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The Protector

You have a strong, confident sense of self and are driven by a desire to make your mark on the world by doing good. You have grit and certitude. This has served you well thus far and will serve you well as a parent. As a parent, you believe that your primary role is to shepherd your little one safely through childhood. You’re less concerned about imprinting your own viewpoints on your child, which happens naturally and might not even be for the best, than you are about providing a sturdy framework, standing back, and letting your child thrive.

You’ll babyproof your home months before you need to. While out for a stroll, you’ll walk between your kid and the traffic. You’ll master knowing just when your toddler might need help getting around the yard and when they’re just fine.

Are you being overprotective? Maybe, but not in an anxious way. You’re unflappable, and both your child and your partner will gain strength from that.

What items are in your registry? All told, products that will help you stay vigilant. Whether it’s a smart smoke and carbon monoxide detector or a baby monitor that also keeps tab on your home, you want products that allow you to keep your guard up, even when your back is turned.


Safety 1st onBoard 35 LT Infant Car Seat

The Safety 1st onBoard 35 LT Infant Car Seat is first and foremost incredibly safe. Four harness heights allow for the perfect fit as your child grows, while side impact protection ensures they’re covered in the event of lateral impact. It is also insanely light — the lightest seat on the market for children under 35 pounds. Add to that seamless integration with strollers that feature the QuickClick system (check with your stroller’s manufacturer to confirm) plus a Latch installation system that makes it easy to use with multiple vehicles.


Storkcraft Hoop White Glider and Ottoman

Your child’s nursery should be a safe place where you can spend time together in peace and comfort. That’s why the Storkcraft Hoop White Glider and Ottoman is one of the best things you can have in the nursery. Its padded back, arms, seat, and ottoman are incredibly comfy, while its gentle rocking motion is catchless thanks to a steel ball bearing movement. Burp your baby with confidence because the easy-clean fabric resists stains. And about that fabric: Myriad color options allow you to perfectly match it with your nursery’s décor.


Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor

You want to really keep tabs on your child — not just have a peek of them sleeping through a grainy monitor. The Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor is your choice: a cutting-edge soft sock monitor that tracks heart rate and oxygen levels using clinically proven technology. Bluetooth alerts, available up to 100 feet away through your smartphone and a proprietary app, signal if something is wrong. The base station, located near your son or daughter’s crib, offers color-coded assurances or warnings for at-a-glance updates on levels. It’s reassuring during the stressful first months.


HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Premier

A bassinet in the bedroom doesn’t have to be ugly, as the HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Premier proves. Its clean lines and brushed metal are a handsome addition to any room. An adjustable height and stable base allow it to fit into even small spaces, while the push-down side offers quick access to a crying baby, even while you’re in bed. A built-in nightlight allows easy monitoring, and its optional sounds and vibration can assist with putting your little one down. We especially like its “nursing wake-up button,” which alerts you to return your infant to the bassinet should you nod off during a small-hours feeding. Side pockets mean changing supplies are never far from reach.


Eddie Bauer Echo Places & Spaces Back Pack Diaper Bag

Pacific Northwestern outfitter Eddie Bauer knows a thing about the outdoors — it’s been a trusted name in natural exploration since 1920. You and your child can depend on its Echo Places & Spaces Back Pack Diaper Bag no matter where the trail takes you. 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 it’s time to head home. 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.


Dr. Brown’s Options+ Complete Baby Bottle Gift Set

The Dr. Brown’s Options+ Complete Baby Bottle Gift Set gives you everything you need for bottle feeding. The 18-piece kit includes five bottles, six extra bottle nipples for various stages of feedings, four travel caps, a bottle brush, and a formula dispenser. It even includes a Dr. Brown’s pacifier shaped like the system’s nipples to aid in increased acceptance. All components are dishwasher safe, easily sterilized, and BPA-free.


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

Odds are your little wiggle worm isn’t going to sit still for the next few years, so you’ve got to do the most with the time you’ve got. The AquaScale 3-in-1 Digital Scale, Water Thermometer and Infant Tub is built around this ethos. 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.


Natural Diaper Corner Baby Changing Table

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.


