All parents long to learn all the tips and tricks to keep their babies calm, clean, and content. A lot of the times, this is simply just providing the little ones with their basic needs of feeding, clean diapers, and plenty of sleep. But what about those other times, like when they drop a pacifier or toss their bottle? Or maybe they are fussy and just need to be calmed down? Here are a few products that we call our Secret Sanity Savers.
Clear Ear Automated Spiral OTO-Tip
Clear ear Oto-Tip is a unique and effective daily ear cleaning device for consumers, dedicated to making ears happier. It was developed out of Stanford University’s Biodesign Program. Unlike cotton swabs or hydrogen peroxide, clear ear Oto-Tip’s patented spiral spin technology offers a safe, simple method to clean ears daily that actually removes ear wax without the risk of damage to the ear canal or ear drums. Clear ear Oto-Tip is a Class 1 FDA product, and has been tested in medical centers – doctors and patients alike love it!
If you’ve ever tried to clean a squirming child’s dirty ears, you know the struggle that it can be! I always hated sticking cotton swabs in my baby’s ears and he certainly wouldn’t sit still to pour peroxide into his ear and let the bubbles do their job. And sometimes, you just can’t find the right tool for this sometimes gross chore, even for us adults! So our Secret Sanity Saver Number 1 is the OTO-Tip, which you can pick up at your local CVS Store.
After trying this on Baby Rose, Miss Allie was ready to use it on her ears too.
She said it “tickled and made noises”. It was really gentle on her ears.
Baby Shusher: The Sleep Miracle
The revolutionary Baby Shusher can help soothe your fussy baby by engaging their natural calming reflex. Utilizing an ancient but doctor tested technique, it makes a rhythmic shushing sound that mimics in utero noises and soothes your little one.
- Baby Shusher: The Sleep Miracle can help you and your baby say goodbye to sleepless nights
- Produces a rhythmic shushing sound to soothe your baby and engage their natural calming reflex
- Features 2 timing options: 15 or 30 minutes, volume control, and an adjustable strap
- Suitable for children from birth to 24 months
Sometimes you’ve done all you can think of to soothe your fussy baby and nothing works. And different kids can like different soothers, such as pacifiers, light displays on the ceiling, noise machines, etc. My mom says when I was a child, she would place one of those box fans under my crib, blowing towards the floor, because the noise reminded me of being in the car. You can’t always stop and rock your baby, and sometimes even all of your attention isn’t enough when they are worked up, so this ranks as our Secret Sanity Saver Number 2. The Baby Shusher is a small, portable noise machine that makes a shushing noise (long and drawn out) that is easy to use. I like that I can use it in the dark and even with one hand if I’m holding the baby with the other, or even driving the car. Simply set whether you want a 15 or 30 minute cycle and the volume level and that’s it! Learn more about this calming baby tool at Buy Buy Baby.
Sister Chic Dropper Stopper
With its patented design, the Dropper Stopper prevents dropped baby items from ever hitting the dirty floor! Made with flexible material, one end wraps around strollers, highchairs and baby carriers while the opposite end secures sippy cups, bottles, toys and more! Dropper Stopper is a must have for moms on the go! The special grip material provides a nice snug hold and with a variety of snaps the length can be easily modified. Made with designer fabric, this accessory is vibrant and holds up great in the wash. Winner of the Moms Best Award, parents love that you can simply wrap it, snap it and say good bye to the pickup game!
So you remember when your child drops a toy or a cup on the floor, you pick it up, and suddenly they’ve learned the best game ever? Yep, been there myself. And while you may not ever eliminate it completely from their behavior, you can certainly make it easier on yourself with our Secret Sanity Saver Number 3, the Dropper Stopper by Sister Chic available on Amazon. It’s a flexible strap that you can wrap one end around a cup or bottle, and the other to their stroller, car seat, or highchair. Then they can retrieve the tossed/lost item themselves OR you can without having to search for it. I thought these were great when we were out with the stroller or driving in the car. I could always fetch what they invariably wanted and had thrown or dropped accidentally on purpose. LOL
The dropper stopper also keeps baby Rose from falling out of the stroller, basket or car seat when Miss Allie wears one end around her wrist.
Sister Chic Binki Band
Our Binki Bands are essential to keeping pacifiers off of the floor and free of germs. They are extremely popular because of their snug clip and universal attachment. Our Binki Bands are compatible with all pacifiers including Mam, Soothie, and Avent — to name a few. Much like the Dropper Stopper, Binki Bands put an end to the pick up game!
- Keeps pacifiers clean and close
- Universal pacifier clip that attaches to all types of binkis
- Color coordinating clip secures tightly and does not damage clothes
One of the worst grocery shopping trips in my life was when I took my sleep deprived self and infant to the store to pick up three things I needed to finish making supper. On the drive, he lost his pacifier in the back seat. Then in the shopping cart, he threw or dropped it what seemed like a dozen times. Folks, I left my shopping cart right in the middle of the store and took us home. My point is, I could have used this Secret Sanity Saver Number 4, this Binki Band by Sister Chic. At least when he dropped/tossed his pacifier, I could have followed the stretchy band to find it again. One end clips to all sorts of pacifier types and the other can clip to their shirt, bib, or even car seat or stroller belts. And they have a number of designs available on Amazon to choose from too.
Moms and Dads all over the world have their own tried and true methods to keep their sanity in the middle of raising children. And I think that we, as parents, use whatever techniques we need to make our children content (and sleep)! But when you’ve tried everything, or you want to help another parent get ahead of the game, then items like these Secret Sanity Savers can be a game changer. Whether you need to go on a road trip and keep toys, pacifiers, bottles, or cups close at baby’s hand with a strap, an easy and safe way to clean out dirty ears, or even a portable baby shusher machine to help calm a fussy baby down, make sure you find which of these tools can be added to your diaper bag.
Baby Shusher also calms Miss Allie and her baby Rose when they are both ready for a nap!
While we are finding these sanity savers helpful for the infants, I have to smile at the unique ways our toddler wants to use them with her babies.
We’ve added these Secret Sanity Savers to our 2018 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide! Check it out here!