I have experimented with a lot of baby products and toys over the years, always looking for the Must Have Baby Items. Today I am compiling some of my favorite pregnancy and baby products all in one place so you don’t have to spend so much time trying to find just the right product! You can find my first list of Must Have Baby Items here.
Elizabeth Parker Naturals’ Cradle Cap Balm– Nothing drives me more crazy as a mom than cradle cap. I hate when it shows up on my little ones. I have been using this baby balm to help repair my toddler’s cradle cap and it is amazing! It doesn’t irritate her skin like some remedies and it is fragrance, paraben, and gluten free!
Elizabeth Parker Naturals’ Cradle Cap Balm is a combination of natural oils that help heal the skin instead of just covering up the problem. It includes:
Calendula Oil: Great for severely dry skin, reduces inflammation
Sunflower Oil: Contains fatty acids which are necessary for normal growth of healthy cells
Coconut Oil: Provides deep moisture, helps to remove excessive dead cells seen in Cradle Cap, anti-fungal properties can prevent return of Cradle Cap
Manuka Honey: Natural anti-bacteria that promotes deep healing
Lavender Oil: Improves very dry skin, calming for mommy and baby
Vitamin E: Excellent moisturizer that keeps skin healthy and silky smooth
Almond Oil: Hypoallergenic oil that soothes irritation, relaxes skin
Beeswax: Protects from irritation while allowing skin to breathe
This product is definitely one of the ones I am SO glad to have found. It is one of my Must Have Baby Items.You can find it here.
Belli Elasticity Belly Oil – Belli Elasticity Belly Oilhelps prevent stretch marks BEFORE they start. Part of a physician-formulated skin care line that is focused on safety, this silky oil uses only the finest teratology screened ingredients to help prep the skin for stretching. This lavender scented oil provides an aromatherapy benefit, making this product a spa favorite for prenatal massages. Find it here.
Crate Space– This is the box I wish had existed after my little ones! No more running to the store with a newborn, this great subscription delivers items right to your door for a great discount! They have SO many baby items and household items to chose from. I am going to give a crate space box for baby showers from now on because it is so practical but awesome!
How it Works:
Shoppers select 5 items for $29.99. The price never changes no matter how you mix up your cart.
Items have no price – so there is no need to “shop” for the best deal
Before check out, Crate Space will calculate how much you saved based on current MSRP, but you still only pay $29.99
Shipping is free in the US. No more lugging heavy packages to the car or on public transportation
If you use the code CRATED20 at check out, you will get 20% off your first order!
Abiie Huggs Countour – I have tried a lot of baby carriers in my time as a mom but this one takes the cake. I LOVE this carrier. It works so well for little ones and my toddler! My toddler is obessed with it and is always begging me to wear her on my back.
The Abiie Huggs Countour was speficially made to prevent hip dysplasia (a medical term for instability or looseness of the hip joint), it offers a great place for your child to sit while holding them in a healthy sitting position.
It was developed with the assistance of medical professionals AND parents and you can really tell in the design. Some of the amazing features of this carrier include:
Hip Seat Technology. Nothing more important than enjoying the happiness of your child while cradling with you. The carrier booster seat provides all-day comfort, and keeps your baby ergonomically seated in a healthy hip position.
Dual-layer Center Panel. The outer layer of the center panel can easily fold up for warmth and fold down, exposing breathable 3D mesh for fresh air, and also stays dry, keeping your baby comfortable at all times, be it a cool windy evening or a hot summer day.
Hands-in Connection. Quick releasing the side buttons allows parents to place a hand inside the center panel, and offers parents an efficient, hands-on proximity to their newborn.
Weight Distribution. The padded shoulder straps help evenly distribute your baby’s weight in combination with the waistband to maximize parent comfort by alleviating pressure on the wearer’s back and shoulders
One of my absolute favorite things about this carrier is that I can get my toddler onto my back without any assistance! I love using it at the mall or store! It is one of my Must Have Baby Items for sure! You can find Abiie Huggs Countour here.
The mifold®- The Grab-and-Go Booster is the most Advanced Compact and Portable Booster Seat ever invented. It is seriously changing the way you travel with kids! This booster is so small, when folded it fits inside my purse, no problem. When traveling it will easily fit in your luggage and you won’t have to rent a car seat!
