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    39 Baby Products So Good, Reviewers Called Them A "Must-Have"

    Because you deserve all the help you can get as a new parent.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Some may have been sent as samples, but all opinions and reviews are our own. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A bestselling Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy with catchy, classical melodies (by Mozart, Vivaldi, and other masters) and twinkling lights that any parent will tell you is their secret weapon to immediately calm down a fussy baby.

    reviewer's photo of the toy lit up
    reviewer's photo of their baby holding the toy

    Promising review: "The best baby distractor EVER! Every person with a child must have this toy! I had about five tucked in various places in case one got lost. My son loved them from basically birth and sometimes it would distract him for hours of noncrying! (heaven for a new mother) Of course in the beginning you have to keep pushing the button for them but compared to swinging him in his car seat that was easy! Then we he got older he would spend entire car ides just playing with this one toy. I give it to everyone I know who has a baby." —NH-Mommy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.49.

    2. And a pack of brightly colored stacking cups guaranteed to become any baby's fave open-ended toy. Just trust the 60,000+ 5-star (!!!) reviews and the many, many reviewers who have said "this is the best $4 I've spent on a toy."

    reviewer's photo showing the colorful cups stacked to form a tower
    reviewer's photo showing the colorful cups nested inside each other and held together with a star shaped holder

    Bonus: These have holes in the bottom for water play and come with a cute star ring to keep them together.

    Promising review: "I got these when my son was 7 months, and he is 11.5 months now. He immediately liked them and has not gotten tired of them yet. He hasn't learned to stack them, but he loves to push them over after I stack them, and he also puts them into each other. Once he's older he can stack them, and we can use them to learn colors and numbers. It's wild that a $4 'toy' that is so simple can be such a great all-purpose item for a baby that grows with them over time, all while being unbreakable and educational. This is a MUST-HAVE toy that every baby should have in their toy collection." —IShop2Much

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $4.99.

    3. A sleek touchless forehead thermometer boasting a built-in sensor that measures in seconds. Added bonus: You can take your baby's temperature while they're sleeping.

    The forehead thermometer in white
    Reviewer taking temperature of their child

    Promising review: "This is a great thermometer — accurate, looks great, a must-have! If you have kids, forget about sticking a thermometer in their ears. I have four kids now and a thermometer is a must-have. Hold this thing close to the forehead, push the button in and you get a reading in about one second. This thing looks good, feels good, and is accurate. We’ve used multiple thermometers in the past. The head scanner that you run across the forehead...no good. In-ear thermometers...accurate, but expect a battle. Rectal thermometers...very accurate, but expect a war. This is the easiest one out of all of them. We find it especially useful when we need the quick 'I don’t feel that great' check...i.e., man cold. Overall, highly recommend!."—BearDownChi1

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    4. A cult-favorite stain remover especially great for stubborn stains. You can count on on this concentrated spot treatment to make poop, spit up, and food stains disappear.

    Reviewer's photo showing a stained swimsuit
    Reviewer's after photo showing a clean swimsuit without stains

    Promising review: "Large bottle is a MUST-HAVE for parents with babies!! Hands down best stain remover ever. I have been using it for years. I don't know if the 16 ounce bottle is new or I just never knew about it, but THANK GOD!!!! I don't know how much time and hand strength I wasted with the little bottles, trying to get food and poop stains out of my baby's clothes." —Allison FTM FTW

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $12.19 (available in two sizes and in packs of two or three).

    6. An oh-so-cute Smily Mia Penguin pacifier designed to mimic a boob that'll stay put on a baby's hand — so parents don't have to retrieve dropped pacis from the floor a gazillion times a day! 

    a baby model sleeping and chewing on a light blue penguin pacifier
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have a 3-month-old and he’s constantly chewing on his hands. We have struggled to find something he can hold onto and continue holding for a while. Nothing works like this little thing! It’s designed really well to prevent from falling off/onto the ground. Easy to hold for little fingers and my son LOVES it. Must-have for little ones!" –Codi Stokes

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 10 colors and in a two-pack).

