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    Updated on Sep 29, 2020. Posted on Sep 29, 2020

    23 Splurge-Worthy Products That Make Parent Life That Much Easier

    Because raising tiny humans is tough.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. An Owlet wearable baby monitor to keep track of Baby while they're sleeping so *you* can get a good night's rest, too.

    Sleeping baby wearing the sock next to a phone screen showing the baby's heart rate and oxygen level
    Target

    Promising review: "I was given the Owlet as a gift with my first-born child, who is now 3 years old. I loved the product because it gave me peace of mind knowing that my son’s heart rate and oxygenation were being continuously monitored. I was always so fearful of the risk for SIDS, so I would always have too much anxiety to fully fall asleep; I'd just stare at my baby’s chest to make sure he was still breathing. Once I started using the Owlet sock, those anxieties were gone! I tested the accuracy of the sock by purposely taking it off my baby’s foot, and within approximately five seconds, the alert alarm was triggered. I was beyond happy with the product, and I even referred a few family members to purchase it, and they did! Now that I have a newborn again, I had the peace of mind knowing that the Owlet would be part of our nighttime regime!" —Aileen11

    Get it from Target for $299.

    2. A Nanit smart baby monitor that'll help you watch over Baby, track their sleeping habits, and monitor the room temperature.

    The monitor and app
    Amazon

    Promising review: "We are obsessed with our Nanit. After researching so many nursery cams this by far is the best. My favorite features are that you can keep the background noise on while using other apps on your phone. Insights are great too because it tracks your baby's sleep and gives them a rating as well as tips on how to improve. I didn’t realize I didn’t have a consistent bedtime and the camera called me out! I started giving my baby a consistent bedtime and she slept better. Then the camera congratulated me for improving, haha. The dim night light is perfect for nighttime feedings. I bought a wall mount and the portable accessory, which I used for when Baby was in my room in the bassinet, and now, wall mount now that she’s in the crib. You definitely need the portable because if baby falls asleep anywhere in the house, you can leave them and just bring the camera. Well worth the money. Love this thing!" —Ben Webne

    Get it from Amazon at $290.63.

    3. A 3-in-1 sterilizer and dryer for sanitizing bottles, toys, cell phones, keys, and more, getting you one step closer to a germ-free house.

    The sanitizer with bottles inside
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Ever since our daughter was born, guests come in, remove shoes, and wash hands. Now we’re able to have them sanitize their phones when they arrive. Your hands are only as clean as your phone. I love that this can also be used for pacifiers, bottles, and toys. We also regularly sanitize ours keys and run our face masks through here after washing (due to COVID). My favorite part about this one compared to others is that it has the big area in the bottom for baby things plus the small tray for keys, phones, etc. I like keeping it separated from the place we put baby items." —Christopher

    Get it from Amazon at $149.99.

    4. A formula dispenser so middle-of-the-night feedings are even easier.

    Model putting bottle up to white and black formula machine
    Baby Brezza

    My colleague John Mihaly swears by his Baby Brezza. In his own words:

    "Listen, listen, listen. Without hyperbole, the Baby Brezza has been one of my best investments for year one in babyland. Late-night feeds no longer become about fumbling, spilling, mixing, warming, and minutes later delivering a so-so bottle to a crying child. No, in seconds a measured and warm concoction is in hand and then in baby's mouth. Just add water to the tank and formula to the dispenser and serve bottles ranging between 2–10 ounces warmed to three different temperatures. The time, effort, and stress this wonderful machine has saved me from is emotionally immeasurable and worth the price tag. It even forces you to clean it after every four uses because that formula gets gunky and you get lazy."

    Get it from Amazon for $199.99.

    5. The ultimate Medela breastfeeding kit because it all fits in a discreet and portable tote that makes on-the-go pumpings easy peasy.

    The breastfeeding kit
    Amazon

    The Madela breastfeeding kit comes with a stylish microfiber bag with a built-in pump and ability to double pump, four 5oz bottles, a removable cooler bag with a contoured ice pack to hold up to 4 breast milk bottles at a time, and keep them cool. (8 AA batteries not included)

    Promising review: "The best pump in my opinion! I first received this type of pump through my insurance with my first child in 2014. Not only do I work full-time but I also work in the field as a biologist. I needed a pump that could be used in the office, in the car, or just in the field. This pump met all my needs. It lasted the year of breastfeeding and never lost suction. When operating on batteries you can tell the suction is slightly compromised but still works great. The bag held up perfectly with no tears or visible wear despite being used daily. My new insurance wouldn’t cover the full cost of this pump with my second child in 2018, but I was willing to pay out of pocket for such a great piece of equipment, bag, and accessories. It’s just the same as the first pump I owned. I highly recommend!" —April

    Get it from Amazon for $280.

