I love babies (especially my babies!) and I love gear, but I don’t particularly like Baby Gear (TM). Especially if your friend is a first-time parent, a lot of baby gear is specifically designed to trip the paranoia trigger in their lizard brain. It’s cute, and what if your baby really needs it? “Yes, a wipe warmer!” they think, only to find it, dusty, in their closet years later.
But especially in the middle of a pandemic, parenting a new baby does come with a bunch of logistical problems, like stuffed-up noses, lots of handwashing, and sleepless nights. Between us, reviews editor Jeffrey Van Camp and I have three young kids. These are some of our favorite innovative solutions that make the gross, grueling parts of new parenthood just a little easier. And yes, some of them are pretty cute.
Updated for November 2020: We removed some old picks and revamped this entire guide with new picks like the Wand Thermometer, GroVia, and many more.