All you need to raise your child is dedication, love, and about $3,000 worth of stuff. We’re kidding; you’re going to spend much more than that in all likelihood. The good news is that some products really do make motherhood much easier. Here are a few essentials that every new mom should be sure to pick up. 1. Skip Hop Owl Soother and Sound Machine As a new parent, you’ll quickly learn a few ways to soothe your baby to sleep. And while you’re learning, the Skip Hop Owl Soother will fill in for you. Equipped with lights, music, and calming nature sounds, it keeps baby interested until she’s ready to fall asleep. A built-in sleep timer turns the sound off after 15 to 60 minutes. Get it from Target. While you’re there, be sure to check out Target’s baby registry program. 2. NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator There’s nothing worse than seeing your baby in discomfort—especially when you’re trying to get some sleep. Every parent needs a decent nasal aspirator, and NoseFrida is effective, hygienic, and affordable. Get it from Amazon. Amazon is also a great place to get your registry started, check it out here. 3. Fisher-Price Auto Rock-n-Play Sleeper Rocking your baby is cute and all, but it’s also kind of a pain. Why not automate the process? This Fisher-Price rocker helps newborns get some shuteye, and it’s surprisingly affordable. Get it from Amazon. 4. Sophie the Giraffe Okay, yes, it’s just a toy giraffe. Here us out: Sophie is pretty much the ultimate baby toy. This BPA-free, phthalate-free giraffe is designed to be safe to chew—even the paint is food grade—and each unit is individually hand painted. It’ll quickly become baby’s favorite toy, and for under $25, it’s essentially unbeatable. Get it from Amazon. 5. Fisher-Price Sling-n-Seat Tub This “bath center” actually lives up to its name since it adjusts as your baby grows. You’ll still be using it in your child’s toddler years, which is something we can’t say about many other infant products. Find it at Target. 6. Graco Pack ‘n Play Sure, it’s just a bassinet, but it folds up for easy transport and storage. It’s essential gear if you’re traveling, and an included toy bar keeps your baby entertained on either side of nap time. Get it from Amazon.
7. Luvable Friends Scratch Mittens These adorable scratch mittens fit snugly over your baby’s hands, but they aren’t so tight as to be to be uncomfortable. Plus, look at the cute fox. Seriously, look at it. Get them on Amazon. 8. Hip Club Diaper Bag with Matching Changing Pad Yes, you’re a new mom, but that doesn’t mean that you’re no longer stylish. This designer tote keeps all of your diaper-changing supplies at the ready, and it actually looks good thanks to a clever design and high-quality, waterproof materials. Get it on Amazon. 9. LILLEbaby All-Seasons Baby Carrier This snug baby carrier keeps your infant comfortable while providing plenty of lumbar support. It’s surprisingly breathable, and you can adjust it as your baby grows. Get it from Amazon. 10. Boppy Newborn Lounger This little lounger is designed for babies up to 16 pounds. It’s a great little nest for your newborn, and it keeps baby at a comfortable angle while Mom enjoys a quick hands-free moment. Get it from Amazon.