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The Optimist

You believe that childhood is sacred: an incredibly special time, full of magic and discovery. You also believe it’s meant to be enjoyed freely. You’re not big into rules because they are joyless and largely unnecessary. Things tend to work out.

You see yourself more as a let-the-game-play out, hands-off guide. What has worked for decades will likely work for you and your kid. Sure, you got bumps and bruises along the way, but that wasn’t a bad thing. You’ve arrived here, in a place of life where you have the wherewithal to separate what you really need to worry about (not much) with what you don’t need to worry about (a whole lot).

You aren’t particularly worried about making mistakes. You realize that not much about parenting is set in stone. If a routine isn’t working, you’ll change it. You’ll continually rethink what you’re doing and try new things. You’ll ditch what doesn’t work. You won’t be nostalgic, but you will embrace the idea that there’s nothing new under the sun. You’ll find comfort and security in that idea, which will let you give your kid more freedom.

What items are in your registry? In a word, they are practical. You try not to spend wastefully but will pay more for gear that suits your aesthetic. As such, your registry is a bit spare. That’s one less thing to worry about.

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Infantino Go Gaga! Musical Pulldown Monkey

On the surface level, the Infantino Go Gaga! Musical Pulldown Monkey is something you suspend over the crib, stroller, or car seat to soothe your child — and it works great for that. Pull on the rings to stretch out the monkey, and the toy plays a lullaby while retracting. But it’s more than just a distraction. Your child learns to connect the action with the result, making it a fun way to learn causation, an important precursor to other cognitive developments. Its plush surface is also calming and a companion while traveling.

$15

VTech Digital Audio Baby Monitor

There are tons of monitors with video, but most parents would probably be fine with a solid audio monitor like this one. The VTech Digital Audio Baby Monitor provides a noninvasive means of keeping an ear to your child without the privacy concerns of some modern video feeds. Its 1,000-foot range allows for constant monitoring even in large homes, while the digital technology provides a welcome upgrade from your childhood walkie-talkie. We especially liked the belt clip for when tasks required us move away from areas where the parent unit can be easily displayed. Though the base unit plugs into an outlet, the receiver end can be run on either battery or AC power.

$18

Delta Children Play Time Rocking Bassinet

Whether you prefer to rock your son or daughter by hand or via its electronic module, the Delta Children Play Time Rocking Bassinet offers multiple ways to soothe a cranky infant. It also offers music, vibration, and a nightlight to home in on the best method for putting your son or daughter down for a good night’s sleep. Retractable caster wheels on its stainless-steel frame allow you to roll the bassinet to and from the nursery when caring for a sick kid.

$69

Love To Dream Sleep Suit

The Love To Dream Sleep Suit is great for fussy sleepers that are constantly kicking off their covers. Its wearable blanket design has built-in legs and feet for all the movement your kiddo wants, with the latter including grip pads for security while crawling and walking prior to bedtime. A tamper-proof zipper ensures you won’t wake to find your babe in the buff. The polyester and cotton fabric cleans easily and resists stains.

$38

Graco Jetsetter Stroller

The Graco Jetsetter Stroller provides your son or daughter with a front-row seat to a world of new experiences. A removable arm bar gives your kiddo something to hold onto, while a large storage basket underneath ensures you’re prepared for every adventure. Though its wheels turn independently for ultimate maneuverability, lock down its front-swivel wheels when you travel off-road. When transitioning from home to car and car to destination, the stroller has a padded carry handle and a shoulder strap for easy portage.

$112

Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby Carrier

The Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby Carrier adapts as your child grows, providing support for you both. Thanks to some slick engineering, it does this without the need for extra inserts while offering multiple carry options, including front (both inward- and outward-facing), hip, and back. The padded shoulder straps and lumbar-supporting belt ensure your kid is as comfortable to carry at 36 months as at month zero. The carrier adjusts quickly and easily for your partner’s use, and its cotton fabric is machine-washable and super durable.

$180

Maxi-Cosi Mico 30 Infant Car Seat

Expertly engineered for easy, comfortable carrying and ultimate protection, the Maxi-Cosi Mico 30 Infant Car Seat allows you to get your kiddo to the next experience easily and safely. The contoured handle is designed to curve around your hip, while the expandable canopy with flip-out visor protects your child from sun exposure. Its stay-in-car adjustable base makes securing you kid a quick job. The removable fabric is machine-washable and dryer safe and can be reinserted into the unit without the necessity of threading it through cumbersome safety belts.

$200

Philips Avent Natural Baby Bottle, 3-pack

The BPA-free Philips Avent Natural Baby Bottles are rugged and durable, ensuring that the units are the last things you need to worry about over the coming years. Their wide silicone nipples promote natural latch-on for transitioning while helping avoid nipple confusion, and the Airflex vent tech is super helpful, working to prevent colic and discomfort by venting air away from your child’s tummy.

