Baby Gear / July 26, 2018 / Marilyn Luu.
Wipe Warmers - As if having your pants pulled down 10 times a day for all the world to see isn’t bad enough, babies also have to go through the shock of getting their behinds cleaned up with wet, cold wipes. My son does pretty good with diaper changes until that cold wipe hits his skin. An obvious solution to this problem would be to get a wipe warmer that stores wipes at a nice, cozy temperature of about 99 degrees. The problem with such products is that they are recalled again and again due to fire hazards. I’m not sure about you, but I would rather continue to use a cold wipe on my son than put a fire hazard in his room. Tip: You can achieve the same effect as a wipe warmer by using a cloth and warm water. It’s better for the environment too!
Does it have the features you want? Once your child is old enough, it's nice to have the bar on the front of the stroller swing open and shut so he can climb in by himself. But if there's not a bar, there's probably a snack tray, and those are nice too. All good strollers have locking wheels, and they all have harness straps, but five-point harnesses are considered the safest. Look for a removable seat cushion for easy washing. We know plenty of parents who, despite all of this, still buy based on brand name, color, or some other superficial reason, like the stroller being named after a car. So be it you have to live with it. A better way to choose if you're overwhelmed is to get a solid recommendation from a friend you trust, who has a lifestyle similar to yours.
Breast Pump - A good breast pump is essential if you’re a working mother and want your baby to have the benefits of breast milk throughout the day. Moreover and this may be the biggest perk you can pump before bed at night and your husband can wake up to feed the baby while you get your much-deserved sleep. You can purchase expensive electric pumps, but I recommend a simple manual one that is easily portable, such as the Avent models. It’s also a relief to have one on-hand if your body thinks you need to nurse when you’re somewhere without your baby, like at work.
The past year was no different. Here are some of the smartest baby gadgets that launched in 2017—all designed by entrepreneurial parents. Breastfeeding mothers are always worried they won’t produce enough milk for their infants. But saving pumped breast milk and reusing it from one feeding to the next is tricky, since babies can contaminate an entire bottle with their saliva just by taking a single sip. aLoo is the first device that prevents contamination from baby backwash. The disc-shaped, plastic-and-metal valve fits inside a baby-bottle cap and allows milk to flow to the baby but keeps saliva from permeating the bottle’s main chamber, so parents can save the unconsumed milk and serve it later.