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Where should I put the baby?

You have SO much to do today. Laundry, cooking, errands, maybe even a shower? But wait. The baby. Where should you put the baby? Between the newborn stage and the toddler stage is the time when you wonder, What do I do with this little person all day long?


Look no further than the following ideas.

1. Babywearing

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A generations-old practice that has spanned the globe and various cultures, babywearing has become a true lifestyle trend thanks to the emerging popularity of Facebook groups. It offers the best of both worlds: nonstop cuddles with your little one, plus you’re completely hands free!

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There are many different options and brands of baby carrier, such as ring slings, wraps and soft structured carriers (also known as SSCs), which allow you to wear your baby both on your front and back. We suggest you find your local BabywearingInternational (BWI) group to fully explore your options and get free hands-on help from a certified Volunteer Babywearing Educator (VBE).

Prices for carriers range from $25 (EvenfloNatural Fit Soft Carrier) through thousands of dollars (rare handwoven wraps). With so many options available, it’s much easier to attend a totally free BWI meeting before you buy anything—try before you buy!

You can do virtually any activity around the house or out and about while babywearing, even shower! (Yes, water carriers are a thing.)

2.Pack ‘n Play

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The old standard has been reimagined in recent years, offering far more usability than the classic square baby-container playpen. The Graco Pack ‘n Play, a best seller, provides three levels of usage: the top is convenient for teeny babies and diaper changes, the middle works for babies just before they start to roll over and become mobile and the lowest level can be used throughout toddlerhood.

Another version of the play yard is what is often affectionately referred to as a “baby jail” or “baby cage.” This type of play yard encloses baby in up to 18.5 square feet and is 26 inches high, perfect for a crawler through toddler. Throw a few safe toys in there and boom, baby heaven.

You can also try a Moses Basket—a beautiful option that requires supervision but is super chic and comforting for a newborn.

Prices for these play yards range from $50 through $300 and beyond.

Remember to frequently check on your little one when she is in her play yard, especially if you need to leave the room!

3. Baby pillows, props + seats

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In addition to babywearing and an infant-friendly play yard, there are lots of options for your teeny ones. From birth, the Boppy Pillow (0 to 6 months), Boppy Newborn Lounger (up to 16 pounds), bouncer (0 to 9 months), and floor gym (from birth) are tried-and-true baby holders. When baby gets a little older, the Bumbo Floor Seat (3 to 9 months) can contain him as long as he has good head and neck control, and not for extended periods of time early on.

Prices vary greatly with each of these options, but in general they are fairly budget friendly.

Now the safety talk: it’s very important that you do not leave your infant unattended in any of these for any period of time. The Boppy Pillow and Lounger do not have a restraining device and baby can easily slide down. However, if you’re planning on folding laundry on the living room floor and have baby right next to you in arm’s reach, these are incredibly versatile devices. The Bumbo is only to be used on the floor, never ever on table, countertop or chair.

4. Activity centers

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Once baby reaches four or five months and has good trunk strength, she’s ready to move on to the next level of entertainment: walker, floor jumper (up to 25 pounds), door jumper (up to 24 pounds), or activity center (up to 30 inches).

These can be a real pain to lug from room to room, so it may help to have one option in each room where you spend the bulk of your time (such as an activity center in the living room, door jumper in the kitchen, etc.).

The door jumper is your least expensive option, ranging from $20 to $50, while the others cost up to $150.

These devices are truly miracles for many mamas. You’re able to cook, clean and *gasp* maybe even take a shower while baby plays! Again, don’t leave her alone (but hey, the jumper or activity center may fit in your bathroom).

5. Out + about options

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As always, babywearing is an incredibly versatile option inside our outside your home, but there are other choices, such as the ever-reliable stroller. A travel system stroller will take you from newborn through early childhood. A lightweight umbrella stroller is a great option for babies who can sit on their own through 3 years and is light enough to easily pull in and out of the car while running errands or on a trip to the mall. Active mamas will love a jogging stroller, many of which offer car seat compatibility and can hold kiddos up to 50 pounds.

