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Useful Baby Products for New Parents Hip2Save

If you’re expecting a little one or know of someone who is, you may be wondering what items are useful for new parents? Or what gadgets would make a unique and useful baby shower gift? In addition to needing diapers, wipes, clothing and all the essentials, here are ten highly rated items you may want as a new parent.

1.) WubbaNub Baby Pacifier

WubbaNub

The WubbaNub Plush Toy Pacifier (starting at $13.95 on Amazon & Target.com or $13.99 on ToysRUs.com) is designed to give your baby comfort with a soft, bean-filled animal friend that not only provides stimulation for little fingers, but positioning support for the pacifier.

The Soothie pacifier is sewn into the WubbaNub for safety and is made of medical-grade silicone that is latex-free. The beans in the WubbaNub plush toy are sewn in separate safety sacks within the plush and conform to US government safety code requirements.

2.) Boon Squirt Baby Food Dispensing Spoon

Boon Baby

Ever wish you had an extra hand? The Boon Squirt Silicone Baby Food Dispensing Spoon (selling for $7.99 on Walmart.com & Bed, Bath & Beyond or $9.98 on Amazon) takes baby feeding to a whole new level – it removes the jar and the mess, packs it into a single utensil and with one squeeze you get easy, one-handed feeding. Then just pop on the cap to seal it for food on-the-go.

3.) Baby’s Journey Babysitter High Chair Pad

High Chair

The Baby’s Journey Babysitter High Chair Pad (currently selling for $21.99 on Amazon) is a portable pad that securely straps baby to chair, quickly converting any chair into a high chair for meals on-the-go or even at home. It’s lightweight and easy to clean – and can easily roll up and fit in your diaper bag making it more convenient than lugging around a large, plastic booster seat.

4.) Add a Size Baby Clothes Extenders

Baby clothes extenders

With these Add a Size Baby Clothes Extenders (retail for $19.95 – search Item # 2W30173), you can stretch the lifespan of your baby’s one-piece outfits as by adding an extra 3 to 4 inches of length to baby’s snap-crotch apparel. The extenderse works with Carter’s, GAP, Old Navy, and many other popular brands. Plus, through 6/30/16, you can take 10% off all orders at One Step Ahead with code OSAAFFL10PS16 at checkout.

5.) Universal Stroller Organizer with Hooks

Stroller Organizer

This highly rated Dot & Dot Universal Stroller Organizer with Hooks (selling for $24.99 on Amazon) comes with 2 deep insulated drink holders, a roomy center compartment with magnetic closure, adjustable and extender straps plus much more! It can be easily adjusted, collapses for easy storage and it’s easy to wash AND fits on most stroller brands.

Simply attach, buckle, and adjust the straps to strollers with handles, to the front or rear of a car seat, or throw over your should to easily carry. The stroller hooks swivel and rotate to hold a purse, totes, umbrellas, and much more!

6.) Baby Brezza Formula Pro One Step Food Maker

Baby Brezza

Planning to bottle feed? Say goodbye to the time and hassle of manually preparing your baby’s bottles…as there is now a “Keurig bottle-maker” for babies. The Baby Brezza Formula Pro One Step Food Maker (selling for $126 on Amazon or Walmart.com) uses worldwide patent-pending technology to measure and mix water and powdered formula to the perfect temperature (about 98 degrees) and consistency.

With the push of a button, you can prepare a bottle within seconds that has no air bubbles. The water and formula powder are stored in airtight compartments right in the machine, so it’s always ready for you when your baby gets hungry. The machine works with all bottle sizes and all formula brands and types. You can also choose the amount of formula you want to make: 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 ounces.

7.) Deluxe Safety Easy Bath Kneeler

BathKneeler

The easy-to-use Aquatopia Deluxe Safety Easy Bath Kneeler (selling for under $20 on Amazon and Walmart.com) makes you stay safe and comfortable during bath time with the extra large, deluxe, anti slip cushioned pad for your knees and extra padding for your elbows. The simple fold-away design makes for easy storage virtually anywhere and it fits any standard tub.

8.) HALO SleepSack Swaddle

HALO

The HALO SleepSack Swaddle (selling for under $20 at Amazon, Walmart, Target or ToysRUs) replaces loose blankets in the crib that can cover your baby’s face and interfere with breathing. Its adjustable swaddle wrap immobilizes your baby’s arms to prevent the “Moro” or startle reflex.

