Rock Your Registry
Boon Lawn Drying Rack
If it’s going to be on the countertop, it might as well be cheeky and stylish. This drying rack has tons of prongs for bottles and parts. I especially love the twig and flower accessories for holding additional nipples, bottle collars and caps! $30, booninc.com.
This “compact-without-compromise” stroller works for tall parents like my husband and me, thanks to its telescoping handlebar. Other features I love: front- and forward-facing seat capability, infant car-seat compatibility (with that reassuring click that ensures it’s in place), a huge basket and a one-step fold — with or without the seat attached. $460, uppababy.com.
Nest Hudson Diaper Bag
I wanted a bag that was durable, fashionable and something I could use for other than diapers down the road. This leather bag makes me feel like a rock star and it will easily last beyond baby No. 1. Bonus: The mint green interior makes it easy to find supplies. $280, nestdiaperbags.com.
This soft foam tub conforms to any standard-size pedestal or countertop bathroom sink. Great for home or travel, it works at our house, Nana and Pop Pop’s house, Nonnie and Poppy’s house, and every hotel room we’ve stayed in so far. Besides being a total back saver, you can store the Puj flat. $44.99, puj.com.
Beanie Baby meets “paci” in this brilliant, mother-designed product. The cuddly creature provides comfort (Our baby cuddles hers!) and the size is perfect for baby to hold the Soothie pacifier in place. For parents, it’s easy to catch and find! $13, wubbanub.com.
Green Sprouts Absorbent Terry Bibs
What makes these bibs different from others is a formaldehyde- and PVC-free waterproof lining layered in between terry cloth, which absorbs drool and drips, and protects baby’s shirt. Bonus: They hold up very well in the wash, unlike exposed plastic bibs. $22, iplaybabywear.com.
Baby Bjorn Babysitter Balance
This chair bounces by baby’s movement — no batteries required. The design is ergonomic, can be folded flat and offers three positions for baby: play, rest and sleep. The sturdy-but-soft fabric is Oeko-Tex certified, is removable for washing and is reversible for a new look. Bonus: Snap on the sold-separately wooden toy bar for playtime. $150, babybjorn.com.
No more fumbling around with a ton of parts to click, set, erect and collapse. This travel crib and play yard features a revolutionary design that pops the cot open and closed easily with one hand. There’s a similar product on the market, but this one costs less and has plush Oeko-Tex fabric. $200, nuna.eu.
Carter’s Terry Zip-up Sleep & Play
Forget the snaps. (Ain’t nobody got time for that!) Zippers are where it’s at. These mid-weight terry rompers zip from ankle to neck for easy and quick diaper changes. Bonus: The little creatures on the footies and bum are oh-so-cute! $8, carters.com.
Summer Infant SwaddleMe
Swaddling blankets are très chic thanks to a certain royal prince, but after trying those, I like that these wraps stayed on! The secure, Velcro closure creates a cozy, womb-like feeling and prevents the startle reflex from waking up baby. $15, summerinfant.com.
Lauren Bell Isaacs is a new mom and digital media specialist for Carolina Parent.