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Baby Gear Trends to Watch for in 2017

The baby gear industry changes FAST. Even if you’re a second (or third!)-time mama, or have a lot of mom friends offering their “sage” advice, there’s still plenty to learn -- and, sigh, buy -- for this new baby of yours. The good news is, every baby gear innovation is meant to make your life as a mama simpler, safer, less stressful...and possibly even more stylish. Here are 6 baby gear trends to look out for in 2017.

1. Baby Sleep Technology. Nothing stresses a new mama out more than her baby’s sleep. Already, we’ve seen incredible baby sleep monitoring devices from brands like Owlet and Mimo, which monitor baby’s breathing and give parents some peace of mind. In 2017, look for sleep brands to up the ante, like Dockatot’s new Cloudtot, which not only monitors baby’s breathing, but also detects wet diapers and more; and Dr. Harvey Karp’s new SNOO, which actually soothes baby to sleep using his signature “Happiest Baby on the Block” strategy. Baby monitors keep getting tech-ier too; Nanit’s “computer vision” and “insights” let you watch baby’s entire night’s sleep in fast-forward to detect patterns and get baby’s sleep on the fast track.

2. Eco-friendly Gear. We all want to do right by the environment, but well, we care about our babies more. With all the green baby products hitting the market in the next year, though, you won’t have to choose. We’re loving product expansions from eco-pioneers like Green Toys, but we’re equally as excited about some newcomers to the U.S. market like Joolz (pictured above), a design-minded European stroller brand that touts reusable packaging (a birdhouse! A kids’ chair!), sustainably-housed production facilities and headquarters, and plants a tree for every stroller registered.

3. Better Breast Pumps. “I love my breast pump,” said no mom, ever. But in 2017, that may change. We’re crushing on the new hospital-grade Naya, which uses water instead of air to create a more comfortable, productive, and quieter breast pumping experience. We're also chomping at the bit for Medela’s new Sonata, the company’s quietest yet highest performing personal-use pump, which connects to its award-winning digital breastfeeding support app. Lansinoh’s Smartpump is another great app-connected pump, and a little easier on the wallet.

4. High-Style Baby Gear. Instead of dreading the hideous baby gear you’ll have to welcome into your home, why not celebrate it? Because in 2017, it’s not hideous at all! Our high-design wish list covers every room in our house, from the kitchen to the nursery. Some of our faves include Beaba’s new rose gold Babycook, Stokke’s custom-engraved Tripp Trapp and Fisher Price’s everything from Jonathan Adler, including chic cribs, nursery decor and even formerly cringe-worthy (but not anymore!) bouncers, rockers and activity gyms.

5. Wearable Tech for Pregnancy and New Moms. On the heels of the activity tracker explosion in the mainstream market, pregnant gals and new moms now have wearable tech to call their own. While brands like Bloomlife can monitor your early and labor contractions, Project Nursery’s SmartBand helps you keep track of fetal movements, pre- and post-natal vitamins, breastfeeding, bottle feeding and more... Plus, it offers messages of encouragement! If you prefer you wearable tech to read less and speak more, WavHello’s BellyBuds now offer a VoiceShare app so friends and family can record messages and create playlists for baby.

6. Gender Neutral Baby Clothes. As the gender identification conversations continue to escalate (in a good way!), the soft goods baby market is flush with alternatives to boy vs. girl. Insta-babies are clad in gender-neutral prints from brands like Bobo Choses and tinycottons, or sporting the perfect gray (while donating to a baby in need) from 12I12. Brands like Primary make it easy for your little ones to fall in love with gender neutral colors like yellow and green; and a big shout out to L.A.-based INIMINI, which not only “embraces children for who they are - regardless of their gender,” but also makes the perfect basic black onesie so you NYC mamas can finally have your mini-me.

Homepage image courtesy of Joolz.

Who says you have to wait for birthdays or holidays to give your bestie a great gift? A sweet surprise that tells her you've been thinking of her might be the pick-me-up she needs in these more-than-trying times. We've rounded up some of our favorite go-to gifts that are certain to be a bright spot in her week. But be warned, you may want to snag a few for yourself. (You deserve it, mama.)