And, it is the only 3-way adjustable swaddle that adjusts to your baby’s sleep style. Swaddle arms in, hands-to-face, one or both arms out to ensure baby’s best sleep and an easy and gentle transition to the SleepSack wearable blanket when it is time to stop swaddling.

9.) OXO Tot Silicone Roll Up Bib

Travel Bib

Make mealtime messes manageable with the highly rated OXO Tot Bib (selling for $12.99 on Amazon, Walmart.com or ToysRUs.com)! The soft, food-safe pocket is wide enough to catch virtually any stray pieces of food that miss baby’s mouth. The fabric portion of the Bib provides ample coverage to protect baby’s clothes, and is shaped for comfort during mealtime.

When you’re out and about, simply roll the Bib’s fabric into the silicone pocket, secure closed and tuck into a diaper bag. The silicone pocket keeps the messy Bib away from the contents of the diaper bag.

10.) Boba Baby Wrap

Boba Wrap

From birth to around 18 months, the #1 Best Seller Boba Baby Wrap (selling for $39.95 at most stores) lets you wander the world with baby in tow – your voice and heartbeat soothing every step along the way. This wrap is free of buckles, straps and snaps and ties up into the perfect fit every time.

What are YOUR baby “must-haves”?


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  1. Elizabeth M.

    Nose Freida for suctioning stuffy babies. It’s a must have.

    • Judy

      YES! Love our nose freida …. thought it was so weird, but it is amazing! Neil Med makes a version of it that was free after rebate

      • April

        Couldn’t live without our nose Frieda! I’ll never use a regular bulb again

    • Teri

      Yaaaass

    • Debi

      The “windi” by frida baby is also amazing for gassy babies.

    • krissy m. murphy

      Agree!

    • Keilyn

      YESSSSSSSSSSSSS. try it! baby doesn’t like it but its soooo much better than the suction bulb. faster and way more effective!!!!!!

  2. Vivian

    My first loooved his wubbanub- my 2nd didn’t care at all, they’re all so different! I love the gerber cloth diapers as burp cloths- they sell them at target. Couldn’t live without my Medella double electric pump and bebe au lait nursing cover that doubled as a blanket and stroller cover!

    • Kim

      LOL, my first loved pacifiers and my second won’t touch them. He scowls at me and spits it out or acts like he’s choking on it when I tried to give him one. Although I still have my wubbanub because now that he’s a little older and teething he likes to hold onto it and chew on the rubber. At least it wasn’t a complete waste of money.

  3. ILuvH2S

    Bob stroller and ergo!!!

    • Danii

      We are expecting our first and have purchased a bob and ergo 360 already as they were on killer sales! And we bought a 6 month old in perfect condition 4Moms MamaRoo at a garage sale for $100!!

  4. Jen

    Rock n play hands down. It calmed my extremely fussy baby when he was a newborn. The ones on this list are definitely something I need for baby #2!

  5. Jess

    I really really like my fresh squeeze system. Make your own pouches call them ice cream boom your 2 year old is eating spinach/carrots and mangos with no battle! Love it!!

    • Amy

      Agreed!!!

  6. Kiwi

    My Breast Friend is my must, if you breast feed.

    • Mp

      Totally agree! I had a Boppy but it gave me backaches. Then my lactation consultant recommended My Brest Friend & it solved my problem.

  7. Nicole

    Boppy pillow, nosefrieda, Beco carrier, Sophie the giraffe!

  8. Kim

    These are my currwnt favorites: Fresh squeeze system (LOVE this! I even use it for making homemade apple sauce pouches for my 5 year old), nosefrieda, sophie the giraffe, rock and play, aden and anais dream blanket, aden and anais (or similar brand) muslin swaddle blankets (the bamboo ones are really soft!), boppy brand nursing cover (conveniently folds itself into a pouch) and the ergo 360 carrier.

    • Kim

      *current

      • Kim

        Also JuJuBe diaper bags are amazing! I have the bff, hobobe, and the superbe. The hobobe is my absolute favorite! Don’t let the size fool you, it holds a ton if packed efficiently.

  9. Joy

    My babies are almost 17 and 14, but I still use my Safety First dishwasher basket that I used for baby bottle nipples and sippy cup tops. Now I use it for sports bottle tops and other small items. Also, I still use our “boo boo bunnies” for those small bumps and bruises.

  10. Joy

    I also recommend a small white noise machine. We still use ours!

