Baby Products that Don’t Suck

By: Keith

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I‘ve already listed several (out of many) baby products which are a waste of money.  Now it’s time for a few that are worth the expense.  Being a great parent means sometimes accepting a little help.  Help can come from family willing to babysit or assist with various other tasks and chores.  But just as relatives and friends are handy to have around, so is technology and inventiveness.  We aren’t cavemen anymore so it’s perfectly within reason to seek ways to make life easier.  Here is a short list of useful devices that all new parents should consider buying.

 

garmin 660GPS

 

I’ll admit this isn’t exactly a baby product. However, it is a lifesaver for parents who would prefer less stress in their lives. My wife had a conference in Chicago a few years back and brought the kids and I along with her for a mini-vacation. While she was working I took the kids to Navy Pier for a day of fun. One of my kids was just out of diapers and happened to poop his pants while on the ferris wheel. I had no car and no cleaning supplies on me. I had to find a drugstore in the middle of Chicago with a soiled child. I had a GPS in my pocket and simply typed in “drugstore”. A quarter mile later and I had everything I needed. Case closed. Get a GPS.

 

Quality Diaperspampers

 

Every baby uses diapers, but some parents save money by buying the cheap ones. It is better to cut corners somewhere else rather than on diapers. Huggies and Pampers both make excellent ergonomic diapers these days that do a great job of preventing leaks. In a pinch I’ve tried the cheaper brands. They are totally worthless and do nothing for a parent’s peace of mind.

 

car dvdCar DVD

 

Car seats are really secure little containment units. Imagine being strapped into one without being able to move around and not knowing how far the drive is. Babies and toddlers need to be distracted in the car because there is no way parents can let them know how long the discomfort is going to last. There are plenty of educational and musical DVD’s which babies love. It’s a good investment for a little parental sanity. But wait until the kid is in a forward facing car seat or he won’t be able to see it.  When it’s time for a new car, consider one with a DVD.  The extra expense will be worth it as baby grows into a toddler.

 

Child Carrier

 

baby carrier

Baby Bjorn makes a nice carrier for babies. All a parent needs to do is strap their kid into the chest carrier and be on his/her way. The baby loves being close and normally falls right asleep. And, since he doesn’t weigh much of anything, mom or dad can walk around freely without having to steer a stroller around in tight places. When baby becomes too big for the front carrier they can graduate to a Kelty backpack version.

 

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I’m not really talking about the ones that face backwards and that are intended for newborns. Rather, the forward facing models for young toddlers and such. Consider that kids have to use them for about 4 years and you’ll see what I’m talking about. It’s a really good idea to get one that is sturdy, has some cup holders, and is comfortable. This is an item that even if it’s expensive it gets used every day. Break the cost down by day and it’s obvious how cheap it really is. Also, don’t buy a used model. They have unknown crash histories and are, thus, unsafe.fisher-price-ocean-wonders-aquarium-cradle-swing_9

 

Baby Rocker

 

A mechanical swing is a great way for mom and dad to get a few minutes of rest and let baby be entertained for a while by himself. Any experienced parent will say the same thing. The monotonous sound of the mechanical swing even puts parents to sleep. They are excellent places for babies to take naps. The steady tick of the rocking motion makes a great white noise too.

 

There are many unnecessary baby and toddler products on the market. There are several though which do make our lives easier. GPSs and Car DVD players aren’t exclusively baby products but I would almost call them essential. Strictly speaking there are almost no products that are absolutely necessary for kids. But, in our modern world, there are a few which come pretty close. There are also some which are required by law such as car seats. When the life span of car seats is taken into consideration it is well worth the small extra cost to get a higher quality model. We have a pretty hard job as parents. Any advantage we can get, and can afford, should be exploited. Sometimes money spent is not missed. When that is the case we know it is not a wasteful.

18 Responses to “Baby Products that Don’t Suck”
  1. suzanne @ refurbished gps April 28, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    However, it is a lifesaver for parents who would prefer less stress in their lives.

    I would have saved years off my life if I had this when my daughter was young. She was always wandering off.

  2. j.green July 14, 2010 at 2:33 pm #

    Excellent source of information you have here. Thank you for sharing. I’m about to have my second child here in a couple months so this will give me some ideas.

  3. Mama Wrench September 9, 2010 at 11:19 pm #

    If you want to save serious money on diapers, go with cloth. There are some amazing cloth options out there, from all-in-one diapers (which function exactly like disposables, you merely launder them once every two or three days), to pocket-style diapers (with an insert that goes into the cover, allowing you to add or subtract the absorbant core for light or heavy wetters), to snap-systems (with a core that snaps onto the outter cover; you merely change the core as it gets wet or soiled and snap a clean one in), to the “traditional” flat diaper which you wrap onto the baby and put a cover over (there are even new plastic “snaps” you can use instead of pins). You don’t have to spend a fortune on diapers! For my son, we purchased 24 small flat diapers with 4 covers, 18 medium flat diapers with 2 covers, and 24 pocket-style diapers. Total cost? Under $800 — which sounds like a lot, until you remember that this is enough for 3 years or longer, AND can be reused for subsequent children.

    And for carriers? Try a wrap — a lot of stay-at-home moms make excellent wraps for very reasonable prices, and with a little bit of practice you can use it forward-facing front, rear-facing front, and back-carry in innumerable wrap styles.

  4. Gary@baby shoes October 16, 2010 at 5:27 am #

    It’s great to find a site aimed at Dads. I’ll be checking back regularly.

  5. Sheila October 21, 2010 at 7:41 am #

    most of the product mention will cost you money. but you’re right, they don’t suck. the gps is really a big help when you’re travelling.

  6. David at Front Porch Babies October 26, 2010 at 8:43 pm #

    You should, however, exercise great precaution while you purchase these products. Newborn babies are very delicate creatures. Their body isn’t fully formed yet, and thus their skins and their bodies are very sensitive to any kind of irritants. You must thus ensure that any object that they will come in contact with is extremely hygienic, clean and is free from harmful substances.

  7. David at Front Porch Babies November 24, 2010 at 9:38 pm #

    When it comes to babies, parents would like to have everything and anything that their babies need once they are born. However, many parents struggle in knowing the right items to prioritize for their babies.

  8. Frank March 23, 2011 at 1:01 am #

    My daughter is allergic to Pampers. We gave Huggies a try and there was poo everywhere, every time. So the search for diapers began. Luvs has changed their diapers drastically, at least from the time we had our son. They don’t hold as much as Pampers. As long as we keep an eye on things and don’t let her go too long without a diaper check, Luvs holds my daughter’s crap in.

    We also use a laptop with movies on it for long trips. My son is old enough to know how to work it without any big issues. I would never pull out movies for a cross town trip.

  9. Jett April 18, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    Wow they all look so interesting, nice. I like the baby carrier that’s just looks so cute and adorable :)_

  10. Patricia@Mass Air Flow Sensor June 6, 2011 at 11:58 pm #

    When it comes to baby product our parent is very choosy but I can assure all the mommas around there have chosen the product of Almighty Dad. Very cute formation for the baby’s its very useful to ask ;)

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