The two words "new baby" often come along with a couple of
others: "new products." Expectant moms easily can be swept up into
a baby-gear-buying frenzy. But it's not until the baby actually
arrives that new moms realize it is the smaller, everyday items
that really make your life easier. Through Bump Club and Beyond,
the city's largest social event network for moms and moms-to-be, I
see and hear what products new moms love every single day.
Here are my top picks for life-saving products every new mom
should have on her list (or at least her wish list).
Wishes Hands-Free Pumping Bra. The name says it all. If you're
planning to nurse and eventually pump, this item is a must. It
sells for $38, but this multi-tasker actually is priceless.
Itzy Ritzy Wet
Bag. Don't ever leave home without an extra change of clothing
tucked into this reusable wet bag. When your little one has an
accident, the dirty clothes go inside and everything else in your
bag stays clean. $18.
Magnificent Baby Layette. This clothing company
is any new parent's dream. No more struggling with snaps in the
middle of the night-all closures use a simple, patented, magnetic
system that make diaper and outfits changes a snap. Starting at
Packin' Smart. This stackable container is perfect for families
on the go. With three to five separate compartments, this smartly
designed product helps parents keep formula, pacifier and snacks
Tub: The key to a good baby/infant tub is the ability to grow
with your needs. Boon's two-position collapsible tub takes you from
newborn to toddler, allowing you to recline it, expand it, drain
it, collapse it and hang it up to dry. $60.
Gymini Play Mat: A play mat is incredibly important for early
childhood development. With sounds, colors and interactive
components, these colorful mats help babies love to practice their
tummy time. $35-$70.
Organizer: You can leave your bag at home! Designed to fit most
strollers, this great piece of gear keeps everything organized
while you are out for a walk. $29.99.
Sleep Nest: This duvet-style sleeping bag for babies and
infants keeps your little ones safe and warm. $39.
Infant Baby Touch Digital Monitor: As far as monitors go,
digital and video is a must-have for city living. As your family
grows, this system can grow right along with you and accommodate up
to four cameras. $200.
Complete Sheet 4-piece set: This bumper-free bedding set keeps
the nursery stylish by featuring bold graphics around the mattress
and a contrasting pattern on the top of the sheet. The set comes in
eight styles and includes a wearable blanket, linen crib skirt and
nursery blanket. $120.
Stroller: This revolutionary stroller folds and unfolds with
the push of a button-leaving your hands free to take care of baby.
Other features include a pedometer that will tell you how many
miles you've logged and a lighting system to keep you safe at
MyCarrier: This is the first baby carrier that can accommodate
a newborn facing inward, a baby facing outward, or a child on your
back. Designed for birth to 3 years. $249.99.
The Foonf convertible car seat allows your baby to sit rear-facing
longer, accommodating babies 6 months and older; kids can stay
rear-facing until 45 pounds and forward-facing until 65 pounds.
It's easy to install, convenient and recyclable-and complies with
the new National Transportation Safety Administration rules.
Double Helix: Orbit fans are anxious for the double stroller
version of the G2 to come to market later this year. It will come
with all of the convenient features provided by the single, and
parents can buy the double straight away or the attachment feature
for their original system. Price not yet available.
Lindsay Pinchuk is founder of Bump Club and Beyond,
Chicago's largest social event company connecting moms and
moms-to-be through up to a dozen events per month.
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