Favorite Baby Products

OK, it’s no secret I am a full blown product junkie. I mean lets be real my previous tagline used to be “The go-to blog for makeup junkies.” So fitting. Which is why it comes as no surprise that I’m a crazy-product-junkie-mom. Who does that benefit? Well definitely not my husbands wallet, for sure. Poor guys hates going to Target or Buybuybaby with me. But I can’t help it I just want to find great products for me and my baby. That’s why I try everything, well everything with the RIGHT ingredients. If I’m willing to buy something twice, or keep backups in the closet, then I know I love that product. I’m basically going to be listing all my loves that I use on a daily basis in this post.

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Dr. Brown’s Wide-Neck Glass Bottle

I have like 7 of these bottles (plus some extras stashed away) currently drying on my rack. I used to hate these bottles because they would leak ALL THE TIME but I figured out that I was pairing the two inserts incorrectly (video below for reference). I also noticed that once I stopped “sanitizing” my bottles after every use the inserts wouldn’t get loose. By sanitizing I mean pouring boiling hot filtered water over them AFTER I’ve washed them. I used to do this every single time I washed all his bottles.

Basically:

  • I love these because they have an easy flow
  • The nipple has one small hole so it prevents the baby from chugging their milk quickly (huge plus for me). Benefits? They eat slower so they notice they are full and don’t cry for more. They don’t throw up your hard earned liquid gold, aka breastmilk, (or formula).
  • Reduces colic, gas, and spit-ups.
  • It’s glass which is the main reason why I love it. Why is glass better than plastic?IMG_0344.JPG

The only cons is that there are so many parts that it’s annoying to wash & if you pair the insert incorrectly they leak.

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Boon Lawn Countertop Drying Rack

I love this little lawn because the grass holds all different shapes and sizes, its BPA free, doesn’t scratch bottles, doesn’t rust, and it’s just really easy to use. If you are a new mom I would suggest buying the large one because bottles eventually add up. I also have the stand insert so I can hang his pacifiers, mini teething toys, pumping essentials, etc.

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Dr. Brown’s Bottle Brush

Since we are on the topic of washing bottles… I have 2 favorite brushes that make this task easy peasy. One is this Dr. Brown’s brush (get it in pink!) and the other is the Munchkin brush. I always have back-ups of both because I butcher my brushes when I’m washing bottles and I also like to switch it out often (just like you switch out dishwashing sponges) because bacteria tends to build up. I don’t have a preference, I just kind of go with whatever I find in the store. If you are traveling though I would suggest the Munchkin one because it’s smaller and it also has a nipple cleaner on one end.

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Mylicon Dye Free Drops

Ok, lets be real for a second. How many times a day does your baby get fussy? Mine, at least 3-4 times a day…usually before nap time (he does this new thing where he’s super sleepy but refuses to nap…joy). I mean babies are BABIES at the end of the day, they have good days and bad days. Some days they are angels and most days you wonder how you got here. Like why me?! Why today!

When they are newborns they are usually fussy because of gas and this is initially what this product does, is break up gas bubbles in their stomach. So if you are a new mom and you are looking for an IMMEDIATE cure to your babies gassiness, then this is a life saver. I literally wouldn’t leave the house without it and I had backups upstairs & downstairs. Yes, it’s that much of a necessity.

My son is a few days shy of being 5 months old and I still use it every.single.day! Not for gas though.

Let me put it this way…

It’s 10pm. He’s sleepy. You’re sleepy. He’s bathed and clean. You smell from running around all day. He wants to sleep but is getting frustrated because he needs just a little bit of help. Your pat on the butt isn’t helping and at this point he’s full on screaming at you *this is where you cuss out your husband for knocking you up*. So what do you do? Well, you just insert that pretty yellow syringe into this magical cocktail and you give your baby some damn Mylicon. Instantly, he’s sucking his paci and your butt patting is working. Five minutes later he’s knocked out.

No there is no sleeping aid in this… although it works so well I secretly think there might be lol.

It DOES NOT absorb into the body like gripe water…so you can use it up to 12x a day.

:: Google: mylicon absorption vs gripe water.

Anyways, I love this stuff and I only use it for extreme cases of fussiness because like anything else, I don’t want to overdo it. I would suggest doing your own research on this stuff or consulting your doctor but in my experience it’s one of those things I always have on hand.

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Mustela® Gentle Cleansing Gel

I love Mustela products because they are hypoallergenic and really gentle on babies skin because they are made for babies skin. I use this specific product only on the babies body and it cleans him up really well without drying him out. I find that most body washes don’t remove the sticky stuff, like diaper rash creams, but this product does! I don’t like to use this in his hair because it makes his hair really oily.

What I love most about this product…

  • Biodegradable formula is composed of 90% plant-based ingredients
  • Fortified with Vitamin B5 to keep skin’s natural oils intact
  • Paraben, and Phenoxyethanol free
  • Hypoallergenic and specially formulated to minimize the risk of allergic reactions

If you have a newborn, I highly highly recommend getting the Mustela newborn foam shampoo. This is the only shampoo I used on Levon for months (still use it sometimes). They also have the foam shampoo for babies with cradle cap (don’t use it unless your baby has it).

