Best Digital Baby Thermometers Reviewed

Better digital baby thermometers

No more crappy thermometers

Flu season is approaching, and wouldn’t you know it, all three of my little ones seem to be coming down with something. There’s nothing more pitiful or helpless than a sick baby. For me, the worst part is the not knowing: are we dealing with a baby that’s sick, an ear infection, or just allergies? Should we call the pediatrician or take the baby in? When we do call, the first thing they always seem to ask is whether or not the baby is having a fever.

The problem is that those cute little baby thermometers they give you in the hospital don’t work for crap when we leave the hospital. I feel stupid telling the nurse over the phone “Well, he sure feels warm, but his temperature is 94.” It’s ridiculous. Compare that to the pediatrician’s office, where they wave a high-tech handheld thermometer somewhere in the vicinity of my baby’s forehead. It beeps almost instantly, taking a super-accurate temperature that’s right on the money.

Why Digital/Infrared Baby Thermometers?

baby with thermometerI want one of those, and I just found out, I can get it. Amazon has two bestselling digital baby thermometers: the Braun Thermoscan (an ear thermometer) and the Feverwatch non-contact thermometer. Both are under $40 with free shipping. Below I compare their features in some detail, but first, let’s talk about some good reasons to invest in a good baby thermometer.

  1. Accurate temperature reading. That’s number one. I’d like to finally sound competent on the phone with the doctor’s office.
  2. Fast temperature taking. The little hospital thermometers seem to take forever when you’re trying to pin them in a squirming baby’s armpit. These measure temps in just a few seconds.
  3. Know and record baby temperatures. These will even save the most recent temperatures, so you can track your baby’s fever as it rises and falls.
  4. Take baby’s temperature without a fight. Either an ear measurement or a non-contact model will go much better than the traditional ways of temperature-taking.

Baby Thermometer Reviews

Now, let’s compare some of the features of these two bestsellers.
Baby ear thermometer

Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer With Exactemp Technology

The Braun Thermoscan ear thermometer is used by more doctor’s offices than any other, according to their claims. This device features a patented “pre-warmed” tip and measures temperature on the eardrum, yielding very accurate results. When you’ve taken a proper temperature, it lights up and emits a soft beep. This takes only a few seconds. The Thermoscan’s features include:

  • Small, soft, flexible, pre-warmed tip.
  • A guidance system to help you put the thermometer tip in the right place
  • Memory function to store up to 8 recent results, so you can track temperature over time
  • Disposable lens filters for sterile use with each measurement
  • Oral, rectal or underarm use
  • Includes: 2 AA batteries, 21 lens filters and thermometer tip cap

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Baby infrared thermometer

FeverWatch Professional Non-contact Infrared Thermometer

This may be the best baby thermometer available to consumers, and I think it’s the model used by our pediatrician’s office. The FeverWatch non-contact infrared thermometer measures your baby’s temperature in less than 1 second with with 0.3 degree accuracy, all without touching the baby. You hold it 1-4 inches away from the forehead, click the button, and the temperature is taken. It’s kind of amazing that these devices work so well. The FeverWatch features:

  • An intuitive guidance system to help you position it, and one-button operation
  • A huge backlit LCD screen, so you can take temperature even in dark rooms.
  • Very energy efficient: takes 100,000 temperatures on 2 AA batteries
  • Stores up to 32 temperature readings for future reference.
  • No touch, so no need for disposable tips and no risk of spreading germs!

Imagine being able to tiptoe into the nursery while your little one sleeps and take his or her temperature without (1) turning on a light, or (2) touching the baby at all. Just brilliant.
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If you don’t have a good baby thermometer, get one of them now! It’s free shipping, and should arrive just in time for the sore throat / coughing / runny noses.

7 Steps to the Perfect Baby Bath

Baby bath tub

Twins in inflatable bathtub

One of the best techniques for helping your baby prepare for bed at night is a nice, warm, relaxing bath. There’s just something about the soothing comfort of the water, the brief chill of drying off, and then the unparalleled feel of dressing in warm pajamas. It’s why the bath-bottle-bed sequence is one of the most classic and effective bedtime routines for baby sleep training.

Getting the bath just right will help prepare your little one for bed. It’s not just about getting your baby clean… a good bath should be fun and relaxing for both of you! Here are seven steps to getting it right.

1. Use a Baby Bath Seat or Bathtub

First things first, set up a bath seat or small bathtub for your baby. These are much easier to use and safer when bathing infants. They have soft sides, they don’t take nearly as much water, and they’re far more colorful and inviting to your little one. Most baby bathtubs also provide crucial sitting support that your baby will need until he or she can sit independently.

Infant bath seat Pink sparkles bathtub Inflatable baby bath tub
Primo Infant Bath Seat
For small infants up to 18 pounds and 28″ long, this infant bath seat made of non-toxic resin provides comfortable support for bathing them in a bathtub or even a large sink.
Fisher-Price Pink Sparkles Bath Tub
Here’s a fun baby bathtub for girls: it has sling supports for infants, and a “baby stopper” for when they get bigger.
Munchkin Safe Inflatable Tub
This inflatable ducky bathtub gets crazy-good reviews and has a white-hot water temp warning disc.

2. Get Comfortable at the Bathtub

A baby bath won’t be very pleasant if either you or the munchkin are uncomfortable. Sadly, this is often the case when you have to kneel on a hard bathroom floor. A few things can solve that: a soft bath sponge for the inside of the tub, and a thick bath mat or kneeler on the outside for you. Also, a non-slip mat will help keep your baby bathtub from sliding around in the tub.

Baby bath sponge Baby bath mat Froggie Baby Bath Mat
Summer Comfy BathSponge
A soft, contoured sponge that cradles your newborn in the bathtub.
Clevamama Mat and Kneeler
An extra-long nonslip mat that would accommodate two babies at once, and a soft kneeling pad for your old bones.
Mommy’s Helper Froggie Bath Mat
A fun, nonslip bath mat for the tub or sink to go under your baby’s bath sponge or tub.

3. Get the Water Just Right

I’ve occasionally made the mistake of getting the water temperature wrong, and frankly the best thing you can do is dump it out and start it over. The correct (and safe) temperature for a baby’s bath is around 90-95 degrees Fahrenheit. That should feel slightly warm to the touch, but certainly not hot. Usually it’s best to fill the tub and check the temperature before you’re holding a naked baby — the running faucet can be scary to little ones, and also might be prone to sudden temperature changes.

Baby Bath Spout Cover Baby bath thermometer
Skip Hop Bath Spout Cover
This BPA-free rubber spout cover protects your little one from the metal spout and adds fun to bath time and fits most spout models.
Turtlemeter Floating Bathtub Thermometer
This floating water-activated “turtlemeter” lets you monitor the bathwater to get just the right temperature.

4. Wash with Gentle Soap and Washcloths

I like to mix about a couple of teaspoons of baby wash into the running water while the tub is filling. In addition to giving your baby a good soak (which does wonders for the diaper area), be sure to wash every nook and cranny with a soft baby washcloth. This becomes especially important once your baby starts eating solid food, which tends to get all over them (and you, for that matter).

Johnsons Baby wash Aveeno Baby Wash Aden ANais Baby Wash Cloths
Johnson’s Head To Toe Baby Wash
The old standby of baby baths since I was an infant is from Johnson’s, a soft, tear-free, faintly scented baby wash.
Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo
I love the oat-based products from Aveeno; their tear-free wash and shampoo makes baby skin even softer.
aden + anais 3 Pack Muslin Washcloths
As my readers know I’m crazy for the Aden+Anais swaddle blankets, so I was thrilled to see they make washcloths of the same super-soft muslin.

