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    Updated on Aug 5, 2020. Posted on Jul 28, 2020

    19 Baby Products That Don't Waste Time Helping New Parents Become Good Parents

    Every minute spent making bottles, changing diapers, and cleaning up messes more efficiently is potentially a minute back for you to catch your breath.

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    1. An OXO Tot space-saving drying rack, because baby bottles are in constant rotation and cleaning them thoroughly is an essential and time-consuming task. A proper drying rack ensures they are always good to go!

    Model's handing placing gray tray in white drying rack
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Great design. Doesn't hold too many bottles and accessories but is so small in footprint it's easy to leave on the counter without being in the way. Angled racks make dry time so much shorter. Absolutely love it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    2. A mini portable washing machine for anyone who doesn't have an in-home unit or runs out of quarters on the reg. There is so much time spent cleaning baby clothes so making it as convenient as possible will give you back so many, many minutes in your day.

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    Promising review: "Loved that it gets clothes clean. I decided to buy it when pregnant and now that the baby is here it’s something that I use every day for baby clothes and reusable baby cleaning cloths. It keeps everything clean. It’s amazing. You make a lot of decisions as a new mom to set up the house a certain way and this washer dryer was the best decision." —Amanda P.

    Get it from Amazon for $94.99 (available in two colors).

    3. A two-pack of Medela quick-clean micro-steam bags so you can thoroughly disinfect and steam clean bottles and breastfeeding equipment by eliminating 99.9% of most common bacteria and germs. Just add water and pop in the microwave for three minutes.

    Yellow and white packaging for micro-steam bags
    Amazon

    Promising review: "The manufacturer instructions say to wash the pump parts with soap and water prior to using this. Technically, you should probably do what they tell you, but this is what has worked well for me: I rinse well with hot water, making sure I get all the milk off, and then use. I do this twice during the day at work and then wash the parts with soap and water each night. After four months of this, I haven't had any problems. These definitely save time at work, although it is a little awkward when you realize you left your bag of pump parts in the office break room microwave and some poor soul had to move them to cook their lean cuisine...oops!" —Mary Harris

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    4. A sterilizer and dryer for quickly winning the war against the staggering amount of funky-smelling baby bottles currently amassing in your kitchen in a desperate attempt to overthrow the ever-changing status quo.

    Amazon

    Bottle cleaning is the KP duty on your tour of babyhood (don't forget that you enlisted). A splash of water, a turn of the crank, and in around 30 minutes all of those rancid-smelling baby bottles are sterile and dry. Our Papablic gets a workout multiple times a day, which is why this is a more economical and environmentally friendly option than constantly running the dishwasher (especially if the dishwasher is you and not an actual appliance). The first time I traveled without it I realized how much easier (and better smelling) it made our life. Cleans easily with a little vinegar left in overnight.

    Get it from Amazon for $70.

    5. A large, portable floor activity mat/rug that turns into a bag for keeping playtime confined to a particular and making toy cleanup quicker than ever.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Larger than I realized! Which is great! We have used it under the highchair to catch food and then just toss in the washer, as a play mat, as a on the go diaper bag just clipped on the small diaper pouch and tossed in his toys and blanket and on the go we are. It's also big enough for me and him to sit on outside so no itchy grass! And the hedgehogs are to perfect for my little hedgehog guy!" —Ashe W.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in five animal prints).

    6. A time- and life-saving formula dispensing machine for mixing and warming consistently perfect ba-bas in a matter of mere seconds.

    Model putting bottle up to white and black formula machine
    Baby Brezza

    Listen, listen, listen. Without hyperbole, the Baby Brezza has been one of my best investments for year one in babyland. Late-night feeds no longer become about fumbling, spilling, mixing, warming, and minutes later delivering a so-so bottle to a crying child. No, in seconds a measured and warm concoction is in hand and then in baby's mouth. Just add water to the tank and formula to the dispenser and serve bottles ranging between 2-10 ounces warmed to three different temperatures. The time, effort, and stress this wonderful machine has saved me from is emotionally immeasurable and worth the price tag. It even forces you to clean it after every four uses because that formula gets gunky and you get lazy.

    Get it from Amazon for $199.99.