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SheaMoisture Foaming Wash/Shampoo

Currently, I am loving this SheaMoisture shampoo with raw shea camomile and argan oil. I’m very careful to not use any harsh chemical on the baby and so I never use anything with fragrance (only natural fragrance from essential oils), parabens, sulfates, etc. Anyways, this stuff is gentle but smells great. It cleans all the puke out of his hair, yup thats a serious issue in my house lol. My son likes to roll around in his one throw-up. Incredible right? I mean the kid is talented! I literally can never clean it in time. He just always wins. I also love foam shampoos because I can feel the lather, you know.

Some pros…

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SheaMoisture Massage Oil

I’m one of those parents who treats my baby like a mini adult, okay. I have conversations with him in the mornings about our day, I rant about how I need a manicure, I tell him how Harvard is the best fit for him, and I occasionally teach him how to make a burrata salad. I just keep it real with him, he’s like my confidant. Anyways, back to the point. Since I, as an adult, love to go to the spa and get massages I feel like my mini adult would love it too *substitute the massage bed for a changing table* LOL. I’m not a talented masseuse but he’s a baby and doesn’t know the difference so just rubbing him in oil is good enough. I give him a massage at least once a week and I just rub him down everywhere except his private parts *booty included*. Here’s a little video that was really helpful for me.

P.S. This was the ONLY oil I found without any added fragrance!

Pros…

  • Argan Oil, high in vitamin E, softens and renews the skin.
  • Precious extracts of frankincense and myrrh have been given as gifts of beauty throughout history and work to repair and rejuvenate skin.
  • Certified organic ingredients.
  • Never tested on animals.
  • Sulfate free and color safe.
  • No parabens.
  • No phthalates.
  • No paraffin.
  • No gluten.
  • No propylene glycol.
  • No mineral oil.
  • No synthetic fragrance.
  • No PABA.
  • No synthetic color.
  • No DEA.
  • No animal ingredients.
  • No sulfates.

Basically, just a damn good product!

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Babyganics Fragrance-Free Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer

Alcohol free & fragrance free. SOLD! I’m a total germaphobe when it comes to the baby. I literally sanitize all the time, as much as I want to build his immunity I still remind myself that he’s a baby. SO, a non-drying hand sanitizer that’s harmless to him is a win for me. I have a few around the house.

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NoseFrida Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator

Does that say snotsucker? Yes, yes it does. I never liked syringe bulbs for getting rid of boogers, I just couldn’t figure them out. Thankfully, there’s NoseFrida. You basically squirt some saline drops in the baby’s nose then you suck the boogies out. Sounds disgusting, but its totally not. The blue insert keeps the snot from actually going in your mouth lol. Plus you can suction the crap out of those suckers much better than a syringe. Oh, and I find that its easier to do this AFTER you’ve given the baby a bath because I feel like snot softens during bath time (maybe from the heat? not sure, but it works better lol).

P.S. If your baby has trouble pooping use the TheWindi to help them. This stuff is so easy to use and so helpful when the baby is really uncomfortable because of gas or from being backed up (great for babies with constipation…use it with coconut oil).

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Blooming Baby Bath Lotus

I bathe the baby in his Summer Infant Tub which I love because it’s cheap (I can just get rid of it once he outgrows it bc I have used and abused mine), easy for newborns, soft, foldable, and its just a simple tub. BUT, before, when I didn’t insert my bath lotus in it it was so hard to use. I was a new mom, had no idea how to hold a baby, let alone bathe one, and it was a little intimidating because newborns are really small and the tubs are really big compared. I didn’t bathe my son for the first month of his life, I was that scared. Then, I started using this and it took up a lot of that “scary space” and made it easier for me. Now that he’s older I use it to hold his back up and that way I can give him a bath using both hands. My favorite part is that it’s really soft, dries easily, and I can show it in the washer with the rest of his laundry.

Two things…

You can use this in your sink  if you wash your baby there. I don’t have a convenient enough sink so I’ve never tried it but that’s what this was made for pretty much.

Also, if you bathe the baby in your tub and you’re on your knees and elbows the whole time you NEED, like neeeeeeedddddd, a kneeler and an elbow rest. I cannot bathe him without this stuff I swear it is a life saver.

OK actually three things.

The last one is a rinser. Unless your baby like water in his/her face then you need to get one. But not just any rinser. It needs to be comfortable, soft, and and actually practical. This is my favorite.

P.S. If you have any tub recommendation please comment below, he’s outgrowing this one already, and I’ve tried a few other ones and returned them. They were just so stiff and so uncomfortable. Please help!

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Oxi Clean Baby Stain Soaker Powder

Does your baby poop? YES.

Does your baby have poop explosions? YESS.

Does your babies poop stain their clothes? YESSS.

Okay then, you need this. It is the only thing that removes my sons poop stains from his clothes. It also removes blood stains. Wondering why I’m trying to get rid of blood stains. Well, its an interesting story. I accidentally cut a little bit of my sons skin when I was cutting his nails, but didn’t notice because he didn’t even flinch or cry lol. Then five minutes later, I see a bunch of blood on his little rocker chair I put him in and it was all over the fabric and his clothes. Anyways, I soaked all that stuff in cold water with a bunch of oxi clean and it was all gone! Oh, and those bright yellow poop stains I use hot water and soak. All gone.

Don’t forget to wash per usual after.


Hope you guys enjoyed this post, thanks for reading!

Comment some of your favorite baby products below, I love trying out your recommendations!

XOXO,

Greta

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