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Helpful items for first-time parents

Here are the must-haves to make navigating parenthood a little easier

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Photo (c) Lizzie Bolt

When you're expecting to add a new family member, things can get overwhelming. There are many types of strollers, car seats, cribs and other necessities on the market. To save you money and time, here are some must-have items for first-time parents that make life a little easier chosen by ConsumerAffairs' own new mom, Lizzie Bolt.

Easy-to-use travel system

This one is a given — you can't bring a baby home without a car seat! Having the right travel system for your family is essential to making life a little easier when getting in and out of your car. The Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System comes with the base, car seat and stroller. Chicco designed the car seat for infants from 4 - 30 pounds and comes in 4 different patterns with the matching stroller. So stylish!

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  • Parent tray with 2 cup holders
  • One-handed, free-standing quick fold

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Safe sleeping area

Much research has gone into the "back is best" sleeping method for infants. It’s essential to have a nice, firm mattress in a safe sleep space, such as this Delta Bentley S Series Convertible crib. Made with easy assembly in mind, the Delta Bentley crib will also grow with your baby, converting from a crib to a toddler bed, day bed and even a full-size bed with a head and footboard. Don't forget the final touch: Graco's Premium breathable, foam crib mattress. Graco's mattress will fit any standard full-size crib.

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  • Available in 3 colors
  • Adjustable mattress height

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  • Removable and machine washable cover
  • GREENGUARD Gold certified

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Something soothing

We know parenting is overwhelming, but being a baby isn't a life in paradise (only according to them, though). When your sweet baby can't seem to settle outside of your arms, and you want to get some things done or even need a break, having a swing is a lifesaver! The Safari Dreams Cradle n' Swing from Fisher-Price lets you create the best environment for your baby to hang out. Packed with 16 tunes, a motorized mobile and 6 different swinging speeds, your baby will be in awe for sure!

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  • 2-position recline
  • 3 adjustable seat positions

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Be ready for bath

Bath time is a fun time for everyone! Who doesn't love splashing and singing with their baby? Fisher-Price's 4-in-1 Sling 'n Seat Tub will stay with you until your tot is ready for the big tub. This bath center comes with a squeeze bottle to make washing hair easier, a soft mesh sling for newborns, an insert aid for unsteady sitters and a toy whale for playtime.

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  • Easy to store hook
  • Useful for newborn to toddler

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Getting your baby to sleep is the best part of the night, so why wake them up when you just want some quiet time? Sneaking into your baby's room is a thought of the past with today's incredible camera systems. Having a video baby monitor like the Summer Infant Explore baby monitor will ease your mind as your little one sleeps. The wireless monitor has a digital color screen with automatic black and white night vision. With the press of a button, you can also zoom, talk back to your baby and even change the night light with 2 color options.

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  • Room temperature display
  • Remote camera steering from handled device

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Parenthood is anything but smooth sailing, but with these items, it’ll make life a little easier. Now that the little ones are entertained, why not get something for the older kids?

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