As if swollen ankles, mood swings and bladder control weren’t enough of an issue – figuring out all the things you’ll need when a new baby arrives can overwhelming and intimidating. But no need to fret!
With the help of baby gear expert Vanessa Antonelli, lots of research and testing,we’ve rounded up all the best, must-have things you’ll need to add to your Baby Registry. Talk about making baby prepping easy breezy.
Now, if only we could say the same about motherhood!
Nursing, Feeding & Bath
BabyNes Formula System by Gerber
The Keurig of baby formula, the BabyNes system uses single-serve capsules to dispense precise, lump-free formula into your baby’s bottle – at just the right temperature, in under one minute all at the touch of a button (no shaking or mixing required)! We love that its Wi-Fi enabled, which means you can receive feeding alerts, track your baby’s growth, order formula (and more) with the MyBabyNes dashboard and iPhone App. There’s even a registered dietitian on call to answer any questions new parents may have.
Retails for $199
4Moms Infant Tub
Unlike traditional infant tubs that hold water which quickly gets dirty and cold as you bathe your baby, the 4Moms Infant Tub features a unique design that provides a constant flow of clean water, while the built-in color-coded digital thermometer makes it easy to ensure the water temperature is safe and comfortable. Other features include side drains to allow dirty water to flow out, a rinse cup and integrated rinse cup holder, and the fact that it fits most single and double sinks!
Retails for $59
Peg Perego Siesta High Chair
This modern, multifunctional, ultra-compact high chair easily accommodates a child’s growth – starting from birth up to 45 lbs.! The Siesta can be used as a recliner or as a high chair for feeding, playing, and resting. The highchair features a 5-point safety harness and anatomic front bar, 5 recline positions with extension for ultimate comfort, a 9-position height adjustment, and 3-position adjustable footrest. There’s also a wipe clean Prima Classe upholstered seat, along with a removable tray with removable, dishwasher-safe tray liner for easy cleaning.
Retails for $299 (Available in a variety of colors)
SKIP HOP Grab and Go Nursing Scarf
This soft, breathable and versatile nursing scarf has a mesh window that allows you to view baby, but still provides the coverage you need as you nurse. Wear it poncho style for 360-degree coverage, position it over one shoulder, or as an infinity scarf when not feeding baby.
Retails for $30
Modern Twist Bib
Help protect your little one’s clothing from spills with the waterproof Modern Twist Silicone Bib. Featuring a large catch-all pocket and safe, food-grade silicone, there’s also a 5-position adjustable back closure that’s suitable for ages 6-36 months. It’s also top-rack dishwasher safe!
Retails for $9.99
Siliskin Sippy Tops
A smart and convenient universal silicone top that stretches over and grips the top of any cup to make it an instant sippy, no spill cup – while the air suction keeps the top in place. The Siliskin Sippy Tops are dishwasher and microwave safe, hypo-allergenic and BPA free.
Available in 2-packs, and retail for $8.95
SKIP HOP Turn & Learn Training Cup
Graduate your little one from their sippy cup to big kid cup with the help of this Turn & Learn Training Cup. An all-in-one solution, this cup helps transition toddlers with a no-roll square base and two different settings for slow and fast flow.
Retails for $9.99
Chewbeads CB Eat Silicone Suction Bowls
Make mealtime fun for the little one with these durable and colorful 100% silicone bowls. The bowls feature a suction bottom – so you can avoid the messes, and we love that they are free of BPA, phthalates, cadmium, lead, or melamine, and are dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe!
Retail for $19.99
Gear, Travel & More
HALO Bassinet LUXE Plus
The only bassinet that rotates 360 degrees for the ultimate in convenience and safety, this Bassinet allows new parents to have their little one as close as they’d like (and at eye level) while still allowing the baby to sleep in their own area. Offering a unique design with a swivel (makes getting in and out of bed hassle-free), a nightlight, music, 2 levels of vibration, a nursing timer, floor light and even a coordinating storage caddy – this is all the little one will need for a good night’s rest when you bring them home! (Recommended for up to 5 months)
Retails for $299
Angelcare 4.3” AC417 Video Movement Monitor with Wireless Pad
This monitor with touchscreen display and wireless sensor pad to monitor movement and activity tracking, is the ultimate solution for peace of mind with a newborn!
