The stuff that saved our writers in the first year of parenthood.
1/5We love Josie’s Treetop Friends Activity Gym. It’s the perfect tummy-time mat. She loves playing with the hanging toys, which are detachable and easy to clean. It’s gender-neutral and infinitely less garish and insipid than most baby products. $75 at skiphop.com.—Lauren Weinberg, TOC art editor
2/5Bio-Oil for stretch marks. I don’t have any! $11 at drugstore.com —Nicole Radja, TOCK photo editor
3/5When a baby has a cold, there is literally nothing you can do: Drugs are a no-no, and nose-blowing is absent from the infant skill set. Enter the NoseFrida, a small plastic tube attached to a mouthpiece. You hold one end to your baby’s nose, and suck on the other side (don’t worry, it’s filtered). It’s theoretically disgusting but pragmatically genius. And nothing says "I love my kid" more than "I sucked the snot out of his nose." $16 at diapers.com. —Jonathan Messinger, TOCK web editor
4/5For me it was the Podee, a hands-free bottle. This prevented the inevitable meltdown when my twins woke up hungry in a stroller while on the go. Particularly great for multiples when you just don’t have enough hands to feed them all at once. $15 at amazon.com —Cheryl Magiera, TOC production director
5/5Cristian has been a great sleeper and I credit the Halo SleepSack Swaddle. He could wiggle out of any blanket we put him in, but never this sleep sack. $35 at halosleep.com. —Kelly Rizo, vice president/finance director