For all their wide-eyed innocence and dimply cuteness, babies certainly have a way of turning your life upside down. Mealtimes can be manic, bathtime becomes stressful, bedtime suddenly feels like a chore, and even the thought of leaving the house is enough to make you exhausted.
It's true — caring for a tiny human is no easy task.
The good news? There are plenty of products out there that can lighten your load. We asked a selection of new parents what helped them the most with their newborn, and these are the 10 items that proved to be lifesavers.
1. My Brest Friend Nursing Pillow
Between an aching back and tired arms, breastfeeding can be tough on moms. The My Brest Friend Nursing Pillow delivers serious support in all the right places. For moms, this specially designed pillow goes the extra mile with a heavy-duty foam backrest and a convenient storage pocket, while the flat front portion helps babies achieve and maintain a good latch.
2. Halo Sleepsack Swaddle
For newborns, a snug swaddle can provide a simple sense of security that's often enough to soothe away anxiety and improve sleep quality (and duration). The Halo Sleepsack Swaddle takes the guesswork out of folds and tucks with a tailored design and adjustable fasteners that can be secured in three different ways for a customized fit.
3. Boppy Newborn Lounger
Every parent needs a little break every now and then, but finding a comfy place to put your baby down isn't always possible. The Boppy Newborn lounger solves this dilemma with generous padding, a recessed center, and portable design that's ready to go wherever you do.
4. Baby Shusher The Soothing Sleep Miracle Collection Pack
As tiny as they are, babies can put up a mighty fight when it comes to nap time. If rocking and singing do nothing to soothe your baby and sleeping feels like a distant memory, it might be time for outside intervention. The Baby Shusher uses the tried and tested shushing technique to lull little ones into a state of deep relaxation. Unlike most baby sound soothers, this one features a real recorded human voice — and the effects are nothing short of dreamy.
5. Cloud b Tranquil Turtle Night Light and Sound Soother
Every nursery needs a nightlight, and every baby can do with an occasional nudge to help them drift off. The Cloud b Tranquil Turtle pulls double duty with a remarkably relaxing underwater light effect and two soothing ocean sound features that will lull your baby to sleep so you can rest, too.
6. Leachco Safer Bather Infant Bath Pad
Between piercing cries of indignation and frantic wriggling, a newborn at bathtime can be a stressful experience. The Leachco Safer Bather Infant Bath Pad takes the strain off both your back and your nerves with its elevated headrest, cradling contours, and plush padding that keeps little ones comfy and secure while they make a splash.
7. Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor
With a worthwhile video monitor, you can keep an eye on your baby from afar. Whether you're catching up on household chores or getting some much-needed shut-eye, the Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor will ensure that you never miss a thing. A two-way audio feature, sound-activated LED bar, and a movable camera that all work together to deliver peace of mind.
8. Ergobaby Omni 360
Babies love being carried — and some outright refuse to be put down. Unfortunately, this makes it nearly impossible for you to do anything else. Not only does the Ergobaby Omni 360 free up your hands, but it also supports your back with a padded lumbar support band. This carrier can also be used from birth all the way through toddlerhood and offers a range of carrying positions to suit each stage.
9. Skip Hop Pronto Portable Changing Pad
Carrying a full-sized diaper bag for quick trips out of the house can be unnecessarily cumbersome. The Skip Hop Pronto Portable Changing Pad allows you to tote diapering essentials without weighing you down, and it folds out into a cushioned pad so you'll never be left without a sanitary changing surface while you're out and about. A convenient parent pocket takes care of must-haves like keys, wallet, and phone.
10. BEABA Babycook
Preparing your own baby food is a great way to ensure the best nutrition possible, but the process can be time-consuming and labor-intensive. If you're interested in making homemade baby food but find the prospect a bit daunting, the BEABA Babycook steams food in as little as 15 minutes before blending ingredients to your desired consistency — and the one-handed operation with dishwasher-friendly construction is something any busy parent can appreciate.
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