I know people say that babies don’t need a lot, and maybe that’s true, but I’m a bit of a product junkie so we have a lot of stuff. I love trying new things and I’m a slight shopaholic. Thankfully, this expensive habit allows me to share our favorite baby products with all of you! Now that Harper is a year old, I’ve been able to pare things down a bit to the things that we actually use and love. I cleared out her cabinet of all of the sippy cups she hates, I cleared out all of the skincare products that made her break out and we’re left with a list of things that we use every single day and love. Today I wanted to share our current favorites. I have a slideshow (with a quick description) of the products below and then I’ll go into more detail on each product below that. So if you don’t have time to read my “why we love this” blurb, just flip through the slideshow and click the product to buy it if you’d like to try it yourself!
1. Zoli Bot Sippy Cup // Once your baby turns one, if not earlier, your pediatrician will start strongly encouraging you to wean your baby off of the bottle and teach them how to use a straw. There are tons of spout sippy cups on the market, but from what I’ve read, a straw cup is the best for your baby’s teeth. It’s also convenient because you don’t have to worry about your baby being thirsty if you forget your cup at home. This straw cup has a flexible and weighted straw so Harper can get water no matter what position she’s drinking from. It also rarely leaks. She throws it all over the place and we never have a problem with leaking. A tiny bit of liquid pops out when you flip the top open, but I usually only put water in it so it doesn’t really bother me. The straw is a bit annoying to clean, but I bought the OXO Tot Straw and Sippy Cup Top Cleaning Set and I’ve never had any problems. We have this cup in 4 different colors and Ive pretty much cleaned out all other cups in favor of this one. Honorable Mention: We like this Tommee Tippee insulated straw cup (on sale now at Target!) when we’re giving her milk out of a cup. She doesn’t love it as much as the Zoli Bot though.
2. Sesame Street First Library Collection // Harper has really started to love books and reading so we got here these tiny board books. I always catch her “reading” them and it’s the cutest thing. She is learning how to flip the pages and she smiles at each one like she knows what she’s reading. They are the perfect size for little hands and you can either leave them together in the box or grab one or two for the diaper bag or car rides. They make this book collection in tons of different characters and themes. We also have a Baby Einstein collection that I found at Target.
3. Aquaphor // Although everyone says that babies grow out of sensitive skin as they get older, Harper’s skin is showing no signs of calming down. I have gone through tons of products trying to find a few that work for her. Aquaphor is the only mosturizer that consistently works for her skin. I use it as a lotion after every bath and whenever her skin feels dry. I use it as a daily diaper rash cream (if she has a bad one, I use Boudreaux’s Butt Paste – fantastic for bad rashes, but too strong for daily use on Harper). I also use it to help heal any scratches or other bumps that I see. In fact, I noticed a few red bumps on the top of her bum while she was taking a bath the other night. I slathered it all over the area and it was gone when she woke up the next morning. I keep one tube at home and one at her school and I ask them to apply it whenever she looks red.
4. OXO Tot Roll Up Bibs // These bibs are a must-have for all babies as soon as they start eating solids. They’re thick so they protect clothes, even if your baby is a big drooler or spills liquids or foods all over the bib. The pocket is sturdy and doesn’t collapse so it actually catches the majority of the food dropped or spilled. And the velcro strip is long so you can make them the perfect fit for your baby. They also roll up into a little burrito so they’re easy to throw in the diaper bag or lunchbox for on-the-go feeding. We bought a 2 pack months ago and they still look brand new.
5. SkipHop Zoo Collection Unicorn Backpack // I have a major obsession with unicorns so I bought this backpack on an impulse when she started daycare and I was looking for “school supplies” (I told you I have a shopping problem). Turns out, her school provides backpacks so I kept this to use as her diaper bag and I am so happy with it. Now that she’s older and doesn’t need quite so much stuff, it’s the perfect size and it’s easier to carry everywhere with us. Pretty soon, she’ll be able to carry it herself and it will be great for traveling. We also got the matching lunchbox.
6. Rosie Pope Footed Sleeper // On weekends at home, I usually keep Harper in her pajamas until we’re ready to go out. It protects her clothes from stains and I don’t have to worry about keeping socks on her feet. I love Carter’s sleepers (this is my current fave), but I recently discovered Rosie Pope sleepers and I’m in love with them. The prints are adorable and the fabric is super soft.
7. NoseFrida Snotsucker // Yes, this thing looks gross. And yes, your baby will hate it. But they will feel SO much better when you’re finished wresting them long enough to clear their nose. This is probably our most-used baby product ever. We put a couple of drops of the Little Remedies saline solution in each nostril before using it. If you’re pregnant, register for this and pray that you get two. Trust me!
8. Munchkin Elmo Teether // Harper loves Sesame Street and Elmo. I made a YouTube playlist of Sesame Street songs and she would sit with my iPad watching those videos all day long if I let her. We were at Buy Buy Baby a few weeks ago and we walked past this toy and she started reaching for it and screaming and I just couldn’t leave it in the store. I like it because it’s soft like a stuffed animal, but it also has teething surfaces on it because poor Chicky has five teeth coming in right now (2 on the top and 3 on the bottom). I also love that it has a clip on it because she likes to throw things. We accidentally left him at Target the other night and I still feel terrible so I’m going to order a new one this week.
9. EZPZ Fun Mini Mat // This mat revolutionized feeding times for us. I know that sounds dramatic, but it’s true. We were having a power struggle because Harper wanted to feed herself, but for some reason she likes to throw food off of her highchair when I put it directly on the tray. The first time she used this mat, I filled it up with finger foods and even some yogurt and she ate every last bite. She never once tried to pick it up and she didn’t throw anything (except for her sippy cup). I don’t know if it’s because of the way it looks or what, but she loves this thing and eats so well out of it. I’m planning to get the larger size and the bowl mat very soon.
10. Robeez Baby Shoes // I love love love Freshly Picked moccasins and have 6 or 7 pairs of them for Harper, but I have to admit that Robeez are probably better for babies who are cruising and learning how to walk. They have a soft suede bottom which allows the baby to grip the floor better and prevents slipping. I originally bought these for daycare because they’re less expensive than Freshly Picked and I knew they would probably take a beating at school. I ended up falling in love with them and have purchased a few more pairs since then. Warning: these shoes run HUGE. Harper got her first pair at 10 months old and fit into the 0-6 month size perfectly. She just grew into the 6-12 month size a few weeks ago. This is her newest pair.
What are your favorite products for your one year old?