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17 Baby Products We Loved in 2017

The gear that will help you up your parenting game.

17 Baby Products We Loved in 2017

As 2017 comes to an end, we’re reflecting on our favorite gear for both baby and mama that hit the market this past year. There are a lot of great products out there, but these have made our lives easier and our multitasking more efficient. Some of them have helped us keep our homes evermore stylish (that's right, even with baby moving in!); and they've even let us get more sleep. Want to know what baby products made 2017 such a big and innovative year for parents and their little ones? Here are 17 products we absolutely loved in 2017. 1, Babyletto Kiwi glider, $599. There are two reasons this glider is a must-have for your nursery. The chair is equipped with a USB charging port (trust us, this feature will come in handy when you realize you phone is on one percent and you just sat down for a long breastfeeding session), and at the touch of a button, it fully reclines, meaning more cuddles and less neck crick! 2. Ergo Baby Omni 360, $180. This four position carrier can be used from newborn without the need for an infant insert and has built in lumber support making it the most comfortable baby carrier we’ve ever put on. 3. Willow, $479. No tubes, cords, or hunching over baby bottles necessary. This pump fits directly inside your bra for a discreet and portable pumping experience. And it gets even smarter than that, syncing to the Willow app means you can track all your pumping session details. 4. Nuna Pipa Lite, $349. Hauling baby around in her car seat got easier on your back in 2017. Lightweight but mighty, the Pipa Lite weighs a mere 5.3 lbs. but is still packed with all the same safety features you’d expect from Nuna, though it doesn't allow for seatbelt installation. 5. Dockatot Fairytale Collection, $195. What could possibly make the Dockatot better? Only the most beautiful collection of covers we’ve ever seen! The Fairytale Collection is all about florals, along with a gorgeous marble design. We don't know about you, but we kind of think we need one of each. 6. SNOO, $1,160. This truly one-of-a-kind bassinet might just save your sanity during those long nights with a newborn. Created by Dr. Harvey Karp himself, the SNOO ’s innovative design has a built-in swaddle and actually responds to your babies cries and soothe him back to sleep. You know what this means, right? More sleep for you too! 7. Cybex Yema, $199. The Cybex Yema is both a baby carrier and your newest fashion accessory rolled into one. It keeps baby snug from birth and mama looking oh so stylish. 8. Nanit monitor, $299. Until this year, the options for viewing your sleeping (or non-sleeping for that matter) baby have been traditional monitors or security cameras. But now there is Nanit. This smart baby monitor works with an app to track baby’s sleep patterns, helping to improve sleep for babies and their tired parents. 9. Bugaboo Bee5, from $739. The bugaboo bee5 is the perfect stroller for city living. It’s compact, stylish and ultra customizable, with countless color combinations. The new bee5 has some pretty awesome upgrades including a faux leather handlebar and all new and improved front wheels with four-wheel suspension. 10. fridababy FeverFrida the iThermonitor, $69,99. Ever worry about your sick baby’s temperature spiking during the night? Yeah, us too. That’s why we’re loving FeverFrida the iThermonitor from the ever innovative fridababy. It works all night long, checking your babe’s temperature and giving you alerts when necessary. 11. Doodle Pop, $9,99. 2017 brought us the Doddle Pop, aka the cleaner pacifier. When this pacifier falls out of your baby’s mouth, the nipple automatically pops back inside, meaning it never ever makes contact with the ground. 12. Tubby Todd Mama, starting at $12. This year, Tubby Todd introduced their newest line of skin care, and it’s all about Mama! The line contains luxurious belly oil and nursing salve, just to name a few. Products can be purchased separately or in a bundle, which we think would make for a wonderful gift for all your mama friends. 13. Diaper Bag by Freshly Picked, $175. Did you know that Freshly Picked launched a diaper bag this year, and it’s gorgeous? What we love about this bag, besides the fact that it doesn’t look like a diaper bag, is that it can be worn three ways, as a backpack, cross-body or purse. 14. Gathre mat, $20-$180. The highly versatile gather mat can be used everywhere from your child’s bedroom to the beach to underneath the high chair of a messy eater. These bonded leather mats simply wipe clean, and the super stylish design and gorgeous color palette make it hard to choose just one! 15. Lewis Swaddles, $24. There are lots and lots of swaddle brands to choose from, but if you’re looking for a swaddle that’s set apart from the rest, think Parsnip and Stingray, then check out the awesome new line by Lewis. 16. Dapple Baby Laundry Detergent Strips, $9,99. Even doing laundry became quicker and easier. Simply toss these laundry detergent strips with the wash and voila, clean clothes! And for those city dwellers who use the laundromat, ditch the heavy detergent bottle already and pick up a pack of detergent strips. 17. Nomi by Evomove, $238. We love products that take you from day one all the way through childhood. The Nomi is first used as an infant seat, then a high chair, and finally a big kid chair, adapting along the way as your kiddo grows! Not to mention, its original and modern look!

