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11 New-Mom Must-Haves No One Tells You About

Forget what you’ve read in the baby books -- we go beyond the basics and get right to the good stuff.

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sophie giraffe

Everyone will tell you: Get teething toys.

No one will tell you: Get this very specific one called Sophie.

There will come a time when you’ll do just about anything to make baby's teething pain go away. Let us introduce you to the miraculous healing powers of Sophie, the giraffe teether. She's made of natural rubber and food paint, with no toxic gunk whatsoever, which moms love. But why does baby love her so much? The jury’s still out on that one. Maybe it’s because her chewable appendages stick out every which way, making her easy to chomp on; or that she squeaks when you squeeze her and seems to be the perfect size for baby’s kung-fu grip. Whatever the reason, one thing’s clear: Her miraculous ability to keep baby happy (and silent) makes her a definite must-have.

Moms love: Sophie, $25, LandofNod.com

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