14 Products That Will Save Your Life in Your First Year With Baby

Medela Pump in Style Advanced
Jeffrey Westbrook
Sure, they may be called "baby" products, but this gear is just as much for you as it is for your babe.
Courtesy of Keekaroo
Courtesy of Keekaroo

Keekaroo Peanut Changer

Having to change a diaper plus clean up a mid-change accident can be a bummer. But the Keekaroo Peanut Changer is made of one solid water-resistant material so it's quick and (almost) effortless for you to wipe up. And it's not just a win for Mom — while the outer shell may look stiff, it's actually a wonderfully squishy spot for Baby to chill out. $130, keekaroo.com

Aaron Dyer
Aaron Dyer

Philips Avent Natural Baby Bottle

Let's be honest: Feeding time can suck when your bub won't suck. However, the Philips Avent Natural Baby Bottle makes it a better experience for everyone. The wide shape of the nipple is similar to a breast, so it's easy to blend breast and bottle feeding. Also: The ergonomic shape is more comfortable for you to hold. $17, usa.philips.com

Jeffrey Westbrook
Jeffrey Westbrook

Summer Infant SwaddleMe

When your baby sleeps, you sleep. But it can be tricky to figure out how to master the perfect the snug-as-a-bug swaddle. Here's how you can sneak in some shuteye: Snap up some of Summer Infant's SwaddleMe natural-cotton sacks that have anyone-can-do-it (seriously!) loop and hook closures that take the confusion out of swaddling. $15, summerinfant.com

Courtesy of 4moms
Courtesy of 4moms

4moms Moxi Stroller

When mom-brain strikes and you realize you forgot to charge your phone, the 4Moms Moxi has a USB port to power up your devices. It also has a fancy dashboard that tracks the time, temperature, distance, speed and calories burned, as well as headlights and taillights to keep you safe while strolling. $500, 4moms.com

Courtesy of Skip Hop
Courtesy of Skip Hop

Skip Hop Greenwich Diaper Bag

A baby and a bag full of his stuff on your hip doesn't make maneuvering around with your plus one easy. If you go the backpack route with Skip Hop's Greenwich Diaper Bag, you can lug around all of your baby's essentials while keeping your hands free. It has plenty of pockets (nine) — and even a spot for you to put your tablet or laptop. $100, skiphop.com

Courtesy of DockATot
Courtesy of DockATot

DockATot Deluxe

The patterns on these baby lounger pillows are so stunning — fun palm fronds, eye-catching marble, ethereal flowers — it feels less like you're buying baby stuff, and more like you're splurging on a design piece for your home. Plus, the DockATot Deluxe makes for an amazingly cozy spot to lay your cutie down next to you after a feeding session (code for: you don't have to get up). $195, dockatot.com

Courtesy of Graco
Courtesy of Graco

Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 Infant Car Seat

Spoiler alert: Babies are heavy. Avoid the clunky car seat that only makes your load heavier, and opt for the Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 Infant Car Seat. It's lightweight, and it comes with plenty of features to calm anxious mom nerves: It clicks so you know it's installed correctly, has a secure five-point harness and is compatible with seat belts or the LATCH system. $160, gracobaby.com

Courtesy of Ubbi
Courtesy of Ubbi

Ubbi Diaper Pail

The sophisticated Ubbi Diaper Pail makes diaper clean-up a little less, well — you know. It's steel, so it's easy to clean, and is coated in powder so your space doesn't get smelly. You can also use any standard trash bag, which means fewer late-night trips for you to pick up special liners. $70, ubbiworld.com

Courtesy of MAM
Courtesy of MAM

MAM Night Pacifier

The BPA-free MAM Night actually glows in the dark, so you don't have to spend time fumbling around in the middle of the night looking for your baby's lost pacifier. Even better: The nipple is designed not to slip out of your babe's mouth, so hopefully that means less trips to track it down in the first place. $8 for a two-pack, mambaby.com

Jeffrey Westbrook
Jeffrey Westbrook

Ergo 360 Carrier

Free up your hands, mama! The Ergo 360 Carrier a perfect way to keep your baby close without having to carry her in your arms. All. The. Time. You can choose from four different carry positions — front facing in, front facing out, hip carry and back carry — and the simple, smart design doesn't require you to take a course in babywearing to figure out how to put it on. $160, ergobaby.com

Courtesy of HALO
Courtesy of HALO

Halo Bassinest

Eliminate those groggy, stumbling-through-the-dark, late-night trips to your baby's room. The Halo Bassinest allows Baby to safely sleep in your room. You can keep it nestled right next to where you sleep, and the sidewalls lower so it's easy to pick up your bub and put him back in — you won't even need to get out of bed. Game-changer! $200, halosleep.com

Courtesy of 4moms
Courtesy of 4moms

4moms mamaRoo4

All of the bells and whistles on the 4moms mamaRoo4 — five different motions that mimic the movements you would make if Baby were in your arms, five speeds, four built-in sounds, and the ability to control everything from your phone — will keep your little one engaged and happy. The extra five minutes will really come in handy when you're desperate to sneak in a fast shower. $220, 4moms.com

Courtesy of GB
Courtesy of GB

gb Pockit

What? You need to buy two strollers? Yes, and Here's why it will be a lifesaver: The gb Pockit is record-breakingly small (seriously — it was in the Guiness Book of World Records), which is ideal when traveling, rolling into a tiny restaurant or maneuvering around the city. It folds in two steps, and can then be stuffed in your bag. $250, gbchildusa.com

Jeffrey Westbrook
Jeffrey Westbrook

Medela Pump In Style Advanced

For the first year of your baby's life, so much time is going to be spent feeding her. To make it a more enjoyable experience for you, it's worth splurging on the Medela Pump In Style Advanced breast pump. It has two-phase expression technology which helps you get more milk when pumping and multiple speeds so you can adjust to what's most comfortable for you. $300, medelabreastfeedingus.com

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