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    1. A farmstand-themed activity gym that'll transform into a growth chart as your kiddo gets older! It comes with over 17 different developmental activities to keep 'em busy so you can watch that episode of Real Housewives you've been eyeing.


    Promising review: "My newborn son loves his play mat! The colors, textures, and toys are wonderful and he loves it all. Such a fun, colorful mat to have in the nursery. I highly recommend this specific one, but any activity gym from Skip Hop is great. I love that the arches have extra hooks so I can attach other Skip Hop stroller toys I have on it. I love that the mat can transition as my son ages as well. Great versatility!" —Mallory Ann

    Get it from Carter's for $85.

    2. An easy-to-use OXO grape cutter to show the world you're capable of preparing a healthy snack for your toddler even if it isn't packaged into an artful display like the ones all over TikTok.

    a model using a grape cutter to slice grapes into smaller pieces

    By cutting the grapes into quarters, you'll reduce the risk of your little on choking during snack time.

    Get it from OXO for $10.99 or Amazon for $10.95.

    3. An Owlet Smart Sock that'll help any new parent feel comfortable heading off to sleep — it'll track your baby's heart rate and oxygen level, tell you when they need you, and measure how long they slept. Magical.


    Promising review: "I never had any intentions of purchasing the Owlet until after we brought our daughter home and had a scare due to reflux! The next day we drove 30 minutes away to purchase it. I have slept so much better since. We have not received false notifications except the occasional 'check placement' when baby was kicking a little too much. The solution to this is we just place normal socks on her feet and it stops that from happening! I would purchase this product over and over and would recommend it to everyone! It helps us sleep so much better, especially when baby came down with a cold and was super congested. The Owlet assured me her oxygen was 100% and the same day in the doctor's office their machine read 100% as well. It’s great knowing my babe is sleeping safe at night!" —Mommy27

    Get it from Target for $299.99 (available in two colors).

    4. Or a Miku Pro Smart Baby Monitor, which uses patented sensor fusion technology to track your baby's vitals and nursery conditions. We really are living in the future.

    buy buy Baby

    It also tracks your baby's breathing and sleeping patterns, plays sleep sounds and lullabies, and allows you to talk to them through a two-way microphone.

    Promising review: "The pro is the way to go! We haven’t had any issues using the newest of the Miku line. It connects quickly and offers an amazing image quality. The vital monitoring seems spot on for our little one." —Andria

    Get it from buy buy Baby for $399.99.

    5. A Baby Brezza formula dispensing machine to mix and warm bottles for your little one — it'll make those middle-of-the-night feeding sessions a bit more bearable for you both.

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

    BuzzFeed editor John Mihaly swears by this gadget. He said:

    "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 Baby Brezza for $229.99 and check out the newest version (it connects to Wi-Fi and let's you use an app to start making the bottle before you even get out of bed!) for $299.99.

    6. A Skip Hop play pen complete with a lil' entertainment center to settle the never-ending storms that seem to erupt from that tiny human you brought into the world.

    buy buy Baby

    Promising review: "I absolutely needed something to put active baby in as he was early crawler. I love how simple, easy, and affordable this product is. My baby loves to be able to see through the net. Absolutely recommend!" — BB&B Customer

    Get it from buy buy Baby for $179.99.

    7. Expandable drawer organizers from OXO, so when your kiddo ruins yet another outfit (it's inevitable) you'll quickly be able to grab an appropriate one to change them into.

    a drawer with dividers in it separating baby clothing

    Get it from OXO for $20.99 or Amazon for $21.99.

    8. A Colugo stroller in a stylish design that'll show the other parents at the park you are *not* here to mess around when it comes to fashion, safety, and accessibility. This stroller has it all!

    the bella twins pushing their kids in the strollers

    This stroller features a forward and rear-facing seat, a UPF 50+ canopy with a shade extension, an extra large basket for storage, all-wheel suspension that'll work on a variety of terrains, and is car seat compatible.

    Promising review: "We love our Colugo complete stroller! The quality is amazing and so aesthetically pleasing, too. I love how there’s several different configurations too so my baby can grow into it from newborn to toddler. I highly recommend!!" —Julia H.

    Get it from Colugo for $445 (available in eight colors/designs).

