Shark Tank entrepreneurs bring innovative products to consumers, and many of the most useful products are for babies and parents. The makers of these products are parents who saw a need in their own child-raising experiences and decided to fill that hole. Here are the 10 best baby products as seen on Shark Tank.
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Tushbaby – Hip Seat Baby Carrier
If you find yourself popping your hip out to support your baby or toddler, the Tushbaby could be just the product you need to make parenting (or babysitting) easier. It’s a baby carrier that straps around your waist like a belt bag that includes a built-in seat for your baby to perch on.
Unlike other baby carriers that involve straps and ties, the Tushbaby simply goes around the adult’s waist. Then, you can rest the baby’s bottom on the seat.
You can use the Tushbaby in four positions–for a traditional hip carry, side-lying for breastfeeding, facing you chest-to-chest, or facing outward so your little one can see the world. It works for kiddos 8 to 45 pounds, so you should get many years of use out of this carrier.
The Tushbaby includes storage pockets and clips so that you can ditch the diaper bag for shorter excursions. It’s meant to hold a bottle, keys, pacifier, diaper, and wipes, and the whole thing is washable for when sticky fingers inevitably soil it.
The main downside of the Tushbaby is that it doesn’t leave you hands-free. So, while other wraps might help you keep your baby close while you do housework or free your hands to help your toddler, you do have to have a hand available to wrap around your little one to keep them in the Tushbaby.
Shop the Tushbaby here.
Busy Baby – Silicone Placemat w/ Toy Tethers
The Busy Baby Silicone Placemat provides an anchor for your baby’s toys to help you end the cycle of picking up toys only to have your baby throw them to the ground again.
The Busy Baby is like a tray with suction cups that you can attach to hard surfaces like your baby’s high chair tray, a table, a bathtub, or even a glass door or window. Attached to the tray are four slot openings to insert silicone straps that you can hook to your baby’s toys to keep them with the mat.
Besides being great for play, parents also love the Busy Baby Silicone Placemat for mealtimes. If you have children’s silverware with a hole or loop in it, you can use the toy straps to connect them to the mat. No more picking up and washing your baby’s fork mid-meal! You can also buy a bottle bungee that’s sold separately that will keep your baby’s bottle or sippy cup attached to the mat.
The placemat comes with a travel sleeve, so this could be a great tool for parents who want to brave eating out with their little one. Attach it to the restaurant table or to a high chair to keep your kiddo from throwing their fork on the dirty floor.
Shop the Busy Baby Silicone Placemat here.
Dreamland Baby – Weighted Sleep Sack
If you’ve discovered the delight of sleeping with a weighted blanket for yourself, you might be keen to extend the joy to your baby or toddler. The Dreamland Baby Sleep Sack lets you do just that–it’s a lightly weighted sleep sack.
Weighted blankets help calm your nervous system and put your body in rest mode–and a resting baby leads to very happy parents. This sleep sack is advertised for year-round comfort and comes in sizes up to 36 months. Dreamland Baby also makes a weighted swaddle for babies under four months.
While a weighted sleepsack like the Dreamland Baby may make sense to those of us to love our own weighted blankets, the American Academy of Pediatrics recently warned parents against using weighted swaddles, sleep sacks, or blankets on their little ones. As a result, parents should proceed at their own risk.
The other downside of this sleep sack is that it’s pricey compared to competitors. Nested Bean offers a similar product for about half the cost.
Buy the Dreamland Baby Sleep Sack here.
Unbuckle Me – Car Seat Release Tool
One of the biggest inconveniences of parenting has to be buckling and unbuckling car seats. Unbuckle Me is a product that makes it just a little easier to press those car seat buttons and unbuckle your little one.
The tool is surprisingly simple. It’s just a plastic lever that clips around that car seat buckle. It rests over the button, and the lever gives your more surface area to press down on to release the buckle.
Unbuckle Me markets itself to anyone with hand pain–like many grandparents–, those with long nails, and even older children. If you can trust your child to only unbuckle themselves with your approval, this product will save you a lot of time and hassle for school and daycare drop-offs.
You can also purchase the Unbuckle Me as a keychain attachment so that you can easily use it on multiple car seats rather than leaving it on one.
Shop Unbuckle Me here.
Freshly Picked – Baby Moccasins
Is there anything cuter than baby shoes? Maybe only the feet inside them.
Freshly Picked Baby Moccasins are some of the cutest baby shoes you can find, but they’re also practical. The makers of these tiny shoes assert that the roomy fit and soft soles give the benefits of barefoot walking while protecting little feet from the elements.
They’re durable, so you should be able to use them for more than one kid. They’re also roomy for your baby’s comfort and have good traction on the soles as your little one takes their first steps.
It’s notoriously hard to keep shoes on a baby’s wiggly foot, but many parents report that the Freshly Picked shoes reliably stay on little feet.
Freshly Picked shoes start at size 1 Toddler and go up to size 7 Toddler. They also come in tons of colors and styles, including Oxfords and Mary Janes.
