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August 23, 2012

5 Baby Safety Products You (& Baby) Should NOT Live Without

After you've left the hospital and get to take your new darling home, there is a whole new world of acclimation for both you and baby to get into a routine. I basically compare it to when the honeymoon phase is over when you get married, but it is now time for you and baby to figure out: “How are we gonna do this?”

When my first child was born I sometimes had to wait all day before my husband got home just so I could take a shower. Then I was given a Bumbo and the whole world became a new place including one where I no longer smelled of baby poo and milk. Although Bumbos recently were recalled, at the time, it was the one item in the world I couldn’t live without. Thankfully, several companies have continued to improve technology by developing new products to solve some of the biggest new baby (and even beyond) issues in efforts to help families live more normal and safer lives.


“My Baby Won’t Sleep Flat”

If you think you are the first parent to attempt to stack up pillows, blankets, or even stuffed animals just the right way to try to get your baby to sleep like they do in their car seat, then here’s your wake-up call – join the long lines of parents who’ve done the same thing and not succeeded. Thankfully, one mom developed a safer option and called it the Nap Nanny® Chill




This soft, portable recliner was designed to increase comfort and improve infant sleep. The Nap Nanny® mimics the contours of a car seat and the comfort of a baby blanket and features maximum stability, allowing your baby to rest peacefully. The cover has a waterproof liner protecting the foam for greater longevity, while the safety harness keeps baby secure. Weighing only three pounds, the Nap Nanny® travels and stores easily, so you can take this to grandma’s house without bringing a trailer to fit all the baby stuff. I’m sure that this one is soon to replace many bassinets and pack and plays for newborns.


“I Spent all this Money on a Crib Set and I Can’t Even Use It”

I will never admit how much I spent on my crib bedding for either of my kids, but I will divulge that I spent less time deciding what college to go and what car to buy than the countless number of hours online finding the perfect crib set. The irony was, while it was cute, once I took all the parts out that aren’t safe for a baby (the big blanket, the bumper and even pillows), I was left with a sheet and a bed skirt. Then I had to go and buy additional swaddle thingies so my baby could be warm, but not suffocate themselves. So basically, what was the point, right?





While a little late for me, you finally have the perfect safe solution for baby bedding. The all-in-one Halo SafeSleep Crib Set is contains everything your baby needs to sleep safe and sound from the start: a coordinating HALO SleepSack wearable blanket, SleepSack Swaddle, two soft 100% cotton jersey fitted crib sheets and matching decorative skirt. And for the Type A moms like me, it all matches, so you still can have a cute set while keeping your baby safe, so now you can sleep at night rather than think about what matches what and if your baby is breathing. Best of all, at around $100 and available in several colors and designs, it’s also a new pick for my Roundup of Perfect Baby Shower Gifts!

“I’m Scared I’ll Forget My Baby in the Car”

No one ever thinks they’re going to be “that” parent who forgets their child in a hot car, but sadly it happens every year, especially when the weather is at its hottest. Sleep deprived new parents are especially susceptible as the routine of taking care of baby is so new.  The childminder® SMART Clip SYSTEM is an alarm that goes off 8 seconds after the parent or caregiver has moved more than 15 feet from the child in his/her safety seat.   The ChildMinder system installation takes less than three minutes. Simply replace the baby’s safety seat chest clip with the ChildMinder system's smart clip and place the key ring alarm unit on your automotive key ring…it rings when you walk too far from the car seat with your baby locked inside. (Wish you had thought of that, right?)




“It’s Too Much Work to Transfer my Car Seat”

Since I’m normally am the official chauffeur of the Reo children, I don’t have to trade out the chairs very often. However, when I do, it takes everything I have to transfer them to the next vehicle and worst off, return it back to my car. Not only is it inconvenient, but fiddling with buckles and the finding the Latch hooks to connect everything still has me sweating and tired. Thankfully Baby Trend has figured out safety and efficiency can actually work together.




The trendZ Fastback 3-in-1 Car Seat changes smoothly as your child grows from 22 lbs. up to 120 lbs. In less than a minute, the car seat can be installed using the latch anchors points in the car.  It is a forward-facing car seat with a built-in harness up to 70 lbs., a high-back booster seat up to 100 lbs. and a backless booster seat up to 120 lbs. The FastBack features a structural steel frame with what they call a “innovative Rigid Energy Management System (REMS), the easiest, most secure and reliable attachment method available. “Designed to exceed all governmental safety standards and reduce the movement of the car seat in a crash."  

While I don’t know what the REMS is, I can testify I feel like my kid is secure and it took literally 2 minutes to install with a little bit of strength to click-it-in to place.  And even better it has a built in cup holder and even a spot for toys or gaming device (for when she is a little older.) I do think we have found our solution to the one car seat that does it all and goes with us as she grows up!, $199.95

“My Kiddo Doesn’t Need a Booster, but Do You have a Phonebook?”

While your baby won’t need help sitting at the kitchen table right off the bat, there will be a time that your bundle of joy will not need to be in the high chair, but still need a little help to reach the top. Thank goodness for you, you don’t have to tote around one of those giant phone books anymore, now there’s LUV CHICKEN!  



Described on their website, “Your Little Chicken will love the boost they get at the dinner table with the Luv ChickenBooster Cushion,” it’s your solution for the movie theater, restaurants, and the ball game! What I loved about the Luv Chicken was that it was washable, had a handle and you don’t have to worry about the cushion slipping off the chair since it’s got a non-slip bottom. I got one that was green too, so then both boys and girls can use it. This is just one of those things that is good to keep around even after your kids don’t need a little boost., $45.00

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