15 must-have baby products to make parenting a little easier

Whether you are a first-time parent or a parenting pro, you need these things in your life.

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  • Gathering everything you need for your baby can be an exciting yet overwhelming experience. Here are 15 must-have baby products to make parenting a little easier:

  • Bedtime

  • 1. Breathing and movement monitor

  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of infant deaths. Breathing monitors are pricy, but can be worth it if you find yourself lying awake at night worrying about your baby's safety. Rest easy knowing you will be alerted the minute your child stops breathing.

  • To buy

  • $89.99 on Amazon.

  • 2. Baby shusher

  • This will make bedtime a breeze. The Baby Shusher makes "shhhh" noises to soothe your baby to sleep. This way, you don't have to worry about making soothing noises and can sneak in a little nap yourself while rocking them to sleep.

  • To buy

  • $32.99 on Amazon.

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  • 3. Night light

  • Help your baby feel safe at night with this adorable mushroom night light.

  • To buy

  • $1.96 on Amazon.

  • Health

  • 4. Pacifier thermometer

  • Sick babies are miserable enough. Don't make it worse by trying to shove a stick thermometer in their mouth. They'll only swat it away. Find out their temperature and calm them with a thermometer in pacifier form.

  • To buy

  • $4.11 on Amazon.

  • 5. Finger toothbrush

  • Even if your baby doesn't have teeth yet, you can still use this finger toothbrush to massage their gums. Bacteria isn't likely to harm your baby's gums before they have teeth, but experts say because it is difficult to know when their teeth are pushing through, it's best to start brushing early. Massaging their gums will also make the transition to brushing their teeth easier.

  • To buy

  • $4.99 on Amazon.

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  • 6. Banana training toothbrush

  • When your child is ready to hold their own toothbrush, you can transition from the finger toothbrush to the banana toothbrush. Give this to your teething child to soothe their aching gums. Then your child can start using it with toothpaste to brush their brand new teeth.

  • To buy

  • $7.16 on Amazon.

  • Mealtime

  • 7. Reusable food pouches

  • Whether you like to make your own baby food or buy it at the grocery store, these reusable food pouches make eating on the go easy and mess-free.

  • To buy

  • $8.99 on Amazon.

  • 8. Portable chair strap

  • Whether you're taking a family trip or just going out to eat, this on-the-go chair strap is a necessity to include in your bag. You can even strap it to yourself! Simply keep it in your car so it's never forgotten.

  • To buy

  • $13.97 on Amazon.

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  • 9. Nursing shirt

  • This peek-a-boob shirt will make nursing a piece of cake. With your arms free from being pinned down under your shirt, you can do whatever you want while breastfeeding (even eating a piece of cake)!

  • To buy

  • $9.99 on Amazon.

  • Bathtime

  • 10. Sink bathtub

  • This stress-free bathtime method is conveniently done in your sink rather than awkwardly bending over the bathtub. Fresh water flows in while the dirty water flows out, and you're left with a smooth and happy baby.

  • To buy

  • $59.99 on Amazon.

  • 11. Protective bathtime hat

  • Keep the sting of soap out of your baby's eyes with this bathtime hat.

  • To buy

  • $2.99 on Amazon.

  • 12. Bathtub assistant

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  • Your knees won't be in pain anymore when you have this bathtime assistant. Rest your chest on the bar to prevent cramps so you can focus less on trying to get comfortable and focus more on bonding with your baby.

  • To buy

  • $12.89 on Amazon.

  • Organization

  • 13. Closet organizers

  • Babies grow too fast, so planning ahead a few months by stocking up on different clothing sizes is always a great idea. You can easily organize your baby's closet with these labeled clips. No more digging through the closet to find something that fits!

  • To buy

  • $4.99 on Amazon.

  • 14. Car organizer

  • Every mom knows she needs one of these. Your baby's favorite toys will be in reach and the floor will be kept clean (at least for a little while).

  • To buy

  • $9.87 on Amazon.

  • 15. Diaper caddy

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  • According to experienced moms, the average newborn goes through AT LEAST 12 diapers a day. A caddy you can hang from the changing table will keep everything you need for a diaper change easy to grab for all 12 of those stinky little diapers.

  • To buy

  • $11.97 on Amazon.

  • The first few months with a new baby can be stressful, but useful tools like these can make parenting easier and allow you more time to enjoy your baby. Try a variety of products and see what works for you. Asking experienced mothers what they couldn't go without will also help you along your way. One day, new mothers will be coming to you for advice. You've got this, mom!


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