It may not be glamourous, but the health and safety of a baby is every mom’s top priority. With our fifth edition of my modern Baby Registry Guide, I’m rounding up my favorite, well-reviewed health & safety products. These items will help prevent injuries and make your little ones feel better when they become congested or gassy. These might not be the most fun items for people to buy you, but if you add them to your registry you can use a registry completion coupon to purchase them yourself.
01. Comb & Brush. Once our babies start growing hair, use this cute wooden brush and comb set to get rid of tangles and keep hair soft. Plus, they’ll look nice set out in the bathroom or the on the dresser. Green Sprouts Wooden Brush and Comb Set on Amazon, $7.17.
02. Monitor. When I was born, I don’t even think my parents had a monitor. But with today’s technology, now you’re able to check in on your little through video. There are a ton of options out there, so finding the right monitor can take a lot of research. I read a lot of reviews and discovered BabyPing, a high-tech video monitor that allows you to check on your baby using your iPhone or iPad via WiFi. Since we’re a Apple-family, this seemed like a great solution. No additional monitoring devices to keep track of! Just my phone, which I always have with me. Both the camera device and the app have some great features. And now, thanks to their new BabyPing+ app, you can access your video feed over your 3G or 4G network, as well. It’s like a baby monitor / nanny cam in one! BabyPing is relatively new to the market, but they’re owned by Y-cam Solutions, who has been designing and developing sleek, high-tech, but extremely user-friendly home monitoring systems since 2007, so you can definitely trust that they know what they’re doing. I highly recommend checking out their site. BabyPing, $199.99
03. Thermometer. There are a ton of new fancy thermometers out there. Ones that look like pacifiers, ones that take temperatures by touch, and some that supposedly take a reading without any contact! While they are definitely cool, everything I’ve read says that for a truly accurate reading on a newborn, you need a rectal thermomter. Yay! (insert sarcasm) At least, they’re much less expensive. This one will work for newborns up to age three. Vicks Baby Rectal Thermometer on Amazon, $10.94.
04. Nasal Aspirator. Honestly, I don’t know if I can bring myself to use this nifty gadget, but everyone I know that has raves about it. It replaces the standard, old bulb syringe and works by sucking out the mucus. That’s right. But, again it’s fabulously reviewed. FridaBaby Nosefrida: The Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator on Amazon, $14.78.
A Great Basic Option: Nasal Aspirator from Green Sprouts, $6.
05. Saline Drops. Babies get a lot of congestion and you can’t give them medicine, but you can use these non-medicated saline drops. They might be helpful to add to your medicine cabinet. Little Remedies Little Noses Non-Medicated Saline Drops at Walgreens, $4.99.
06. Humidifier. I’ve actually read some mixed reviews about humidifiers, but after reaching out to some doctors and nurses, decided it was probably a good idea to get one. There are a bunch of options, but I prefer this modern design over a cutesy kid version. Crane Drop Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier at Target, $44.99.
More Cute or Cool Humidifier Choices: Hippo Humidifier at Giggle, $46; Ultrasonic Air Humidifier at Giggle, $75; Crane Frog Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier at Target, $39.99.
07. Gas and Colic Reliever. This product is designed by the same people that make The Snotsucker. There’s not a ton of research out there, but basically it’s a single-use catheter that helps babies get rid of excess gas. I think these would be worth trying out. FridaBaby The Windi Gas and Colic Reliever on Amazon, $15.
08. Bath Spout Cover. Once your baby outgrows an infant tub, as spout cover will help keep you kiddo safe at bath time. Not only does this option protect against bumps an bruises, it also has a digital thermometer to prevent scalding. FYI: it’s also a good idea to turn down the setting down on your water heater to prevent burns (max 120). 4moms Tub Spout Cover on Amazon, $29.99.
09. Outlet Plug Cover. Whether it’s valid or not, we all have this fear of our crawling child electrocuting themselves by sticking something into outlets. You can cover them with plastic guards (which is undoubtedly the cheapest option), but what’s great about these covers is that you can easily access plug, if needed. The outlet automatically covers when a plug is removed. Kidco Universal Outlet Cover (3 pack) on Amazon, $9.
10. Door Hinge Guards. Like the rest of Rhoost‘s designs, these door hinges are not only functional, but stylish. They’re easy to install and remove; and will keep your little one’s fingers from getting pinched. Rhoost Finger Guards (2 pack) on Amazon, $9.34.
11. Cabinet Locks. Just like outlet plug covers and door hinge guards, there are a lot of cabinet lock options out there. However, the majority of them are visible from the outside. Personally, I love this hidden option that opens with the assistance of a magnetic key. Buy extra keys if you plan on using these in multiple rooms. We’ll need both them in the kitchen and bathroom. Safety 1st Magnetic Locking System (set of 8 locks/ 1 key) on Amazon, $22.99.
10. Safety Gate. If you have stairs in your home, eventually you’ll probably need a safety guide. There are a lot of options out there. I didn’t do a ton a research since we don’t have stairs, but I do like this option from Munchkin. It’s floor bar is 50% lower than standard gates – a feature that I would appreciate considering I tend to trip on everything. It also has a wide gate opening and a double-locking system. Munchkin Safe Step Gate with TripGuard on Amazon, $79.99.
Not Pictured. Other Bath Care Items. In addition to the items above, I’m also including these items on my baby registry. Silicone Baby Toothbrush from Green Sprouts, $8; Green Sprouts Grooming Scissors on Amazon, $4; Green Sprouts Nail Clippers on Amazon, $4.25; Green Sprouts Wooden Nail Brush on Amazon, $2.16.
*Special thanks to Justin Smith, MD, from Cook Children’s for consulting with me on some of these recommendations. Check out their blog, We do it all for kids.
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Announcing the Baby Registry Guide Series
01. Nursery Décor & Organization
03. Nursing & Feeding
04. Bathing & Potty
05. Health & Safety
08. Clothing & Accessories