    9. A DockATot all the social media parents rave about — and for good reason! It'll provide you with an aesthetically pleasing place to plop your little one for nap time, tummy time, and even diaper changes.

    a baby in a yellow printed dockatot

    The Deluxe+ Dock comes in so many styles I'm honestly not sure how you'll decide which one to buy!

    Promising review: "My daughter loves her DockATot and I love how it is the perfect size to take when traveling or even going over to a friend's house. I would recommend buying it without a second thought. It’s probably the best thing I have bought for my daughter so far." —Crystal J

    Get it from DockATot (available in 28 styles) or Bloomingdales (available in 13 styles) for $195.

    10. A handmade felt mobile inspired by pop culture favorites like Pokémon, Pixar's UP, and so many more. A must-have for anyone looking for something that'll soothe their tyke as they drift off to sleep and perfectly accent their nursery theme.

    Drops of Color

    I cannot stop freaking out over how cute these are! This small business is woman-owned by a stay-at-home mom and grandma. She also makes themed felt garlands! I'm absolutely blown away by some of her designs. Some of my other favorites include Beauty and the Beast, Hercules, and the Mario Bros.

    Get them from Drops of Color: Pixar's UP for $95, Pokémon for $90 (both available in six wood colors).

    11. A brushed cotton crib sheet that'll feel nice 'n' soft against your baby's skin and match the ones you have and love on your own bed.

    ochre colored sheets in a crib

    I personally own Parachute's sheets and can confirm you get what you pay for!  The quality of everything I've gotten from this company so far has been absolutely worth it.

    Promising review: "We love brushed cotton sheets for our own bed, so we got the matching crib sheet for our daughter's crib. The ochre color is so beautiful and fits perfectly with our color scheme. We've washed it a bunch and it's held up great so far." —Megan

    Get them from Parachute for $49 (available in two colors).

    12. A Coterie diaper subscription to ensure you never find yourself without, arguably, the most important staple in any parents' household.

    a baby in a diaper

    When you subscribe you'll receive 192 diapers every four weeks, but you can update the frequency or ship date any time. Coterie's diapers are hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, chlorine-free, alcohol-free, and paraben-free.

    Promising review: "We absolutely love these diapers! We've been using them alongside many other diapers and these are clearly superior. They fit extremely well and look really nice on our baby. They aren't saggy and they don't have random pictures all over them. Thus they look great under white clothes, too — our baby wears a lot of white onesies and the diaper patterns look horrible under there. These diapers also feel just wonderful, and downright luxurious next to the other diapers we've tried. We are really grateful for these diapers" —Daniel C.

    Get a four-week supply for $90 or $81 when you subscribe (available in sizes NB–6).

    13. A set of soft Minnie Mouse blocks for your playful lil' tyke — mostly so they won't have the opportunity to chuck wooden objects around the room (or accidentally directly at you).

    a baby playing with the soft blocks with minnie mouse on them

    Promising review: "I bought these for my 10-month-old for Christmas. They are so cute and absolutely the perfect size. They have little bells inside and have a crunch noise to them." —AllieKing

    Get them from shopDisney for $14.95.

    14. A Halo Swaddle that can be worn in three different ways, guaranteed to keep your mini-me comfy and cozy at all times.

    a baby in a halo swaddle
    halosleep / Via

    This swaddle is perfect from birth to six months, allows for easy diaper changes, and (most importantly) immobilizes their little arms so they can't accidentally scratch themselves.

    Promising review: "Love these! Used them with my first and it was a lifesaver. It helped her sleep so much better that I always had several on hand just in case there were any accidents. I plan to use them again with my daughter when she’s born. Definitely a must-have!" —Timmons3516

    Get it from Target for $24.99 (available in newborn–S sizes and seven styles).

    15. And a Halo SleepSack in a fun Disney print for when they grow and want a bit more freedom — this version features an inverted zipper that'll make diaper changes a breeze.

    a baby in a finding nemo print sleep sack

    This version can be used from birth through 24 months.

    Get it from Halo for $26.99 (available in six styles and sizes M–L).

    16. A two-in-one silicone feeder pacifier you can use to introduce your baby to new foods (yuuuum!) and help soothe painful gums (teething, fun!). You can fill it with frozen fruits, veggies, or milk and take a sigh of relief when you see how much they enjoy it.


