I recently found out that my brother and sister-in-law are about to be parents for the first time! I’ve been brainstorming helping them out a bit with their baby registry, and remembering toddler and baby gear products you will really use – and not just what you can find on generic baby registry lists. Here are products that I truly loved when my kiddos were babies and toddlers.
*Note – some of the products listed below were sent to me for free in exchange for my review. I would not have added them to this list if I did not believe in them or used them myself!
Onesies – Pack your diaper bag with the essentials (and some extras!) for the day including ONESIES® Brand line of mix and match separates. When you have little ones, you’ll go through a few outfits a day because of spit up, diaper blowouts, or meal time disasters!
A portable, sanitary, and non-slip silicone placemat helping young children avoid spills, injury, and contact with unsanitary surfaces during mealtime and playtime. Perfect for germ conscience moms, especially during this pandemic!
The brainchild of Fresno-based mom Berlyn Haughton, the idea came as a necessity to stop her teething baby boys from suckling on table edges – which often resulted in painful bumps. During COVID, she realized it could also prevent children from unsanitary surfaces when eating in public.
It can also make for an easy meal cleanup if your toddler can keep the meal mess on this mat. After a quick soapy water rinse, it will be ready for the next meal. It also has easy elastic loops to hold it while it’s wrapped up. That makes it small enough to throw into a diaper bag and be easily used at a restaurant or other public area for meal time.
Boudreaux’s Butt Paste Diaper Rash Ointment –This is my favorite brand of diaper rash ointment – this stuff is so thick and will not easily wipe off in the wet diaper environment! And it works wonders too!
Gerber Graduates Fun Grips Hard Spout Sippy Cup – not every new mom will think to put sippy cups on their registry. But over the years, you will actually use sippy cups for a longer period of time than you will bottles (especially if you are nursing!)
Dropper Stopper – No more dropped toys or bottles! This used to be one of the things that frustrated me the most was dropped bottles and pacifiers that I had to clean after landing on dirty floors. I remember being very frustrated while I was grocery shopping once, and my daughter dropped her bottle on the store floor and I didn’t want to take my cart to the bathroom to wash off since I was almost done shopping, and it turned into a big cry fest in the middle of the store! This Dropper Stopper solves that problem! The Dropper Stopper is made with designer fabric and a patented grip to provide a snug hold to keep toys and cups off the ground. Each Dropper Stopper has 3 snaps for easy adjustable length.
Colors Available: Yellow Rhombus, Blue Rhombus, Patty Paisley, Pink & Brown Dot, Sky Lolli Dot, Orchid Diddly Dot
Chewbeads Necklaces – I just loved having a cute necklace that was not only fashionable, but also ready to be purposely chewed on by my teething daughters! There were many days I just wanted to wear my “normal” clothes (as in shirts with no spit up, and my favorite necklaces), but motherhood at that time didn’t allow for that. Chewbeads neckalces though, helped me to feel a bit dressy while I was still being a great mom. Chewbeads contain no bpa, phthalates, lead, cadmium, or heavy metals and there are no detachable parts.
Chewbeads also have great feeding accessories for your little one, made of the same BPA-free 100% silicone…everything from divided plates to bowls and silverware to crumb catching bibs!
Tray Haven – Imagine a meal time when your baby or toddler no longer throws or spills food all over! That can now be your reality with the invention of this Tray Haven! We don’t have a dog at our house to clean up after toddler messes – man I wish I had this thing sooner!
No more uh-ohs with Tray Haven! Great on highchairs, booster seats and strollers with trays! Also, works for wheelchairs and adaptive chairs.
Bed Buddy Warm Therapy Bear – You kids will probably collect way too stuffed animals over the years. And most of them will probably just be stored and rarely played with. But if you are looking for that cute teddy bear to go in the new nursery, then get this one. This teddy bear is functional in that you can heat him up or cool him down. He’s great to cuddle with when your little one isn’t feeling well. I’ve even wanted to snuggle with it on a cold winter night! 🙂
Snap & Shop is easy to use, portable, provides a clean surface to feed your child their favorite snacks and is parent and kid approved! It’s easy to pack up before heading to the store, small enough to fit in your bag and allows for convenient snack refills while shopping. Cleaning is a “snap” with wipes while at the store and in the dishwasher when you get home. My toddlers loved it when I got a bag of freeze dried yogurt melts while we shopped. This is the perfect holder for snacks like that!
Bumkins Pacifier Clip, Gray Chevron – If you baby ends up using a pacifier, then you totally need one of these clips. I see so many moms sighing out of frustration when their babies pacifier falls out of their mouth, and on to the dirty floor. This solves that problem! Plus this also stops the family pacifier hunts at bedtime since it should just be connected to your babies clothing.
