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The Shining Star of New Baby Products

I was one well-researched pregnant woman. I knew what to eat, what to register for; I took breastfeeding classes, read books on labor, knew all about tummy time. I had an entirely new vocabulary, filled with words like “bloody show,” “pitocin,” “colostrum,” and “effacement.”

And then I had a baby.

I was on the phone with my lactation consultant every other day, with stacks of loose papers around the house scrawled with feeding and sleeping times. I tried to remember which breast I last fed him — I think I even tried the safety-pin-on-your-bra-strap technique — but I never did. Ever. (Hence the calls to my lactation consultant asking why, oh why, is my left breast double the size of my right?) And every last shred of brain capacity I had left was focused on sleeping and SIDS.

All of the organization and preparation during my pregnancy was utterly useless during those first weeks.

But you, my friend, are luckier than I was. And that’s because the Serenity Star now exists:

Ever since I got a whiff that this product was in production, I couldn’t wait to tell you about it. It’s basically everything I wanted as a new mom wrapped up in a pretty package that you’ll use for years.

This one product will record when your baby last ate and from which breast — monumentally useful in ways you can’t comprehend just yet — and it also works as a sound machine to soothe your little one to sleep (featuring lullabies, a womb-like heartbeat, and the universal sleep aid known as “white noise” — because you never know which your baby will prefer.) And for those now thinking “My baby will learn to sleep without relying on a sleep aid, thankyouverymuch,” I’m smiling and nodding along. So sweet and naive.

Beyond that, it also monitors the room temperature and glows in blue or red if the room is too cold or too hot for your baby’s comfort and safety. That might not be a complete necessity — I got along fine without it — but there’s no such thing as too much peace of mind when it comes to your baby and SIDS. Trust.

And at the end of the day, the Serenity Star is also a very pretty-looking nightlight and clock, which is what makes the Serenity Star truly shine (pardon the pun). There are plenty of feeding diaries, sound machines, and room temperature monitors on the market, but those (typically sold separately) will only be used for maybe — maybe — the first 12 months. This one will be used for as long as you have kids in the house, and maybe even beyond that.

The Serenity Star is the newest product by aden + anais, and I can truly say that it’s one of my favorite new baby products of the year. It’s finally available for $89.95 at a variety of baby stores or through aden + anais.

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