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Kate Hogan, Features Director: We started our 7-month-old son Henry on solids last month, and are offering water with each little "meal." Sippy cups just weren't getting the job done, though; he'd bite on the spouts and couldn't quite figure out how to use them. So we switched to the Lollacup, which we'd seen on Shark Tank, and boom: success! He learned how to use the straw pretty quickly and loves holding onto the handles. While he's still deciding if he actually likes water, he definitely likes the cup.
Buy It! Lollacup, $16; lollaland.com
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EZPZ HAPPY MAT
Amy Jamieson, Writer/Editor: My daughter turns her nose up at spaghetti with butter (no sauce, just plain pasta). My other daughter has a serious hatred for white rice (pair it with any sauce and you're just asking for trouble). With bizarre food aversions like these — and this is just the tip of the iceberg — I'm always looking for ways to make meal times more enticing. EZPZ's 100 percent silicone Happy Mats bring a certain silliness to the table that distract from the fact that peas (gasp!) are sitting inside it. The dishwasher safe, slip-free mats — which are BPA-, BPS-, PVC-, latex- and phthalate-free — are so easy to clean, I can quickly wash my hands of dinner and move on to the next household drama.
Buy It! EZPZ Happy Mat, $24.99; ezpzfun.com
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QUINNY & MAXI COSI BY RACHEL ZOE
Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: At 33 weeks pregnant, I'm deep in the world of baby gear reviews. The first priority is obviously safety, followed by functionality. After you cross those two off the list, it's all about what the car seat, stroller, etc. actually looks like. Leave it to fashion expert (and mom-of-two), Rachel Zoe, to create an insanely stylish collection of baby gear that features golden hardware and cognac-leather accents. The Jet Set Canvas Diaper Bag is so chic, I'd use it as a weekender tote (not that I'll be heading out of town any time soon).
Buy It! Quinny & Maxi-Cosi by Rachel Zoe, prices vary; available at Nordstrom
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SPROUT NON-TOXIC NAIL POLISH
Aili Nahas, Deputy West Coast News Editor: My two little girls love getting mani pedis (after all, who doesn't?) and we've discovered the perfect addition to our at home spa kit. Sprout nail polish is non-toxic, which means it's safe for kids, and pregnant moms too! My 2-year-old Avery is a big fan of the pink. And the sparkles just add to the fun!
Buy It! Sprout Non-Toxic Nail Polish, $2.49; etsy.com
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Kate Hogan, Features Director: Bathtime has been touch and go for our little man; some nights he's into it, some nights he's not. But what's seriously helped keep him happy while splashing in the tub is the introduction of SoapSox, washcloths shaped like animals that keep him laughing even when he's not so sure about getting clean. A bonus: My husband, the chief giver of baths, says these lather way better than your typical washcloths, too.
Buy It! SoapSox, $12.95; target.com
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JUST BORN SPARKLE COLLECTION CRIB SHEET
Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: My family can’t believe we're not finding out the baby's sex until he or she is born. But I'm not the only mom-to-be who wants to be surprised. I have a few friends who are planning to wait as well. In the meantime, we're all decorating our nurseries in neutral tones and the most popular color combo right now is gray and mint green. This adorable (and affordable) fitted sheet has a touch of sparkle and makes a great gift for someone who doesn't know what they're having. P.S. They also have a super-cute hooded towel set in the same shade.
Buy It! Just Born Sparkle Star Fitted Crib Sheet, $24.99; buybuybaby.com
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CRAYOLA COLOR BATH DROPZ
Aili Nahas, Deputy West Coast News Editor: What's more fun than playing mermaid in a lagoon the perfect shade of teal? When it comes to bath time, these drops are an easy and highly entertaining way to encourage imaginative play — and color recognition practice. Watch the red and blue tablets mix to make a beautiful purple; we get lots of oohs and aahs before my daughters jump in the water. Plus, the tablets won’t dye skin — or your bathtub!
Buy It! Crayola Color Bath Dropz, $7.10; amazon.com
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CURRENT/ELLIOTT X HATCH
Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: I thought that finding a pair of jeans to accommodate my six-months-and-growing bump was going to present a major fashion challenge, but I lucked out big time because the super-chic maternity brand HATCH just launched a collection with celeb-favorite denim brand Current Elliot. They have six staple pieces including the "Nearly Skinny" style (shown here) which has a subtle elastic wedge panel at the waist and boasts a "tushie-flattering" silhouette.
Buy It! Current/Elliott x HATCH Denim, $248-$378; HatchCollection.com
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Kate Hogan, Features Director: My son Henry just turned 4 months old, and with all his wiggling and rolling I could tell he needed somewhere more exciting to hang out than his rock and play. So after making sure our pediatrician was cool with him using a jumper for 20 minutes or so a day, we settled on this colorful rainforest model that features all the best baby basics: a mirror, light-up toys and a rattle he can't seem to get enough of.
Buy It! Fisher-Price Roarin' Rainforest Jumperoo, $100; buybuybaby.com
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CHICCO PACIFIER CLIP
Charlotte Triggs, Senior Editor, TV: You tie the end on to the pacifier, clip it on to your child's outfit (as shown here on my daughter Tatjana) and suddenly, your life gets much easier. No bending over at restaurants to pick up the dropped pacifier over and over again and dunk it in a water glass, or watching it fall somewhere too hideous for words like the floor of the airport or discovering that it was left behind during an absent minded moment at the park. Our "house pacifiers" all consistently disappear, but the "travel pacifier" has been in pools, on planes and always makes it home safe.
Buy It! Chicco NaturalFit Fashion Pacifier Clip, $5.99; buybuybaby.com
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ADEN + ANAIS SWADDLES
Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: After I announced that I was pregnant, several friends and colleagues kindly sent me their lists of baby must-haves. Some are just a few basic items, while others are 10-page long color-coded Excel spreadsheets with columns of notes. One thing that all of the lists have in common: aden + anais swaddles. Here's what one of the moms wrote in her "notes" section: "we use these for not only blanket related things in the apartment, but as a burp cloth, a car seat cover (in restaurants or when she is sleeping in the stroller to shade light), when she is on the floor, when it's warm out a great blanket, etc. Get a pack of 4–you won't need more but you will need at least those!!!"
Buy It! Aden + Anais Classic Swaddles 4-Pack, $49.95; adenandanais.com
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BURT'S BEES WASHCLOTH BOX
Kate Hogan, Features Director: One thing I've learned since welcoming my son: You can never have enough washcloths. They're great for bathtime, obviously, but also cleaning up mini-changing table messes, drool and, of course, spit-up. This box from Burt's Bees includes three 100 percent organic cotton cloths, and comes with a bottle of the brand's yummy shampoo and wash. It makes the perfect gift for a mom who has everything, too, and comes in blue, pink and white.
Buy It! Burt's Bees Washcloth Box, $10; burtsbeesbaby.com
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CAKE LINGERIE CROISSANT BRA
Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: Real talk: My cup size hasn't so much increased as it has exploded over the last few weeks and the stretchy bralettes and T-shirt bras I'd been wearing just couldn't keep up (literally). I researched the most comfortable maternity/nursing bras and Cake Lingerie was the winner (trust me, I went deep into the Amazon reviews). Their best-selling style–adorably named the "Croissant"–features a flexible wire for shape and support, a super-stretchy fabric (so important) and drop-down cups for nursing.
Buy It! Cake Lingerie Croissant Smoothing Nursing Bra, $67; cakematernity.com