Updated: Jul 7, 2020
Take a walk through a baby store and you’ll be overwhelmed with choice. Apart from the obvious items you need to care for your new little bundle of joy there is also a huge variety of new innovations in the baby and toddler sector. While quite a few items can best be described as gimmicks, there are many new and exciting developments that will make your life as a parent so much easier. Over time you and your child develop favorites.
Here is a list of 10 most used baby products in our home. Some we used when our boys were babies & others we continue to use today.
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1. Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumparoo
This has been a favorite in our home for our oldest baby and now our newest one. I am amazed that its survived 2 babies which shows how durable and well made it is. The fabric seat that holds the baby can spin around so when baby gets bored with the toy display in front of him or her just spinning them around to face any of the 5 different displays will keep them entertained. The height is adjustable and we found our sons were able to sit comfortably with their toes touching the floor from about 4 months onwards – but this will vary with each child. The toy dashboard does take 3 AA batteries which plays music for 4 continues minutes or plays sound effects when baby spins the toy drum. Our boy jumps quite rigorously on the #Jumparoo and the vertical beams do move so don’t get afraid that the whole thing will cave-in. It is easy to construct or take apart. It’s quite light and though a little awkward to move intact it is not difficult. Personally we make use of the Jumparoo at least 7 times a day depending on our baby boy’s energy level and if I just need to put him somewhere safe and stimulating while I get a few things done.
2. Skip Hop Silver Lining Cloud Activity Gym
Our baby of 6 months has used this since newborn and is now on all fours on the play mat. I put a few toys on the mat and it occupies him for at least 30 minutes to an hour. I love the fabrics they’ve used in this product as they’re super soft but also the beautiful prints are not so striking and over the top that the Activity Gym can comfortably be left in your living area and not clash with your decor – if you’re style minded The removable plush toys can be moved into different positions on the cross beams. The toys are quite fun and include a musical sheep, light-up star, cloud squeaker, bird rattle and baby-safe sunshine mirror. The great thing is you can purchase additional plush toys for the Activity Gym – so baby never gets bored. The tummy time pillow is great and we used it as a head pillow until our baby could lie comfortably on his tummy. I know I mentioned this with the previous product but if you’re a parent you’ll probably get this – any safe place you can put your baby that will entertain them for a little time is such a back and time saver for an active parent.
3. Tiny Love Classic Developmental Mobile
There are a few baby products that every parent can say ‘that saved my life!’. I know it sounds like an exaggeration but when someone messes with your sleep, trust me – things get serious We’ve used this mobile for both babies and could see that they became more and more interested in the mobile, probably from about 1 month old. I love the way this mobile is designed allowing little plastic bobbles to slide and slip along the arms. The black and white spiral patterns are stimulating for baby’s eyesight and the cute plush toys are playful and interesting for baby. I personally find the music and sound options to be the best part of the mobile. We have so many sound producing products that are supposed to soothe a baby but this one does the job every time and with the volume option you can leave it on for 20 minutes while you try get some shut eye. The extending arm with mobile can be removed so only the sound box remains for older babies. Another big + for me is how easy this screws onto any crib. I’ve even screwed it onto a stroller before. It’s pretty durable as well as my older son climbed into baby’s crib the other day and tried pulling at the mobile and it survived the attack.
4. Stokke Tripp Trapp
The Tripp Trapp is by no means a new invention. In fact it’s been around since 1972. Invented by Scandinavian designer Peter Opsvik it has maintained its popularity and stayed true to Stokke’s values of usability through the ages – from baby up to adulthood. On first appearance it seems very simple. But theres something behind the Scandinavian minimalism design and one realizes this as soon as you start using the Tripp Trapp. The optional extra new born set is perfect for a new baby while the baby set and harness is a must for an older baby. The junior cushions are great for toddlers. We have 5 Tripp Trapps in our home, one for each of our current children & our new baby will have her own too. Our youngest was able to sit in the Tripp Trapp with the baby set from as young as 4/5 months. Depending on your baby’s development and comfort level they should be able to make use of the Tripp Trapp when they can comfortably sit and support their body & head. Stokke is one of the most expensive baby brands out there but people often forget how many good years of use each Stokke product boasts and when you consider how many baby chairs, toddler booster seats and eventually chairs for an adult you will buy in your lifetime, a Stokke investment starts to make a lot of sense. The little plastic inserts on the back of the chair ensures it will not flip over. Our older baby has sneakily climbed into the chair himself without any wobble or shake form the chair. We love the design of the chair as it allows baby to sit at the dinner table with us and be included in our family meal and conversation.
