Finding the right gear for your family is often hard to do. There are so many options out on the market, and so many price points and features available. If you combine your research with opinions from every person you know that’s had a baby – or hasn’t – things get wild and crazy in a hurry! Having owned a baby store for over 8 years, being a Child Passenger Safety Tech and a Pediatric + Prenatal Chiropractor has helped me narrow down a list of TOP BABY GEAR PICKS FOR THE HOME. I’ve read reports, I’ve chatted with real moms, and am raising 3 rowdy boys – this gear made my life easier!
TOP BABY GEAR PICKS FOR THE HOME
This portable sleep solution is a staple for anyone who dreads setting up a pack-and-play. It sets up in a matter of seconds, is lightweight and packs up into a backpack that meets carry-on requirements for air travel. It also features a zippered mesh door for easy access for parents, or for baby if used as a sun shelter (canopy sold separately). The Lotus Crib is lightweight – weighing in at a mere 11 lbs – and is free of all harmful chemicals. The Lotus is recommended for children from birth to age 3 (or until your child begins to climb out). There is no weight limitations since the mattress sits on the floor! You can also add a bassinet insert to make it even more convenient for the littles!
2. DockATot Lounger
The DockATot Lounger was one of my favorite items for the home (and on the go!). It comes in two sizes: the Deluxe+ DockATot for ages 0-8 months and the Grand DockATot for ages 9-36+ months. The Deluxe+ features firm sides, air permeable fabrics and is ideal for supervised playing, tummy time, cuddling, lounging and diaper changes. It is portable and great for travel also as it provides a safe space for baby to relax. It is designed to mimic the womb so baby feels comforted and safe. You can even personalize your Dock, add a toy arch, Cabana Kit or Getaway Tote!
The Grand DockATot is the second stage for your child and is 50% wider and longer than the Deluxe+. It also features air permeable fabric and is a go-to lounging spot for your growing child. As your toddler becomes ready to transition to a “big kid” bed, the Dock acts as a great support to maintain a safe space and make the transition as smooth as possible. Our sons LOVED their DockATot and slept like dreams in their own beds.
3. mamaRoo Multi-Motion Baby Swing by 4Moms
I loved snuggling and cuddling our littles ones, but when we needed a break, the mamaRoo swing was our go-to. It features 5 unique motions, 5 speeds and 4 sounds to truly customize the environment for your child. It is voice compatible, and can integrate with your Amazon Alexa to truly provide the ultimate hands-free comforting center for your child. The new app will also help you control from a distance while also aiding you to configure the movement that best matches your own. The mamaRoo is designed for use from birth to 25lbs and uses either a 3-point or 5-point harness depending on the age of your child.
4. LilyPad Playmat by Nook
The LilyPad was another awesome addition to our home. It provides baby with a safe, soft place to move around, lounge and play. It’s machine washable (a baby must!) and packs up in a flash. We used it as a mat in our son’s “reading corner” as he grew older and he’d retreat to that area when he needed some quiet time or during story time.
5. Metal Diaper Pail by Ubbi
Nobody likes a stinky nursery, or house! The Ubbi diaper pail is made of steel and features a child safety lock to prevent little fingers from getting inside the pail. You can use ANY bag your want – you don’t need special, brand specific inserts! It is eco-friendly, easy to use and comes in many trendy patterns and colors. They make a great addition to any home.
6. Hatch Baby Grow Smart Changing Pad and Scale
The Hatch Baby Smart Pad features a built-in wireless smart scale that syncs to a free app to monitor the quantity of each feeding. It takes the guesswork out of how much your baby is getting to eat and gives you peace of mind as your embark on your breastfeeding or bottle fed journey. The app itself also allows you to track feeding sessions, monitor sleep schedules, record pumping sessions and more. Its surface is also very easy to clean and wipe down after any mess.
7. Soft Sink Baby Bath by FridaBaby
Bath time can seem daunting with wiggly, slippery babies and water tossed into the mix. The Soft Sink bath by FridaBaby takes the worry out of bath time and provides a safe, comfortable environment for baby. Two snaps is all it takes to get the bath ready and the quick-dry fabric need only hang to dry. The tub’s compact and foldable design make it easy to store and compatible with most sinks.
8. Baby Brezza Formula Pro Advanced Formula Dispenser
I have talked to many families and they all claim that if you are using formula, the Baby Brezza Formula Pro is like the Keurig of bottle feeding! Its advanced design allows you to make a bottle in 1 oz increments, from 2-10 oz with three temperature settings to choose from. The Brezza mixes water and the formula of your choice to the ideal consistency, without any air bubbles. You can even dispense water-only from the unit. It’s sleek, easy to clean and definitely simplifies your bottle-feeding routine and takes the guesswork out of trying to find the perfect temperature for your child.
9. Hatch Rest+ Baby Sound Machine
A good sound machine goes a long way – especially with other children in the house. The Hatch Rest+ produces soothing sounds to help reduce surrounding noise so that baby can sleep longer and more soundly. It’s so much more than a sound machine too! It’s a 2-way audio baby monitor, sleep trainer, night light and is Alexa-enabled for hands-free use. Take your baby soothing to the next level as you control the unit from distance. The battery back up will prevent interrupted sleep during a power outage too!
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