Kangaroo Korner Adjustable Pouches
Baby slings have become the cool-mom way to get around with the bambino, and it’s no wonder — they free up your hands but keep baby close. (They can also sometimes instantly quiet a baby in full-on freakout mode.) I adore Kangaroo Korner’s Adjustable Pouches, which are a cinch to put on and get baby in and out of (no wrapping or rings — perfect for newbie mamas). Choose your fabric according to the season: a cozy Polarfleece; a quick-drying, lightweight nylon athletic-knit mesh; breathable cotton; and a UV-blocking Solarveil.
Baby Bjorn Soft Bib
Messes during mealtime are inevitable, but this molded bib helps keep pureed peas off the floor (and cuts down on your laundry, too). The extra-wide pocket catches all the dribbles — and you can just pop it in the dishwasher when you’re done.
You want minimal interaction with your diaper pail, which is why I love the Diaper Dekor. It’s 100 percent hands-free — no stuffing, twisting, pushing, or prodding necessary. Simply step on the pedal, drop your deposit in, and be done with it.
Baby Bjorn Baby Carrier Active
Running certain errands is so much easier when you’re sans stroller, so this sturdy, easy-on-your-back carrier is a must — especially since it has padded shoulder straps and lumbar support. Once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to move baby in and out — and it can be used up to 25 pounds.
Miracle Blanket and Snug & Tug Swaddle Blankets
It’s a strange new world for that babe of yours — and he might express his discomfort by fussing up a storm. Swaddle blankets recreate the feeling of the womb, calming them down and helping them (and thus you) sleep better. Two swaddles that even Houdini babies can’t wiggle their way out of: the aptly named Miracle Blanket, whose arm flaps hold flailing arms in place to limit the sudden movements that startle and wake newborns and the Velcro-laden Snug & Tug swaddle.