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10 Baby Products We Want for Ourselves

I'm Parenting Editor at SheKnows. I'm the co-author of Let's Panic About Babies(Macmillan, 2011). I've also written for numerous publications including Salon, Redbook, Nerve, and The Onion. I live in Brooklyn with my husband, son, tiny d...

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Baby products we want for ourselves

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Baby products we want for ourselves

My son is way past the baby stage, and I’m perfectly happy about that. While it’s true that I can get misty-eyed at the memory of my baby boy, toddling and gurgling, I have come to deeply appreciate the new ganglier version: the guy who gets his own breakfast and walks the dog. What I do miss is the excuse to buy awesome baby products. There are so many items out there that are supposed to be for babies but that I want for myself. Herein are but a few.

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Du Iz Tak?

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Du Iz Tak?

I love kid’s books and I resent that I’m not supposed to buy and enjoy them just because my child is too mature for them. The illustrations in Carson Ellis’s Du Iz Tak are so beautiful I want to frame them. Or keep them in my bookcase and take them out and read them like a tasteful and normal adult would. (Amazon, $12) 

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Overtired & Cranky Shampoo & Bodywash

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Overtired & Cranky Shampoo & Bodywash

I love the way this shampoo and body wash smells. And sometimes, I’m overtired and cranky and need to be uplifted by some notes of tangerine, damn it! (California Baby, $12) 

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Mustela Hydra Bebe Body Lotion

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Mustela Hydra Bebe Body Lotion

This body lotion is super-moisturizing and gentle and makes babies smell like heaven. You know who else could smell like heaven were they to use it? You. (Target, $13) 

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WaterWipes Sensitive Baby Wipes

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WaterWipes Sensitive Baby Wipes

Look. Don’t judge me. Sometimes I need wipes. You expect me to use harsh wipes for grown-ups? I have a sensitive bottom. I might as well use grout cleaner. I’m not using grout cleaner. (Amazon, $25)

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Death Star wall art

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Death Star wall art

My husband wants this Death Star so badly and he doesn’t even know it yet. (Pottery Barn Kids, $199)

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Cosmos floor lamp

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Cosmos floor lamp

This floor lamp is considered “nursery decor” by Land of Nod?! You go right to hell, Land of Nod. I’m buying it for me. Actually, don’t go to hell. I really want this lamp. (Land of Nod, $219) 

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Boxy backpack

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Boxy backpack

I want this backpack. OK, fine. It’s a diaper bag. But who has to know that? And if anyone asks me where it’s from, I’ll create a distraction and make a run for it. They’ll never catch me! (Petunia Picklebottom, $189) 

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Fox-print sheets

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Fox-print sheets

This fox-print sheet set is adorable and comes in queen size, almost as if they’re saying it’s OK for grown-ups to sleep in them. (Land of Nod, $109) 

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Baby animal prints

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Baby animal prints

These are beautifully done, minimalist photos of adorable baby animals. Sure, maybe the little lambie might scream, “This should be in a nursery,” but wouldn’t this baby elephant be perfectly happy in the bedroom of an adult? Or maybe the living room. Yes, it would. Shhh. Shhhh, now. (The Animal Print Shop, $25 and up) 

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