Your Parenting Type Is...
“Let’s go.” That’s been your motto as long as you’ve been on your own as an adult. As you enter this new phase, you still plan to approach every day as a grand adventure, one that will likely be even more interesting now that you have another person to see cool things with.
By adventure, we don’t necessarily mean that you’re inclined to venture off into the backcountry (though you might be). Your parenting point of view is more about the likelihood that you will seek out the new and the novel, scoping out nearby parks, taking long walks (with the stroller) to new taprooms, and hitting art openings with the baby in tow. In all likelihood, you’ll stay closer to home as a new parent than you have in the past. But you’ll figure out ways to see new stuff nearby by keeping your eyes peeled and your ears open to everything from coffee shop bulletin boards to the listings in your local alt weekly.
Taking your child on adventures won’t just be a way to stave off boredom for you both. These journeys will help you instill in your child a sense of curiosity about the world, a thoughtfulness that will expand the mind and create innumerable possibilities.
What items are in your registry? For you, gear and stuff isn’t valuable in itself — it’s more about where gear and stuff allow you to go. It almost goes without saying that you will want to own a durable baby carrier and a portable diaper station — what better way to allow you and your child to experience the world?
Mommy Hook Stroller Accessory Clip
In the same way that a pocketknife always comes in handy, the myriad uses for the Mommy Hook Stroller Accessory Clip make it a must-have for any new parent. While you won’t be able to rappel off their heady-duty aluminum, the hooks are robust and dependable for daisy-chaining essentials to the outside of diaper bags and strollers. The foam grip prevents slippage for ultimate dependability. Buy them by the dozen so you always have a few nearby.
Thule Active with Kids Urban Glide 2 Stroller
The Thule Active with Kids Urban Glide 2 Stroller handles like a mountain bike while being delicate with your child. Its single front wheel, when unlocked, allows for a tight turning radius for avoiding hazards while rocking a trail run. For your distance runs, lock it forward for easy one-handed control, including its brake. The five-point harness ensures that your child zigs with you, while a canopy provides shelter from the sun on those long Sunday runs. When not in use or while traveling, the stroller folds into itself for ultimate portability.
Kids love jiggling around in the Fisher-Price Bouncer. Responding to your son or daughter’s natural movements, it offers additional enjoyment thanks to a removable toy bar replete with monkey, lion, and zebra spinners. The cushy seat pad, when soiled, comes out like new after a quick machine-wash. The adjustable three-point restraint ensures your child is perfectly secured, while the nonskid fit prevents them from shuffling away. When you need baby to nap, flick a switch to turn on calming vibrations to send the kiddo off to dreamland.
Eddie Bauer Echo Places & Spaces Back Pack Diaper Bag
Pacific Northwestern outfitter Eddie Bauer knows a thing about dependability — it’s been a trusted name in exploration since 1920. You and your child can depend on its Echo Places & Spaces Back Pack Diaper Bag throughout the day. Eight pockets, including insulated bottle spaces, offer a ton of organizational options, while its cavernous interior, accessed through a top flap, is a great catchall when time’s up and you and your child have to run. The removable changing pad is awesome for those instances when you’re faced with a diaper change and available surfaces are a little sketchy. And though the padded shoulder straps make for all-day carrying comfort, it’s nice to have the option of stroller loops.
Fridababy Baby Breathe Easy Kit Sick Day Essentials
Despite your best efforts, your kid is going to get sick eventually. Make sure you’re ready with the Fridababy Breathe Easy Kit Sick Day Essentials. It comes with Vapor Drops, Vapor Rub, and Vapor Wipes: three easy ways to get your kid the near instantaneous congestion-busting power.
Fisher-Price SpaceSaver High Chair
For the space-challenged or the space-conscious, the Fisher-Price SpaceSaver High Chair provides many of the benefits of a full-sized piece in half the size. With two height settings and three reclining positions, it’s incredibly versatile despite a base height of less than two feet. A dishwasher-safe tray and machine-washable seat make cleanup a cinch. Designed to be mounted on and secured to your regular chairs, it’s outfitted with multiple security straps to prevent accidents. Accommodating children up to 50 pounds, it’s a seat that your child will have plenty of meals in.
Owlet Digital Video Monitor
When your own adventures take you far from home, check in with your little one with the Owlet Digital Video Monitor. Connecting your smartphone with your nursery through a proprietary, secure-feed app, the Owlet streams 1080p HD video with optional night vision on demand, no matter where you are. It even works with other apps, ensuring you’ll hear any disturbance even while streaming and gaming. Add the Smart Sock, available separately, to receive wellness insights. With its ultrawide 130-degree angle of view, you’ll feel like you’re right there.
HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper
The HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper is a bassinet with easy-open sidewalls. It rotates 360 degrees and has adjustable height, allowing placement — and retrieval — of a crying baby even while you’re in bed. We especially liked the “soothing center,” which provides a nightlight, vibrations, and a back-to-bed reminder while playing music or relaxing white noise, creating an environment in which the baby can get a more thorough night of sleep.
Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 LX Infant Car Seat Featuring Safety Surround Technology Jacks
For those who want to get their car seat in and out fast, the Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 LX Infant Car Seat Featuring Safety Surround Technology Jacks makes installation a snap. Using its proprietary tech, the seat installs in just three easy steps and then removes in a flash, all while remaining exceptionally safe. The side impact protection adjusts with your child as he or she grows, ensuring that the perfect fit. It also seamlessly integrates with Latch system strollers for easy transitions outside of the vehicle.
