20 Essential Things You Need for Baby
The Owlet Smart Sock Baby Monitor($299) is a big-ticket item but it gives parents peace of mind. The monitor sounds an alert if baby’s heartbeat dips or her oxygen level is low, and parents can check her vitals on the Owlet app on your phone.
The Ubbi Diaper Pail ($69.99-$89.99) can be used with regular garbage bags or a reusable cotton liner. The steel can, available in multiple colors, has rubber seals for odor control, child safety lock and can hold up to 55 diapers.
The Ryla Pack ($139) will keep moms organized and is stylish enough to double as a purse. The vegan leather is wipeable and can be worn as a purse or backpack. Available in black or gray, it comes with a wet bag and changing pad.
The UPPAbaby Cruz V2 Stroller ($649.99-$679.99) is light and easy to maneuver, even with a diaper bag in the basket underneath. It’s easy to transport, completely adjustable and stands upright when folded. Pair it with an UPPAbaby car seat, or use the adaptor to fit other car seat brands.
The Bumbo Multi Seat ($49.99 and up) goes everywhere and can be used as a floor seat, secured to any chair, or as a booster seat. A feeding tray tucks away in the back when not in use and the seat accommodates kids up to 3 years.
The Boba Wrap ($40-$59) is great for keeping your newborn close, whether at home or on errands. The Ergobaby Omni 360 All Positions Baby Carrier ($179) has multiple carry options, including outward, and is designed to be used for both babies and toddlers.
For bath time, the Skip Hop Moby Smart Sling 3-Stage Tub ($35) fits inside a standard tub and can be adjusted to multiple positions as baby grows. The sling is removable for babies who are ready to sit upright. The Skip Hop Moby Bath Kneeler ($18) keeps parents comfortable.
The Fisher-Price Rock with Me Bassinet ($82.99) can be used at home or while traveling. The sleeping surface rocks gently, or can be locked into a stationary position. The lightweight, foldable frame makes it easy to transport and store.
Sophie the Giraffe ($25) is a favorite toy/teether. It’s soft enough to cuddle and mouth and easy to hang on to. The Innobaby Teethin’ Smart™ Ez Grip Teether ($8.99) is designed to be a “training” teether, encouraging the development of oral motor skills. It can also go in the freezer or fridge for additional comfort.
The Bumkins SuperBib ($17.95 for a 3-pack) is a generous 10″x 9″ with a pocket and soft hook-and-loop closure. The waterproof material is machine and hand-washable. .Summer Infant Keep Me Clean Disposable Bibs ($4.99 for a 20-pack) are an inexpensive solution for for on-the-go feeding or traveling.
The Stokke High Chair ($269) is designed for babies 6 months to 3 years. The seat and footplate are adjustable and a five-point harness adds security. Pair it with optional junior and adult cushions for use as an ergonomic chair.
Amazon Elements Baby Wipes, Sensitive ($17.99 for nine 80-count packs) are easy to order with Prime – a new parent’s lifesaver! WaterWipes Baby Wipes ($26.63 for nine 60-count packs) are made of 99 percent water, and are gentle enough for baby’s face and hands. Babyganics Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer Wipes ($10.41 for four packs of 20) are great for cleaning hands without irritation.
With the slow flow and wide bottle, Comotomo Natural Feel Baby Bottle ($12.99) mimics breastfeeding for when switching between that and using a bottle. A bonus is they’re easy to clean – no bottle brush needed, they’re dishwasher safe. The OXO Tot Dishwasher Basket ($9.98) is BPA-free and ideal for nipples, rings, teething toys and more.
– Amelia Ramirez