Here are some our favorite "just because" gifts to give our hardworking mama friends.

New Mother face + body care duo

volition face + body care duo

This correcting oil and stretch mark minimizer is perfect for the pregnant mama looking to keep her pregnancy glow. The correcting oil brightens the skin while reducing dark spots, and the stretch mark minimizer works to smooth her ever-growing belly.

$70

Allover roller

esker allover roller

This jade roller goes beyond your typical face roller and can be used anywhere on the body. It works to increase stimulation and reduce puffiness and is perfect for applying any oils to the face or body. Plus, it feels like a mini spa treatment.

$65

Kombucha making kit

farmsteady kombucha making kit

What could be a more perfect gift for the health-obsessed friend? This kombucha making kit comes with everything you need to brew your own homemade green tea kombucha. They'll think this is the tastiest gift ever.

$45

Laetitia lipstick

cupid & psyche laetitia

This red lipstick is perfect for your makeup enthusiast bestie who is looking to spruce up her life in quarantine. Crafted in the United States, these bee and vegan-friendly and cruelty-free lipsticks are created to flatter all complexions. Cupid and Psyche Beauty makes finding the perfect red lip way too easy!

$23

Jigsaw puzzle

inner piecec jigsaw puzzle

Mamas need to destress now more than ever during quarantine. This adorable jigsaw puzzle is perfect for the mama who needs a brain break! The 500-piece puzzle designed by artist Ray Oranges features an abstract gradient design that fits a standard frame when completed. Bonus: It's printed on recycled paper and the company donates $1 from every puzzle sold to youth mindfulness programs.

$30

Matilda's Bloombox

matilda's bloombox

If we have to be stuck inside, we might as well have some gorgeous florals to brighten up the space. Matilda's Bloombox locally sources blooms, delivers them to her door and provides simple tips on how to arrange it into a beautiful bouquet.

$39

'I Am Enough' bracelet

I Am Enough bracelet

Let this dainty bracelet serve as a constant reminder to your bestie that she is enough. She'll wear this on her wrist and read this daily oath to herself, "I Am Enough."

$35

Glow assorted teas

vahdam low assorted teas

This tea gift box set covers the entire spectrum of flavors from sweet to spicy. Individually packaged in beautiful tins, your gal pal will feel like a queen sipping her morning tea. Originally $40, this set is currently on sale for just $24. We'll take two, please.

$24

Find your voice journal

find your voice journal

Journaling is a great way to ease anxiety and will slow your bestie's racing mind before bed. This gift is perfect for first time journalists and includes prompts, daily quotes and coloring pages to help her unlock her potential and find her voice.

$22

Premium frother

shore magic premium frother

This gift is fitting for your latte-sipping bestie who can't go a day without her coffee. All she has to do is add two scoops of collagen to her favorite drink, and she'll have a perfectly foamy drink ready in seconds. Skipping the drive-thru line has never been so easy!

$25

Bath soak infusion kit

maude bath soak infusion kit

Say hello to hydration! She'll be feeling smooth and relaxed as ever after a long bath soaking in these salts. This vegan + cruelty-free set incorporates dead sea salt and dehydrated coconut milk powder for an ultra hydrating experience.

$32

Tiny Tags 'mama' necklace

Tiny Tags 'mama' necklace

It's a hard-earned title she answers to a hundred times per day. Whether she's new to the club or a seasoned professional, this delicate script 'mama' necklace is guaranteed to be a perfect fit.

$105

Superfood honey

Beekeeper's Naturals B.Powered honey

With a lack of sleep and jam-packed days, getting through the afternoon can be a real challenge. Send her a powerful pick-me-up in the form of a therapeutic blend of royal jelly, bee pollen, propolis and raw honey. It makes the ideal companion for tea, smoothies, yogurt or even on its on.

$17

Calming midnight mask with melatonin

Who doesn't deserve a reminder to pamper themself every once in awhile? Even better, this mask does all its work at night while you're sleeping with no extra effort needed. It's an amazing plant-powered antioxidant-packed mask that has melatonin, wild dandelion leaf and hyaluronic acid to rehydrate, repair and reset facial skin. It's so good, you might want to gift it to yourself. We won't tell, mama.

$68

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