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31 Genius Products New Parents Swear By

Guys, any baby that claims to be low-maintenance is lying to you.

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1. A jam-packed activity mat that's the equivalent of HBO's Sunday night lineup for babies.

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Promising review: "Let me be the first to say, my son has got to be held every waking moment of the day. At 2 months old he already knows who mommy is and will not stand to be put down. This toy gives me a good 45 minutes of free time at a time. He'll sit in this a good 4-5 times in a day, laughing and smiling, trying to talk to the toys. This is a life saver. Plus I love watching him play and have a good time." —ProudMotherOf1

Price: $69.29 at Walmart

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2. A multi-functional nursing pillow with a very hip(po) animal print.

Instagram: @boppycompany

Promising review: "This is one of the most versatile products out there. You can obviously use it for nursing, but it's also great for holding a baby while feeding. (Or sitting on after childbirth.)" —momof2in203

Price: $39.79 at Walmart

3. A multi-pocketed diaper backpack that Mary Poppins would covet.

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Promising review: "I bought this bag a few months ago and I love it. It has tons of space. It has many outside zip pockets that you can fit all the necessities. It even has an insulated zip pocket to keep something cold. It has an easy access wipe pocket. You can use the wipe container it came with or will fit another you have. The inside of the the bag is very spacious without making the bag big and bulky. It has two pockets on the inside as well. It also comes with a changing pad that comes in handy. The straps are adjustable and are padded. It's very comfortable to wear." —Momof5

Price: $24.96 at Walmart

4. Or a convertible tote/backpack with cute stripes and TONS of pockets.

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Promising review: "It has so many pockets and holds more than I thought it would, but it's not super bulky like many are. It seems to be durable and well made. One of my favorite features of the bag is it has long handles on the top to carry over the shoulder, AND backpack straps on the back to carry it that way if you choose. I love that, as I carry it differently in different settings. Worth every penny, and would make an excellent shower gift!" —KA82

Price: $24.96 at Walmart

5. Stove-knob covers that will baby-proof your in-home fire factory (which is what I call a stove).

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Promising review: "I like these a lot! My son has grabbed the knobs and turned just the gas on without igniting it so that gas was leaking out in our house, which is really dangerous. The knob covers make the kitchen a lot safer for him." —Hannah

Price: $6.99 on Amazon

6. A space-saving high chair that easily straps to your low chairs, and works for toddlers as well as infants.

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Promising review: "This highchair has been great. We don't have a lot of space and I love that it attaches to our dining room chairs. We have taken this on vacation with us and it fit on chairs and bar stools. It really made visiting our relatives easier. This is a great highchair! We got this chair before our baby was born and she is now 15 months and it is still doing great." —EAR21

Price: $42.92 at Walmart

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7. A simple onesie you'll want to buy by the crate.

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My one-year-old nephew wears these almost exclusively when he's at home. He also doesn't wear bibs because these are washable, and he's an adorable baby so no one cares if he has food on his onesie. That is my exclusive review.

Price: $7.92 for 4 at Walmart

8. An interactive toy that will keep babies wildly entertained while helping them walk.

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Promising review: "I bought this for my 9-month-old Granddaughter. She had been standing using furniture and for moments alone when she wasn't aware that no one was holding her. Once we got this set up, she was running around the room on her own! Both she and her-2 year-old brother have so much fun with all the lights and sounds and songs they can play on this wonderful walker. It exceeded all expectations!" —JustMe2you

Price: $29.88 at Walmart

9. A baby beanbag chair for the coziest portable naps.

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Promising review: "Fabulous item. I'm so grateful I found and purchased it. Definitely worth the price. It's very well made and seems as if will last quite sometime with everyday use." —sal nassar

