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Katie’s Favorite Parenting Products

Here is a listing of my favorite baby and child products. I will continuously be adding, assessing, and changing this page when new things come on the market or are updated. Please note that this page may contain affiliate links, for which I earn a small commission.

Sleep Sacks

My #1 favorite sleep sack of all time is the Woolino! Their large size with adjustable armpit snaps makes the sleep sack able to be used for a very long period of time, decreasing the overall number of sleep sacks you’ll ever need to purchase.

Age 2 months to 2 years

Age 2 to 4 years

If your kid is like mine and pulls on the sleep sack so hard he unbuttons it, consider the zipper style. It comes in 0-6, 6-18, and 18-36 month sizes.

Have a toddler in a bed that won’t keep blankets on? Try the footed version!

Sound Machines

Overall Favorite: Hatch Rest+ 

This sound machine is a true multi-tasker. It connects to your phone through wifi, and can be used as an audio monitor, nightlight, and an okay-to-wake clock!

Good for Grandparents’ house: Dohm Uno

Simple, easy, and affordable.

Best for Travel: MyBaby Sound Machine

Cheap and super portable. Excellent for packing in a suitcase or using for those emergency stroller naps.

Car Seats

It is impossible to actually choose a favorite car seat. The best and safest car seat is the one that fits your child, fits your car, and you feel confident you are installing and using it correctly 100% of the time. That being said, there are some that are great for certain scenarios.

Note that travel car seats are being recommended for airplane travel, and it is best to NEVER check a seat under the airplane. Internal damage can occur which will deem the car seat unsafe. Airlines are considering requiring seats for children under age 2 and no longer allowing lap infants, due to the compromised safety of the infants. These travel seats are also great as backup seats or extra seats in cars that aren’t being used often (nanny or grandparent cars).

Narrowest All in 1 seat: Graco SlimFit3 LX

Fitting 3 across in tight cars is going to be way more likely to be possible with this seat. It is the narrowest one on the market, and can be used for newborns up through booster age.

Affordable Travel Seat for children up to age 2: Cosco Scenera Next

Lightweight and fairly narrow, this no-frills seat is perfect for traveling.

Affordable Travel Seat for children up to age 3-4: Cosco MightyFit 65

I found that my average-sized son looked uncomfortable in this around age 4, even though he still met the fit guidelines. The headrest does not raise high enough and was digging into his shoulders. Also, the newborn fit is not good. I expect a child will fit well around 6 months of age.

Affordable Travel Harness to Booster seat: Cosco Finale 2-in-1

Great for forward-facing and older children. Very lightweight.

Elmo in a car seat

Most Compact Travel Seat: WayB Pico

This is not an economical pick, but the portability of it is wonderful. It comes with a little backpack to store it in as well. It is also outgrown before most other seats. This is for forward-facing children who are a minimum of age 2, but I find myself most comfortable with age 3 and up.

Miscellaneous

Sposie Pads: Not always well-known, but a huge lifesaver especially once your kiddo is sleeping through the night! These are pads you place in the diaper to increase the absorbency and help prevent leaks.

Travel Wagon: I have a Wonderfold 4 seater, and it’s MASSIVE. No way am I going to check that thing and risk damage (and Southwest is the only airline that allows them anymore). Enter this guy – I can lug all three car seats plus some room for backpacks through the airport. It folds up exactly the same way as a pack ‘n play! Gate checked for free as a stroller. Life saver.

travel wagon in airport

Husband pulls the wagon full of luggage, car seats, and even a kite.

Portable Blackout Curtains: I cannot stress how important it is to make your child’s room dark enough. When traveling, these portable ones are excellent. They can mean the difference between enjoying your family trip or not. They are adjustable in size with velcro, and attach with suction cups (no window damage!).

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