13 Baby Products Worth Splurging On

Caring for a newborn can be pretty intimidating. Thankfully, with the right gear and a lifehack or two, you can make the experience a lot less stressful for yourself and your baby.

VTech DM221-2 Digital Audio Baby Monitor

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Baby monitors have been around for decades, but never quite like this. The VTech DM221-2 comes with two separate listening stations, each with intercoms and crystal clear digital audio—a feature set that easily makes it one of the best baby monitors available. On top of that, the DM221-1 set includes several "why didn't we think of that sooner?" features like belt clips for easy portability and a unit-finder feature to help if you ever misplace it. Plus, with support for DECT 6.0 digital audio, baby will be safe from any unwanted eavesdroppers.

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BEABA Babycook

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One of the first wake-up calls every new parent has is the realization of just how expensive baby food really is, especially considering how often babies eat! The BEABA Babycook is a food processor that solves that problem, allowing you to make your own baby food from raw ingredients at home. The Babycook steams, blends, and even reheats baby food in just minutes—all with one-touch operation. Best of all, the Babycook will help you ensure that baby is eating healthy, unprocessed foods free of preservatives. That, along with its resistance to mold, easily makes the Babycook one of our favorite cooking tools.

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Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller

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You don't have to be an athlete to enjoy a jogging stroller. In fact, three-wheeled strollers are far more agile than their four-wheeled counterparts, making a jogger a good choice even for a casual trip to the mall. The Baby Trend Expedition Jogger has everything that you and your baby might need for a walk, from a built-in smartphone holder to a retractable shade for keeping the sun out of your baby's eyes. What really sold us, however, is just how easy it was to put together—instead of wasting an entire afternoon cursing and wondering what to do with all the extra parts, the Baby Trend Expedition Jogger sets up in minutes.

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Backyard Discovery Skyfort II All Cedar Swingset

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The Backyard Discovery Skyfort II has everything—it's a fort (complete with lookout tower), a swing set, monkey bars, and a slide in one package. Your baby will be running around before you know it, so it's worth it to make the investment in playground equipment that will last for years to come, especially if you plan on having more kids. When it comes to safety and durability, other swing sets simply can't hold a candle to the Skyfort II.

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Marsona Programmable Sound Conditioner 1288A

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Not every baby is a great sleeper, and a good white noise machine can make the difference between a good night's sleep for both parents and baby and being up every 45 minutes. The Marsona Programmable Sound Conditioner may look a little retro, but its feature set is anything but. In addition to sounds like "rain", "country eve", and "white sound", it also has a host of overlay sounds so you can add sonic elements to create a custom soundscape for your baby. The built-in memory allows you to store multiple custom sounds, and the timer makes it easy to only use noise for a set amount of time.

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Graco 4Ever All-in-1 Convertible Car Seat

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When is a car seat more than just a car seat? For us, when it becomes an adjustable child seat designed to last until age ten. The Graco 4Ever All-in-1 Convertible Car Seat supports kids weighing anywhere between four and 120 pounds, and each of the four main settings has its own set of six separate reclining positions. For its lifespan, durability, and sharp looks, the Graco 4Ever All-in-1 car seat is a smart buy—one that your baby will most certainly appreciate.

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Mobi Technologies Dual Scan Prime Digital Ear & Forehead Thermometer

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Taking your baby's temperature isn't easy, especially when she isn't feeling well. Avoid the headache of having to keep a thermometer in baby's mouth (or, ahem, elsewhere) by grabbing a Mobi Digital Forehead and Ear Thermometer. With its single-button operation and easy-to-read display, you can get a temperature reading easily and focus on helping baby feel better.

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Munchkin Miracle 360 10 oz. Sippy Cup

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Meet the modern sippy cup. Not only does it hold more liquid than its more traditional brethren, it functions as a more effective trainer for transitioning to normal cups or glasses. And did we mention it's far more spill-proof than any other baby cup available? The Munchkin Miracle 360 lives up to its name, featuring a unique suction-lid system that keeps liquids in while teaching your baby to drink from the edge. The built-in insulation is great for keeping milk cold, and all three pieces are dishwasher safe. Munchkin Miracle 360 cups aren't cheap, but they're the best-in-class.

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DockATot Deluxe Baby Lounger, Portable Crib and Bassinet

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Most babies make their own schedules, so it's important to be prepared for when they're ready to nap. The DockATot baby lounger is a portable bassinet that's perfect for impromptu naps, as well as co-sleeping with baby. What really sets it apart is that it's kind of a transformer. The modular design and removable straps can quickly convert it into tummy-time support or even a diaper-changing station, making the DockATot baby lounger indispensable for baby's first eight months.

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Infantino Play and Away Cart Cover and Play Mat

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If you've ever tried to seat an infant in a grocery cart, you know what an uncomfortable hassle that can be, even when your baby is sitting still. The Infantino Play and Away Cart Cover and Play Mat is a cushion designed to fit snugly inside a shopping cart while keeping baby safe and comfortable. The extra-thick padding helps keep baby upright while also keeping a few attached toys handy—a must for any baby who loves to grab things off the shelf. While it can take a minute to set up, we loved the included safety belt and carrying handle, not to mention how much easier it makes grocery shopping!

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The Good Baby Diaper Caddy

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New parents are often surprised at what a production changing a diaper can be. Between the wipes, lotion, baby powder, and diapers, it's a lot to keep track of, especially when you have your hands full. The Good Baby Diaper Caddy brings some much-needed organization to any changing table, and it can even function as a mobile changing station away from home. We loved the caddy's understated design, and the plethora of pockets makes the Good Baby Diaper Caddy an easy choice.

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Regalo Extra Tall Metal Walk Through Baby Gate

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Baby gates can sometimes be like child-proof bottles. They're designed to keep babies safe, but more often than not, they primarily frustrate parents. The Regalo Walk Through Baby Gate takes this problem to heart and focuses on being easy for adults to maneuver while preventing children from going where they shouldn't. We loved its latching system, which allows a grown-up to open it with one hand, but the real killer feature was the installation process. The Regalo is one of the few baby gates that can be put up and taken down easily, all without leaving any marks on your door frame.

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Munchkin Warm Glow Wipe Warmer

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The best diaper changes go quickly without any muss or fuss from baby. While keeping your child distracted with toys can help, you can also make the experience a lot more comfortable with warm wipes. Your baby will appreciate not having to endure the cold shock of a standard baby wipe, and on cold days, they're great for keeping Mom and Dad's hands warm, too. That's why the Munchkin Glow Wipe Warmer is a win for parents and baby.

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