Parent Invented Baby Products That Work Well
by: Rachel Harris, Managedmoms.com
For my last baby week segment, I have cool baby tools that were all invented by parents. I love parent-invented baby products because they are usually items that solve typical parenting challenges and that proves true with these smart baby inventions.
*ciao! Baby the go anywhere high chair ($67.99 at www.theportablehighchair.com or amazon.com) – This is a mom-invented smart product. This portable high chair is easy to transport and gives baby a place to sit and dine that you know is sanitary since it is your baby's personal high chair. No assembly is required and this is designed for children under 3 years old.
*Aqueduck Handle Extender & Faucet Extender (starts at $25 for both items with savings packages offered at www.peachyco.com) Mom invented, this handle extender enables kids to turn on and off the faucet, which gives us parents a break on our backs since we no longer have to lift them up every time they need to reach the faucet to wash their hands. The faucet extender fits on most faucets and creates a waterfall effect so your little one can actually reach the water for efficient hand washing. I also like that the handle extender's ducky wings secure the handle so it can't swing right or left, so the parent chooses the water temperature and it stays there. This product is a parent favorite and has won the Mom’s Choice Award and the National Parenting Publication Gold Winner Award.
*Teether Tops ($8.99 at www.teethertops.com) Another great Mom invention, this smart item would have been so great for my babies because I am definitely an on the go Mom. Back when I had babies, every time my baby dropped his or her teething ring in a public place, it was done for the day until I could get home and wash it thoroughly. This teething toy straps onto baby’s wrist so it won’t drop on a dirty floor when you are out and about. It can also be frozen, which is very soothing to baby’s gums and it is BPA free, machine washable and is made with 100% cotton. What a smart momvention for sure!
*Steri-Bottle ($5.99 for a 5-pack at Babies R Us and at www.steribottle.com) -- I love that these on the go baby bottles are recyclable! The Steri-bottle is a disposable bottle that is BPA free and can be used right out of the box. This is perfect for traveling with baby and for those middle of the night feedings when you find yourself with a sink full of dirty bottles because you were too tired to do all the washing the night before. This is a great parent invention that is a top selling baby product in the UK. I am happy for parents of babies that it is here now.
*Peek-a-Zoo ($20 to $28 at www.mypeekazoo.com) – These mom invented onesies and t-shirts for baby are darling and each one represents a favorite zoo animal. The comfy material features cute animal bodies on the front and informative and educational animal facts on the back. Choose from styles that include zoo, sea and forest friends. These are truly sweet and unique.
*NoseFrida the Snotsucker ($15 at Walgreens and Babies R Us) -- I have heard from several moms that this strange contraption, that seems gross, is actually clean and very effective at clearing baby's nose. Managedmoms.com writer and Walgreens beauty expert, Bianca also tells me that it is a top seller. This doctor-invented contraption has a large tube that is placed against baby's nostril and then the parent sucks the other end to suction out the mucus in baby's nose. It is 100% hygienic due to the disposable filters that are placed in the tool each time it is used.
*Four Moms MamaRoo Infant Seat ($249 at Babies R Us) -- The unique MamaRoo Infant Seat by 4moms moves like a mom moves. Choose from 5 motions or 5 different speeds from the easy to use LCD display. Listen to any one of five built-in nature sounds or connect any MP3 player. The seat reclines to multiple positions to allow baby to lie back and relax or sit up and play. My mom friends with babies tell me that this is the best moving baby seat on the market hands down.
*Brica Magical FireFly Auto Mirror ($39.99 at Babies R Us) -- Although I'm not sure if this one is parent invented, I'm including it anyway because I had several moms tell me to include this item in my list for Kyle. You can see baby and baby can see you from her rear facing car seat, which is soothing to both parent and baby. Dancing firefly lights appear behind the mirror and are timed to lively songs in the entertainment mode. In the soothing mode, twinkling lights and relaxing tunes help lull them to sleep at the touch of the remote. I like that Mom gets a remote up front so she can control the stimulation of the different lights and music settings.
Kudos to the parents who came up with these clever ideas to help parents with babies. Do you know of a great baby product that I didn't show? If so, share here in the comments section and be sure to check my blog at www.managedmoms.com for more parenting tips for all ages.