There is nothing that makes a mom shudder more than the thought of their little angels touching or, even worse, chewing on a shopping cart. Agh! (On the plus side, immune system, activate?) Thankfully, baby gear geniuses have given us shopping cart covers. Some models allow you to secure baby’s pacifier or toys, entertaining him while you get your shopping done. Phew. Thank you, baby gear geniuses.

Strollers can be as inexpensive as $20 for an umbrella stroller, but can also go for many hundreds of dollars. It’s all about what brand, type, and look fit your lifestyle. Car seat covers range between as little as $10 to as much as $70.

Always remember to properly buckle your babies in their car seats, strollers and every other device. Double-check your buckling form with the Car Seat Lady.

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By its very nature, motherhood requires some lifestyle adjustments: Instead of staying up late with friends, you get up early for snuggles with your baby. Instead of spontaneous date nights with your honey, you take afternoon family strolls with your little love. Instead of running out of the house with just your keys and phone, you only leave with a fully loaded diaper bag.

For breastfeeding or pumping mamas, there is an additional layer of consideration around when, how and how much your baby will eat. Thankfully, when it comes to effective solutions for nursing or bottle-feeding your baby, Dr. Brown's puts the considerations of mamas and their babies first with products that help with every step of the process—from comfortably adjusting to nursing your newborn to introducing a bottle to efficiently pumping.

With countless hours spent breastfeeding, pumping and bottle-feeding, the editors at Motherly know the secret to success is having dependable supplies that can help you feed your baby in a way that matches lifestyle.

Here are 9 breastfeeding and pumping products to help you no matter what the day holds.

Customflow™ Double Electric Breast Pump

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For efficient, productive pumping sessions, a double electric breast pump will help you get the job done as quickly as possible. Quiet for nighttime pumping sessions and compact for bringing along to work, this double pump puts you in control with fully adjustable settings.

$159.99

Hands-Free Pumping Bra

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Especially in the early days, feeding your baby can feel like a pretty consuming task. A hands-free pumping bra will help you reclaim some of your precious time while pumping—and all mamas will know just how valuable more time can be!

$29.99

Manual Breast Pump with SoftShape™ Silicone Shield

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If you live a life that sometimes takes you away from electrical outlets (that's most of us!), then you'll absolutely want a manual breast pump in your arsenal. With two pumping modes to promote efficient milk expression and a comfort-fitted shield, a manual pump is simply the most convenient pump to take along and use. Although it may not get as much glory as an electric pump, we really appreciate how quick and easy this manual pump is to use—and how liberating it is not to stress about finding a power supply.

$29.99

Nipple Shields and Sterilization Case

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There is a bit of a learning curve to breastfeeding—for both mamas and babies. Thankfully, even if there are some physical challenges (like inverted nipples or a baby's tongue tie) or nursing doesn't click right away, silicone nipple shields can be a huge help. With a convenient carry case that can be sterilized in the microwave, you don't have to worry about germs or bacteria either. 🙌

$9.99

Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump

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When you are feeding your baby on one breast, the other can still experience milk letdown—which means it's a golden opportunity to save some additional milk. With a silent, hands-free silicone pump, you can easily collect milk while nursing.

$14.99

Breast to Bottle Pump & Store Feeding Set

After a lifetime of nursing from the breast, introducing a bottle can be a bit of a strange experience for babies. Dr. Brown's Options+™ and slow flow bottle nipples were designed with this in mind to make the introduction to bottles smooth and pleasant for parents and babies. As a set that seamlessly works together from pumping to storing milk to bottle feeding, you don't have to stress about having everything you need to keep your baby fed and happy either.

$24.99

Washable Breast Pads

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Mamas' bodies are amazingly made to help breast milk flow when it's in demand—but occasionally also at other times. Especially as your supply is establishing or your breasts are fuller as the length between feeding sessions increase, it's helpful to use washable nursing pads to prevent breast milk from leaking through your bra.

$8.99

Breast Milk Storage Bags

Dr. Brown's milk storage bags

The essential for mamas who do any pumping, breast milk storage bags allow you to easily and safely seal expressed milk in the refrigerator or freezer. Dr. Brown's™ Breast Milk Storage Bags take it even further with extra thick walls that block out scents from other food items and feature an ultra secure lock to prevent leaking.

$7.99


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