With a new bundle on the way, you’re likely searching for the best baby products. It it can feel overwhelming when you turn to friends and family and ask them plainly, “What baby items should we get?” There are the basics everyone will suggest you buy — a crib, changing pad, diapers — and then there’s the other stuff . . . the cutting edge, tech-first, family favorites that make life just a little bit easier. So whether you’re looking for a new baby monitor or a twist on a bassinet, here is the best baby gear for the year :

 

 

1-The Play Gym by Lovevery

The Play Gym by Lovevery ($141) is a purposeful playmat with five different developmental zones, or flaps, at each edge. Each one offers an array of essentials for each of your baby’s learning stages, providing for what they want to see, touch, and explore as they grow. When our senior editor had a chance to review the Lovevery Play Gym, she loved how it encouraged her baby to learn without overstimulating her.

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2-HaloVa Diaper Bag

 

This water-resistant HaloVa Diaper Bag ($29) is super easy to clean, so you never have to worry about spilling milk or formula on it. If you’ll be carrying bottles with you, you’ll like that this has insulated pockets. The bag is so popular, it has over 4,300 positive reviews on Amazon.

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3-Ubbi Diaper Pail

 

The Ubbi Diaper Pail ($64, originally $80) is the unsung hero of the nursery. The pail’s steel body and tightly sealed lid keep the smell of dirty diapers at bay.

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4-Britax Back Seat Mirror

 

If you fear driving alone with your little one in the backseat, Britax’s Back Seat Mirror ($35) alleviates much of the stress of the unknown when your new baby is behind you.

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5-MiaMily Carrier

While there are many types of carriers, the MiaMily Carrier ($128) has a built-in ergonomic hip seat, a hidden storage pocket, and a seat for your baby to sit on, which helps redistribute weight. This carrier is perfect for parents who want more support and storage.

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6-Puj Tub

The Puj Tub ($45) fits neatly into your sink (you’ll want to measure your sink first, though) so you can easily wash your baby.

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7-Baby Bjorn Bouncer Balance Soft

 

The Baby Bjorn Bouncer Balance Soft ($198) is a family favorite for a number of reasons. Its ergonomic design means baby’s hips are always in the correct place, and it has three angles so baby can be near-flat against the ground or up at an angle to watch and see what their parents are doing.

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8-Medela Quick Clean Breastmilk Removal Soap

Breast milk can get thick and greasy, so you’ll want something that makes cleanup a breeze, like the Medela Quick Clean Breastmilk Removal Soap ($7, originally $8).

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9-Original Woombie Swaddle

 

Every new mom needs a quality swaddle. The Original Woombie Swaddle ($29) is made of four-way stretch fabric, making it easy to snugly swaddle your baby.

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10-Hatch Baby Grow Smart Changing Pad and Scale

 

The Hatch Baby Grow Smart Changing Pad and Scale ($146) is a two-in-one device that caters to nervous new parents. Worrying about whether your baby has eaten enough is a top concern in the first few months, so having a reliable scale at home that syncs with your phone is a smart way to stay informed.

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