From the wacky to the wonderful, I’m a mom who celebrates weirdness in all its forms. That includes genius baby products trending on Amazon that might seem super weird upon first glance but are actually total parenting game changers.
When I was a baby 30-plus years ago, I played with wooden blocks and rocking horses. There was no magic suit to help lull me to sleep, or electronic toy to croon more than 50 songs in perfect rotation for my enjoyment. So you can imagine my shock and awe when I see how baby products have evolved since then. These days, there are countless amazing items that make parenting way simpler.
I thought pigs would fly before I'd suck boogers out of my congested infant’s nose through a straw. But, as weird as that sounds (and believe me, I know it sounds weird), it has indeed happened. And guess what? To my surprise, it worked like a charm. These seemingly random but totally necessary baby products are what I call "unicorn products" — weird baby products that actually make your life easier on top of making your kids happier. These products are out there. You just have to believe.
Ahead, 22 seemingly random but totally necessary baby products you won't believe you didn't have already.
1A Booger Straw
If you told me I’d be sucking boogers out of anyone’s nose, ever, I’d call you a lunatic. But the FridaBaby is a game changer when it comes to helping congested babies find some relief. And the boogers will never make it to your mouth — promise.
2A Foot Piano
I can’t help but think of Old School when I see these earmuffs, but they’re a thing and they’re amazing. Sensory overload is no joke for little ones, and these block out sounds that scare your baby senseless. As a bonus, they’re pretty darn cute.
4Somewhere To Take Cover
This is almost like a snowsuit for your infant car seat and carrier. It looks a little strange, but it keeps your baby snug and dry, which is always the goal, so sign me up. It's also available in lots of colors and being easy to slip onto the car seat.
5A Keurig-Like Formula Measurer
6A Necklace To Gnaw On
7A New-Age Playpen
I was raised in an era of tiny playpens, so this playard concept is both foreign and luxurious to me. This is basically a huge, portable, built-in backyard that you can safely plop your kids in, so they won’t wander off aimlessly — inside or out. This one’s the best because it’s so lightweight and travel-friendly.
8A Fancy Umbrella For Your Playpen
When I look at this, this first thing that comes to mind is that goofy umbrella hat that your weird uncle wears at the family picnic. (Just me?) But it actually protects your little one’s sensitive skin as they play in the play yard. It’s easy to attach to your Summer Infant Pop N' Play Portable Playard and tops in outdoor protection.
9All-Inclusive Seat Storage
10The Ride Of Their Life
11A Luxury Lounger
A lounger? Really? Isn't lounging all that babies do? It sounds weird, but when you see your baby relaxing and maxing in this thing, you’ll quickly realize it’s not. Your babe needs a place to chill when he’s awake but not mobile, and this is just the spot. It’s an adorable, easily washable addition to your must-have list.
12A Multitasking Monitor
Motorola MBP36S Remote Wireless Video Baby Monitor, $145, Amazon
A 3.5-inch color LCD screen, remote camera pan, tilt, and zoom — this monitor is not messing around. It's easy to use and keeps its charge, and all its features ensure that you stay in charge.
13A Singing Octopus
14A Non-Intrusive Thermometer
15Some Spa Time For Your Little One
16A Bit Of Magic
Did you know there’s a magic baby suit that helps your kid sleep? Sounds too good to be true, but it exists. Moms everywhere are swearing by it, with reviewers noting that their kids slept longer and more sound while wearing it. If you’re anything like me, you’ll try anything to get a good night's sleep with a newborn.
17A Bit Of Support
I’d heard of wedgies in my youth, but never wedges. This little piece of magic slips right under the head of the crib to help your gassy, fussy little bundle digest easier and sleep more soundly. Simple and useful? Yes, please.
18An Eco-Friendly Eating Place
19A Giraffe That's Built For Teething
20A Convertible Bouncer That Becomes A Rocking Chair
Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker, $35, Amazon
Strange as the concept may be, this is not your granny’s rocking chair. It’s a great spot for your immobile baby to safely hang out, and turns into a pint-sized rocking chair as they grow. Plus it vibrates, and what baby doesn’t like soothing vibration?
21Some Camping Experience
It may sound strange for a little one to love camping, but they do. Little People camping, that is. Kids everywhere are going nuts for the glowing campfire, and the whole camping experience. Besides being super cute, my favorite part is the 50-plus sounds, which you’re less likely to get stuck in your head than one that repeats over and over.
22A Rocking Walker
Although it looks weirdly similar to sensory overload to the untrained eye, this is like a walking carnival for your kids, and they’ll go nuts for it. It has more than 70 songs, a piano, and more lights and sights than moms could ask for to keep your baby busy, and wheels to help them once they’re ready to go.
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