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A breast pump isn't just any old piece of personal appliance. It's an investment. Having a good, efficient one can make your life a whole lot easier. And when you're a mom, you should take all the help you can get. Thankfully, technological innovations have been reviving the breast-pump market and offering moms fresh options with ingenious, easy-to-use specs. So get ready for more effective, convenient pumping. From a wearable pump to one that comes with an app that helps you stay on top of your breast milk feeding goals, here are 4 innovative breast pumps that you should keep in mind if you are expecting baby in 2017. 1. The Sonata from Medela Medela has introduced the Sonata breast pump that they tout as their highest-performing personal-use breast pump. The Sonata is also their quietest breast pump yet, which is pretty great because you'll get to pump while on conference calls or avoid waking your partner during late-night pumping sessions. But one of the coolest features is Sonata’s Smart Solution™, which connects seamlessly to their MyMedela™ app to help moms track the details of their pumping sessions. One less thing for a busy mom to have to keep track of. Now, that's a smart pump! $399.99, buy here. 2. The Willow Wearable Breast Pump Willow recently introduced a new hand-free wearable breast pump that is FDA-cleared. Unlike other wearable pumps, there are no tubes or cords connected to a bulky motor. The willow pump fits inside your bra and collects the milk in an internal bag. The pump senses your let-down and automatically transitions to the expression phase. $429, get more information here. 3. Evenflo Feeding Deluxe Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump Evenflo has redesigned their pump and outfitted it with what moms really need: options. The pump comes with three different flange sizes for maximum comfort and an angled flange design for slouch-free pumping (your back will thank you!). Plus speed and suction are controlled independently so each mom can find her personal perfect combination for expression. And each pump comes with a good looking tote bag and insulated cooler. $88, buy here. 4. Ameda Purely Yours If you are a mom on the go, then Ameda has the pump for you. The Ameda Purely Yours motor weighs just 1lb. and comes with an AC adapter, car adapter and battery pack. The pump also has independent dials for suction and speed which allows mom to maximize her milk supply and mimic her baby’s sucking pattern. $179.99, buy here. Written by Amanda Cole, founder and president of Yummy Mummy, a breastfeeding specialty store and support center in NYC. Amanda opened Yummy Mummy in 2009 after shopping for breastfeeding products for her daughter and thinking “there must be a better way.” She envisioned and then opened a one-stop-shop for all things breastfeeding that offers daily classes and support groups for expectant and new moms. Shop the post:

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There is no denying that every baby is born with their very own personality and now you're really starting to see that emerge! Whether your buddy is silly or more serious, we bet you are loving this time of really getting to know each other.

At this point, you're probably feeling like your baby changes by the minute, and watching this transformation is so much fun. But let's face it: Their increasing mobility and newfound independence can throw a mama for a major loop. Just when you start to feel like you've mastered this new mom thing, your baby goes and changes the game.

As you also know by now, life isn't slowing down very much. Some mamas prefer diving right back into their "former life" as soon as possible after their baby's arrival; others are only starting to dip their toes back into those waters. You do you, mama!

Either way, adding these products to your personal and parenting toolkits can make these transitions so much easier (and more enjoyable, too!).

For soothing baby bottoms: The Honest Company diaper rash cream

Honest diaper cream

As the food your baby eats changes, so too may their dirty diapers. If that's causing some irritation, you'll want to stock up on some fast-acting diaper rash cream.

$9.99

For baby-proofing: Safety 1st childproofing essentials kit

Safety First

With mobility in your near future, now is the time to give your house a safety once-over. We're still waiting for an explanation as to why babies gravitate straight to household hazards, but prepare yourself before they find those eye-level outlets.

$5.99

When baby has something to say: ‘Baby Signs’ board book

Baby signs

Long before you can have conversations, baby sign language can give your baby an effective way to communicate their needs. Our favorite starter signs are 'milk,' 'more' and 'all done.'

$10.99

A friend for peekaboo: Bright Starts belly laugh puppy

Bright Starts

Between the ages of 4 and 7 months, babies generally develop their sense of object permanence, which means they understand that something isn't gone forever when it's out of sight. This also means they're in on the joke during a fun game of peekaboo!

$12.59

For introducing new flavors: Plum Organics stage 2 baby food

Plum Organics

As you continue to add more options to your baby's diet, some organic, pre-made pouches are both convenient and delicious. (For your baby, at least—although we'll say some of the flavors aren't that bad.)

$4.89

For at-home date night: Scrabble board game

Scrabble

Mix up your at-home entertainment options with a 2-person board game. For stakes, have the loser take out the diaper trash for a week!

$16.19

For wine night: Threshold stainless steel wine glasses

Threshold

Long-stem, breakable wine glasses and babies just don't mix—but if you're planning an at-home date night or hosting a few friends, these durable glasses are a fantastic option.

$6.99

For jeans you love now: Universal Thread high-waist jeans

Universal Thread

It's a fact: Pregnancy and motherhood change our bodies in ways beyond what a scale measures. There is something incredibly empowering about embracing your body for exactly how it is today by finding a pair of jeans you feel comfortable in now.

$19.99

For a home refresh: Project 62 shag rug

Project 62

When you have a baby with crawling in the horizon, it's a good time for a plush, comfortable rug to spruce up the living room. It will see a lot of playtime in the future, so go for something large in size.

$199.99

For healthy snacks on hand: (re)zip reusable lunch bags

rezip bags

Keeping up with your baby can work up quite the appetite, so it helps to keep some options on hand that are healthy for both you and the environment. Cut up some veggies at the beginning of the week and stash them in these reusable bags for easy, eco-friendly meal prep.

$19.99

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