Your Parenting Type Is...
You believe and value work that is done with your hands, and you spend the lion’s share of your spare time creating. Some of what you make is good; some of it isn’t. You don’t care too much because you dig the process. But that sensibility is about to change. After you have a kid, you’ll want to craft things — furniture, pieces of art, photographs, music — that outlast you. Your kid will use them to remember you.
As your child grows, your space will evolve. You are aesthetically inclined and care about how things look, but you will make exceptions when an aesthetically unpleasing object or toy makes your kid laugh or smile. A beautifully stark, nearly untouched house does not appeal to you. Your home will be a bit of a mess because it’s going to be your studio as well — and your kid’s play space. You want to walk in the door and smell something interesting cooking, jump into a project halfway done on the floor, see something new your kid made at school. This will make you happy.
The artwork pinned to your walls will track your child’s development — both their fine motor skills and their growing sense of imagination. You value the objects you’ve collected from your family — photographs they’ve taken, things they’ve made. You see those objects as a key to thinking about where you’re from and how you came to be.
What’s on your registry? You prefer crafting tools — paint, markers, clay — over toys with movie tie-ins. The stuff you buy for your child will tend towards the timeless, useful, and a conduit for creativity.
Cloud Island Peel & Stick Wallpaper
Add some whimsy and laughter to a drab nursery with the Cloud Island Peel & Stick Wallpaper. The vinyl covering is backed by a self-adhesive, making it easy to install and easier to take off for removal or repositioning. It’s nontoxic and super cleanable, making it an easy way to add an easily sanitized surface to any space.
Pearhead Belly Casting Kit
While pregnancy is only 40-odd weeks, its season of discovery and adventure is something you’ll both remember forever. Ultimately, it’s a time of promise. The Pearhead Belly Casting Kit allows you to create a physical representation of this time. Following its easy four-step instructions, you’ll create a casting of your partner’s baby bump. It’s an easy way to share your excitement about the baby to come, while also having a memento of that time— and a way to embarrass your child before prom two decades later.
Charlie Banana Reusable One-Size Diaper, 6 pack
You like to get your hands dirty, so it’s not surprising that you might entertain cloth diapers. Get started with the Charlie Banana Reusable One-Size Diaper 6 pack, leakproof diapers that come with 12 washable inserts and easy-to-follow instructions. Lined with soft fleece and adjustable to grow with your kid, they’re both affordable and a more eco-conscious alternative to traditional disposable diapers.
Seventh Generation Free & Clear Baby Wipes
Superthick and ultrasoft, the 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 on the bottom. Adding in aloe vera for natural moisture, they’re also hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested for ultimate safety.
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.
Tadpoles 9-Piece Set Playmat
With the look of an old barn floor but with none of the splinters, dust, and debris, the Tadpoles 9-Piece Set Playmat provides a smooth, clean, and soft surface for your infant. Composed of nine 18-inch square foam tiles, the mat covers over 21 square feet when fully assembled. The surface resists water and is easy to clean with a quick wipe-down. When not needed, the tiles stack up easily and are super light to store out of sight.
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.
Cybex Balios S Stroller
Whether you want to push your child boldly toward the future or comfort them while staring into their eyes, the Cybex Balios S Stroller allows for both. Open it from its compact, folded position with one hand for easy setup. An adjustable, telescopic handlebar ensures comfortable steering around obstacles. On sunny days, use the large canopy for UPF 50+ protection. The all-terrain rubber wheels with suspension suck up road vibrations for a calm ride and peaceful sleep.
Haakaa New Mom Starter Kit
The Haakaa New Mom Starter Kit is the perfect companion for your partner to start breastfeeding. Incredibly simple to operate, this discreet pump is made from food-grade silicone and is super compact, making it the best choice for public locations or workplace expression sessions. It includes a five-ounce silicone breast pump, spill stopper, bottle cap, and disposable breast pads, so your partner will be able to quickly pump and get back to what she was doing. The kit and its components are all dishwasher-safe, BPA-free, and require zero cords, batteries, or assembly.
BOB B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seat
From that first trip home from the hospital until your son or daughter is ready to transition out of it, the BOB B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seat provides peace of mind in an easy-to-install package. With its base quickly mounted in your car through the SafeCenter Latch system, you can be confident that the unit is secure every time you re-dock it. The foam-lined shell and adjustable head protection ensure that your child remains protected as they grow. We especially like the spring-assisted recline lever and dual level indicators, which allow for a perfect fit across multiple vehicles.