10 must-have registry items that will change your life, mama

The baby gear heavy hitters that should be top of your list

Calling all mamas-to-be! It's a fundamental truth of (impending) motherhood that your prepping-for-baby To Do list can feel a mile long, but really the best way to feel organized is to sort out the most important item at the top of your list: your registry. Sure the items you choose to include will end up running the gamut from nice-to-haves to absolutely essential game-changers, but mamas in the know quickly learn one thing: Not all baby gear is created equal.

So while you can and should pepper your registry with adorable inclusions that aren't necessarily can't-live-withouts (go ahead, add 'em!), you should make sure you're ticking the boxes on those pieces of baby gear that can be absolute life savers once you're in full-blown mama mode. From car seats to bouncers and playmats, your play and travel gear will be some of the most obvious important items on your list, but so can unexpected things, like a super comfy baby carrier and a snooze-inducing white noise machine. So to help you sort through the must-have options, we turned to the holy grail of motherhood that is buybuy BABY and handpicked 10 of the very best essential pieces that will change your life, we promise.

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I never wanted to be a mom. It wasn't something I ever thought would happen until I fell madly in love with my husband—who knew very well he wanted children. While he was a natural at entertaining our nephews or our friends' kids, I would awkwardly try to interact with them, not really knowing what to say or do.

Our first pregnancy was a surprise, a much-wanted one but also a unicorn, "first try" kind of pregnancy. As my belly grew bigger, so did my insecurities. How do you even mom when you never saw motherhood in your future? I focused all my uncertainties on coming up with a plan for the delivery of my baby—which proved to be a terrible idea when my dreamed-of unmedicated vaginal birth turned into an emergency C-section. I couldn't even start motherhood the way I wanted, I thought. And that feeling happened again when I couldn't breastfeed and instead had to pump and bottle-feed. And once more, when all the stress from things not going my way turned into debilitating postpartum anxiety that left me not really enjoying my brand new baby.

As my baby grew, slowly so did my confidence that I could do this. When he would tumble to the ground while learning how to walk and only my hugs could calm him, I felt invincible. But on the nights he wouldn't sleep—whether because he was going through a regression, a leap, a teeth eruption or just a full moon—I would break down in tears to my husband telling him that he was a better parent than me.

Then I found out I was pregnant again, and that this time it was twins. I panicked. I really cannot do two babies at the same time. I kept repeating that to myself (and to my poor husband) at every single appointment we had because I was just terrified. He, of course, thought I could absolutely do it, and he got me through a very hard pregnancy.

When the twins were born at full term and just as big as singleton babies, I still felt inadequate, despite the monumental effort I had made to grow these healthy babies and go through a repeat C-section to make sure they were both okay. I still felt my skin crawl when they cried and thought, What if I can't calm them down? I still turned to my husband for diaper changes because I wasn't a good enough mom for twins.

My husband reminded me (and still does) that I am exactly what my babies need. That I am enough. A phrase that has now become my mantra, both in motherhood and beyond, because as my husband likes to say, I'm the queen of selling myself short on everything.

So when my babies start crying, I tell myself that I am enough to calm them down.

When my toddler has a tantrum, I remind myself that I am enough to get through to him.

When I go out with the three kids by myself and start sweating about everything that could go wrong (poop explosions times three), I remind myself that I am enough to handle it all, even with a little humor.


And then one day I found this bracelet. Initially, I thought how cheesy it'd be to wear a reminder like this on my wrist, but I bought it anyway because something about it was calling my name. I'm so glad I did because since day one I haven't stopped wearing it.

Every time I look down, there it is, shining back at me. I am enough.

I Am Enough bracelet 

SONTAKEY  I Am Enough Bracelet

May this Oath Bracelet be your reminder that you are perfect just the way you are. That you are enough for your children, you are enough for your friends & family, you are enough for everything that you do. You are enough, mama <3

$35

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Talking to kids can come so easily. They have thoughts about everything and stories for miles. They see the world in a completely different light, and could ask enough questions to fill an afternoon.

But sometimes finding the right words for talking to kids can be really, really challenging. When choosing how to respond to the marker on the wall, or the seemingly unending why-can't-I battle, or in simply keeping healthy communication open with kids who don't want to talk, the words don't seem to come so easily.

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