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Stuff We Love

  • Easy Listening
    Hear your baby, not the neighbor's cordless-phone conversations. The High-Def Digital Monitor's new technology guarantees zero interference. ($70; safety1st.com)

    "Thanks to the belt clip, I got more laundry done during my baby's naps." --Robin Bump, mom of Addison, 3 months

  • Stylin' Smock
    These should be standard issue for all babies (and a few adults we know, too). This wipe-clean, oversize bib really saves those cute outfits. Our favorite of the eight prints? The vintage fire trucks. ($35; petiteviolette.com)
  • Funky Fresh
    Forget plain pink and blue. Deck out your tot in LittleMissMatched's zany new infant snap suits. The punchy prints (there are ten in all) will make your baby the star of the show. ($15 each; littlemissmatched.com)
  • Neater Eats
    If you use powdered formula and have tried to mix an eight-ounce bottle in an eight-ounce liner, you know it's tricky. The folks at Playtex heard you. These new Drop-Ins expand to ten ounces, so you have room to work. ($4.50 for 50; at mass retailers)
  • Fun Zone
    What's special about the Infantino Li'l Lion's Happy Hang Out Activity Gym? The mat. It's full of engaging textures. What baby an resist a funky jungle covered in satin, corduroy, yarn, mirrors, and crinknly ribbons? ($40; target.com)
  • Refreshing Trend
    Nursery accessories featuring African-American and Asian babies are all too scarce. Check out this new line of art, borders, curtains, and bedding. (Babies Love Fun border shown, $25; ethnicinspirations.biz)
  • Ladies First
    Why do dads always get to sport the backpack carrier? They don't really fit most moms. But the TC 3.0 is buit for a woman! Plus, its size makes it just as suited to shopping as to hiking trails. ($150; keltykids.com)
  • Pregnancy Bible
    Babytalk contributor Heidi Murkoff has rewritten and updated every section of What to Expect When You're Expecting for the new fourth edition. It's even more indispensable! ($15; at bookstores)
  • Quick Getaway
    The Rocking Baby Bouncer has a toy bar with a twist. The split design lets you move it out of the way, so you can lift your sleeping angel out easily. ($40; fisher-price.com)
  • Smooth Operator
    If you've ever tried putting the usual thick ointment on sore nipples, you know about the ouch factor. Forget about rubbing it in... Tender Care Lanolin's thin consistency glides on. ($10 for two ounces; medela.com)

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