Top 100 Newborn EssentialsWhat does your baby really need in the first few months? Here at Babble, that's a question we've spent a fair amount of time thinking about. Like you, we've fallen prey to many a baby gear aisle, lured by the promise of some miracle gadget that will make our little one eat or sleep or poop better than any other miracle gadget out there. Like you, we've stared at price tags through sleep-deprived eyes, wondering if the purchase of sanity was really a possibility. Here's the good and bad news: Nothing you can buy is going to guarantee you a stress-free existence with your newborn. Tiny people are a handful, and even the easiest babies will have some troubled times. That said, there are at least a few things (or 100) that can absolutely make life a little easier. No, we haven't found that diapering robot we thought would have been invented by the time we had kids, but we have learned that having a few things on hand can make every day a little saner, not to mention cleaner. Read on for our all-time favorites.
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Comparison-shopping for strollers should land you a job at Consumer Reports. There are travel systems, joggers, all-terrain, SUV-like strollers, lightweight strollers, strollers to put car seats in, and ones that look so high-tech you expect them to launch to Mars. Most infants can’t ride in strollers right away, so you may want to wait on this major purchase. But many will accommodate an infant car seat or are appropriate for newborns. The stroller choice is mainly about your lifestyle and budget, so check out our best stroller picks for more advice. Once you decide, don’t forget accessories like a sunshade, rain cover, and cup holder if these items don’t come standard.
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