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Published May 06, 2012, 11:30 PM

Favorite Things: Richards’ favorites for babies

They say all babies do is eat, sleep and poop, especially those first few months. Here’s a look at my favorite baby products, which not coincidentally, have a lot to do with eating, sleeping and pooping.

By: Sherri Richards, INFORUM

Editor’s note: SheSays Favorites is a weekly feature in SheSays that runs each Monday. SheSays staffers will gather a few of their favorite things to share with readers. Do you have a favorite you’d like to share? Email shesays@forumcomm.com.

They say all babies do is eat, sleep and poop, especially those first few months. Here’s a look at my favorite baby products, which not coincidentally, have a lot to do with eating, sleeping and pooping.

  • Hyland’s Teething Tablets – I call these my magic baby pills. A combination of all-natural homeopathic compounds, Hyland’s Teething Tablets soothe pain, reduce inflammation and ease irritability. The tiny, round white tablets dissolve immediately on the tongue, and almost instantly calm fussy babies, helping them sleep. ($7.69 for 135-count bottle at Kmart)

  • Boudreaux’s Butt Paste – Recommended by a fellow mom before my first child was born, Boudreaux’s Butt Paste is the best diaper rash ointment I’ve used. It’s a bit pricey, but works quickly and thoroughly at clearing up red bottoms. It goes on smoothly and cleans up nicely. (Desitin Creamy is also a great option, and typically less expensive.) ($7.18 for 4-ounce tube at Wal-Mart)

  • Huggies Natural Care wipes – I quickly realized which wipes brand was my favorite. While some are as thin as a tissue, Huggies wipes are thick and sturdy with a bit of texture that helps with those tough clean-up jobs. I like that the Natural Care kind are fragrance- and alcohol-free, making them a good option for sensitive skin. ($5.89 for 216-count refill package at Target)

  • Earth’s Best Organic wheat teething biscuits – Once baby is sitting up and eating solids, these are a great snack option. My kids have loved gnawing on the rectangular biscuits. I love that they contain no salt, sugar, artificial flavors or colors. ($1.88 for 12 biscuits at Wal-Mart)

  • SwaddleMe blanket by Kiddopotamus – I tried a lot of swaddling blankets when Eve was a newborn. None of them seemed to keep her wrapped up as well as I could with a regular blanket. So I was dismissive when a friend gave me a Kiddopotamus SwaddleMe blanket before Owen was born, swearing it was the only reason her sons slept those first few months. Now, I’m a convert. Its large Velcro tabs keeps baby burritos tightly wrapped all night long. ($9.99 to $10.99 at Kmart)

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