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14 Weirdly Useful Baby Products You’ll Definitely Want to Add to Cart
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July 12, 2024

14 Weirdly Useful Baby Products You’ll Definitely Want to Add to Cart

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Sure, focusing on the big-ticket items—like a stroller, car seat and crib—when building your baby registry is important. But as a mom of two—who's been there, done that—I’m here to share the hidden gems that made life with a baby (and eventually a toddler) a little bit easier. A tool that helps keep water out of baby’s eyes in the bath? Check. Something that picks their boogers so you don't have to? Check. I discovered most of these picks my second time around but wish I’d found them sooner. 

Here are the products that unexpectedly became must-haves, so you can get ahead of the curve. 

14 Weirdly Useful Baby Products You’ll Definitely Want to Add to Cart

The Baby Calmer

I didn’t have this with my first baby and my lips regretted it. A sound machine that makes a human “shushing” noise sounds like a gimmick, but I can assure you, it’s not. This was the only thing that could soothe my car seat-hating baby or help me get her to sleep in our Solly baby carrier when we had to be out and about during her normal naptime window.

14 Weirdly Useful Baby Products You’ll Definitely Want to Add to Cart

A Visor for Hair Washing

I’m sure I’m not alone in having little ones who despise getting water on their faces during bathtime (though they’re somehow okay with this during swimming?). Although we tried to teach them to look at the ceiling while we washed their hair, the slightest trickle near their eyes would spark crying. This visor was a fun bathtime addition and helped keep their face water-free.

14 Weirdly Useful Baby Products You’ll Definitely Want to Add to Cart

Splash Stopper

Toddlers and bathtime means there will be excited splashing at some point. And sure, baths are for scrubbing the day’s dirt and mealtime remnants away, but they’re also a great opportunity for sensory play and winding down. Enter this Little Splasher’s Play Pad—a gadget that extends the edge of your tub for more room to play, while also protecting your bathroom floor from getting wet. It’s about three feet in length and has strong suction cups to securely attach it to your bathtub’s rim—another bath accessory you never knew you needed.

14 Weirdly Useful Baby Products You’ll Definitely Want to Add to Cart

All-Over Ointment

Cradle cap? Eczema? Chapped cheeks on a cold winter day? Dry skin after a day of swimming? Throw some Tubby Todd AOO on it—seriously. Once I saw this cream worked wonders with my first baby’s cradle cap and eczema patches, I was sure to stock up before number 2 arrived. I even love it for my own crusty hands and cuticles. To this day, I make sure we never run out of this cream.

14 Weirdly Useful Baby Products You’ll Definitely Want to Add to Cart

An Intro Toothbrush

Another somewhat difficult task is brushing tiny baby and toddler teeth. This fun banana toothbrush-teether combo feels great on sore gums and the gentle silicone bristles help them get used to something scrubbing their teeth.

14 Weirdly Useful Baby Products You’ll Definitely Want to Add to Cart

A Booger Picker

My toddlers were not fans of the Nose Frida, but they would sit still just long enough for us to pick a booger out with this Oogiebear picker. And the aspirator in this set resembles those bulbs you get in the hospital (which I personally loved during the first few weeks after birth) but it’s much easier to clean.

14 Weirdly Useful Baby Products You’ll Definitely Want to Add to Cart

Major Gas-Relief

Sometimes babies get gas that no burps or bicycles can remedy, and that’s where this little device comes in. The Windi is a safe and effective tool to help relieve painful tummy cramps from trapped gas. Be sure to read the instructions thoroughly before trying (and always contact your doctor if you have any concerns about your baby’s tummy troubles or constipation).

14 Weirdly Useful Baby Products You’ll Definitely Want to Add to Cart

For Easier Unbuckling

Car seat buckle buttons can be tough to press, especially when you’re getting your little one in and out of the car multiple times a day. This thing saves my thumb nails and I’ve found it to be extra helpful when grandma’s visiting, too.

14 Weirdly Useful Baby Products You’ll Definitely Want to Add to Cart

A Wipe Warmer

I imagine few things are more startling than a cold wipe to the bum during a middle-of-the-night poop change. A wipe warmer is not a necessity but it’s a nice comfort measure. This one opens with the wave of a hand and has a soft nightlight so you can see what you’re doing.

14 Weirdly Useful Baby Products You’ll Definitely Want to Add to Cart

Toy Rings

Babies love to throw things on the ground—these fun link toys will save you from retrieving them a million times. You can link a few together and attach their toys and teethers to the stroller bar or high chair so they stay within reach (your back will thank you later).

14 Weirdly Useful Baby Products You’ll Definitely Want to Add to Cart

For Mess-Proof Pouch Eating

There’s nothing stronger than a baby’s grip when it’s on something they probably shouldn’t have. Despite modeling and reminding my two kids to hold their pouches gently, we’d always end up cleaning globs of yogurt and applesauce off of their lap. These pouch holders give them something sturdy to hold and it also works for the occasional juice box. We also liked these spill-proof tops for on-the-go.

14 Weirdly Useful Baby Products You’ll Definitely Want to Add to Cart

A Two-in-One Diaper Bag

You’ve reached a bittersweet milestone when you no longer need a giant, fully stocked diaper bag for every outing. This spacious stroller caddy also doubles as a crossbody bag, making it super convenient for taking on short outings. There’s enough room and organization for essentials (yours and baby’s). You can also pack it up and leave it in your trunk so you’re never caught without a diaper or spare change of clothes.

14 Weirdly Useful Baby Products You’ll Definitely Want to Add to Cart

Did you know that massaging your breasts can help stimulate and release the flow of milk? And it works whether you’re exclusively breastfeeding, pumping (or doing a mixture of both). A lactation massager can also help soothe sore, engorged boobs when milk comes in.

14 Weirdly Useful Baby Products You’ll Definitely Want to Add to Cart

Sound Sleep Away From Home

Some babies are very particular about their sleeping conditions, but with these portable black-out shades, you can help recreate their requirements when you’re on vacation or visiting family.


Briana Engelbrecht

Assistant Editor

Briana Engelbrecht is Babylist’s Assistant Editor, where she brings her passion for early childhood development and the perinatal period, plus experience as a mom of two to Babylist articles and guides. A former preschool teacher, she loves children’s picture books, cats, plants and making things.

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