Bringing home a new baby is a joyous time, but it also comes with some challenges. Happily, it’s been an insanely productive year in the category of pregnancy and parenting products. Just when you thought there was nothing left for developers to drum up, they went and created new products you never knew you needed — but won’t want to live without. So, in case you missed them, we’re listing off some of the most impressive new pregnancy and parenting products to hit the market this year. Whether it’s the little things (gas pass tubes!), the next-level necessities or the splurge-worthy stroller you’ll use for years to come, these picks are meant to make parenting a little more manageable. Add them to your registry, stat!
A breast pump you don’t have to be “hooked up to” now exists thanks to Willow. Its amazing technology allows moms to pump hands-free — no dangling bottles, external tubes or cords to hold them back. You simply place the pump into your bra and do whatever it is you have to do, whether it’s attending a meeting, snuggling your baby or getting that load of laundry in! The best part is the fact that its corresponding app lets you see what’s happening when you pump (aka milk volume, pumping time, and even your past pumping sessions).
Why add two separate items on your registry when they now come combined in top-tier quality? Coway Air + Sound doubles as a true HEPA air purifier to help reduce particles up to 0.3 microns, including dust, allergens, smoke, pet dander, and pollen, and a white noise machine to help baby relax into sleep. Bonus: It’s super compact, so it will hardly take up space in the already-packed nursery.
Part baby monitor, part baby translator, part sleep guru, the newest evolution of smart baby monitors is the Nanit Plus. Its overhead HD camera tracks everything happening in your baby's crib (sleep patterns, parent visits, room conditions), and then provides personalized, scientifically-backed sleep guidance. Other features include two-way audio through the app on your phone, nature sounds and white noise, the option to add additional users, create permission settings, the list goes on...
The iconic Tripp Trapp chair transformed the children’s seating category back in 1972, and it has recently gotten an upgrade. The new version is just as comfortable, ergonomical, and safe as the original, but now it grows with your child. That means you can use the same functional high chair over many years — seriously, it’s suitable for ages 6 months to adult! The chair features adjustable heights, full leg support, and two angled, adjustable positions that create the ideal position for feeding in the early stages.
You can clip this hanging seat onto most shopping carts, leaving plenty of room underneath for groceries. Baby just chills while you shop, secured in buckled in a seat harness. The best part? When you’re done, it rolls up to fit in your purse or diaper bag. It also has a strap to secure infant car seats, which is perfect for cold winter days when you want to keep baby bundled.
Your baby is going to grow fast, so you might as well get a car seat that’s designed to grow with them. The newest from Chicco easily transitions from a five-point harness to belt-positioning booster seat. With a nine-position headrest, your child is comfortably accommodated through years of growing (though it’s important to note this seat is not intended for babies). The seat also boasts additional comfort features like a four-position recline. A five-point, no-rethread harness provides reassuring security for growing tots until they meet the height/weight requirements for — and are mature enough to transition to — the belt-positioning booster mode. DuoGuard side-impact protection ensures little ones stay safe in the event of a crash by offering two layers of protection for two zones, with a rigid shell and EPS energy-absorbing foam that surround the head and torso.
The newest from this top-rated shapewear line might just be their best yet thanks to two layers of material that provide double the compression. It’s great for postpartum moms looking to help slim and smooth their belly, waist, and hips. Virtually invisible under clothing, it'll also help you slip back into some of your pre-baby wardrobe staples a little earlier.
DockATot has pretty much created a new category for in-bed, co-sleepers with this sleeping dock, and it has quickly become a top item on registries across the country. Its structure makes babies feel secure and snug in their own cozy space, mimicking their time in the womb, and can serve as a secure spot for tummy time once baby’s a few months old.
While many of these products may seem totally foreign to anyone who isn’t a parent (ahem, gas passer tubes), those who are parents swear by them. With this new Baby Basics Kit, you’ll get a ton of things you never knew you needed but you’ll actually use. Here's what's inside: a NoseFrida and four hygiene filters, five Windi gas passer tubes, one NailFrida (a nail clipping set), one DermaFrida (a baby bath brush that smooths and soothes skin), and one zippered pouch to store it all.
Another must-have from Fridababy, this all-in-one, grab-and-go kit serves as a lifesaver for new parents dealing with their baby’s first illness. Suck out stubborn boogers with NoseFrida the SnotSucker, give baby the right dose of meds with MediFrida the Accu-Dose Pacifier, clean a snotty nose with BreatheFrida the SnotWiper, and soothe congested airways with BreatheFrida the Vapor Rub chest balm.
Chic and functional is a hard combo to find when it comes to a diaper bag, but the newest from Humble Bee is quite the contender. Weighing less than 1.5 pounds, it features expandable compartments, a built-in wet bag, extra-large insulated pockets that hold up to four bottles, hidden backpack straps so you can wear it however you want, reflective accents for visibility at night, tons of pockets for just about everything you think you need. Also nice? It comes equipped with a changing kit, changing pad, detachable stroller straps, hot/cold gel pack, and removable messenger strap. Sold!
Made from luxurious bamboo rayon, meet the softest pajamas designed for the easiest diaper changes. With no annoying snaps, GunaPAJAMA includes an inseam zipper for easy access. Just unzip the bottom, change, zip back up, and done. To top it all off, they are also thermal regulating, moisture-wicking, and even hypoallergenic for sensitive skin.
Pricey, yes, but when it comes to something you’ll likely use daily over several years, it makes sense to splurge — especially when it offers so much. Top features of this new design include adjustable seat height, effortless maneuverability, two-wheel function (so you can even stroll over uneven surfaces like sand or rocks). Plus, puncture-free wheels with hidden suspension in the construction of the chassis deliver an ultra-smooth ride. Both parent- or forward-facing seating positions are an option. Oh, and it’s pretty stylish, too!
Prebiotics and probiotics are all the rage these days, infused in everything from protein shakes to face wash. So, it’s no surprise that the latest and greatest is a creation meant to help postpartum moms experience the roller coaster of emotional challenges brought on by the post-baby period, not to mention to help with often-difficult process of lactation. Spawned by two entrepreneurial mothers, this protein powder is formulated to nourish women through pregnancy and postpartum with a probiotic-rich blend that aids both mom and baby’s immune system.
More moms than ever are leaning toward all-natural baby detergents, so naturally Dapple fits in the market well. It’s a plant-based, fragrance-free detergent that’s free of parabens, formaldehyde, SLS, and other harsh chemicals. But it still promises to remove all the poop, formula, spit up and other gunk and grime that winds up on your clothes and sheets. The 50 oz. bottle is enough to handle 50 loads of laundry (which means a solid two weeks of new-mom life!).