Having a healthy baby goes far beyond baby-proofing the house, but with all the infant-centric products on the market, how do you choose? We scouted out the selection and found the following 10 baby products that will keep your bundle of joy healthy and safe.
Premama Prenatal Vitamin Drink, $25
Are you trying to conceive or already a mama-to-be? It’s never too early to start safeguarding your baby’s health. Instead of taking prenatal “horse pills,” boost your nutrition with Premama, a flavorless, 6-calorie, prenatal vitamin drink mix you can add to water, juice, smoothies and more. Good for both mom and baby, Premama is complete with all the necessary prenatal vitamins and minerals, including folic acid, iron, DHA, CoQ10 and calcium, and it is 100 percent natural, lactate- and gluten-free, and can be taken during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
Milkmakers Breastfeeding Cookies, starting at $20
If you’re on a breastfeeding mission for the health of your baby, put Milkmakers Breastfeeding Cookies on your daily menu. These tasty treats — made with oats, brewer’s yeast and flax — deliver omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, iron and antioxidants. Available in oatmeal chocolate chip and dairy-free oatmeal raisin varieties, moms love them for their delicious nutrition while breastfeeding babies benefit from the omega-3s (for brain development), protein and fat necessary for growth, and other nutrients for optimal health.
Pocket Purifier, $20
Protect your baby from colds and flu with this on-the-go germ-killing machine. The Pocket Purifier is a compact UV light that can eliminate E. coli, staphylococcus, salmonella and other germs in 10 to 15 seconds; no need to expose you or your tyke to harmful anti-bacterial chemicals or harsh soaps. You can sanitize toys, pacifiers, utensils, public baby changing stations, shopping carts, tray tables in airplanes, restroom counters and other hard surfaces. Simply point the light at the object in need of cleansing, and the 4-watt ultraviolet light does its job.
City Grips, $13
Once you start pushing a stroller, you’ll soon realize that sweaty hands can weaken a tight grip, stroller handles can become quite dirty and finding your stroller among the dozen at the park can be challenging. One New York mom decided to solve new mommy stroller issues by creating City Grips. City Grips are removable covers for your stroller handles that protect your hands, defend against dirt and grime buildup, absorb sweat and come in several colors and styles that will stand out in a crowd. As a bonus, they simply zip on and off and are machine-washable.
Studies show one of the best things a mom can do to protect her new baby is to breastfeed. Covillow makes it easier for a breastfeeding mom to still have a life! This nursing cover is like no other — it covers your back and both sides completely and has a pillow so that both mom and baby are comfortable. Plus it rolls up to easily fit into a diaper bag.
If you haven’t already been horrified, you soon will be. Your baby will put pretty much anything in her mouth — including your key ring. Kleynimals to the rescue! Pronounced “Clean-ih-Mals,” these stainless steel decorative keys are non-toxic, eco-friendly and dishwasher-safe. They satisfy baby’s desire to play with metal keys, without risking lead contamination, injury from sharp edges or the germs that lurk on your keys. You can also personalize Kleynimals and give them to your mommy friends as gifts.
Wean Green, $25 for four-pack
When it’s time to introduce soft solids to your tot, turn to Wean Green, an eco-chic line of tempered-glass food containers. Wean Green’s glass containers are designed to store, freeze, re-heat and serve food. They are BPA-free, durably made from recyclable tempered Glasslock glass, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Another eco-friendly option for babies venturing into their first foods, Rooware is the only BPA-free, non-toxic, biodegradable, bio-plastic line of tableware that features characters. Choose from the Rooplate, which has a plate and divider bowl that can be used together or separately, Roobowl, Roocup and Rootensils.
UV Skin, prices start around $20
Regardless of age, sun protection is essential for skin health and reducing the risk of skin cancer later in life. UV Skinz makes sure the whole family can enjoy the sun without the danger. The leader in sun-protective clothing, UV Skinz apparel offers SPF 50+ — no re-applying needed — and blocks out 98 percent of the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. In addition to baby hats, the Baby Skinz line includes shirts and shorts starting at 6-month sizing.
Recently named 2012 Best Kids Body Care by Delicious Living Magazine, the Dolphin Organics line of baby personal care products are vegan, hypoallergenic and free of parabens, sodium benzoate and all harsh chemicals. Choose from shampoo and body wash, conditioner, bubble bath, lotion, and sunscreen, knowing that every Dolphin Organic product is 100 percent plant-based and naturally tear-free.