It is nearly 10x smaller than the average booster and it takes about 30 seconds to install in your car. Regular boosters lift your child up to be at the same height as an adult, the mifold does the exact opposite, it brings the seat belt down. Simply adjust the arms of the mifold to fit your child. Adjust the shoulder strap length. Lay it on the seat and fasten the seat belt over your child. Insert the seat belt into the guides and clip the shoulder strap onto the chest belt. That’s it!
The mifold is deesigned for ages 4+ and children from 40 Ibs to 100lbs. It has foam padding technology for extra comfort that stays cool, even on hot days. The mifold is easy to clean by washing the surfaces with a mild solution of soap and water, rinsing, and then air dry. The most important part? The mifold is designed to conform to EU regulations R44.4 and to exceed US regulations FMVSS 213 in line with IIHS Booster Belt Fit Rating and the Safety Belt Safe booster use guidelines.
This seat is absolutely incredible especially for parents who have to move car seats around! No more tearing your hair out when moving car seats.
My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear– is one of the cutest ways to remember your pregnancy. These darling stuffed animals are so soft and come with a recording device the captures the sound of of your baby’s heartbeat in utero during an ultrasound appointment.
There are absolutely beautiful and come in so many different styles including this adorable lamb and sloth.
Precidio’s Snack in the Box – Move over baggies, there is a new snacking container in town. Snack in the Box is a portion controlled snacking container that snaps closed to keep snacks fresh. Snack in the Box keeps food from being crushed or mushed unlike bags.
The Twin chambers let you pack 2 different snacks up to 6 ounces each. The Tritan pop-up lids allow kids to easily pour out the snack from each chamber individually and close tightly to prevent spills. Snack in the Box is environmentally friendly as you can reuse it forever! Snack in the Box is also BPA free and can be recycled. You can find Snack in the Box here.
Let’s face it, there are about a million toys on the market these days. How do you know which ones are well made and that you kids are going to love? We have tried a lot of toys and turned away a lot of toys before we compiled our favorite ones that made the list! Here are some of the best baby and toddler toys out there.
Sophie la girafe teether– The Sophie la girafe teether is famous for a reason. It is the perfect teether! Sophie is made from 100% natural rubber and food safe dyes in France. Sophie is easy to grab from a very early age and completely safe for you baby to explore and chew on. Natural, safe, and adorable, Hollywood’s elite like Jessica Alba, Elton John, and Miranda Kerr can’t resist Sophie either. Sophie has even won more than 20 awards and is loved the whole world over! It is a tradition in many families to give a new baby Sophie, I know it is in mine! We love Sophie! We even have the stuffed versions too!
Playgro’s Elephant Shape Sorter – This fun and colorful toy is designed to teach shapes, colors and logic. The pieces are easy for little ones to hold and the cute little elephant makes all sorts of noises from his crinkly ears to his twirly nose.
The sorter comes with 6 pieces each featuring a different number, color and shape! It really is an all in one toddler teaching tool!
My daughter has mastered these shapes just from playing with this toy. You can find one here.
TICKLE ME ELMO – Do you remember the Christmas when Tickle Me Elmo was the MUST HAVE toy? I remember being so jealous that a family on our street got their hands on one! Tickle Me Elmo is back for a whole new generation of Elmo fans. This sweet little monster is as cute as ever.
He’s funny! He’s furry! You can’t put this giggle monster down! 2 AA demo batteries included.
TICKLE ME ELMO laughs when someone presses his tummy or squeezes his feet. First, you’ll hear Elmo’s contagious giggle. When you continue to squeeze and “tickle” Elmo, he laughs harder and harder until he starts to move and shake! Children can’t help but giggle along when they hear his funny sayings and hysterical laughing sounds.
TICKLE ME ELMO is so soft and sweet! My daughter absolutely loves him! You can find one here.
Waffle Blocks– Waffle Blocks are easy construction blocks. They are perfect for small hands to hold and so many different things can be made with the interlocking blocks.
