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30 Parenting Products If Your Baby Didn't Come With A Rule Book

From colicky babies to those who can't seem to fall asleep, there's something in here for every new parent.

We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. 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 battery-operated vibrating mattress pad you just place beneath a fussy baby that'll help them fall asleep without you needing to be there to rock them until the only thing that falls asleep is your arm.

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Promising reviews: "Ummmm this thing is MAGIC! My 2-month-old was able to sleep through the night in her Rock 'n' Play but did NOT like her crib for some reason. So I got this just to see if it would work. And oh did it work! I put it under her crib mattress and not only did she NOT cry when I left the room, but she fell asleep in five minutes. No paci either!" —Lauren

"This is honestly one of our most used baby items. We keep it in the car seat but also use it when traveling to soothe baby to rest. People are always asking what it is and I gladly show them and recommend it. It gets daily use at our house." —J. Behnke

Get it from Amazon for $19.

2. A three-step cradle cap system to gently loosen and lift flakes from baby's scalp.

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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 keeping 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 $14.44.

3. A rechargeable nasal aspirator with different levels of suction for all your snot-sucking needs. And if your baby needs a little distraction, this aspirator has a light to help calm them down.

reviewer image of snot inside nasal aspirator
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Promising review: “This product is awesome. I had a bunch of the manual snot suckers and the hard tip would irritate my daughter. Also my lungs would get a good workout. I was skeptical about the suction on this device but it delivers every time. We really enjoy the soft tips for baby's nose. The light is a great distraction and she actually guides this into her nose when we have to deal with her boogies.” —Kubitt 

Get it from Amazon for $44.99.

4. A bottle sterilizer and dryer that uses steam to safely and effectively sterilize all your bottles, pumps, and more. Know that everything you use to care for your little one is clean, and stop waiting for the things you need to air-dry!

reviewer image of bottles drying inside of the baby brezza
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Promising review: “Holy cannoli, y’all. This thing is a GAME CHANGER. Tired of waiting for everything to dry on that stupid little rack? Not anymore. Sick of forgetting to empty the sterilizer so everything CAN dry before you need it again? This darling little machine solves that real quick. I cannot express how freaking awesome it is to wash bottles then 'set it and forget it,' and when I need a bottle, it is both sanitized AND dry. This thing is worth every penny.” —JagWifey

Get it from Amazon for $85.99.

5. A waterproof and rechargeable potty-training watch whose looping timer lets your toddler know when they should go to the bathroom. It vibrates and has 16 programmable sounds to choose from, so they won't get distracted from doing their ~business~.

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Promising review: "Obsessed!! My 4-year-old has been potty-trained for well over a year. Around the time the pandemic started, she started having accidents. It got to the point of needing new underwear two to four times almost every day. Since getting this watch almost a week ago, the accidents have completely stopped! She’s worried we’ll return it if it doesn’t work so she both goes when the timer goes off (every two hours for us) as well as when she feels the urge. We keep it on vibrate so there’s no issue in school. And we purposely set it for a time frame that it never goes off during circle time or story time so she never has a reason to ignore it. Best $20 I’ve ever spent. Worth every penny! Hope the results last." —NJ Mom

Get it from Amazon for $23.95.

6. A pack of babyproofing corner protectors so you have one less thing to worry about as your toddler starts taking their first steps. They're soft and transparent to keep your family safe and your furniture sleek.

reviewer image of a corner protector on the corner of a wooden table
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Promising review: “These are easy to stick on and easy to take off. The thick rubbery, plastic, rounded ends are solid and thick enough to stop your kid from getting hurt, but it’s also not so soft that enough pressure on the corner would puncture the protector and hurt your kid. It’s just enough to make it safe. The clarity of transparency is great and I barely notice it’s on our furniture. From far away you’ll barely notice it’s on either. Great addition to the house to keep our son safe and give us peace of mind that we don’t have to watch him like a hawk for fear of smashing his face into something hard.” —Christopher Wu 

Get 12 from Amazon for $9.99 (available in larger packs).

7. A portable sound machine if your baby is often in need of soothing sounds when you're away from home. Easily attach it to your stroller, car seat, or diaper bag and play one of its four relaxing sounds.

reviewer image of the sound machine
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Promising review: “This works great and always helps both of my kids settle down in the car for a nap.” —Bill 

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

8. An organic diaper rash cream made using coconut oil, castor oil, beeswax, and other essential oils that'll help soothe your baby's bottom in no time.

glass jar of cushy tushy organic diaper rash balm
Empire Squid / Etsy

Based in Los Angeles, Empire Squid is a family-owned small business making 100% organic bath and body products for the entire household.

