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Ranked By Doctors: 20 Baby Products

When it comes to shopping for baby products, there is a ton of information out there for parents to peruse over on the World Wide Web. Just like with literally anything else, this information is often contradictory.

If a future mom-to-be looks for information about what kind of pacifier (or even if pacifiers are safe), then she’s going to return with a ton of conflicting information that will make her head spin and give her the migraine of the century.

Instead of using trial-and-error to see what works for the tiny bundle of joy, it’s best to go directly to the products that are backed by pediatricians since they are far more knowledgeable about such items than some random poster on the Internet.

Plus, pediatricians can easily help parents find the best products, like the ones listed below. These are not only within the budget but also have spiffy extra features; such as mesh around the bassinet for easier breathability or a bottle that can easily morph into baby’s first sippy cup. That way, mom isn’t ready to facepalm repeatedly every time her son or daughter side-eyes her when she tries to transition them away from their beloved baby bottle.

20 Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier

Parenting notes that doctors such as Dr. Tanya Altmann love the Ergobaby 360 Carrier due to the fact that it has a structured bucket seat that allows the little one to sit comfortably and have their delicate back be supported.

This carrier is also reversible, as it comes with four different positions that moms and dads can wear, including front-inward, front-outward, back and hip. It also comes with a sleeping hood that helps support the baby’s head and hides them from the Sun too. Plus, it distributes the little one’s mass in such a way that it won’t be uncomfortable for mom or dad to wear for long periods of time.

19 The Merlin Sleepsuit

Trying to keep an infant sleeping for long periods of time can be a challenge, and when it comes to sleep training, every parent winds up utilizing different tools. Some parents turn to putting on soothing music while others find that a warm bath before bedtime really helps to relax their little one to the point where they will close their eyes and drift off to dreamland.

NY Mag notes that if parents want to try a snuggie to help relax their child, to give the Merlin’s Sleepsuit a try. It was designed by a pediatric physical therapist named Maureen Howard to muffle the infant’s startle reflexes and keep them grounded to the crib.

18 KicKee Pants Romper

When it comes to infants, it is best to go with rompers and such for a while, since you’ll have to be changing their diaper every few hours and trying to struggle with overly complicated clothes is a headache no parent really needs.

For everyday wear, Parenting recommends the KicKee Pants romper because it’s made from bamboo and gets softer every time you wash it, which means that you don’t have to listen to an angry baby complaining about the itchy material against their skin. It also comes with a snap-back flap so that changing your little one’s diaper will be a breeze.

17 Medela Freestyle Pump

For moms that choose not to feed their little one formula from a bottle, one essential item that will become their most prized possession is a pump to draw the milk out.

Parenting gives the Medela Freestyle Breast Pump two thumbs up due to the fact that it is light and compact, which means you won’t get the mother of all backaches if you have to lug it around in a bag. It is also designed to allow moms to pump directly into bottles and it was built to actually produce more milk since it was specifically created to simulate an infant’s sucking patterns.

16 Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment

One universal struggle for all parents that are raising infants is the ever-present threat of diaper rash. When my little sister was a baby, her skin was incredibly sensitive and she’d constantly get diaper rash. I remember my parents practically had to purchase stock in A and D ointment because that was the only thing that soothed her red, itchy skin.

While A and D ointment worked well for my little sister, Best Products says Aquaphor’s healing ointment is the best brand on the shelves today because it was specifically designed for a baby’s skin and the formula allows oxygen to flow, which reduces healing time for diaper rash.

15 Britax B-Safe Infant Car Seat

Nowadays, many parents take car safety very seriously and will spend hours on the Internet or picking the brain of their pediatrician in order to figure out which brand and type of car seat will help keep their infant safe when they’re inside of the motor vehicle.

Best Products says that doctors like Dr. Altmann rave about the Britax B-Safe car seat since it is easy to install (meaning you won’t have to fret about whether or not you put it in right) and it comes with a five-point harness that will keep your child safe and secure.