5. Angelcare Bath Support
I’ve always showered or bathed with my babies and enjoy it as a fun bonding time. The Angelcare Bath Support is great as the ventilated softer plastic back support allows any excess water to drain from the shell back into the tub. The support area in front keeps baby secure and that’s even with some rigorous water kicking from my little one. Every parent has some form of fear or anxiety over their baby’s safety and mine is that my baby will drown. So I am always super careful with any of my babies and children when it comes to water. The Angelcare bath has certainly given me peace of mind, but even though it is secure I never take my eyes off my baby while it is in the bath support.
6. Milk Snob Modern Swaddle
This one depends on your baby but our newest addition absolutely loves his Milk Snob swaddle. We used it immediately after he was born and brought him home in it and he has never stopped enjoying being wrapped up in it. I use it as a breastfeeding cover and we often throw it over his stroller if he’s in the sun. I’m noticing that the older he get’s he’s wanting to be swaddled less and less so now he enjoys it more as a blanket. I think he prefers it to other blankets because it’s super soft made of 70% rayon from bamboo and 30% cotton muslin fabric. As I type this he’s lying in his rocker with his Milk Snob swaddle wrapped around his waist chewing on the corner of it.
7. Joovy Boob Baby Bottles
I’m not sure if your little one is the same but my two are quite fussy about what bottle they get their milk from. I don’t know if its the nipple design, the weight of the bottle, shape or design but they both have had their preferences. My older baby has always preferred his MAM anti-colic bottles [Find on Amazon] While our youngest certainly prefers his Joovy PPSU bottles. The smaller bottle he was able to hold by himself from quite young and now that he is a little older he is able to hold the larger bottle on his own too. One of this bottles features is the Cleanflow vent system which is a little plastic ring part that slots into the top of the bottle. This allows air to flow in through 4 evenly spaced openings. I’ve forgotten the vent a few times in my half-sleep state and milk has leaked all over the place. Although I find this little plastic vent ring irritating at times it really does do the job and is probably the reason my baby loves his bottle. I’ve also noticed that the bottle seems to maintain its temperature throughout each feeding. This bottle comes in a few varieties, including glass.
8. Charlie Crane Levo Baby Rocker
Now I know there are 100’s of rockers on the market packed full of features and technology. Unfortunately I can’t speak for any of those but I can say that the one we have has been used on a daily basis and it’s used a lot! Apart from the fact that the Charlie Crane Levo Rocker is a stylish piece of furniture that goes well with our home decor it's also super functional. Our baby takes his naps in it, plays in it and enjoys sitting in it watching his brother’s shenanigans. I must be honest and say that this rocker doesn’t really rock much. If you want it to rock you will need to do so yourself, manually. The security harness works well and even though he twists and turns sometimes to get out of it he can’t when the harness is securely fastened. I think this Rocker is great but there are many good rockers available so any rocker that suits your budget would be a good investment in my opinion.
9. Joovy Twin Stroller
We have made use of 2 of the Joovy Twin strollers and keep 1 in each city where we spend most of our time. They are not the most high-tech twin strollers you will find but thats exactly the point. There are times when you want something simple, easy to fold, light and compact enough to get into your trunk. Most importantly my boys just love sitting alongside each other instead of one behind the other. The great thing with the Joovy is one can be sleeping with the backrest lowered horizontally while the other is sitting upright taking in the scenery and enjoying the ride. Joovy is a Texas based brand that have incredible service & delivery and so it's no surprise that we have them listed twice in this Blog Post.
10. Yookidoo Submarine Spray Station
For my boys bath time is one of the highlights of their day - has been ever since they were babies. When they were a few months old we got the Yookidoo Submarine Spray set and though it took a few months before they were playing with it themselves, instead of Dad - it has been their favorite bath toy for the past 3 years. The fact that they can spray water sucked up from the bath by pressing a button on the yellow submarine just amazes them. Lets face it, kids get bored with toys over time but this one has managed to keep its appeal this whole time and so thats why it makes it onto this list.
These are some of the most popular items we use on a daily basis and most of it I have no control over - the boys have clearly chosen what they prefer, you how how kids are. I would love to hear about your kids favorite items - please share in the comments below.