Promising review: “This product is awesome. My newborn actually smiles when I rub it on. Definitely will order again. Smells great and so far no diaper rash.” —juilana 

Get it from Empire Squid on Etsy for $17.25+ (available in two sizes and three essential oils).

9. A car seat buckle release tool with a soft grip to make getting baby out of their seat faster and easier. It can also be used on strollers, high chairs, and more!

an Unbuckle Me in the palm of a model's hand with text that reads "i recommend these to everyone who has trouble or pain opening the buckles on anything"
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Promising review: “My wife has arthritis and it is very difficult for her to unbuckle our granddaughter's car seat. She saw this item on Shark Tank and said, 'Order this for me.' So I did and when it came we happened to be babysitting our granddaughter and we had to run errands. When we reached our destination my wife used the UnbuckleMe and in seconds the car seat was unlatched, whereas she would have struggled with it for minutes at a time. GREAT IDEA and GREAT PRODUCT.” —MJB 

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in five colors).

10. A pack of soothing stick-on gel pads you'll wanna keep in stock this cold season. Provide your little ones with cooling relief that parents have said led to lessening fevers.

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Each pack contains four sheets.

Promising review: "My son had a fever of 102.9 earlier this evening. We still had hours before we could give any oral meds and were getting concerned. Within 15 minutes his fever went down to 102.5 and continued to go down to 102.3. Not only did it keep it down but it helped us make it to the next dosage of oral meds and we were so relieved! We LOVE these and ALWAYS have them around the house for when our son gets a fever. They help bring the fever down in between doses of Tylenol. They also help bring down a high fever a few more degrees. Our house will NEVER be without!"Chuck

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $11.39.

11. A visual timer that looks like a traffic light so your kid knows how much time they have to play before needing to transition to naptime. It's even got an alarm you can activate for when time's up.

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Promising reviews: "I really love this item. I needed to find a way for my twins to transition off from a video they liked to another activity when it ended. One twin would have meltdowns and then it was very difficult to console him. I looked up timers and found this one. It looked similar to one I saw at school. I used this the first night I got it. I could not believe my eyes! My son easily transitioned from the moment the video ended to doing something else. He did not have a tantrum or scream. I have been using this for the past week and I highly recommend this clock timer as it not only has an audible sound accompanied by a visual flashing (green/yellow/red) light, but is so easy to set and pause. Right now, as I am typing this up, I have it set for free play time. Once it sounds, we will transition to another activity with Daddy. I am so glad I found it!! I am a teacher and totally recommend this timer." —Gunyoung kwon

"This timer is perfect, exactly what I needed to help my kids get ready in the morning. The clear red, yellow, green messaging is very effective. And it’s super simple to use." —J Fox

Get it from Amazon for $36.97.

12. A sensory clutch ball whose segmented shape will keep your kid's hands busy for a long time! Its high-contrast illustrations and various textures mean tactile stimulation sure to keep their minds busy too.

a toddler playing with the sensory ball
Baby Mori

Baby Mori is a small biz creating safe, soft, and sustainable products for your little ones.

Get it from Baby Mori for $38.

13. A TheraBurpee cloth with built-in pockets for cold or hot gel packs so you can help your colicky or feverish baby feel better as you hold them.

the munchkin TheraBurpee rescue kit
Amazon

Promising review: “Solves the age-old issue for soothing colicky babies. The cool pad is also wonderful for soothing a fever. Such a wonderful design that allows for switching between hot and cold simply and with no mess.” —Mike Scott 

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

14. A durable and convertible Graco 3-in-1 car seat if you're looking for something that can support your baby as they grow into a toddler.

reviewer image of the Slim Fit Graco car seat installed in a car
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Promising review: “This seat is better than expected. I am very pleased with the quality; it's very cushioned for comfort and has nice, soft fabric. I am also pleased with the reclining positions on this seat because they're very easy to adjust. It was also very easy to install in our vehicle (2014 Dodge Durango R/T). We were able to fit this seat right beside our son's booster seat, which is also a Graco brand. There is still plenty of room for someone to sit next to the car seat comfortably. Our daughter is almost 8 months now and fits very well in this car seat. I would highly recommend this seat for anyone wanting a good-quality car seat for your child to grow with and be safe in.” —A. HU 

Get it from Amazon for $179.99+ (available in three colors).

