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You realize that this is an amazing time to be a new parent. Never before has there been such a wealth of information available to caregivers — and you want all of it. You will search for insights and tips to ensure that you’re the most knowledgeable parent on the block. It’s a way to show you care.

You will enter difficult situations armed with information and be decisive. Your scholarly approach to parenting duties will inoculate you against ambivalence. What’s the most efficient schedule for your family in your child’s first few months of life? There’s an answer (and probably a spreadsheet). What’s the best way to eat well all week? There’s an answer (and probably a meal plan).

And when it comes to the boring and banal parts of parenting: keeping up with the diaper bin, ensuring all the parts of the breast pump are washed, dried, and ready to go — you’ll design systems to make things run smoothly.

What does your registry look like? The items on it are versatile, affordable, and, of course, well-reviewed. The products are proven, giving you the space to worry about something else.

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Hatch Baby Grow Smart Changing Pad & Scale

Great products fulfill multiple roles in everyday life, and the Hatch Baby Grow Smart Changing Pad & Scale maximizes it usage. The soft changing pad fits most tables, and its water-resistant foam is easily cleaned for a sanitized surface with every use. But it also incorporates a built-in scale, which can be used to monitor your child’s weight while you change them. Whether you’re tracking overall weight gain or even something as minor as an infant’s adequate consumption of breast milk, the scale takes precise measurements of critical metrics, beaming the results directly to your phone and recording them so that you can drill down into data later.

$130

Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor

Harnessing the most cutting-edge tech this side of a maternity ward, the Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor tracks critical metrics of your child as they sleep. The soft sock wraps around your infant’s foot, to accurately track heart rate and oxygen levels, ensuring they’re within a prescribed range. When everything checks out, the base unit emits a green glow for sight confirmation. If something is wrong, the base station picks it up and notifies you instantly through your smartphone.

$200

Hatch Baby Rest Night Light & Sound Machine

Studies have shown that white noise helps both adults and kids sleep longer and better. The Hatch Baby Rest Night Light & Sound Machine combines this with additional features for a handy nightstand companion. Through your smartphone, you can adjust the night-light intensity and color and sound-machine volume and type, as well as set a time-to-rise indicator, which soundlessly brightens for a more peaceful alarm clock.

$60

HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Premier

HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Premier keeps your kid close, safe, and secure throughout the night. Adjust this bassinet’s height, and its sturdy base provides a solid platform on which your infant can sleep nearby. When baby is fussy, needs a feeding, or is ready for a diaper change, the side pushes down to allow easy access and removal. A convenient night-light allows you to quickly assess the situation, while sounds and vibration help your child go back down. A nursing wake-up button is a great reminder to return your child to the bassinet should you, in your

$280

Kinsa Smart Ear Thermometer

An old-fashioned thermometer is not for you. You want something more reliable and, well, smart. 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.

$40

Thule Active with Kid’s Urban Glide 2 Stroller

Whether you’re taking the child out on your morning jog or strolling through the park in the afternoon, the Thule Active with Kid’s Urban Glide 2 Stroller will become your go-to. The swivel front wheel allows for ultimate maneuverability, but lock it forward when you’re jogging or otherwise traveling quickly for rudderlike guidance. The one-handed fold-up is great for easy storage when juggling a baby. We especially like the integrated twist hand brake, which is crucial for controlling descents in hilly locales. A large cargo basket, rear mesh pocket, and two additional mesh compartments provide easy access to essentials, while the rear-facing “peekaboo window” allows you check in with a glance.

$500

Britax B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seat

The Britax B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seat is a very smart choice. It transitions quickly and securely from carrying to riding by incorporating the easy-on, easy-off Latch connector. Once its base is installed securely, the car seat itself pops in and out with an audible click, letting you know that your kid is locked in tight. The deep foam-lined shell and steel frame absorbs energy, shielding your child from all sides in the event of a crash, while a five-point harness keeps them secure. Plus the cover itself removes easily for a hand-wash in the event of another kind of accident.

$200

Comotomo Silicone Bottle, 2 pack

The Comotomo Silicone Bottle is simply one of the most well-engineered bottles out. The specially designed silicone nipples closely mimic natural breastfeeding to help prevent nipple confusion, while carefully positioned vents allow for vacuum-free feeding without risk of leaking. The bottles themselves are scratch- and bacteria-resistant and shatterproof. Nitrosamine and BPA-free, the system is delicate enough for your infant while robust enough to throw in the dishwasher and microwave.

$23

4moms mamaRoo 4.0 Baby Swing

The 4moms 4.0 Baby Swing is absolutely brimming with tricks to soothe cranky kids. Five unique motions and five speeds, all controlled by your smartphone, bounce and sway your child to find the just-right motion that will comfort them. For audiophiles, its MP3 plug-in allows you to calm with the Cranberries or bounce with the Beastie Boys. Multiple reclining positions allow your baby to blissfully sleep once the storm has passed.

$220

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.

$50

Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphone

Parenting requires a kickass pair of headphones — so when you tune out, you can really tune out. The Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphone allows you to do just that. These Bluetooth over-ear headphones have up to 40 hours of battery life for on-the-go usage, with a “Fast Fuel” mode that yields three hours of juice after just a five-minute charge. Connect it to your smartphone, and you can take calls thanks to its dual beam-forming mics.

