With a new baby, the right gear makes a world of difference. parenting supplies to the test and curated a list of baby essentials that no new mom or dad should be without.
New parents have a lot of extra stuff to carry around. This organizer packs phones, wallets, diapers, and toys and attaches directly to the stroller handle, so parents can reach everything without carrying an extra bag in their hands.
7 A.M. Enfant Warmmuffs
Parents can protect their hands from chilly mornings with these gloves, made especially for gripping a stroller. The built-in hook and loop closure attaches the mitten directly to the handle, so you can slip your hand out when you need to check your phone or adjust an errant paci, and then put it back on again without fumbling in your pockets for a lost glove.
ErgoBaby Four Position 360 Carrier
The Ergobaby Four Position Carrier lets parents hold their child facing inward or outward, on the hip, or on the back. With the padded shoulders and extra-wide band, parents can hold their baby comfortably in all four positions.
KeyFit30 Car Seat
If ease of use is a top priority, consider Chicco’s Key Fit 30 car seat. In the Good Housekeeping Institute’s tests, we found it very easy to tighten and secure. The cover is also safe to toss into the washing machine — a time-saver when baby spits up. Our testers’ main issue was with the harness, which has to be re-threaded every time the height is adjusted.
Lansinoh Breast Milk Storage Bags
These 100% BPA-free bags have a patented double Click’n’Secure seal that prevents leaks. Mom can also pump directly into the bag to help avoid spills.
Dr. Brown’s Microwave Steam Sterilizer
Disinfect bottles just by popping this contraption in the microwave. The included tongs also mean parents can remove sterilized bottles without touching the hot plastic.
Dr. Brown’s Options Bottle Set
This all-in-one set includes everything parents need for feedings: lots of bottles, nipples, pacifiers, steam sterilizer bags, a bottle brush, and a bottle warmer. Also included is Dr. Brown’s latest bottle, Options — a fan-favorite designed to help reduce feeding issues and aid in digestion
Kick ‘N Play Piano Mat
Tummy time becomes infinitely more fun for both baby and parent with this play mat. The gym includes a piano and five hanging toys: an infant mirror, an elephant with a clacker, a frog with a rolling ball, a tiger and a hippo teether, each with different textures and colors.
Nest Cam Baby Monitor
While not marketed solely as a baby monitor, it’s still our top pick for a camera thanks to its impressive video and audio quality. The built-in microphone also lets parents talk and listen from another room.