Other added bonuses include the design for side-impact protection and an energy-absorbing foam liner.

14 Little Remedies Saline Nasal Mist

Babies can easily come down with a case of the sniffles. It was a pretty common occurrence for my little sister when she was an infant, and it was often frustrating for my mother because unlike when I caught a cold, she couldn’t just toss me some Benadryl or a vial of Flonase to clear it right up.

Best Products reports that pediatricians adore Little Remedies Saline Nasal mist not only because it helps clear a sniffily infant’s nostrils, but there are no fragrances that might irritate their delicate lungs in the formula either. Plus, the applicator on top of the bottle was specifically designed for a baby’s tiny nostrils too.

13 ZoLi Buzz B Electric Nail Trimmer

As any parent or dog owner will tell you, clipping the nails of either a canine or an infant can be perilous because they have a tendency to dislike the sensation since they don’t really know what the heck is going on and might start to flail around.

While most dog owners can toss out the clippers and either train their pooch to use a scratchboard or switch over to a nail grinder, parents aren’t lucky enough to have as many options. That’s why Parenting says pediatricians rave about the ZoLi Buzz B electric nail trimmer—it has four cushioned pads to accommodate your child’s growth and is gentle enough that it won’t make them upset when you clip their nails.

12 Braun No Touch and Forehead Thermometer

Pretty much everyone has memories of feeling run down and watching their parents run to the cupboard to bust out the standard thermometer to check to see if you are running a fever. I always seemed to catch sinus infections and viruses as a kid, so my mom made sure to have the thermometer nearby when I was a kid.

Since babies can’t use the standard thermometer just yet, Parenting notes that pediatricians recommend using the Braun No Touch and Forehead Thermometer, since you can easily take your little one’s temperature by placing it against their forehead or simply hold it five inches away from their forehead. Talk about no muss and no fuss!

11 BeautyCounter Baby Gentle All-Over Wash

With all of the baby washes out there, it can be difficult for parents to know which one is going to be right for their own little one.

According to Best Products, pediatricians feel that BeautyCounter’s Gentle All-Over Baby Wash can’t be beaten because it helps keep your little one from feeling grimy and it is gentle on the eyes. So even if your baby accidentally gets it in their eyelid, they won’t start tearing up. The best part about this product is that it can also be used as a shampoo for your infant’s hair, so you’re really getting two products for the price of one.

10 Avent Soothie Pacifier

With so many pacifiers and soothies out there on the market, some parents will research other family’s experiences and buy one or two in order to see if it works for their infant. If not, then they chuck it into the trash pail and go out and find another brand.

Instead of going the long-winded trial and error route, Best Products notes that parents should just pick up the Avent Soothie pacifier since it’s been such a hit with over 2,000 hospitals and pediatricians. It is also made from BPA-free material and was specifically designed to make sure that the pacifier itself does not hinder the natural development of your baby’s teeth and gums.

9 CeraVe Baby Moisturizing Cream

According to Best Products, many pediatricians feel that CeraVe Baby Moisturizing Cream is the best way to keep your infant’s skin feeling supple and soft. No one likes dealing with dry skin, but at least we adults can get up and go to our local store in order to pick up some moisturizer in the winter. Babies can’t do that yet and rely on their parents to keep their skin feeling soft.

Unlike moisturizers for adults, the formula for the CeraVe Baby Moisturizing Cream has zero fragrances and does not contain any parabens or phthalates either; which is why the National Eczema Association has given it their stamp of approval.

8 Hatch Baby Rest Night Light

One thing many parents—especially moms—struggle with is trying to get their newborn to go back to sleep after they woke up demanding something to eat in the middle of the night.

That’s why People writes that pediatricians such as Dr. Elizabeth Murray strongly suggest investing in the Hatch Baby Night Light. Not only can parents play soothing sounds that will lull their child back to sleep after they nurse, but this nightlight will also help dim the room and remind your little one that it’s time for sleep, while also providing enough light for you to creep around the room without stubbing a toe.

