It’s a given that baby products just keep getting cooler every year—more sleek, stylish and practical too. But this year’s nifty new gear isn’t just pretty; these 10 must-haves also make life easier for working moms, with innovations meant to save space, time and effort. We’ll take them all, please.
Sure, pack ‘n plays are convenient for travel, but getting your kid to sleep in an unfamiliar bed can be next to impossible. That’s where the genius new crib by Noninoni Kids comes in: Since it requires no hardware, it can be assembled (or taken apart) in just four easy steps—so you can quickly take it on the road, stash it in another room or pack it up for later use. The full-size retails for $750; the mini for $660 (noninonikids.com).
Yep, there’s now an app for your car seat. The latest convertible car seat from Cybex now synchs up with your smartphone to track your vehicle’s temperature, let you know if your little one has unbuckled his seat and alert you if you left your child in the car. The seat is available beginning in February ($349, cybex-online.com/en).
If you love the safety features of highback boosters but hate lugging them on family trips, then Graco has a solution for you: the new TurboBooster TakeAlong Highback Booster. Even better, it converts to a backless booster, too, for when your kid is older. In highback mode, the seat nests and has a handle for easy storage and carrying; in backless mode, the seat easily folds to become 50 percent smaller. The booster will be available in early 2018 for $99 (gracobaby.com).
Looking for a stroller that you can use from birth but can comfortably lug around? Meet the newest member of the Baby Jogger family, the City Tour LUX. The seat can be switched from forward to rear-facing and reclines to a near-flat position, so you can even use it with your newborn. Weighing in at only 14 lbs. and featuring a one-hand fold, it’s also a breeze to tote ($300, babyjogger.com).
Strollers are definitely going sleeker—Baby Jogger isn’t the only popular stroller brand introducing a lightweight, everyday option that parents can use from day one. In spring of 2018, UPPAbaby will debut the Minu, which weighs in at under 15 lbs. and is suitable from from birth when used with the brand’s birth kit accessory or car seat adapters ($400-$430, uppababy.com).
Because ain’t nobody got time to boil a bottle on the stove, the new BabyMilk from Beaba warms breastmilk or formula in just two minutes using a patented, ultra-quick steam heating system. It can be used with silicone, glass or plastic bottles—and it can even sterilize one bottle at a time, or bottle parts ($60, beabausa.com).
Sure, breast-pumping is a chore, but that doesn’t mean breast-pumping accessories have to be a snoozefest, too. Fans of JuJuBe’s machine-washable diaper bags will be excited to learn that the brand just launched its first line of stylish pumping bags, which include a dedicated pumping pocket, a cooler that can hold up to four 5-oz. bottles, a mini wet bag for parts storage, a mini fuel cell for battery storage and staging mat to help keep everything clean ($200, www.amazon.com).
Every parent who has ever tried to change a diaper in the backseat of a car knows the challenges—you have to reach awkwardly for the wipes while the baby keeps rolling down the seat’s incline. Leave it to a mom to come up with a solution: The Beanko mobile station, which features a foldable wedge underneath the changing pad to keep baby flat. The other side loops over the headrest and offers plenty of pockets for wipes and accessories. Once you’re out of the diaper stage, you can hang it around the back of the front seat and let your little one watch videos from a mini iPad or phone. (Yep, it’s got storage for that, too) ($100, beanko.com).
Skip Hop’s first baby jumper not only features the sleek design and developmental activities (20, to be precise) that the brand is known for; it also has a digital counter that awards baby with applause when she hits 100 jumps. But the best part? It easily folds down to save space, making this one a giant leap above the other bulky units on the market ($130, skiphop.com).
There’s certainly no shortage of high-tech baby monitors on the market right now, but what’s special about the soon-to-be-released Raybaby is that it can track your baby’s breathing and movement from up to 16 feet away, but it’s not a video monitor. It actually uses radar technology to transmit info to a parent’s phone (including still images of key moments—say when baby wakes up). Backers of the Kickstarter-funded campaign will start receiving their devices this month ($200, www.raybaby.us).