Menu

11 awesome baby products you don’t need—but might want

The truth is you don’t need much to care for a baby, but these are 11 fun gadgets you’ll probably want.

11 awesome baby products you don’t need—but might want

The truth is you don't need much to care for a baby besides clothes, diapers, a safe sleeping spot and a few other essentials.


Baby stuff is pretty sweet

But we'll be the first to admit there is plenty you can get to help everything go more smoothly — or just because new gadgets are always cool, especially when they are designed for babies.

But it can add up

We also know that even covering the basics for baby can start to add up, so there often isn't space in the budget for items like, say, a portable pacifier sanitizer.

Enter the baby registry

After registering for legitimate needs, we suggest throwing a couple of true wish-list gadgets into the mix. The people perusing your registry will appreciate the variety and you can potentially enjoy the nonessentials without thinking that money probably should have gone into the college fund.

3. Brica Stroller Phone Holder

Whether baby is sleeping during your stroll and you want to listen to music or you need to have you phone within view for incoming messages, the stroller phone holder will keep your cell secure. It can also attach to the front of the stroller if you want to play a video on your phone to keep the babe occupied.

Or you can just put your phone away and enjoy the great outdoors. Either way, we understand.

1. The Baby Shusher

If you've watched or read Happiest Baby On The Block, you will know the importance of the “shushing" to babies.

Unlike with adults, the sound is actually quite calming... But it kind of defeats the purpose if you have to constantly to it to keep baby peaceful.

That's where the baby shusher comes into place. Check it out here.

4. Gro-Egg Room Thermometer

From milk to bath water to the air, you'll be much more concerned about the temperature of things that affect baby than you ever are for yourself.

When checking in on the little one in the middle of the night, the Gro-Egg will quickly indicate whether the room is too cold (by turning blue), too hot (by going red) or somewhere comfortably in the middle with yellow or orange shades. Check it out here.

5. Boon Glo Nightlight With Portable Orbs

Instead of using your cell phone's flashlight to creep into baby's bedroom, the nightlight in the nursery really just falls under the “how cool" category. The portable orbs that go along with the Boon Glo Nightlight turn green when removed from the base, but still glow — which means it can transition from a baby's room essential into a cool toy for kids.

11. Aquatopia Bath Kneeler

This is one for you! After transitioning to the big bath, you'll probably learn quite quickly that a standard rug isn't easy on the knees. The Aquatopia Bath Kneeler solves the problem of sore knees while also providing convenient slots for shampoo and soap.

Join Motherly

6. Squirt Dispensing Spoon

Transitioning baby to solids is an inherently messy task, but the Squirt Dispensing Spoon makes it a bit easier by allowing you to keep your second hand free.

7. Lil Rinser Splashguard

Those “tear-free" shampoos really don't do the trick, try as they might. The Lil Rinser Splashguard helps by keeping soap and shampoo out of your little one's eyes, which is great news for anyone hoping to avoid at least one bath time-related battled.

10. Bum Bum Brush diaper cream applicator

No, you don't need to use the Bum Bum Brush Diaper Cream Applicator Tool to put ointment on your little one's tush, but with its stand-up/ stick on bottom and a crazy number of glowing reviews, maybe you'll want to.

2. Tommee Tippee Travel Bottle Warmer

Babies can be pretty picky about the temperature of their food, which can make it difficult if you are bottle feeding on the go. The travel bottle warmer works like a thermos by keeping the contents at a stable temperature for hours after leaving the house. Check it out here.

9. Zoë b Organic On The Go Sleepy Hats

If you have to be out and about during nap-time — which is inevitable at some point — and baby can't snooze amidst the lights and stimulation, the Sleepy Hat is designed to help.

8. Binky Fresh Pacifier Sanitizer

Sure, there are low-tech fasteners to keep you baby's binky from falling to the ground in the first place. But isn't this much cooler? The Binky Fresh Sanitizer uses UV lights to kill “up to 99.99 percent of germs and bacteria" on pacifiers and bottle nipples.

14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

We independently select and share the products we love—and may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.

Shop

Sorry, you can’t meet our baby yet

Thank you for understanding. ❤️

In just over three weeks, we will become parents. From then on, our hearts will live outside of our bodies. We will finally understand what everyone tells you about bringing a child into the world.

Lately, the range of emotions and hormones has left me feeling nothing short of my new favorite mom word, "hormotional." I'm sure that's normal though, and something most people start to feel as everything suddenly becomes real.

Our bags are mostly packed, diaper bag ready, and birth plan in place. Now it's essentially a waiting game. We're finishing up our online childbirth classes which I must say are quite informational and sometimes entertaining. But in between the waiting and the classes, we've had to think about how we're going to handle life after baby's birth.

I don't mean thinking and planning about the lack of sleep, feeding schedule, or just the overall changes a new baby is going to bring. I'm talking about how we're going to handle excited family members and friends who've waited just as long as we have to meet our child. That sentence sounds so bizarre, right? How we're going to handle family and friends? That sentence shouldn't even have to exist.

Keep reading Show less
Life

10 photos to take on baby’s first day that you'll cherish forever

You'll obsess over these newborn baby pictures.

Bethany Menzel: Instagram + Blog

As you're preparing for baby's birth, we bet you're dreaming of all of the amazing photos you'll take of your precious new babe. As a professional photographer and mama, I have some tips for newborn photos you'll want to capture.

Here are the 10 photos you will want to take on baby's first day.

Keep reading Show less
Life