13 products I couldn't live without as a new parent

From night lights to prams, here are the products that have made my life with a newborn easier

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Are you expecting a bundle of joy and hoping to get prepared early with the latest baby tech? Or maybe your little one has already arrived and you're currently reading this at 3AM hoping to find the key product that will help them sleep better? I've been there! Well, actually, I'm currently there, with a nine-week-old turning my life upside down (in a good way).

When it comes to babies there is no shortage of products that promise to solve age-old parenting problems, but just remember this, babies need very little in the way of technology - parents have been raising children well before white noise machines and motorised baby rockers arrived on the scene.

That being said, there are certainly well-designed products that make your life as a parent easier. Here are a few I've personally tried (some bought, some sent to review from the brands) and would recommend:

Ewan the sheep

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1. Sweet Dreamers Ewan Deluxe

Better than counting sheep

Reasons to buy

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Shushing sound and red light
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Automatic cry detection
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Cute design

Reasons to avoid

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Requires batteries
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Awkward controls

The first product on this list is something I'd recommend to all first-time parents  - Ewan The Dream Sheep. This was a late-night Amazon purchase but it's one I certainly don't regret. Ewan is a cute and cuddly sleep aid that replicates the comfort of the womb with soothing sounds and lights. 

It includes actual recordings of a mother's womb and heartbeat to help lull your newborn or toddler into a peaceful slumber. Best of all, the Delux version of Ewan features a cry sensor, which automatically activates when your baby cries, helping to resettle them back into a restful sleep without you needing to get up.

Silver Cross Reef pram

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2. Silver Cross Reef

This premium push chair is great if you're short on space

Reasons to buy

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Recycled materials
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Luxury brand and finish
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Collapsable carry cot
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Really thought-out design

Reasons to avoid

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On the expensive side

This is a bit of a luxury but there's no denying that this pram has made my life easier. The Reef is Silver Cross' next-generation travel system designed to offer the ultimate in design and baby comfort.

The Silver Cross Reef is a premium pram, it's crafted from recycled materials that look luxurious but are also durable enough to stand up to whatever your baby can throw at it.

This next-generation travel system has a number of features aimed at making the parent's life easier; such as a collapsable newborn carrycot, which is perfect if you're short on space; a magnetic buckle; and a harness which can be adjusted with one hand.

Amazon Kindle Scribe review: ereader on a white background with stylus

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3. Amazon Prime

A true livesaver

Reasons to buy

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Quick delivery
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Huge selection of products

Reasons to avoid

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It's Amazon

I don't like Amazon for all of the various, very obvious reasons, but I do have to give it to them - having Amazon Prime with a newborn has been so convenient. Need some breast pads? Milk bags? Wipes? Medicine? Ewan the Sheep? Order it on Amazon and it'll arrive tomorrow, for free, without you having to leave the house. 

As someone who has resisted getting Amazon Prime up until now, this has blown my mind. I can't count the times I've been browsing Amazon in a sleep-deprived state, ordering anything that might help get my little one to sleep longer.

Cybex Cloud Z2 i-size

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4. Cybex Cloud Z2

A car seat that reclines

Reasons to buy

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Reclines for extra comfort in car
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Futuristic looks
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Lie flat position for extended use
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Large canopy

Reasons to avoid

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On the heavy side

The Cybex Cloud Z2 is top of T3's best car seat buying guide for a reason - its incredible flexibility. What sets this car seat apart from the rest? The Cloud Z2 can be reclined to a full lie-flat position, which means you can leave your baby in the seat for longer.

The Cloud Z2 can also be placed in a semi-reclined position while in the car. This new feature allows greater comfort for the child without compromising on safety while on the road.

On top of that, I love that the rotating Z2 Base is easy to install, and the large, futuristic-looking canopy is made from UPF50+ fabric.

Google Pixel 7 review: yellow phone on a white background

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5. Google Pixel 7

An excellent phone for crystal clear baby snaps

Reasons to buy

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Great camera
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Pixel feature updates
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Great screen
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Pure Android

Reasons to avoid

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Not as flash as some other flagships

Okay, here's something that I probably could have lived without, but glad I didn't have to. I've always loved the Google Pixel range of smartphones for their excellent photo-taking abilities, and now that I have a little one this is more important than ever.

I want quick, clear pictures at the press of a button and the Pixel is excellent at doing that. There are two features that make the Pixel 7 especially good at taking pictures of a newborn; Face Unblur, which automatically detects slow shutter speed and movement to reduce fuzzy faces; and Night Sight, which improves low-light photography without using the flash (which could wake up a sleeping baby).

Elvie Stride Breast Pump

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6. Elvie Stride Breast Pump

Powerful, ultra-quiet, lightweight pump

Reasons to buy

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Discrete and lightweight design
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Powerful
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Quiet
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Good app

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Difficult to see how much you've collected

Elvie Stride is a powerful, quiet, and lightweight breast pump that sits comfortably under clothing. The best thing about the Stride is that although It's battery-powered and weighs less than 150g per cup, it still provides hospital-grade suction strength.

The pump is controlled via a very intuitive app that gives you the option to choose between ten intensity settings in both Stimulation and Expression modes. You can even save preferred settings and track pumping history.

Nuna Cuddl Baby Carrier

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7. Nuna Cudl Baby Carrier

A practical baby carrier than can be used everyday

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight
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Hip Healthy
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Use from birth

Reasons to avoid

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Bulkier than a wrap

Sometimes there are days when your baby just won't want to be put down, but you still need to do things around the house. Enter the Nuna Cudl baby carrier. The Cudl is comfortable and customisable with breathable mesh fabric and padded shoulder and waist straps. This makes it great to wear every day around the house, as well as on longer trips out and about.

