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    Oh Baby! 14 Products For Expecting Parents That Are Actually Useful

    Santa baby, slip these items under the tree for me!

    Having a baby is an exciting (and maybe nerve-wracking) time! Here are a couple of tried, tested, and actually useful baby products that will make the perfect gift for any expecting parent this holiday season.

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    1. A Momkindness diaper bag with plenty of pockets for all their baby things — nine, to be exact! It's stylish, functional, and includes tons of helpful additions, like a diaper change mat, removable diaper clutch, and a separate padded laptop compartment.

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    Every parent needs this bag. It can fit SO MUCH stuff (and trust me, babies need TONS of stuff!) I love that this bag is super cute and doesn't really look like a ~typical~ diaper bag. For each bag sold, Momkindness donates a portion of the proceeds to Every Mother Counts.

    Get it from Momkindness for $129.99.

    2. A Sunday Citizen pocket robe that's buttery soft and perfect for skin-to-skin cuddling. It'll feel like wearing a blanket and is big enough to swaddle their lil' one, too.

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    It's extra fluffy, machine-washable, and ideal for breastfeeding. TBH, everything from Sunday Citizen is made for cuddling! Check out their Casablanca throw for an extra dose of coziness in the nursery.

    Get it from Sunday Citizen for $98.

    3. A 123 Baby Box subscription that'll supply new parents with full-sized products curated for their bundle of joy. It'll arrive monthly, which means they'll never run of out products right when they need them most.

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    The best part? Not only does baby get spoiled, but there are plenty of goodies for mom in the box, too! My top picks from this month were the Baby Bum Brush and the Kw Eye Serum. When purchasing a 123 Baby Box, you're not only supporting a small business, you're also supporting charities and orphanages. We call that a win-win!

    Get it from 123 Baby Box for $39.99+/month.  

    4. A super-comfy nursing bra ever from Bravado that's equal parts functional and cute. It's supportive, comfy, and made of a soft modal-blend material that'll never chafe their skin.

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    To be honest, I'm obsessed with the full maternity and nursing bra collection. Plus you can feel good knowing that Bravado's products are sustainably sourced. 

    Get it from Bravado for $42.00 (available in sizes S–XL and in two colours).

    5. A set of gender-neutral baby outfits from Tenth & Pine that reviewers say are way comfier for their babies than other brands'. Every item is made of certified organic materials so it'll be safe for babies and good for the planet.

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    If I could, I'd take one of everything from Tenth & Pine. Everything is just so stinkin' cute and the fabrics are so soft! I'm currently obsessed with this newborn organic infant gown — the adjustable tie bottom makes diaper changes quick and easy.

    Get them from Tenth & Pine for $34+.

    6. A Baby Beluga wrap so they can keep their little one tucked in nice and close while they're out running errands (or just chillin' around the house). It's made of silky-soft and breathable bamboo and comes in tons of patterns and colours — perfect for matching with Mom or Dad's outfit!

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    Baby Beluga is an eco-friendly small business, and everything is made in Canada! 

    Get it from Baby Beluga for $78.95

    7. A BIBS Try-It Collection that'll help them find the perfect pacifier for their little one. Each one comes with four different pacifiers in different shapes, styles, and materials so baby can pick their fave one.

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    All babies are different and so are all bodies, which means one size definitely does not fit all. The collection is also cute as heck (and totally ~aesthetic~), with shades like blush, sage, and forest lake. 

    Get it from BIBS for $34.99.

    8. A Medela maternity pillow that'll double as a nursing pillow once baby arrives. It'll keep new parents comfy and supported throughout their pregnancy — and beyond!

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    I wish I had this pillow when I was pregnant! It's been so useful for breastfeeding, plus it's super cozy and incredibly supportive for baby.

    Get it from Medela for $89.99.

    9. A Miku Pro Smart Baby Monitor so they can keep an eye on their snoozing tot. It'll deliver high-def video and audio right to their phone and can even track baby's sleeping patterns and breathing for total peace of mind.

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    It's super easy to install and can even be mounted on a wall (it comes with all the hardware, too). My favourite thing about this monitor? The huge library of lullabies that'll help lull baby into a restful slumber.

    Get it from Miku for $539.

    10. A Nesting Days carrier for newborns that'll double as support wear for postpartum bodies. It's inspired by yoga wear and invented by an actual doula. It will help new parents get some major skin-to-skin-bonding time, too.

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    The gentle compression of the fabric will help with postpartum recovery, and you can even style the wrap for hands-free breastfeeding...sign me up asap!

    Get it from Nesting Days for $98+

    11. A Trimö Electric Nail Trimmer so they won't have to worry about pricking or nicking cute little fingers. It comes with four interchangeable filing discs that'll adjust to growing digits.

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    I was *so* nervous to cut my baby's nails and this handy little device took all that stress away. It was easy to use and whisper-quiet — perfect for snoozing babies!

    Get it from bblüv for $36.99.

    12. A pair of Knix high-rise leakproof underwear that will help new mommas feel comfortable and supported. They've got a velvet compression band to give the core a lil' extra support. Plus, each pair can absorb up to four teaspoons of liquid!

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    Knix is a Canadian-based company whose goal is to help you live unapologetically free. They're passionate about building support for people navigating their postpartum journeys (be sure to check out their Postpartum Doula training program!).

    Get a pair from Knix for $42 (available in sizes S–3XL and in five colours).

    13. A cozy waffle-knit toque from Little Buck that'll keep baby's noodle nice and toasty during the Canadian winter. It comes in tons of sizes to accommodate growing tykes and is super breathable so it won't cause sweating or overheating.

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    Little Buck is a family-owned and operated small business that donates a portion of their sales to their local NICU. The company was created after the founder's son was born premature at just 32 weeks and nothing fit his lil' head — all the products come in newborn and preemie sizes, too.

    Get it from Little Buck for $26.99 (available in four sizes and in six colours).

    14. This UV Sterilizer and Dryer that kills 99.9% of household germs in ten minutes. It's completely baby-safe and can fit up to six baby bottles and nipples.

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    Coral UV is a proudly Canadian company — they're a start-up team based in Toronto that has been specializing in UV sanitizers for household use since 2018. 

    Get it from Coral UV for $199

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    What other awesome baby products did you find totally essential? Let us know in the comments below!