Your Parent Type Is...
Parenting isn’t always a blast — there are many tedious stretches — but you know how to make them fun for yourself, your partner, and, more often than not, your kid by sparking laughter. Making people smile makes you smile and making your kid smile will make you feel deeply, deeply happy — even when the kid is rocking a dirty diaper.
You’re comfortable being the center of attention and like to have an audience (though you need one a bit less as you’ve gotten older). You fear being forgotten less than you fear that someone might forget all the good times. This is why you will go to great lengths to capture your life in photos and videos and share them with everyone. You want your kid to know you were there. You were as present as you could have been and you loved it.
Keeping a schedule or maintaining priorities are not your strongest talents, and so you rely on technology to keep your schedule. Spontaneity and serendipity are your roadmap, and as such, there will be toys. Lots of toys. Your aesthetic, if you were to describe it is simply “joy.” You seek it, you want to share it, and want it to be present constantly in your new, expanded life.
What does your registry look like? It’s bright, colorful, and full of things in a variety of fun shapes and sizes. After all, what does baby gear do but set the stage for a day of shared moments?
Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Safety Baby Bath Tub
Why mess with one small rubber ducky when you can max out bath time with the Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck? This inflatable vinyl bath is perfect for babies who are still mastering the art of sitting up, making it ideal for 6 to 24 months. Its Safety Disc reads “HOT” when bathwater is too warm. We liked its nonslip bottom surface for toddlers, along with its comfy contoured headrest. It empties via a recessed drain hole and airdries by hanging from its included suction cup. Then fold up the tuband pack it away until the next bathtime.
Skip Hop Pronto Baby Changing Station & Diaper Clutch
They say that nothing is certain in this life except death and taxes. You’re a parent now — add the surprise diaper change to that list. The Skip Hop Pronto Baby Changing Station & Diaper Clutch helps you plan for the unexpected, providing a clean, sanitary surface for diaper blowouts when you’re far from the changing table — and in a package smaller than a square foot. A front zippered pocket stores personal items like a change of clothes and diapers, while a translucent wipes case holds your strategic reserve. The zip-off changing pad has a built-in pillow for baby’s comfort. There’s even a handy clasp for securing it to your stroller.
Bright Starts Taggies Door Jumper
Requiring zero screws, bolts, or tools, the Bright Starts Taggies Door Jumper is easy to install and yet provides day-after-day enjoyment for your growing child. Clamp it to the top of your doorway, and your kiddo can jump, twist, and bounce in it without fear of tipping over. When not in use, it can be quickly removed and stored away until the next playtime. It’s even great for use on the road.
Fisher-Price Soothing Motions Bassinet
After your kid has had his or her fill of excitement, the Fisher-Price Soothing Motions Bassinet eases him or her to sleep with a calming, swaying motion. The dual-mode lighting offers a guide to nighttime, acting as either a projector of shapes or a reassuring night-light. If not needed, the lighting unit can easily be removed, and it can also be used as a stand-alone tabletop soother. The unit also creates relaxing vibrations, sounds, and music over a comfortable sleep surface. And the breathable mesh sides are great for both visibility and airflow in the summer months. When your infant is sleeping, lock the Bassinet to prevent additional swaying from awakening him or her .
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.
Honest Company Diapers Giraffes
Honest Company diapers are fantastic. They’re made of natural ingredients — sustainably harvested wood fluff pulp — and have a soft liner, stretchy side panels, and sure-fit leg cuffs to ensure a snug fit that stops leaks before they start. On top of that great performance, these particular diapers have giraffes, one of nature’s most amusing-looking animals, all over them, which makes them way more entertaining than the plain white version.
Skip Hop Moonlight & Melodies Owl Nightlight Soother
Gentle sounds and sights prep your kid for dreamland with the Skip Hop Moonlight & Melodies Owl Nightlight Soother. The moon and stars project overhead, while a glowing nightlight is a welcome companion for your son or daughter. Select one of four melodies and four nature sounds for ultimate relaxation. A programmable timer allows for auto power-off at intervals of 15, 30, and 60 minutes, while another option allows for all-night sound. It even has volume control,so your kid hears it but you and your partner don’t.
Infantino Go GaGa 4-in-1 Twist & Fold Activity Gym & Play Mat
The Infantino Go GaGa 4-in-1 Twist & Fold Activity Gym & Play Mat provides hours of fun for you and your child. The synthetic, plush mat is soft enough for a tummy-time nap, but above lives a world of adventure for your infant. Plush animals and a music-playing hot-air balloon are fascinating. The gym also includes a prop pillow and mirror for self-discovery. At the end of the day, the whole kit folds up for easy transport to your next location.
BOB Rambler Travel System
The BOB Rambler Travel System ushers your child through the world from birth to 35 pounds, allowing for a couple years of action and adventure. To get you there, two 12-inch air-filled tires, mounted on mountain bike–like suspension and made from a high-impact polymer, can handle any bumps along the way. The swivel front wheels allow for hairpin turns, but you can quickly lock them forward to move straight ahead when your partner gives you the side-eye. The carrier offers protection from side impact thanks to a deep, foam-lined shell, while its SafeCell Impact Protection components shuttle crash energy away from your kid.