15. A set of babyproofing magnetic locks to provide extra safety and keep your kids out of dangerous drawers. They adhere super easily and pretty much work like magic.

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The set comes with 12 locks (with strong 3M double-sided tape on the back) and two keys.

Promising review: "These are awesome! I spent hours with a drill and screwdriver installing push down locks on cupboards five years ago. I now have another crawling baby and those ones are all broken. I was dreading installing new ones and saw these. They literally go on in seconds, the bracket means it lines up perfectly, and the adhesive is strong! My older kids think the magnet key is super fun. Baby stays out of the chemicals and I put one on the trash door so the dog stays out of the trash so everyone gets to live longer. Win-win. I also love that you can 'turn' them off and on so when my kids are bigger we can flip the switch but if little kids were visiting we could put them back on."Joseph J. Krakker

Get a set from Amazon for $31.99.

16. A faucet glass rinser for an easy and quick way to wash baby bottles. Repurpose your soap dispenser/side sprayer/sink hole cover, and spend all that saved hand-washing time on your little one.

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Promising review: "We love this! Awesome buy. It was super easy to install and it’s made doing dishes a ton easier. Between our wineglasses, drinking glasses, baby bottles, and sports bottles, this thing it amazing!"—Katelyn Houston

Get it from Amazon for $84.95+ (available in two styles).

17. A Halo Swaddle that can be worn three different ways so it can stay in baby's life even when they're out of their swaddling phase.

a diagram showing the three ways the Halo Swaddle can be worn by baby
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Promising review: "Getting a Halo Swaddle Sleep Sack is hands down the best purchase that I made for my baby. My little girl has a strong startle reflex and can be a very light sleeper and prefers to be held while sleeping, which has made for some rough nights. She also is a baby magician and somehow manages to escape even the tightest of wrapped blanket swaddles (and the velcro swaddle me!). When we use the swaddle she sleeps at least a consistent six hours at night, waking for a feeding, and then goes back to sleep for another four to five more hours.

"I love this thing. I also love that it's safe (no worries about a blanket covering her face) and easy to use. It's also very durable and the zipper zips down, making for easy diaper changes without baby having to be unswaddled. I recommend this to everyone." —Shaina Rose

Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in four sizes and a variety of colors).

18. A WubbaNub pacifier whose attached plush toy makes this the perfect self-soother!

the WubbaNub in a reviewer's hand
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Promising review: “Someone gifted this to me and man, best thing ever. The toy attached helps the binky stay in a newborn's mouth. My little would always accidentally spit it out, but the toy helped it stay where she could reach it and keep it in her mouth. Now that she's a bit older, she calls it her B and snuggles it more now like a bedtime toy. Best. Ever.” —Amanda Jacobson

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

19. An adjustable shower visor if your kid hates getting their hair washed because of all the water and suds that get on their face. Protect them with this adorable shower cap!

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Promising review: "Total game changer! My little one would scream at the top of her lungs for the entire duration of her bath; it was stressful and not to mention exhausting. I’ve tried various caps like this one but found the material of some to be too hard and some too soft. I’ve had some simply start to fall apart after one use and many other issues until this one. It’s the perfect combination for bathtime success. Easy to put on/off, clean, dries fast, and protects a wide area beyond the immediate face. Bathtime is funtime once again." —Jynnifer

Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in two colors and two styles).

20. A cute silicone faucet cover to prevent any bathtime accidents. No bumps or bruises here!

reviewer image of the purple whale faucet cover
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Promising review: “I am so impressed with this little whale! It's really thick so I know if my baby bumps it, he won't feel a thing.” —shsears 

Get it from Amazon for $13.45 (available in six colors).

21. Cerave moisturizing cream that parents laud for helping clear up their kids' eczema in addition to moisturizing their dry and sensitive skin.

a series of images showing a baby's scalp eczema clearing up after seven days
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Promising review: "Cerave was recommended to us by our daughter's pediatrician to help with her eczema. While she still has eczema, this cream is fantastic with keeping her skin smooth and keeping her irritation at bay. She no longer has the red bumps or splotchy red spots on her skin and rarely has flare-ups anymore! We use Cerave every night after bath time and not only does it keep our baby's skin smooth, but it keeps Mama's hands silky smooth as well! During our first vacation, we made the decision to bring several sample lotions of different brands and we found they just were not the same. We highly recommend this baby cream!" —TheGummyMummy

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in two sizes).