    The set contains two feeders, two large silicone teats, two medium silicone teats, and two small silicone teats.

    Promising review: "This is amazing!! I am such a germ freak, so the mesh ones were not going to fly with me. The fact that this entire thing comes apart to sterilize is wonderful. Then add the different size heads for it is great for those just starting foods. My little one has two teeth and absolutely loves this thing. We use frozen cut up fruit and veggies and he goes nuts. Keeps him occupied for hours!! Definitely recommend 😀" —Danielle Fox

    Get a set from Amazon for $13.99 (available in two styles).

    17. A Baby Brezza Bottle Sterilizer and Dryer, because why not add another gadget into the mix? This one will automatically sterilize your bottles, breast pump parts, and other accessories with natural steam.

    It also includes a HEPA filter to ensure everything is dried with clean air. It can hold up to eight bottles and two full pump part sets. Additionally, my best friend swears by this product and highly recommends it.

    Promising review: "You guys....if you are expecting (or trying to get a gift for someone who is)....GET THIS PUPPY NOW. I ended up getting this after a few sleepless nights and not feeling like my bottles were staying clean while drying on the grass counter mat. This has been a lifesaver. It is so easy to use and works in a hurry. The best part = it dries your bottles too. No more waiting around for them to dry. Every evening I load em' in and they are sterilized and dried within 45 to 60 minutes. What could be better?! Definitely a game-changer everyone should have on their list." —MorganS

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99.

    18. A Chicco car seat developed with Greenguard Gold Certified fabric that doesn't include added chemical treatments so you can have peace of mind when you buckle Junior in for a ride.

    a baby in the car seat in a stroller

    Learn more about Chicco's ClearTex Performance Fabric here!

    Promising review: "This is not the first infant car seat we have purchased over the years. This is the second Chicco seat. Our previous one kept our 1-year-old daughter unharmed after a horrible car accident. We decided to give their new seat a try this time. It is so easy to install either by latch or car seatbelt. The shoulder straps are easy to adjust to the right height. Our little one isn’t quite 5 pounds and it fits her well. Super easy to tighten her in. Bonus is the ClearTex fabric. The padding looks comfortable for her. Another great car seat!" —Emily R.

    Get it from buy buy Baby for $279.99 (available in two colors).

    19. A glider and matching ottoman for those late night and early morning feeding sessions. You'll love how comfortable it is and how cute it looks in the nursery when you're not sleepily sitting in it at 4 a.m.

    a cream colored glider with a matching ottoman

    Promising review: "My husband and I absolutely love this glider and ottoman. We simply melt into the glider and rock our beautiful baby granddaughter. We take turns rocking her." —Sandra from Wadena, MN

    Get it from Wayfair for $149.99 (originally $199.99; available in six colors).

    20. A Harry Potter-inspired swaddle blanket that'll get you tons of Instagram likes (that's why people have babies, right?) and also encourage your tyke's love of magic from the start.

    Little Crowns and Capes

    Little Crowns and Capes is a small business that makes the cutest swaddle blankets I've ever seen! If Harry Potter isn't your thing, check out their other styles featuring Disney castles, The Lord of the Rings, Friends and The Office (some will be restocking soon!).

    Promising review: "I am obsessed! These swaddles are amazing and grow with your baby! They’re lightweight but heavy enough, if that makes sense. These designs are everything. I can’t wait for the new release. I wish these were out with my other two when they were babies. If you are feeling hesitant, don’t be it’s totally worth it!" —Skye J.

    Get it from Little Crowns and Capes for $25.

    21. A Skip Hop changing pad with a darling mobile above it to keep your antsy kiddo distracted while you handle the dirty work. Sigh, being a baby is *so* much better than being an adult.

    a baby on a changing pad with a mobile over them
    Skip Hop

    I got this for my best friend for her baby shower and since her little one has coming along it's quickly become one of her favorite products! Her daughter loves staring up at the mobile and doesn't fuss as much when getting changed. She also loves that's it's very simple to clean — a big bonus!

    Promising review: "This changing pad is the best thing I’ve bought for our nursery. This is my second baby and with my first we had a traditional changing pad with covers. The Skip Hop changing pad is soooo much easier because I am not constantly changing and washing the covers. My baby loves looking at the mobile and it is so stylish in the nursery." —MelM

    Get it from Skip Hop or Carter's for $80.

