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    28 Baby Products Parent Reviewers Have Said Are "Must-Haves"

    If you're a new parent you'll wanna add all of these to your shopping cart because these items are an absolute godsend.

    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 tube of thick and creamy Boudreaux's Butt Paste that not only protects your little one's bum but also works MUCH faster than other ointments to heal angry diaper rash. The best part? It's free from dyes, parabens, preservatives, and talc.

    reviewer's photo of the diaper cream tube
    The diaper cream in a diaper bag

    Promising review: "The BEST BY FAR! Must have!!!! This is by far my favorite diaper cream! It works instantly for any almost any rash! My son has super sensitive skin and I can put it on before bed and by morning any rash he has ever had is gone or almost gone! Amazing stuff!!! I give it to all my first time mom friends! I HIGHLY recommend, I have tried it all!!!!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $4.94 (available in two sizes and also in three-packs).

    2. 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).

    3. 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: "I LOVE this thing! I bought it before my daughter was born because of high reviews. It's a reasonably priced toy and my daughter has been using it since birth. Whenever she's having a meltdown I break it out of the diaper bag and she's all better. :) I actually memorized the songs and order and they're pretty catchy. Not annoying and overbearing like other toys. I don't know what I would do without it!." —uhhdorkable

    Promising review: "The best baby distractor EVER! Every person with a child must have this toy! I had about 5 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 non-crying! (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 $9.99.

    4. 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 $9.99+ (available in two sizes).

    5. An EZPZ First Foods Set featuring a suction bowl, a tiny cup, and spoons in adorable packaging that provides all the essentials any parent needs to get started on their feeding journey. 

    The gray silicone set in packaging
    A baby eating with the green plate, glass, and spoon
    EZPZ

    EZPZ is is a woman-owned biz that creates developmentally-focused, minimalist tableware for little ones.

    Promising review: "Must have for BLW! So good ! I now have a few of these and they are perfect for starting BLW! Baby can easily grip and it’s a perfect portion size. Also, aesthetically pleasing as well! Huge bonus!" —Emily J. 

    Get it from EZPZ for $37.49 (available in 11 colors) or from Target for $37.49 (available in three colors).

    6. And 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 $12.99+ (available in three colors and packs of two, four, or six spoons).

    7. A double-sided silicone penguin pacifier (!!!) for teething and comforting. It boasts a wearable, drop-resistant design that just so happens to cover their lil' hands and therefore keep their lil' digits out of their mouth.

    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 seven colors and in a two-pack).

    8. 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." —Lauren Ruffin

    Get it from Amazon for $9.73+ (available in two sizes and in packs of two or three).

    9. A roomy Skip Hop 3-Stage whale-shaped tub boasting a mesh sling insert perfect for safely cradling your newborn during bath time. Plus, it grows with your baby, so you can simply remove the sling when they transition to toddlerhood!

    A baby taking a bath in the gray whale tub
    Amazon

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    Promising review: "Love it! A must have for newborns! Love this! So uncomfortable washing a newborn. With this it’s so much easier. Can actually let the baby lay there while I wash her. Just have to move her up every once in a while since she squirms. And I like that she’s in the water soaking. Definitely recommend this." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99.

    10. And a whale-shaped bath spout cover that'll prevent the little bubs from bonking their head while having a ~whale~ of a good time in the bath. Plus, it comes with an adjustable strap to fit snugly on any faucet.

    reviewer's photo showing the blue whale covering bath faucet
    The spout cover in gray

    Plus, it comes with an adjustable strap to fit snugly on any faucet. And if you're looking for more bathroom accessories on Amazon, we've got you covered.

    Promising review: "This safety product is a must have for mommas (and dads) everywhere. For active babies, having the peace of mind that if they do slip and smash their little faces into the faucet they won't need a trip to the emergency room. What more could a parent ask for? Plus, the whale shape is super cute. Must have. Seriously." —m

    Promising review: "So great! I thought I was just purchasing more useless baby accessories. This item is a true must have! It fits perfectly and can be tightened and easily removed for cleaning. It has saved a good bump on my baby's head many times!" —Heather

    Get it from Amazon for $9.29+ (available in two colors).