22. A car baby monitor because knowing exactly what baby is up to in the back seat will help you keep your mind at ease as you drive from point A to point B. It's also equipped with nighttime vision, so you don't have to worry about losing sight as the day loses light.

Reviewer's photo of their child on the screen on their dash board
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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.

23. An organic muslin drool bib whose three layers of absorbency are so freaking soft and gentle on baby's skin.

The muslin drool bibs in caramel, light peach and sage green
Tykes Corner / Etsy

Tykes Corner is a family-run small biz based in Santa Barbara specializing in organic and nontoxic baby goods for the modern day family.

Promising review: "These are perfect. Functional and cute, just the right size, super soft, and they lay beautifully. I like that there are two snap 'settings' so they will fit for longer."—Sunny Winters

Get it from Tykes Corner on Etsy for $10.90 (available in three colors).

24. A pack of overnight diaper booster pads for more protection against leaks while your little one sleeps. No more waking up to a wet crib!

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Promising review: "Oh my goodness these are a LIFESAVER. My 2-year-old pees a lot overnight and was leaking through his overnight diapers every night. His pants would get soaked and I would have to change him in the middle of the night or feel horrible letting him sleep in his own pee. Then I read about these booster pads so I thought I'd give them a try. It totally worked. My kid doesn't leak through anymore. I would definitely recommend this for heavy night wetters." —Christine

Get 90 pads from Amazon for $32.99.

25. Organic vapor drops to add to bathtime when it looks like there's a cold coming on causing congestion. Even babies need a bit of aromatherapy from time to time.

reviewer's hand holding small bottle of vapor drops
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Promising review: “I got this for my two young daughters who were sick. I added this to their baths and it worked wonders! Reduced their cough and chest congestion. They slept so much better after using it.” —Shyanna K. 

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

26. A foam door pinch guard that'll prevent your little one from accidentally closing the door on their fingers.

reviewer image of the door pinch guard on a wooden door
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Promising review: “These pinch guards are just what we needed to prevent our daughter from slamming doors shut and, more importantly, from slamming her fingers in a door. The product itself is simple: a slightly flexible C-shaped piece of white foam that you simply attach to the edge of a door you don't want slammed shut. It 'pinches' the door edge and holds itself in place, so you can attach it anywhere along the top or side of the door.” —Frederick 

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $9.95 (also available in a six-pack).

27. A safe-to-use electric nail trimmer for protecting your baby from any self-scratching habits. This has two filing speeds to make sure you can feel confident about your trimming job.

reviewer image of the nail trimmer in its case
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It comes with color-coded file pads for different ages!

Promising review: “Great product! I ordered this for my 18-month-old who refuses to let me trim his nails with the manual clippers, and I can no longer reach him in his crib when he’s asleep. I was a little concerned that the noise would freak him out, but it’s as quiet as can be! It came quickly, was easy to assemble (just add a battery), and works great! He was instantly amazed by it, and allowed me to use it on his nails.” —Kimberly Lawson 

Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

28. A 100% natural baby soak containing aloe, apple cider vinegar, lavender, and chamomile to keep your baby safe and soft.

bottle of the baby soak against a water background
S.W Basics

S.W Basics is a woman-owned small business using natural and healing ingredients to create products for the whole family.

Get it from S.W Basics for $12.99 (originally $19.99).

29. A darling silicone and beechwood teething ring as durable as it is soothing for baby.

The silicone and wood giraffe teething rings in pastel colors
The Baby Space / Etsy

The Baby Space is a small business based in the UK founded by parents of two in order to provide colorful toys, handmade decor for nurseries, teething aids, and gifts for little ones. 

Promising review: "Amazing quality product. Great value! Love the color soooo much!"—Brooklin Emily 

Get it from The Baby Space on Etsy for $9.65 (available in six colors).

30. A silicone food-dispensing spoon that's perfect for nonmessy feeding on the go.

the pink food feeder spoon
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Promising review: “Really happy with this product. It's perfect for babies starting on semi-solids. It controls the flow of the puree perfectly and the spoon is soft and perfectly sized for a 5-to-6-month-old baby. I like the fact that it comes with a suction stand so that you can place it on any surface on between feeding. Or you can store it in the fridge with the leftovers.” —Shalabh Jain

Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in six colors).

The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.