    • Kim

      If you have a smart phone consider downloading the white noise baby app (just type in white noise baby in google play and it should pop up). This app is hands down amazing. I can’t believe I forgot to mention it in my earlier comments! It has over 20 white noise sounds to choose from, plus lullaby music (such as beethoven, brahms, chopin, etc), it has a colorful noisy “rattle”, and it even has a timer function. It’s free and that way in case your LO doesn’t like the white noise you aren’t wasting any $$. Oh and since it’s on your phone it’s protable and great to use on car rides when baby gets fussy. My eight month old still uses it and it continues to help him calm down and helps him sleep at night.

      • rebecca

        but then you can’t use your phone while you are trying to get the baby to sleep, right? or am i missing something? i would fear that as soon as my baby started to fall asleep that the phone might ring and freak the baby out. like if i was really over-tired and forgot to shut the ringer off before i left the room… or if i went to bed and left the phone in the baby’s room for the white noise app, then i wouldn’t have my phone.
        this might work out well for babies who are rooming in with the parents, though.

        • Kim

          Not sure if you’ll see this or not but the app has a baby mode setting that you can turn on which sets notifications and ringer to silent while it’s in use. I just leave my phone in the baby’s room to charge at night with the white noise going on a timer, usually about two hours or so.

          • rebecca

            thank you, that “baby mode” would be a life-saver to keep the ringer from accidentally waking baby. i might try this for nap time.

      • Anna

        You could use an old phone or ipod touch

    • Rebecca

      Yes!!! White noise/sound machine saved our sanity! First born could (and still does!) sleep thru anything. Little brother is on the other extreme end of the spectrum. Never seen such a light sleeper! This is the only way he stays asleep (and hence, us too). He just turned 3, and I’m not sure when I should try to wean him off it, if I even should.

  11. Mella

    Rock n play, boppy nursing pillow, pack n play with newborn napper, and those change table liners they sell at target in the 3 pack.

  12. Mandysfestival

    K’tan baby wrap and ergo, carter’s swaddle blankets(extra stretchy), and rock n play

    • Mel

      I loved my K’tan!! Used with both of my babies 😊

  13. Shannon

    Amen!!!

  14. Gretch

    Rock n play, halo sleepsack, boppy pillow when nursing, ergo, swing

  15. Bethany

    The halo sleep sacks have been a lifesaver for us! Our little one had the hardest time sleeping until we started swaddling him.

  16. Samantha

    Mama Roo, Dr. Brown’s Bottles, Choome Pouch Tops!

  17. Erika

    Any sort of baby carrier. Nose Frida. Pack n play or something to keep baby close to you for first months.

  18. Alese

    My favorite thing is my lillebaby carrier. Fits babies from 7lbs up (no infant insert needed!). Comes with lumbar support & is so comfy!

  19. savingstacy

    Both my kids loved their pacifiers. I highly recommend mypacifier.com you can put your baby’s name on it and choose from many different styles and colors.

  20. Yahi

    Waterproof bibs!!! Everyone likes the ones that come with cute sayings and fancy designs but all of that doesn’t matter when your babies’ onesie is soaked. A Rock and play; this saved my life when my little one was a newborn. And lastly, a Baby bottle leash, it will save you money later on when your baby starts to throw his or her bottle when they’re finish with their milk.

  21. grrrowlgurl

    Rock n play, boon suds bottle washer

  22. Maria

    Rock n play, the double medela breast pump, and a Boppy since they can lay in it, use it for sitting up, and use it for breast feeding. Also, the stickers that take say the month of the baby and you take a picture each month isn’t necessary, but I loved to it, and looks very cool 🙂

    • Linda

      I’ll add to your comment since you mentioned a double pump, reusable nursing pads. They will save you a ton of money, just pop them in the washing machine and reuse over and over. I wish I knew about them with my first , now using them with my second . They make organic cotton ones if anyone is concerned. I admit I can’t wear light weight t shirts in the summer since they are a bit bulky but they work.

      • rebecca

        oh my gosh! that makes me think of something else! YES about the re-useable nursing pads! but here’s a tip- if you put them in a little mesh bag to wash them, it’s nice to keep them all together.
        we had a new fancy HE front-load machine, and i had lots of the washable nursing pads, and we didn’t know it was “eating” one randomly every once in a while. well, several months after having my daughter it seemed like our washer was not working right, and the water wouldn’t drain fully during the loads, so my husband took it apart to check it out, and like 14 of those nursing pads were clogging it up!

  23. Jessie

    A Líllébaby carrier! By far the best carrier (Ive owned several!) It makes life so much easier!

    Rock’n’Play

    Fisher Price Sit-Me-Up floor seat (way better than the Bumbo!)

