Our favorite and least favorite baby products

Best and worst baby products

When you have a new baby there are so many things that people say you need to buy, and so many lists of things that say they are super helpful. But let’s be honest, you don’t need half of it and some people make really crappy suggestions.

As a mom to two kids under 4 and aunt to many many little ones, I have seen all this time and time again. It is time to stop the madness.

So I’ve come up with my own list of the best and the worst baby products we used. I’ve updated this list over time as I discover new things and I promise to always give you my brutally honest opinion on things.

I’ve bought that stupidly expensive baby item that never get’s used before, it sucks. So let’s dive in and I’ll let you know things you actually need and don’t need for your new baby!

We’ll start with the best baby products we tried.

(PS- affiliate links ahead!)T

Best baby product Rock n Play

The Rock ‘n Play

Seriously the Rock and Play is a lifesaver.  I have given it as a gift several times since having our first. Abby LOVED sleeping in this and it is the perfect place for baby to chill while you are busy.

As an added bonus it closes flat so it can fit anywhere. We took it everywhere with us when she was little and it is super easy to keep it around for baby friends who come over.

By far we have used this the most out of anything we got for Abby. I would suggest getting a neutral color so it’s easy to use with your next little one!

EDITED TO ADD: I’ve recently read research that these may not be the safest for overnight sleeping. I would only use this for supervised naps, but do your own research to make this decision!

Best baby product receiving blankets

Receiving Blankets

I know this may sound silly, but I had at least two receiving blankets on hand at all times. Not to cover Abby up, they were a little small for that after she grew, but for ALL the spit up.

Abby was what you would call a happy spitter. She would spit up all day every day but was so happy while she was doing it.

The receiving blankets were absorbent and large enough that we didn’t have to switch out after every feeding.

Plus, they cover your whole torso from spit up. What kind of baby knows to stick with only the small area where your rag is to spit up? Not mine.

Best and worst baby products, what not to waste your money on baby carrier toy

Carrier Toy

We actually didn’t get this for my daughter until she was 7 months, but I wish we had a carrier toy from day one. This toy was perfect for Abby to keep herself busy in the car, she wasn’t too enamored with the dangling ones.

We have this toy now still for our newest little one and it is worth it’s weight in gold! We got on trips very often, this has kept him entertained starting around 2 month’s old when he figured out.

I dread him growing out of the infant carrier because it occupies him so much!

The lights, music, mirror combo made both of them a happy babies and saved my sanity several million times. Plus it is SO affordable.

Best and worst baby products, what not to waste your money on, baby monitor app

Baby Monitor 3G

Instead of spending $100+ on a baby monitor with video we did this. It’s only $3.99 and it has a variety of options to track your baby.

It can be used on so many products we usually have at least three hanging around between computers, iPads, and iPhones that can work as a baby monitor/ parent monitor.

You can’t see the baby in the dark which is definitely a con, but I learned to be ok with it. You can see them during naps though.

If anything this app makes a perfect travel monitor, but we’ve used it full time.

Download for iOS 
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Best and worst baby products, what not to waste your money on portable high chair

Portable high chair

We bought our portable high chair way too late in the game. It is a godsend when we visit people’s houses.

Before I would let Abby sit on my lap and eat with me and it was a disaster. The day we bought the portable high chair is a day I will never forget.

This particular one we have is super affordable and it is collapsible so it can be stored easily in your car.

moms on call best baby product

Mom’s On Call

This book was a lifesaver with both of my babies. It is a great step by step guide for having a new baby and a guide to get them to sleep through the night.

I know you can google this stuff, but this book is written by two pediatric nurses who know their crap. Plus I can attest that their methods really work!

They cover things like what you need in your medicine cabinet before baby, what is baby’s schedule at this age and that age and so on to help them actually sleep through the night.

best baby product the ultimate breastfeeding class

Breastfeeding and Pumping Classes

If you intend to breastfed or pump for your little ones, education is the key to success. I breastfed and pumped with both of my little ones and I wish I had these classes with my first!

