Five Baby Items You Didn't Know You Needed

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When I was pregnant with Elli, the thought of starting a baby registry was just so overwhelming. There were just so many brands and opinions and advice out there. I remember talking to a "seasoned" mom about whether or not I should register for just a convertible car seat or an infant car seat. She said, "Oh, you don't need an infant car seat." (Insert my eyes pop out of my head.). She then said I could just save money, get a convertible car seat and baby-wear instead. All this to say, I was very overwhelmed. We registered and all ended well. (We ended up getting both an infant car seat and a convertible car seat, by the way.)

Of course, being a new parent, there's a lot of trial and error, especially with baby items. Some items work for you and your baby. Other things don't. And since I'm all about I'm all about finding the balance of convenience for me and happiness, health, and safety for the baby, I am always intrigued to try out quirky things and what may seem as unnecessary things. Here are a few items in which I have personally found helpful! And maybe you aren't expecting or have any itty bitty's running around, so I've also included an idea for gift bundles for expecting moms. (I know before having a baby, I used to struggle in the gift department.)

I saw an ad for this on Facebook and was immediately intrigued. Basically, the Baby Bum Diaper Cream Brush is a brush used to apply ointment and cream to your little one's bum. I didn't buy this little gadget until Elli was maybe four months old when she started rolling over. I was tired of having cream on my finger trying to wrangle my baby with my free arm. Many times, the cream would end up somewhere... on the changing pad, the diaper, Elli's feet and legs, her clothes...everywhere except her tushy. I caved in and bought the Baby Bum Diaper Cream Brush and walla! We've been mess free since! The best thing about the brush besides the fact that it keeps my hands cream and ointment free is the fact that the bottom is a suction cup! I usually pop that sucker on the top of Elli's ointment (we use Aquaphor) and the brush is never lost.

All right. I'll be honest. I never understood the point of a sound machine, especially for a baby. I wasn't one to fall asleep to lullaby music when I was a kid. However, my husband thought we should register for it and his grandmother bought one for us. Honestly, I don't know what we'd do without it. For starters, the music playing in Elli's room distracts her from the noises coming from other parts of the house. Since Elli was in the womb, she would jump at extremely loud noises. And she is still easily startled. One afternoon, we forgot to put her sound machine on during nap time, and someone rang the doorbell. The dogs howled at Elli immediately woke up. Needless to say, she had a fifteen minute nap and was extremely fussy the rest of the day.

The myBaby Soundspa Lullaby Sound Machine and Projector also comes with three projector disks for the light projector. Elli loved watching the pictures on the ceiling when she was really little. It seemed to calm her down right before bed.

My coworker told me about this particular pacifier as her grandson loved his. First off, aren't they so cute?! All the little animals are just adorable!

Second, the little animals part is the perfect size for little hands to grab. This is helpful for when they are learning to pop the paci back into their mouth. Especially when they lose the paci in the crib and wake up! Elli was not a huge pacifier sucker but, she does love her Wubbanub and even if she's not sucking on the paci, she does love to cuddle with it during bedtime.

For whatever reason, Elli does not like the feel of a toothbrush, so when I found Dr. Brown's Tooth and Gum Wipes, I jumped at the opportunity to try them out. And what do you know, but Elli likes it! She'll actually open her mouth (and for the most part not chomp down on my fingers) and let me wipe her teeth. She even likes the grape flavor as she'll often go "mmm!" Elli will even clean her own teeth with the wipes. So for now, we'll be using the wipes. PS: If anyone has any tips on getting their one-year-old to love brushing their teeth, please share. I'd be so grateful!

I swear, before children, this was the grossest concept I thought a person could ever think of. Then Elli got the sniffles and bulb syringes (even the ones I got from the hospital) were just not doing it. I sucked it up (no pun intended) and bought a Nose Freida, much to Dan's chagrin, since he thought the concept was gross too. When I showed it to him and explained how it worked, he said, "Fine, but you're doing it. Not me." (#momlife) This thing, my friends, works like a charm. And Elli likes, no, LOVES it because it clears her right up. In fact, if she's stuffy, she'll stick the thing up her nose and wait for us to suck out the snot.

To clear up any misconceptions...

There is a filter in the tube, so the snot never makes contact with your mouth.

The boogers don't shoot to the top (at least it hasn't in my experience.) and you don't "taste" snot.

It's very easy to put together, use, and dis-assemble.

It's very easy to clean.

I highly recommend this weird little gadget and I promise the fact that it is Elli approved is saying something!

Who knew all those little gadgets would come in handy? If you are an expecting mom, I would highly recommend you all looking into these little things. And if you haven't already, start a registry with Amazon! You'll get a cute little congratulatory gift box of baby samples and goodies, 10% completion discount (15% if you are a Prime member), other exclusive offers and discounts, and of course, anyone can access Amazon! Get started here:

Enjoy shopping!

To current momma's of littles, have any of you found quirky little gifts and gadgets that have really been handy? Share below? And if you have any pertaining to toddlerhood specifically, I'd love to hear from you! We are coming up on the toddler years very quickly (someone hold me.), so share those weird but helpful gadgets!