    7. A USDA-certified organic baby healing balm made with chamomile, cocoa butter, coconut oil, calendula, and avocado oil that reviewers say will alleviate eczema, acne, cradle cap, rashes, and more. No joke, it's a multipurpose miracle worker!

    Reviewer's before photo showing eczema on their baby's face and after photo showing the eczema cleared up
    Reviewer's before photo showing cradle cap on their baby's head and after photo showing the cradle cap cleared up

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this stuff. I use it for my ds rashes. I was so afraid to use anything but coconut oil but I needed something that would soothe the rash as well. My ds also ended up getting eczema and hives from a laundry detergent we had switched to. This completely soothed it away. It was gone by the next day. Needless to say, this is my go-to soothing-everything solution. It stays in the diaper bag and medicine cabinet. A must-have!" —Andrea

    Get it from Amazon for $14.50.

    8. And CeraVe moisturizing cream parents call their "holy grail" because it works wonders to keep their kid's eczema flare-ups at bay and soothe dry, chapped winter skin. It's formulated to provide intense moisturizing protection for babies with a gentle fragrance- and paraben-free formula.

    the moisturizing cream
    reviewer's before photo showing their child's eczema and after photo showing  eczema healed after seven days of applying the cream

    Promising review: "My baby have a sensitive skin with severe eczema. This product is the only cream That did not irritate my baby' skin. The texture is not heavy. Must-have for summer!!" —Yue Zhang

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    9. Boon cacti bottle cleaning brush set that deserves all the hype on TikTok because it'll look so unbearably cute in your kitchen that you'll find yourself singing "I'm a succa for you" à la the Jonas Brothers — while the handy brushes help you wash a gazillion baby bottles all day long. 

    reviewer image of the cacti brush set in the white container
    reviewer image of the brush set out of the container, showing the different types of brushes

    *Yes, I know that is not even close to the real number, but doesn't it sometimes feel like it?

    Promising review: "Must-have. This is adorable. It looks cute on the counter and does a great job cleaning bottles and straws. This replaced a bunch of mismatched brushes I previously had. I like that the you are able to open up the container to remove the water that accumulated at the bottom so no mold issues." —Twinkle

    Get it from Amazon for $15.57+ (available in two colors, as well as just replacement brushes). 

    10. And an Oxo Tot space-saving drying rack featuring prongs to hold the absurd amount of bottles and accessories you have managed to acquire for your tiny human *vertically* so they don't from take over your entire countertop. 

    Promising review: "Clears up so much counter space. This is a must-have for our kitchen. Before, we just placed paper towels for our bottles and other things to dry on, which took up an entire counter. That was a big issue for our ting kitchen. We should have bought this sooner, but didn’t because we are first time parents and learning as we go. If you have a tiny kitchen, it’s definitely a life saver. It’s very sturdy and looks good quality. Worth every penny!" —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99

    11. An inexpensive portable white noise machine because it can seem impossible to run errands with a newborn in tow. This handy device clips onto a stroller and lulls little ones to sleep on the go by drowning out noises with calming, spa-like sounds. 

    The portable white noise machine
    The white noise machine clipped to a diaper bag
    Amazon, Amazon

    Promising review: "Must-have baby item! This has been a lifesaver for car rides with our tiny dude. It helps him calm down and snooze in the car and on the go. There are multiple sound levels, and multiple sounds to choose from. 10/10 recommend for all new parents!" —Devyn Washburn

    Get it from Amazon for $19.96.

    12. An Oogiebear nose and ear cleaner, one of those parenting products that'll make you say, "Is this my life now?" Seriously though, it's designed with a rubber scoop and loop at the ends to gently clean out little noses and ears without going too far.

    reviewer's photo showing the booger cleaning tool in a packaging
    A closeup of the bear booger cleaner tool
    www.amazon.com, Chandni Reddy / Buzzfeed

    Promising review: "Must-have! This thing is amazing, it works very well for us. Good length and it's soft/firm. I was able to gently scoop my 4 month old ear wax and so picked out her sticky crusty boogers. She enjoys being clean so she sat/laid down very still for us. I would definitely buy this for a baby shower gift and definitely recommend to anyone." —P. T.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    13. A stroller fan with bendable foam legs that'll wrap around a stroller, car seat, or pretty much anything to keep your lil' munchkin cool as a cucumber, even when it's a gazillion degrees outside.