    It also comes recommended by the BuzzFeed community (#44)!

    6. Or a hands-free wearable Elvie breast pump if you'd prefer an incognito pumping experience.

    Model wearing the pump
    Amazon

    Promising review: "So I paid for this pump out of pocket, and I wish that I would have had this from the very beginning of my breast pumping experience. The reviews are everywhere for all of the hands-free pumps and I didn’t want to spend a bunch of money and be disappointed. A family member offered to help me pay to try the Elvie. It is a game changer. I first only purchased one to see how I’d like it, and I wish I just would have bought them both. Extremely easy to use and clean. It really is so quiet sometimes I forget I’m pumping. It is fairly discreet, and although I have yet to wear it out, when I do go back to work I think I’d be comfortable in it in front of people. The suction is not too abrasive but I still pump my usual 5 to 6 ounces on it. The app isn’t super accurate, however it’s a decent estimate and it’s not that hard to remove and check if you are curious. I've learned to go by amount of time to get an idea of how much I’ve pumped. Overall, I’m very pleased and would absolutely recommend. If you are looking for something to free you and extend how long you are able to pump, this is for you." —Jillian Webb

    Get it from Amazon for $279.

    7. A 4-in-1 steam cooker and blender to help you turn nutritious raw fruits, veggies, meat, or fish into solid or pureed nutritious baby/toddler food in just 15 minutes.

    The steam cooker and blender
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Simply amazing and easy way to prepare fresh food for your baby. At the phase when she was discovering food, we would give her pouches from the supermarket. But now she has her own tastes and an important part of it is that she wants quality food — as fresh as possible. With this Babycook we can also give her from our own dinner, and it takes less than five minutes." —Yordanova

    Get it from Amazon for $149.95 (available in seven colors).

    8. This compact baby bullet system that'll fit inside a diaper bag and whip up a whole week's worth of baby food in under five minutes. And the storage cups come with handy dandy date dials so you'll never grab another jar of baby food and wonder, 'How long has this been sitting in the fridge?

    The baby bullet system
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this item! It was a good purchase. I have a 6-month-old baby, and I refuse to feed her any type of processed food even if it says 'organic.' I make all of her baby food with the Baby Bullet. The jars are so convenient. I take baby food with us when we go out on dates to feed her. The handbook is helpful, because it tells you which foods are safe to feed them for each age group. I highly recommend this product. You won’t regret purchasing. It’s easy to use, and easy to clean. It is nice to make your baby’s food instead of purchasing jars, which who knows how long they have been sitting at the store. The food is fresh and healthy for your little one!" —MMartinez

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99.

    9. A lightweight handheld vacuum that'll keep your carseats, couch cushions, and floors cheerio-free.

    Target

    Promising review: "I purchased this vacuum a week ago and I am obsessed! I have little kids and pets so there is always something to clean up. This vacuum is amazing. It has so much power, holds a charge and takes up very little room. I am considering buying a second one. I LOVE it! Highly recommend it." —Abarbs13

    Get it from Target for $119.99.

    10. This baby lounger for making nap times that last longer than five minutes.

    The lounger
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My husband thought I had lost my mind when I insisted we buy this $150+ 'pillow' after no one purchased it off of our registry. Now that we’ve been home from the hospital for three days, we couldn’t live without it! Gives us a place to put our little one while we’re relaxing on the couch, doing chores, eating, etc. She seems to love the feeling that it’s holding her and she doesn’t get as comfortable or sleep as well in just her open bassinet. We don't let her sleep in it overnight because that's not recommended as safe. Overall really happy with it and worth all the money!" —Katey

    Get it from Amazon for $156 (available in nine colors).