The touchscreen movement, video and audio monitor offers the only wireless movement sensor pad on the market today, and features activity tracking which reports on baby’s movement levels. New parents can easily rest assured knowing that they will be alerted with an alarm if no movement is detected after 20 seconds. The monitor can also be used without the sensor pad for those early toddler years before the little one starts to reach and explore.
Retails for $229
The ultimate docking station for babies 9-36 months old, this multi-functional all-in-one DockATot let’s baby rest, lounge, play, cuddle, and do tummy time – which makes it a great choice for the multitasking mom. Lightweight and portable, it’s also a great choice for travel. Breathable, washable and hypoallergenic, the DockATot is filled with materials that are offer hygienic and non-toxic properties.
Available in a number of patterns, it retails for $290.
New to the US market, the functional, spacious and comfy Joolz Geo² features easy maneuverability (can be steered with one hand), super smooth folding (one motion and this stroller is folded), superior ergonomics, and beautiful stylish details. We love the XL canopy, XXL basket, interior quilted lining of the cot and seat, and the leatherette handle and bumper bar. The stroller also offers three configurations with its modular design: Mono (which is simple to extend to Duo or Twin if need be), Duo (which lets you transport two children at once – oldest in the upper seat, baby in the lower) and Twin (which is suitable for two children at the same age). Other fun facts: the recyclable cardboard packaging that the stroller comes in have have been carefully designed with sustainability in mind – and each accessory box can be transformed into a practical and beautiful new product. The boxes come with directions for cutting out and building fun things like a lampshade, a birdhouse or a chair. In addition, for every Joolz product sold, a tree is planted.
Retails from $999
Inglesina Zippy Light Stroller
Super lightweight and compact, the Zippy weighs just 15 lbs. and is fully loaded with all the features you need in an umbrella stroller. It can be used from birth to 55 lbs., can be folded with just one hand, features all-wheel suspension, 4-position seat recline, an adjustable footrest, a large extendable hood with UPF 50+ for max protection from the sun, and a narrow frame that lets you glide through the smallest areas with ease. We also love that its stands on its own when folded for easy stowaway.
Retails for $329
Pria 85 Max
The newest car seat from Maxi-Cosi, the Pria 85 Max is the only premium convertible car seat that offers a first-class ride from as little as 5 lbs. up to 85 lbs. The Pria 85 Max also features a technology that lets you easily buckle your little one in with a magnetic clip that can then be unbuckled with one hand. And, the seat is equipped with a flip away buckle, making it easier to get your little one strapped in without the usual car seat fuss.
Retails for $349.99
Sena Aire by Nuna
Travel becomes less of a hassle with this innovative and easy-open crib and play yard, featuring air design that allows airflow from every angle, and a ventilated, quilted mattress that pulls away heat and humidity from baby’s skin. The mattress can be placed in a higher bassinet position that’s easy to reach when baby is little, and then moved to a lower position when your little one starts to get more mobile. The smart leg design allows for one-hand fold-up, and the eight zigzag, skid-proof support legs help with stability. We love that everything folds with the frame and easily slides into the travel bag (which is included) for easy packing or storage.
Retails for $299
Beco 8 Baby Carrier
This ergonomic all-season carrier is designed to where any which way you want, with all the features you need! Great for use from infancy to toddlerhood (7 – 45 lbs.), you have the option to wear your little one facing in, out, on your hip or on your back. The carrier features padded crossable shoulder straps, a zippered pocket on the waist belt (perfect for keys, cash or your smart phone), and is lightweight and machine washable.
