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16 must-haves for new parents

by Kirsten Holder

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Navigating new parent life is overwhelming, to say the least. Every blog, social post and even our friends and family seem to have a different view on the “best” way to do things. MetroFamily wants to make it easier for new parents by supporting them through this whirlwind time in life. In addition to these Early Years resources on MetroFamily’s website, the following are some of our favorite products for littles.

MetroFamily is meeting new parents exactly where they are—at home and on Instagram with our Baby of the Month contest! Entries can be submitted through a hashtag on Instagram OR online, Feb. 1-28, 2022. The 10 chosen winners will be announced online, on social media and in each issue of the magazine throughout the year.

UPPAbaby Cruz V2 Stroller 

You can’t beat an UPPAbaby when it comes to clean, compact and lightweight design. It includes a full-grain leather detailing for style and added grip and durability. The modular, buildable setup is of course directly compatible with the UPPAbaby MESA Infant Car Seat, but it is also compatible with select Chicco®, Maxi-Cosi®, Nuna®, and Cybex infant car seats with the of use of adaptors to create a complete travel system. When asked if this stroller measures up the hype, the answer is undoubtedly, “YES.”
This is Britax’s top-of-the-line, easy and clean style. The whole travel system package comes with the B-Free stroller and the new B-Safe Gen2 infant car seat with base, meaning you get a travel system one-stop-shop. Britax’s car seat includes a high-strength steel reinforced car seat base and SafeCell crumple zone plus two layers of side impact protection. The car seat clips into the base as well as the stroller in one swift motion. Ease and peace of mind is top of mind when it comes to Britax.
If you’re wondering how you will ever tote a toddler and an infant around town with you in the Oklahoma heat, the Peg Perego is worth a second look. This stroller is also modular and completely customizable based on what your household needs. On the main carriage, a baby can rest comfortably and safely under the large adjustable UPF 50+ hood. The stroller also closes inward, always keeping upholstery clean (brilliant!).

Ultrasound and/or Massage services at Little Bellies Spa

Let’s be honest, the pregnancy fatigue and soreness is real, as is the daydreaming about what your baby will look like! Little Bellies is a team of OB/GYN doctors and professionals dedicated to the care of women before, during and after pregnancy. Little Bellies Spa holds a team of qualified specialists that perform the 2D/3D/4D ultrasounds to ensure that the patient has a pleasant, safe and reliable experience. Our ultrasounds have no medical purpose; it is done so your family and you can share an unforgettable experience with your baby.

Mama (or Gigi) necklaces from Tough as a Mother

You can’t help but fall in love with these modern and stylish jewelry pieces showing off your new parent status! Each necklace can be customized specifically for you and your new parent (or grandparent) name, as well as a tiny gemstone to signify the birth date of your new little one. Each Tough as a Mother piece is meant to empower your motherhood journey and honor all the moments: raw, joyous and real alike.

Multi-use covers, bibs and more from KeaBabies

Have you ever wondered why the littlest member of the family gets all the accessories? Embrace that fact and make it stylish too! Keababies offer baby wraps, multi-use covers, bandana bibs, washcloths and much more, all in the softest materials and the cutest prints. Every moment counts (and will be captured on your phone’s photo library) so make sure your little one is dressed for the roll!

Choking risk first aid kit from LifeVac

LifeVac is a patented choking first-aid device for children and adults that has saved hundreds of lives (and counting). While babies are learning to eat solid foods, or even experimenting with toys, have peace of mind knowing that LifeVac is by your side to keep your child safe.

“Mama” maternity gown from Gift Gowns

Let’s face it — hospital delivery gowns are not ideal, especially with visitors in the hospital or at home. Your favorite tried-and-true jammies are likely not going to cut it either! Whether you’re buying for yourself or a friend or family member, Gift Gowns are ideal for postnatal comfort and cuteness too. Choose from a variety of in-stock options that read “#momlife” or “busy making a life,” or create your own unique design!

Peach Skin Sheets

PeachSkinSheets are the #BestSheetsEver for so many reasons – from helping people who suffer from night sweats (hello hormones) to being among the softest hypoallergenic bedding options on the market. When you do get a moment to rest, be sure you have the best chance to deep sleep with this soft and comfortable sheet set!

Beluga Baby Wrap

Mama, this is the comfortable and stylish bamboo baby wrap you’ve been looking for! Enjoy carrying and comforting your baby, hands-free! The Beluga Wrap gently holds your baby next to the familiar sound of your heart, creating a womb-like environment. Now you can have your hands free to make yourself a snack, message your bestie, and bring a little calm into the newborn days and beyond.

Baby Care Kit from Elepho

A toolkit that every parent of littles needs! Be on the lookout for sickness and stay prepared with the eTherm infrared ear & forehead thermometer, eFloatElectronic Baby Bathtub Thermometer and eClip Baby Reminder for Your Car.

Lovies from Bunnies by the Bay

A lovey security blanket or stuffed animal can help ease your little one’s tears and sadness, and the lovies from Bunnies by the Bay offer the two in one! Super soft and extra cuddly, these baby bunny lovies are sure to be a favorite for your little one.

Kids Yoga Mat from Scoria World

It’s never too early to teach self-centering and movement. Better yet, make it a mommy and me class! Creativity through yoga enhances mental and physical well-being, and doing the activity together promotes bonding too. Scoria World mats are non-toxic and come in tons of fun designs, and Scoria World is also a proud partner of Feeding Children Everywhere which serves plant-based, nutritious meals to children in need.

Mindful Method Sleep Courses from pip & grow

One of the first questions that come up as a parent to a new baby is about sleep. It’s important for the health of the baby, the parents and the whole household! Pip & Grow sleep courses were created by experts in infant sleep, infant safety, and health communication. They have online courses for every age and stage that you can access at any hour of the day — or night!


Our babies look to us for their comfort, but sometimes parents need a moment to themselves too! WubbaNubs are the perfect size for little hands to hold onto. The unique style of the WubbaNub pacifier allows it to remain close and easily position to baby. A lovie and a paci all in one!

Reusable bottles and cup labels by InchBug

The InchBug company was founded to make parent life simpler, and they have accomplished that mission! From personalized baby bottles and sippy cups to their signature Orbit Labels that are dishwasher-friendly, you can rest easy knowing everything is in its place for daycare, the babysitter or a weekend at grandma’s! 

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