    11. A weighted swaddle so Baby gets a good night's rest thanks to its gentle pressure, which simulates security and comfort so they fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

    The swaddle
    Dreamland Baby

    Promising review: "All moms out there, do yourself a favor and buy your little one this! My baby has bad reflux and hated to lay down for bed and would only sleep one to two hours at a time. The first night with the sleep sack she slept five hours straight. A week later we are sleeping all night (full eight hours), and she falls asleep faster!" —Brently B.

    Get it from Dreamland Baby for $79.

    12. A 4-in-1 convertible crib to grow with your child from a crib to a toddler bed, a daybed, and finally a full-sized bed.

    Wayfair

    Promising review: "Love this crib! I took a chance on buying a crib online and it has lasted three-plus years and two kids. It is nice, modern, and sturdy. I would definitely recommend this crib." —Chantel

    Get it from Wayfair for $239 (available in four colors).

    13. A baby carrier that'll adapt to comfortably and safely hold your baby as they grow. Plus, it'll free up your hands and make daily errands that much easier.

    Woman holding a baby in the baby carrier
    Amazon

    Promising review: "So before I bought this carrier I researched the hell out of it plus some similar ones, too. This carrier is a bit on the pricey side so I didn't want to waste my money. It is super easy to use and adjust. Currently, my baby is 2 months old so I've only used it facing in, and just started using it facing out now that she can hold her head better. She has been in it for close to 3 hrs and she stays asleep the WHOLE time until I take her out. It's very comfortable. I will say once I'm nearing the three-hour mark, my lower back starts to slightly hurt which is pretty normal given I have that extra weight in the front just like when I was pregnant. I totally recommend, it has freed my hands and I'm able to actually do stuff. As my mother-in-law calls her, she is my little barnacle." —Goasklui and Goasknick

    Get it from Amazon for $150.18+ (available in 12 colors).

    14. A hiking carrier because having a child shouldn't stop your hiking routine. And there's room for storage, too!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "After my son was diagnosed with hypotonia and cerebral palsy, it became apparent that he wasn't walking anytime soon. He is 2 years old and I hadn't been able to go anywhere without a stroller. I'm wishing I would have thought to get one of these sooner. I always thought they were so expensive, I would just use a stroller. After many comparisons and Google searches I settled on this one. The price is way cheaper than anything else out there but the quality is just as good. We just went out on a five-mile hike, he loved it! I thought for sure I would be sore especially around the shoulders, however it never happened. I was all alone and able to get him loaded up by myself. The pack had a great kickstand, and he felt safe and secure in the pack. Thick padding is all around as well as nice sturdy straps. The sun shade is easy to slide on or off, I like that it has protection from the elements. Also there is a nice big storage compartment attached to the back underneath the child. I was able to carry enough diapers, wipes and snacks. Since it holds up to forty pounds my child will be in it for a while. The pack was comfortable for him, he fell asleep while I was hiking. I would recommend this backpack to anyone." —Jason

    Get it from Amazon for $124.99 (available in five colors).

    15. A smart thermometer so you cam take Baby's temperature and keep track of it on your smartphone.

    The thermometer
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This has been the best investment for my new baby! It's fast and so easy to use. I even compared the reading to the temp my doctor took at his last appointment and it was right on. I have already recommended this product to my mom and anyone else who will listen to me. It's so great to have a history of temperature readings to know what's normal and what's out of range. Also the app automatically tells you when the reading is a fever based on the age of the person. So great! I highly recommend!" —Jenny Reitz

    Get it from Amazon for $99.

    16. A play kit subscription featuring stage-based play essentials for supporting your little one's development and helping them play independently. Reviewers say the durability of the toys makes them great for handing down to younger siblings.

    A child playing with a toy
    Lovevery

    Promising review: "For months I went back and forth about getting the play kit. I’m so happy I decided to order my first. My first kit was for the 11–12m stage. Even the little toys I thought my baby girl wouldn’t have any interest in, she absolutely loves! This kit has taught her object permanence and volume! My only regret was I didn’t order sooner! Shipping took about two weeks. Service was fantastic!" —Emily H.

    Get it from Lovevery for $36+/month.

    17. One car seat to rule them all because before you know it, your rear-facing infant will be a front-facing preschooler.