It features four magnetic buckles that make securing on the go quick and simple, and four carry positions that offer optimal support as your child grows.

Owlet smart sock

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8. Owlet Smart Sock 3

Great for peace of mind

Reasons to buy

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Interesting to track sleep
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Easy to put on
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Tracks baby’s heart rate and oxygen level

Reasons to avoid

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False alarms can be annoying

Before having a baby I've always wanted to keep baby tech down to a minimum, but after experiencing the anxieties that come with a newborn (Are they sleeping enough? Are they sleeping too much? Are they breathing? What was that funny sound?) I quickly changed my mind.

The Owlet Smart Sock allows you to track your baby's heart rate and oxygen level, and will alert you if they drop below a safe level. It offers valuable peace of mind when you're just getting used to everything.

Owlet’s completely redesigned Smart Sock 3 now fits a greater range of babies, from 5lbs to 30lbs, allowing parents to track tiny infants as soon as they come home from the hospital. The new version continues to track the baby’s heart rate and oxygen through sleep, with an improved tracking frequency of 97% during an 8-hour session. You can also use the sleep history feature to see how long and how well your baby slept and use the insights to create new routines as your baby grows.

Cybex Lemo High Chair

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9. Cybex Lemo Chair and Bouncer

A bouncer and a high chair combined

Reasons to buy

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Bouncer seat can be used on high chair legs
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Can be used from birth to  99-years-old
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Incredibly easy to assemble

Reasons to avoid

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Footprint is quite large

I love the Cybex Lemo Highchair for its sheer adaptability. For a start, the Lemo can be used as a bouncer to keep your newborn entertained, but when it comes to meal time the nest seat can be removed from the bounder base and attached to the high chair base, meaning your newborn can sit up the table while you eat. 

That is currently the stage that I'm at, but when your baby outgrows the newborn nest seat, the Lemo has a chair which will adapt and grow with your little one. It's a very impressive piece of design and engineering. The Lemo is so well made even I, at 191 centimetres, can sit in it!

BBHugMe pregnancy pillow

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10. BBHugMe Pregnancy Pillow

For supreme comfort

Reasons to buy

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Flexible design
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Colour options
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Very comfortable
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Washable cover

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

BBHugMe is designed to help women sleep comfortably throughout their pregnancy, but we're still using it now that our baby has arrived.

The adjustable pillow allows you to find the perfect firmness and shape to support your body as it grows and changes from the first trimester and beyond. It can be used around your belly, lower back, pelvis, knees and ankles to ensure 5-point support.

Now we use it as a breastfeeding pillow, as the comfortable pillow allows for a hands-free feed.

The kit is made up of a BBHugMe inner pillow filled with BioFoam beads, two pebbles to secure and adjust each end, and a super soft and breathable cover.

Yoto Player

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11. Yoto Player

This little story box is great, even for newborns

Reasons to buy

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Can be used for white noise and music
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Cards can also be played on app
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Will be used for years as they grow

Reasons to avoid

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App can be buggy sometimes

The Yoto Player is essentially a smart speaker that can be controlled by your child using physical story cards. The screen-free device features an integrated battery, stereo sound, Bluetooth connectivity and three different play modes.

Yoto has built a brilliant library of content featuring some of the very best children’s authors such as Julia Donaldson, Roald Dahl and Judith Kerr. Simply pop in a card (or select it on the app) and you'll have a celebrity reading your child a classic story in no time.

I know what you're thinking - all of this sounds a bit too advanced for a newborn. Well, Yoto actually has a selection of music, podcasts, radio and white noise as well, so we use this a bedtime to create a calm atmosphere. It's really useful and will become even more useful as your child grows.

Sympa night light

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12. Sympa Night Light

This night light is simple yet brilliant

Reasons to buy

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Long battery life
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Easy operation
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Cute design
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Very affordable

Reasons to avoid

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No audio like promised in the Amazon description

This was another sleep-deprived Amazon Prime purchase when we suddenly decided our bedside lights didn't dim enough. The Sympa Night Light is a fairly simple product, it emits a soft, warm light that can be dimmed. Oh, and it looks a bit like an Angry Birds character. It's perfect for late-night feeds and nappy changes.

It's simple to use, with one button controlling the power and brightness, and another controlling the light warmth. The battery lasts for ages, and when it does finally run out it can be recharged via Micro USB. 

One thing to note: the Amazon listing notes that it can play eight soothing sounds, but it definitely cannot - there's no button for this and no mention of it in the instruction manual.

Graphite/Black Micralite Sleep&Go Travel Cot

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13. Micralite Sleep&Go Travel Cot

The comfortable cot lets you travel

Reasons to buy

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Can be used as playpen
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Newborn insert
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Durable fabric

Reasons to avoid

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Only grey/black colour option

Planning on travelling with a newborn? It's a daunting task, but one that's made easier thanks to the Micralite Sleep&Go Travel Cot. It sets itself apart from rivals by being adaptable: it's a travel cot one minute, a playpen the next, and can even transform into a newborn co-sleeper. Perhaps best of all, it's able to transform between these functions in seconds thanks to its innovative all-in-one frame.

You can read more about this in my Micralite Sleep&Go Travel Cot review and best travel cot guide.

Spencer Hart
Style and Travel Editor

As the Style and Travel Editor at T3, Spencer covers everything from clothes to cars and watches to hotels. Everything that's cool, stylish, and interesting, basically. He's been a part of T3 for over seven years, and in that time covered every industry event known to man, from CES and MWC to the Geneva Motorshow and Baselworld. When he's driving up and down the country in search of the greatest driving roads, he can be found messing around on an electric scooter, playing with luxury watches, or testing the latest fragrances.

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