5. Bath Time is Play Time

Once your little one is all cleaned off, let him or her enjoy playing with the bubbles and water and (ideally) some colorful bath toys. You want to make the bath a “fun time” rather than a chore. Our boys’ favorite bath time toys include:

  • Boats and rubber duckies of various sizes
  • Play cups and buckets for pouring
  • Squeezable water animals that fill up with water
  • Bath blocks that stack and float

We also try to let them take the washcloth too and practice washing with it.

6. Get Dry and Warm with Baby Towel and Bathrobe

You’ll want to have at least one hooded baby towel within reach to get your baby dried off. Make it quick and wrap them up to keep warm while you carry them back to the nursery. A little terry cloth robe with hood is a cuddly and adorable way to make this journey. You can add to the spa experience by rubbing baby’s legs and trunk down with some baby lotion (most babies either love or hate this).

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Spasilk Hooded Terry Bath Towel
Hooded bath towels like this one (100% cotton) are great to warm baby’s head and get him or her dried off. Comes with 4 matching terry washloths.
Velour Hooded Bath Bag
Newborns get cold easily, so here’s a great way to keep them warm on the journey back to the diaper changer.
Little Night Owl Hooded Robe
How cute is this Baby Aspen terry cloth robe to keep your little owl warm after bath time?

Cute baby taking bath7. The Closer: Clean Diaper, Warm Pajamas, Bottle, and Bed

Once you’ve completed the bath and dried your little one off, get him or her dressed in an overnight diaper and some clean, soft pajamas. Something about this whole process usually makes them ready to drink a good bottle of warm milk or formula. Or to nurse. Fill that belly, then burp, and don’t delay in putting your little one in the crib for a long sleep. This is a proven bedtime routine, and you can hope for a wonderfully uninterrupted stretch of sleep afterward.

Learn to Love the Baby Bath

Enjoy your baby’s bath! Tickle their cute little bottom, splash and play with them, enjoy their floofy hair the next day. Blow bubbles. When they’re old enough, you can even show your babies how to put baby shampoo in their hair. Just don’t let them drink the bath water. It varies from baby to baby, but all of them eventually try to drink the bath water (or suck it out of the washcloth). Yech!

It may seem like a chore, but you should cherish every moment of a baby bath. They’ll never be this little again!

A Safe Crib for Co-Sleeping

Safe bed for cosleepingCo-sleeping is a frequent practice in many families, but it’s also a safety concern. In some forms, co-sleeping is a good thing: sharing a room with your little one is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. It lets you monitor their sleep more closely and watch for dangers, which helps reduce the risk of SIDS. What’s not recommended is sharing a bed with your baby, especially when older siblings are in bed with you too.

Co-Sleeping and SIDS

Sure, bed-sharing with babies is a common practice, and we certainly get enough comments from mothers who co-slept with all of their children and everything was just fine. Yes, that’s usually how it is. No one said that co-sleeping guaranteed SIDS. It just increases the odds, and needlessly! Just as putting your baby on his or her stomach to sleep, crib bumpers, or loose bedding, co-sleeping is something that puts your baby at risk and is completely preventable.

There are plenty of good reasons to begin transitioning your baby to sleep in the crib. It gives your baby a safe place of his or her own to sleep, while helping you with baby sleep training techniques. It’s also less work and worry when it’s time for your little one to go to bed. One of the reason more parents don’t do it is that making this transition is difficult, especially when you’re still breastfeeding at night. That’s where a co-sleeping crib, such as the Arm’s Reach Bassinet, can be invaluable.

A Safe Bed for Co-sleeping

The key innovation in co-sleeping beds is that they’re separate from your bed.

Arms Reach Bassinet Mini Crib
Arm's Reach Co sleeper
Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper Mini Bassinet Convertible
Size: 34 x 20 x 31 inches ; 28 pounds
  • Wheels on one end to move easily around the house.
  • Ventilated floor to avoid heat build-up
  • Comes with 100% cotton fitted sheet and carry bag
  • 2 side pockets which you should load with extra pacifiers
  • Safe place for baby to sleep next to bed.
The Arm’s Reach Co-sleeper Mini Bassinet is designed for keeping your baby close to your bed, but in his or her safe little space. It attaches securely to any adult bed (size twin all the way to California king) just under the mattress. That way, you’ll have your baby right next to you for comfort and closeness.The mini bassinet is easy to assemble and comes with a decorative liner to keep your baby cozy. The bottom is ventilated to prevent your baby from getting too warm. It’s also portable enough to be used as a little baby play yard, safe from pets or anything on the floor.Portability is one of the best features of this bassinet – it’s wheeled on one side for moving around the house, and also comes with a case so that you can fold it up for travel (weighs only 25 pounds). Thus, it’s great to take on trips or to the grandparents’ house for a weekend.

If you’re currently cosleeping with your baby (letting him or her sleep in bed with you), you should really think about this product. It provides all of the closeness and convenience of having your baby next to you in bed, but gives them a safe little spot to fall asleep in.


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The Best Baby Food Grinders

Baby Bullet GrinderThere are plenty of reasons to make your own baby food. It saves money. It lets you choose what your baby eats, and find new foods for him or her to enjoy. It’s also a very green, earth-friendly thing to do given the amount of plastic, glass, and metal that goes into packaging commercial baby foods.The baby food grinder, also called a baby food mill, is the central part of a baby food making operation.

You’ve probably heard of the Baby Bullet (at right; a grinder made famous on TV), but there are many to choose from. Which grinder is best? We looked through a dozen models, and chose the three that we like best. Here are their reviews.

Beaba Babycook
Baby Chef Ultimate
Kidco Food Mill

Beaba Babycook Baby Food Maker

Beaba babycook baby food grinderThe Beaba Babycook baby food maker is an all-in-one, compact countertop appliance for making baby food. It combines a baby food grinder with a food steamer, bottle warmer, and defroster to let you prepare fresh, healthy food for your baby. This is the original baby food maker, and a winner of the 2008 JPMA Innovation Award. Beaba has a great demo and video on how the appliance works.


Beaba Babycook Grinder Reviews
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  • Steam cooks fresh fruits and vegetables in less than 15 minutes. Steaming preserves more vitamins and nutrients than other methods, and soften foods for blending into spoonable baby food.
  • Purees and blends food to desired consistently with a french-made grinder
  • Reheats previously frozen prepared foods
  • Warms bottles or baby food in a special compartment on the top.
  • Includes a 2½ – cup capacity unbreakable polysufone bowl, cooking basket, and spatula
  • BPA Free, Phthalate Free, Lead Free

Beaba Food Storage Containers

Beaba babycook grinder extra containersThe Beaba Baby food grinder comes with a mixing bowl and cooking basket. You’ll want to invest in some good storage containers as well, to save and freeze/refrigerate all of that delicious baby food! In most sessions, you’ll make a lot of food at once. The year after my daughter was born, we went to a a farmer’s market and got a HUGE winter squash (it was probably 2 feet long). Steaming and blending all of that squash was no easy task, but it made a lovely orange puree and our daughter just loved it. We didn’t feed it to her at every meal, obviously, but it lasted all winter long.

The BPA-free Beaba storage containers are ideal for storing, traveling with, and reheating your homemade baby food. There’s a lot to like about these containers:

  1. Hermetically sealing lids ensure an airtight closure to preserve all that fresh, healthy goodness.
  2. Safe to use in the freezer and microwave, wash in the dishwasher, and reheat food in the Babycook.
  3. Made in France (like the grinder) of BPA-free polypropylene
  4. Two each of 5-ounce and 10-ounce capacity containers with measuring lines on the side.

