When deciding to have another baby—and it's been a few years—it's easy to feel clueless about the best new baby products. After all, items you may have once loved like the Rock n' Play by Fisher-Price may have been recalled in 2019, and other must-have baby items you used to own are no longer the "it" products.
Having a baby now means the baby stuff list has changed, but in many ways it's so much better now than it was five years ago. So whether you're a first time parent looking for the best baby products, or a mom of multiples, it's helpful to know not only what's the hottest baby gear around, but the most useful too. Here are nine products every parent needs to make those first few months run as smoothly as possible.
The Car Seat
When my son was born in 2014 the convertible car seat wasn't much of a thing, or at least there weren't many on the market. Now there's no reason not to get one of these car seats, they can last years and through all stages of your child's life. We love the Graco 4Ever DLX 4-in-1 car seat, which works from birth all the way to the big kid stage. Start by using it rear-facing for newborns four pounds and up. Once your little one is 2-years-old and at least 22 pounds, let them face forward and adjust this car seat for the next stage. Once your little one isn't so little, the car seat can morph into a high-back booster and finally, a backless booster. There's no need to get another car seat, unless it's to outfit grandma's ride as well.
Another thing we like about the Graco 4Ever DLX 4-in-1 is the price point. It retails for around $270, but we sell them open-box for $216.
The High-End Stroller
Getting your little one around is important, and a stroller can make it all so much easier. This is one item that can be purchased open-box and gently-used, which is great when it comes to the prized UPPAbaby Vista. UPPAbaby was launched in 2006 by Bob and Lauren Monahan, and the Vista stroller system came shortly after. Over the years this all-in-one stroller has evolved into the latest iteration, the Vista V2, which has all-wheel suspension for effortless steering and turning, can accommodate up to three kids, and comes with a bassinet attachment for newborns.
But, just because the newest model of the UPPAbaby Vista is super sleek, don't knock the older versions. Especially when you want to spend a little less money. New, the V2 costs about $970, but at Good Buy Gear you can find open-box items for around $790. The previous years, usually between 2019-2015, averaged $370 for the complete system in gently-used condition. This is one high-end stroller that's continued to make the must-have baby items list.
The Economic Stroller
Let's be honest, not everyone wants to or can drop over $800 on a stroller system. That's where the Graco Modes Click Connect comes in. This stroller retails for around $211 and grows with your child from infant to toddler (and beyond if you want). Features include cup holders, a snack tray, parent caddy and a large under basket. Find new models of the Graco Modes Click Connect on Good Buy Gear in open-box condition for $120, or older models gently-used at around $63 to $85. Not a bad price for scoring one of the best baby items around.
How you sleep with your baby is your choice, but if looking for a separate place for your little one to snooze in, a co-sleeper is a great option. This is where the SNOO Smart Sleeper comes in. The first SNOO was released in 2016 by Happiest Baby Company and Dr. Harvey Karp, author of the popular book, Happiest Baby On the Block, and over the last five years it's become a must-have baby item. One of the main boons to this co-sleeper is it can help parents learn their child's sleep patterns, it’s supposed to help against SIDs, and encourages newborns to sleep on their back, especially when wearing a SNOO sleep sack.
The SNOO Smart Sleeper retails for $1,495, which makes getting one gently-used or open box a real money saver. Often we sell the 2020 version of this baby gear for close to $400 less than retail when it’s a barely-used or open box item. Older models tend to be even less. And, since it's a must-have baby item, it's easy to resale the SNOO when you're done.
You may have heard of the Mamaroo bouncer and soother back in 2012 when it first came out, but though it was popular, it wasn't cheap or quiet as celebrated. Guess what, over the last 10 years this must-have baby item has only gotten better, and it's easy to source the Mamaroo gently-used for a fraction of the $250 retail price tag. In fact, Good Buy Gear sells this baby gear for around $160 in open-box condition, and closer to $100 for second-hand models. Plus, it has great resale value, is easy to clean when you're done, and the company likes to give back to the community.
But why does the Mamaroo continue to make the best baby gear lists? For starters it features five unique motions that can simulate ocean waves, a tree swing, car rides, a gentle kangaroo bounce and even the classic rock-a-bye. All of this can be controlled from your phone via Bluetooth, so you don't even have to pry your tired body from the couch to figure out what will soothe your little one to sleep.
Not all situations call for a stroller, and with newborns and small babies a carrier may be the best option. Many are light and portable, so it's easy to throw one in the car or diaper bag. And, for some babies, having mom or dad wear the baby is the only way to comfort them. Plus, this allows for hands-free eating and other exciting things new parents may want to do. All you have to decide is if you want a soft wrap-style carrier, or one that's more like a baby harness. There are no wrong answers, though a wrap works best for newborns and very tiny babies because they can be tailored exactly to the size of everyone involved.
On that note, the Solly Baby Wrap is one of the best baby products for newborns, even though it's not that new. Actually, Solly has been around since 2010, but back when I was choosing a carrier for my sons in 2014 and 2017, the market was overshadowed by other brands such as Baby Bjorn and Baby K'tan. Now the lightweight Solly Baby Wrap is a must-have baby item due to it's easy-to-use model, ability to form to any size and the sustainable use of Austrian Beechwood trees and eco-friendly dyes. This item retails new for $65, but at Good Buy Gear we sell open-box Solly wraps for $42 and gently-used for around $30, which shows the high resale value of this amazing baby product.
Guess what, baby monitors now feature smart technology. That's right, and the Miku Smart Baby Monitor is the must-have baby item on the market. Not only can you hear and see your baby while they snooze in the crib, but the device's smartphone app tracks the baby's breathing, room temperature and humidity as well. All this information gets stored and mapped out in summaries and graphs. There's also a video clip feature, so if you want to send daddy a picture of the peaceful babe, it's easy to do without making a peep.
While this monitor sure beats the grainy video I had with both my boys, it also comes with a price tag of $349. But never fear, Good Buy Gear often gets this brand in stock, and open box options only run around $223. Yes, shipping is available.
The Changing Pad
Why is a changing pad on this list you may wonder, after all, how much can this item change over the years? Well, six years ago there wasn't the Keekaroo Peanut Changer, a durable, yet soft-to-the-touch, portable changing station complete with straps to keep your baby safe while you make them fresh and clean. It's water-resistant, tear-proof and can be wiped down super easy. Added bonus, the Keekaroo company makes all its goods in the United States. If I decided to have another baby this would be the changing pad I bought, even if it retails for $150. After all, it's $100 to $120 when bought as an open box item, and gently-used ones only cost around $60. Plus, the resale value is high because this is one of the best baby items that everyone wants and it lasts.
Bathing a newborn is so much easier with help, and something steady since they tend to get slippery when wet. When my first child was born in 2014 we had a bulky plastic tub by Fisher-Price. It was fine, but today's baby baths are so much more sleek. For example, the OXO Tot Splash & Store Bath Tub, which can be flattened for easy storage. It has a wide end for babies that can sit up one their own, and narrow end to cradle newborns and small infants. It sits right in the bathtub for easy bathing and when tub time is done there's a quick-release drain to empty out the suds. This simple yet perfect baby bath retails for $59.99, though you can buy it in open-box condition from us for around $20 to $40.