    22. A WubbaNub pacifier with a plushie attached to it so your kiddo will always have something to cuddle with. Also, they're just really freakin' cute.

    a baby with a moose plush attached to a pacifier

    You can check out a bunch of other WubbaNub designs here.

    Promising review: "I used to think these were just a gimmick, but then I had a baby. A baby that only liked the standard soothie pacifiers. The animal is essential for a babe who is still developing his dexterity. He can grab it and put it in his mouth on his own at four months. Highly recommend. Care — I just toss them in the washer as need and then dip the pacifier part in boiling water for five minutes." —Christine

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

    23. An organic and Oeko-Tex certified muslin drool bib, because your little one is going to drool all over their clothes if you don't place one of these on them. At least they'll still look stylish!

    The muslin drool bibs in caramel, light peach and sage green
    Tykes Corner / Etsy

    Tykes Corner is a small business based in Santa Barbara, California that specializes in organic and non-toxic baby goods for the modern day family.

    Promising review: "These are perfect. Functional and cute, just the right size, super soft, and they lay beautifully. I like that there are two snap 'settings' so they will fit for longer."—Sunny Winters

    Get it from Tykes Corner on Etsy for $10.90 (available in three colors).

    24. A cradle cap comb that'll remove dry skin from your tyke's scalp so gently they won't even notice you're doing it — shout out to the soft rubber bristles on this comb.

    A baby's head with dry scales on the left and the same baby's head looking smoother and flake-free on the right

    Promising review: "The pictures posted here are legit. It makes removal so much easier and gives more consistent removal than my previous method of washcloths or just scratching the cradle cap off with my fingernails. It’s amazing and gross and wonderful. My babe doesn’t even flinch when I spend 10 minutes clearing his scalp of all the goo. It seems to be soothing to him. I just apply baby shampoo, then brush a little with the blue brush. Then I slowly start to comb in sections all in one direction. Then I go back and forth in multiple directions. It’s shocking the amount of dead skin that comes off. I’ve even used it successfully in his eyebrows (he gets some cradle cap there, too). This is a KEEPER!" —ZMomUtah

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    25. An enamel pin to add to any new Mom's denim jacket to remind everyone they're doing their best even when their tyke is screaming their little heart out in public.

    a black circle pin with a gold edge that says "i have no idea what I'm doing" in gold

    Promising review: "Great quality pin, well made, well packaged. Has a valid point on it. I wear this to all the parent things I have to attend. I wish I had this when my daughter got her first car. It would have been required to be visible on her person for each police officer to read as she was issued so many tickets." —Greendrgn

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    26. A simple Graco swing that'll carefully sway your baby from side to side so you can hopefully put them down for a little and actually get some laundry done (imagine???).


    Promising review: "What a lifesaver. Our baby (currently two months old) LOVES this swing. This thing helps to put him to sleep almost instantly, thanks to the two vibration modes, the music, and the different speeds. I would definitely recommend this swing to any new parents because it’s very helpful in putting baby to sleep and/or calming them down." —JamieLeeC

    Get it from Target for $67.99.

    27. A personalized photo book filled with pictures of special memories of your kiddo's first year, because if there's one thing you're going to be great at it's going to be documenting every silly, gross, and adorable thing they do.

    a mother and child on the page of a book
    Artifact Uprising

    I used Artifact Uprising to make copies of my wedding album for both my mom and my mother-in-law. We were able to feature more of each of their sides of the family with minimal effort — the results were gorgeous.

    Promising review: "Book was very well put together, the foil touch, the fabric, the binding. The paper was much thicker than I expected so the book felt even more substantial and special. Image reproduction was great. Colors were softer than the originals but the effect was still wonderful." —Jane C.

    Get it from Artifact Uprising for $59+ (available in six colors and with 30, 40, or 50 pages).

    28. Plant-based konjac bath sponges that'll actually make bath time *so* much fun. My apologies to your rubber ducky.


    Promising review: "My two month old always cried during baths, I thought she was the only baby who hated bath time! I bought these sponges because she has cradle cap and wanted something soft enough to use on her head but strong enough that it’ll get ride of the cradle cap. Well, I ended up using the sponge on her whole body and this was the first time she enjoyed bath time! I think she didn’t like the feel of the rags I was using but likes the sponges instead. This was definitely worth buying!"—Angie

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $9.99 (available in three styles).

