Whether you're a brand-new parent or this isn't your first rodeo, having two hands free at all times is always helpful. There's no better way to keep your eyes on baby — and a million other things — than with the Ergo Original Baby Carrier ($115 - $140) holding your child snuggly to your chest or back in one of three positions. And because it holds a child of up to 45 pounds, you can get away with keeping your toddlers close by as well. There aren't many situations this three-position baby carrier can't help you with, aside from diffusing a threenager's public meltdown — you just have to ride that one out, Mama.
— Alessia Santoro, assistant editor