Fisher-Price 2-in-1 Soothe ’n Play Glider Plus

The soothing dual motion of the Fisher-Price 2-in-1 Soothe ’n Play Glider Plus helps usher infants up to 25 pounds off to dreamland. Two gliding motions (side-to-side or head-to-toe) and six speed settings allow you to dial in your child’s preferred motion, while the calming vibrations, 16 musical tunes, and three soothing sounds all ensure a peaceful nap. This AC-powered unit also features a comfy insert and seat pad that, should they become soiled, are machine-washable. This glider is the perfect aid to increase both the quality and length of sleep.


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.


Aveeno Baby Wash and Shampoo

For kids with itchy, irritated, or just uncomfortable skin, Aveeno’s Baby Wash and Shampoo offers cooling treatment that’s gentle and completely natural. Oat extract reduces redness and nourishes skin, all while leaving behind a faint, pleasant scent. It’s also gentle and tear-free for no-worries bathing. We love its multipurpose use as both a wash for infants and a shampoo for toddlers, allowing your child to grow with its effective formula. Trusted for generations, Aveeno has been pediatrician-recommended for the last 60 years.


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, the straps are machine-washable, and the tray itself can even be popped in the dishwasher for dried-on messes. That means your baby will always have a clean, safe place to chow down.


Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit

Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit bills itself as the “first and only swaddle transition product.” Invented by a pediatric physical therapist, it’s different because it’s specifically designed to help babies transition from swaddling. It’s meant to facilitate back sleeping in a bare crib, creating a cozy and calm sleep environment without blankets. This sleepsuit can improve both the quality of their sleep and the duration. The same can be said of parents whose infants sleep through the night and wake up less cranky.


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 make nervous kids feel safe.


De’Longhi Combination Espresso/Coffee Machine

Sleep: You remember it? We don’t either. You are going to be dragging for at least the first year as your once-blissful sleep patterns are interrupted with feedings, fits of crying, and what seems like thousands of other baby-related minor emergencies. To combat the accompanying lethargy, you need to strike back with a strong, black cup of coffee, the kind that the De’Longhi Combination Espresso/Coffee Machine makes with aplomb. This all-in-one machine brews drip as well as pulls a great espresso and steams a mean milk. Make one for yourself and two for your partner, who’s even more sleep-deprived than you are.


Apple iPad Pro

You’re about to have a few exhausting months where you and your partner are up at all hours either feeding your little one, soothing them to sleep, or trying to figure out what’s wrong. For all these reasons, now’s the time for you to swoop in with a 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro. If nothing else, this is a great time to catch up on Catastrophe. A 12-megapixel camera is a nice added bonus to capture beautiful moments of your child’s early months and share directly with the grandparents via social media.


Honest Company All-Purpose Balm

The versatile healing properties of Honest Company’s All-Purpose Balm are good for the whole family. Made from organic sunflower, olive, and coconut oils and shea butter to nourish, it moisturizes while reducing skin irritation. Tamanu oil helps restore the skin’s natural moisture. Chamomile and calendula, long known for their calming properties, are also included. Hypoallergenic, certified organic, and plant- and botanical-based, this balm is a multiuse solution to the myriad small problems you’re preparing to experience.


Moby Evolution Wrap Baby Carrier

Whether you’re running errands, out on a walk, or just want to keep your baby close around the house, the Moby Evolution Wrap Baby Carrier keeps your kid safe and secure. Wrapping your infant in a cotton-blend fabric, it evenly distributes your baby’s weight across your back and hips for ease step after step. The carrier holds up to 30 pounds, ensuring that it adapts as your child enters the toddler years. And because it’s machine-washable, messes are solved with a quick cycle through your washer.


Aden by Aden + Anais Swaddle, 4-pack

The Aden by Aden + Anais Swaddle is just a good, clean cloth. The cotton swaddles, with a cute animal babies theme, are prewashed for softness. And they have so many additional uses: as a stroller or nursing cover, burp cloth, tummy time blanket, changing pad cover, and myriad others that we haven’t even thought of yet. Their superbreathable fabric is as good in the summer as it is in the winter. When soiled, throw them in the wash with your other natural fibers, no fuss necessary.