    7. A tub of OxiClean baby stain fighter and soaker, because laundry piles up real quick and failing to pre-treat or soak stained baby clothes means you're going to have to wash them a second (and even third time). But if stains don't bother you, by all means, skip this one.

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    Promising review: "Incredible results! I used this on four garments that my newborn had pooped on. The stains had set and run through the wash twice already. Well, after soaking them for four hours in this product they came out, using what I have to imagine is some magical formula. This is a must-have for any parent!" —Metro West Mama

    Get it from Amazon for $7.96.

    8. A Diaper Genie that when positioned next to a changing table will be the quickest, most efficient, and least stinky way of disposing of an endless amount of disposable diapers.

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    The Diaper Genie is a very controversial product, especially if you read some of the Amazon reviews. I'm here to tell you that it's been a part of our baby's life since his first diaper change at home. It's not perfect but it is close. Once that diaper is slam-dunked in there, I only have to change the bag (about once a day). That's the time-saver right there. Yes, you will get hit with the smell when you open it, but just don't get too close. Otherwise, all odors are contained when the lid is closed. Another thing I don't ever have to think about (other than ordering bag refills).

    Get it from Amazon for $37.44+ (available in five colors).

    9. A food-catching baby placemat to keep food-related messes confined to one area for the quicker clean-ups possible. And when your baby's done with it, it can be used around the house for other sticky situations.

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    Promising review: "Works great. Sticks right to the table with no issue. Is easy to clean, dry, and roll back up till neck time. Our table is rounded and doesn't have a flat edge but it still works great. I think ours will last longer. I tend to see the flat edge tables and bar tops rip the material on other reviews." —Valerie Brett

    Get it from Amazon for $22.97.

    10. A do-it-all baby monitor for next-level, 24/7 information gathering (aka spying) on your child from any location via your smartphone, which will help everyone get a little more sack time.

    Nanit

    A $300 camera? The Nanit is a big-time investment in everyone getting a good night's sleep. The camera mounts above the crib and streams live HD and night vision to iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, or Echo Show devices. That essentially means your phone becomes a monitor (via the app) that you're less apt to lose and won't forget to charge. The night vision allowed us to hang back whenever we heard a noise so we could make better decisions about whether the baby's "got this" or we needed to handle the situation. We get weekly reports on our baby's sleep patterns as well as updates and tips sent directly to the app. Not sure how we lived without this, would recommend to every parent.

    Get it from Amazon for $299.

    11. Am Evenflo EveryFit 4-in-1 convertible car seat, because buying one (and only one) car seat that grows with your baby will save you both time (on research and testing) and money (on another damn car seat).

    A black car seat with gray and silver accents
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My husband and I absolutely love this car seat so much we have two! One for the babysitter and one for us. Installation takes a matter of minutes, so easy, and I feel good knowing it has side impact protection. One of the things I love most about it is the larger tray that sits in the cupholder so my son can reach his snack easily. Additionally, it's such a good value especially knowing you can use the seat from the day they are born until over 100 pounds! That's a ton of use so you can really feel good about purchasing this." —Goldie Graham

    Get it from Amazon for 189.99.

    12. A tube of The Honest Company diaper rash cream so that every burning baby butt fire is put out ASAP allowing them (and you) to have as chill and sleepy of a time as possible.

    A white tube of diaper rash cream with blue lettering and logo
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    Promising review: "This works great! Our 2-month-old has had two diaper rashes that we used this on as soon as we noticed it. Both times there was a great improvement after 24 hours and no sign of it by 48 hours. Bought a second tube so one stays at home and one is in her diaper bag. It does separate some after weeks of no use into paste/liquid so just squish it around with the lid closed to remix it before use." —Christiana T.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.85.

    13. A Fisher-Price Smart Stages Kick & Play piano for introducing numbers, colors, shapes, and musical animals to bebé with songs that somehow manage to remain catchy, enjoyable earworms.

    A child model in a crib playing the colorful piano with their feet
    Amazon

    "Come and join the animal band!" This was one of the first toys we bought our son and almost a year later it's still a hit for him (and us). The off-brand Idina Menzel that sings all of the tunes about Purple Monkey and Green Froggy should probably receive one of those Grammys they don't televise — she's that good. These songs will probably never leave my brain but I'm totally OK with that because it was one of the few things that could buy us five whole minutes of downtime.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.39.

