Maternity favorites, baby-shower ideas and nursery gear that will make you say "awww."

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With so much excitement — and so many cute little things available — it’s easy to go crazy shopping for your maternity and baby gear.

But some items really are wonderfully handy. Here are a few worth checking out for your third trimester, new baby or an upcoming shower.

Maternity

Nom Collection Olivia During & After Sweater ($78 at nommaternity.com). Add a core piece to your maternity wardrobe with this versatile, locally designed sweater that has side snaps for adjustability and for nursing access after Baby is born.

Hatch Mama Belly Oil ($58) and Belly Mask ($42 for four, both at hatchcollection.com). These stretch-mark and itchy-belly reducing elixirs are new releases from the hip maternity line Hatch. They include healing botanicals, such as calendula and aloe vera, and sweet almond and sunflower seed oils.

Rosie Pope Riley Maternity Sweatpants ($78 at Nordstrom). Kick back and relax (you need it!) in these ultra-soft knit sweatpants with a drawstring waist that adjusts to your changing body.

Clockwise from top left: Freemie Collection Cups, $60; Rosie Pope Riley Maternity Sweatpants, $78; Flora and Henri Organic Nino Pullover Sweater, $80
Clockwise from top left: Freemie Collection Cups, $60; Rosie Pope Riley Maternity Sweatpants, $78; Flora and Henri Organic Nino Pullover Sweater, $80

XOThree Foxy Bra ($136 at xothree.com). Uber-athletes looking to get back into their fitness routines may want to invest in this clever sports bra that provides high-impact support while making it easy to nurse in between sets. How does it work? A mesh top layer unzips to reveal a patterned bra with drop-down cups. Zipped back up, it provides two layers of support.

Gifts

George Hats Sun Hats ($22–$38 at george-hats.com). Shield their delicate skin from the sun in these adorable hats that combine cute patterns with UPF 50+ protection and a breathable mesh lining.

Bumkins Sleeved Bib (starting at $13 at bumkins.com). Let them get messy in these handy bibs that tie in the back so they go on as easily as a regular bib, but with a lot more coverage. An array of fun patterns and licensed themes are available.

Rookie Humans Crib Sheets ($35 at rookiehumans.com). Get the camera ready! These soft cotton crib sheets were made for photos. Ten whimsical designs are available, featuring woodland creatures, underwater adventures
and lunar dreamscapes.

Flora and Henri Organic Nino Pullover Sweater ($80 at Flora and Henri, Pioneer Square, and florahenri.com). Splurge on this locally designed, 100 percent organic cotton sweater and Baby will have a go-to piece for any special occasion. In sizes newborn to 4 years.

From left: Diono Quantum Stroller, $500; George Hats Sun Hats, $22–$38
From left: Diono Quantum Stroller, $500; George Hats Sun Hats, $22–$38

Gear

Diono Quantum 6-in-1 Stroller ($500 at buybuybaby.com). Go from birth to big kid with this new locally designed stroller. Six different configurations accommodate a growing child, and a reversible seat lets Baby sit facing forward or toward their parent. It also offers one-handed folding; comes with a zippered foot muff, doubly padded seat and canopy with UPF 50+ sun protection, and has push-on and -off breaks.

Nuna Sena Aire Travel Crib ($300 at Nordstrom). A portable crib so often saves the day — both at home and when traveling. So consider investing in one that’s both great looking and easy to use. The Sena features four mesh sides, a one-hand fold-up feature and three décor-friendly colors to choose from.

Freemie Collection Cups ($60 at freemie.com). Pumping stinks, and pumping in less-than-ideal spots at your worksite can make it downright miserable. These clever collection cups help you maintain some modesty by allowing you to pump under your shirt. They work with a range of commercial pumps, or Freemie’s electric or hand pumps.

Nokia Thermo Smart Temporal Thermometer ($77.50 at amazon.com). Those first few colds can be quite alarming. Keep track of Baby’s temperature accurately and easily with this new digital forehead thermometer. It even has a smartphone app, so you can track readings or get temperature notifications when you’re away.