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Newborn Essentials: Changing Table

5 brands that are making cleaning up baby a whole lot easier.

Newborn Essentials: Changing Table

There’s not a whole lot you can count on when it comes to a new baby. But there is at least one sure thing: you two will be spending a lot of time together at the changing table. So you might as well get prepared by gathering the safest baby-friendly wellness products for your babe before he or she arrives.

Here are 5 brands you need to smartly stock your changing table.

1. Boon Baby – The Boon changing table is lightweight, water resistant, and offers a soft, comfortable surface. It’s also easy to clean, meaning it pairs well with the aforementioned Babyganics product wipes! The changing pad is slip-resistant and also comes with straps to ensure your baby doesn’t maneuver his or her way out. Plus that little hook attachment up top for baby’s toy is the most ingenius thing we’ve seen in a while.

2. Weleda – This brand prides itself on being all natural. There are no synthetic chemicals, fragrances or preservatives used. The Calendula line offers a full collection of shampoo, body wash, cream bath, lotion, baby oil, and of course diaper rash cream. The changing table is also a great place to practice infant massage and Weleda’s baby oil is perfect for it. If your baby has sensitive skin, Weleda offers the White Mallow line, which helps calm irritated skin and strengthen its natural protective barrier.

3. The Honest Co. - The Honest Co. is becoming legendary for making safe products for baby and home. Jessica Alba and Christopher Gavigan’s extensive line is filled with hypoallergenic or sensitive products. Some of our favorites are the face + body lotion, belly oil and healing balm. Honest’s laundry detergent is free of toxic chemicals with names you aren’t even able to pronounce, which is especially great for prepping your newborn clothes or blankets. But it’s the adorable and chemical free Honest diapers that made us first fall in love. Their wipes included in the diaper bundle are just the icing on the cake.

4. Prince Lionheart - Organization can be a real focus and priority when you transition into life with a newborn. Prince Lionheart can help you get there with its well-crafted, high quality line of baby products, like the Diaper Depot, a three-in-one changing station and the Pop! baby wipes warmer. Many experts say warm wipes soothe your baby’s skin and may also encourage that little one to fall back asleep during a night feed/change. Definitely two good reasons to pick up a wipes warmer.

5. Babyganics – This baby-safe product line has a wide range of skincare products for the little one--all of which have been tested for skin and eye irritation. But it’s also important to maintain the surfaces that baby interacts with daily. Babyganics’ all-purpose surface wipes are great for wiping down the changing table, and the face, hand & baby wipes are perfect for wiping down bums. Nothing contains ammonia, bleach, phosphates or sulfates. Need I go on?

Without camps and back-to-school plans still TBD, the cries of "I'm bored!" seem to be ringing louder than ever this summer. And if you're anything like me, by August, I'm fresh out of boxes to check on my "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys.

With that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite wooden toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play.

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

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

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

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

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