Medela Breast Milk Bottle Set, 3-pack
The three-count Medela Breast Milk Bottle Set comes with quite a few bona fides — and accolades. Since its introduction, it has become the top physician-recommended breast-milk storage product in the U.S., all while becoming trusted by new mothers around the world. If your partner has one of the company’s breast pumps, these bottles are tailor-made for the machines with easy integration — though they can be used on their own, too. The BPA-free vessels are dishwasher- and microwave-safe, and each has easy-to-read volume marks on the side. We especially liked their leakproof lids, which handle travel and the freezer with equal efficiency.
KidCo BouncePod Travel Bouncer
We love the portability of the KidCo BouncePod Travel Bouncer, which gives infants a comfortable place to lie while we’re working nearby. Unfold it from its travel sack and it quickly snaps together similar to a tent, providing a soft, bouncy platform. The soft, machine-washable fabric is great for both naps and interacting with your child, while the mesh netting is super breathable even at the height of summer. Its harnesslike front piece ensures your child doesn’t wander off.
Skip Hop Moby Smart Sling 3-Stage Tub
While functional and incredibly practical, the whale silhouette of the Skip Hop Moby Smart Sling 3-Stage Tub just makes us laugh. Made from PVC- and phthalate-free plastic, the bathing unit adjusts as your child grows. For newborns, its mesh sling provides a comfortable position in which to recline. After a few months, when your infant can sit up with help, the sling shifts for seated support. Finally, when your child is sitting without assistance, the sling is completely removable for a larger bathing area. After bathtime is over and the water is drained via a removable, star-shaped plug, hang the tub to dry behind a door or from your shower curtain rod thanks to swivel hooks built into the frame.
Burt’s Bees Baby Shampoo & Wash
Powered by the relaxing scent of lavender, Burt’s Bees Baby Shampoo & Wash calms your son or daughter, making it the perfect precursor to a restful sleep. Its gentle formula cleanses skin and hair while moisturizing with natural ingredients like aloe. Vanilla and chamomile create a lingering, pleasant scent. Tear-free, it’s as soothing for you as it is for your son or daughter. Like many other products in the company’s baby line, it contains no parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, or SLS.
Chicco Stack 3-in-1 High Chair
Versatile and adjusting with every age, the Chicco Stack 3-in-1 High Chair is looking out for your child’s every need. It starts as a standard high chair, which includes a wipeable seat pad, five-point harness, removable tray, and three different reclining positions. As your child grows, it quickly transitions to high-back booster, which secures to a standard chair via included straps. Finally, it finishes as a stool for older children thanks to the frame’s contoured seat and pop-up backrest. It’s a complete dining solution that will take you through your child’s first years, changing at the same speed they are.
Buzzy Seeds 4 Organic Herb Garden Grow Kit
Now your partner can grow her own with Buzzy Seeds’ 4 Organic Herb Garden Grow Kit. Just add water to this all-in-one kit to nurture organic basil, cilantro, oregano, and rosemary quickly and easily. Including four pots, four seed packets, a tray, and instructions, this kit is great even for those still working on their green thumb. It’s so simple that older children can assist, providing valuable opportunities to learn about plant life.
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 also 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.
Babyganics Eczema Care Skin Protectant Cream
Target your son or daughter’s eczema the natural way with Babyganics Eczema Care Skin Protectant Cream. Its soothing blend of plant-based ingredients, rich in antioxidants, calms irritated, inflamed skin. Colloidal oatmeal relieves itching, allowing your child to sleep. Fully organic, it provides up to 12 hours of hydration thanks to a blend of tomato, sunflower, cranberry, raspberry, and black cumin seed oil. Free from all steroids, sulfates, parabens, dyes, and other artificial ingredients, this cream is a natural means of providing relief to your child.
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.
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 a touch of compression, which helps your child feel secure and calms the startle reflex. Translation: Both you and your child will get your best sleep ever.
Keekaroo Peanut Diaper Changer
Changing diapers is yeoman’s work, and the right tools for the job aren’t flashy, they’re dependable. Take this Keekaroo Peanut Diaper Changer. It’s not anything to look at, but the polyurethane surface is impermeable to fluids and easy to clean, so you don’t have to put down a liner or pads when you change diapers. This simple fact means it saves you time and money without sacrificing cleanliness. Of course, your kid won’t realize that, but they will appreciate the comfortable softness this changing pad offers.