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7 Best Baby Items from the Last Decade

By jordanferney |


Occasionally my mother-in-law will be amazed at some baby product I sort of took for granted. I thought it would be fun to do a post on baby items that  have been invented in the last ten years. My criteria was it had to be somethting that has been really innovative. (For example: no diaper bags on this list unless you can show me a diaper bag that actually changes the baby by itself.) While nothing on this list is essential (see proof all around us that you can raise kids without any of it) some of it is sure nice to have. Click through to see my list. What am I missing? Am I totally off?

1. Formula Dispensers We used formula with my second child and this genius invention was a godsend. It measures out the amount of formula in advance for on the go or when you need to make the bottle quickly! (ie: baby is screaming.)

2. Sleepsack Older babies kick off every blanket you put on them. Sleep sacks keep them toasty on cold nights.

3. Breast Feeding Pillows These have become popular in recent years. Twitter told me to put them on the list but is it really different than a rolled up pillow?

4. Baby Sitter Babies want to be able to do things beyond their skill level. They like sitting up and looking at things before they are physically able. This chair helps support before they are ready to do it on their own.

5. Video Monitors This is porn for new mom’s and dad’s. An entire tv station devoted to watching your baby sleep.

6. Puj Tub Another suggestion from Twitter. This baby tub stores flat but can be pulled out and forms to your sink’s shape.

7. Clip on High Chair I think this is so clever, takes up no room and the baby can sit at the table. There is some debate if these existed more than 10 years ago.

There is my list. I’d love to hear your feedback! What am I missing?

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Jordan Ferney is a former event planner and author of the popular lifestyle and design blog, Oh Happy Day! Jordan has worked for Babble, Anthology Magazine, Apartment Therapy, Cookie Magazine.com, Project Wedding, and iVillage. She lives in San Francisco in a one bedroom apartment with her husband and two boys, Moses and Roman.

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34 thoughts on “7 Best Baby Items from the Last Decade

  1. Casey says:

    We had a clip-on high chair when my sister and I were babies in the eighties.

  2. Kate says:

    Nursing pillows are a godsend. The Brest Friend has the worst product name ever but saved nursing for me after a couple tortured weeks unergonomically hunched over a pillow that wouldn’t stay put!

  3. stacy says:

    Portable pouches of food – http://www.plumorganics.com/
    Diaper genies

  4. Tanya says:

    What about the hooter hider/ nursing cover?

  5. Emily Flinders says:

    nursing covers got my vote too….. life changing, that.

  6. Summer says:

    I love disposable bibs and placemats… they make eating out so much easier!

  7. katie says:

    i loved the nursing pillow after my c-section but didn’t need it for the other two natural births.

  8. Fred says:

    Glad to see that you included the formula dispenser. Couldn’t have managed without it when my daughter (now 17!) was a baby. I give it to all new mothers as a present. (Maybe you should just title this post best baby products ever and skip the historical aspect!)

  9. bettijo @ Paging Supermom says:

    I love the nursing covers too, but that’s essentially just a blanket — not sure if I would really *count* it. I also think the clip-on high chairs have been around longer then 10 years. Seems like my mom had one. I think digital cameras would be on my list — to be able to snap endless photos of baby and not have to pay or wait to develop them. Now there were some digital cameras more than 10 years ago, but I really think it’s just been in the last decade that they’ve gotten good enough to replace film and become common enough that most moms have one.

  10. Audrey says:

    Definately the portable pouches of food. Best thing ever. We love ella’s kitchen and plum organics. Brilliant for when you are out and about.

  11. Kristine says:

    What about the infant car seats/bucket carrier things? I don’t remember those being around in the 80s and 90s.

  12. Gita says:

    Oh my word! Those sleepsacks were indispensable to me! I was always so paranoid at night. I was constantly worried about the covers suffocating my twins. When I discovered these at our second hand children’s store, I finally managed to get a couple of hours of decent sleep. Highly recommended!
    I had the Bumbo chairs too, but my kids didn’t care for them, even though I SO wanted them too! A lot of mommies adore them!

  13. Melissa says:

    OK so I would say wipes warmer. You can live without it for sure, however my 3 year old was born in november. It was cold and she did not like cold wipes on her butt at all. the wipes warmer really made diaper changes less nerve racking and more pleasant for both of us. and I loved my boppy pillow it works for so much more than nursing. the baby can lay on it and sit up on it and play its great

  14. Joanna says:

    I couldn’t live without the Baby Bjorn.

  15. Catherine says:

    My in-laws have one of those clip on high chairs, and it looks like it’s from the 70s or 80s. It has that weird plastic covering on it that was really popular then.

