“Taking care of a baby is easy,” said no one ever. On the other hand, there are a lot of amazing products that do make the job easier, one parenting task at a time. What better way to start your parenting journey than to get your hands on some of the most genius baby products out there.
Our Top 9 Genius Baby Products
Each of these products was designed from those in the know. Parents in the trenches each saw something missing that they knew could make taking care of a little one less stressful. From the most technologically-advanced down to the simple-in-design "hey, why didn't I think of that", each of these is a brilliant baby product you're going to want.
"Prepare any bottle or sippy cup with just one hand."
Preparing a bottle sounds like it should be easy, right? But this is before you realize that most newborns want to be held every waking moment...and well, there goes your necessary second hand. Your baby is crying and soon you're crying, too. Sound dramatic? Nope. Welcome to that #newparentlife. What you need is the bökee.
The one-piece, dishwasher-safe, food-grade silicone bökee was created by two dads who were frustrated by the need to either have to put their baby down (and listen to them cry) or put their baby into a carrier (so they don't cry)...just to make 1 bottle! They knew there had to be an easier way. That's when they created the simple, yet genius product that suctions to a countertop and holds any existing bottle or sippy cup in place.
This is how simple it is to use the bökee:
- Push the bökee down on a smooth and dry countertop.
- Nestle the bottle or sippy cup into the bökee.
- Apply gentle pressure as you loosen or tighten the bottle as needed.
And guess what you get? No spills, no tears. Perfect bottle, happy baby.
"Collect your liquid gold!"
Like the bökee, we recommend you get your hands on anything else that will help you save your precious liquid gold. We recently wrote, "Things I Wish I Had for My First Baby," and the Milkies Milk-Savers probably should've made the cut. Honestly, through nursing multiple children I don't even want to know how much milk I wasted. Though the past is in the past for me, it's not for you.
So, how do the Milkies actually save your milk?
Most breastfeeding women either deal with leaks or wear nursing pads that soak up breastmilk that will have to be thrown away. Milkies replaces these while simultaneously collecting any leaked breastmilk.
So whether it's collecting breastmilk on the opposite breast while you breastfeed, or catching milk during inopportune letdowns that are sure to happen, Milkies makes sure you don't have to waste even a single ounce of breastmilk.
Here's what to expect from the Baby's Brew Portable Bottle Warmer:
- A warmed bottle in 5-10 minutes
- 12-hour charge means you can prep warm bottles all-day long
- 4 temperature settings (with 2 perfect for breastmilk) means your baby gets their milk exactly how they like it
- bonus: opt for the detachable formula dispenser
No parent wants to feel like they can't leave the house. The Baby's Brew is helping parents everywhere feel that much more comfortable going places with their little one in tow.
The Baby Brezza Advanced Formula Dispenser is the at-home equivalent to the portable Baby's Brew. Think Nespresso or Keurig...except for your baby.
The Baby Brezza allows you to customize your baby's bottle exactly the way they like it by choosing:
- 1-ounce increments between 2 and 10 ounces
- between 3 warming settings
- Formula or water only
Because this device preps your bottle for you, you have a lot more time to focus on your baby without having to worry about precisely mixing formula and then waiting for it to warm up in a bowl of hot water. And when the milk is ready you can just pop the bottle into your bökee, screw on the top, and give it to your eager little baby who's been in your arms the whole time.
"More sleep. Less gear. The sleep device that does it all."
You could choose to get 4 separate products: nightlight, noise machine, audio monitor, and clock...or you could get the Hatch Rest+ and get it all bundled up in one smart baby product. I sure know what I would choose!
This is one of those products that grow with your child, which we love. It's perfect for getting your newborn to relax and fall asleep independently with the multiple white noise options, and once they get to the toddler stage, it has the perfect elements to deal with tricky transitions like bedtime, naptime, and wake-ups.
Here's what to expect from the Hatch Rest+ Machine:
- sound machine
- night light
- customizable ok to rise settings
- change settings with Alexa
- two-way audio monitor used through your phone
- Wi-Fi enabled to control anywhere
When it comes to helping your baby sleep, this is such a genius product! And anyone looking to fit their baby products into their minimalist-designed home will love this option (along with the other products we wrote about here.)
"Helping create a brighter future by providing a simple and reusable breast milk storage alternative."
Perhaps you've been making eco-conscious choices all along, or are suddenly realizing how much waste is caused by products you use with your baby. Junobie is a company making these environmentally-friendly choices easier with its reusable breastmilk storage bags.
Mamas who pump can go through hundreds of breastmilk storage bags in their baby's first year. Not only is that trash piling up going straight to the landfill, but that's also extra money out of your pocket every time you need to purchase new bags. Junobie breastmilk storage bags reduce your carbon footprint and the dent in your wallet.
These reusable breastmilk storage bags are:
- made from food-grade silicone
- free of BPA, BPS, PVC, Latex, and Phthalates
- hold up to 8 oz. of fluid
- dishwasher safe, microwave safe, and boil safe
Being eco-friendly while filling up that freezer stash feels pretty darn good.
"Designed to eliminate pouch puree explosions!"
One of my favorite pictures of my daughter is her face and shirt covered in red strawberry-apple puree. She looked at me in horror while all I could do was laugh. Because let's be honest, if I didn't laugh, I'd cry. These types of messes happened often, and judging by the endless reviews of those loving the ChooMe Food Pouch Tops, little bodies worldwide were becoming covered in baby food.
This 100% food-grade silicone SoftSip utilizes a patented flow-control valve that fits onto any pouch to prevent puree messes from landing all over your little one.
Pro Tip: Chances are you're going to be hurrying to get your kiddo's pouch ready while they're fussing at your hip, we recommend using the bökee to stabilize it to get it ready with zero mess.
"A cleaner pacifier."
If you talk to parents of babies who use pacifiers, they probably wouldn't be too proud of the ways they've "cleaned" a dropped pacifier before popping it back in their baby's mouth. But, desperate times call for desperate measures, ya know?
Now we're not one to judge (those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones after all), but we're willing to bet you don't actually want to risk giving your baby a germ-filled paci. And that's why we think the Doddle and Co. Pop Pacifier is incredibly clever.
When dropped to the floor, the nipple of the Pop Pacifier pulls in before it has the chance to pick up any grime. At the same time, a simple little fall onto your baby's chest or the crib keeps the nipple ready for baby. Though this is a bit pricier than your typical pacifier, we're sure your baby's immune system will thank you.
9.) Owlet Smart Sock
"Know your baby is OK."
There is a lot of anxiety that comes with having a new baby. And when your baby falls asleep, this is often when those scary "what if" thoughts start to creep in. Though SIDS is very rare (35.4 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2017 according to the CDC), paranoia is a normal part of being a parent to a newborn.
The Owlet gives you exactly the peace of mind you need to know that your baby is staying healthy while they sleep. And if they need you, you'll know immediately.
The Owlet SmartSock comfortably wraps around your baby's foot and uses "clinically-proven pulse oximetry" to measure:
- heart rate
- oxygen levels
Parents can see live readings by using the Owlet app on their phone and will be notified with lights and sounds if anything is amiss.
We know your number one priority is to keep your baby safe, and Owlet helps you do that.