Even after you've got your essential baby products covered, there are still so many product choices for new moms to make. To help, we asked our Product Review mom bloggers — experts at hunting down and testing products for parents — to share the scoop on their best product discoveries for moms. Below are four of our favorites. (To read all their product suggestions for moms, click here.)
1. Natural Essentials Wipes
Ah, wipes. As Anitra Elmore of The MamaZone asks, "What mom doesn't keep them in the car, purse or somewhere nearby to clean up spills, wipe noses or take care of that last minute face wipe before you walk into soccer practice?" She rates Natural Essentials as her favorite wipes: "They are 100% cotton, all natural, flushable and paraben and phthalate free. They come in a variety of scents and there are separate products for noses (which I use as an all-purpose wipe), fevers and first aid (great for mosquito bites too!). Nothing fancy or expensive, but essential nonetheless. It's definitely one of my favorite and regularly recommended products!"
Available at GNC.com, $3
2. QuickZip Sheets
Hate changing the sheets on your bub's crib matress? QuickZip Sheets might be the solution for you. As Cecelia of Cool Baby Kid shares: “The QuickZip Sheets by Clouds and Stars are a must. Eliminating the need to remove the crib mattress, sleep-deprived parents can simply zip off the top layer of the sheet, zip on a clean one, and voila! At least one baby-task simplified.”
Available at Clouds and Stars, $37
3. Beaba Baby Cook
Sarah and Erin of In The Know Mom recommend the Beaba Baby Cook for creating your own fresh baby food: “[It's a] compact countertop appliance that functions as a steamer, blender, warmer and defroster to prepare fresh, healthy meals for baby. Quickly steam cook vegetables, fruits and meats in 15 minutes or less, while preserving their vitamins and flavors.” Happily, the bowl and basket are both dishwasher safe.
Available at BabiesRUs, $120
4. Mama Roo
Judy Joyce of Health, Beauty, Children and Family praises the versatility of the Mama Roo infant seat: “The many features allow for various movements and the ability to plug in an MP3 player allows moms to choose to play music or . . . the built-in natural/soothing sounds.”
Available at MamaRoo, $200
Updated August 9, 2012: One of the items originally on this list has been removed due to safety concerns.
Aside from the essentials (car seat, stroller, crib) what's your favorite baby product?