocker Napper. I had an opportunity write a TinyLove 3-in-1 Rocker Napper review in July (2012) before my daughter was born (January 2013), but luckily one of my friends leant me her newborn daughter for review purposes.
If I thought the Rocker Napper was a great product in July, I hadn’t seen anything yet! Having my own child here to use the napper 24/7 has obviously given me a much
different better perspective and need for it. During late-night feedings with my daughter, I turned to the Rocker Napper to become my daughters in-between place to sleep. We spent a lot of time in the living room late at night during her first few weeks at home. We would start off in the master bedroom with my daughter in her bassinet, but I was laying on the couch with my daughter in her napper by 3-4AM.
We also have a bouncer chair, but these each serve different purposes. Plus, I actually use the Rocker Napper 8 out of 10 times over the bouncer. It’s a place for my daughter to nap during the daytime. It’s a place for an infant to hangout and enjoy the rocking vibrations while gazing above at the music and flashing lights (stimulation!). It’s a place for mom to put baby down next to her and hangout – bonding without baby in your arms (attachment = good; over-attachment = not so good).
I am definitely going to be a little depressed when my little lady outgrows her TinyLove Rocker Napper. You can read my Rocker Napper review, or head on over to TinyLove.com and purchase today for $99.99. The price is well worth it and this napper definitely is a blessing for our family!
#5 Prince Lionheart: Premium Wipes Warmer
My mom actually purchased our wipes warmer when my son was born in 2009, but it is just as new! This is definitely a great investment and a key item for moms to have for bay. The baby wipes warmer is simple to use and really makes a huge difference for the temperature of baby wipes (just add generous water to the EverFresh pad refills every 2 weeks and replace every 3 months).
As a new mom, I had never even considered how my newborn would feel like a freezing cold wipe placed on his skin. Once my mom had suggested the idea when she saw the Prince Lionheart Premium Wipes Warmer on the store shelves, I then started to notice how cool the wipes felt. Hey, I don’t think I would enjoy a cold wipe on my skin at 4am! Plus, I hated how my son would go from sleepy and ready to go back to sleep during a late-night feeding to alert and ‘ready to go’ after I changed his diaper. Not cool!
Now that I had a winter baby (my daughter was born in January), I really noticed how the wipes warmer has helped out. Even though you have a heated home and don’t think it’ll happen, wipes are essentially wet and therefore emit a chill (How else could I explain it? Wipes get COLD!).
How has my wipes warmer made MY life easier? It’s actually benefitting my daughter more than it is my life, but I am unbelievably thankful for my wipes being warm and not waking my daughter at 4am when I want her to go back to sleep. It’s equally made my life as a caring and loving mother since I don’t have to feel bad when her legs clinch at the touch of a freezing cold wipe. It’s a win-win for mom and baby!
The Prince Lionheart Premium Wipes Warmer retails for $29.00, but I found it on Amazon for as low as $18.00! The refill pads, Prince Lionheart Replacement EverFresh Wipe Warmer Pads, are available on Amazon for only $13.99. Refill pads need to be replaced every 3-months and each pack contains 2 pads. Total investment if your child is in diapers until he is 3-years-old (arguments sake!):
Disclosure: This post is not sponsored, endorsed, or paid for by any of the aforementioned brands. Selected products were chosen simply because they make my life a heck of a lot easier with an infant. The only product which I received for review purposes (and no monetary compensation) are #3 [Playtex SmartSteam Microwave Baby Bottle Sterilizer] and #4 [TinyLove 3-in-1 Rocker Napper]. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. and Testimonials in Advertising.