    Infographic showing the different ways you can use the car seat, including as a rear-facing harness and a backless booster seat
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is our third kid and we’ve been through a few car seats with the older two. This one is hands down the best one we have owned. It’s so easy to install, making it easy to transfer between cars. I absolutely love that the seat cover comes off without having to take the seat apart for easy cleaning. The removable cup holders are sturdy while installed but I’m so glad they come off for me to easily clean them. I’m so glad it has so many recline options and will grow with my baby, making it the only seat he will need. Seriously worth every penny spent." —Lora Templeton

    Get it from Amazon for $239.99+ (available in six colors).

    18. A lightweight stroller that'll fold so small it can fit inside of a backpack? Big flex.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Love this stroller! I bought it for Disneyland, since the last time we went it was a nightmare to get the huge stroller we had in and out of the trans, not to mention having to push it around the park even when my kid wanted to walk around. This stroller is so small. I bought backpack straps and carabiners to attach to the stroller, and wear it as a backpack so I can be hands free while not using it, and my invention works like a charm!" —Jane

    Get it from Amazon for $179.95 (available in two colors).

    19. A double stroller in case you have an inkling that you might want to add more kids to the family.

    A parent pushing two kids in the double stroller
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I am very impressed with this stroller. My kids are both very comfortable in it. It's very easy to use and fold. I love that both kids get a sun canopy (my previous double stroller only had one!) Honestly after using this for almost a year, I have very few complaints. The only down side is that with the canopies attached, the folded stroller is still too long to fit in the trunk of my escape. Otherwise, it's amazing. My previous double stroller only had one seat (it was a sit and stand) but my 2-year-old always wanted to sit and I couldn't carry my infant and push the stroller. I got this one and haven't looked back!" —Ryan Carpus

    Get it from Amazon for $179.99.

    20. A five-motion baby swing for fussy babies who love constant motion.

    Baby in the swing
    Walmart

    Promising review: "Another hit! I own the bassinet and the bathtub and this mamaRoo chair is freaking awesome too! Baby enjoys being swayed in it, and I love that you can control the angle at which you want baby to be in, either more reclined or sat up higher. I also love that you can control it with an app. I haven’t really used the sounds it comes with but it’s nice to have that option." —Nadia

    Get it from Walmart at $219.99 (also available in white).

    21. This high chair that won't stop your kid from making a mess, but might keep more of the mess off of the floor.

    Maxi-Cosi

    Promising review: "This is the best and most versatile high chair on the market! The set up took less than five minutes. Our 8-month-old loves eating her solids in it and even lounging in it after her meal is over. We love the different reclining positions and the easy to clean tray. Our favorite feature so far is storing the tray on the back of the chair. It makes cleaning up quick and easy! We live in a small apartment and were worried the high chair may be too big for us. However, it is just the right size, rolls nicely even on carpet, and matches our furniture! We are so happy with this high chair and love that we can continue using it as our baby grows." —Monica

    Get it from Maxi-Cosi for $219.99 (available in two colors).

    22. A portable playard to keep your little busy baby in one place.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought this for my daughter who I’m expecting in July. I really loved how easy it was to set everything up. I literally just took the playard straight out the box, unzipped the portable bag it came with, stood it up and pressed down. That’s it! You literally just stand it up and press down. What’s even better is that they added a bassinet and changing station. This is super convenient for me as that I have limited space in my apartment. I had no room to buy a separate changing table. The down side is that it’s a little heavy. Besides that, it was worth the money. I was gonna go with the Nuna SENA Aire but it was overpriced and you had to pay 50 extra dollars for a changing table. Eh...no thanks. I’m not an ATM. I’m happy I found this as a solution!" —Qwerty

    Get it from Amazon for $249.99.

    23. An activity center for something that can keep your kid's attention for longer than 10 minutes — we hope.

    The activity center
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Great company. Great product. If you're on the fence about purchasing, just do it! You won't regret it! My baby loves it and it's a very attractive product. I love the music on the piano and baby girl loves pushing the keys. I bought the sassy wonder wheel and attached it also. It's a great addition. I only wish skip hop had more additions because my baby is so high maintenance. Meaning she gets bored easily. Overall, I researched many activity centers and I'm very glad I chose this one. It was even easy to travel with. I just unclicked the legs from the table and it laid flat in my car. I'm very impressed and glad I chose this one! Money well spent!" —Jamie L.

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99.

    It distracts the kid long enough for me to use the restroom — alone? I'll take two.

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