We all know having a new baby is stressful. While there's not much you can do to relieve the sleep deprivation that inevitably occurs when you become a new parent, there are some tools to manage the stress — thanks to the wonders of technology, MIT-trained parents and some good old-fashioned comic relief.
Below are a few goodies that are meant to make raising a newborn slightly easier and which will keep them happy and quiet (at least for a little bit) all while keeping you sane.
1. Baby food dispensing spoon
Boon’s Squirt Baby Food Dispensing Spoon takes baby food, removes the jar and packs it into a single utensil that you just have to squeeze. This spoon will allow you to keep one hand free while it dispenses baby food, one bite at a time. It's great for on-the-go, traveling or anywhere else you may be where you just can't be bothered to deal with a jar/spoon situation.
Boon Squirt Baby Food Dispensing Spoon, available at Amazon
2. Pacifier thermometer
Anyone who has a baby knows that trying to give them medicine and take their temperature can be a nightmare, especially since little ones usually won’t sit still long enough for a temp to register properly. The Safety 1st Comfort Check Pacifier Thermometer is here to the rescue. Basically, it's a pacifier that will take an accurate reading of baby’s temperature while in use — in as little as 90 seconds. Also included is a medicine dispenser that's designed to ensure your baby gets all their medicine while they're sucking happily and calmly on the pacifier. Genius.
Safety 1st Comfort Check Pacifier Thermometer, available at Amazon
3. Teepee & storage bag
Every newborn has their own set of challenges; newborns with penises make diaper changes even more complicated/potentially messy. The Beba Bean Pee-pee Teepee and laundry bag might be the tongue-in-cheek answer to this challenge. This diapering accessory comes with 4 100 percent cotton cone-shaped cloths that you can place over baby's bits during diaper changes to avert any sprinkling that might occur (and it will). Washable and reusable, these are great for travel and come with a mini flannel storage bag.
Beba Bean Pee-pee Teepee and laundry bag, available at Amazon
4. Portable high chair
Traveling with infants is often stressful — and any product that will allow you one less worry is welcome in our book. This portable high chair is one of those items that will help alleviate anxiety when you’re on the go and without a high chair. The safety seat is an option that allows your child to sit at any table safely, comfortably and hygienically. Its cover comes complete with a five-point harness and a flexible back with adjustable straps that allow the seat to work on a variety of chairs. Bonus: It quickly folds up for storage in your purse or travel bag.
My Little Seat infant travel high chair, available at Amazon
5. A Woombie swaddle
Swaddling your baby is a very individual choice and one swaddle does not fit all. That said, the Woombie Air Nursery swaddling blanket is one of the easiest swaddles to maneuver and doesn’t require multiple folds and tucks; simply place your baby in the swaddle and zip it up. A convenient two-way zipper allows for easy swaddling and diaper changes, plus it's breathable and lets Baby’s hips move freely.
Woombie Air nursery swaddling blanket, available at Amazon
6. Baby Shusher
The Baby Shusher is a popular product that’s been doctor-tested to safely soothe crying tots. By using loud, rhythmic shushing noises, the Baby Shusher draws on ancient time-tested techniques designed to break a baby’s crying spell and engage their natural calming reflex. The Shusher is small and compact enough to use anywhere, and it comes with two easy timer options.
The Baby Shusher, available at Amazon
7. Bottle warmer
The Kiinde Kozii bottle and breast milk warmer allows you to safely and quickly warm breast milk, formula and food. It works by creating a warm-water bath to quickly and gently thaw and warm milk in accordance with CDC and USDA guidelines. It uses low-temperature warming, is super-fast and has an automatic shutoff for all those 3 a.m. feedings. As a side note, this warmer was invented by MIT-trained engineer dads so they could help feed their babies during the night while their partners rested — which might also explain the smart, innovative design.
Kiinde Kozii bottle and breast milk warmer, available at Amazon
8. Baby monitor
The No. 1 best-selling Infant Optics Video Baby Monitor is the first ever to come with an interchangeable optical lens capability that allows you to customize your viewing, angle and zoom. Video is streamed real-time to a 3.5-inch LCD color display with a crystal-clear image. This monitor also comes with a ton of other functions, such as long-lasting battery life, plug-and-play setup and 100 percent digital privacy with delay-free video and audio playback.
Infant Optics video baby monitor, available at Amazon
9. Infant heart rate & oxygen monitor
Our last stress-relieving device is the Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor. This genius device monitors your infant’s heart rate and oxygen levels and notifies parents in real time if something appears to be wrong. The sock works by using clinically proven pulse oximetry in conjunction with Bluetooth and a custom phone app to watch over your baby while they sleep. The app also allows you to view real-time wellness data and receive direct notifications to your phone.
Owlet Smart Sock 2 baby monitor, available at Amazon