4 Top Baby and Child Products Every Mom Needs!
Being a mom is a tough job and it is most definitely one that comes with challenges. But, you know how they say that when you work hard, you reap rewards? Well, being a parent is just that. There are a lot of bumps along the way, sleepless nights and some surprises that will rock your world. You know what?
It is all worth it.
As cliché as it may sound, there really isn’t a parenting manual. You refer to your own upbringing, you learn as you go and you welcome knowledge from parents who have already experienced the different stages in a child’s life.
Through that journey, we find not only tactics to help with raising a child but also products that are absolute musts to get through it all. The following are my must-haves and if you don’t have them in your arsenal, you should!
1. Orajel Natural Source.
Teething is one of the hardest stages for a baby. They are getting those cute little pearly whites but, that doesn’t come without any struggle or pain. Gabby, my eldest, was really good through teething. I would freeze baby cloths and then I would let her chew on my finger through the cloth and I would give her a teething ring. Towards the end, her pain got to the point of unbearable and I knew I needed to do more to relieve her pain.
Thankfully, I found this Orajel teething gel. Just a tiny pea-sized drop on my finger and placed on her little gums did wonders. It relieved the ache and she was a happy baby in no time. The second time around with Mimi, I was already armed with Orajel and prepared for the teething stage and boy, did it come with a vengeance.
Why You Need It:
Orajel Natural Source Homeopathic Teething Gel is effective. It has homeopathic ingredients to help calm babies and soothe pain and irritability due to teething. One of the main acting ingredients is chamomile and you know that is soothing. Orajel gave me peace of mind knowing that there was comfort to be had when they were cutting teeth. It was hard to see them in pain and this helped so much! You can purchase it at Shoppers Drug Mart for $8.99.
2. Ovol Drops.
Plain and simple, these are life savers. I’ve used them for both of my girls and they helped both of us through breastfeeding and bottle feeding. As a new and young mom, it was challenging to say the least. Gabby was breastfed but, towards the end she used a bottle. She would get a build-up of gas bubbles in her stomach and it would be so painful for her and even more painful for me to watch.
I knew that there had to be a solution so, I headed to the store and found Ovol Drops. With Mimi, she was exclusively breastfed but, she had a few times where I needed Ovol Drops, which I luckily already had in my medicine cabinet.
Why You Need It:
Ovol Drops help with the build-up of gas bubbles trapped in a baby’s tummy and makes it easier for babies to pass gas and burp at feeding time. Once baby is relieved, you both can go take a much-needed nap or get back to sleep at night.
The dosage is 0.25mL-0.50mL with or after each meal. Do not exceed the maximum dosage of 1.5mL per 24 hours and with the dropper, it is easy to administer. You can purchase it at Shoppers Drug Mart and they are worth every penny!
- Hold your baby upright during and after feeding so swallowed air will remain at the top of the baby’s stomach, making burping easier.
- Burp your baby during and after feeding. Rub and pat your baby’s back for several minutes keeping in mind there may be more than one burp.
- Administer Ovol Drops and massage your baby’s tummy in an L shape on both sides of abdomen and do bicycle legs to help with the gas.
3. OxiClean Multi-Purpose Baby Stain Remover.
Babies are messy, let’s face it. It is the doggone truth! Before I had OxiClean in my life, I lost many outfits to stains. OxiClean is a brand that I know removes stains the first time around. Luckily they have a product that is just as effective but, safe for baby’s precious skin. OxiClean Multi-Purpose Baby Stain Remover Spray helps remove tough stains and odors on clothing, car seats and stroller fabrics, linens, blankets and so much more! Another product I use with OxiClean is OdorKlenz Laundry Odor Remove. Because have you ever smelled baby spit-up?
Why You Need It:
- 100% perfume, dye and chlorine free.
- Safe for all colours, including whites!
My kids are older but, they have sensitive skin and this tough stain remover works! They still make tons of messes but, this multi-purpose stain remover is better for them.
Using this stain remover saves me money in the long run because I can spot treat, and the clothes are as good as new. I get more life out of their clothes—and who doesn’t want that? The spray retails for about $5.25 and you can purchase it at Babies R’ Us.
4. OxiClean Free Laundry Detergent.
Have tough stains but, have sensitive skin? Well, this is for you! My laundry room is never without OxiClean. I have had such great results with it so it is my go-to. The girls are magnets for stains and especially when we have somewhere to be, a new stain miraculously appears just before we leave. It happens!
Why You Need It:
OxiClean Liquid Laundry Detergent, Perfume and Dye Free is a tough stain fighting laundry detergent with triple enzyme stain-fighting power without perfumes and dyes. You can get the same stain-fighting power without all the harsh dyes and fragrances that irritate sensitive skin. My husband tends to be more sensitive to smell while I am not. It is always great to have a few different OxiClean products on hand for the whole family!
- Perfume and dye free for those with sensitive skin or sense of smell.
- Keeps colours looking bright.
Here is my personal experience with these products, take a look and make sure you let me know if you use them too!
Now that you know about these must-have baby and child products, you just have to go and get them! They are lifesavers that will not only save your sanity but, save you money, help you get more sleep and relieve any discomfort that our little ones will experience. If you already have them in your arsenal, well, hats off to you–you’re ahead of the pack!
Have you ever used any of these–what did you think?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post as I received compensation and product. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.