Genius Baby Gear
You're planning your baby layette, but what gear do you really need? The editors of Babytalk found these products to be total lifesavers for new parents
Wrap It up!
What's new about swaddling, you ask? This age-old practice of calming babies by wrapping them like burritos has actually scored some modern safety (and ease-of-use) upgrades. For instance:
Lightweight, breathable swaddle blankets, like those by Aden + Anais, Swaddle Designs and Solana Baby Wear, keep baby cool, comfy and snoozing safely. (prices vary; adenandanais.com, swaddledesigns.com and solanababywear.com)
Munchkin added pockets to the Swaddle Angel so you can wrap baby with his arms upward and change his diaper without unswaddling. (two-pack, $50; babiesrus.com)
The Halo Sleep Sack Swaddle keeps arms tight and hips loose, which is just what the doctors at the International Hip Dysplasia Institute say is best for keeping hips healthy. (Too-tight swaddles can lead to future problems.) ($22; babiesrus.com)
Zip baby into the Woombie for a calming prenatal experience: The soft, stretchy fabric keeps her secure but still lets her move a little. ($28; diapers.com)