The Best Baby Bottles on the Market

Which Bottle is Best for my Baby?

Unfortunailty, it’s hard to determine which bottle will work best for your  baby, it’s really trail and error.  The best thing you can do is let your baby tell you.  He or she will let you know what they like best.  What works for one baby may not work for another.  Even with your own children.  You may find that one brand was great for your 1st born, but when it came to the 2nd they wouldn’t take it.  One of the best things that was recommended to me when I was pregnant was to put a bunch of different kinds of bottles on my baby registry or buy one of each kind to find out which was works best.  That is exactly what I did and it worked.  I went through about 4 brands before I found one that my baby liked.  That being said, after researching bottles from personal experiences from myself and other moms, doing research on-line and reading countless reviews, we at www.kidsplayandcreate.com created a list of the best baby bottles on the market today.  We hope that this list helps you with your journey on finding the best baby bottle.  If you have a bottle that you love and don’t see on our list or have a question or comment about baby bottles let us know by contacting us at kidsplayandcreate@gmail.com.

Dr. Brown’s Original Bottle Feeding Set

Dr. Brown’s Original Wide-Neck Bottle Newborn Feeding Set

Dr. Brown’s natural flow bottles are top-rated by moms.  They are special because of their innovative vent technology.  They use a patented 2-piece internal vent that creates positive pressure flow for vacuum-free feeding that mimics breastfeeding.    Vacuum-free feeding not only mimics breastfeeding, but is great for many reasons.    The vacuum-free feeding also helps reduce fluid in the ear. It ensures that the milk in the bottles flows out the nipple while the air is channeled through a tube to the other end to eliminate nipple collapse.  Dr. Brown’s bottles can be used for breast milk or formula. The air in these bottles never mixes with the breast milk or formula to reduce gas and colic, it also prevents oxidation so it can help maintain the essential vitamins such as C, A and E.  Set comes with 3 8oz bottles, 2 4 oz bottles 2 extra level 2 silicone nipples, 2 storage/travel bag, caps for the bottles and 3 nipple cleaning brushes.  Makes a great baby shower gift.

Features:

    • Vacuum-free feeding that mimics breastfeeding
    • Helps to reduce colic, spit-up, burping and gas for a comfortable baby.
    • The bottles are made out of polypropylene and silicone
    • BPA, PVA, lead and phthalate free
    • Patterned vent system ensures that air and milk don’t mix and maintains essential vitamins A, C, E
    • Helps prevent fluid in ear.

Comotomo Baby Bottle


Comotomo Baby Bottle, Green, 8 Ounce, 2 Count
We love the design of these Comotomo natural feel baby bottles.  The bottles are naturally shaped and are soft with silicone nipples.  Your baby will love the feel of these soft, skin-like, squeezable bottles.  Since they are soft and squeezable, your baby will have a much better grip on them and will be easier for them to hold. The natural shape of the nipple makes this bottle a great bottle to use when transitioning your baby from breast to bottle. The wide neck design is great for easy filling and easy cleaning.  These bottles are leak free and are heat-resistant.  You can boil the bottles, put them in the dishwasher and even the microwave.  They have 2 anti-colic vents to ensure good air circulation to help reduce colic, spit-up, burping and gas. Comes with 2 8oz bottles with caps and medium flow nipples.

Features:

  • The nipple and body of the bottle are made of  100% hygienic medical grade silicone
  • Leak Free
  • Heat resistant, you can boil them, dishwasher safe, microwave safe
  • BPA, PVC and phthalate free.
  • Natural shape of the nipple for easy transition from breast to bottle
  • Soft and squeezable bottle, great for baby’s smalls hand to grip
  • 2 anti-colic vents to reduce colic, spit-up, burping and gas

Philips Avent Natural Baby Bottles


Philips Avent Natural Baby Bottles, Clear, 9 Ounce, (4 Pack)
These bottles are naturally shaped with a wide almost breast shaped nipple.  They were designed to be the most natural way to bottle feed your baby. This is a great bottle to use if you are going to breastfeed  and supplement with bottle feeding. The nipples feature an innovative petal design for a natural latch, similar to breast feeding.  The petals inside the nipple increases softness and flexibility and prevent nipple collapse.  The twin valve anti-colic nipple help reduce colic and gas by venting air into the bottle and not baby’s tummy for a comfortable feeding experience.  Comes with 9 ounce bottle and 2 medium flow nipples.

Features:

  • Polypropylene and BPA free
  • Dishwasher and microwave safe
  • Wide shape makes it easy to fill, cleans and hold.
  • Twin valve design to reduce colic and gas
  • Petals inside nipple increase softness and flexibility and prevent nipple collapse.
  • Petal design help create a natural latch, similar to breastfeeding.

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Fiesta Bottles

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Fiesta Bottles
We love this colorful collection of bottles by Tommee Tippee.  The set comes with six brightly colored bottles.  The colorful set is a great way to introduce colors to your little one and makes feeding fun.  The nipple was developed with the help of breastfeeding expects to mimic the breast’s natural flex, stretch and movement to make feeding more comfortable for baby.  The silicone nipple feels almost skin-like and the breast shape nipple helps baby latch easily.  These are great bottles fro transitioning from breast to bottle. The bottles have a 3-way compact shape that allows you to hold the bottles comfortably 3 ways including: cradled in the hand, held the same as other wide neck bottles or you can hold the bottles from the base.  The wide neck design makes filling and cleaning easy and less messy.  These bottles are dishwasher and microwave safe.

Features:

  • Set of six 90z colorful bottles with slow flow nipples
  • Breast shape nipple for easy latch
  • Wide neck bottles, easy to clean and fill
  • Super sensitive valve eliminates excessive air flow for a comfortable feeding experience
  • BPA and Phthalate free
  • Bottles are dishwasher and microwave safe

Glass Bottles

Many years ago glass bottles were the only bottles.  When the lighter, cheaper plastic bottle emerged onto the market everyone flocked to them.  Today glass bottles are becoming popular once again.  Many moms prefer using glass bottles over plastic ones.  Mainly because glass bottles do not contain any harmful chemicals that are found in some plastics.  The good news, after 2012 all baby bottles and sippy cups sold in the U.S are BPA free and do not contain any harmful chemicals.  Even though bottles are now BPA free some parents are concerned about different chemicals in plastics that we are not aware are harmful yet and to be on the safe side prefer glass.

Glass bottles are also easier to clean and can be sterilized better.  Another plus to using glass bottles is that you can freeze breast milk in them.  Even though using glass bottles has it benefits they still have one main flaw, they can break.  Although many glass bottles are made with a tempered glass that is stronger, they can still break.  They are also heavier than plastic bottles.  With that being said many people love them, especially for newborns.  I myself used glass bottles for the first 3 months, I just felt they were safer for my little one.  Here is pour choice for the best glass bottles.

Philips Avent Natural Glass Bottle

Philips AVENT Natural Glass Bottle, 8 Ounce (Pack of 3)
This Philips Avent Natural Glass Bottle is a natural way to feed your baby.  It has a wide breast-shape nipple that promotes a natural and easy latch for baby.  It has built in petals on the nipples to make them softer and more flexible.  The petals on the sides also help keep the nipple from collapsing.  The twin anti-colic valves release air back into the bottle and not your baby’s tummy to reduce gas and colic and make feeding more comfortable for baby.  The bottle has a wide neck to make filling and cleaning easy.  It also has clear measurements on the sides of the bottles to make it easy to determine how much to fill the bottle and how much your baby has eaten.  Comes in your choice of pack of 3 4 oz bottles or 8oz bottles or 1 4oz bottle.