Retails for $180
Ritzy Sitzy Shopping Cart/High Chair Cover by Itzy Ritzy –
This is a multi-functional, machine-washable, padded (and reversible) shopping cart/high chair cover that helps protect little ones against nasty germs. The cover also features two toy loops, pockets (great for your keys and cash) and safety belts!
Retails for $49
Sleep n’ Play
SKIP HOP Explore & More 3-Stage Activity Center
This multi-use, three-stage dynamic Activity Center features an overhead arch, a dancing fox, a hooting owl and a musical hedgehog teether. Easy to assemble, and with toys that can be positioned anywhere for the baby, the Activity Center has a 360 degree rotating seat that both turns and stretches for bouncing. As baby grows, the Activity Center converts for easy cruising – then turns into a sturdy table for coloring, playing and more.
Retails for $120
Fisher-Price’s On-the-Go Baby Dome
Baby will feel right at home in the functional Dome – and that’s because its ultra-comfortable pad is ideal for play and for naps, with a canopy provides protection from the sun. Great for use indoors or out, the Dome is a great take-along (folds flat) for playdates, a day at the beach, or a visit to the grandparents. The removable toys provided also encourage motor skill development and interactive play.
Retails for $70
LulyZoo Elephant Toddler Lounge
The perfect portable play space and travel bed for babies and toddlers, the LulyZoo is great for lounging for comfort and naptime, at home or on-the-go and features a signature lightweight folding backpack design with adjustable straps and an easy-to-use one clip design. The cover is also easily removed and machine washable, while the waterproof bottom keeps the little one clean at all times!
Retails for $69
A projecting nightlight and flashlight, Gleam keeps kids rooms safe and sound with magical starry skies projected in a spectrum of colors. No more monsters under the bed with this! The Gleam automatically turns into a flashlight when removed from its base, which little ones will love.
Retails for $39.99
A Bluetooth enabled portable speaker and soother, the SoundBub can be easily attached to any crib, car seat or stroller, and features a soft, padded fabric cover made of chew-safe materials. Lightweight and extremely convenient, it simply requires a push on the bellybutton to activate the white noise or music by connecting any Bluetooth enabled device. There’s even a free app VoiceShare that allows the recording of special messages or songs for your little one (think about recording a lullaby, of your children’s favorite book!).
Retails from $39
Gathre Midi Mat
A luxurious, functional, all-purpose lightweight leather mat that’s ideal for baby changing, a picnic in the park or just simple indoor play. Big enough to accommodate a gathering of 4, we think the best part that its stain-resistant surface just simply wipes down from any or all baby messes, and no laundering is necessary!
Retails for $70
Sassy Fascination Roll Around Activity Toy
Baby will be encouraged to crawl with the Fascination Roll Around Activity Toy that’s sure to engage all the senses, help develop motor skills and strengthen hand-eye coordination with its bright colors, cascading beads, spinning center and musical ladybug. The toy also plays when it spins, encouraging movement rhythm and timing and includes an on-off switch.
Retails for $14.99
VTech Baby Lil’ Critters Magical Discovery Mirror
Give your little one an opportunity to look and learn with this adorable mirror that lets them press or pull the star and adorable animals will magically appear. The mirror also features music and nature sounds while helping build motor skills with the turning butterfly, shape sorter and roller ball. Perfect for floor play or tummy time, the mirror attaches to cribs with adjustable straps.
Retails for $14.99
The world’s first toy designed for interactive newborn play and development, Yoee Baby’s characters (there are 4 to choose from) feature a soft, feather-like tail that is designed to caress baby and incite coos, giggles and smiles. Yoee also helps promote sensory development, body awareness, language development, gross motor skills and fine motor skills and more!
Retails for $24.99
ergoPouch Sleep Suit Bag
The award-winning Sleep Suit Bag that let’s your baby sleep anywhere – converting from a sleeping bag to a sleep suit with legs, which also means making the transition from cot to pram or car an extremely easy one. A perfect choice for older babies and toddlers too – who like freedom of movement, with grip pads on the feet for little walkers. The Sleep Suit Bag is made from a skin-friendly organic cotton outer layer with a breathable cotton filling. Available in long and short sleeve, Spring/Autumn or Winter option, and in a variety of colors.