Even though I breastfed and pumped for over a year with my first little girl I took these classes before I had my son and was blown away by the crazy helpful info.

They are separate classes so you can buy one or another and they are SO affordable. Check them out here for more info.

natural birthing class, best baby product

Birth it up! Natural Birthing Class

If you want to give birth naturally this class is AMAZING. I’ve had both a medicated and unmedicated birth, and I’m going to be honest the unmedicated was much better for me.

This class is by a L&D nurse who know’s her stuff and has been so helpful to the mama community.

She also includes information on medicated options as well just so you have the knowledge!

Check out the class here!

free ebook, a frugal mom's guide to getting ready for baby

A Frugal Mom’s Guide to Prepping for Baby (Free eBook!)

Ok I may be a little bias here. But this is my FREE eBook and I definitely think it’s something you need before baby comes.

I go over the most important aspects of getting ready for baby along with some great tidbits on what you need for baby along with a printable checklist with all the new baby must-haves.

Other things included are getting your finances in order for baby (even if you don’t have a lot of money), getting your home ready, some great classes that helped me a ton, and more!

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Now for the worst baby products we bought.

Best and worst baby products, what not to waste your money on worst product paci thermometer

The Paci Thermometer

I’m sorry to the creators but this thing is a joke, at least our was. You have to keep the paci in your baby’s mouth for 2 minutes before it gets an accurate temperature. That’s an eternity for a fussy, sick baby! It’s just not feasible.

Don’t waste your money. Instead, get the temporal thermometer, it is fast and I felt that it gave a more accurate reading.

Best and worst baby products, what not to waste your money on pack n play

Pack ‘n Play

The pack ‘n play is probably a great investment for a lot of people. For us, it just didn’t fit. Abby slept in her bassinet of our pack ‘n play for the first few weeks. But the changing table leaned to the side, (it was a serious design flaw) and it just made me nervous to use.

We ended up co-sleeping more than I thought we would with Abby and we just didn’t use it that much. If we traveled more this might’ve been a winner, but it just didn’t hit the mark for us.

best and worst baby products baby mittens

Baby Mittens

I was so adamant that we get baby mittens before Abby was born and have them in our hospital bag. And then we never used them.

Abby didn’t really scratch herself much, so I’m not a good judge on kiddos who really go at it. However, I have heard using socks works too, and honestly, that makes so much sense to me.

Let me know if you have any additions to the list! I always love hearing about baby products, whether they worked or not!

best and worst baby products wipe warmer

Wipe Warmer

Look I know what you might think, my poor babies bottom will be cold and they will scream! Well you may be right.

But guess what? You can’t take your wipe warmer with you on the road. So when you go to change darling Susy’s bottom in Target she is gonna lose it!

Just pass this one up, you’re baby will get used to slightly cold wipes and you wont have to throw away the bottom 5 or 6 that inevitably dry out.

best and worst baby products newborn shoes

Newborn Shoes

This one comes with a caveat. If your baby is born in winter, yes you really may need some shoes for that cutie!

Both of my kiddos were born just before summer and we did not bring out one pair of shoes until it got colder outside. And let me tell you, they grow out of those little baby shoes fast!

best and worst baby products bottle warmer

Bottle Warmer

I know a bottle warmer may be easy. But it really is something that you just don’t need!

Here is your DIY bottle warmer: run some warm water into a large glass, and stick the bottle in it for a few minutes. It works like a charm!

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Make sure to check out our post on the best and worst things to pack in your hospital bag as well! 

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Must have baby products and the ones you can pass up. You won't believe what popular baby products are not worth the money.
Must have baby products and the ones you can pass up. You won't believe what popular baby products are not worth the money.

Best and worst baby products, what not to waste your money on

Best and worst baby products, what not to waste your money on

Best and worst baby products, what not to waste your money on

Best and worst baby products, what not to waste your money on

The best must haves for your new baby! These newborn products are good ideas for first time parents and veteran ones. Updated for 2018!