Features:

  • Made with premium quality borosilicate glass that is thick and not easily broken
  • BPA free
  • Dishwasher, microwave and can be put in boiling water for sterilization
  • Wide neck for easy cleaning and filling
  • Breast-shape nipple that promotes easy latch for comfortable feeding
  • Anti-colic valves

LifeFactory Glass Baby Bottles

Lifefactory Glass Baby Bottles 4 Pack Starter Kit (9 oz. & 4 oz. – Gender Neu…
These bottles like the Philips Avent ones are made with the highest quality of borosilicate glass.  You can transition milk easily from the freezer to boiling water.  The main reason they made our list is the silicone sleeve that was added to the bottle.  Like a case for your cell phone it helps to prevent breaking after the bottle has been dropped.  It also makes gripping the  bottle a lot easier.  These bottles are also dishwasher safe, you don’t even need to remove the silicone sleeve.  All the components of the  bottle are either made in the USA or Europe.  The bottles are compatible with most major breast pumps.  The nipples and sleeve that comes with the bottles are non-toxic, free of plastics and latex.  Most standard nipple brands will fit bottles, the wide neck nipples will not fit.

Features:

  • Made with high quality thermal sock resistant borosilicate glass
  • BPA/BPS and Phthalate free
  • Silicone sleeve for added protection against breakage and for easy gripping
  • Silicone sleeve and nipples are non-toxic and free of plastics and latex
  • Dishwasher safe

Evenflo Feeding Classic Glass Twist Bottle

Evenflo Feeding Classic Glass Twist Bottles, 8 Ounce (Pack of 6)
These glass bottles by Evenflo have an added twist design to the classic glass bottle.  Unlike some other glass bottles the silicone nipple is equipped with micro air vents that help bring air back into the bottle and not in your baby’s belly to reduce gas and colic.  They also help reduce nipple collapse.  These bottles are made with a high quality tempered glass and are strong and will not break easily. The can be put in the freezer and are also dishwasher.

Features:

  • Made with high quality tempered glass that is strong and will not break easily
  • plastic free silicone nipple
  • Twist of the bottle is a sleek and modern design
  • Micro air vents to reduce nipple collapse and colic and gas for comfortable feeding
  • Easy to clean and sterilize

What Bottle Nipples Should I be Using For My Baby?

Nipple Flow

There are four main types of nipple flows  slow flow, medium flow, fast flow and variable flow.  Here is a description on what each one is and when you should use them.

Slow flow: great for newborns -3months.  Slow flow nipples usually have one small hole to help develop your little ones sucking and minimize choking.

Medium flow: medium flow nipples are for babies 3-6 months.  they have two small holes to allow you baby to get a little more milk than the slow flow nipples.

Fast flow: Fast flow nipples are for babies over 6 moths of age.  They have three holes and allow even more milk to come out than the medium flow.

Variable Flow: Variable flow nipples have a Y cut design that will adapt for your baby’s feeding speed.  Variable nipples are great for thicker liquids.

How Often Do You Need To Replace Baby Bottle Nipples?

You need to replace nipples any time you see wear and tear.  Wear and tear is any damage that occurs naturally through regular use.  One of the most common signs of nipple wear and tear is discoloration.  If the color of the nipple is turning slightly yellow, you would need to replace them right away. Another sign of wear and tear is the nipple hole size is changing.  This can happen from cleaning or even just from baby sucking.  When the nipple starts to get weak or starts thinning it is time to replace it.  To test your nipple to see if it is weak or thinning, just give it a tug.  If the nipple does not bounce back into it’s original shape, it’s time to replace.

If My Baby Is Fussy During Feedings, Should I Change The Type of Bottle I Use?

It may help to change the baby bottle you are using.  If your baby is fussy, not latching on to the bottle, having a hard time sucking, speak to your pediatrician, but you can also try changing the type of bottles that you use.  My daughter could not latch onto bottles with wide nipples.  She just couldn’t suck from them and feedings were a nightmare.  I switched to another brand and she had no problems.  Gas and colic can also make your baby fussy during feedings.  Speak to your pediatrician if you think that your baby has gas or is colic.  One tip to ease gas is to always keep your baby’s head above their stomach when feeding and make sure that the nipple is full of milk when feeding.  This way your baby will not suck in air.

What is the Best Way to Clean a Baby Bottle?

When you first purchase bottles for your little one it is always a good idea to sterilize the bottles.  You will not need to sterilize them after every use, but definitely the first time you use them.  You can do this by placing them in boiling water or by using a microwave steam sterilizer or by using an electric baby bottle sterilizer.  Now that your bottles are sterilized here is the best way to clean bottles after use.

It is important that you do not leave any left over milk in bottles for long periods of time.  It is best practice to rinse bottles right after use.  When it is time to clean the bottles make sure you clean all of its parts separately.  Take off the nipple and the nipple ring along with any other parts the bottle may have.

Once all of the parts are separated, it is time to soak them is hot soapy water.  While the pieces are soaking clean each piece individually.  Use a bottle brush to clean inside the bottle, you will want to make sure that you get all the nooks and crannies.  It is also recommended to use a nipple brush to clean inside the nipple.  You want to make sure that you get all the left over milk out of the bottle and nipple.

After you clean all the pieces of the bottle individually, place all the pieces on a drying rack.  Be sure not to put the bottle back together while it’s wet.  You will want to make sure that each piece dries separately to prevent mold and bacteria from growing.

For bottles that you can place in the dishwasher, place the bottles on the top rack of the dishwasher.  Place the smaller pieces such as the nipple and nipples ring in a dishwasher basket.

 

The Most Recommended Baby Monitors on the Market

 The Best Baby Monitors

What is a Baby Monitor?

As parents we worry about our little one’s all the time.  Having a baby monitor can help reassure you that your baby is safe, even when you are not in the same room as them.  So, what exactly is a baby monitor?  A baby monitor is an electric device that allows you to hear and or see your baby when you are not is the same room.

An audio baby monitor is equipped with a microphone that when placed near your baby, it will transmit sounds to the parent unit that you keep with you so you can hear your baby when you are not in the same room.

A video baby monitor has an added feature as it not only transmits the sounds that your baby makes, it also allows you to visually see your baby from another room.

Baby movement monitors uses sensor pads that are placed under crib mattress or clips directly onto your baby’s diaper, to detect your baby’s movement.  When movement stops an alarm will sound, alerting you that something is wrong.  Some believe that using baby movement monitors can help prevent SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) however, there is no scientific evidence to support this claim.  Even though there is no evidence that they help prevent SIDS, they are a great help to nervous mothers feel more at ease.

With so many different kinds of monitors on the market, it can be tough deciding which one best fits your needs.  Do I need a video monitor or an audio monitor? Should I get a baby movement monitor too? How far of a range does the monitor have?  How much do I want to spend on a monitor?  These are all things you ask yourself before purchasing the best baby monitor.  We at kidsplayandcreate want to help in your decision progress and make it a little easier.  We complied a list of what we believe are the best baby monitors on the market based on product research, reviews, price and personal experience.  Here are our top choices in baby monitors.

 

Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor


Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical Lens

We love this monitor. Having a total view of your nursery is now a reality with this Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor.  It is the first ever baby monitor with interchangeable optical lenses.  This monitor allows you to customize viewing of your baby by switching to different lenses.  You can choose any one of the three lenses.  It comes with one optical lens for normal viewing and one optical 2x zoom lens for an up-close image and for an additional purchase you can get the wide  lens which allows you to see an angle of 170 degrees. We recommend purchasing the wide view lens as when you baby becomes more mobile, you will be able to see more of the room.  It’s also great to have to watch people taking care of your baby.  Video is streamed in real-time on a 3.5 full color LCD screen that provides a nice and clear picture.   You won’t have to worry about having a grainy picture with this monitor.  It has great battery life, 10 hours on power save mode or 6 hours with the screen on all the time.  You can choose to either have the screen on all the time or to have it displayed every 3 or 5 minutes.  Even with the screen off you will always hear the sound of your baby.  When the sound is off, the LED lights will light up if your baby is crying.  You can talk with your baby at a push of a button through the intercom button and you can remotely control the camera’s direction.

