Baby Products Roundup

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My, how raising a child has changed over the past 30 years, let alone the past ten years. As my mother says, “How did we survive without all of the baby gear that exists today?”

In today’s world, there are so many new baby products out there that make parenting so much easier. I had my first child in September 2016; to my surprise, it feels as if there’s a product for everything a baby needs. Since becoming a parent, I research everything and I’ve found some interesting information and products for babies.

Frida Baby
This brand was created to make everyday needs for babies easier on parents. When I first came across the Nose Frida, I thought, “No way am I using that!” Much to my dismay, I learned that you will do anything to help your child feel better! So I used a very highly rated product to clean out my son’s nose, and voilà, it worked like a charm!

In the Grooming line, the Nail Frida, in my opinion, is the best nail clipper for babies.It has a safety feature to aid in cutting your baby’s nails. I’m crossing my fingers, but I have yet to nick his skin!

To my knowledge, most people don’t think of baby’s eyes as susceptible to damage. I know I didn’t. However, according to Ro•Sham•Bo, most of the lifetime ultraviolet damage done to a person’s eyes occurs during childhood. I purchased a pair of these sunglasses when my son was one month old and he loves them! The best part, besides the fact they are protecting his eyes from UVA and UVB rays, is that they’re basically indestructible.

Zarbee’s Naturals
There are so many chemicals in today’s world. When my baby gets sick, I don’t want to add additional chemicals to his little body just to make him feel better. So I use Zarbee’s, an all-natural line of vitamins and supplements, immune support and throat relief. Their products never have drugs, alcohol, gluten or artificial flavors; therefore, most of their products are safe for babies as young as two months old. I was able to use these products when I was pregnant; all pregnant and breastfeeding moms know there are a small number of medications that are safe for you and baby. So far, I have used several of their products and have been very pleased with them!

Tom’s of Maine
I started using a baby finger toothbrush, made from food-grade silicon, on my son’s gums when he was just a few months old. I wanted to promote healthy gums, and eventually teeth, and instill good oral hygiene from a young age. After a few months of “brushing,” his teeth began to come in and I found Tom’s Toddler training toothpaste. My son loves the taste and I love that it’s an all-natural, fluoride-free product.

I have tried so many different kinds of sippy cups! Luckily, I came across a blog, Lucie’s List, which has been super helpful to this new mom. My favorite sippy/trainer cup is the Munchkin Miracle 360 cup. It is dentist recommended due to the spoutless design, which helps promote normal muscle development in a child’s mouth.

Traveling with a Baby!
When I learned I would be traveling by plane with my 11-month-old, I began research to find anything to help make the trip as painless as possible! One item in particular I found was a backpack carrier for the car seat. I don’t feel comfortable using a car seat from a rental car company, since I don’t know its history. If a car seat is ever involved in an accident, regardless of whether it was damaged, it has to be replaced, and I have learned that this important fact isn’t widely known. I purchased the backpack car seat carrier, which was very light, cheap and durable, to be able to travel with my own car seat. It kept my hands free for all the other items I needed!

I also brought my BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light, a gift from one of my baby showers. I chose this crib due to its ease of setting up and breaking down and light weight. It’s compact, which is good for not-so-spacious hotel rooms.

It’s definitely worth the research to find the products that make your life easier. Parenting in today’s world is even more of a challenge due to our fast-paced lifestyles. If you can shave time off daily activities or tasks, even by just a few minutes, I emphatically encourage all moms (and grandmoms!) to go for it! ■

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