My toddler loves these blocks because of how sturdy her creations can be. They let her build her towers taller than ever! The bright colors lend themselves to a lot of fun creations and the sturdy thick design of the blocks means they can withstand anything my toddler can throw at them, or when she throws them.
I LOVE toys that promote creativity and play and these blocks do just that. There are so many different ways to connect them, no need to stack them right on top of each other when you can go sideways too! These blocks come in bags of blocks or sets that help you build fun items likes castles! You can find these blocks here.
Octopus by Pebble by Kahiniwalla- Pebble by Kahiniwalla is one of my passion projects. I love supporting companies that are fair trade and that is what first drew me to Pebble.
Pebble sells Fair Trade products designed by Samantha Morshed, a social entrepreneur based in Bangladesh. Samantha’s vision for Pebble of providing a place close to rural homes in Dhaka where women could work flexible hours was just what over 12,000 rural women were looking for. These rural workplaces provide a welcome alternative to women moving to a large city to work in the garment industry leaving their families behind and making themselves vulnerable to unsafe, unjust and sometimes violent situations.
Knowing the Pebble products are ethically made makes them that much more amazing! These amazing products are bright and vibrant and they are made from 100% organic cotton. You can find the octopus here.
What are some of your favorite baby products and toys?
Elmo was always the perfect distraction/toy over here! And if I could go back, I would most definitely get a baby carrier! I could have gotten so much more done!
robin rue says
You have lots of great ideas here. I am so thankful that my kids never had cradle cap, but my nephew had it and olive oil did the trick for him.
Alli Smith says
Cradle cap always drove me crazy too and I worked hard to prevent it. Wish this balm had been around back then. These are all great gift ideas for the mom to be.
Amber Myers says
This all looks fabulous. My kids used to love Tickle Me Elmo. I wish I had that belly oil while pregnant! I have so many stretch marks.
Marjorie Uy says
So many products for our litte one. I love the giraffe teether & baby’s heartbeat bear.
Christy Maurer says
These are all such great products for babies and toddlers. It’s funny but since my sister is 6 years younger than I am I remember picking off her cradle cap lol. That would have come in handy for my mom.
Sarah Bailey says
What some great sounding products, I have to admit I wouldn’t know where to start with must have products for kids of any age, at least now I have some ideas for gifts.
valmg @ Mom Knows It All says
I’d love the Heartbeat Sloth, it is too cute. I’ve never seen a carrier like that, it looks very sturdy and well put together.
Franc Ramon says
It’s nice that Elizabeth Parker Naturals’ Cradle Cap Balm is from organic ingredients which is much safer especially for kids. The toys for toddlers here looks cute and educational too.
You have a lot of great tips here. My kiddo is cuss the station now but I wish that booster was around when my kid was young. He was a little bit shorter for his age and so he had to stay in his booster longer and I think he would’ve like this one a lot better than what I had.
I buy for my grandchildren now and the youngest is 18 months. Good to find useful items that will actually be used.
Liz Mays says
The Huggs Countour sounds like it’s perfect! I’d definitely be happy to use a carrier like that.
Annemarie LeBlanc says
I like that new baby carrier. I love the innovation. It would be more comfortable for both mom and baby. I will have to remember to get one when a new grandchild is due. Thanks for sharing your amazing list of baby and toddler products!
Melanie Smith says
What an awesome products! You have a lot of great ideas for the kids! My son love to play with Elmo a lot!
Our Family World says
This is an awesome list of products for moms, newborns, babies and toddlers! I wish there was Belli Elasticity Belly Oil when I was pregnant with my kids. That would have helped reduce my “tiger stripes.” The toddler toys are great too. I might get a few of them for my grandchildren.
This is such a great list of must haves for baby! Love all of your picks – the baby carrier seems to be like a definite must! Great picks!
Products sure have improved since our girls were babies or toddlers. It’s been along time. I always wanted a carrier.
Jaime Nicole says
I just love the baby heartbeat bears! They are so sweet, and what an amazing keepsake they would make!
Sandy N Vyjay says
This is a great list of products which encompasses everything a baby/toddler is going to need. I liked the look of the carrier and the fact that it looks so rugged and sturdy, so important too.