    29. And a too-cute baby bath tub you and your little one will have a *whale-y* good time using.

    a baby in a whale-shaped tub

    Promising review: "I bought this tub for my son when he was two days old and now at 9 months he still uses it. The sling was comfy for the newborn stage and worked perfect. Never any issues. I put it in the big tub so my 9 month old and 22 month old can bathe at the same time, and they LOVE it. I've taken it outside like a pool and used it as a chair. With my oldest we went through like four tubs her first year and I hated all of them. This was a good price, safe, and built well. Definitely recommend!!" —CarolinaMama

    Get it from Carter's for $35 (available in two colors).

    30. A darling Delta Children bassinet with a celestial theme and features any tired parent will consider to be *~out of this world~*. We're talkin' soothing sounds, a nightlight, a water-resistant mattress, and a large storage shelf.

    a baby in the white bassinet on wheels

    Promising review: "LOVE this bassinet. Great price and quality. Love all the features it comes with. The light is perfect for night feedings. Love that its on wheels so I can roll it from room to room. Perfect size — doesn't take up much room. If your looking for a great bassinet I highly recommend this product. It truly is a great product that has been super helpful." —Cara

    Get it from Walmart for $44.98 (originally $49.98).

    31. Or a splurge-worthy Snoo Smart Sleeper, a must-have for any gadget-obsessed parent who has been itching to get their hands on the coolest baby gear around. Uh, also any parent who is willing to do anything to get their baby to sleep.

    a family looking in on the baby in the white snoo bassinet with walnut accents

    This magical machine of a bassinet automatically responds to babies' cries and fussing with soothing rocking and white noise. It also prevents risky rolling thanks to its three hip-safe sleep sack swaddled. Additionally, you can connect it to an app to log your little one's sleep and adjust the motion and sound. There's even a specific mode for preemies and an option to help wean your baby out of the bassinet and into a crib.

    Promising review: "We jumped on the bandwagon a few weeks after the birth of our baby. Initially I was put off a bit by the price and bought a cheaper bassinet. However after four weeks of baby only doing two- to three-hour sleep chunks at a time at night and having to spend one to two hours a night trying to get him to fall asleep, I broke down and bought one. Best. Decision. Ever.

    The first night in the SNOO, he was doing five- to six- hour sleep chunks. By 10 weeks, he was sleeping through the night from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Getting him to fall asleep went from taking over an hour to under a minute. It was incredible. I didn't dread nighttime anymore! At 15 weeks, he transitioned seamlessly to his crib and has been doing his 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. sleeps in it ever since.

    I recommend this to all of my parent-to-be friends. Don't let the price scare you off; after a few weeks of virtually no sleep, I was ready to pay any amount of money to feel rested. Great product, aesthetically pleasing, easy to bring on travels (we took our on a road trip along the CA coast). 5/5 stars." —Hannah

    Get it from Amazon for $1,495.

    32. A teething ring made of silicone and wood, starring a cute lil' giraffe who will keep your baby company while they chew away and relieve some of the unpleasant feelings in their gums.

    The silicone and wood giraffe teething rings in pastel colors
    The Baby Space / Etsy

    The Baby Space is a small business based in Heywood, United Kingdom founded by Natalia and Jan, parents of two adorable children to provide colorful toys, handmade decors for nurseries, teething aid and gifts for little ones. 

    Promising review: "Amazing quality product. Great value! Love the color soooo much!"—Brooklin Emily 

    Get it from The Baby Space on Etsy for $10.10 (available in six colors).

    33. And a subscription to Disney+, because sometimes even the most resilient, hands-on parent deserves a break to relax and let their kiddos enjoy an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

    the disney plus home screen
    The Walt Disney Company

    My sister and I agreed to split our Disney+ subscription and we've had the best time talking about which movies and shows we've watched / which ones we need to wait and watch together. It's been really special to relive so many of our Disney-infused childhood memories together thanks to this new subscription service. Why not do the same with your own kids? Let them dive into the classic films or turn on some Disney Junior hits.

    Get a subscription to Disney+ for $6.99 a month, $69.99 a year, or a 7-day free trial.

    Your baby, when you finally find something that keeps them entertained:

    The Walt Disney Company

    Note: Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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