Philips Avent Anti-Colic Baby Bottle, 3 pack
The Philips Avent Anti-Colic Baby Bottle is a simple, no-frills bottle that uses ingenious engineering to ensure comfortable feeding. An air-free vent ensures the nipple stays filled with formula or milk over a range of feeding positions — helping to prevent colic and gas. Its design also plays well across the range of Philips Avent products, which are easy to source whether you’re at home or on vacation. The BPA-free plastic bottles and soft silicone nipples are dishwasher-safe and quickly cleaned.
Puj Flyte Compact Infant Bath
Take bathtime with you with the Puj Flyte Compact Infant Bath. Its foam body folds flat when not in use, but when it’s needed, it opens to roughly the shape of a sink basin, providing a soft bathing area anywhere. It is fully sealed and waterproof, so when you throw out the bathwater, wipe it down, pack it up, and get on with your day. If it gets dirty, just wash it with normal soap and water, then air-dry it for years of use.
Honest Company Shampoo & Body Wash
Honest Company knows that strong kids come from delicate care, and its Shampoo & Body Wash fits this ethos perfectly. The no-tears formula is as gentle with your child as water, and yet it thoroughly cleans, leaving behind the calming scent of lavender. Phthalate-, sulfate-, and paraben-free, with no junky chemicals or fragrances, it works great with all skin and hair types.
Dr Teal’s Epsom Salt Soothe & Sleep Lavender Soaking Solution
Your partner is exhausted. Her legs are swollen and her body aches. Give her some “me” time with Dr Teal’s Epsom Salt Soothe & Sleep Lavender Soaking Solution. She locks the bathroom door, runs some hot water in the tub, and sinks into the lavender-scented water, which reduces stress, while the Epsom salt naturally reduces swelling, refreshes skin, and eases sore muscles. It’s a great way to pamper her prior to bed—and without the cost of an expensive spa treatment.
Beaba Babycook Food Blender and Steamer
The Beaba Babycook Food Blender and Steamer allows you to create your own superfood concoctions for your son or daughter. Load up all the fresh fruits and veggies you want, then steam them inside the machine, retaining all the nutritious juices, in 15 minutes or less. Once they’re done cooking, hit the machine’s mixing blade to puree your recipe down to baby food consistency. We love making big 4.7-cup batches and freezing what we don’t need immediately for later in the week, thereby ensuring there is always healthy, natural, preservative-free food on hand.
Babyganics Mineral-Based Baby Sunscreen Lotion
It’s never too early to start protecting your son or daughter’s skin from the sun, and Babyganics Mineral-Based Baby Sunscreen Lotion is a great place to start. Its SPF-50 formula helps prevent sunburn and damage for hours thanks to the zinc oxide active ingredient, which blocks a broad spectrum of UVA/UVB rays. And because it’s non-allergenic and tear-free, you can afford to be liberal in your application. We especially like the fact it is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.
Baby K’tan Active Baby Wrap Carrier
Whether you’re running errands or hiking trails, the Baby K’tan Active Baby Wrap Carrier lets your infant experience the world with you. Put it on just like you would your favorite T-shirt, and the moisture-wicking, breathable fabric (which blocks over 90% of UVA and UVB rays) supports your kiddo in five different carry positions. Super easy to adjust, the carrier relies on zero buckles, rings, snaps, or zippers, making for chafe-free, all-day wear. If it gets a little stinky after a long day, just throw it in the wash with like fabrics for a refresh.
The Lorax (Hardcover) by Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, originally published in 1971, is a seemingly lighthearted children’s story that nevertheless teaches a valuable lesson about conservation. If you’re the type that cares about wild spaces and wants them to be there when your son or daughter comes of age, it’s never too early to impart that value.
Seventh Generation Free & Clear Diapers
You think about your carbon footprint, so which diapers you buy matters. Seventh Generation Free & Clear Diapers allow you and your child to tread lightly. While they’re ultra-absorbent and hypoallergenic, minding your son or daughter’s delicate skin, these disposables source their moisture-sealing core from Forest Stewardship Council–certified wood pulp, the first diaper to receive the organization’s prestigious seal. These diapers also eschew chlorine bleach, lotions, or extraneous fragrances for a more natural option.
Honest Company Baby Wipes
Gentle, durable, and scent-free, Honest Company Baby Wipes are a natural way to keep your kiddo’s bottom clean. Made from a plant-based woven fabric sure to be gentle on the tush, these wipes are made with more than 99% water. They’re also hypoallergenic, with no alcohol, phenoxyethanol, parabens, chlorine processing, and other additives. And though these wipes are great on the changing pad, their thick material is also useful for sticky fingers, small messes, and cleaning toys after playdates with friends.
BreathableBaby Active Swaddle, 2-pack
The BreathableBaby Active Swaddle features the same specs as high-end workout apparel: Its synthetic fabric is super breathable and moisture-wicking, keeping your infant dry. And the light compression simulates the comfort your felt inside the womb. We like having a bunch of these swaddles around, as they also work as a nursing cover, mess-cleaner, and makeshift infant apparel when you get caught without a change of clothes.
Romp & Roost LUXE Playard
Do you have an active crawler on your hands? The Romp & Roost LUXE Playard is oversized, so they have plenty of room to move around without you having to worry. And when you need to go on a trip, this thing folds up easily and fits nicely into a wheeled travel bag, so you can take it with you no matter where your journey takes you.
Nursery Works Compass Rocker
After long days out on exciting adventures, there’s nothing better than returning home and spending a few moments before your infant goes down rocking in the Nursery Works Compass Rocker. Combining plush upholstery, solid wood frame, and tubular brass rockers, it provides a smooth glide back and forth perfect for ushering your infant into dreamland. It also comes in multiple colors, allowing you to select the best fit for your nursery.