Features:

  • Interchangeable lens normal, zoom and Wide (wide you must purchase separately)
  • Charge anywhere (wall plug, USB, laptop)
  • Sound activated LED lights to see that your baby is crying if sound or screen is turned off
  • Monitors room temperature, so you can make sure your baby is comfortable.
  • Talk to your baby with a push of the intercom button
  • Remotely control camera’s direction
  • Expandable up to 4 cameras
  • Infrared night vision

Infant Optics Wide Angle Lens (add-on Accessory)


Infant Optics Wide Angle Lens For DXR-8

The 170 degree view from this wide-angle lens allows you to view your entire nursery.  It is an add on item for the above Infant Optics DXR-8 video baby monitor.  This wide angle lens is great to have for your growing baby.  It allows you to watch as your baby who now a toddler plays and explores in their room.  It’s a must have when purchasing the Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor.

Features:

  • 170 degree angle
  • compatible with the Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor.
  • Constructed with multi-layered glass lens pieces in aluminum housing for improved performance.
  • Easy mounts on lens in seconds.
  • Weight 3.2 ounces.
  • Dimensions 1 x 1 x 1

Hello Baby HB24 Wireless Video Baby Monitor


Hello Baby HB24 Wireless Audio Video Baby Monitor Security Camera with Night Vision & Temperature Monitoring, 2 Way Talk Talkback System and VOX Mode (Blue) by Hello Baby

This wireless video monitor enables you to always keep a close eye on your baby by allowing you to take the parent unit anywhere in the house.  It has a crystal clear image with no grainy textures.  This baby monitor has automatic night vision.  The infrared LED’s automatically adjust to the level of light in the room so you can see a clear black and white image in low-light or really dark rooms.  The parent handset has a rechargeable battery that can last 7-8 hours and has a rage of 960 feet.  The parent handset allows you to talk to your baby at a push of a button so you can easily comfort him/her. This monitor also has sound activated LED lights on the parent handset.  When the sound is turned down the lights will light up alerting you that your baby is crying or making noise.  This is a great feature to have if you are hearing disabled.  It also has an audio only mode to help save battery life.  The baby unit is equipped with a room temperature sensor and will let you know what the room temperature is to keep baby comfortable and happy.  One of the features we like best on this monitor is the built-in lullabies it has.  You can choose one of the eight songs to play to help baby sleep.

Features:

  • Wireless Video Monitor
  • Sound activated infrared LED lights to see that your baby is crying when sound is off
  • Range of 960 feet
  • Talk to your baby with a push of a button
  • 8 built-in lullabies
  • Expandable to 4 cameras.  You can pair parent handset with up to 4 baby units
  • Camera automatically adjusts to light
  • Audio only mode

Puretech Baby Video Baby Monitor Camera Compatible with iPhone and Android


Video Baby Monitor Camera Compatible With iPhone & Android. Wifi Enabled Nanny Cam, 2 Way Talkback With Motion activated Cell Alerts. Ash Gray

This baby monitor by Puretech is definitely made for the modern world.  We love it because with a download of a simple app you can watch your baby anywhere right on your phone.  Yes, we said it.  You can watch your baby right on your phone.  It operates through WIFI.  The set up is easy, there is no hardware needed.  Just download the app, follow the onscreen directions to pair the camera and your ready to go.  You can even talk to your baby by pushing a button on your phone.  You will be able to see your baby in full color that automatically changes to infrared night vision when the baby’s room is dark.  The picture will appear on your phone in black and white when the room is dark. It also has a motion detector that will allow you to receive motion detection video clips via cell phone alerts. It comes with a power cord, so you will never have to recharge the device.  At an additional cost you can purchase the cordless external power pack.  This great monitor comes in 4 colors including baby blue, pink, ash grey and sunset orange.  Product comes with 1 WiFi camera, 1 bracket, 1 AC adapter, 1 USB cable and user manual. This is definitely a great product by Pretech.

Features:

  • Works through an app on your iPone or Andriod phone.
  • Stay connected to your baby at home, the office or anywhere through WiFi, 3G or 4G networks.
  • Equipped with a 2 way speaker to communicate with your baby through a push of a button.
  • Easy set up.  Download app and follow on-screen instructions.
  • Motion detector allows you to receive motion detector video clips via cell phone alerts.
  • Night vision technology
  • Item Weight .3 ounces
  • Dimensions 2 x 1.5 x 5 inches

Philips Avent DECT Baby Monitor


Philips Avent DECT Baby Monitor with Temperature Sensor and Night Mode

If you are looking for an audio only monitor, this is our top choice.  This baby monitor by Philips has DECT technology that guarantees zero interference from any other transmitting product such as cordless phone, other monitors or cell phones.  The DECT technology also provides the highest quality crystal clear sound.  With this monitor you will be able to hear every coo, cry, giggle or hic-up that your baby makes.  When the audio is muted on the parent handset, the LED lights are activated and light up when your baby is making sounds.  This monitor also has a temperature sensor that is displayed digitally on the parent handset.  This way you will know any changes in your baby’s room temperature.  The Philips Avent DECT Baby Monitor also have a 2 way conversation feature that allows you to talk to your baby through a push of a button.  This baby monitor can also help soothe your baby by playing one of the 5 built-in lullabies.  It is also equipped with a soft glow nightlight.  We love this audio monitor.

Features:

  • DECT audio technology to provide the highest quality crystal clear sound
  • Temperature sensor to monitor the temperature in your baby’s room.
  • LED activated lights when parent hand unit is muted
  • 2 way conversation, talk to your baby with a push of a button.
  • 5 built-in lullabies
  • Soft glow night-light
  • Weight 1.6 pounds
  • Dimensions 3.5 x 8 x 6 inches

Snuza Hero SE Baby Movement Monitor

Snuza Hero Mobile Baby Movement Monitor


This monitor is different from the other baby monitors as it tracks your baby’s abdominal movement and alerts you if no movement is detected.  The Snuza Hero Baby Movement Monitor attaches to the waistband of your baby’s diaper, just hook it on and it will start to monitor their abdominal movements.  It can pick up on even the slightest movement.  The monitor will alert you if abdominal movement is weak or less than 8 movements per minute. The monitor is equipped with a vibration feature.  If the monitor does not detect any movement for 15 seconds it will vibrate to stimulate baby.  Usually after the vibration baby starts moving again however, after an additional 5 seconds of non-movement a sharp  alarm will sound alerting you that something is wrong.  This is a great monitor  for nervous moms who can’t sleep because they are worried about their baby.  Remember that though people recommend these monitors, there is no scientific evidence stating that these prevents SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).  Since the Snuza Hero Baby Movement Monitor picks up on external movements it is no recommended for co-sleeping.

Features:

  • Detects baby’s abdominal movement
  • Vibration Stimulus feature that will activate if non abdominal movement is detected after 15 seconds.
  • Alarm goes off after no movement is detected for 20 seconds.
  • Easily clips on to waistband of baby’s diaper.
  • No setup required.
  • weight: .6 ounces
  • Dimensions: 1.8 x 1.6 x 2.8 inches

 

Do I need a Baby Monitor?

To find out if you really need a baby monitor is to asked yourself a couple questions.  The first thing you want to ask yourself is where is your baby going to sleep?  For the first couple of months your baby will probably sleep with you.  If this is the case, you may not need to purchase a baby monitor right away.  However, if you are going to be spending long periods alone with baby you still may want to have one from the moment you bring your baby home.  This way you can monitor baby while you’re in the bathroom, taking a shower, cleaning, cooking and doing other household chores.  Having a baby monitor allows you to always keep an eye on your baby.  Another thing you want to ask yourself is how big is my home? If you live in a tiny apartment, you may be able to hear your baby no matter where you are.  If you live in a two-story home where baby may be upstairs, you will definitly want to have a monitor.  Another questions you will want to ask is how deep of a sleeper are you?  If you can sleep through a thunder storm, you may want to purchase a monitor.  You will be able to control the voloume on the monitor, so if you are a heavy sleeper, turn the volume all the way up, so you will wake up if baby needs you.

