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11 Practical Products That Will Change A New Parent's Life

The must-haves.

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1. This sheep that helps the baby to sleep.

Ewan the dream sheep makes "womb" sounds, which helps to keep babies calm and encourage a better night sleep.

"Ewan came to hospital when we had to stay in and made a big difference to settling baby. We can't be without Ewan at bedtimes or nap times now. I even drift off with him. This is one of my top three must-haves for new parents." – N. McShane

Buy it from Amazon, £29.99.

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2. This handy product that allows you to turn any chair into a high chair.

"Great idea. Fits over all my chairs, including wide, wicker garden ones. Very well made and good quality material. Excellent and portable to take when going out to eateries, or to friends houses. Very pleased I bought this for my grandson." – Helen Gunn

The cloth comes in all different colours and patterns. Get it from Totseat, £22.

3. This baby wrap that allows you to hold a baby and get things done.

"Absolutely brilliant! I have a 6-week-old that does not like to be put down, ever. He can be fast asleep in my arms but as soon as I put him down he's awake and crying. After a feed I put him in this sling and he's asleep in a matter of seconds. I'm then free to do what I need to do, while he gets the reassurance of being close. He is my third baby and I have never needed one of these before but it's a godsend with baby number three. I would recommend [it] to anyone who has a clingy baby, meaning you're not stuck on the couch any more. You can also breastfeed while carrying in the sling." – CerysG79

Get the baby carrier from Amazon, £22.97.

4. This floating pillow that's perfect for bath time.

"Bought for my nephew and he loves it. My sister has rheumatoid arthritis and it helps support baby without putting stress on her wrists." – Mrs K

The pillow comes in pink and blue, and you can get it from Whitestep, £26.95.

5. A NoseFrida, to suck boogers out of baby’s nose.

"This works great. I have been able to really clear a lot of mucus out of my little one. She doesn't enjoy it very much but you can do it so quickly that it's over in no time." – Danielle Smith

Get the nasal aspirator from Amazon, £7.51.

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6. This pacifier that allows baby to have two of their favourite things at the same time.

"Super cute, the giraffe is adorable and soft, my baby loves it." – Julia U

Get this pacifier from Amazon, £14.

7. Gel pads for when breastfeeding takes its toll on Mum's nipples.

"I have a 5-week-old and these things are magical. The first week of nursing is always the worst and I used these with both of my babies. Make sure you rinse them with water and let them dry before you put them on, otherwise they'll stick to your nipples. And if you're already having cracking or bleeding, that'll only make it worse. But when used correctly, they give instant relief." – Kelsey Sinn

Get the pads from Medela, £10.99.

8. This bath and room thermometer that gives you a precise temperature reading.

Philips / Via kiddicare.com

"We have three thermometers at home for our little boy: a Gro Egg, one built into the baby monitor, and this Philips one. But it is this Philips one I like the best.

This thermometer consists of a good, no-nonsense, easily read LCD display showing the temperature. The display is covered with a little plastic circle, which looks like it could scratch, but ours hasn't despite some real rough handling. It seems fully waterproof to test the bath temperature, and is handily marked at 37°C to remind you what the temperature should be. It is also free-standing for use as a room thermometer. We also threw it in our bags for holiday without worry and used it to check the pool temperature." – Smithy

Get the thermometer from Kiddicare, £12.99.

9. This bath toy organiser that can scoop up all the toys and mounts right on to the wall.

"Excellent – I bought so my [baby] has easy access to his bath stuff. It remains firmly stuck to bath via suckers and easily lifts off [the] suckers to use. I would highly recommend." – Maggie

Buy the Koo-di from Amazon, £12.99.

10. This kit that's packed with lots of useful baby grooming tools.

"This little kit has everything a new mum and dad needs. High-quality items and well-presented in a case that's perfect for on the move and in and around the home. Worth the money." – Mrs E Denby

Get the kit from Amazon, £12.

11. This pram hook that fits all buggies.

"Great for mums who have a lot of shopping to carry and don't drive. I have a Quinny Buzz pushchair and the basket underneath is only big enough to fit my changing bag. I went to town with my baby in the first few weeks on my own, and it soon became clear that there was no way I could buy anything large as I didn't have the room to carry it. I then had a look on Amazon and came across these pram clips, and they are possibly the most practical thing I have bought. They are great quality and excellent value. Definitely worth buying." – littlemisskellyx

Get it from Amazon, £5.99.