Mom Hacks We Love: Baby Products You Can Use Yourself

When your beautiful baby arrived, chances are so did a deluge of supplies. There is a baby version for almost anything a full-size human could need or want. But sometimes those infant-friendly items are superior to our adult-size ones. Scroll on for 7 baby products you’re going to want to steal from your sweet newborn.

Upgrade Your Office Space

Crate and Barrel

That sound machine with its womb-like noise helps soothe your little one into slumber. But when they're not using it, try plopping it outside your home office or craft space so you can zero in on your work and cancel out all of the distracting noises in your home. We like the Yogasleep Hushh Baby Sound Machine (shown above, $29.95 at crateandbarrel.com). Check out our other favorite baby sound machines and sleep aids.

 
 

Protect Delicate Skin

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That perfectly formulated, chemical-free high-SPF infant sunscreen is a safe bet for anyone looking for a sensitive, non-toxic approach to sun protection. If you have fair skin or easily break out from harsh skincare sproducts, dab on some of your baby's SPF when you're poolside for a gentle shield against the sun's harmful rays. Check out our favorite sunscreens for babies and toddlers.

Bake with Pouches

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Food pouches make it easy for little ones to eat nutritious snacks on the go. But did you know those baby food packets also double as the secret ingredient in extra-moist cakes, like this one from Crafty Cooking Mama? And don't limit baby food to just cooking and baking. Mix some pureed peaches into a brunch cocktail; Bon Appétit explains how in this article.

Travel in Style

Haba USA

That oversized, cumbersome diaper bag you can't wait to ditch? It actually doubles as the perfect travel accessory. Hitting the road for a work trip? Or just getting some much-needed R&R on a girlfriend getaway? Grab your diaper bag. All those pockets make finding things on a plane or a train a cinch. Bonus: They're big enough to hold your laptop too. Check out our smart mom's guide to diaper bags and the latest and greatest diaper bags.

Keep Wrinkles at Bay

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Are you still using a rough terry towel on your face? All of that friction makes aging skin sag. Stock up on more of those teeny, tiny perfectly soft little baby wash cloths. They've made tub time easier for years--long after the infant tub has been outgrown. And we won't blame you if you want to snag some to keep your face feeling, well, baby soft! 

Measure and Pour

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Don't toss those bottles after your baby graduates to glasses. In a pinch, you can use them to measure liquids for baking (spray with a non-stick oil when measuring sticky substances like syrup). Looking to shake up some cocktails for the witching hour? Baby bottles work well for at-home bartenders too! Check out these innovative baby bottles.

Wipe It All Away

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Wipes weren't just made for warmers (are we still doing that?). Tuck them into your purse to fend off gooey fingers; keep them in your car to wipe down sticky seats; and make sure to stock a few in your bathroom. WaterWipes and baby wipes are made for an infant's delicate skin, so they're a perfect stand-in for make-up wipes! 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers

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