My mother is old school when it comes to raising children. She sterilizes bottles in boiling water the old-fashioned way. She heats milk on the stove top instead of using the bottle warmer. She still throws all diapers in the garbage bin outside the house instead of using a Diaper Genie.
And I JUST don’t get it!
Why, for the love of God, make things difficult when they could be so much easier? I’m all about modern day conveniences and innovations. I’d rather use a disposable diaper than a cloth one any day! I just cannot understand anyone’s reluctance to embrace all the wonderful new products out there.
I absolutely love discovering new thingamajigs that promise to make me cry tears of joy. Unfortunately though, they are usually a huge disappointment. Another few dollars wasted in an attempt to make this raising children thing smoother.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who has spent good money on bad products and that’s why I’ve decided to make this list of new innovations that actually deliver on promises!
These are all the latest products out that do, in fact, do what they’re supposed to do:
The Woombie! Available at www.snugglebugz.com. Suggested retail price of $29.99.
This is a pod-like sleeping sack that is a safe alternative to swaddling. I think I died a little inside when the nurses told me that I wasn’t allowed to swaddle my newborn when my second child was born. It was the only way I’d been able to get my first daughter to sleep! Thankfully, my sister told me about the Woombie, which comes in various thicknesses for winter, spring, and summer. It hugs your baby’s shoulders and tummy while still allowing for the natural movement of arms and legs. I don’t know about anyone else, but I swear by swaddling and this thing is a life saver.
The Windi! Available at www.amazon.com. Suggested retail price of $21.99.
The name says it all. It’s a disposable, natural colic and gas remover. There’s just no graceful way to talk about this product. But it seems to really work! My friend had a colicky baby and swore by this. She promises that once you get beyond the initial ick factor, it works like a charm. While I never had to worry about colic, I hear it’s a nightmare and from all accounts, a little physical gas extraction would be well worth it. I mean, it can’t be worse than hearing a baby scream all night, right?
The Boon Squirt Spoon! Available at www.toysrus.ca. Suggested retail price of $9.99.
Meal time is no joke with infants. It’s messy, awkward, and stressful but this product promises to make it easier. The bulb holds up to three ounces of baby food and attaches directly onto the spoon end. Simply squeeze the bulb to dispense the right amount of food each and every time. Seriously, I bought this the minute I heard about it and can’t wait to test it out. I couldn’t feed my older daughter without a toy in one hand to distract her and the spoon in the other. This made for a vicious battle to ensure she didn’t knock her bowl of food off the table. I’ve had friends who have used this product and I only wish I’d heard of it when I had my eldest.
Snuza Trio Movement Monitor! Available at www.snugglebugz.com. Suggested retail price of $299.99.
I think movement detection monitors are probably one of the best inventions ever made. I remember constantly watching and touching my oldest daughter to make sure she was still breathing when she was an infant. That constant worry and paranoia was one of the reasons I invested in this monitor and it’s honestly provided me with the peace of mind that I never had before. I can say that I have yet to wake up my infant because I couldn’t see her breathing because with this monitor, I know she is. I don’t think parents ever fully stop worrying about their babies but this device definitely helps in that respect.
NoseFrida Aspirator! Available at www.lussobaby.ca. Suggested retail price of $21.99.
This product provides yet another way for mothers to prove their unconditional and unequivocal love for their children. Any parent who is willing to literally suck the snot out of their baby’s nose is definitely a winner in my books. But not to worry, there’s a handy filter so although you might gag, at least you won’t have any gunk in your mouth. While it’s a gross little thing, it works amazingly well to get all the snot out of your baby’s clogged up nose and help her breathe again!
While there are innumerable products out there that promise to help with childcare, I think these five are actually quite clever and worthwhile to invest in.
I’m sure there are many other gadgets out there that I don’t know about so spill it! Which new inventions are your favourites?