9 Baby Gear Items You Probably Didn’t Know You Need (But You Totally Do)

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So, you are going to have a baby soon? Or know someone who is? Me too! I’m gearing up to have my 4th kid, and here’s some items I’ve come to love during my baby-making journey.

Of course there are other things that take priority–hello diapers, wipes, seasonally appropriate clothing,  a safe sleeping area, etc., but if we are looking to add to our arsenal, make our lives a bit easier, or snag a unique gift for our fave pregnant person, you can’t go wrong with these. Swear.

1. Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump

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The lansinoh is the perfect manual pump to throw in your bag and take with you while traveling or to work. It’s lightweight and easy to use. I’ve actually had to pull my car over and do an emergency release from engorgement, and this saved me.

2. We Made Me Baby Flow Wrap

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I’m not always a fan because some wraps can be overwhelming or feel like a real contraption, but not this one. Breathable, lightweight fabric (perfect for Spring and Summer) that is easy to use and comfortable to wear? Win-win. Bring on the baby-wearing.

3. Lotus Travel Crib

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Whether you are going on vacation, the park, or away for the weekend, a travel crib like this one is always a good idea.  For sleep, for play, for a safe space so you can get 3 minutes to pee alone, you gotta have one of these. My fave? The Lotus travel crib. That zipper allows you get baby in and out without leaning over AND you can load it up and carry it like a backpack. Added bonus: a bassinet conversion kit is available and it’s completely non-toxic. I’ll take two.

4. Veer Gear Tent

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t’s the perfect thing to bring to the beach, big sister or brother’s game, or even the backyard. For sleep, play, or a shaded place to relax, I will pretty much be taking this everywhere.

5. Ergo Stroller

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The Ergo stroller is basically as awesome as the Ergo carrier. My biggest complaint about strollers is how heavy they are to lift in/out of the car, and how bulky they are when folded up. This eliminates both of those issues–it’s so light, it folds up so compact, and it glides like a dream. Plus, there is legit, accessible storage underneath. This thing is a winner!

6. Rocker Mama

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A portable rocker? Yes, please. I love this the Rocker Mama. You can seriously sit in your comfy bed and rock your sweet babe, or it can save your butt (and back) when you’re out and about because it’s easy to throw in the car.

7. Tush Baby

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This wonderful invention, know as the TushBaby, is the item you probably didn’t know you needed. But, you do. It’s a USA safety-certified hip carrier, which means you can carry your infant (who can sit up and maintain head control) and toddler on your hip without needing to go to the chiropractor immediately after. Easy to use, and it has a phone/money/keys pocket, so you can ditch your purse. Heck yeah.

8. Magellan Car Seat

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We love this 5-in-1 seat that will accommodate the needs of your growing child. You can literally use this dream boat of a seat from 5-120 pounds (0-10 years), as it transitions from a rear-facing infant to a high-back, belt positioning booster. It’s not cheap, but it’s worth it.

9. Tula Carrier

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This carrier allows for front and back wear and is safe for your baby’s growth and development. I freaking love my Tula!  It’s easy to put on and your baby (and kid) can sit comfortably (and you’ll be comfortable too) in the pack until they reach 45 pounds. There’s a design, color or pattern for everyone, and I never go anywhere without mine.

With so many baby products out there, it’s nice to have some top picks narrowed down, right?

 

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