Beaba Squeeze Pouch

Babypote baby food pouchBeaba also makes a unique reusable squeeze poouch — the Beaba Babypote — to store, pack, and let your little ones eat your freshly made baby food. It’s dishwasher safe and BPA free, and completely reusable. I like this pouch because it:

  • Is made of phthalate-free soft silicone for easy squeezing
  • Has a snap-on lid to keep the tip sanitary, and a wide neck for easy cleaning
  • Is a soft, fun way for little ones to enjoy fruit compotes or other food
  • Lets them feed themselves, as easily as drinking a bottle!

Baby Chef Ultimate Baby Food Maker

Baby Chef GrinderThe most highly reviewed baby food grinder on Amazon is the Baby Chef Ultimate Baby Food Maker by Kidsline. This compact maker has a unique side-by-side design: generous steamer basket on the left that can also be used to warm or reheat food, and a grinder on the right that can chop, blend, or puree fresh fruits and vegetables for your little one.

I like the design of the 4-point grinder blade, whose raised angle points ensure a smooth and consistent result. It comes with a storage bowl and airtight lid for storage of food that you’ve made, or to take a meal on the go.


Beaba Babycook Grinder Reviews
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  • All-in-one Machine: It steams, chops, blends, purees, defrosts and warms
  • Also accommodates warming of baby bottles
  • Dishwasher-safe measuring cup, tongs, insulation spacer, and processor lid included
  • BPA-free materials can be washed with soap and water.
  • Recipe booklet with tips and recipes for soups, pancakes, and more

Kidco Babysteps Electric Food Mill

Kidco baby food grinderThe Kidco Babysteps food mill is your basic baby food grinder – a compact, handy appliance that blends fruits and vegetables into healthy baby food. It comes with a two-cup bowl and is completely dishwasher safe (except for the motor housing). The three pieces are easy to disassemble without complicated steps or referring to the instruction manual.

This is a no-frills electric grinder that’s inexpensive and has some of the best reviews on Amazon. It’s well-made and compact, two important features for the crowded, often accident-prone kitchens of new parents.


Kidco baby food mill
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  • Blends and purees fresh food into baby food
  • Dishwasher safe, easy to take apart and clean
  • Turbo button for pulsing rotations
  • Two-cup blending bowl with non-skid bottom.
  • Includes a blending attachment for more thorough mixing.

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The 3 Best Crib Mattresses

baby sleeping on crib mattressKeeping your baby comfortable is an important aspect of baby sleep training. That comfort starts with the crib mattress, which (as you’ll find) usually doesn’t come with the crib. There are almost as many options for baby mattresses as adult mattresses!

Most baby crib mattresses also fit a toddler bed, so this is a mattress that your little one could sleep on for the next 3-4 years. To help you, we’ve compiled our picks for the best baby crib mattresses in a few different categories: all-around mattresses, extra firm, and organic mattresses.

All-around Mattresses
Extra Firm Mattresses
Organic Mattresses


Best All-Around Crib Mattresses

best crib mattresses There are many good options for an all-around mattress. They’re roughly a standard size in terms of length and width (52 inches by 27 inches), though the depth can vary. And you should still measure the crib or toddler bed it’s for. Here are a few tips to help you choose the right mattress for your baby:

  • Don’t make the mistake of getting a cheap 3″ thick mattress. Technically one will work, but it’s flimsy. Quality mattresses are 5 inches thick or more.
  • Your baby doesn’t need a super-soft mattress. In fact, firm mattresses are safer because they reduce the chances of suffocation.
  • Even though they’re kind of bulky, if you buy a crib mattress online, you can usually get free shipping. I won’t lie, it’s fun to get a huge package in the mail, even if it’s just a baby crib mattress.

Kolcraft Pure Sleep Therapeutic 150 Crib Mattress

best kolcraft baby mattressKolcraft is a family company (started in 1946) whose core business is producing safe, sturdy mattresses for cribs. The Kolcraft 150 crib mattress is so named because it contains 150 steel coil springs, densely packed together to provide firm and consistent support, and covered with soft hypo-allergenic material.

It fits standard cribs as well as toddler bed frames, and comes with a 10 year manufacturer’s warranty. This is a well-made mattress that’s both firm and thick (some crib mattresses you see are a paltry 2 to 3 inches thick). For all-around quality this is an outstanding and affordable choice.

And best of all, it’s made in the U.S.A.!

  • Perma-Dri cover that’s both durable and waterproof; it wipes clean with a damp cloth.
  • Phthalate and flammability compliant without toxic fireproofing chemicals.
  • Natural airflow pocket to keep mattress fresh without any metal venting
Dimensions: 51.62 inches long by 27.25 inches wide x 5.00″ deep
Reviews: Kolcraft crib mattress reviews
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Sealy Soybean Foam-Core Crib Mattress

Here’s an excellent mattress whose durable core is made from a renewable resource: American soy. It’s made from high-density soybean foam that’s both hypoallergenic and more durable than traditional foams.

The result: extra support and reduced sagging. It’s also lightweight, which is useful when you have to change the sheets or lower the crib.

This mattress meets flammability standards, is made in the U.S.A., and comes with a lifetime warranty. It fits a standard crib and a toddler bed frame. Overall, a great American-made mattress that supports farm families!

  • Soy-based high density foam core to reduce sagging
  • Water-resistant and wipes clean with damp cloth
  • Square-cut corners for snug fit in cribs
  • Airflow pocket to let mattress breathe
Dimensions: 51.6 inches long x 27.2 inches wide x 5 inches deep
Reviews: Sealy baby Mattress Reviews
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Sealy soybean core mattress


Extra Firm Crib Mattresses

Babies don’t need the cloud-like pillowy mattresses that their parents might prefer. In fact, a firm mattress is safest because it won’t let your baby sink into it or get caught between the mattress and the side of the crib. And as you’ve probably seen, babies can fall asleep just about anywhere. Between the baby fat, the diaper, the clothes, and the swaddler, there’s plenty of padding to go around!

Serta Nightstar Extra Firm Crib Mattress

Our favorite crib mattress in the extra firm category is made by legendary mattress company Serta (of “Perfect Sleeper” fame). Its full perimeter border wire and heavy gauge coils provide an extra firm, balanced, and supportive sleeping surface. Cloth binding at the edges and “lock stitching” add to the durability. And the laminated cover is easy to clean.

As mattresses go this is on the larger side of standard, so it fits quite snugly into most cribs with no room at any edge. And the fact that your baby can stand on the reinforced sides without sagging is a real comfort. This is by far the most safety-conscious crib mattress we’ve come across.

  • Top insider layer is Serta Fireblocker; outside is a cotton blend
  • Border wire keeps edges firm even if baby is standing
  • Meets all federal and state standards
  • 25 year warranty
Dimensions: 52.5 inches long x 27.3 inches wide x 5.8 inches deep
Reviews: Firm Mattress Reviews
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Organic Baby Crib Mattresses

If you’re teaching your baby about organic materials, the first place to start is where he or she sleeps. Happily, there are a some excellent organic baby mattresses out there. Generally “organic” means that the covering and comfort layers (padding) are made from organic materials such as organic cotton. There’s no disadvantage to this; organic mattresses are just as water-resistant as non-organic ones.

L.A. Baby Organic Cotton Orthopedic Crib Mattress

LA baby organic crib mattressThe most popular organic baby mattress on Amazon (and a consistent bestseller overall) is the organic cotton two-sided orthopedic crib mattress from L.A. Baby. Two-sided mattresses like this are less common these days for a simple reason: they last longer than a one-sided mattress because you can flip them over on a routine basis. There’s also an extra support on the sides for your infant’s safety and orthopedic comfort.