The best must haves for your new baby! These newborn products are good ideas for first time parents and veteran ones. Updated for 2018!

The best must haves for your new baby! These newborn products are good ideas for first time parents and veteran ones. Updated for 2018!

Comments

  1. I was a stickler about buying baby mittens, but I never used them. I have been wanting to try the pacifier thermometer out for awhile, so thanks for steering me away from these. 7 minutes seems like a lifetime to get an accurate reading!

    1. Author

      I literally looked all over babies r us days before delivering intent that I needed baby mittens- then never opened them! There could be better pacifier thermometers out there, but my experience was just awful. It’s a great concept but practically doesn’t seem to work.

    2. I think you read it wrong, it’s only 2 minutes. Not 7. I know this reply is very late.

      1. Author

        Hey Nina! When we bought it for my daughter it was 7, not 2 unfortunately. I would still have a big issue getting a fussy sick baby to keep a paci in for 2 minutes straight as well! I really hope it works for you though!

  2. Definitely agree with the paci thermometer, they suck. But we do enjoy our pack n play. We used it camping, and when we travel! (:

    1. Author

      I definitely think the pack n play was all about our lifestyle! We ended up cosleeping during travel and it just became redundant to even have it. Glad I wasn’t the only one who didn’t like the paci thermometer!

    1. Author

      Oh I love the idea of stopping thumb sucking with them! I’m going to keep that in my back pocket if my next one has that issue.

  3. I love the pack n play, my son still sleeps in it. I think we have keep it as his bed until he grows out of it

    1. Author

      That’s awesome! I’m hoping we get more use out of ours with baby #2!

  4. Completely agree about the paci thermometer it was brutal to try and get a reading, I learned how to get a very quick and accurate bum temp with a braun thermometer which has different age settings. I love it! And it only takes 8 seconds!!
    We never used our pack n play either.. thought I would use it way more!

    1. Author

      Right Sheri?! I was so excited about that darn Paci thermometer. I was so picky about my pack ‘n play as well, and nope used it a handful of times.

  5. Totally agree about the Pack n Play. We probably will use it once it’s warm outside if even.

    I disagree about the mittens. We didn’t buy mittens because I didn’t think about it. We were gifted some and I put them in the hospital bag. I’m so glad I did. Our baby loves his fists. It made hard for breastfeeding and he will suck on his hands (not his thumb, his hands) if he doesn’t have mittens on. I agree about the socks but socks are hard to come by too lol. I’d say get a few mittens just in case but don’t go spend a ton of money.

    1. Author

      That’s a great way to use them Maria! My son was a hand sucker as well but I swear if we put mittens on his hands he still would have put the whole thing in there! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  6. The baby mittens saved my life. Our little man constantly clawed at his face or my boobs while nursing. I tried the socks but they didn’t stay on as well. I can see how not everyone needs them but we were sure thankful to have them!!

    1. Author

      Oh that sounds awful Meg! I’m so glad they worked for you, you’re totally right some times baby socks just wont cut it. Thanks for reading!

  7. I see there is a pick of the hands free breast pump but no best or worst comment on it? Just curious if you used one and how it matched up to an electric one?

    1. Author

      Uh oh sorry about that Theresa! That was probably an ad, I don’t touch on hands free breast pumps in this post. You can check out my breastfeeding post and pumping post for info on that. I personally prefer the Hakaa for a manual pump and the Medela for an electric breast pump. But they are definitely used for different situations. Medela if you are going to be a full-time pumper, and Hakaa is good for anyone breastfeeding. Hopefully that helps!

  8. Hi Rachel,
    I like your style and would like to read your e-book, but everytime I put my email in and click ‘grab it now’ I fail to receive any confirmation in my inbox. Please let me know if I can access it in another way.
    Thanks in advance,
    Lauren

    1. Author

      Oh no Lauren! I will get it to you 🙂 Thank you for letting me know!

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