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“Say what?” and “Oh yeah!” baby products

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Baby gear you can't live without

End up tearing your own hair out when you try to cut your baby’s nails, suck out that little nose or protect your crawler’s knees? We’ve found the funky and fabulous baby gear you’ll wonder how you ever lived without!

A knee up on mobility

Will your baby be mobile and crawling in the heat of summer? You don't have to keep him in pants to protect those knees from carpet burns and bruises. Soft indoor-outdoor knee pads from Crawlings let your busy babe roam free while keeping little knees well-cushioned on hard and hot surfaces.

Rockin' lullabies

Tired of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star? Enjoy the adult music you love in the form of soothing lullaby arrangements while exposing your child to a more sophisticated musical palette. The Baby Blanket Music Collection features artists like Billy Joel, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks, Elton John and The Beatles.

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Toss the tissues

For any parent who has ever tried to suction out their baby's itsy bitsy nostrils while said child is squirming around and smacking said suction repeatedly, you'll get down on your knees to thank the inventors of NoseFrida the Snotsucker. Gross? Kinda. But don't worry -- there's a filter so you won't accidentally ingest any boogies.

Magical manicure

What's tougher than sucking your baby's nose clean? Cutting her nails. When the art of distraction fails and you're dodging your child's kicks and pinches during manicure and pedicure time, grab yourself a motorized buzz b from Zoli. It's a safe way to smooth baby's nails with specially designed cushioned pads -- four different textures for infants and toddlers.

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Bag it up

How often have you left the house forgetting an essential piece of baby gear? My Bag from Kushies helps you remember everything with handily labeled boxes and bags for clothes, snacks, meds and vitamins, shoes and even cool compartments for teethers and refrigerated snacks.

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Pimp the stroller

When you opt for the convenience of an umbrella stroller and the like you know that you may be sacrificing some comfort for your child. Give your kid a cozier ride with Tivoli Couture's NuComfort Memory Foam Stroller Pad and Seat Liner. It self-adjusts to your child's body, reduces pressure points and absorbs shock.

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You're getting sleepy…

Wish you could convince your child to stay in bed just a few more minutes? The BabyZoo Sleep Trainer features a funky monkey who tells your child when it's time to get up by opening and closing his eyes. "Having a child wake to see a sleeping monkey can help soothe him back to sleep. Many small children can wake confused and disoriented, so waking to immediately see his friend the monkey sleeping can remind the child of what he should be doing -- going back to sleep," says Dr. Tracey Marks, a psychiatrist/psychotherapist and author of Master Your Sleep.

Can you say, "oink"?

Going for bottle instead of breast? Want to get more protein and fat into your child's diet? Well, as the saying goes, everything's better with bacon – even baby formula, apparently. Get on the waiting list for J&D's Bacon Baby Infant Formula while your little one is still baking. (Is this for real?)

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