    reviewer's photo of the stroller fan attached to a car seat
    reviewer's photo of the black fan attached to a stroller

    Promising review: "Baby must-have! As a new mamma, I didn’t realize how much I needed one of these until I purchased it. My little was getting quite toasty in the back seat of the car, so I found this and decided I was going to attach it under her mirror on the head rest! Perfect choice, because she always chilled in the backseat! I then ordered two more for the stroller when we go to the ballpark. Not to mention all my mommy friends have them as well! They are AMAZING quality, battery life is great, and all around a must-have!" —Mackenzie Steele

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in three colors).

    14. A shopping cart cover for giving you peace of mind knowing your baby won't touch (or try to lick 😱?!) those gross, germy handles while you're running errands.

    The shopping cart cover in gray arrow print
    reviewer's photo of their child sitting in the gray shopping cart cover at the store

    Promising review: "A must-have item. No joke. This thing is a game changer. We used to just carry our daughter in the store because the cart seats are so dirty and uncomfortable. But this thing has made shopping so much easier. It takes like less than a minute to put it on the cart, and its sturdy and comfy and my daughter loves it. I also like the pockets, toy loops, and clear phone pocket. And they fit any cart — Walmart and Costco carts both fit great." —Amber Brown

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in nine prints).

    15. A TikTok-famous Tushbaby hip carrier that'll prevent back strain and do all the heavy lifting if your little munchkin clings to you like a koala. The best part? It has a ton of storage pockets for your snacks, phone, wallet, and more!

    reviewer showing how the carrier wraps around their waist and make it easy to hold a baby
    reviewer showing close up of the carrier and how it has a front pocket

    It's recommended for children between 8 and 45 pounds and can be used in four different holding positions — feeding/breastfeeding, side carrying, front facing, and face-to-face. 

    Tushbaby is a small biz run by three California mamas and specializes in products that bringing a little more ease to everyday parenting life.

    Promising review: "This changed my life. I’m a first time mom with a very snuggly/clingy babe. If we are out she wants to be held. My back and hips were severely jacked up from favoring one side while holding her. The tushbaby literally saved my back. I have talked so many moms into buying this I should be getting sponsored. It’s seriously the best invention of all time and I don’t even take a stroller with me anymore. The pockets for your stuff are so well thought out. I cannot thank these people enough for creating this. Number one best mom hack/must-have item HANDS DOWN." —Lobsterbisque

    Get it from Amazon for $84.99.

    16. A car video monitor because it's a cut above the regular ol' baby mirror. It provides a crystal-clear view of your bub from the dashboard. A game changer for anyone who is fully aware of how painful it is to pull over to check on a crying baby at every stoplight.

    PSA: Parents, please keep your eyes on the road while the car is in motion.  

    Promising review: "This camera is a new mommy must-have. I was using a mirror and constantly was readjusting it and relying on my mirror to see his mirror and it was stressful. I knew there had to be something better when I ended up driving at night with my 2-month-old to the hospital and he was freaking out and I couldn’t see him so I was pulling over to check on him every few minutes and it was a nightmare. This camera has been my saving grace. I was hesitant at first reading reviews saying it’s not night vision but mine automatically switches even in parking garages to night vision. I love that I can see my baby and not have to fix a mirror. Or turn my head to see fully what’s going on with him in the back. I really really recommend this for peace of mind!! —Jennifer K

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99

    17. A Fridababy three-step cradle cap system with 19,000 5-star (!!!) reviews for any parent looking for an all-in-one remedy. Just use the foam sponge to lather up baby's head, then loosen the flakes by massaging with the gentle bristle brush, and finally lift flakes ~oh so gently~ with the fine-tooth comb.

