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New Kid on the Block: 10 Baby Must-Haves

Jul 02, 2019 04:03PM

When it comes to welcoming a wee little one, the gear and gadget options are endless. From cribs and carriers to strollers, monitors, and more, it seems there are a billion brands and styles to pick from. Thankfully, we reviewed a plethora of products and present “10 Baby Must-Haves” that all new parents will want to purchase pronto. 

Mockingbird Stroller


1) Mockingbird Stroller

This single-seat, multi-function, modular stroller is attractive (mix and match canopy colors/designs and handlebar hues), affordable, and full of amenities. With front-locking wheels that’ll never go flat (!) and a one-stop footbrake, all-weather UPF 50+ canopy that boasts a peekaboo window and full-coverage sunshade, one-handed fold, adjustable handlebar, multi-position recline seat that can switch between forward- and parent-facing, spacious basket that holds up to 25 lbs., and optional accessories that run the gamut from a car seat adapter to a carriage, it delivers all your stroller desires, and more, at a price point all parents can get behind. Another bonus? The direct-to-consumer company offers free delivery, a month-long trial period, and lifetime warranty. $350, hellomockingbird.com

Bumbo Changing Pad


2) Bumbo Changing Pad

Forget changing pads and covers that require constant cleaning—a damp cloth and mild detergent or baby wipes are all it takes to wash the Bumbo Changing Pad. Soft, comfortable, and contoured in all the right places to provide safety and support, it makes diaper time a good time every time. $69.99, buybuybaby.com

Charlie Crane LEVO Baby Rocker


3) Charlie Crane LEVO Baby Rocker

Rock-a-bye baby in the LEVO! This European-made rocker is equal parts pretty as it is purposeful. Suitable for newborns up to seven-month-olds (or until they can sit up on their own), it moves when your baby moves, offering a subtler, gentler alternative to the plastic, battery-operated rockers on the market. $239+, shop.projectnursery.com 


4) Eufy SpaceView Security Monitor

Ease some of that new parent anxiety with this easy-to-install monitor that offers whole-room coverage and a large, crystal-clear display (5-inch, 720 pixels). The wide-angle lens that comes inclusive with your purchase is perfect for when baby starts becoming mobile. Blending just the right amount of simplicity and forward-thinking features (push-to-talk, built-in mic and speaker, instant alerts), this Wi-Fi-free monitor is the best of the bunch. $159.99, amazon.com 

Boba X


5) Boba X

Though most babies grow out of products within a couple months, this carrier literally carries your babe from infancy thru toddlerhood (7-45 lbs.), ensuring you get the ultimate bang for your buck. Whether the wearer is petite or plus-sized, all can utilize this 100% cotton, machine-washable, soft-structured support system that’s also easy on the eyes and easy to adjust. $150+, boba.com  


6) The Play Gym by Lovevery

This beautiful, eco-friendly play gym features everything for a whole year of fun and moves with your baby—from lying on their back to tummy time and sitting up—with the option to add or subtract stimuli as they grow. Featuring five development zones and an abundance of activities (detachable organic cotton teether and silicone teething rings, mirror card set, high-contrast Montessori ball, wooden batting ring, etc.), your LO (little one) is certain to be smitten. Bonus: Once kiddos reach toddlerhood, the gym converts to a miniature tent.

$140, lovevery.com

HALO Bassinest


7) HALO Bassinest 

Sturdy, safe, and convenient, features of this bedside bassinet include a retractable, locking sidewall that lowers, 360-degree rotation, and base that tucks under beds—making it the ideal in-room pick for parents longing for closeness without the uneasiness of co-sleeping. It also comes inclusive of a mattress and fitted sheet. Upgrade to the “Premier” for a built-in soothing center or the “Luxe Plus,” which includes a floor light, soothe station, and caddy.  

$269.99+, dearestdiapers.com

Ubbi Diaper Pail


8) Ubbi Diaper Pail

Keep baby’s room smelling fresh with this stylish, amazingly airtight, easy-to-clean, compact pail that’s also eco-friendly. Made of powder-coated steel and equipped with rubber seals to achieve maximum odor control, it can be used with any tall trash bag or cloth liner (for those who are extra environmentally conscious) and also includes a childproof lock. $69.99+, target.com 


9) Babyletto Gelato 2-in-1 Mini Crib

Live in a pint-sized place but looking to outfit your baby’s nursery with a punch of personality? The Gelato 2-in-1 Mini Crib may be the answer. Crafted of sustainable New Zealand pine with two adjustable mattress levels, it fits babes from birth to 37 lbs. at which point it converts to a toddler-sized bed (using a conversion kit; sold separately). Spice up the design by switching up the leg colors (sold in a rainbow of fun shades like cool mint and spring yellow). $269, babyletto.com 

Owlet Smart Sock


10) Owlet Smart Sock

Are you a nervous Nellie, especially when it comes to baby sleeping in separate quarters? Rest and relax by tracking their heart rate, oxygen levels, and sleep with this comfortable sock that uses clinically proven technology and alerts you to a potential problem via the base station. With a 100-foot wireless range and three sock sizes (0-18 months), it’s a literal lifesaver and worth every penny. $199.99, owletcare.com


BONUS!
Baby Basics Kit

This bringing-up-baby essential has everything needed to keep little one’s healthy and hygienic from nose to toes. Bust stubborn boogers, prevent medicine spit-ups, free trapped farts, trim newborn’s nails, kick cradle cap to the curb, and more—all with the ingenious tools inside! $39.99, fridababy.com


By 
Megan Wiskus