The cotton insulator pad and comfort layers are made from 100% certified organic cotton materials. Cloth bindings prevent the edge seams from splitting, and the mattress meets all federal and state flammability standards.

  • Certified 100% organic cotton insulator pad and comfort layers
  • Water-resistant, antibacterial surface
  • 240 inner coil springs of 15.5 gauge steel
Dimensions: 52 inches long x 27.5 inches wide x 5.8 deep
Reviews: Organic Mattress Reviews
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Willow Natural Coconut Palm Crib Mattress

Organic coconut palm mattressThis mattres is made by Da Vinci, a well-respected maker of mini cribs for babies. It’s constructed of a natural coconut palm fiber and filled with latex-free foam to provide a completely organic foundation for your baby’s crib.

I’m not thrilled about the fact that this mattress is made in China, but I know that Da Vinci prides themselves on craftsmanship, and those who have bought this mattress simply love it. It’s balanced and engineered to be usable on both sides (one for infants, one for toddlers).

And the idea that it’s made from a coconut palm tree is simply enchanting. Why can’t more things be made of them?

  • Engineered and balanced to be used on both sides (flippable)
  • Soft 100% cotton covering, all natural coconut palm foundation
  • JPMA certified and 10-year limited warranty
Dimensions: 52 inches x 27.5 inches x 6 inches
Reviews: Best Organic Mattress Reviews
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14 Things for Baby’s Medicine Cabinet

things for baby's medicine cabinetWith flu season just around the corner, I’m restocking our baby’s medicine cabinet. I like to be ready for the big three baby afflictions: cold/flu, teething, and ear infections. Babies suffering from any of these are just pitiful to behold, and darn near impossible to comfort. The very things they need most (food/milk and sleep) are hardest to come by.

We’ve suffered through it enough that we know to be prepared. Nothing is worse than running out of Orajel or Baby Advil or even Q-tips at a critical moment. So do yourself a favor, and stock your baby’s medicine cabinet with these bare essentials.

#1. Infant Pain Reliever

Infant pain reliever advilFevers, teething discomfort, and ear infections are unpleasant enough for our babies that we’ll consider giving them a liquid pain reliever (after discussing it with the pediatrician, of course).  Our go-to medicine used to be Baby Tylenol, but recently all of the infant/children’s Tylenol was pulled from the shelves because there was some kind of problem. So now we go with Children’s Advil Infant Drops, which you can buy on Amazon and come highly recommended. It comes in a couple of flavors, but the white grape seems to be a universal favorite.

Another reason to keep this handy is for the regular pediatrician checkups when we know the babies are getting one or more immunizations – usually the doctor likes us to give the pain reliever before the shots, so that 0ur little ones are a bit more comfortable.

#2. Little Noses Saline Drops

baby stuffy nose kitNasal congestion is one of the most noticeable symptoms when your baby gets sick. You can usually hear it when your baby breathes; another sign is that your baby pauses while drinking to catch his or her breath because breathing through the nose isn’t possible. You can try the classic blue bulb syringe alone to try to clear out their noses, but most babies hate that. Plus, when their noses are running, they become dry, chafed, and super-sensitive.

We’ve had much better luck with the Little Noses stuffy nose kit. You lay your baby down, wait until he or she is comfortable (i.e. not whipping the head back and forth), and then put a couple of saline drops into each nostril. Then you can use the bulb syringe to clean up if necessary. This strategy helps the stuffiness drip out and seems more effective.

#3. Boogie Wipes

Baby Boogie WipesAnother common symptom is the runny nose. All I can say is “Yech!” We can use tissues for this (or even a napkin, if we’re in a pinch) but Boogie Wipes are really the best option. They’re like miniature saline wet wipes for baby noses. They’re super-soft and lightly scented – more effective than a dry tissue and also gentler on the baby. These are kind of pricey in the store (if you can even find them), but you can order a 12-pack on If your little one has allergies, you can even sign up for Subscribe-N-Save and have them delivered on a regular basis.

#4. Baby nasal aspirator

The most direct (and possibly effective) treatment for a baby with nasal congestion is an aspirator – a device that literally sucks the snot out of their nose. The Nosefrida Snotsucker Aspirator was invented in Sweden and consistently hovers high on the Amazon bestseller lists for baby care. Because it works. You provide the suction, so there’s better (and safer) control of the removal. I must admit that the concept is kind of gross, but not worse than wiping runny noses and having a baby cough right in your face.

#5. Digital Baby Thermometer

First things first: monitor your baby for a fever. This will inevitably be the first thing you’re asked about when you call the pediatrician. And just so you know, 100.3 degrees is the baseline for a true fever (anything below that is generally considered within the margin of error).

When our babies were in the NICU, we learned to take their temperature with those little pen-sized digital thermometers. We held stuck it in their armpit and held it for a long time until it beeped. This wasn’t too bad; they were just newborns and couldn’t do much about it. Try keeping a one-year-old still for that long while you stick something in his or her armpit!

As we learned later in the pediatrician’s office, there are faster, more accurate ways to take a baby’s temperature using infrared technology. You can read our detailed review of infrared baby thermometers, but here are the highlights of the two bestselling thermometers on Amazon:

Baby ear thermometer

Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer With Exactemp Technology

The Braun Thermoscan ear thermometer is used by more doctor’s offices than any other, according to their claims. This device features a patented “pre-warmed” tip and measures temperature on the eardrum, yielding very accurate results. When you’ve taken a proper temperature, it lights up and emits a soft beep. This takes only a few seconds.

Buy this thermometer at WalMart

Baby infrared thermometer

FeverWatch Professional Non-contact Infrared Thermometer

This may be the best baby thermometer available to consumers, and I think it’s the model used by our pediatrician’s office. The FeverWatch non-contact infrared thermometer measures your baby’s temperature in less than 1 second with with 0.3 degree accuracy, all without touching the baby. You hold it 1-4 inches away from the forehead, click the button, and the temperature is taken. It’s kind of amazing that these devices work so well.

Imagine being able to tiptoe into the nursery while your little one sleeps and take his or her temperature without (1) turning on a light, or (2) touching the baby at all. Just brilliant.
Buy this thermometer at Wal-Mart

#6. Baby gum massagers

Teething baby gum massagersTeething is a miserable process for most babies, but some of them really seem to suffer. The swollen gums, the constant fussiness, the refusal of food and bottles all point to the same thing: your baby is cutting a new tooth. Another common symptom of this is that your baby starts biting everything (including you).

When this happens, some soft gum massagers like Zo-li Gummy Sticks can offer some relief. Your little one will love the soft, rubbery, textured nubs, and you’ll love the fact that they’re biting something other than you.

Plus, these look and feel like a baby toothbrush, so they promote healthy tooth habits. And they’re long enough to reach back to the molars, where teething pain seems to be the worst.

#7. Orajel / topical pain relief

Teething OrajelThere are many parents who eschew giving their babies the latest-and-greatest wonders from the pharmaceutical industry. I’m not one of them! When my baby is in teething pain (one of my boys is right now, actually), I like to throw everything at the problem: homeopathic remedies (like frozen waffles) as well as modern science. In the latter category is Baby Orajel, a topical solution for teething babies that contains a mild anesthetic and is praised by thousands of parents.

You squeeze a little bit on a Q-tip and slather the sore areas of baby’s gums. The numbing effect is almost instantaneous and (in my experience) the baby instantly sees life in a better light. In fact, they’re usually ready to eat or drink something because the pain has gone away. This is something you don’t want to run out of. We get the nighttime formula for putting baby to bed, and we get the travel version (with a built-in Q-tip) for vacations or day trips.

