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    17 Products For Raising Infants That Actual Parents Swear By

    They need all the help they can get.

    We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about products that helped them survive the first year of parenthood to help you give your friend a gift that is actually practical. Here are a some of the awesome ideas.

    1. A yellow rubber ducky that'll be great for teething and grasping and tell them if the water is too hot for the baby.


    A safety disc on the bottom reveals the word "hot" when it reaches temperatures that are too high for a baby.

    Get it from Amazon for $1.99.

    2. A sleepsuit that'll help the baby transition out of their swaddle.

    3. A nursing pillow that'll make breastfeeding a bit more comfortable.

    4. A nursery projector and sound system equipped with soothing sounds, songs, and images.

    It doesn't use batteries (thank god) and the images rotate to music or relaxing sounds. I love the "sound-activated" option because it helps him self-soothe.


    Get it from Amazon for $24.67.

    5. A non-invasive nasal aspirator for serious booger control.

    I still use it on my 2-year-old. I get a little rush from being able to get every nasty booger out.


    Get it from Amazon for $14.86 and see how it works here.

    6. A set of bottles designed to help reduce colic and gas.

    They are designed to keep air out of the baby's mouth, which saves a lot of painful burping (and crying). I tried several brands but these are the only ones that work.


    Get the feeding set from Amazon for $24.99, the attachable nipples for $8.91, and learn more about how it works here.

    7. A book chock-full of expert advice that'll answer (almost) all of their questions.


    Get it from Amazon for $17.49, Barnes & Noble for $17.68, or find it at a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

    8. A baby care reminder that'll keep track of feeding, changing, and medication timing so they don't have to.

    I thought it was a silly idea when I was pregnant, but it saved my poor Swiss cheese brain for the first few months.


    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    9. A meal service subscription for those nights when they barely have time to feed themselves.

    My husband, who is the worst cook ever, was able to make delicious step-by-step meals while I worried about feeding the baby. Plus, we didn't have to worry about going to the grocery store.


    Get a gift card here or sign up for your own subscription starting at $8.99 per serving. And check out our reviews of meal kit subscriptions here.

    10. An activity gym to entertain the baby so their parents can get a bit of a break from doing it themselves.


    Get it from Amazon for $32.50.

    11. A set of footie pajamas with inverted zippers so they don't have to take the entire thing off when the baby needs to be changed.

    The zipper is at baby's feet so when you have to do a diaper change, you can just unzip from the feet to waist. This makes midnight changes easier and keeps the baby warm so she will go right back to sleep.


    Get a 3-pack from Target for $12.99.

    12. A swaddle blanket with arm flaps so that the baby won't constantly wiggling their way out.

    13. A travel high chair so their baby has a seat literally wherever they go — even if they are meeting you for lunch.

    14. A doorbell cover so that visitors don't accidentally ring during nap time.


    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    15. A teething relief medicine because a happy baby will mean less crying.

    Which means happy parents.


    Get it from Amazon for $9.

    16. A night light for late-night diaper changes.

    Low light makes dozing off again so much easier.


    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    17. A baby carrier that'll allow the baby to tag along while leaving their parents' arms free.

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