What Else Can I Use a Baby Monitor For? 

Since baby monitors can be expensive and babies only stay babies for a short time, you may think it’s not worth the investment.  However, there are many ways to use a baby monitor aside from just watching over baby.

Watching over children

As your baby grows you will still need to keep a close eye on them.  They are great to keep in your toddler’s room or play room to watch over them while you are taking care of other household chores.

Watching over pets

Let’s face it, to some people our pets are our kids and they need to be looked after too.

Watching the Kitchen

Yes, I said it, watching over the kitchen.  If you are noticing snacks are disappearing and the kids say it wasn’t them or someone is supposed to be on a diet and you think they may be sneaking food, you may want to watch over the kitchen.  They are also great to find out who made the mess that no one will admit to.

Watching over the sick or elderly

For you are caring for a sick or elderly person, you may want to be able to see them and communicate with them at all times.

When Were Baby Monitors Invented?

  • The first baby monitor was created by the company Zenith.
  • It came out in 1937 and it was called the Radio Nurse.
  • The creation was inspired by the 1932 kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh’s Baby.
  • Zenith’s President, Eugene F. McDonald Jr. asked his engineers to come up with a commercial system of letting parents hear what was going on in their child’s room.  Mr. McDonald already had a system in place in his home where he would be able to hear in his daughter’s room.
  • With help from Japanese designer Isamu Noguchi, the Radio Nurse was created.
  • Since the Radio Nurse had problems with picking up radio signals from other sources, it never became popular however, it paved the way for the modern day baby monitor.

The Best Maternity/Pregnancy Pillows on the Market

The Best Maternity/Pregnancy Pillows

Pregnancy is a beautiful time, but let’s face it, it can be an uncomfortable time, especially when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep.  A great maternity or pregnancy pillow can help alleviate some of the discomfort and aches and pains related to pregnancy.  You can go from restless nights to having a great night sleep with the perfect pillow.

What is a Maternity/Pregnancy Pillow?

  A maternity or pregnancy pillow is a special type of pillow that you can use when you are expecting.  They are designed to provide the support you need in key areas such as your back, belly and neck while you are sleeping and or relaxing.  They can help you get a great night’s sleep and let you wake up more relaxed and with less pain due to pregnancy. They are great not only for back and belly support, but they can also help you sleep in a natural position to keep your hips aligned.  Towards the end of my pregnancy, I had a hard time breathing when I was sleeping.  It would feel as if I had an elephant pushing on my chest.  My maternity pillow helped me sleep in a slightly elevated position and helped me breathe easier and sleep soundly.  My only regret was not purchasing a pillow earlier. I also used my pillow during nursing. When my daughter arrived, I used my pillow during nursing. It made me feel more comfortable while feeding her.  It also helped to provide support to myself and my daughter.

Maternity pillows are not just for expecting moms, they are also great for people who suffer with back pain, sciatica, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spinal arthritis, joint pain, sore necks, aching shoulders and other chronic pain conditions. People who suffer from insomnia, and people who toss and turn all night.  Maternity pillows can also help to relieve heartburn or acid reflux symptoms.

We at kidsplayandcreate searched high and low for the best maternity/pregnancy pillows available on the market today.  We obtained our results based on product research, personal experiences and reviews.  Please read our list for the best maternity pillows.  If you have a maternity pillow that you think we should have on the list e-mail use at kidsplayandcreate@gmail.com.

 

Leacho Snoogle Total Body Pillow


Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow, Ivory

Leacho Snoogle Total Body Pillow is the ultimate pregnancy pillow.  It was designed to follow the natural contour and shape of your body, from the top of your head to the tips of your toes.  This pillow provides ultimate comfort and support.  The Leachco Snoogle is a great pillow to use for sleeping, relaxing and even to add comfort during nursing.   The horseshoe-shaped head cushion helps support your neck. The extra long midsection provides extra support for your belly and back and helps prevent sciatica and lower back pain. It can also tuck between your knees to align your hips and help with back pain.  The Snoogle is flexible and can be used in a variety of ways.  You can curl it and use it as a back rest while watching T.V, you can even wrapped it around your body for upper body support.  It’s definitely a great pick.  We at kidsplayandcreate give it an A rating.

Features:

    • Horseshoe shape design
    • 100% organic cotton removable, washable cover
    • Multiple colors: Ivory, Sage, Brown, Khaki, Gray and Mauve
    • Flexible, can be used in a variety of ways.
    • Supports hips, back and belly
    • Helps aid and prevent back pain
    •  Dimensions 60 x 24.8 x 7.2 inches
    • Weight 5.5 pounds

PharMeDoc Total Body Maternity Pillow


PharMeDoc Total Body Maternity Pillow – Comfortable Pregnancy Cushion w/ Zipper – Full Contoured Support System, Side Sleeper, Nursing, Snuggle & Bed Rest

The PharMeDoc Total Body Maternity Pillow is a great choice especially for someone with allergies or can be sensitive to materials.  The pillow is made with chemical free polyester.  It is hypoallergenic and free of lead, phthalate, latex and BPA’s.  It is also dust mite resistant.  What is also great about this pillow is that it was designed to absorb and withstand a greater amount of weight than most pillows.  It will not get saggy, flat, loose shape or comfort.  The design follows the natural contours of your body and supports your head, back, hips and knees.  The pillow is tender but firm and extremely comfortable.  The cover is breathable and gives off a cooling effect so you won’t get overheated.  Another plus is that this pillow is fully compatible with large vacuum seal bags for easy storage, when no longer in use.  This PharMeDoc is especially great for our plus-size moms or moms who are expecting twins.  This is a strong but soft pillow.  We also give this pillow an A rating.

Features:

    • Hypoallergenic, lead, phthalate, latex, BPA free, dust mite resistant
    • Body contouring design
    • Full belly, back, hips, knee support
    • Helps relieve back pain
    • Great for nursing moms
    • Zipper cover can be removed and easy washed
    • Can be easily stored in large vacuum seal bag
    • Dimensions 60 x 24 x 7 inches
    • Weight 7 pounds

Hiccapop Pregnancy Pillow Wedge


hiccapop Pregnancy Pillow Wedge for Maternity | Memory Foam Maternity Pillows Support Body, Belly, Back, Knees

This is a great choice if you are not looking for a bulky pillow.  This pillow wedge by Hiccapop is a perfect alternative to the large maternity pillow. The people at Hiccapop know that discomfort doesn’t just end in the bed.  This wedge has a small and compact design, you can easily take your wedge anywhere.   The wedge has a two-sided design.  One side is made of soft memory foam and the other side its firm.  You can go from soft support to firm support with a flip of the wedge.  The wedge provides belly support to help reduce swelling (edema) in the hands, legs and feet.  It also helps relieve and prevent back pain.  You can place the wedge behind your back, under belly or between knees.  It also helps relieve nerve pain and leg numbness.  It has airflow ventilation technology.  The tiny perforated holes throughout the wedge encourage airflow to reduce moisture build up and helps control temperature.  The wedge is great when you just want targeted support and not a full pillow.  We reached many wedges and gave this one an A rating.  

Features:

    • Compact design, you can take it anywhere for support
    • Plush velboa cover is soft and washable
    • 2 side design, choose the firm side or the soft side
    • Supports belly, back, knees
    • Aids in the relief of back pain, nerve pain and leg numbness
    • Air Flow Ventilation Technology to help control temperature
    • Dimensions 13.2 x 15 x 4.5 inches
    • Weight 12.8 ounces
    • Lifetime guarantee

 Leacho Back ‘N Belly Contoured Body Pillow


Leachco Back ‘N Belly Contoured Body Pillow, Ivory
Cradle yourself in custom comfort with the Leacho Back ‘N Belly Body Pillow.  This Back ‘N Belly Body Pillow has  the popular U-shaped design.  It provides back, neck, shoulders and belly support with cushion on both sides.  With this pillow, you can turn from side to side without loosing support.  The inner contours were designed to follow the natural curved shape of our body. It will feel as if it was custom-made for your body.  No repositioning is needed is will align your hips to a neutral position to relieve any joint pain.  You can also reverse end for more head support. Comes in two colors white and tea.  We rate this as the best U-shaped pillow and give it an A rating.