    11. A baby nail trimmer for being ~a cut above~ regular clippers. These come with sanding discs that gently file down nails  — if you're like me, and burst into tears the first time you nicked those precious little fingertips 😭.

    reviewer's photo of the baby nail clippers set with attachments
    A gif showing how the baby nail trimmer works
    www.amazon.com, Chandni Reddy / Buzzfeed

    Promising review: "A must have for newborns/infants. A coworker got me this for my baby shower, she said she discovered it after she accidentally snipped her newborn's finger when clipping the nails. I don't know what I'd do with out it, I can't imagine using clippers. It is so safe and gentle, yet effective. You can touch it the skin and it's soft as can be, there is no worries of injury!!! My newborn is now an infant and he puts his hand out when it's time to use." —Rachael

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in two colors).

    12. A chic Boon drying rack to prevent the absurd amount of bottles and accessories, you have managed to acquire for your tiny human from taking over your adult-looking kitchen.

    Bottles, pacifiers, and sippy cups drying on the plastic grass rack
    Chandni Reddy / Buzzfeed

    BTW, this is a baby product that the BuzzFeed Shopping team is loving right now.

    Promising review: "A Must-Have! This drying rack is life-changing! I initially purchased it because it is so cute but it turned out to be one of my favorite baby/kid products of all time! The grass holds bottles and sippy cups so they can't tip over which means you can pile this thing full! I have fit 10 Medela bottles, a few sippy cups and all the little pieces on this at once. I also purchased a stem and a twig accessory, and they are fantastic for holding nipples, sippy cups valves and pump parts. We have hard water so we get mineral buildup on everything, so the ease of cleaning this thing is great too. My only complaint is that I wish I had this with my first two babies!" —allthatglittersisgold

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in five styles).

    13. And a sterilizer and dryer that does all the heavy lifting of sanitizing and drying a TON of bottles, pacifiers, and pump parts at lightning speed, giving new parents one less thing to stress about.

    reviewer's photo of the sterilizer holding bottles and parts
    reviewer's photo from the top showing how many bottles the sterilizer can hold

    Promising review: "New parent must-have! Love this sterilizer so much! For the first few weeks we were boiling or using the microwave bags to sterilize. It was time consuming and warped items. Now we hand wash and stick items in the sterilizer and we’re good to go. The device is easy to use and I think the drying feature alone is a selling point! We were told we didn’t need a sterilizer, but now I think it’s one of my favorite baby items!" Erika Lonardo

    Promising review: "I don't know how I functioned without it. I can honestly say that this was the best purchase I made all year. This thing is amazing. It is sturdy but has a sleek, modern appearance that compliments the kitchen. I had no idea how necessary this was, I was initially boiling bottles to sterilize them. This unit practically does everything for you. It steams, dries and acts as a storage for bottles. I also use it for toys and my lo's pacifier. Don't hesitate to purchase this. It's a must-have, especially for new moms who may not be sure if you need one." —charmed angel

    Get it from Amazon for $79.95.

    14. A sleek touchless forehead thermometer with 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.

    15. 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 $14.99.

    16. A Fridababy three-step cradle cap system with 15,000 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.

    17. 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.

    18. 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.

    19. A pack of Munchkin Arm & Hammer Pacifier Wipes made with 100% food-grade ingredients so you can feel ~zero guilt~ about picking that pacifier off any floor, giving it a quick swipe, and handing it back to you babe (only for them to drop it again 😭).

    A pack of pacifier wipes
    Amazon

    Promising review: "f you have a baby, you know they can get into everything and anything. Keeping the baby and everything your baby uses CLEAN feels impossible. Plus a lot of options for cleaning out there make you concerned to clean your toy/pacifier/bottle/etc. and give it back to your baby. These wipes are 100% food safe. You can wipe off your pacifier or toy or bottle or so on, and as soon as it dries (about three seconds) you are good to give it back to your baby and know that you are giving them something clean you WOULD put in your mouth. Have bought these since our baby was born in January 2019, and will continue to do so. The 36-packs are perfect for diaper bag and on the go! A must-have." Matt

    Get a pack of 36 from Amazon for $4.19+ (available in pack of one or pack of two)

    20. A car baby monitor to provide 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 readjust a back-seat mirror or pull over to check on a crying baby at every stoplight.

    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.

    21. suction cup bath mat because the combo of wet kiddos, rough play, and slippery bathtub floors is nerve-racking to say the least 😱.

    A child model sitting on the non-slip mat in the bathtub
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Bathroom must-have. This works perfectly. My baby enjoys his baths with this! He can stand on it, and it won't move; has a great suction power. It's soft so my baby is happy when sitting on it. Definitely recommend this to anyone who has a bathtub." —Sue

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in eight colors; be sure to clip the coupon before checkout to save an additional 5%).

    22. 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!