    Reviewer's before photo of a baby's head with dry scales and after photo of the same baby's head looking smoother and flake-free
    Reviewer's photo of the comb with the flakes it lifted

    Promising review: "A must-have for newborns. My 6-week-old had bad cradle cap, and this brush worked miracles. I wish I had it from birth. We have continued to use this brush even though the cradle cap has gone, and it does wonders on the scalp and keeps the hair looking healthy. Highly, highly recommend. Plus, my baby enjoys the gentle scalp massage from the soft bristles." —LM01

    Get it from Amazon for $14.88.

    18. And comforting Frida Baby vapor drops consisting of organic eucalyptus and lavender essential oils to plop in your bath or humidifier to relieve stuffiness and congestion and ~open up airways~ for a restful snooze. *Instant relief for them and for you.*

    Reviewer holding a bottle of the vapor drops
    Reviewer's photo showing a bottle of vapor drops sitting next to a diffuser and a crib

    Safe for babes 3+ months.

    Promising review: "An absolute must-have! We have a 5-month-old son and thankfully we’ve only had to use this a couple of times, but when he had some congestion during cold weather, we put a few drops of this in our Frida cool air humidifier/diffuser and it worked wonders and cleared up his stuffiness. Love love love it!" —ZGDUBOURG

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    19. A pack of absorbent, waterproof changing pad liners so you don't have to pull off the entire changing pad cover while dealing with an accident (saving you from doing a ton of laundry!). Plus, these are quilted, making diaper changes oh-so-cushy.

    A baby lying on a changing pad with the white liner on it
    reviewer's photo of the the liner on the changing pad

    Promising review: "Love these! They have saved my diaper changing mat/bed/floor a hundred times! My baby loves to surprise me while I change her diaper, so we go through a lot of these. I have SIX! But they are great because they protect whatever is under it. Absorbent on the top & stops liquids from going through it. These are a must have for diaper changes! Stops the poo and pee from ruining your day! They are a good size too, big enough to have the baby on it with room all around them." —Michele Becker

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $15.95 (available in four colors).

    20. The Ollie Swaddle for making bedtime less of a struggle. It wraps snugly to prevent your lil escape artist from breaking out and boasts an opening at the bottom to make diaper changes a breeze. The best part? Moisture-wicking fabric to prevent overheating.

    A model holding a baby in the sky blue swaddle
    The Ollie World

    The Ollie World is a small biz based in Rancho Cucamonga, California, founded by a foster mom, who set out to make her own swaddle that could meet all of her foster son's needs. To see some other styles, head over to our list of the best baby blankets.

    Promising review: "I’ve used the Ollie on both my daughters and it’s our #1 baby product 'must have'. As soon as we tried it on our first baby our bedtime routine became calmer and she gave us longer stretches of sleep at night! With my second daughter we knew to use the Ollie from the very start and she’s sleeping through the night at 6 weeks! I recommend the Ollie to everyone, especially those with babies who "hate being swaddled"...the Ollie is different!! You can see the Ollie soothe your baby the minute you wrap them." —Tara Y.

    Get it from The Ollie World for $59 (available in five colors) or from Target for $59.99.

    21. A set of handy starter spoons that'll encourage your babe to self feed. These have grooves that purees and mashed foods stick to easily, letting little ones dip and explore exciting new flavors all on their own.

    reviewer's video showing their child self feeding with the spoon
    An infographic showing the Stage 1 spoon with a textured surface to soothe baby's sore gums and a Stage 2 spoon with channels to capture and hold food
    reviewer's photo showing their child using the spoon to eat oatmeal from a bowl with the words

    The set includes a stage one spoon and stage two spoon. The first stage spoon doubles as a teether, and is designed to introduce babies to holding utensils and exploring purees, as they soothe their sore gums. The second stage spoon is capable of holding more food and can even be loaded with solids for the child to grab and eat.

    Note: The spoons don't have a stopper, so please supervise your babies to make sure they don't stick the spoon too far back in their mouth. Recommended for ages 6 months+.

    Promising review: "Great skill-building utensil. My baby loves gnawing on these for teething just as much as he loves eating with them! I love that you can load the spoon and hand it to baby to feed themselves. My little one just turned 6 months and uses these spoons with wild success. A must have for BLW or feeding, in general." —Christopher

    Get a set from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in three colors and packs of two, four, or six spoons).