Features:

    • Hourglass shape
    • 100% polyester fiber fill
    • Zippered removable case that is machine washable
    • Great head support to help with nasal congestion
    • Move from side to side without loosing support
    • Dimensions 51 x 33.5 x 8 inches
    • Weight 7 pounds

Leacho Snoogle Mini Compact Side Sleeper


Leacho Snoogle Mini Compact Side Sleeper
A smaller version of the original Snoogle, this mini compact Snoogle is a great alternative to having a large bulky pillow.  Smaller than the traditional maternity pillows however, larger than the wedge.  It also leaves lots of room in the bed or is great is you have a smaller bed, such as a full or twin.  This compact pillow is great for targeted head and belly support.  It can also be used in a variety of ways.  You can lay on it and use it for head and belly support, you can put it between your knees to help align your hips, you can put it under your knees for elevation or use it as support while nursing your baby.  It’s great design will keep you relaxed, cool and comfortable all night long.  We love that this pillow is an in between pillow, not huge, but not too small either.  We believe that the Snoogle Mini Compact Side Sleeper is the best in between maternity/pregnancy pillow.  It is great for expecting moms who want the feel of a large pillow, but still want somethings that fits comfortably in the bed.  We give this side sleeper an A rating.

Features:

    • Compact for targeted support
    • Removable, washable cover
    • Great for smaller beds or as alternative to large bulky pillows
    • Can be used in a variety of ways
    • Comes in two colors sage with white tiny white dots or brown
    • Conforms to the natural shape of your body.
    • Dimensions 21.1 x 13.7 x 4.5 inches
    • Weight 2.9 pounds

Lavish Home Full Contoured Body Pillow Maternity/Pregnancy Support Cushion


Lavish Home Full Contoured Body Pillow, Maternity/Pregnancy Support Cushion
This fully body pillow by Lavish Home is a great pillow for expecting moms.  It provides full back, belly and neck support to help relieve discomfort due to pregnancy aches and pains.  It has a great design that contours to the natural shape of your body. This full body pillow will help you feel more relaxed and comfortable to help you gets a great night’s sleep.  It it also provides great support for mom and baby during nursing. This Lavish Home Full Contoured Body Pillow, Maternity/Pregnancy Support Cushion is another great choice.  This pillow is like a regular full body pillow with extra support for pregnant moms.  We at kidsplayandcreate love this pillow and give it an A rating.

Features:

    • Hourglass inner shape contours to natural shape of your body
    • Supports your belly, back and neck.
    • 100% outer cotton cover that can be removed and is machine washable.
    • Inner cover is made of polypropylene
    • The pillow is filled with polyester hollow fiber
    • Provides nursing support
    • Dimensions 60 x 38 x 7 inches
    • Weight 7.2 pounds

How do I Choose the Perfect Maternity Pillow for my Needs?

Before purchasing a maternity/pregnancy pillow you may want to consider a couple of things.  Are you waking up with pain?  If so, where is the pain?  Is it your back, neck?  If so, it could be because those areas aren’t getting enough support.  If this is the case you may want to pick a pillow that provides extra support in those areas.  Do you have heartburn or acid reflux?  If so, you try choosing a pillow that has upper body support and can keep you slightly elevated.  Are you sensitive to fabrics or have allergies?  If that sounds like you, you may want to choose a pillow that is hypoallergenic.  You should also consider the size of the pillow.  Many maternity pillows are large.  If you have a full or  a twin bed it may be too large for your bed.  Make sure you check the dimensions of the pillow before purchasing. Do you plan on traveling with your pillow?  If so, again you want to look at the side.  Do you need something for the car?  If you have a long commute to work, school or doctor you may need some extra support in the car.  If this is the case, you may want to consider the wedge.  Try to think about all everything listed above, then pick a pillow based on your needs.

Are Maternity Pillows Just for Expecting Moms?

Absolutely not!  Let’s face it, expecting moms aren’t the only ones who have a hard time sleeping due to discomfort and pain.  These pillows can benefit people who suffer from back pain, sciatica, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spinal arthritis, joint pain, sore necks, aching shoulders and other chronic pain conditions. People who suffer from insomnia and people who toss and turn all night.  They are also great for people who suffer from acid reflux/ heartburn.  Maternity/pregnancy pillows are also good for people who want a little extra cushion or who like to be snuggled at night.  My daughter just turned three and I still use mine.

Is There a Difference Between a Maternity Pillow and a Body Pillow?

The answer is yes.  Maternity pillows are designed to contour to the natural shape of your body.  They are made to help to add support to your back, neck, belly and knees.  Body pillows are usually long and straight.  They provide extra cushion but not always the extra support you need for your changing body.

Can a Maternity Pillow Help Soothe Acid Reflux or Heartburn?

Expecting moms can experience acid reflux or heartburn at anytime throughout pregnancy.  In early pregnancy it can be caused by hormones.  Your hormones slowdown your stomach’s ability to process food.  The longer the food sits in your stomach, the more acid collects which can result in heartburn.  In late pregnancy your growing belly pushes your stomach up leading to less space for food and stomach acid.  The stomach acids gets pushed up your esophagus leading to heartburn.

Lying down can make heartburn or acid reflux worse.  It is recommended that you sleep on a slant with your upper body slightly elevated to help with stomach acid.  This is where a maternity pillow comes in.  Most maternity pillows provide extra cushion for your upper body so that you are not lying flat in the bed.  Most are flexible where you can add extra support to upper body and give you more of a cushion or elevation right where you need it.  Don’t forget to speak to your doctor about the symptoms you are experiencing to get more helpful information or treatment as needed.

Can you Wash Maternity Pillows?

Many maternity pillows have a removable covers that can be machined washed and dried.  Make sure you check the label from the manufacturer for proper cleaning information.

If you are an expecting mom or are suffering from sleepless nights, heartburn/acid reflux or chronic pain, don’t forget to speak to a doctor about your symptoms and also try purchasing a maternity/pregnancy pillow.  They can change restless nights and waking up in pain to getting a great night’s and waking up relaxed and pain-free.

 

 

The Top Rated and Best Selling Humidifiers on the Market

 What is a humidifier?

A humidifier is a device that is used to increase the humidity or moisture level in the air of a room.  They are generally used to help with problems associated with dry air. Indoor humidity levels can be too high or too low.  If they are too low it can cause dry skin, wrinkles, nose bleeds, static electricity among other things.  If your humidity levels are too high is can cause mold and mildew. Your ideal humidity levels should be 35%-55%.  Humidifiers help you reach your ideal humidity level in your home.  Common reasons people use humidifiers are to ease symptoms from congestion due to a cold, flu or allergies, soothe dry skin conditions and help with chronic nose bleeds.

With so many different kinds of humidifiers including cool-mist humidifiers, warm-mist humidifiers, ultrasonic humidifiers just to name a few, it may be hard to find one to suit your needs.  We at kidsplayandcreate have done the research and have put together a list of the best humidifiers on the market based on reviews, research and personal use. Here are our picks for the best in home humidifiers.