7 Seventh Generation Animal Print Free & Clear Diapers, 155 Count

Trying to figure out which brand of diapers to buy for your infant can often feel like searching for a needle in a haystack for most parents.

Best Products notes that doctors find that the Seventh Generation Animal Print Free and Clear brand is the best since they are designed to be hypoallergenic and are not bleached with chlorine before being put inside the packaging.

There are also no lotions or fragrances in the diapers either, so you don’t have to worry about any of those additions irritating your newborn’s skin. These diapers are also eco-friendly, which means you’re helping out the environment every time you purchase them.

6 Bugaboo Fox Stroller

When my little sister was a baby, I remember that the stroller my parents purchased was built like a tank. My sister loved to be rocked in that thing and her babysitter, Madeline, fondly dubbed it her “chariot,” which made me laugh because I just kept picturing two horses busting into my home and pulling her around in the stroller.

The Bugaboo Fox stroller may not be my sister’s beloved chariot, but Parenting writes that pediatricians feel it is the best item on the market because it’s sturdy but light. The one my sister had might have been built like a tank, but it was heavy and difficult to push. The Bugaboo stroller is feather-light and has smooth wheels so you can navigate easily without jostling your little one.

5 Avent Baby Bottle to First Sippy Cup

My poor mother was ready to tear her hair out when my sister was a wee lass because she stubbornly refused the first two sippy cups that she purchased for her. Thankfully for my mother, the third time was the charm and my sister was able to make the transition from drinking out of a bottle to drinking out of a sippy cup.

Parenting notes that doctors such as Dr. Altmann recommend the Avent Baby Bottle to Sippy Cup for fussy children because it comes with a soft spout that is interchangeable and, therefore, makes it easier for your child to adjust from going from a bottle to an actual cup.

4 Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper

According to Parenting, Dr. Altmann loves the Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper since it’s not too unwieldy, which makes it easier for parents to keep this bassinet beside their bed.

The Swivel Sleeper can rotate a full 360 degrees and can safely accommodate a baby that either is five months old or hits the 20-pound mark—whichever comes first. It is also built with mesh walls that allow the little one to breathe easily and has a side wall that mom or dad can lower if they need easier access to their baby for feedings in the middle of the night.

3 Little Remedies Gas Relief Drops

If there is anything parents and dog owners can come together to gripe about, it is about how gassy both infants and our furry canine pals can be—especially when they are young. When my dog Zoe was a puppy, she’d have an upset stomach after eating one of those Greenies for her teeth. It got to the point that she’d make a room smell so bad after chowing down on one of those sticks that I had to stop giving it to her.

Unlike dog owners, who either have to remove the item that is offending their dog’s stomach or just deal with the aroma, Best Products points out that parents can follow pediatricians advice and pick up the gluten-free Little Remedies Gas Relief Drops to soothe their cranky and gassy baby.

2 Wearable Blanket

Who didn’t love snuggling up in a cozy sleeping bag as a kid, especially during sleepovers with friends and staying up all night to talk each other’s ears off.

Dr. Murray tells People that now moms and dads can re-create the cozy feeling of being inside of a sleeping blanket for their infant with the cotton wearable blanket. This item will help soothe infants and keep them toasty warm during the winter without parents having to worry that their little one is going to accidentally wind up with a face full of blankets. Which makes this a must-have if you live in a place where the temperature tends to drop for long periods of time.

1 Bulb Syringe

I have vague memories of playing doctor with my dolls when I was a little girl and busting out the blue bulb syringe that my mother always kept in the cupboard, although I don’t really recall ever seeing her use it on me.

According to People, Dr. Murray insists that all parents buy a bulb syringe since it can help suck up the mucus that is clogging your baby’s nostrils due to a stuffed-up nose. This explains why I have no memories of my mother using it on me since I would’ve been an infant at the time when she administered it. Plus, I used to play with the bulb syringe when I was about five or six years old.

Sources: Parenting, Best ProductsPeople, NY Mag.

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