Innovative products that new parents should know about

Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored
Updated Wed December 20, 2017

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  • From the Blooming Bath to TempTraq's Wearable Smart Thermometer, these 10 best-selling and award-winning products are a must for new parents.

Let this be the understatement of the century: being a parent is hard. Like, really hard. But thankfully in an increasingly digital age there are emerging innovations that will help new parents figure it all out. From high-tech baby monitors that link up with smartphones to travel cribs that can be assembled in under 15 seconds, the latest crop of parenting products on the market includes some pretty genius creations that will help any new parent save time, money, and probably most importantly, energy.

Whether you're looking to stock your home with top-rated parenting products or gift someone who is expecting, we've rounded up some of our favorite tech, home and baby products on the Web right now.

Note: The prices below reflect the listed retailer's price on the date this article was published.

Blooming Bath ($39.99;

A fun and comfortable alternative to a plastic baby bath, the Blooming Bath is a flexible and soft baby bath shaped like a flower. It fits in most sizes of sink, which means parents won't have to kneel by the edge of a tub. Once you're done with bath time, you simply wring out the product and then pop it in the dryer for 10 to 15 minutes for a pain-free cleanup. Its aesthetic appeal (it makes for an adorable photo) and functionality have made it a winner of the Parent Tested Parent Approved Award. Take it from other parents, the Baby Bloomer is worth it.

YI Dome Camera ($34.99;

Forget old-school baby monitors and consider going high-tech. There are a number of smartphone-operated camera systems that enable parents to check up on their tots through their iPhones. Unlike other offerings on the Web, the YI Dome Camera goes the extra step by sending push notifications based on its motion-sensing technology; operates with night vision and two-way audio so you can always stay connected to your child; and features easy setup. It can be connected to the Cloud to avoid losing any footage from the device. Compared with other cameras on Amazon, it's one of the cheapest while also being one of the highest-rated (4.2 out of 5), with over 2,000 customer reviews.

Squirt Spoon ($7.99;

Considering how simply ingenious Boon's Squirt Spoon is, it's shocking that it didn't become a parenting staple sooner. The product removes the need for a jar and instead packs food into a squeezable utensil that makes one-handed feeding possible. Keep in mind, however, the product is a bit limited when it comes to what type of food you can put into it. If the food is too runny, it might spill out all at once, and if it's a bit too chunky it might not be able to squeeze through the device's relatively small opening. That being said, it's ideal for Stage 1 or 2 baby foods. And with an additional cap, the Squirt Spoon makes transporting your child's meals pretty pain-free. It's just plain genius. Don't take our word for it; check out the testimony of over 500 parents who swear by it.

Magnetic Me Print Romper (starting at $23.16;

It may not seem like it would make a big difference, but magnetic clasps on clothing instead of traditional clasps will make life a whole lot easier. When nature calls and a late-night diaper change is in order, magnetic-fastened clothing will make taking onesies on and off easier, which means you can get back to bed faster. Magnetic Me by Magnificent Baby is a line of baby clothes that are just as functional as they are adorable. The outfits, which have been thoroughly tested by an independent lab, are completely lead- and phthalate-free. It's the kind of peace of mind that will help new parents and your newborn sleep better at night.

Lotus Travel Crib ($198;

A travel crib that doubles as a lightweight backpack and can be set up in about 15 seconds is basically as functional as it gets. The Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Baby Playard from Guava Family does just that. Its portability allows parents to travel with their children with ease. And a 4.7- out of 5-star rating on Amazon is just the cherry on top.

Oeuf Brooklyn Desk ($575;

Children constantly outgrow their clothing, toys, and practically everything else they need. Oeuf, the minimalist design company dreamed up by husband-and-wife duo Michael Ryan and Sophie Demenge, hopes that a desk isn't on that list. They created the Brooklyn Desk, an adjustable workspace that can be adapted as children grow up. When we compared this pick to other adjustable tables on the Web, the Brooklyn Desk is one of the only ones that is made for the entire span of a kid's life, from toddler to full-grown teen. It's also one of the most sophisticated in terms of design. Finally, something you don't need to replace year after year.

TempTraq Wearable Smart Thermometer ($14.86;

Children will get sick; it's inevitable. Tech brand TempTraq helps parents keep an eye on their infants' fevers with a wearable Bluetooth thermometer that monitors a child's body temperature, giving parents real-time updates every 10 seconds for 24 hours via the TempTraq app. Parents can set alerts to let them know if their child's temperature is higher than desired, as well as send the data to healthcare professionals. It's a design that has made the device a 2017 Healthy Baby Finalist in Best of Baby Tech Awards. But probably the most important feature TempTraq offers is peace of mind when baby is sick. And that's pretty priceless.

Snotsucker ($15.99;

We'll be the first to admit that the name "Snotsucker" doesn't sound very pretty, but hey, being a parent can get messy sometimes. NoseFrida (aka the "Snotsucker") is a natural, hygienic aspirator that will help keep your baby congestion-free. Marked with glowing reviews — it's a No. 1 Best Selling Product on Amazon — NoseFrida is a simple and effective solution to your child's runny noses. Hey, not all heroes wear capes.

Shusher the Sleep Miracle ($34.99;

Shushing a child is often an effective way to get baby to sleep. However, there's one glaring problem: It's exhausting. That's why there's been a flood of white-noise products on the market specifically aimed to help babies feel calm and relaxed, while demanding little to no effort by the parents. Shusher the Sleep Miracle is one of those innovations. It's a compact device that makes rhythmic noises for up to 30 minutes to help fussy infants go back to sleep. In comparison to other white-noise machines out there, Shusher is one of the few that actually mimic in utero noises, creating a more natural experience.

One important thing to note is that every child is different and some may not respond to shushing. So if your child normally doesn't, you may not see the full effect of the product.

Winnie the App (free;

If you've ever wondered if there was a diaper-changing station inside a cool contemporary art gallery, you're not alone. Winnie, an app that operates as a social networking tool for families, means parents can speak to each other all over the country to get recommendations about childcare, find fun activities, or discover family-friendly restaurants. It also operates as a child-focused Foursquare, meaning you can find the best public bathrooms that have changing tables, or any other search you might need. A solid five-star rating on the App Store doesn't hurt either.