FASHION

The 12 Absolute Must-Have Items for New Parents

When we think of April we think of fresh…How fresher could it get than a new baby with tiny toes, little eyes, and a priceless smile looking right at you? Through working with local mamas and raising our own little angels, we have gathered a dozen of our favorite, hard to find, and absolute must have items for parents and their precious babies.

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DockATot Pillows & Arches

Does 30 minutes of extra sleep sound like heaven? Guessing if you are a new parent then the answer is definitely YES! What makes DockATot so special is that there nothing like it on the market that allows mothers to feed, soothe, and bond with their baby. Put it on the counter while you cook or the bathroom floor while you shower- you can travel anywhere with it! Tried and tested by our very own staff, we can truly say we love them!

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Freshly Picked Moccasins and Diaper Bags

The moccasins and diaper bags from Freshly Picked are pieces of art. Susan Peterson, of Freshly Picked, decided to take matters into her own hands when she couldn't find shoes to fit her son's chubby little feet. With a dream, a sewing machine, and a lot of hard work, she built an empire that began at her kitchen table. All products are made by teams of artisans, using only the highest-quality genuine leather, suede, nylon, and vegan leather materials.

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Belly Bandit

The Belly Bandit is the top post-pregnancy shape wear collection recommended by physicians, nurses, hospitals, doulas, fitness experts, and of course, new moms. All of the Kardashians have used it, I have used it, and any Momma on this planet will tell you that the extra back and core support is a life saver after having a baby. These breathable shape wear garments are just what any new Momma needs to help push those abdominal walls back into place, while providing much needed support. The Belly Bandit is definitely a must have.

4.

NoseFrida the Snotsucker

Snot sucker? Booger wiper? fridababy is the “who-do-I-call-in-the-middle-of-the-night-cause-my-baby-won't-stop-screaming” brand. Now, hear me out and let me tell you about the NoseFrida. It is a device that you place at the entrance of your little ones nostril and use your own mouth suction to relieve the pressure in their nasal cavity. Before I lose you on this, the snot comes nowhere near your mouth and a filter makes sure you aren't getting any of the bacteria that comes with it. The NoseFrida is the way to go and we salute fridababy for making practical safe solutions to the issues that come with having a baby.

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Shopping Cart Hammock by Binxy Baby

A hammock in your shopping cart- got it! Shopping with a baby is a challenge no longer. The Binxy Baby snaps onto the sides of the cart so you are able to shop hands free while keeping your baby safe and perfectly secure in the buggy. It is totally one of those things that makes you want to scream, “WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT?” at the top of your lungs.

6.

Footies by Magnetic Me

No snaps, but magnets instead! Dress your baby in 60 seconds flat with these adorable footies from Magnetic Me. Parenting can be hard, but dressing your baby shouldn't be. It’s a simple formula: stylish prints + super-soft materials + sew safe magnetic closures that connect quickly and quietly = you able to spend more time connecting with your baby. This is quite possibly the most genius thing to ever happen to the baby clothing market! Their marketing plan was simple: solve the basic issues that cause all the new-parent frustration like a footie with 100 intricate snaps on a screaming newborn at 3AM. Make it easier on yourself and trust us when we say Magnetic Me is the way to go.

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The Pop Pacifier by doddle & co.

This pacifier is designed to have a high-functioning nipple that POPS back into its built-in protective silicone bubble when dropped. It’s a dream come true. The Pop Pacifier is the world's most sanitary pacifier because the single piece construction allows for no joints or cracks where dirt and bacteria can hide. It also helps that silicone is a material that holds less bacteria than traditional plastic pacifiers do.

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Mini Mat by EZPZ

We think that the Mini Mat by is one of the greatest practical inventions of all time. This is a high quality, food grade silicone, all-in-one placemat and plate that suctions directly to the table. If that doesn't have you sold, it also promotes self-feeding, motor skills, is easy to clean and dishwasher safe, and is BPA, BPS, PVC, and phthalate free. My favorite feature of the EZPZ mat is that paired with the matching silicone silverware it is perfect for on the go feedings in restaurants. Simply take it in a Ziploc and wash it when you get home!

9.

Milk Snob Cover

This 6-in-1 cover has got you covered! Milk Snob is the creator of the original drawstring, multi-functional nursing cover, which provides 360 coverage and is fully adjustable. It can be used as a car seat cover, shopping cart cover, high chair cover, and more. These covers are soft, breathable, and made from the highest quality fabrics with 4-way stretch for the best comfort for both you and your baby. And don’t you worry, one size fits all.

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Teether by Toofeze

Do you have a teething baby? Your solution is right here. We strongly believe that Toofeze is hands-down the most effective teething tool on the market today. Toofeze is functional, convenient, and allows the baby to easily manage their teething pain independently whilst giving parents the relief they need too! The domed stainless steel plate stays cold, which soothes the baby’s gums and creates equalized pressure on the gum line to speed up the teething process. Functionality meets innovation all the way with the Toofeze teether and you could not ask for better.

11.

Jellycat

I’m the biggest sucker for stuffed animals and these by Jellycat are so timeless, elegant, quirky, fun, whimsical, comforting, and of great quality. Jellycat creates original and innovative soft toys, while combining luxurious fabrics with their designs. The name Jellycat was dreamt up by child who loved jellies and cats and giggled at the thought of the two together. These toys are safe for all ages. Jellycats aren't any old stuffed animal and they quickly become part of your heart. I can't tell you a more rewarding feeling than selling a brand new Jellycat to someone expecting a new baby and then three years later it showing back up at the store with their owner.

12.

Mixie Baby Bottle

Mixie bottles are the solution to middle-of-the-night baby hunger. Having to wake up to fix a bottle is an exhausting, but necessary fact of mom life. Now, what if you could have everything ready to go, just not mixed? Mixie bottles allow formula powder to be put in to a specifically designed, airtight compartment that is entirely away from the water you’ve filled it with. Push a button on the bottom of the bottle and VOILA! The formula powder releases just like magic. All you have to do is pop and shake. It does not get an easier than that!

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