Shop Freshly Picked Baby Moccasins here.
EZPZ – Suction Plate
This silicone plate with built-in bowls/plates is meant to prevent your little one from chucking their dinner all over the floor. It’s a suction plate/bowl/placemat all-in-one that sticks to high chairs trays and tables. The EZPZ Mini Mat features dividers to keep food separate and minimize the dishes you need for serving.
To further reduce the amount of mess in the kitchen, you can microwave your little one’s food right on the mat. Then, when they’re done eating, you can toss the whole thing in the dishwasher for easy cleanup.
The makers of the mat designed it with a pediatric feeding specialist to make a product that can help your baby hit those self-feeding milestones. Its stability will make it easier for your baby to grab their food and a whole lot easier for you to contain the mess.
The EZPZ mat comes with a reusable travel bag so that you can pop it in your diaper bag for meals out. It comes in several colors and designs. You can start with a simple bowl for babies as young as 4 months exploring food for the first time and work your way up to larger mats suitable for kids as old as preschoolers.
Shop the EZPZ mat here.
Milk Snob – Nursing Cover
There are so many baby products out there that it’s important to find ones that can serve more than one purpose–both for your wallet and to keep the baby clutter from being too overwhelming. The Milk Snob Nursing Cover is a product that can pull more than double-duty.
The Milk Snob is designed to act as a nursing, car seat, stroller, carrier, and lounger cover. When you don’t need a cover, you can also use it as a blanket or swaddle for your baby or as a scarf for yourself.
Milk Snob covers are made of a knit and rayon blend, so it’s stretchy. Unfortunately, many people report that it’s not big enough to work for their bodies when breastfeeding.
Even if you don’t need a cover for breastfeeding, having a cover for your baby’s infant carrier is an easy way to keep people and their germs away from your little one. When out and about, it’s always a great way to give your baby a darker, quieter sleeping environment.
These covers come in a lot of beautiful styles that should suit just about anyone, from busy florals and bright plaids to aesthetically minimal neutrals.
Covers like Milk Snob’s can be really useful for keeping sun off a baby too young to wear sunscreen. However, keep in mind that even thin coverings over car seats can significantly raise the temperature when it’s warm outside. Pediatricians recommend using caution and regularly checking that your baby isn’t overheating.
Shop Milk Snob Nursing Covers here.
Doddle & Co – Pop Pacifier
Most parents quickly learn not to leave the house without a pacifier, but sometimes that means tossing it in a diaper bag, pocket, or purse with all kinds of other stuff–shoes, ink pens, even used diapers. The Doddle & Co. Pop Pacifier makes packing that pacifier a lot easier.
The Pop Pacifier has it’s own built-in carrying case. When your baby isn’t using it, you just pop the nipple back down into the bulb using a pinching motion.
The pacifiers look like they should pop when you drop them, but unfortunately, only some of the company’s pacifiers pop when you drop them. You’ll need to check the listings carefully if that drop and pop feature is important to you.
The Pop Pacifiers, which are only recommended for babies up to 6 months, are the ones that retract when your drop them. The other style, Pop and Go, still has the built-in case, but they don’t automatically pop when dropped.
Doddle & Co. pacifiers only include the drop feature for babies up to 6 months. So, for older children, you’ll need to check out a competitor like the RaZbaby Keep it Kleen Pacifier.
Doddle & Co makes other types of pacifiers as well as teethers. Shop the Pop Pacifier here.
Dare-U-Go – Bib Plate
The Dare-U-Go Bib Plate is a unique product without direct competitors. Unlike other bibs that are just meant to keep your baby clean, the Dare-U-Go Bib Place keeps your baby clean and acts as a plate or bowl while they’re eating, and it serves as an airtight food storage container between meals and snacks.
The Dare-U-Go Bib Plate comes with a spork for ultimate on-the-go convenience. It’s also microwave and dishwasher-safe.
This product looks a like a good way to encourage your toddler’s independence on-the-go because they can serve themselves. It will also be convenient when your kiddo wants to eat when there’s not a table around. They can simply sit and eat right out of their bib.
The Dare-U-Go Bib Plate is only available on the Dare-U-Go website, which you can find here.
Inch Bug – Personalized Orbit Labels
Inch Bug Personalized Orbit Labels are a solution for identifying your child’s water bottle, bottle, or sippee cup at school or childcare.
These tough, silicone rings come in sets of four customized with your child’s name. You slide them on the drinking container for easy identification and can pop them in the dishwasher when they get dirty.
They fit snuggly on bottles, so your child shouldn’t be able to remove them on their own.
If your child needs several bottles for a day of childcare, you might need more than one pack which could seem expensive. However, these are sturdy and reusable, so you should be able to use them for a long time to come.
Inch Bug makes several other label solutions for school and childcare, including adhesive labels for clothing, shoes, and personal belongings.
Shop Inch Bug Personalized Orbit Labels here.