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Doona’s infant car seat is made for superhero parents: able to instantly transform a car seat into a stroller, dash into stores and get errands done at the speed of light. The secret? The Doona car seat has stroller legs tucked underneath and an extending handlebar. Touch a button and it becomes a stroller in seconds, which makes it ideal for getting in and out of taxis (and your own car) in a hurry. It also has orthopedic cushioning for a seriously comfy ride and takes up zero trunk space.
This is no one-trick pony: The Duet Swing can sway side-to-side and front-to-back at six different speeds. Baby isn’t in the mood to swing? No problem. Detach the seat from the swing stand and it becomes a bouncy seat that jiggles when your little one moves. It also has two vibration settings, music and nature sounds, and a mobile with soft toys to keep things interesting.
This lightweight travel crib makes it easy to put your baby to sleep while away from home. Take it with you to grandma’s house, over to the sitter or with you on vacation to create a safe play space or sleep zone. It’s made of all-mesh—so you and your little one can see each other—and zips down on one side so you can cuddle together before you child dozes off. The soft, foam mattress is safe for babies to sleep on, and the crib can be set up in seconds and quickly folded into its backpack carrier.
Sometimes the secret to a good night’s sleep with a newborn is keeping them close by. The Bassinest is a good way to co-sleep. This 360-degree swiveling bassinet from Halo can be pulled right up to the side of the bed—even over the mattress—making it easy to peek at your baby through the breathable mesh sides (the weight of your arms actually pushes them down when it’s time to scoop up your new roomie for feeding or changing). This sleeper is on the pricier side, but many new moms couldn’t imagine the newborn stage without it.
These bottles are designed to mimic the shape of a breast with a wide base and ridged nipple made from skin-like silicone. Most babies have no trouble latching onto this bottle. In fact, Tommee Tippee guarantees your little one will start sucking right away. And because it’s almost like nursing, there’s less chance of nipple confusion for babies who switch back and forth between the breast and bottle.
There are enough things to worry about when you’re traveling with your little one—safety shouldn’t have to be one of them. With three layers of side-impact protection, a clear indicator to ensure proper installation and a weight range from 5-65 lbs, this seat is a favorite when it comes to convertible car seats. It’s also virtually foolproof to install, thanks to Britax’s ClickTight technology that uses either clip-style LATCH anchors or the simple click of your seatbelt. There’s also an indicator that makes a clicking sound when the no-rethread harness is tight enough around your baby, giving you peace of mind that your little one is safe and secure. The Advocate can be used from 5-40 lbs in the rear-facing position and from 20-65 lbs in the forward-facing position.
Playards are a great product that do double duty—they’re a place for baby to play and a portable crib. Perfect for traveling to grandparents or taking to a regular caregiver, this Graco Playard is four inches shorter and four pounds lighter than other Pack ‘n Plays, so it’s that much easier to tote around. It’s also handy to have around the house for secured playtime in the living room or as a bassinet in your room. (Watch this video for how to set up a Graco Pack ‘n Play.)
Here’s the secret to getting things done when you have a baby: a snuggle-ready carrier that you don’t mind wearing for hours. The Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby Carrier is popular with parents for its padded shoulder straps and thick, wrap-around waistband with lower-back cushioning. The carrier can be worn four different ways—on the hip, the back, or front-facing in or out—and keeps your little one’s legs at a hip-healthy angle no matter what position you choose. Use this from day one (no infant insert required) all the way into toddlerhood.
Forget changing pad covers (who needs more laundry?). The Keekaroo is made from baby-safe material that’s soft, cushy and easily wipes clean. The waterproof outer shell is also bacteria-resistant, and it won’t slip and slide on top of a dresser you’ve turned into a changing table. In a nutshell: it’s the perfect landing spot for getting littles ones fresh and clean.
When you see a woman on-the-go with this tell-tale black tote, you know she’s part of the sisterhood of the traveling pump. The Medela Pump in Style is a top pick, especially among working moms. Everything is self-contained in the bag for easy setup and storage. It comes with a battery pack or can be plugged into an outlet. Heads up: the motor is a bit loud, so be sure to hit mute on those multi-tasking conference calls.
As a rule, high chairs aren’t the most attractive. But this streamlined Scandi design is the exception. Built of solid wood, the sturdy seat comes in a variety of wood finishes and modern colors. And, it holds up well over time with seat and footplates that adjust to fit your growing child well into the school years. Pull this chair right up to the table— no tray necessary—and plan to pass this iconic piece down to the next generation.
Chicco’s popular KeyFit Car Seat is easy to safely install, with bubble level indicators on both sides and a leveling foot ensures proper installation for all back seats (even uneven ones). It works with babies 4-30 lbs, and the entire cover is machine washable—great for life’s little (or big) messes. Using the seat in multiple cars? Getting an additional base makes things easier.
