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Newest Baby Products That Really Work
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When you are expecting a child, you can easily become overwhelmed with the sheer amount of "stuff" you have to get to prepare to welcome him/her. Baby clothes, onesies, hats, receiving blankets, burp clothes, car seats, swings, teething products... the list goes on and on and on. It is important to remember, though, that what any baby needs most are love, warmth, comfort, clothes, and food. Everything else is extra.
That being said, though, there are wonderful products that actually help life with a new baby easier, more convenient, and more enjoyable. Let's take a look at the newest infant gifts and products that actually work.
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The Windi Bottom Burper
This one may initially make you cringe, but if your baby is prone to gas or colic, it can be a lifesaver for the whole family. The Windi is a catheter with no loose parts that reaches the muscle that prevents gas from escaping.
At the same time, it is designed to prevent parents from accidentally inserting the device too far. It has a soft, pliable build with a smooth rounded top for comfort. A Swedish study found that the Windi was effective and safe for use, and that the majority of babies (and their parents) found relief immediately. A package of 5 single-use Windis cost about $16.
Dexbaby Safe Lift Universal Crib Wedge
This is a flame-retardant foam wedge with a safe, hypoallergenic cover, non-skid bottom, and a gentle angle to keep baby propped up. This is a must if your baby is congested or has a cold. Being at an angle will allow her to breathe easier so mom and dad can breathe easier too!
The Dexbaby is easy to position under standard crib sheets and it stays in place so you don't have to worry. A great deal at $13.
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Chicco 360 Degree Rotating Hook On Chair
It is amazing that such tiny people can take up so much room! You can slim down at the dinner table by adding this versatile and compact chair. Instead of a traditional bulky highchair, the Chicco 360 is a secure seat that fastens with a lock attachment that is compatible with most tables.
A snap-on serving tray gives your baby the space she needs to eat, and you can pop it in the dishwasher after meals.
The seat fully rotates and locks in six positions to help you feed from all angles. It also offers a removable seat pad, 3-point harness, rubberized arms, a foldable design for easy transport, and a carry bag. This model costs about $65, but you can find other brands for lower prices.
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For moms who breastfeed, BPA-free Milk Trays allow you to save your milk in individual one ounce servings. When you need to make a bottle, you can pop out a few cubes rather than thawing a whole bag of expressed milk.
After the milk has frozen, you can store the cubes in freezer bags in order to free up the tray for more milk. Simply thaw, warm, and feed. Milk Trays from Sensible Lines costs about $25, or you can find other brands for less.
Yes, there is an app for parenting! In fact, there are several. Baby Monitor, for instance, allows you to use your iPhone as a baby monitor.
You put it next to your child, and when they wake, get up, or fuss, the phone calls a pre-set number. This is only useful, of course, if you have another phone!
The app costs just $1. You can find nursing loggers, poop monitors, and virtually anything baby-related for iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Android.
One of Android's best is White Noise Lite, which allows you to choose from 10 different "white noise" sounds to soothe baby. Gotta love new age technology, right?
Favorite Baby Products
This one is all for mama. Before you get your pre-baby body back, you can turn to the Belly Bandit to smooth out the lumps. This can be a tremendous mood and confidence booster for new moms.
The Belly Bandit is from Kourtney Kardashian and sells for about $66, which is actually one of the more reasonably priced ones.
Of course you can always search online for tummy wraps or postpartum belly bands, and you can find less expensive options as well.
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So Many Options!
There are a lot of crazy baby products out there, from Play-Doh scented perfume to the Baby Bangs Hairband and tagged-up baby blankets, but there are also a lot of helpful parenting aids.
While there's nothing yet that will make your baby sleep 12 hours a night right from birth, there are a few products that can help make life more comfortable for everyone.