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The top 10 mama + baby products you will want to buy this year

You won’t want to miss these great innovations

The top 10 mama + baby products you will want to buy this year

Not surprisingly, we spend a lot of time thinking about products for moms. Whether it’s the answer to a fussy feeder or an item that will soothe you, mama, we’re always on the lookout for the latest and greatest in the baby + mama space. Here are the top ten items we can’t wait to bring home from the 2017 JPMA Baby Show.


1. The Nanobebe Breastmilk Bottle

Not only will this savvy little bottle remind you of, ahem, your milk’s source, it’s also designed to preserve breastmilk nutrients essential to your baby’s health. Plus, the unique shape heats and cools quickly (limiting bacteria growth) and makes it even easier for babies to hold and self-feed. Sounds like a little more free time for you, mama!

Pro tip: Use the included breast pump adapter to pump milk directly into the bottle for faster storage with less mess for you to clean.

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2. Doddle & Co.’s The Pop Pacifier

Chalk this up to one of those “how did it take so long to think this up?” inventions. The ingenious Pop pacifier from Doddle & Co. automatically closes in on itself every time your baby drops it (AKA, every thirty seconds), protecting the nipple from any unsightly germs that might be lurking on the floor. And it’s made from 100 percent silicone, so there are no lead, PVC, BPA, latex or phthalates to worry about.

Pro tip: It does take a fairly strong suck to keep the nipple from popping back in, so bring this pacifier out once your newborn has mastered the skill.

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3. Explore & More Baby’s View 3-Stage Activity Center from Skip Hop

Not only does this activity center from Skip Hop come with all the bells and whistles your baby needs to promote solo play, it also packs an economical bonus: The design transitions to three different stages to grow with your developing little one. It’s also easy to assemble and comes with a 360-degree rotating seat to put a little more bop in their bounce.

Pro tip: The discovery window lets baby see their feet as they bounce to help them learn the cause and effect of their actions.

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4. Aristotle Baby Monitor by Nabi

We love a product that packs a multi-use punch. The Aristotle by Nabi is a voice-activated smart monitor that functions as a baby monitor, speaker, smart light, HD wifi camera, and sound machine, all in one chic little package you’ll actually want to leave out on the changing table. Use the smart phone app to customize your Aristotle’s functions, from when the sound machine should turn on to when the nightlight should dim. Get yours summer 2017!

Pro tip: Use the app to log your baby’s daily activities and track their growth progress, then access the information remotely from your phone (so you can always keep Grandma updated).

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5. The Project Nursery Baby + Parent Smartband

Imagine a world where your Fit Bit helps you be a better mom, and you’ve got the genius of the Project Nursery Baby + Parent Smartband. The first-of-its-kind wearable helps you log everything from feedings to appointments and streamlines digital communications to help keep your day running smoothly.

Pro tip: The Fitness functions track steps, exercise, calories, and hydration for mamas looking to shake any bothersome baby weight.

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6. Rookie Humans Fitted Crib Sheets

Let’s be real: Your sleeping baby is already the cutest thing ever. But if you want to crank nap time up a notch, you can’t do better than these whimsical crib sheets from Rookie Humans. Designed to function as sheets and imaginative backdrops for in-crib photos, these dreamy styles are the best thing to happen to your Instagram feed all year.

Pro tip: The beautiful packaging also makes them a charming baby shower gift your new mom friend will treasure forever.

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7. The Lansinoh Smartpump

Love it or hate it, pumping is often a necessary part of a new mama’s life. Isn’t it about time your pump started doing some of the hard work for you? Meet the new Smartpump from Lansinoh, a brilliant device that uses bluetooth technology to sync with the Lansinoh Baby App to help track pumping sessions, duration, amount pumped, and even calories burned every time you hook it up.

Pro tip: The pump features three customizable styles to mimic your baby's natural feeding pattern and maximize milk production and comfort.

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8. TINSELTOT Decorative Rug Topper

The last thing you want to worry about during playtime is if your baby is ruining your rug. (We get it, those things aren’t cheap!) The TINSELTOT TOPPER is designed to fit seamlessly over your existing rug and serve as an extra layer of protection. Baby made a mess? Simply pop it into the washing machine and no one ever has to know.

Pro tip: It can also double as a durable picnic blanket for the park!

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9. The Fridababy BIG Bundle of Joy Gift Set

Wouldn’t it be great if someone handed you a tool kit with everything you’d ever need when your baby was born? The Fridababy BIG Bundle of Joy set comes pretty darn close. The kit includes registry must-have NoseFrida the SnotSucker, as well as three other products you might not know about but won’t know how you lived without, Windi the GasPasser, NailFrida the SnipperClipper Set, Fridet the MomWasher and more.

Pro tip: The reusable pouch is perfect for storing all your items between uses.

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10. The OXO Tot Air Stroller

The newest stroller from OXO Tot is a game-changer. It’s only 11 pounds (yes, you read that right!), but it boasts a 55-pound weight limit, meaning you’ll use it for years. It's also overhead compartment compatible when folded, stands on it’s own when folded, and has a huge SPF 50 canopy for all your outdoor adventures.

Pro tip: Get yours October 2017!

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We're so glad to live in a time when modern baby gear exists. Sure, no one is going to argue that having a baby is easy—but it can be easier with support from some gadgets designed to help your baby and put your mind at ease.

As you build your baby registry, look for products that go the extra mile to make your life a whole lot easier. For example, what's better than a bassinet? A bassinet that can rock by itself. And what's better than a traditional baby monitor? One that allows you to actually take a peek at your baby. Believe us when we say these upgrades can make all the difference.