Retail from $49
Lorena Canals Baby Blanket
This machine-washable, environmentally friendly blanket is made with non-toxic dyes, and with 100% natural raw materials, making it safe and healthy for babies and kids to crawl and play on. Available in solid or chic ombré color styles, these blankets are a great addition to any nursery!
Retails for $88.00
Bubula Diaper Pail
Made of steel and aluminum construction, this pail won’t absorb odors like traditional plastic pails. Simple to use, its strong and flexible rubber seals prevent leaks and keeps odors locked in, while its taller base and ergonomic lid design makes it easier to access – even while holding the little one. Larger than other pails on the market, means the Bubula can also hold 50% more diapers. The bonus? It uses standard size trash bags, and is available in a variety of colors to match any décor.
Retails for $89
CRANE Drop Humidifier
This ultrasonic cool mist humidifier will help baby breathe easier and more comfortably, for a good night’s sleep – what new mom wouldn’t want that? Perfect for helping alleviate dry cough, sinus irritation, dry skin, and nose bleeds, this humidifier is the recommended non-medicated alternative to over the counter cough and cold medicine. We also love that it automatically shuts off when the water tank is empty.
Retails for $54
An ultra-portable white noise machine that will turn the baby’s nursery into a haven for sleep, Snooz has completely customizable levels and a special nursery setting. There’s even an app to control power, volume and scheduled shut-off times, so you don’t disrupt the little one in their room. Unlike digital-based machines Snooz also features an acoustic enclosure, a real fan inside that creates a natural, comforting sound that never changes throughout the night.
Retails for $79
The first-ever wearable device designed for specifically for pregnancy, Bloomlife automatically tracks, times and measures contractions which are then displayed on the connected Bloomlife app. This means means no more stopwatches and paper! Safe and accurate, the device is completely passive and doesn’t transmit any energy into the body, making it safer than an ultrasound and a Doppler. It also helps expecting moms know what’s happening in their bodies during the third trimester and offers a much-needed peace of mind!
Price of a one-time set up fee is $49 + $24/per week
Aden + Anais Nursing & Maternity Pillow
Generously sized, this nursing and maternity pillow supports expecting moms all through the night and is then a perfect pillow for nursing mealtime, tummy and play time. Its removable, machine-washable white cover is made from soft, breathable 100% cotton muslin that keeps mom and baby super comfy. Covers are available in a variety of print, but sold separately.
Retails for $34.99
Boon CARE Health & Grooming Kit
The only set you’ll need to keep your little one looking and feeling their best. The conveniently designed silicone tools fit neatly in a zippered pouch for easy storage, and includes nail clippers, a nasal aspirator, toothbrush, medicine spoon, cradle cap brush and more.
Retails for $29.99
Aden + Anais Swaddle 3-Pack
A pioneer in Muslim baby essentials, Aden + Anais has done it again with their new White Label Collection. This pack of three swaddles are made of breathable cotton muslin, with a light open weave that lets the baby’s temperature regulate itself naturally. Available in a variety of different prints, the swaddles can be used for tummy-time, as a stroller cover, changing table cover, burb cloth, nursing cover and more!
Retail for $38
For the modern mom opting to use a bag she already has, this is the only alternative she’ll need, because the ToteSavvy Mini insert turns any bag into a diaper bag! Made from durable nylon, this mini organizer features 6 roomy pockets, an insulated bottle holder and changing pad so you can continue to use your favorite purse post-baby.
Retails for $45
A universal organizer that’s easy to attach and remove from any stroller handlebar, this durable nylon and handy Buggybutler Sport features 2 XL insulated cup holders, a built-in-cooler, smart phone pocket, and mini diaper bag. It can even be used as a handy lightweight bag with the included shoulder strap for quick runs with the baby without the stroller! (Available in a variety of colors.)
Retails for $34.99