Price: $49.99 on Amazon

10. A sturdy play-yard that gives kiddos room to roam.

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Promising review: "I love this product! We couldn't decide if we wanted to buy this... we toyed with the idea for months. After our 1 year old started climbing on EVERYTHING we broke down and bought it. I can actually cook/clean without worrying if she is getting into something. It's very easy to pop open so she can roam in and out while we are right there with her. Then we can snap it closed and cook or walk into the other room (laundry, etc). I didn't like the idea of her being "caged in" but this really did save us a lot of stress!! If you are thinking about buying it, just buy it- you will love it. I can't wait until we go to the beach and we can take it with!!" —upstateSAHM

Price: $59.00 at Walmart

11. Oreo-shaped teethers that will soothe your little cookie monster's sore and itchy gums.

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Promising review: "I love these, and more importantly so does my 7 month old! They are great, just flexible enough to be soft on little gums, but firm and textured enough to really get the itchies gone. The only issue is that my 2 year old also loves them and tried to take a bite the first time he saw them!" —Mandi C

Price: $14.97 for 2 on Amazon

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12. A video monitor with night vision and walkie-talkie functions (so you can start your baby's spy training early).

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Promising review: "We love this monitor! We no longer sneak into our baby's room to make sure she is ok - we can just check the screen on the monitor! Our baby loves the lullabies that it plays, and we love that we can talk to her through the monitor and quiet her without getting out of bed! Or, we can talk to each other if one of us is in her room. Best thing we've purchased for our baby!" —emimom3

Price: $70.99 at Walmart

13. A car seat cover that will help protect kids from blistering car seat buckles even as plastic mailboxes are melting all around us.

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Promising review: "This has been an absolute lifesaver. We moved to Phoenix this summer and our son's car seat would be burning hot by the time we were ready to go anywhere or even after a short shopping trip. This cover has removed the worry of burning our son with the clips in his car seat. It's easy to use and fits our son's convertible car seat which is fairly bulky." —kevin

Price: $7.99 on Amazon

14. Light, super-soft blankets for all-season swaddling.

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Promising review: "Muslin swaddle blankets are the best! They soften with every wash and my babies have always adored them. Mom of three and every child has their own muslin swaddles." —MrsC143

Price: $15.84

15. A Diaper Genie that will grant all your wishes (if your wishes are all related to diaper disposal).

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Promising review: "I've known about Diaper Genie for years, ever since my sister was born 15 years ago. I love that it's only gotten better over the years. It's easy to use, easy to clean, not heavy, and it's sleek. I think if you're looking for a diaper pail, why not go with the original! DIAPER GENIE ROCKS!" —Xocheena

Price: $34.12 at Walmart

16. A highly distracting giraffe friend that straps onto a car seat.

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Promising review: "My son was about 2 months when a friend of the family gave it as a gift. It is his favorite toy and now he is 10 months and still loves it. Easy to hand-wash and dries quickly. Also a great teether!!!" —Sarahj65790

Price: $7.98 at Walmart

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17. A handy kit full of remedies for a bevy of minor infant ailments.

Instagram: @littleremedies

Promising review: "We got this kit for our baby shower and seven months later the only thing we haven't had to use is the cough syrup. The nasal aspirator alone is worth $20, honestly we've gotten so much use out of it through cold season. I wasn't super impressed by the gas drops but the gripe water and saline drops worked well, as did the acetaminophen the few times we've had to use it." —JT15

Price: $19.97 at Walmart

18. A 4-in-1 convertible carrier for ultimate baby versatility.

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Promising review: "This is a great carrier, easy to use, comfortable and supportive on your back, love the variety of positions and most of all affordable! Definitely recommend." —CtMeagle

Price: $25.49 at Walmart or $29.99 at infantino

19. A cuddly sleep sack for a non-constricted baby burrito.

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Promising review: "Great for newborns to make the transition to the world from being all snuggled and secure in mommy's belly! This really helped my baby girl sleep when she was a newborn. With it being snug on the top and free at the bottom, she felt secure without being restricted! I would definitely recommend this product!" —smccarty

Price: From $19.99 at Walmart

20. A 21-piece kit with all kinds of bébé grooming and healthcare essentials in one carrier.

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Promising review: "This kit has everything you could think of in it for baby's grooming needs plus a few extras that had never even crossed my mind for a grooming kit. The finger toothbrush is very neat and the reusable thermometer strip is very handy." —Meagan

Price: $12.99 at Walmart

21. A brilliant sleeping chair that will rock your baby when they're sleeping and fold up inconspicuously when they're not.