Sassy teething fish#8. Teether toys

A teether toy is something you might not think about for the medicine cabinet. Usually these get lost somewhere in the freezer, in kitchen cabinets or drawers, or even in the toybox, and are never seen again. My article on what to do when baby is teething covers a nice selection of the bestselling baby teethers.

However, I just came across a new one that I really like, the Sassy Teething Tail Fish. It has both hard and soft surfaces for your baby to chew on, the latter being a water-filled tail that you can optionally chill in the icebox. And the shape of the tail is designed to reach back to the troublesome molars.

#9. Baby’s first toothbrush and toothpaste

Baby tooth pasteAnother good thing to stock in your cabinet is your baby’s first toothbrush/toothpaste kit. We have been using the Grins & Giggles Tooth and Gum Cleanser (made by Gerber) for the boys. We like this brand because it:

  • Tastes good to the babies, and can be swallowed safely
  • Begins to teach them about dental hygiene
  • Includes a soft fingertip toothbrush that you can use to clean/massage the gums

It’s never too early to start on dental hygiene. Even toddlers can get cavities in their little baby teeth.

#10. Plenty of Q-tips

Q-tips, or cotton swabs on a stick, are a staple of any medicine cabinet. Certainly for a baby. You can use them to clean out baby’s ears, of course, but also to apply Orajel or diaper ointment (make sure you apply each to the right location!), to clean out baby’s nose, to get an eyelash, etc. Luckily, Q-tips are inexpensive and you can pick them up anywhere. You can even stock with an 1875-count package of them on Amazon. That seems like a lot, but you’re going to need them.

#11. Nail clippers

 Baby Nail clipper with magnifierBecause babies drink milk all of the time, their nails tend to grow like crazy. This won’t be a problem until they start scratching themselves (you’ll notice little cuts and scratches on their face or head), or start scratching you. Trust me, you’ll notice this. Trimming a baby’s fingernails is serious business. They’re so small that you’re pretty much worried about clipping off a finger the entire time. Sometimes I just chicken out and go with the emory board, which takes longer but reduces the risk.

I do like the Red Cross Nail Clippers with Magnifier by The First Years. They’re baby sized, with an easy-to-use lever, and a magnifying glass so you see exactly where you’re clipping.

Dr. Smith's Diaper Rash#12. Dr. Smith’s Diaper Ointment

Diaper rash is a common problem, and there are dozens upon dozens of diaper rash cream out there. We have tried many of them. There is one that consistently works better than any others: Dr. Smith’s Diaper Ointment. This stuff is like a magical balm mixed up by a Chinese guru. It’s unlike any other diaper rash cream in consistency and appearance, but it works. Quite literally, some of the worst diaper rashes I’ve seen on my boys disappear overnight when we use Dr. Smith’s. More than anything, this deserves a spot in your medicine cabinet.

#13. Baby wash, shampoo, and lotion

Baby baths are a lot of fun. I love the smell of their shampoo, and how a clean baby smells afterward. As you’re probably aware, baby shampoo is buffered so that it won’t sting their baby blue eyes during bath time. At first this stuff goes rather slowly, because you only need a teaspoon or so for a newborn’s bath. As they get older you’ll start using a lot more. And there will be spills, too. We keep a couple bottles of lotion next to it, to apply right out of the bath. Our daughter just loved having a little lotion rub-down after her bath; it relaxed her and made going to sleep a breeze.

#14. Baby-safe sunscreen

California baby safe sunscreenWhile we’re on the topic of skin care, I’d be remiss not to mention baby sunscreen. In general, pediatricians recommend that you don’t put sunscreen on a baby less than 6 months old, because they shouldn’t really be in direct sunlight (and thus shouldn’t need it).

However, if sun exposure is unavoidable, there are some chemical-free baby sunscreens that provide sun protection.

For example, the bestselling baby sunscreen on Amazon is California Baby SPF 30, a fragrance-free sunscreen. It can be applied to the baby’s face without worrying that it will string them if they rub it into their eyes.

Your Baby’s Medicine Cabinet Is Stocked!

Stocking your baby’s medicine cabinet can be a lot of fun, though sometimes it can seem like a chore. The next time your baby gets sick, cuts a new tooth, or has an ear infection, you’ll be glad to have everything you need!

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Aden & Anais Swaddle Blankets

Aden & Anais Blanket in WhiteOne of the most important elements of our babies’ bedtime routine came as a gift: a pair of plain white Aden & Anais swaddle blankets. Lightweight, breathable, and incredibly soft, this is the first and last blanket you’ll ever need for your baby.

Aden+Anais has three main product lines for their unique muslin fabrics:
Swaddle Blankets
Dream Blanket
Sleep Sacks & Sleeping Bags

What is Muslin, Anyway?

Muslin, the material for which Aden & Anais blankets are renowned, is a loosely woven cotton fabric. It originated in Bangladesh and became popular in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. Because air moves so freely through this fabric, it’s commonly used for curtains, clothing, and upholstery in hot and dry climates.

Aden & Anais Swaddle Blankets

The classic Aden+Anais blankets are perfectly suited for swaddling because they’re large, thin, and lightweight. When you have a newborn you can swaddle him or her with virtually any receiving blanket bigger than a hand towel. It gets more challenging, though, as your baby grows (in length and weight) and becomes stronger.  At some point, a receiving blanket is no longer enough.

Aden & Anais SwaddleHere’s why Aden and Anais blankets are ideal for swaddling a baby:

  • They’re made of a muslin. It’s a special weave of cotton that’s light, airy, and thin.
  • They fold and wrap easily, while remaining breathable and not over-heating your baby.
  • They’re larger than most baby blankets. Measuring 44″ x 44″ or 47″ x 47″, these are enough to wrap your baby a few times.
  • The material is super-soft. Your baby will love that, and be less likely to kick out of it.

Try swaddling with an Aden+Anais and you’ll understand. It’s just easier, and you can make nice folds and tucks (like the girl at left) to keep it secure.

Aden Anais blanket 4 PackSwaddle/Blanket 4-Pack

The Aden & Anais classic and swaddle blankets come in 4-packs. This actually isn’t a bad deal – they often go on sale on, and you’ll be glad to have extras of these. If your babies are anything like ours, they’ll quickly become attached and fall asleep more quickly with the comfort of that soft muslin against their cheeks. Having extras on hand becomes very important.

Plus, you can and should wash the blankets. Aden & Anais encourages it, and says that the more you wash them, the softer they’ll become. Hard to imagine, but it seems true to us.


Aden and Anais Dream Blanket

Aden and Anais Dream BlanketThe muslin swaddle blankets are warmer than you’d expect, but perhaps not enough for use in the colder months (or with an older child). If you’d like something similar but warmer, look into the Aden+Anais Dream blanket. It has 4 layers of muslin instead of one, making for a plush and warm blanket. The Dream blanket is generously-sized, too (47 inches by 47 inches). It’s perfect for:

  1. Keeping your little ones warm, especially on winter nights when a lighter blanket doesn’t seem like enough.
  2. Snuggling on the bed or couch (with a few stuffed animals, of course).
  3. For an older child (2-5 year old) to sleep under in the toddler bed.

Aden Anais Dream Blanket FmailyThough I haven’t had any issues with our single-layer swaddle blankets, I’d imagine that the Dream blanket is more durable, too. This is good for travel or outdoor use, and also handy because kids tend to get attached to blankets like these.

