New parents have a lot of things to think about, from feeding their newborn to changing diapers to making sure their child gets enough sleep. Here are some of our favorite picks—including baby monitors, thermometers, and car seats— to help first-time parents with their newborns.
This top-end baby monitor delivers a crisp 1080p video stream both day and night. It has temperature and air-quality sensors, a night-light that changes colors and a speaker that can play lullabies. You can also talk to your child through Arlo's app, where you can also view up to seven days of videos for free. (Other storage plans are available.) As a bonus, the camera has cute bunny ears.
Medela's Pump in Style Advanced double breast pump comes in a handy backpack, which contains not just the pumps but also a removable cooler bag and four bottles. The pump's speed and vacuum are adjustable. It runs on eight AA batteries, or you can plug it in with the included adapter.
A bottle warmer isn't essential, but if you're looking for one, the Kiinde Kozii is one of the better options. It warms milk fairly fast and can heat multiple bottles in quick succession. Once it's done heating, it also drains the water, lessening the chance that you overheat the milk.
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This highly rated car seat got high marks in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's front-impact crash tests. It has a 14-position harness that you can easily adjust as your child grows. The Britax Marathon ClickTight works as a rear-facing seat for children weighing 5 to 40 pounds and as a forward-facing seat for kids weighing 20 to 65 pounds. It has a steel frame, an impact-absorbing base and side-impact protection.
The Baby Jogger City Mini is light — just 18 pounds — yet supports children up to 50 pounds, and folds quickly and easily. Its adjustable canopy has two peekaboo windows, so you can see your kid, and vice versa. A set of three 8-inch wheels with front suspension helps ensure a smooth ride.
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Oxo's bottle brush has a long, flexible neck designed to get into the crevices of most bottles. The handle of the brush also detaches to reveal a smaller brush for cleaning silicone nipples, breast pump parts and other hard-to-reach areas, such as bottle threads.
This pink plush ladybug (it's also available as a blue turtle) projects a constellation of stars onto the ceiling in three colors — blue, green and red — and turns off after 45 minutes. Hopefully by then, your child will be asleep. Requires three AAA batteries (not included).
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