Pure Enrichment Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier XL – 1-Gallon Water Tank with Variable Mist Control, Automatic Shut-Off, and Soft Night Light Options

This ultrasonic cool mist humidifier by Pure Enrichment has one of the  best ratings on the market and is the highest selling on Amazon.  This premium humidifying unit is powerful and aesthetically pleasing.  Through its ultrasonic cool mist technology it safely moisturizes the air for up to 16 hours of continuous use.  Say good-bye to colds, dry skin and other dry air symptoms and hello to a good night’s sleep.  It’s 360 degree mist nozzle and dual-speed control make it easy to adjust the mists direction and speed to give you maximum comfort.  It has an automatic  shut-off that allows it to shut of when water level is low or the water tank is removed.  The night-light has a soothing glow for relaxation, night lights now your thing?  Simply shut it off and enjoy your sleep.  This humidifier is the perfect solution for improving the air quality in your room.

Features:

  • 1.5 liter tank that delivers a moisture output of 150 millimeters per hour
  • Great for relieving symptoms related to dry air.
  • 360 degree mist nozzle
  • Great for small rooms such as nursery, bedroom, office, den
  • Optional night-light
  • Auto shut-off
  • 16 hours of continuous use
  • Great design
  • 2 year warranty

URPower 2nd Version Essential Oil Diffuser


URPOWER 2nd Version Essential Oil Diffuser,100ml Aroma Essential Oil Cool Mist Humidifier with Adjustable Mist Mode,Waterless Auto Shut-off and 7 Color LED Lights Changing for Home Office Baby
This 2nd generation URPower Ultrasonic Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser is an upgraded version of the original. It has advanced ultrasonic vaporizing technology and whisper quiet operation, produces more mist, making the air quality better in any nursery, office, bedroom or any small-sized room.  Add 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil such as lavender and relax in the soothing fragrant mist for up to 6 hours. What’s great about this diffuser is that it diffuse the oils without heat so you don’t lose their holistic properties.  It also works as a humidifier without the oils.  But why skip those fragrant oils they can freshen any room and make you feel more relaxed and comfortable.  Another great feature about this humidifier is the 7 color changing LED lights.  You are able to change the color based on mood or to fit into your décor.  It also has auto-shut off when the water level is low.  What’s great is the easy operation.  Simply take off the cover, ass water with included measuring cup, add 2-3 drops of oil and close the cover.  You can push the red light for continuous mode which means it will mist for 3 hours straight or you can push the green light for intermittent mode.  This means it will mist every 30 seconds for 6 hours.

Features:

  • Elegant design
  • No filter
  • Whisper-quiet technology
  • Auto shut-off
  • Use tap water and essential oils (not included)
  • Small in size weighs 10.9 ounces, dimensions are 3.1 x 3.1 x 5 inches

Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer

Vicks 1.5 Gallon Vaporizer with Night-Light
If you’re looking for a humidifier and you do not want to spend a lot of money, than this is the unit for you.  This is a great cheap model.  The Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer with Pure Steam Action is great for temporary relieving symptoms of the common cold or flu virus. The vaporizer boils the water then release a pure warm steam vapor into the air.  The vaporizer is designed with a steam guard for maximum safety.  You can also use it with Vicks VapoPads for extra relief from cold and flu symptoms.

Features:

  • Night light
  • Auto shut-off
  • Steam vapor to help relieve cold and flu symptoms
  • 1.5 liter water capacity
  • 18-24 hours of running time
  • 3 year warranty

Anypro Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier


Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier, Anypro 3.5L Anti-mold Humidifiers with Super Quiet Operation, Automatic Shut-off, and Variable Night Lights
This compact and powerful humidifier provides the perfect coverage for nursery, den, bedroom and offices unto 538 square feet.  This humidifier provides more coverage than most for its size.  It has 360 degrees adjustable mist spray and adjustable vapor output so it can perform at your maximum level of comfort.  It’s designed with a safe and non toxic antibacterial material to suppress the growth of mold.  For better anti-mold effects use distilled water to high quality water.  It has a soft light with 6 colors you can choose from depending on mood or decor.  The colors are interchangeable, colors include red, purple, blue, green, yellow and pink.  This humidifier does not have a filter and comes with a brush making cleaning a breeze.  Extremely quiet, so it can run while you are sleeping.

Features:

  • Long mist stream
  • Anti-mold technology
  • Quiet
  • Designed to reduce leakage
  • filter free
  • Color changes
  • Auto-shut off
  • 1 year warranty

2.9 pounds

Dimensions 7.9 x 7.9 x 7.9 inches

Honeywell HCM 350W Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier

Honeywell HCM350W Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier, White
This Honeywell Germ-Free Humidifier features UV technology that helps kill up to 99.9% of bacteria, mold and fungus that in our water.  So, how does it work?  The untreated water flows from the tank into the UV water path where it is exposed to ultra-violet light which kills the mold, bacteria and fungus in the water.  The now sanitized water enters the base where it is absorbed by the  wicking filter. Then the dry indoor air is drawn through the filter absorbing the moisture. Finally, up to 99.9% Germ Free moisture is emitted into the air as a fine invisible mist. It has a large 2 gallon tank that is easy to carry, fill and clean.

Features:

    • Quiet operation
    • Dishwasher safe parts
    • Designed for medium size rooms
    • Comes in two colors white and black
    • 3 year warranty
    • 9.6 pounds
    • 18.6 x 10.4 x 13 inches

Sunpentown SPT SU-4010 Ultrasonic Dual-Mist Warm/Cool Humidifier


SPT SU-4010 Ultrasonic Dual-Mist Warm/Cool Humidifier with Ion Exchange Filter – Blue
This ultrasonic humidifier by Sunpentown is the best of both worlds as it can work as either a cool-mist or a warm-mist humidifier.  It has a sleek design with a transparent blue water tank with an easy to carry handle.  The ion exchange filter demineralizes and treats water to reduce calcium and magnesium from hard water and prevents white dust particles from entering the air.

Features:

    • 360 adjustable nozzle
    • Designed for rooms up to 500 square feet
    • Warm-mist continuously for 10 hours
    • Cool-mist continuously for 12 hours
    • Comes in blue or green
    • Weight 7.5 pounds
    • Dimensions 13.2 x 5.3 x 12.4

How do you know if you need a humidifier?

There are many ways to tell if you need a humidifier in your home.  You can purchase a hygrometer to test the air quality in your home.  Hydrometers are neat little devices that work similar to thermometer that measures the humidity in your home.  Ideal humidity should be between 35%-55%.

AcuRite 00613 Indoor Humidity Monitor

The AcuRite Digital temperature and humidity monitor allows you to quickly and easily measure the humidity levels and indoor temperature in the air of any room.  It is completely wireless and requires two AA batteries that are not included.

AcuRite 00613 Indoor Humidity Monitor

If you do not want to purchase a hygrometer, here are other ways you can tell you need a humidifier in your home:

Dry Skin

If you suffer from a condition that causes dry skin or if you have dry skin or chapped lips you may need a humidifier to add moisture in the air.

Chronic Nosebleed

If you or someone in your home suffers from chronic nosebleeds, dry air may be to blame.  Keeping air moist especially during the winter months can help dramatically reduce the amount the nosebleeds.

Congestion/Cough/Sore Throat

If you or someone in home suffers from symptoms of the common cold or flu, a humidifier can help with the temporary relief of congestion, making it easier to breathe.  Consistent cough and or sore throat can be a sign that the hair is too dry in your home.  Adding a humidifier can help relieve symptoms.

Static Electricity

An interesting reason you may need a humidifier in your home is due to static electricity.  A major cause of static electricity in your home is dry air.  Adding moisture to the air in your home can lower the amount of static electricity in your home.

Asthma and Allergies

If you or someone in your home suffer from allergies or asthma, adding a humidifier to your home can be very beneficial for those who are suffering.  Adding moisture in the air can help make breathing easier.

 

What are the benefits to having a humidifier?

Indoor humidity levels can be too high or too low.  Low humidity levels can cause dry skin and hair, chapped lips give you higher chance of catching a cold, cause static electricity and even cause wrinkles.  When the humidity level is too high it can cause dangerous mold and mildew to grow and even ruin wood floors and wood furniture.  Ideal room humidity is around 40%.  Using a humidifier is the best way to achieve the highest humidity comfort.

