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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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mamaroo

Everyone will tell you: You need a swing.

No one will tell you: It’s gotta be tricked out.

You’ll need a swing to put baby in and keep her occupied while you’re running around your house like a madwoman trying to get a load of laundry done, make a phone call or even just go to the bathroom! But no one will admit that flashing lights, hookups for MP3 players and self-rocking mechanisms will buy you extra time and may even lull a fussy baby to sleep. At 2 a.m. when nothing else is working, you’ll be glad you don’t have to use your hand to continually push baby back and forth.

Try this one: 4Moms mamaRoo, $240, Shop4Moms.com

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