They’re not bad for adults, too. I admit I’ve occasionally “borrowed” one of our boys’ blankets because they’re just so incredibly soft.


Aden+Anais Sleep Sacks & Sleeping Bags

If you’re concerned about having a loose blanket in the crib, check out the Aden & Anais sleep sack. This baby-sized sleeping bag is made of the soft muslin material, but fits snugly over your baby’s pajamas to keep them warm. Kind of like a velcro swaddler, but leaving your baby’s legs to move freely. These sleep sacks aren’t as versatile as a square blanket, but have some nice perks:

  • Snug, safe fit around your baby. Essentially, it becomes part of your baby’s pajamas. No loose blankets to worry about.
  • Warmth with freedom of movement. The arms are completely unencumbered, the legs kept warm in the “bag” without being restricted the way a swaddle does. Perfect for when they start kicking out of the swaddle.
  • Zipper closure with diaper access. The zipper starts at the top (over the baby’s chest) and goes down to the feet. It takes a bit of getting used to, but the advantage is that you can access the critical diaper region without taking the sack off entirely.

Plus, there are lots of cute designs to choose from in the sleep sack. Make sure that you pay attention to the sizes.

Aden+Anais Sleeping Bag Size Chart

Sleep Sack: Aden Anais Sleep Sack Small Aden Anais Sleep Sack Aden Anais Sleep Sack
Size: Small Medium Large
Dimensions: 27 inches by 22 inches 30 inches by 23 inches 34.5 inches by 25 inches
Baby’s weight: 10 to 18 pounds 15 to 24 pounds 22 to 28 pounds


Go get one of these, either for your little one or as a gift. You won’t regret it!


Baby Tripp Trapp Chair Review and Accessories

Baby in tripp trappThe Tripp Trapp Chair is one of the most unique baby products I’ve ever seen. Made by Norwegian company Stokke, it evolves from a secure high chair for infants to an ergonomic seat for adults. The seat and footrest that adjust to hold a child at least 6 months old, and a 5-point harness holds your little one securely in place.
Tripp Trapp High Chair
Baby Set Accessory
Tripp Trapp Cushion
Play Tray
5 Reasons to Buy the Tripp Trapp

Tripp Trapp High Chair

Although the Tripp Trapp will support a 300-pound adult, it’s most popular as a high chair for infants 6 months of age and older. It’s certified by the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association (JPMA), an organization dedicated to ensuring safety in baby products. There are lots of benefits to the Stokke as compared to other high chairs — solid wood construction, ergonomic design, great adjustability — that I’ll cover in detail.

Solid Wood Construction

You see a lot of baby products these days made from cheap, flimsy materials. They look good initially, but don’t hold up over time and just aren’t up to the abuse that a baby or toddler can hand out. Baby furniture often seems made of particle board these days. I hate that.

The Tripp Trapp chair has no such problems – it’s constructed of cultivated beechwood to be strong and durable. A five-point harness (rather than a lap belt) holds the child firmly in place — that’s the same kind of restraint you find in most infant car seats. The H-shaped base has a smaller footprint than most high chairs, but offers a secure and stable foundation.

Ergonomic Chair Design

The Tripp Trapp allows your child to sit in a natural position for maximum comfort. The adjustable footrest can be moved so that their little feet rest flat, as if on the floor. You can adjust both the height and the depth of the chair, so that your little one can sit comfortably and close to the table. This not only helps them reach things, but reduces the gap between child and table into which food, silverware, plates, and other items often fall. Ultimately, it makes for a cleaner floor and lets your child interact better with everyone at the table.

Tripp Trapp Baby Set

Stokke Baby Set

Adjustable From Baby to Toddler

Your child can start using the Tripp Trapp at around 6 months. You’ll want to wait until he or she can sit up with assistance. At that age, he or she might be more comfortable if you get the Tripp Trapp Baby Set pictured at left.

What’s nice about the Tripp Trapp’s ergonomic design is that it will help your baby develop the muscles and posture to sit up independently. And, by bringing your baby to the table with the rest of the family, he or she will be really encouraged to do so.

You can resize the chair as your little one grows from infant to toddler – the seat and footrest have six different adjustment settings.  When your child gets older, you can remove the harness and extended glider. It will even seat an adult up to 300 pounds!

Tripp Trapp Chairs

A Stylish and Convenient Chair

The Tripp Trapp is more than ergonomic and solidly built: it looks cool, too! And the floor footprint is smaller than most high chairs, which is a nice benefit if you’ve ever whacked your toe on the broad metal base of one. The fact that it can adjust to suit a toddler or older child is especially nice, because you won’t have to store it or sell it.

Because of the design and solid wood construction, this chair is easy to wipe clean. I can’t stress how important that is once your baby starts eating solid food at the table. The harness can be removed and is machine-washable, too. All in all, this is one of the best high chair options out there. Go pick one out! You’ve got 11 colors to choose from.

Tripp Trapp Cushion

Stokke Cushion

Tripp Trapp Cushion

As ergonomic and supportive as the Tripp Trapp may be, it’s still wood. Let’s be honest: your baby is used to soft Boppy cushions, strollers, crib mattresses, and the like. He or she might not tolerate a hard sitting surface for very long. For this reason, there’s a Stokke chair cushion, available in brown or pink, that fits the Tripp Trapp chair. The benefits:

  • Attaches easily to the Tripp Trapp, with or without the baby set.
  • Padded to make the chair more comfortable and extend sitting time
  • Helps keep your baby from sliding around on the smooth surface
  • 100% polyester filling and waxy coating that makes it water-resistant
  • Easy to clean and great to look at!
Tripp Trapp Tray

Tray by PlayTrayUSA

Tripp Trapp Tray

It’s wonderful to be able to pull your baby right up to the table in the Tripp Trapp. Even so, toddlers tend to be messy eaters. They also, as I’ve recently learned, enjoy pushing foods away if they’re full or don’t like them or are just feeling crabby. You can help contain some of the mest with a tray for the Tripp Trapp made by PlayTray USA. Here are a few reasons that this is the #3 bestselling high chair accessory on

  • It’s easy to mount on the Tripp Trapp: slips on the sides of the chair
  • Has a transparent, non-scratch surface. Perfect for eating, drawing, or playing
  • Features a ridged edge to keep spilled liquids from falling on the floor.
  • Safe and easy to clean.

Five Reasons to Buy A Tripp Trapp

In summary, this is one of the most flexible and ergonomic seating options for your little one. Here are five reasons you might like to buy one (or two, if you have twins).

  1. Solid, quality construction. The solid wood construction means it will last longer, clean more easily, and be more durable than other high chairs.
  2. Ergonomic support. It’s designed to support the feet and keep your baby’s spine straight. The more comfortable they are, the longer they’ll tolerate it.
  3. Safety certified. JPMA certifies this chair, and it has a 5-point harness to keep your little one secure.
  4. Sharp to look at. This will be a conversation-starter for anyone who comes to visit. It’s from Norway – how could it not be?
  5. Available in 11 colors. Cherry, walnut, dark blue, green, black, and a bunch more. You can find the one that perfectly matches your dining room.
Best of all, the Tripp Trapp is on sale at Amazon for around $200 with free returns.



Portable Travel Crib Reviews

Baby Bjorn Travel CribIf you plan to take your baby on a road trip or vacation, you’re about to realize just how much essential baby gear you’ll need on a day-to-day basis. One of the most important items is something for the baby to sleep in, ideally a portable bassinet or travel crib.

