In your diaper bag: diapers, baby wipes ... and what else?
I've handpicked my all-time favorite baby must-haves that I won't leave home without. From my little boy's favorite natural pacifiers, to the necklace I get tons of compliments on (and my baby loves to safely chew!), to the baby spoon that babies naturally know how to use—these seven brands top my list and I know you and your baby will love them too!
Note: Find all seven of these brands in our new Favorites Boutique, an exciting expansion at bisonbooties.com, where all USA orders $100+ ship FREE+FAST!
The Spuni baby spoon is a game changer for feedings. The unique "tulip" profile promotes the latching instinct that an infant develops during breast and bottle feeding, making it an easy transitional tool for baby. I love that Spuni=less mess! Spuni helps a baby to suck and swallow food off the spoon more efficiently so there's less wasted baby food. It's also dishwasher safe and is free of BPA, BPS, Phthalates and PVC. Buy Supni here!
Think all pacifiers are created equal? Think again.
Unlike other pacifiers, Natursutten pacifiers and teething toys are made from pure natural rubber that's softer than silicone. These pacifiers are ultra hygienic because they're manufactured as one piece without joints or cracks where dirt and dangerous bacteria can collect. The design, the company and the idea are Danish, and the products are manufactured exclusively in Italy. Buy Natursutten here!
Teething pain got you down? Authentic Baltic amber teething necklaces are here to help. These gender-neutral necklaces provide natural homeopathic teething pain relief for your little one, no supplements necessary. Both my daughter and my son have worn them, and they work wonders to take the edge off of teething pain! I found that when my kids wore their amber teething necklaces, we had fewer fussy days and many more happy toddler days. Buy Baltic amber teething necklaces here!
What's better than super cute and amazingly indestructible sunglasses for your little ones? How about a guarantee that Babiators will replace the stylin' shades if they are ever lost or broken? My kids wear Babiators year-round for stylish sun protection. They love the soft comfortable rubber frames, and I love that their eyes are safe with 100% UV protection. Buy Babiators here!
Chewbeads necklaces are stylishly designed for moms to wear while being safe for babies and toddlers to touch, tug, and most importantly, CHEW! These necklaces are the perfect accessory for babywearing, since they give your little one something to see/touch/taste while hanging out in a carrier. They are also great help while feeding a distracted little one, keeping their hands and eyes busy while nursing or having a bottle.
I hand selected specific necklaces that won't tangle in your hair (no beads on back of your neck) but will keep your baby entertained for hours with the rubbery texture and bold colors. Also, be sure to check out Chewbeads best-selling stroller toy and the Junior Chewbeads glow-in-the-dark necklaces for baby's older siblings. Buy Chewbeads here!
Keep that paci, binky, sucker, or whatever your little one calls their favorite comfort item, close with Loved by Sophia Claire braided pacifier clips! These stylish accessories are made of high-quality, durable faux suede expertly braided to withstand the daily life of your baby and toddler. From morning strolls to afternoon playground romps and evening cuddles, these handmade paci clips keep pacifiers from ending up on the ground and eliminate the stress of continually losing pacis. Now in stock in 8 irresistible colors!
Of course no must-have baby list is complete without a pair of kick-proof Bison Booties. Our soft-sole baby booties stay on even the kickiest baby feet, and come in dozens of prints and colors to suit every wardrobe. Babies love to cuddle their feet into the soft sherpa fleece insoles and moms love that they're 100% machine washable and super durable. These booties were designed by me, based on my own daughter's foot for superior fit, and are handcrafted right here in North Dakota, USA. Buy Bison Booties here!
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