  16. Nancy says:

    Hands-Free pumping bra. 20 years ago, I pumped eight times a day for three months for my preemie daughter and dreamed a product that worked this well would some day exist… One of my favorite new mom gifts!
    http://shop.isisparenting.com/store/SWBUSTIER!SIM/Simple+Wishes+Bustier

  17. Beth says:

    Sleepsacks were around in Norhern Europe when I was born!!! 30+ years ago…

  18. Natalie says:

    Swaddle Me blankets with the velcro! I could never do it like the nurses!

  19. Heather, True Cuddles says:

    I’m pretty sure my Mom never had this: the wean machine! http://www.gingerbreadmonkeys.com/products/Jackson-Beazeley-Limited-The-Wean-Machine.html
    Saw it today and all day I’ve had in my head, “It slices! it dices!”

  20. Jennifer says:

    Infant car seats/carriers were definitely around in the 90′s… I recall struggling to carry around my 17 year old nephew in one!

    Anyone know when they decided to put AC adapters on baby swings? The wind up ones were awful, and the cords were just the best idea ever! I’m a fan of exersaucers, too… best thing ever to keep a baby occupied for at least the better part of an hour!

  21. Christine says:

    Those puj tubs are awesome! Wish I had bought one for my 4.5 month old. Hate her “regular” baby tub.

  22. Cathy says:

    I remember seeing formula dispensers growing up in Asia in the 80s. I wonder why it took so long to see them in North America?

    To add to your list: Kiddapotamus soft plastic bibs and Heinz soft baby spoons!

  23. Mieke says:

    Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap! http://www.safetsleep.com

  24. Jesica says:

    I don’t know when they were invented, but for cloth diapering parents there have been loads of innovative advancements. When my mom saw a snappie for the first time, she actually called people about it :) Beyond that, all-in-one diapers have totally changed the CD game.

  25. Summer says:

    The clip on high chairs were definitely around in the 80′s. My mom would “clip” us onto the piano and leave us to play. We have pictures of nearly every kid like this. Still, brilliant stuff I say. It does look like the one you’ve pictured is probably collapsable and therefore much more portable which would be an improvement indeed.

  26. Erin says:

    Sorry, but porn for new parents? Tasteless metaphor, imho. I definitely remember the clip-on boosters from the 80s as well. I have loved and gotten great use from most of the other products you’ve listed here.

  27. leslie says:

    my niece is 15 and she slept in a sleepsack….so, not really new?.{and i have some “vintage” ones from the 80s}
    and i had my food in a clip-on highchair as well….
    i wouldn’t put diapers on this, but i think all the genious “diaper bins” on the market should be mentioned?
    and carriers like this one: http://www.manduca-baby-carrier.eu/
    my mother is always amazed by those carriers all the time!

  28. redfox says:

    Yeah, the old-style clip on high chairs were handy, too, but not nearly as cunning or portable as the collapsable kind pictured here. The new ones feel sturdier, too, which is a neat trick.

  29. Michelle says:

    I had a Boppy and got a My Brest Friend right at the end of breast feeding because that’s what they used at the hospital’s lactation consulting area. The MBF is tons better–super sturdy for holding your little one. Yes, worst name ever; I agree. What else? The Miracle Blanket worked really well, and I would highly second the person who recommended the hands-free pumping bustier. It looks crazy, but it was a life-saver when pumping at work…the only book I invested my time in reading before my son was born was The Happiest Baby on the Block. It was a good one!

  30. Patricia says:

    I would definitely add the Swaddler blanket to my top 10. And I would take the video baby monitor off. Keep it simple is my mantra with most baby gadgets. Our simple monitor at 19.99 was all we needed. I think a video monitor would have led to bad sleeping habits for both me and baby.

  31. Mommyof2J's says:

    I had a thing called a “baby Safe Feeder”. it was kind of like a little mesh sack that holds foods for baby to eat safely. I used to put juice ice cubes in it and my babies would munch on it happily while teething and I didn’t have to worry about them choking.

  32. Maren says:

    Oh man the video monitor is the greatest. I did not have it set up when J was really little, because I am pretty sure I would never have slept, for watching him sleep. But once we needed to start figuring out how to get him to sleep without an hour of walking laps, it was a miracle. It helps me so much to be able to see him and know that, even though he is crying, he is actually going to sleep. Sometimes the cry sounds terrible, but if I couldn’t see him, and had gone in, I would have woken him up and started the process all over again. Also, it is hilarious to watch him in there now that he is a little bigger rolling around and playing before he really wakes up. Sweetest thing.

  33. Tess says:

    Love the puj tub! It is so slim and is super easy to use.

  34. Breanna says:

    The sleep sack is so important in helping to keep babies safe, comfy and warm… I recommend the “GunaPod” wearable blanket by GunaMuna: http://gunamuna.com/. The patent-pending, multi-functional zipper and snap design offers more flexibility and versatility than the traditional version… They’re so soft and they come in all sizes, colors and patterns. It’s so simple, yet so smart… I want one for myself!

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