Tired of fumbling with zippers, snaps and squirmy babies during midnight diaper changes? (Raises hand.) This ingenious brand uses magnetic closures that literally make dressing your little one a breeze. Simply snap the top magnet closed, and the magnets below fall automatically inline; it really is that easy (and also really fun!). And if you need even more to love, the bright, colorful prints and patterns are whimsical and fun for both you and baby.
This padded seat lets your little one sit up and take the world in from a different view, which can be all the entertaining young babies need. Two detachable toys offer additional focus points to keep your child happily engaged while you do other things like respond to emails, sift through paperwork or catch up with a friend. The folding seat is easy to tote around and the seat pad is machine washable.
This bassinet comes with major bells and whistles, all designed to increase your baby’s sleep time. If your baby starts to fuss, the bassinet automatically kicks into Mary Poppins mode to quickly lull your baby back to sleep with a rocking motion and white noise. It also comes with three swaddles that attach to the sides of the bassinet so your wee one won’t be able to roll over (since the only safe sleep position for infants is on their back). The SNOO app tracks your baby’s sleep and lets you make your adjustments to the bassinet’s motion, sound, and automatic response level. It’s not cheap, but parents love it.
One and done has never been truer than with this stroller that adapts to your growing child. For infants, you can click a Graco infant car seat directly onto the lightweight stroller frame or use the included seat in the fully reclined, bassinet position. Later, adjust the seat to one of four upright positions. Babies four to 35 pounds can fit in the car seat, while the stroller works for kids up to 50 pounds.
Oh yeah, this will be the place to see all the fun stuff and be seen (by mommy, daddy or Grammy, of course!). Watch your baby eyeball all the toys, bounce up and down, and swivel around in this seated activity center for babies at least four months old. Later, it transitions to a fun station for your tot to cruise around and then, to a playtime table for your toddler.
It used to be that if you wanted a hospital-grade pump—the kind that’s best at collecting the most milk in the least amount of time—you had to figure out how to rent one from a hospital. But those days are over. Now you can get your own personal pump without sacrificing superior performance. Unlike most breast pumps, the Spectra features a closed system that keeps the milk separate from pump parts so you don’t have to stress about cleaning out tiny tubes, which can become breeding places for mold and bacteria. Plus, this pump is super quiet, fast and has thoughtful extras like a nightlight and timer.
Tired of animal prints and pastels? This streamlined bouncer comes in solid neutrals and trendy colors that actually look good in your home. Your little one will get a kick out of making the bouncer rock—it sways when your baby moves, no batteries required. Later, it becomes a comfy seat for your toddler (up to two years old)
If you love to run, this is the jogging stroller for you. The adjustable handle has nine different positions that accommodate short and tall parents alike, making everyone happy. The stroller is a dream to steer since it never veers to one side like others can, and the full suspension system ensures a smooth ride for your tot, no matter how jarring your stride.
Want to keep your child close and snuggly for as long as possible? The Tula Free-to-Grow carrier can be used from day one through toddlerhood without needing an infant insert. Choose from front or back carry positions and set out on daily outings—padded shoulder straps and a thick, padded waistband make carrying your kiddo comfortable no matter how long your adventure.
Talk about bang for your buck: This 3-in-1 learning center can be used as a playmat for infants, a seated activity center for bigger babies and as an S-shaped play table for walking tots. The Exersaucer adjusts to three different heights to accommodate growing kids and later, folds flat for storage. And if your little one becomes too attached to it, some of the 11 toys are removable so you can take them wherever you go.
Welcome to parenthood: where you worry about your child’s safety all. the. time. The Nuna PIPA car seat helps ease concerns with an indicator that shines a green light when the seat is correctly installed, and a leg that folds down to the floor to provide extra stability and absorb impact during an accident. It’s also designed to be used wherever you go—it’s lightweight and can be strapped into any vehicle with a seat belt, no base needed.
To an infant, there’s no better place than snuggling in your arms. But when your arms need a break, the Snuggle Me Lounger is a good substitute. A slightly sunken middle surrounded by a bumper pillow mimics the sensation of being held. When your baby is bigger, you can use the lounger for tummy time or to help transition to the crib too. The lounger has a removable, machine-washable cover and comes with a travel case.
The Baby Shusher is the secret weapon every exhausted parent has been waiting for. It’s a recording of a parent’s soothing shushing sounds (shh-shh) and works like magic to calm babies and help them drift off to sleep. It has a timer and is small and portable, which makes it great for taking with you wherever your little one needs help nodding off.
This puffy bodysuit is the answer for babies who have busted out of their swaddle—or maybe never liked it in the first place—but still need more coziness than your average pajamas can give. Parents sing its praises for helping their wee ones fall asleep faster and sleep longer. The secret? The jersey-cotton suit filled with stuffing prevents babies from startling themselves awake by muffling their twitchy movements. Plus, it’s basically like sleeping inside a pillow, but safely.