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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You can do all the research in the world, but finding the right baby monitor can be a trial-and-error process. Why? Because the electronic devices in your home operate on different frequency bands (49 MHz, 5.8 GHz, 900 MHz, etc.), so you’ll find the least static if your baby monitor is on a different frequency. Of course most people don’t know what frequency bands their cell phones and wireless routers are on, so it’s best to keep your receipt. Here are our favorite audio monitors and video monitors, which include helpful buying advice.
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