$180

AquaScale 3-in-1 Digital Scale, Water Thermometer and Infant Tub

The AquaScale 3-in-1 Digital Scale, Water Thermometer and Infant Tub is a clever invention that lets you multitask during bath time. The tub, of course, allows for comfortable bathtimes, but it also has a built-in thermometer to ensure the bathwater is the correct temperature for the baby. There’s also a scale that can be used with water or without. We love this option, as it allows us to monitor and track weight gain with every bath.

$70

HoMedics SoundSpa Lullaby

As the official sound conditioner of the National Sleep Foundation, the HoMedics SoundSpa Lullaby knows the best sounds to soothe your infant. Select from six options and adjust their volume with the touch of a button. We especially like the harder-to-find sounds like rockabye lullabies, raindrops, and ocean waves to accompany a bedtime story, amplifying the mood and helping pacify finicky children.

$25

Apple Watch Series 3

The Apple Watch Series 3 is such a versatile piece of parenting gear that it should come standard with a new child. With GPS, optical heart sensor, accelerometer, and gyroscope, this device will not only tell you how to get there but how fast it took upon arrival. Water-resistant (along with other, less-pleasant liquids), it’s built to withstand the rigors of parenting. Workout coaching, monthly challenges, and achievement awards help you spend some time on yourself. You can even use it as a walkie-talkie, make phone calls, and send messages right from your wrist while streaming music and listening to podcasts. It packs a lot of power and a ton of options right on your wrist.

$230

Honest Company Diapers

Honest Company Diapers prove that you can achieve great performance with eco-friendly ingredients. The True Absorb Core, made from sustainably harvested wood fluff pulp, absorbs 17 times its weight, helping keep your child dry and comfortable longer. The supersoft liner, stretchy side panels, and sure-fit leg cuffs all work to ensure your child receives the best available fit and feel. With great reliability, sourcing, and affordability, it’s no wonder that these diapers are a parenting favorite.

$11

Seventh Generation Free & Clear Baby Wipes

Superthick and ultrasoft, Seventh Generation Free & Clear Baby Wipes are a simple way to clean your son or daughter before a fresh diaper. Made from a plant-based fiber, the unscented wipes contain zero fragrance, alcohol, parabens, or phenoxyethanol, making them as safe on the face as they are anywhere else. Adding in aloe vera for natural moisture, they’re also hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested for ultimate safety.

$30

Honest Company Shampoo & Body Wash

Honest Company has become well-known for the amount it invests in its research and development (doing the homework for you). As you might expect, the no-tears formula is as gentle with your child as water, and yet it thoroughly cleans, leaving behind the scent of lavender thanks to botanical oil additives. Phthalate-, sulfate-, and paraben-free, it works great with all skin and hair types.

$9

Honest Company All-Purpose Balm

Made from organic sunflower, olive, and coconut oils, the Honest Company All-Purpose Balm is a natural way to promote healing from all kinds of childhood bumps, scrapes, and irritations. Blending chamomile and calendula, it gently calms and soothes bug bites and other irritations. We love the addition of tamanu oil, which moisturizes dry, chapped skin. Hypoallergenic, certified organic, and botanical-based while containing zero petrolatum, mineral oil, lanolin, parabens, synthetic fragrances, or dyes, this balm is a must-have for any diaper bag and first-aid kit.

$13

Baby Tula Free to Grow Carrier

Whether you’re looking for an infant carrier or one that will comfortably hold a toddler, the Baby Tula Free to Grow Carrier allows a long-term solution to moving with your child. With three width settings, two height settings, and a thick waist belt to disperse the weight to your hips, the carrier is fully adjustable for both your and your child’s comfort and ergonomic needs. The cotton material is breathable and accommodates both front and back carry options. It even includes a removable hood should you and your infant get caught out in the rain. Holding a max weight of 45 pounds, you’ll be able to get a few years of use before your son or daughter outgrows it.

$159

Love To Dream Swaddle UP Original

Swaddles are great for comforting infants and ensuring quality sleep. The Love To Dream Swaddle UP Original mimics the natural arms-up sleep position, allowing baby to self-soothe with their own hands near the face. If necessary, the dual zipper allows for easy diaper changes. Made from cotton with a touch of elastane, the swaddle provides just enough compression, which helps your child feel secure and calms the startle reflex.

$30

Melissa & Doug Take-Along Folding Wild Safari Play Mat

Take your child on an African adventure with the Melissa & Doug Take-Along Folding Wild Safari Play Mat. Its animal-themed play space features nine plush animals, all of which crinkle, rattle, or squeak. You and your kid can interact with them on a large nonskid mat. When your exploration concludes, pack it up in its included storage bag and tuck it away in a nursery or closet. It’s also the perfect size to take on the road. No need to worry about errant bottle spills; the polyester fabric cleans easily.

$20

Medela Pump In Style Double Electric Breast Pump with Metro Bag

The Medela Pump In Style Double Electric Breast Pump with Metro Bag is an all-in-one starter kit to start pumping. As the number-one physician-recommended breast pump brand in the U.S., Medela knows how to do it right, and its double electric daily-use breast pump is designed for mothers who pump multiple times a day. The removable device with accompanying battery pack is discreet for public and workplace use, while its cooler system with removable bag and contoured ice pack makes storage and transport easy. Arriving with an understated messenger bag, your partner can pump with both comfort and confidence.

$306