    Most of that list of must haves I don’t think are useful (sorry!)

  24. Janine

    Thanks for the recommendations! Expecting! 😘

    • ambership

      How exciting! Congratulations! 🙂

  25. Em

    Rock n play was a lifesaver for my intense high needs first baby! And the moby wrap and we love our Tula too! We had a seat from summer infant, similar to a bumbo, but more leg room for chunky babies, which was awesome and we used it for a long time as a booster seat at the table, too.

  26. krissy m. murphy

    Billions of burp cloths. Haha.

    • Mp

      I have 5 kids & never used burp cloths. I breastfed & my kids never spit up. I breastfed a little at a time about every 2-3 hours day and night until about age 2. Maybe my kids never spat up was because they never ate a lot at a time. Idk

      Another thing, I hated Boppy! I used MyBrestFriend for newborns. It’s amazing! Then nothing when kid can just sit on your lap.

  27. art

    A big pile of rags. That’s the most used item ever. 😂

    We are exclusively bottle feeding the newest once s/he arrives so I have been thinking hard about the baby keurig. That way I know the bottle is good, no matter who makes it.

  28. Alison

    So many!!! Recently just discovered that my Pampered Chef Salad Dressing mixer works great for measuring, mixing, and storing formula (http://www.amazon.com/Pampered-Chef-Measure-Mix-Pour/dp/B000PKU1CW). The whisk gets all the formula chunks in the bottom for a perfect mix! I love my Chicco Bravo system, Graco swing, cloud b lamb sound machine, swaddle anything! I love my Skip Hop Grand Central Diaper Bag… Ummm I’m sure I’m missing a few things!

  29. Bekah

    Auto rock n play was a lifesaver for our 2nd baby, who was always fussy and gassy. And some type of carrier. We have a Beco and Ergo. I always thought the Moby was too hot.

  30. Kelly

    I guess I missed out because I never used (needed?) of these things when my kids were babies!

  31. Nikole

    Swing is a must

  32. Faith

    I can’t believe no one mentioned Sock-Ons! I found these little things for like $6 at a consignment store display (available on Amazon also) and took a chance when my son was tiny and they work fantastic! They just slip on over baby’s socks and keep them from slipping down/off all day. It’s a small thing, but when you’re trying to keep that tiny baby in perfect condition it’s one less thing to think about…of course they’re no good once a kid is old enough to use his hands to pull a sock off, but until then they’re a must have!

  33. Lila

    You and I have very different definitions of what’s a “must-have”. My LO is a toddler now and I didn’t need any of those things except for the sleepsack and a carrier (that I must have used 10 times tops)

  34. Christen

    Diapers and wipes! (For overnight, from about 5 months on, Pampers Baby Dry were the only ones my boys didn’t leak through!)

  35. pnwremod

    GroCia Magic stick. Amazing stuff and hands free! So worth it. Found online.

    • pnwremod

      GroVia. ^^auto correct. :-/

  36. Bessiek

    I have a 2 y old and when he was born I reasearched/got everything that looked cool! Looking back I could do witout most things. But I still tell everyone about a few…my medela pump (free with health insurance by the way!!!!),boppy+1 extra cover, arms reach cosleeper (looooved this thing! Craigslist 20 $, but made night breastfeeding a breeze for 4 months, would buy it full price too), oxo wipes holder(not heated, still keeps wipes super moist forever!!!!), summer infant etc swaddled with velro (winter baby), seven slings baby carrier(after 3_4 months, till 12), a diaper changing mat (made every large bag a diaper bag, so I didn’t t need one and kept using Microsoft e), a nursing cover. My advice is to not go crazy cause each baby has its temperament. My son only took the paci they give at the hospital for maybe a month, never a bottle, the Fisher price swing was a saviour for naps for 4months but he hated it after that (other kids use it for a year), liked the exersaucer but not the jumperoo etc….so either get them as hand me downs, or to try, or craigslist if you can…oh, and of course a good but light baby car to carry around, (i used it with a snap and go instead of stroller for a long time, cause little ones love to sleep at the oddest times,like while you ‘re taking them to the store) and the car seat cover that looks like a shower cap ( the one that goes under baby isn’t safe) for the cold n.y. winter…sorry for the long post!

  37. Mp

    I never introduced pacifiers to any of my 5 kids. I breastfed & didn’t want them to have nipple confusion. I was the human pacifier & comfort nursed as well. Still breastfeeding my youngest at 2 years old.

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