7 products that will get you out of the house with a baby

What is it about those first few outings with a brand new baby that is so stressful? (Oh, right, that floppy little neck and the untested immune system might have something to do with it.) But don’t worry, mama! Making a break for it is totally safe for baby — and it just might save your sanity, too.

Here are 7 products that will help make the trip go smoothly from your baby’s first days and beyond—

1. For the brand-new baby: Beluga Baby Wrap

Designed to mimic a womblike environment, the Beluga Baby Wrap is made from super-soft bamboo cotton that keeps your newborn close and swaddled no matter where the day takes you. The machine-washable fabric is strong enough to provide a snug fit for babies up to 30 pounds but stretchy enough to create a comfortable fit for you and your little one. Plus, did you know carried babies cry about 43 percent less? BRB, we have some shopping to do.

Pro tip: To ensure a safe carry, keep the wrap tied tight enough so that your baby is always within kissing distance.


2. When they can hold that head up: Ergobaby Four Position 360 Baby Carrier

When your baby starts to get more curious about the world around them, it’s time to switch to a sturdier carrier. We love the Ergobaby Four Position 360 Baby Carrier for its ergonomic design and how it can switch from inward and outward front carriers, hip carries, and back carries. Plus, the supportive waistband and padded shoulder straps keep the ride comfy for you too.

Pro tip: Use the tuck-away baby hood to keep sleeping little ones snug and protected from the elements.


3. When they’re ready for a view: Summer Infant 3D Tote Convenience Stroller

Ready for a stroller that can actually carry all your stuff? The Summer Infant 3D Tote Convenience Stroller features a huge under basket and helpful diaper bag clips on the handles for your bag. It also has a carry strap, meaning you can fold it up and carry it on your shoulder (perfect for getting through an airport gate check without too much fuss).

Pro tip: That diaper bag full of snacks, wipes, and toys? Be sure to remove it from the handlebars before lifting out your baby to prevent tipping.


4. To carry all the things: Skip*Hop Greenwich Backpack Diaper Bag

When your diaper bag is this chic, it’s not even a chore to carry. (And only you’ll know it’s filled with Cheerios and a million baby wipes.) Made from durable vegan leather and boasting a streamlined look, the Greenwich bag also included stroller straps, an insulated bottle pocket, and a cushioned changing pad for pit stops. Carry on, mama.

Pro tip: The back compartment is big enough to hold a laptop for working sessions at the park, or use it as a dedicated changing section to keep dirty items away from the snacks.


5. So they can help carry all the things: Lassig Little Monsters Backpack

Oh, the blessed day when your little one can finally start carrying some of their own junk! And when the carrying case is this cute, you might not even have to ask. Lassig’s new line of Little Monsters bags feature charming faces and a host of pockets to store everything your child needs at the park, a sleepover, or for school. Meaning you just might be able to fit some of your own stuff in your purse now.

Pro tip: Reflective material on the monsters’ eyes and fangs will help keep your child safe during dusk-time travels.


6. For spill-free sips: Munchkin Click Lock Sippy Cup

There are few things worse than tossing a full sippy cup in your diaper bag only to find it has leaked on everything by the time you make it to your destination. (Okay, diaper blowouts are worse. But just a little.) But that nightmare is officially over thanks to the Munchkin Click Lock Weighted Flexi-Straw cup. Once that lid clicks? Leaks don’t stand a chance. And the weighted straw makes it easy for your baby to drink no matter where their adventures take them.

Pro tip: The cup is top-rack dishwasher safe, but you’ll want to use the included cleaning straw to remove any gunk lurking in the flexible straw.


7. When you want to take it to-go: Munchie Mug

When you hear a product was designed by parents fed up with the other options on the market, you can almost guarantee it’s going to be awesome. Case in point, the Munchie Mug, a BPA-, PVC-, lead-, phthalate-, and latex-free snack cup with a stay-fresh lid that prevents spills. The mug is big enough for kids to open their hands inside it (so they can actually grab the snacks they crave), and the opening is made from soft fabric so it’s gentle on little hands.

Pro tip: Did we mention it’s top-rack dishwasher safe? Come on, you know parents would never let you down.


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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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


'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."


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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