Disney Light ‘N Comfy Luxe Infant Car Seat
Prepare you son or daughter now for that first trip to “The Happiest Place on Earth.” The Minnie or Mickey Mouse–themed Disney Light ‘N Comfy Luxe Infant Car Seat is, first and foremost, super lightweight, making it easy to haul around an amusement park. Furthermore, its five-point harness with up-front adjustment is super secure en route, and its machine-washable seat pad make crying over spilt milk a moot point. Good for up to 22 pounds, it includes an adjustable base for the perfect fit as your child grows.
Evenflo Balance + Wide Bottle, 3-pack
The Evenflo Balance + Wide Bottle three-pack is the perfect starter kit to transition your child from breastfeeding to milk or formulas. The nine-ounce bottles feature an innovative nipple shape that reduces nipple preference so that your partner’s breastfeeding doesn’t suffer. The proprietary nipple also reduces the potential for colic, reflux, gas, and other post-mealtime problems. With this bottle, made from BPA-free plastic and dishwasher-safe, rest assured that this challenging time will be as easy, safe, and problem-free as possible. We especially liked the dual milliliter and ounce markings, which are molded into the bottle so they won’t wash away.
Johnson’s Head-To-Toe Baby Wash and Shampoo
This ultra-mild formula is perfect for delicate skin, and while it cleans, its sulfate-free formula ensures that your son or daughter’s natural moisture isn’t stripped away. Long known for its No-Tears formula and with no harsh fragrances, parabens, phthalates, or dyes, this product’s as safe and gentle as the bathwater itself.
Ingenuity SmartClean Trio Elite 3-in-1 High Chair
Provide for your son or daughter’s mealtime needs no matter the location. The Ingenuity SmartClean Trio Elite 3-in-1 High Chair switches from a full-sized high chair to a booster seat and toddler chair easily and quickly. Especially useful for rapidly growing families, the booster and toddler-seat positions can even accommodate two kids at once. The seat and pad wipe clean easily, while the straps are machine-washable. The tray itself can even be popped in the dishwasher for dried-on messes.
Polaroid 7″ Digital Frame with Mat
Polaroid may be known for its instant film, but its 7″ Digital Frame with Mat shows that old dogs can learn new tricks. The widescreen frame quickly and easily accepts your favorite photos via USB, SD, SCHC, and MMC cards to create programmable slideshows with unique transitions. With all this tech, we were pleasantly surprised to find that it also features a real wood frame, while the interior white mat is reminiscent of classic old-time family photos. It also allows for image editing, ensuring that each photo is just how you want it.
Kinsa Smart Ear Thermometer
An old-fashioned thermometer is not for you. You want something flashier and, well, smarter. Enter the Smart Ear Thermometer. Connected to your phone via Bluetooth, it captures your sick kid’s temperature quickly through a less-obtrusive (and more comfortable) means. Then, it allows you to track symptoms, record temperatures over time, take photos, and even input custom notes so that you can identify patterns that you share with your pediatrician.
Eucerin Baby Eczema Body Crème
When your kid is down with eczema, get him or her back to full operational strength with Eucerin’s Baby Eczema Body Crème. Combining colloidal oatmeal with ceramide-3, the mixture goes on smooth and gets to work fast, relieving minor skin irritation and itching. It’s dermatologist-recommended and steroid- and fragrance-free, making it an easy choice for your poor, miserable son or daughter.
Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit
The Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit is simply magical. Maybe it’s because it’s the first and only patented swaddle transition product, which provides security while allowing for greater freedom of movement. Maybe it’s because it was specially designed for back sleeping in the crib without a blanket. In any event, the Sleepsuit helps establish good sleep habits and patterns during the potentially problematic post-swaddle sleep time.
Fujifilm Instax SQ6 Instant Camera
Instant film is just fun, and no company does it better than Fujifilm with its Instax SQ6 Instant Camera. With four scene modes (action, close-up, night, and auto), autofocus, a self timer, and flash, this seemingly simple device can achieve a lot. And at around 50 cents per shot, it’s inexpensive enough that you can afford to shoot a few packs at a party or pose you kiddo in interesting locales. Check out the company’s patterned borders to add spice to every shot.
Honest Company Baby Wipes
Your kid is the star of your life, and these Honest Company Baby Wipes are the all-natural wipes your kid (and their bottom) deserve. They’re gentle, durable, scent-free, and made from a plant-based woven fabric sure to be gentle on the tush. They’re made with more than 99 percent water and no alcohol, phenoxyethanol, parabens, chlorine processing, or other additives. And though these hypoallergenic wipes are great on the changing pad, their thick material is also useful for cleaning up small messes and making sure your kid is looking their best all the time.
Cloud Island Muslin Blankets with Felt Frame Triangle
If you’re all about posing your child for home photo shoots, then you need the versatile prop of Cloud Island Muslin Blankets with Felt Frame Triangle. Lay your infant down on the blanket’s pesticide-free cotton surface and place the felt triangle over the corresponding month. Grab your smartphone or your Fujifilm Instax camera and snap a photo of each month, creating a fun time lapse of your child’s first year. When not in use, the blanket can easily be used as a swaddle, allowing this prop to pull double duty.