Benefits:

  • Great for sinuses
  • Helps to prevent nose bleeds
  • Helps to reduce snoring
  • Relieve dry skin and chapped lips
  • Reduce static electricity in the air

What is the Difference Between a Cool Mist Humidifier and a Warm Mist Humidifier?

Both cool mist humidifiers and warm mist humidifiers have their pros and cons.  You’ll want to familiarize yourself with both types before you make your purchase to find out which one better suits your needs

Cool Mist Humidifiers 

Cool mist humidifiers work great for adding moisture to the air.  Because they do not heat up the water like warm mist humidifiers they tend to use less electricity.  Many people prefer the cool mist humidifier when it is needed in a child’s room or nursery as will be no worry about burns caused by leakage or spills.  One of the cons with the cool mist humidifier is that it can make the air slightly chiller when in use.

Warm Mist Humidifiers 

Many people consider warm mist humidifiers a more healthy option when selecting a humidifier. This is because the boiling process to make the mist warm, helps kill bacteria and mold so they can not enter your breathing air.  People tend to prefer warm mist over cool mist when help relieving cold and or flu symptoms. One of the cons with the warm mist humidifier is that they tend to be more expensive than the cool mist humidifier.

Should I have a Humidifier in my Baby’s Nursery?

This is a questions that many parents ask themselves.  Many people recommend having them and here’s why.  Baby’s skin is extremely sensitive, if the air in your home is too dry it can lead baby to have dry, chapped skin.  Since humidifiers add moisture into the air, it can help prevent or relieve dry, irritated, chapped skin.  Another benefit to adding a humidifier to your nursery for the white noise it makes.  Even though most humidifiers provide whisper-quiet technology it still makes a small sound.  That sounds is reminiscent to the whooshing sound that baby hears in the womb.  This can make baby feel more relaxed and comfortable, which can help them sleep better.  humidifiers also benefit baby’s by helping to relieve nasal congestion.  Warm mist humidifiers help to kill germs and bacteria in the air providing better air quality.  This can help in the prevent baby from getting sick.  Speak to your pediatrician about the benefits of having a humidifier and ask their recommendation on whether to have a cool mist or a warm mist humidifier.

How Often do I Need to Clean my Humidifier?

It is recommended that you clean your humidifier every 3 days or as indicated by the manufacturer.  It is very important to keep humidifiers clean.  When they are not cleaned, dirty humidifiers can be breeding grounds for mold and bacteria.  It is also recommended unless otherwise stated by the manufacturer to use distilled or demineralized water.  Regular tap water contains minerals, these minerals can create deposits inside the humidifier and promote the growth of bacteria.

One of the  best ways to keep your humidifier clean is to change the water often.  Try to empty out the water each day, then dry it and refill with new water.  Drying it first will prevent any film from the water to build up.

It is also important to keep all areas around your humidifier dry.  If you notice damp carpeting, curtains, windows or wood flooring turn down your humidifier or use it less frequently.  Dampness can lead to the growth of mold.  It can also cause damage to wood floors and furniture.

 

Best Toddler Potty Seats Available on the Market

Best Toddler Potty Seats

When you decide to start that adventure of potty training with your little one, picking the best potty is important.  Small potties are the perfect size for your toddler and are less intimidating than the traditional potty.  Many small potties come in a variety of colors, make sounds, light up or are your child’s favorite character.  Picking a potty in a color or theme that your child is familiar with, can help take away some of the fears they have with using the potty. Comfort is just as important.  Let’s face it, you will be sitting in the bathroom with your toddler on that seat for a long time.  It will be much easier for them (and you) if they are comfortable while they are waiting to go.  With so many factors involved, we at www.kidaplyandcreate.com composed a list of the best potties on the market based on product reviews, price and personal experiences.  Check out our top picks for the best toddler potty seats on the market.

Fisher Price Learn to Flush Potty

Fisher-Price Learn-to-Flush Potty

Potty training is easy and fun with this Fisher Price Learn to Flush Potty. This colorful potty has a cute design and has a handle to flush just like a real potty. Each time your child pees the potty rewards them with a little tune. Your toddler will love to hear that tune, which will encourage them to use the bathroom.  When your child finishes going to the bathroom they can use the handle to pretend flush.  Once they flush, the lights on the potty will start to twinkle.  This potty even has a water twirling action sound just like the real potty. It also comes with a removable seat that sits on the regular potty.  This is a great feature to have when transitioning to the regular potty. Just remember that this potty does play music and lights up.  If your child does not like likes or music, this is not the potty for you.

Features:

  • Lights and sounds when a child flushes the potty.
  • Removable seat that sits on top of the regular potty.
  • Built in splash guard to prevent messes.
  • Smooth contours make it easy to clean.

Item weight: 5 pounds
Dimensions: 14 x 11.8 x 14 inches
Requires 3 AAA batteries (included)

Summer Infant My Size Potty

Summer Infant My Size Potty

Summer Infant’s My Size Potty is designed to look just like the regular potty only smaller.  This small version of the regular toilet may help familiarize your child with the potty and  take away some of the fears they have with using the big toilet.  Because it’s a smaller version of the real thing it may help with the transition from the little potty to the regular one.  This potty not only looks like the real thing, but it has similar features as well.  The toilet handle has realistic flushing sound.  The lip flips up just like the regular potty. This is a great feature to have if you are training little boys.  They will be used to the routine when transitioning to the real potty.  This potty also comes with a wipe dispenser with a removable lid to store flushable wipes.  If you are not going to use flushable wipes use can use it for storage.  The lid of the “water tank” actually comes off which is great for storing potty books.

Features:

  • Clip on splash guard for less mess
  • Wipe dispenser with removable lid
  • Storage for potty books
  • Removable pot for easy clean up
  • Flip up seat like a real potty
  • Realistic design
  • Flushing sound

Item Weight: 2.9 pounds
Dimensions: 15 x 11 x 15 inches
Requires 2 AA batteries (included)

 

BabyBjorn Potty Chair


BABYBJORN Potty Chair, Gray
The BabyBjorn Potty Chair is popular among parents and is highly recommended.  It is very sturdy and rests firmly on the floor. It has rubber edging along the bottom, this is great because it won’t tip over or scrape across the floor.  This potty is designed to have a high backrest and arms rest for comfort.  It has a sleek design with rounded edges add to the comfort and won’t pinch your child’s skin.  The potty has lots of leg-room to make it way for your child stand up and sit down.This is also a great potty chair if your child has a disability in which they need more support sitting on the potty (always consult with a doctor is your child has a disability and may need extra support). The BabyBjorn has a splash guard to prevent messes.  The inner potty removes for easy clean up.  The potty’s smooth plastic design has no corners or groves which is great in preventing dirt and grime build up.

Features:

  • High backrest and armrest for maximum comfort.
  • Made with a sturdy plastic that is BPA free.
  • Removable inner potty for easy clean up.
  • Splash guard to help prevent messes.
  • Smooth contours for easy cleaning
  • Rubber edging to prevent tipping over or moving across the floor.

Item Weight: 1.8 pounds
Dimensions: 14 x 14 x 13 inches
Does not make noise, no batteries needed.

 

Sesame Street Elmo Adventure Potty Chair

Sesame Street Elmo Adventure Potty Chair with Potty Training Rewards Kit

If you have an Elmo fan at home then this is the potty for you.  The Sesame Street Elmo Adventure Potty Chair resembles a real toilet, Elmo style!  This adorable potty comes with a removable seat that can be placed on the regular toilet.  This is great when transitioning to the regular toilet. The potty comes with a pretend handle just like a real toilet.  Once your child goes to the bathroom, they can flush and hear encouraging phrases from Elmo along with real flushing sounds.  The inside cup can be removed easily for cleaning. This potty won 2015 Mom’s Pick. This one shown on the site and available on Amazon comes with a sticker reward chart.

