If you’re about to be a parent, you obviously already know about car seats and strollers and bottles and onesies. But these new products might become some of your favorites. From sleek nursery furniture to top tech to keep you connected to baby, these are the things you’ll definitely want to have when your new addition comes home.
A crib that’s cool to look at
Nurseries are some of the chicest rooms in the house these days, which is great for parents who don’t want to sacrifice style just because they’ve made a person. The Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib made Babylist’s list of Best Cribs of 2017, and it’s not hard to see why.
It’s “modern yet timeless,” they said. And, affordable, at $341.
A crib that acts like a car
If you’ve never had to grab the baby and the car keys and go for a ride to get your sweet little thing from screaming her sweet little head off, it’s probably only a matter of time. Many babies are soothed by the movement of the car, which is the idea behind Ford’s new “smart” crib.
The MAX Motor Dreams cot is a “genius crib was designed for a Ford of Spain campaign by WPP’s GTB agency in collaboration with Ogilvy and Mather,” said Forbes. “The ‘smart’ crib simulates the best parts of a nighttime drive that induce sleep like clockwork. It mimics the engine’s rumble, the car’s movement and the streetlights passing by the window. Parents can even replicate a specific car ride that is tried and true, using their smartphone application to record familiar sounds, movement and lights.”
It’s not something that’s necessarily for use in the house, but this self-warming bottle will make your life outside the house as a new parent much easier. “You can warm up your baby’s bottle on the go using the iiamo Go self-warming bottle,” said Business Insider. “The bottle is warmed up by heating cartridges that are environmentally friendly, disposable, and filled with only salt and water. You simply put the heating cartridge into the bottle’s heating chamber, turn it on, and shake the bottle. Four minutes later and the bottle is ready to go!”
A baby swing is a must-have, and, pretty much since they were invented, parents have had to overlook or endure design issues that didn’t exactly complement their décor. We personally love that the mamaRoo isn’t covered in storybook farm animals, and, more importantly, it gets high marks for its function.
“Anybody who’s ever stuck their baby in the car and drove around in hopes that she would fall asleep say, ‘I,'” said Parenting. “Enter the 4moms mamaRoo. It’s a swing! It’s a bouncy chair! It’s…the thing that will help get your baby to sleep. With five different movement settings – yes, “car ride” being one of them – this thing is sure to soothe your little one.”
A newfangled baby monitor
All new parents need a baby monitor, and they’ve changed a lot over the years. It used to be that just audio was OK, but in the time of daily tech advancements, that’s obviously not going to do. And neither will a “normal” video feed, either. Gadget website T3 likes the Motorola MBP853 Video Monitor, which goes beyond the typical offering with some state-of-the-art features, including “streaming HD footage from a neat camera, which can be mounted to a wall or any flat surface, to a wireless monitor. It packs a night vision mode, sound detection with visual alerts and a microphone, so you can sing lullabies into the device.”