New-Mom Essentials

Now that your baby is starting to grow, her needs (and yours) will be changing fast. Be prepared with these must-haves for the both of you.


Tiny Love Developlay Activity Center $30 Babies 3 to 9 months old will enjoy activities such as gazing in the mirror and pressing the happy face on one side; those 10 months and older can push and pull levers and make music on the opposite side. 800-843-6292,

Tommee Tippee Easiflow Two-Handed Cup $6 Of course, this cup doesn'’t allow spills, but it also has a patented soft spout that's gentle on teeth and gums (and doesn't require sucking). 888-570-6297, www.

Evenflo Triumph DLX Convertible Car Seat $150 This convertible car seat can be used as a rear-facing seat for infants and a forward-facing seat for toddlers. Important safety feature: a five-point harness. Rear-facing: birth to 30 pounds; forward-facing: 20/40 pounds. 800-233-5921,

Tigex Thumbhole Plate and Baby's First Cutlery Set $6 each The transition to eating solids might be easier when a baby has her very own dishes. 866-698-4439,

Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump $349 The pump comes with a cooler, A/C adaptor, carrying pack, a breastfeeding how-to guide, as well as containers and lids. 800-435-8316,

Child Craft Lyrics Lifetime Bed $499; Baby Natura bedding $145 It can be converted into a toddler- or full-sized bed. Crib: 812-206-2200, Bedding:

Stokke KinderZeat $199 Both the seat and footrest are fully adjustable, so it'’s always the perfect height for toddlers to join you at the table. Seat cushion is an additional $35. 877-978-6553,

Maclaren Global Buggy $300 The stylish Global Buggy folds easily, reclines fully (necessary for infants who can'’t yet sit up), feels comfortable when you push it and looks good, to boot. 877-442-4622,

Avent Via Breast Pump Kit $50 A manual breast pump like this one is perfect when portability is important. You can use the Avent Isis to pump directly into these semidisposable bottle bases. 800-542-8368,

Fleurville Sling Tote Diaper Bag $135 The Sling Tote has thoughtful details such as an O-ring, so you can attach the tote to your stroller. 866-510-8967,

Playtex Diaper Genie $25 After your first whiff of a stinky diaper, you'’ll be thankful to the genius who invented this odor-sealing container. A triple-barrier film really contains the smell. (Stage 1 refill liners for infants, $5; Stage 2 toddler refills, $6.) 800-843-6430,