You’ve read up on the best strollers and the safest car seats, and have stock-piled enough onsesies and diapers to last a lifetime. But when it comes to all those not-so-obvious baby essentials, sometimes no amount of prebaby planning will prepare you for the items you didn’t know to ask about. But don’t worry — we asked for you. Read on as moms who've been there dish on all the baby essentials they didn’t know they’d need but couldn’t have lived without.
** ](http://www.amazon.com/Wellements-Gripe-Water-2d/dp/B0014A4BF0?tag=thebump-generic-20)\*_1. Gripe Water
Why you need it: *_ First, let us say we hope you never have to deal with colic. But sorry mama, chances are you might. And when baby’s up wailing in the middle of the night and nothing will seem to soothe her? Trust us, you’ll wish you had a bottle of this stuff on-hand. So stock up early and grab a liquid dropper. Both will come in handy during teething time, too. Try Wellements Grip Water ( Walgreens, $8.50).
** ](http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3508447&CAWELAID=345230137)\*_2. Fisher-Price Ocean Soothe and Glow Seahorse
Why you need it: *_ A soft and cuddly stuffed animal that encourages baby to sleep? Genius. Which is probably why so many moms love it. Just lay baby down, turn the seahorse on, and back away from the crib slowly… The seahorse will light up, play a five-minute ocean track softly, and gently fade to silence as baby falls asleep. Bet that’ll be the best 14 bucks you’ve ever spent. ( Toys R Us, $14)
** ](http://www.buybuybaby.com/product.asp?sku=118730&)**3. The Ultimate Crib Sheet
Why you need it: *There's no getting around it — changing crib sheets can be a pain in the butt. Especially in the middle of the night if baby's spit up or had a diaper explosion and there's no waiting that one out until morning. Which is why so many mamas love The Ultimate Crib Sheet. Here's why: It's a sheet and matress pad all rolled into one, with the top layer wicking away moisture, spills, and anything else that may come into contact with it. Plus, the top layer is see-through, so you can fit your favorite sheets below to still see its cute pattern, but only have to take off the top layer when you need to wash it — leaving the sheet below untouched. Amazing! ( BuyBuyBaby, $20)
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Why you need it: *_ Baby gas is no walk in the park. And the pain and uncomfortability it brings along with it can make your little guy not just more irritable, but also less likely to sleep through the night… and that’s no fun for you or him. When you’re registering for bottles, do yourself a favor and go with one that has plenty of air-vents. A bottle with a specially designed venting system will help cut down on the excess air baby takes in when he drinks, thereby cutting down on gas. Plus, they also help with colic. Our picks? Try Dr. Brown’s bottles ( Toys R Us, from $10) or BornFree bottles ( Target, $22.99).
** ](http://reviews.landofnod.com/6329/201/reviews.htm)\*_5. Sophie
Why you need it: *_ Because there will come a time when you will 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, food paint, and no toxic gunk whatsoever, which moms love. But why does baby love her so much? 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. $22, The Land of Nod
** ](http://www.gilt.com/account/register?pkey=thebump)**6. A Glider
Why you need it:** In those first few months with baby — when it’s time for another middle-of-the-night feeding and you’re running on three hours of sleep and sheer will — trust us, you’ll be happy you chose a good glider for the nursery. They’re not just perfect for feedings, but also nice to have around if you want to rock baby to sleep, read him a book, or pass out in yourself when you can’t quite make it back to your own room. Which one to choose? Check out the Dorel Baby Rocking Chair Bundle ( Walmart, $170).
- Nursing pillow
Why you need it:** Newsflash: Breastfeeding isn’t always easy. And it ain't always so comfortable, either. Enter the nursing pillow. Its U-shaped and cushy design makes it nice and cozy for baby to lay on during feedings (not to mention helps her latch better), but also takes a load off your arms and helps prevent back pain (score!). Which one’s best? Moms swear by the Boppy, but we’re also big fans of the (very aptly named) My Brest Friend. (Boppy: Target, $30; My Brest Friend: Amazon, $45).
8. A travel chair
Why you need it: *It’s no secret that babies and restaurants don’t always mix. But at least there’s one invention that will cut down on the chaos when dining out with your little one – the travel chair. Fixing itself easily onto the side of any dining table, you can store a travel chair in the back of your car. While it's perfect for restaurants, it's great for those trips to Grandma’s too.
* Moms love:** Phil & Ted’s metoo travel chair, $50
9. A swaddle blanket
Why you need it: Ah, the swaddle blanket… comforting babies (and saving the sanity of moms) everywhere for centuries. By wrapping baby up snuggly, you’ll not only help her self-soothe, but also ease her off to sleep faster, since being swaddled will remind her of her days back in the womb. And a calm, sleeping baby is always a plus.
**Moms love: The Miracle Blanket (because yes, it actually works miracles), $30
** ](http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002M77N22?tag=thebump-generic-20)**10. Fisher-Price Rock N' Play Sleeper
Why you need it:** Maybe it's the position the Rock N' Play hammock allows baby to rest in or the gentle rocking that's created when you turn it on... whatever the reason, babies seriously love the Rock N' Play. And so do moms — especially ones with babies suffering from colic, acid reflux, or chronic fussiness. (But don't just take our word for it: Seems like the Rock N' Play is fast becoming a Bumpie-approved favorite, too.) Interested? Order one now through Amazon ($60).