Prince Lionheart EVO Wipes Warmer

You want what’s best for your children, sparing them any discomfort. For you, the Prince Lionheart EVO Wipes Warmer is another great way to do this. The first company to create a wipes warmer, unsurprisingly, perfected it, providing top-to-bottom warming of your wipes for a comfortable experience. The thoughtful design ensures that warmed wipes stay moist, bacteria-free, and white as the driven snow, while allowing you to quickly and clearly gauge your supply and make plans to replenish your stock. We especially liked the soft glow the unit casts when the lights are out.


Baby Brezza One Step Sterilizer and Dryer

Hand-washing is good; the dishwasher is better. But how do you really know that your bottles, binkies, and pump accessories are clean? The Baby Brezza One Step Sterilizer and Dryer uses chemical-free, natural steam to eradicate 99.9 percent of germs, while ensuring that your products remain so for up to 24 hours. Its four-in-one functionality allows you complete control: sterilizing, sterilizing and drying, only drying, or using it as a sanitary storage system. Holding up to six bottles and accessories at once, it’s great for multiple children. Of course, the plastic is BPA-free.


Cloud Island Club Pack

When they’re not being bathed or changed, your baby is going to be wearing diapers. That’s a lot of time with something on their skin, and you want to make sure that whatever they’re wearing is safe and comfortable. The Cloud Island Club Pack of hypoallergenic diapers is free of chlorine, latex, lotion, and fragrance, so the risk of an allergic reaction is next to nothing. Despite these restrictions, they still effectively keep your baby dry with a soft inner liner and stretchy sides to ensure they’re comfortable too.


Cloud Island Baby Wipes

Babies have notoriously sensitive skin, and it’s important to make sure everything they touch won’t irritate it. That’s doubly true for baby wipes, and these Cloud Island Baby Wipes are unscented and hypoallergenic, composed of over 99 percent plant-based materials and water. They even have the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance, so you can be confident that they’ll keep your kid safe from undue irritation.


Naturepedic Cotton Foam Mattress

For the first year, it may seem like your child spends more time asleep than awake. That’s why now is the time to ensure their mattress is of the highest quality. The Naturepedic Cotton Foam Mattress is for the parent that takes this seriously. Its certified organic cotton fabric and filling is gentle on your child’s skin and respiratory system, and its allergy-friendly design ensures it won’t trigger or exacerbate any ailments. An organic, breathable quilted cover protects the six-inch-thick pad from spills and stains. The two-sided design allows your infant to sleep on the doctor-recommended firm density. When your child reaches toddler age, flip the mattress for a softer touch.


Nest Wired Detector 2nd Generation

The Google-owned Nest keeps getting better and better, and its Wired Detector 2nd Generation is a must-have for any concerned parent with a smart-home system. The combination fire- and carbon monoxide detector sends alerts to your phone, giving the precise location as well as easy silencing for false alarms. In the event of a fire, its motion-activated light can help lead your family to safety. The device also alerts you when the batteries are running low, so you never have to worry about that annoying beep.


Cloud Island Round Activity Playmat

Tummy time is important for your child’s development, and it’s more comfortable for you and your child when you’re lying on the plush surface of the Cloud Island Round Activity Playmat. With almost two inches of cushion, you’ll both be comfortable and safe, while the 30-inch diameter ensures that you’ll also have plenty of space. The mat’s OEKO-TEX Certification offers peace of mind that it’s free of harmful chemicals, pesticides, and dyes. It also makes the perfect photo prop to document your child’s first months. The synthetic fabric is durable and machine-washable for fast cleanup when accidents happen.


Britax Dual Comfort Travel System

Britax includes its popular car seat, stroller, and car seat adapter in the Britax Dual Comfort Travel System package, making it a great one-shot kit to take you through your child’s first years. The B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seat features side impact protection thanks to a steel frame, impact-absorbing base, and foam-lined shell. When you arrive at your destination, unfold the lightweight B-Agile Stroller with one hand and quickly transition to three-wheeled movement. The seamless integration makes it an easy choice for both around-town errands and long road trips to see the grandparents.