We’ve done the research to find and compile these portable travel crib reviews to help you find one that’s right for your baby. If you’re looking for something more permanent (to keep at the lakehouse or grandparents’ place), see our mini crib reviews.
Features to Look for in Travel Cribs
Travel Crib Reviews
Fitted Sheet for Travel Cribs

Features to look for in travel cribs

There are a few key features that I like to see in a good travel crib – these are the absolute essentials for something that (1) I plan to travel in a car or airplane with, and (2) would be suitable for my baby to sleep in.

1 Compact size for travel. Obviously you need something smaller than a full-size crib for travel, but even the standard pack-N-play is large and heavy for a single person to tote around. The smaller and more compact a travel is when folded, the better.
2 Safe and sturdy. It’s amazing how much baby gear I see that’s for sale in spite of clear safety issues. Anything that a baby sleeps in should be designed to allow air flow and have no choking/suffocation/overheating hazards. It also needs to be sturdy enough not to collapse when your baby is in it.
3 Space-saving when set up. When you’re traveling outside of the home, space is usually at a premium. Note just in the car or airplane, but in a hotel room or beach cabin or whatever. Your baby probably doesn’t need a full-size crib just to sleep for a few days, and you want something that won’t hog the whole room.
4 Lightweight and easy to carry. What I hate about most pack-N-plays is that they’re both heavy and unwieldy, with a single cloth handle that’s supposed to “conveniently” let me carry the thing by its midsection. Toting one of those through the airport is going to be a nightmare. Instead, I’m looking for something that can fit inside a suitcase or has a convenient, well-designed carrying case.


Travel Crib Reviews

Graco Travel Lite Crib
Graco Travel Lite Crib
Graco Travel Lite Crib with Stages
Reviews: Graco Travel Lite Crib Reviews
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Size:  23.2 x 33.5 x 32.2 inches ; 19.1 pounds
  • Height-adjustable bassinet with two levels
  • Converts easily into a play yard
  • Weighs less than 20 pounds
  • Includes canopy and mobile

Travel Crib Review:

The Graco Travel Lite crib with stages is similar to a pack-N-play option with two important differences. First, its space-saving design makes it 20% smaller than your typical play yard. Second, it includes a bassinet with two height adjustments, to accommodate your growing newborn. There’s also a canopy to help block out the light, which is important when traveling (especially when you’re sharing a room).

This travel crib also folds with the push of a button (visible on the side in the photo at left) into a compact, travel-friendly size. The quilted mattress pad keeps baby comfy and cozy when in the play yard. Overall this is a nice and travel-friendly option for your baby.



Kushies Easy Fold Kushies Easy Fold Baby Bed
Reviews: Kushies Easy Fold Reviews
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Size: 33″ x 22″ x 8.5″, 2.3 pounds
  • Fits in a standard suitcase when folded
  • UV protective fabric keeps baby safe from the sun
  • Canopy with loops to hang toys

Travel Crib Review:

The Kushies Easy Fold Baby Bed is a compact, folding baby bed that’s perfect for traveling. Made of a lightweight, UV-protective fabric, it folds easily and weighs less than four pounds. I really like the protective netting, which makes this the perfect option for taking your baby outdoors to picnics, the beach, a little league game, or wherever there could be biting bugs or over-curious strangers.



Phil & Teds Travel Crib
Phil & Teds Travel Crib
Phil & Ted’s Nest Compact Baby Bed
Reviews: Phil & Teds Travel Crib Reviews
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Size: 30.3 x 15 x 13 inches ; 4.4 pounds
  • Contoured and vented base with firm mattress
  • Mesh cover top for indoor/outdoor use
  • Roomy gear bag included

Travel Crib Review:

The Phil & Ted’s Nest is another great option for traveling, overnights with the grandparents, or a nap at the park or beach. This is not just a sleeper: One side is spacious storage bag and the other side unzips a pop-up bassinet. So, you can stash some baby gear, clothes, blankets, or other essentials in the storage section. It also accommodates a fitted sheet (sold separately).

The product description states that this will fit into an overhead compartment of an airplane. While this might be true, you won’t get the chance to find out because it exceeds the carry-on size allowance, so most airports in the US won’t let you carry it on.



BABY BJÖRN Travel Crib
Baby Bjorn Travel Crib
BABYBJÖRN Travel Crib Light 2
Reviews: Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Reviews
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Size: 45 x 31.5 x 25.5 inches; 11 pounds
  • Set up and ready to use in one simple movement.
  • Compact and lightweight design (11 lbs)
  • Waterproof, breathable mattress cover is machine washable
  • New leg mechanism for easier take-down

Travel Crib Review:

The Babybjorn Travel Lite 2 is a new and improved version of their bestselling travel crib, with an improved leg mechanism that makes take-down even faster. This travel crib has a uniquely compact design that features a base with slanting edges. This means the crib stands firmly and doesn’t wobble, even if little ones are standing up or if older siblings are leaning against it.

The see-through net fabric side panels let you keep an eye on the baby while he’s playing or sleeping. It also comes with a removable, waterproof cover, which helps protect against leaky diapers.

You can buy a Baby Bjorn Fitted Sheet that will keep this travel crib soft and cozy for your baby.



Gocrib Travel Crib
Go Travel Crib
Gocrib Portable Baby Travel Crib
Reviews: Go Crib Reviews
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Size: 27″ x 39″ x 25″ inflated, 11 pounds uninflated
  • Inflates to standard-size play yard with insulating mattress
  • Anti-Puncture materials maximize strength, stiffness, and prevent leaks.
  • Curved sidewalls eliminate hard edges and corners to prevent unintended bonks and bumps.
  • Breathable ClearView Mesh allows for full airflow and an unobstructed view of baby

Travel Crib Review:

I saved one of the best for last: the GoCrib by Guava Family. This standard size, ultra-portable travel crib packs into a lightweight backpack for ultimate freedom. Set up is fast and simple with the included dual-action pump that inflates the crib in less than a minute. There’s a pressure gauge that tells you when the crib is ready to use. Once inflated, it’s the size of a regular play yard, with a nice zipper-down side to let you do some tummy time.

Don’t think of this as a cheap blow-up crib. Just the opposite, the GoCrib is a rigid inflatable structure that creates a strong and safe environment for your baby anywhere you go. When it’s time to pack up, the valves lock open to make deflation a snap. And then it stuffs into a backpack like a sleeping bag would.

The backpack is small enough to carry on, so you don’t have to worry about the airlines losing or damaging it.


Fitted Sheet for Travel Cribs

If you get the Graco, Baby Bjorn, or GoCrib travel crib, don’t forget to buy a fitted sheet. You can get the brand for most of these, but the Jersey Knit Porta-Crib Sheet by American Baby Company offers a nice alternative. These 100% cotton sheets are machine-washable, come in 5 different colors, and fit all standard size 24W x 38L porta/mini-crib pads.

Newborn Baby Carrier Reviews

newborn baby carrier reviewsWhen you’re running errands, taking a walk, or meeting up with friends, a newborn baby carrier can be incredibly useful. There are a lot of choices for these: carriers that hold the baby in front, backpack carriers, and carriers that you tote along.

We made the mistake (with our first daughter) of buying a cheap baby carrier at a discount store. It looked great, but was completely useless. Therefore I set out to find some better options. I hope you’ll find these newborn baby carrier reviews helpful!
Soft Baby Wraps
Baby K’tan Carriers
Baby Bjorn Carriers
ErgoBaby Carriers
Baby Backpack Carriers

Soft Wrap Carriers

Soft wrap carriers are a unique option for snuggling your little one against you in a stylish, soft, hands-free body wrap. These are lightweight and less expensive, and generally more useful for newborns than older babies.