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Promising review: "This rocker was recommended to me and we absolutely LOVE it! It is a life saver! My newborn instantly falls asleep for naps and at night time too. I love that it had a slight incline to help with reflux." —devon

Price: $69.99 at Walmart

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22. A genius bottle set for newborns that helps stave off gas and colic.

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Promising review: "My daughter is 7 weeks old and we have been using Dr. Brown's Bottles for about 4 weeks now and I wish I would have started with these! I am breastfeeding but I pump often and these by far are the best bottles to use. She also has acid reflux which causes her to spit up more often than normal. But since I have been using these bottles her gas and spit-ups has been reduced tremendously. I definitely recommend that all moms at least give them a shot!" —ImAMomNow

Price: $17.49 at Walmart

24. A travel-friendly playpen that doubles as a changing table and moonlights as a bassinet.

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Promising review: "This product has been a life changer when we visit family and friends. It is easy to transport and set up, and has multiple uses while we are away from home." —blondieks16

Price: $90.95 at Walmart

25. A bottle sterilizer that zaps germs in the microwave.

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Promising review: "This makes sterilization SOOOO easy and at half the cost of bigger, bulkier contraptions plus twice the room!! The domed lid gives you room to "play" with to make stuff fit. I usually run two rounds through the microwave a day: once for nipples and rings and a few lids, and again for the 4 oz bottles and remaining lids. The 4 oz bottles fit (about 7-9) depending on how many lids, etc. and the lid closes fine. The 8-10 oz bottles fit 4 at a time, laying down, plus some rings and nipples. Couldn't ask for more!" —AuntieNeeNee

Price: $13.49 at Walmart

26. A bathtub that facilitates scream-free bath time.

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Promising review: "My husband and I are first-time parents and needed something that would make bathing our son easier as he grows. We got this for our son and it makes bath time more enjoyable for everyone. Our son loves laying in the water on the sling. I love it because it makes bathing him easier and he enjoys getting all nice and clean with out all the screaming. We are both happy that this will grow with him as he becomes a toddler. :-) :-)" —CurlySue21

Price: $12.87 at Walmart

27. A bottle topper that transforms disposable water bottles into sippy cups.

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Promising review: "This is by far the best water bottle top. My 8-month-old wants to drink from my water bottle all the time so I bought this. I was skeptical due to reading that it only fits certain bottles, but I've tried it on so many and works just fine. I just ordered a second one as back up." —Amber

Price: $3.99 on Amazon

28. A super-suctioned placemat-and-plate combo that cuts down on mealtime messes.

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Promising review: "Great alternative to plastic plates, which just ends up sliding all over the place. This has great suction and stays in place, which makes it easy to learn how to use utensils. It's also easy to wash. Great item!" —ImprezaGirl

Price: $24.99 on Amazon

29. A(n affordable) plethora of tiny baby-sized washcloths.

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Promising review: "These washcloths are really soft and have held up through washes. They are a perfect thickness (more on the thinner side which I find easiest to use with tiny babies). I was pleasantly surprised." —ElizabethH

Price: $5.97 for a pack of 10 at Walmart

30. A diaper cream applicator that puts diaper cream on your baby's butt, not under your fingernails.

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"The BabyBum Diaper Cream Brush is a genius idea. I try to keep my hands as clean as possible and this item really helps accomplish that. The size of the brush is excellent. It does not take up a ton of space on my changing table. I feel like the product is well made and the green color is beautiful. One of my smarter baby purchases." —Melissa Jackson

Price: $9.98 on Amazon

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