Infants need to be swaddled because they like to be snug, and we want them warm. But as they get older and can wiggle worm their way out of the baby cocoon, and this sleep sack solve that! Toddlers are great at kicking a blanket all over the crib. Instead of worrying about turning up the heat in their bedroom, stick them in one of these sacks. That way you know they will be warm all night and they won’t loose their blanket! When our baby grew out of the biggest size we could find on Amazon, I actually had my mother-in-law make sew a custom longer one because it worked so well!
Looking for an easy way to protect your little one from the sun without having to worry about applying and re-applying sunscreen on their body? UV Skinz is a beautiful line of UPF50+ Sunwear including hats, shirts, sun legs, shorts, and more. Started by a mother of 5 who lost her husband to melanoma, she’s now dedicated to helping families live sun safe while having fun outdoors.
This was my favorite style of baby shoes because it was the only brand/style of shoes that my daughter didn’t pull off! No more trying to keep shoes on babies feet with these elastic tops!
Munchie Mug Snack Cup 12 Oz Purple– Toddlers can’t dump their snack all over the floor if you use this!! Plus its super easy to travel with.
- BPA, PVC, lead, phthalate and latex free
- Dishwasher safe (top rack)
- Holds 12 Oz of dry snacks
- Flat lid included to keep leftover snacks fresh
- Made in the USA
Summer Infant Ultimate Crib Sheet, 52″ x 28″ – don’t bother getting traditional crib sheets because those are a huge pain in the bum to change! But this crib sheet snaps on around the crib rails, making it easy-peasy to remove, wash, and replace!
Child of Mine by Carter’s Baby Lamb Cuddle Blanket with Rattle – both of my girls have one like this that they are glued to! I’m pretty sure my oldest will bring hers to college with her. 😉
Bright Starts Playful Pinwheels Bouncer – I recommend getting an extra bouncy seat just for the bathroom. I remember trying to take a shower during newborn stage (or even just go to the bathroom!) and I wasn’t sure how to exactly do that. I moved my bouncy right next to the tub so I could see her while I showered. I was sick of always moving a bouncy into the bathroom for each shower, so I just got an extra one for the bathroom.
Gaobei Gyro Bowl Spill Resistant Kids Gyroscopic Bowl with Lid – like the Munchie Mug, this is a genius product to give to your toddlers so they don’t spill their snack all over the floor!
SwaddleMe Original Swaddle 3-PK, XO (SM) -when we brought our little newborn nugget home, I remember my husband and I trying to practice swaddling with a normal swaddle blanket. That was a super pain to master – especially in the middle of the night when you are already sleep deprived. In my opinion, every new mom just needs a bunch of these swaddle blankets!
My Brest Friend Original Nursing Pillow, Fireworks – whether you nurse or bottle feed, you will want one of these! Plus, its great to place your baby on – and is a great bumper as he/she learns to sit up!
Whether you are breast feeding or bottle feeding, a comfortable pillow for your arm is a must! This Milk Boss pillow is super comfy and a treasure of comfort for any new mom or dad. I brought this to the hospital for my sister in law right after she had her first baby. It was the best for support for anyone holding the new baby boy – and also great for mom while nursing!
Summer Infant Deluxe Comfort Folding Booster Seat – we skipped getting a high chair and just used this on one of our kitchen chairs. It grows with your baby and works as both a high chair, and as a booster as your baby turns into a toddler.
TempTraq Wearable Smart Thermometer – 24HR Continuous Fever Monitoring with Mobile Alerts – TempTraq is the first and only 24 hour intelligent thermometer that continuously senses, records, and sends alerts of a child’s temperature to your mobile device. TempTraq is an FDA-Cleared, Class 2 Medical Device. Each single use patch is soft, thin and flexible, making it comfortable to wear and easy to remove. TempTraq is constructed of safe, soft materials that are latex free and easy on sensitive skin. This is super convenient when your little one is sick and you can sleep peacefully knowing you will be woken up when your little one has a fever!
Soft Baby Wrap Sling Carrier –Grey- Best Baby Gift-French Terry Comfortable and Breathable. Whether you are a hard core “baby wearing mom” or you just want your hands free to get some chores done, then you need a baby wrap!
Gerber’s All-in-One line Cloth Diapers – If you are considering using cloth diapers – then you totally need to check out Gerber’s new line!! They are considerably more affordable and value-priced to fit any budget with multiple options: 3-piece starter set (1 diaper & 2 inserts) 2-pack diaper and 6-packs of small and large inserts, starting at just $13.99! This is a savings of more than $10 per diaper than the brand I used when my little ones were still little! This makes using cloth diapers even more appealing now in terms of saving money!!
Educational Toys and Books:
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Texture Memory Game by Edushape – A memory game of textures. Identifying and remembering textures is an important part of sensory learning. Touch and texture expose children to the world around them. Learning textures helps children with language.
Experienced moms reading this – tell me in the comments what toddler or baby gear product you couldn’t live without!!