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10 fuss-busting products to help cranky babies

Fussiness happens, but don’t stress, mama! Here are 10 solutions to help you deal ?

10 fuss-busting products to help cranky babies

It's a fact of new mamahood that every brand new baby comes with some stormy days. ⛈ But don't despair! Not only can we tell you from the trenches that sunnier days are ahead, we've also rounded up some of our favorite products to bust baby fuss and help bring back your favorite little smile.


1. For when your arms can't rock anymore: Ingenuity Boutique Collection Rocking Seat

The first few months of a baby's life can be some of the fussiest. To soothe those fourth trimester blues (even while you take a rest on the couch—you deserve it!), invest in a smart rocking seat like this Boutique Collection Rocking Seat. It reclines three different ways to suit your infant's preference and plays nature sounds and melodies to calm sudden tantrums.

Pro tip: The lightweight design makes it easy to bring the seat's soothing power with you. (AKA, it's perfect for bringing into the bathroom to keep baby soothed while you get ready.)

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2. For belly busting gas: Mommy's Bliss Gripe Water

Few things can throw off a baby's day like gas ? If air bubbles, hiccups, or stomach discomfort are disrupting your baby's sleep or play, we love Mommy's Bliss Gripe Water as an herbal relief supplement. (Bonus: It can also help when teething time hits.)

Pro tip: Buy a second bottle to keep in your diaper bag. Trust us on this one.

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3. For soothing at the push of a button: Ingenuity Boutique Collection Swing and Rocker

The fussies can tire out even a seasoned mama, which is why we love this two-in-one Boutique Collection SmartSize Swing & Rocker from Ingenuity with smartphone connectivity. Once you've positioned baby in the cozy seat, simply use your phone or device to customize pictures, music, and even nature sounds. Even better, the headrest and seat pad are both machine-washable for easy cleaning.

Pro tip: On the go? Soothe a tantrum (even outside your living room) with the Boutique Collection Swing 'n Go Portable Swing with SlimFold design for easy storage and transport.

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4. For hands-free cuddle time: Ergobaby Adapt Carrier

Did you know that wearing your baby has been shown to reduce infant crying? (Mind = blown.) To wear our babes, we love the Ergobaby Adapt. The innovative design is suitable for newborns (without an awkward insert) to toddlers up to 45 pounds. It can also be worn three different ways after your baby turns six months old, and features lumbar support for a comfier fit for mamas.

Pro tip: Need extra support? Cross the shoulder straps for a personalized fit.

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5. For overtired babies: Ingenuity Boutique Collection Smart and Simple Playard

Just like mom always said, sometimes you just need to go to bed. And when it's as luxurious as the Ingenuity Boutique Collection Smart and Simple Playard, your little one might not even fight it. The playard comes equipped with a bassinet and DreamCentre for littler babies, outfitted with plush fabrics and breathable mesh for a more satisfying rest. Plus, there's a Soothing Sounds Station with five calming tunes and three nature sounds to lull even the grouchiest baby to sweet slumber. And did we mention that everything your baby touches (even the changing table!) is machine washable?

Pro tip: The One Less Step feature means this playard folds fast—without removing the bassinet—to make traveling with it easier on you.

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6. For fitful sleepers: Copper Pearl Swaddle Blankets

Studies have shown that swaddled babies tend to sleep longer and sounder—sounds like the perfect cure for a fussy baby to us! For a cozy wrap, we love Copper Pearl's premium knit swaddle blankets that are lightweight and large enough to double as a toddler play mat once the swaddling days are over.

Pro tip: Don't stress the wash—these pretty babies won't lose their softness in the washing machine.

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7. And when you're too tired to swaddle: Halo SleepSack Swaddle

If your little one's cries leave your brain too distracted to manage a proper swaddle, opt for an Halo SleepSack Swaddle that offers the same benefits—without any origami skills necessary. This “wearable blanket" can help keep your little one cozy without the risk of a loose blanket, and it can be worn three ways if your baby prefers to have his arms out.

Pro tip: Diaper blowout? Don't sweat it. This sleep sack's inverted zipper lets you unzip from the bottom for quick changes that won't disturb slumber.

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8. For a more soothing suck: MAM Pacifiers

Whether you're looking to soothe an irritable baby or just trying to keep him occupied until his next feeding, a pacifier can be a great way to distract a cranky kid. MAM consults pediatric dentists and orthodontists to develop their pacifiers, so the designs are anatomically correct for a baby's mouth. Air holes in the shield helps prevent skin irritation, and the silicone nipple features an anti-slip surface for fewer lost binkies.

Pro tip: Better yet, get yourself a few pacifier clips just to be safe.

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9. For massages that stop meltdowns: California Baby Calming Lotion

Baby massage has been shown to positively affect infant hormones that control stress. No wonder babies love massages as much as we do! Calm a cantankerous kiddo with a relaxing post-bath rub-down using Calming Everyday Lotion from California Baby. Organic calendula extract, rosemary antioxidant extract, and a pure essential oil blend, including French lavender, combine to relax your little one for a restoring night's rest. And, bonus! It works for mamas too.

Pro tip: Prior to applying the lotion to your baby's skin, rub it between your palms to warm it, then massage in using gentle circular strokes.

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10. For when they finally go to sleep: Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine

Finally, a night light and sound machine designed with fussy babies in mind. The best part of the Hatch Baby Rest is that it's completely customizable, from the amount and color of light it projects to the preset and personalized sound themes that promote healthier circadian rhythms. Even better? You can control it all from your smartphone.

Pro tip: Later on, the Hatch Baby Rest also functions as an ok-to-wake clock, which could mean more zzz's for you, mama.

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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

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