$22

Graco Duet Sway Swing with Portable Rocker

Like its name implies, the Graco Duet Sway Swing with Portable Rocker is far from a one-trick, kid-soothing pony. As a portable rocker, its lightweight design is easily moved throughout the home or on the road, swaying your child side-to-side and front-to-back, while the multi-direction seat offers even more customization. Adjust its swing speed and recline position for ultimate comfort. When not powered on, it provides a comfy portable bed for naptime wherever you are, further securing your infant via a five-point harness system.

$67

Infantino Go Gaga! Bubble Ball Bath Tub

Bathtime has never been more fun than with the Infantino Go Gaga! Bubble Ball Bath Tub. Its inflatable whale shape provides an air-filled, bouncy tub for your young child to play in, while 10 floating balls create an aquatic ball pit. After your kiddo is clean, pop open the tub’s plug for fast drainage. When not in use, the tub deflates and folds down for storage. The vinyl material is superdurable and cleans easily for repeated use.

$14

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.

$20

Up&Up Diapers Super Pack

Up&Up diapers are inexpensive, but they come with plenty of thoughtful touches designed to make the whole diapering experience great for kids and parents. For kids, there’s a breathable clothlike outer cover, a stretchy waist, and integrated aloe and vitamin D for skin comfort. Parents will love the simple-to-operate hook and loop fastener and a wetness indicator that lets them know when it’s time for a change.

$15

Johnson’s Skin Nourish Vanilla Oatmeal Wash

As indestructible as your kid may seem, their skin stills needs some nurturing, and bathtime is a great time to do so with Johnson’s Skin Nourish Vanilla Oatmeal Wash. Its thick, hydrating lather is specially formulated for babies, combining oat extract and vanilla essence. Of course, its No More Tears formula is supergentle, leaving baby’s skin smooth, soft, and with a pleasant smell perfect for hugs and snuggles. It’s hypoallergenic and rigorously dermatologist-tested, containing zero harsh fragrances, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, or dyes.

$6

Chicco Stack 3-in-1 High Chair

The versatile Chicco Stack 3-in-1 High Chair looks out for your every need. Start with a standard high chair, which includes a wipeable seat pad and five-point harness, removable tray, and three different reclining positions. As your child grows, it transitions to a high-back booster, which secures to a standard chair via included straps, and then to 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.

$130

Up&Up Cucumber Wipes

Just as important as a good diaper when changing your kid is a good wipe. These Up&Up Cucumber Wipes are hypoallergenic and soothing, with natural ingredients like licorice, calendula, vitamin E, aloe, and, yes, cucumber. They’re also thick and clothlike, with a light texture that makes cleaning easier without irritating baby’s skin.

$13

Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment

Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment has so many applications that we love having multiple containers around the house. This balm uses mineral oil, cersesin, lanolin, alcohol, panthenol, glycerin, and bisabolol to provide relief for everything from diaper rash to minor skin irritations and dry, chapped skin. With a six-hour window, it lasts between most diaper changes, penetrating for fast relief while remaining scentless and nongreasy. Dye-, aluminum-, paraben-, and phthalate-free, you can rest assured that your son or daughter is getting everything they need with nothing extra along for the ride.

$12

Melissa & Doug Take-Along Folding Wild Safari Play Mat

This 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.

$21

Huggies Little Swimmers Disposable Swimpants

Get in the pool early with Huggies Little Swimmers Disposable Swimpants. Their design, which uses an absorbent layer of wood fluff pulp, prevents accidents from spreading in the pool or at the beach while eliminating the swelling most diapers experience when immersed in water. The easy-open sides allow for a comfortable, secure fit for most children. Featuring Disney-Pixar’s Finding Dory, these swimpants are great for your Nemo-obsessed child.

$9

Itzy Ritzy Silicone Teether Flamingo

Let’s face it: Your teething child will use just about any product on the market (or their fist) to ease discomfort during this period, so why not have some fun with it? The Itzy Ritzy Silicone Teether Flamingo is made from a durable, cleanable silicone that will last through your child’s first set of chompers. But the photos you’ll get with its pink flamingo profile will make for some adorable shots and great social media content.

$7

Just One You made by carter’s Baby Animal Bath Robe

After a warm bath, bundle up your infant in the Just One You made by carter’s Baby Animal Bath Robe. Its cotton and polyester blend is both absorbent and supersoft on your child’s skin, while the protruding ears on the hood are incredibly cute. It’s just the thing you need to get the kiddo from bathtime to bedtime.

$11

Natural Diaper Corner Baby Changing Table

Your nursery’s space is valuable for discovery and play, so why clog it with cumbersome furniture? The Natural Diaper Corner Baby Changing Table fits in any right-angled corner, and its hardwood frame, which supports children up to 30 pounds (or around 2 years), can take a few knocks and only looks better with age. A central channel on its top accommodates most changing pads, securing them with an included safety strap. Two composite wood shelves keep changing essentials orderly and within arm’s reach.

$130