    14. An easy-to-wipe-clean Skip Hop portable changing pad with wipes dispenser that turns nearly any flat (and secure) surface in the most convenient place to deal with a dirty diaper like some sort of bomb disposal expert.

    A side-by-side image of multi-colored changing bad closed and then open to reveal a light blue changing area
    Amazon

    Another early purchase for our first child and well into year two, this changing pad is still coming through and still saving us time. How you might ask? It's a twofold timesaver. First, you'll quickly learn that leaving your home with a baby is a time-consuming ordeal (every single time). The best thing to do is have as much prepped as possible before the thought of leaving even enters your mind. This changing pad doubles as a bag that can fit multiple diapers, wipes, and a change of clothes. As long as this is with you (we keep it in the stroller) you know you are set and can leave the house ASAP. The second time saver? When a diaper erupts you don't have to look all around for changing tables that aren't where they're supposed to be (try finding one in any men's room).

    Get it from Amazon for $28.61.

    15. A Miracle Blanket wrap, because sometimes your swaddle game isn't so strong and babies break free. Keeping them snug and secure means more sleep for them (and for you).

    A baby model swaddled in a white wrap with teal accents and stars
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Amazing, totally necessary product if you have a baby who breaks out of swaddles easily but needs them desperately to sleep. My two-month-old (approx. 15-lbs) was starting to break out of the SwaddleMe velcro swaddles every single time we put him down and was waking up still two times a night. But when we tried the Miracle Blanket, he slept twelve hours and did so every night onward." —Shenandoah Hage

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95 (available in 12 colors).

    16. An eight-pack of 100%-percent cotton bandana baby bibs so they're always at the ready, scattered throughout your home. Instead of wasting time running around for a bandana, buy a bunch of them and scatter them everywhere so no matter where you look a bib is always within your view.

    A split image of multi-colored sets of baby bibs
    Narzbaby / Etsy

    Narzbaby is an Etsy shop established in 2017 based in New York that makes bibs. Lots, and lots of colorful, organic cotton baby bibs.

    Promising review: "These bibs absorb water well without it soaking all the way through. My teething baby has thoroughly tested them this past week. I like how the shape fits under his chin with less bunching than another bandana style we have. Such cute patterns too!" —Caitlin Gerres

    Get it from Narzbaby on Etsy for $23.35.

    17. A four-pack of baby pacifier clips for all those times yet another binky needs to be washed and replaced when it falls on the floor. The pacifier is one item to which the "five-second rule" does not apply.

    Four multi-colored short straps with white clips on one end and buttonholes on the other
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are great products! Very easy to use, and I can unclip/clip it with one hand (which is super useful when you're juggling a crying newborn at night!) Great quality product that seems like it will definitely hold up the test of time! Great price for the quality as well. Cute designs. Definitely recommend!" —Amazonlovr

    Get it from Amazon for $4.95.

    18. A two-pack of breast shells and milk catchers to use in between pump and breastfeeding sessions in order to build up a supply and not waste a drop (especially from leakage). For many parents, milk production equals massive time consumption, so accounting for every drop also saves on stressing about feedings.

    Purple and white packaging as well as two breast shells partially filled with milk
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These were such a lifesaver for me. My daughter had a bad tongue and lip tie when she was born and had a hard time emptying me, so I leaked all the time. I'm also an under producer so with these I was able to save all my milk. I would get about two ounces a day just from these which is a lot when you only produce six to nine ounces a day. I highly recommend them to everyone I know. They are also nice to wear one on the side you aren't nursing or pumping on to catch the letdown." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.47.

    19. A 100% organic cotton footie PJs with magnetic fasteners (instead of snaps, zippers, or buttons), because every precious second counts when trying to get a fussy (kicking and screaming) baby ready for bed.

    A baby model crawling in some white and pink animal print footie pjs
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is the second of three magnetic outfits that I have purchased. They are amazing for the middle of the night diaper changes. No hard buttons or zippers to fiddle with on the baby." —Eeeckert

    Get it from Amazon for $36 (available in eight sizes and ten colors).

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