Here are 10 baby gadgets that will make your life so much easier… relatively speaking, of course!


A bassinet to promote safe + sound sleep

HALO Innovations Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Essenta Series Nautical Net

The safest place for your newborn to sleep is in your room, but not in your bed. Thanks to the swivel function of the Halo Bassinest, you can easily tend to your baby during the night—which means more sleep for you, too. Trust us when we say that is the best gift you can give a new parent.

$239.99

A smart swing for your baby

4moms mamaRoo 4 Bluetooth Enabled High-Tech Baby Swing - Classic

Believe it or not, many babies are born with strong opinions about how they want to be rocked, swung or shushed to calm down. With the mamaRoo's various motions and reclining positions, you'll be able to find a setting your baby loves when you need to free up your hands for a bit.

$219.99

A complete travel system for car + sidewalk

Chicco Bravo Travel System - Indigo

No matter where the day takes you—or what mode of transportation you need to get there—getting a complete travel system for your baby will equip you for anything.

$379.99

A swaddle you don’t have to wrestle

Love To Dream Swaddle UP Original

What do babies and Harry Houdini have in common? A knack for breaking out of tight constraints—which can be a headache when swaddling is the best way to help promote good sleep. Thanks to a breakout-proof swaddle that allows your baby to sleep with their hands up, you don't have to work up a sweat just to get your baby comfortably swaddled.

$29.99

A nursery wherever you need it

Baby Trend Lil Snooze Deluxe II Nursery Center

During the early days of parenting (when you are feeding and changing your baby around the clock), having convenient access to everything you need with a go-anywhere nursery station can save you serious time and energy.

$99.99

A little help for stuffy noses

Fridababy NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator

Up until the point years down the road when your child is able to blow their own nose, the sniffles can be a real struggle—but not with a nasal aspirator that makes it easy for you to get that snot out of their nose.

$15.99

A way to keep an eye on your baby

VTech 5" Digital Video Baby Monitor - VM5251

Trust us when we say you'll sleep better when you know your baby is also sleeping soundly. That's why we're so thankful for modern-day video monitors, which allow you to check in on your sleeping baby without running the risk of waking them up when you sneak in for a peek.

$79.99

A bassinet for hands-free rocking

Simmons Kids Silent Auto Gliding Elite Bassinet - Odyssey

Babies are soothed by rocking motions. But what does that mean for you if you can't rock them throughout the night? With an auto-gliding bassinet, they can comfortably drift off to sleep... and continue snoozing.

$99.99

An easy way to contain diaper smells

Diaper Genie Expressions Pail

Sometimes it's the little conveniences that make a big difference in the quality of your day-to-day life. That's why a great diaper pail should not be undervalued: By containing the smell, you will save yourself dozens upon dozens of trips to the garbage can.

$24.99

A white noise machine that pulls double duty

Hatch Rest Sound Machine, Night Light & Time-to-Rise

A phone-controlled sound machine may be something you never considered until now, but it will be a major lifesaver for years to come, especially as it can also function as a time-to-rise clock that promotes good sleep habits for your child.

$59.99

And as for securing all these awesome products? Well, a Target baby registry is the way to do it. By creating your baby registry with Target, you will also enjoy their Year of Benefits registry program, which includes perks like a welcome kit with more than $100 in savings and samples, two 15% off coupons to complete your registry, and a full year of returns. The benefits are better than ever right now: Target just launched the Year of Exclusive Deals perk as one of its registry benefits, and this includes a year's worth of discounts on baby essentials (think diapers and formula) and comes complementary when you sign up for Target Circle.

Because while parenting may not be "easy," deciding to register with Target definitely is an easy decision. Start your Target baby registry now and enjoy shopping with a Year of Benefits featuring a Year of Exclusive Deals available via Target Circle, two 15% off coupons, a year of hassle-free returns, a free welcome kit and more!

This article was sponsored by Target. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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There is rightfully a lot of emphasis on preparing for the arrival of a new baby. The clothes! The nursery furniture! The gear! But, the thing about a baby registry is, well, your kids will keep on growing. Before you know it, they'll have new needs—and you'll probably have to foot the bill for the products yourself.

Thankfully, you don't have to break the bank when shopping for toddler products. Here are our favorite high-quality, budget-friendly finds to help with everything from meal time to bath time for the toddler set.

Comforts Fruit Crisps Variety Pack

Comforts fruit snacks

If there is one thing to know about toddlers, it is this: They love snacks. Keeping a variety on hand is easy when the pack already comes that way! Plus, we sure do appreciate that freeze-dried fruit is a healthier alternative to fruit snacks.

Comforts Electrolyte Drink

Comforts electrolyte drink

Between running (or toddling!) around all day and potentially developing a pickier palate, many toddlers can use a bit of extra help with replenishing their electrolytes—especially after they've experienced a tummy bug. We suggest keeping an electrolyte drink on hand.

Comforts Training Pants

Comforts training pants

When the time comes to start potty training, it sure helps to have some training pants on hand. If they didn't make it to the potty in time, these can help them learn their body's cues.

Comforts Nite Pants

comforts nite pants

Even when your toddler gets the hang of using the toilet during the day, nighttime training typically takes several months longer than day-time training. In the meantime, nite pants will still help them feel like the growing, big kid they are.

Comforts Baby Lotion

comforts baby lotion

Running, jumping, playing in sand, splashing in water—the daily life of a toddler can definitely irritate their skin! Help put a protective barrier between their delicate skin and the things they come into contact with every day with nourishing lotion.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on Comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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