Features:

  • Fun aquarium theme with 3D image of Elm0
  • Sticker reward chart
  • Removable seat to use on the real toilet.
  • Encouraging phrases from Elmo after flushing.
  • Inside cup can be removed easily for clean up.
  • Comfortable design for sitting.
  • Maximum weight 40 pounds.

Item Weight 3.2 pounds
Dimensions: 14.1 x 13.9 x 9.5 inches

Summer Infant Lil Loo Potty

Summer Infant Lil’ Loo Potty, White and Teal

This Summer Infant Lil Loo Potty is designed with a very durable plastic and has a high backrest for comfort.  This potty also comes with no slip rubber pads on the bottom, to prevent moving or scratching up the floors.  This potty is designed with a high splash guard, which is a great feature if you have a little sprayer.  This potty is available is 5 colors including: Pink, Raspberry (bright pink), teal, white and white with green.

Features:

  • High backrest for maximum comfort.
  • High splash guard to help prevent messes.
  • Durable plastic with rubber pads on the bottom to prevent tipping for scratching floors.
  • Comes is a variety of colors.

Item Weight 1.6 pounds
Dimensions: 13 x 12 x 11 inches

Does not make sounds and does not require batteries.

There is more to preparing for potty training then just picking out the best potty.  Now, you have to convince your child to use the potty, which can be tricky and can take a lot of time.  Let’s say that your child has started using the potty and has to go in public.  Now you have to think about the scary reality of using public bathrooms.  What about reaching the sink to wash hands or when it’s time to transition from the little potty to the regular toilet? How can they reach it or what can use you so they don’t fall in?  Have no fear, here are some essential potty training accessories.

BabyBjorn Toilet Trainer

BABYBJORN Toilet Trainer – White/Black

A child is more likely to use the regular toilet when they feel comfortable and don’t have the fear of falling in.  The BabyBjorn Toilet Trainer is designed to do just that.  The  seat easily adjusts to toilet seats.  After the initial adjustment you will never have to adjust it again.  It is light weight easy enough for your child to put on and take of by themselves.  It has an inward sloping splash guard to prevent messes.  This potty seat has a practical handle which can be used to hang the seat when not in use.  This seat is recommended for children ages 2-6.

PottyCover Disposable Toilet Seat Covers

PottyCover Disposable Toilet Seat Covers
Weather your child just started using the potty or has been trained for a while but is still young, the thought of using public bathrooms can be scary.  To take some of the fears of germs and bacteria away try using potty covers. Potty covers provide a waterproof barrier between the toilet and your child.  This potty cover is made with an oversized design that covers the seat, sides and front of the toilet for maximum protection.  The soft non-woven fabric is covered in a layer of plastic to help keeps germs and wetness away.

Features:

  • Oversized design for maximum protection.
  • 6 individually wrapped covers.
  • Lightweight, easy to carry

One of the best things to do before you start potty training your child is to read to your child about the potty so they know what to expect.  Reading is also a great activity to do with your child while they are sitting on the potty.  Here is our top pick for a potty training book.

Potty

Potty (Leslie Patricelli board books)
Potty by Leslie Patricelli is an adorable easy to read book and our top pick when picking a potty training book.  This book is about an adorable bald-headed baby who has to go potty.  He is trying to decide should I go in my diaper or should I go somewhere else. In the book there is a part where he sees where a dog goes potty and where a cat goes potty.  Ultimately he decides to give his toddler potty a try.  At the end of the book he is running with toilet paper to celebrate using the potty.  Then shows different kinds of underwear to pick out.  It’s a great book, it’s funny and is written in simple short sentences which is great for toddler who may not have a long attention span.  This book is recommended for toddlers ages 1-3. This book is available for the Kindle, in hardcover or as a board book.

Mommy’s Helper Contoured Cushie Step Up

Mommy’s Helper Contoured Cushie Step Up, 1 Count
Give your child the comfort and confidence they need when transitioning to the big toilet with Mommy’s Helper Contoured Cushie Step Up. This handy helper allows toddler to climb on the padded step holding onto the handles,  giving them support and confidence while getting on and off the potty. The thick cushioned seat provides comfort while the are waiting to go.  It has extra wide non slip floor pads and non slips handles. The great design allows you to fold it u and store almost anywhere in between uses. Make sure you practice using this with your child before you allow them to use it by themselves.

Features:

  • Easy assembly, no tools required.
  • Fold up for easy storage.
  • Extra wide non slip floor pads
  • Non slip handles
  • Fits all standard and most elongated toilet seats.

Item weight: 2.5 pounds
Dimensions 22 x 12 x 3 inches

Potty Training Tips

  1. Don’t Force them:  Just because you’re ready for your child to use the potty doesn’t mean they are.  If they are screaming and crying every time you mention the potty, they are not ready. It will be more difficult for you to force them and it will be traumatic for them.  Don’t worry, no child goes to kindergarten in diapers. They will be ready before you know it, and then when they are finally trained, part of you will be sad that your baby’s growing up.
  2. Aim: This tip is for all the parents with little boys.  If you have a sprayer and he is making a mess, try using Cheerios.  Place 5 or 6 Cheerios in the potty and ask your little one to aim for the holes.  When he tries, reward him with a prize.
  3. Don’t Switch Back and Forth:  Don’t switch from diapers or pull-ups to underwear and back again.  Once you choose underwear, stick to it.
  4. Role Model: Moms take your daughter with you when you use the bathroom, dads do the same.  Explain to your child what you are doing. If they see you do it, they may feel more comfortable doing it.
  5. Read, Read, Read: Potty books are great and ease the fear of going. Children can relate to the characters in the story.
  6. Let them Pick Out their Underwear: Letting them pick out the underwear they like will make them excited about wearing them.  I learned this first hand.  My daughter was giving me a really hard time about using the potty.  She straight up refused.  One day we were in the store and I decided to let her pick out panties.  She picked out Minnie Mouse panties and wanted to put them on when we got home.  She still gave me a hard time about going to the potty, but she still wore the panties and it definitely helped in the training process.
  7. Bribery: We all do it.  Tell your child if they use the potty, they can get a lollipop, small toy or whatever they are interested in. It’s OK, like I said we all do it.
  8. Reward Chart:  Tape a chart next to the potty and keep stickers in the bathroom.  Every time your child uses the potty, give them a sticker.  One they get 5 stickers reward them with a small prize.  I did this, it worked.

Potty Training Songs

Kids respond well to music.  Singing some potty training songs with your toddler may help you along the way on you potty training adventure.  Here a some easy to learn potty training songs.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Pee

Twinkle, Twinkle little pee

In the potty you will be
Poopy, Poopy Stink-o
In the potty you will go.

Where Do We Make Out Poop and Pee

Where do we make our poops and pee
Our poops and pee, our poops and pee
Where do we make our poops and pee
We make them in the potty!

Old MacDonald Had a Potty

Old MacDonald had a potty
E-I-E-I-O
And in his potty he had to pee
E-I-E-I-O
With a pee, pee here
And a pee, pee there
Here a pee, there a pee
Everywhere a pee, pee

Old MacDonald had a potty
E-I-E-I-O
And in his potty he went poo
E-I-E-I-O
With a poo, poo here
And a poo, poo there
Here a poo, there a poo
Everywhere a poo, poo

Old MacDonald had a potty
E-I-E-I-O
Now it’s time to wash my hands
E-I-E-I-O
With a soap, soap here
And a soap, soap there
Here a soap, there a soap
Everywhere a soap, soap

Old MacDonald had a potty
and in it he went pee and poo, horary!

I Go Potty!

I can pee and poop in the potty
Yes, I can pee and poop in the potty
Yes, I can

I will wash my hands after I go
Yes, I will wash my hands after I go
And use lots of soap!

I’m a big kid now, I go to the potty
Yes, I am
Oh, I’m a big kid now
Yes, I am!