Moby Wrap Baby Carrier Moby Wrap Soft Baby Carrier
Reviews: Moby Wrap Carrier Reviews
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  • Unique, intimate way to hold your newborn
  • Wide piece of fabric to wrap around shoulders
  • Distributes weight evenly between shoulders and back
  • For newborns up to 35 pounds

Baby Carrier Review:

A new and wildly popular approach to baby carriers, the Moby Wrap Baby Carrier includes a wide piece of fabric (100% cotton) that wraps around your back and shoulders. This distributes the weight evenly while keeping your baby warm and cozy against you. It’s a great way to bond with your little one while simultaneously freeing up your hands to get a few things done.

This carrier is very comfortable and easy to wear – I like that it has no buckles, straps, or other confusing gadgets that are hard to figure out. You just wrap it around your baby and yourself. There’s even a breathable stretch of fabric you can use to help support your newborn’s head.

You get two free hands and an ergonomic way to carry your baby’s weight. Your little one gets to bask in your warmth and listen to your heartbeat. It’s a win-win!

Choose from 12 different colors at Amazon

Baby K’tan Carrier

Here’s a sling-style carrier that offers six different carrying positions, while blending the comfort of a baby wrap with the comfort of sling-type models.

Baby Ktan carrier Baby K’tan Baby Carrier
Reviews: Baby K'tan newborn carrier reviews
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  • Over 6 positions from preemie to preschool (35 lbs.)
  • 100% natural cotton double Sling design
  • No wrapping, no hardware, rests comfortably on both shoulders
  • Machine washable and dryer safe

Baby Carrier Review:

The Baby K’tan Baby Carrier is an innovative 100% natural soft cotton baby carrier that is an ideal blend of a sling, wrap and carrier, providing the positions and benefits of all three. The Baby K’tan has six different carrying positions, letting you tote your little one around from birth to 3 years of age. One position even lets you privately nurse your baby.

The Baby Kt’an is lightweight and compact like a sling, yet goes over both shoulders to evenly distribute baby’s weight like a structured carrier.

What I like about this carrier is that it’s ready-to-wear, with NO buckles, snaps, rings or hardware. Instead, the double-loop design makes it easy to put on and take off, while providing excellent support and privacy for nursing mothers.

BABYBJÖRN Newborn Carriers

The Baby Bjorn is perhaps the best-known traditional baby carrier: well-made, secure, supportive, and top of the line. These are the best of the best when it comes to baby carriers.

BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier
Baby Bjorn Newborn Carrier
BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier Synergy
Reviews: BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier Reviews
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  • Breathable mesh fabric efficiently reduces heat and moisture
  • Enhanced lumbar panel provides maximum support for the lower back
  • Comfortable, wide shoulder straps distribute baby’s weight evenly
  • Carrier front can be removed completely to lay down a sleeping baby
  • Folds compactly into a convenient pouch attached inside the carrier

Baby Carrier Review:

The BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier Synergy (Black) is perhaps the best-known baby carrier, offering the ultimate in comfort for carrying your baby while keeping your hands free.

Designed for Extra Comfort

The Synergy model is made of airy, breathable mesh fabric and has enhanced lumbar support. This system is designed to let you carry heavier babies for longer periods of time while keeping your hands free for other tasks and giving your lower back extra support.

Made of Safe, Comfortable, Non-toxic Materials

All fabrics and materials used in BABYBJÖRN Baby Carriers that come into contact with baby’s skin meet international safety standards for textiles, and contain no health-hazardous substances. This means that during your baby’s teething phase, you can allow your baby to nibble or suck on the fabric without worry.

For your baby’s comfort, the airy, mesh material feels soft to baby’s cheeks and won’t irritate sensitive skin. And, for your convenience, it is machine washable and dries quickly.

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  • One-of-a-kind mesh material that releases heat and moisture
  • Great for keeping mom and baby cool, especially in summer
  • Wide padded shoulder straps
  • Sliding buckle to accommodate your growing baby

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The BABYBJÖRN Baby Air Carrier is a lighter-weight version that’s perfect for hot summer months or warmer climates. It’s constructed with a unique mesh material (designed specifically for Baby Bjorn) that wicks away heat and moisture, letting you and your baby stay cool and comfortable.

The light, airy mesh is super-soft, so your baby will snuggle quite comfortably against it.

This carrier also opens all the way in the front so that you can slide out your sleeping baby without waking him or her. The wide straps are designed to distribute the weight evenly across your back and shoulders. There’s also an adjustable head support.

You’ll probably want your newborn to face against you in the carrier, but you can also turn an older baby around so that he or she can see out. This is a nice feature, because the older they are, the more entertainment (and sadly, less snuggling) they often seem to need.


ERGObaby Newborn Carriers

ERGObaby is really giving Baby Bjorn a run for their money. These carriers are designed for ergonomic support of the parent while carrying the baby’s weight. They have both an original model and an organic materials carrier.

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  • Made of 14 ounce cotton canvas
  • 400 threads per inch cotton poplin lining and hood
  • 100% cotton batting in body of carrier to soften edges
  • Sleeping hood adjusts in length to growth of baby

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The ERGO Baby Carrier is currently the #2 selling carrier on Amazon. ergonomic design supports a correct sitting position for the newborn’s hip, pelvis and spine growth. High-density foam filling in the shoulder straps and waist belt help make it comfortable for mom and dad, too. The buckles are by National Molding and tested up to 235 pounds, though if your baby weighs that much, you have other problems.

I like that the sleeping hood adjusts so that you can keep using this as your baby grows – one of the saddest days is when your baby’s just too big for the carrier.

There are several color options; the black/camel model is shown, but it also comes in cranberry, grey, and “sport black” (solid black with cool white stitching).

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  • 100% organic cotton and sateen materials
  • Padded shoulder straps and a waist belt
  • Machine wash cold with mild detergent on gentle cycle
  • Baby’s legs are supported in a natural sitting position

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If you prefer to buy organic, then I have a baby carrier for you.

This carrier has all the advantages of the ERGO Baby Original Carrier, with the added benefit of being crafted from 100% organic cotton and sateen materials. Like the original model, it provides ergonomic support for your newborn’s hips, pelvis, and spine while keeping the parent comfortable with high-density foam padded straps. The advantage of this design is that it puts all of the weight on your hips, rather than your shoulders or lower back. It’s also easier to put on and take off than some of the other carriers, without requiring long strap adjustments.

Even though it’s made of cotton (organic cotton at that), you can machine-wash this carrier in cold water on the gentle cycle. The Highland Green color is shown; it’s also available in Desert Yellow and Navy Blue.

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Baby Backpack Carriers

Last but not least, I just had to review my favorite backpack baby carrier. These are truly hands-free, and they let your baby look at you, smell you, even reach out and touch you at all time. The real advantage to backpack style carriers is in how they distribute the weight: rather than pulling your shoulders forward, they pull your shoulders back (less weight on the lower back).

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  • Ergonomic backrest
  • Distributes baby’s weight evenly
  • Standard bag / carry-all belt bag included
  • Hood with rain cover

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This Italian-designed backpack has a height adjustable seat to give your newborn the perfect ride. Energy-absorbing lumbar cushions and padded mesh shoulder straps help you keep cool and comfortable. The frame is made of aluminum, so it’s sturdy but lightweight. There’s a kickstand to keep the whole thing stable while you load or unload your baby.

What I like about this baby carrier backpack is that it includes a water-resistant canopy, sun visor, and ventilated, zip-off rain cover. This will protect your baby from the rain, sun, and wind while providing some ventilation to keep you both comfortable. And the frame is specially designed to distribute your baby’s weight, to minimize the strain on your back and shoulders.

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