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The Snuggler

Your cup overfloweth. Your generosity is innate and boundless. Your love is never withheld. For you, proximity is a reward and staying in for the night is a perk of the job. You like to be comfortable and safe, and you will work hard to ensure that your child always feels that way.

You feel well equipped for parenthood because you enjoy helping others and you know that you’ll be needed — not just to take on a litany of duties, but as a partner, too, and pillar. You’re up for this and still down to relax, to spend some time basking in the specific calm that intimacy affords. When you think of yourself as a parent, you imagine being close to your kids.

On the rare occasion you leave the nest, you’ll probably find that a sling-type baby carrier allows you to take the cuddling on the road: Baby gets a safe and warm place to sleep, while you enjoy some of the freedom you thought you were going to lose (One more beer? Sure, bartender!).

What’s on your registry? Most of the things you’ll buy will help you and your baby be comfortable and close. Isn’t that what this journey is all about?


Fisher Price Snugapuppy

The amusingly named Snugapuppy from Fisher Price is a two-in-one device. It soothes like a standard rocker that lulls your baby to sleep with gentle back and forth motion and calming nature sounds. And when nap time is over, the Snugapuppy can play 18 different songs that form the soundtrack to playtime with the motorized mobile with hanging stuffed animals. And if the rocker is keeping your kid occupied you can get work done, make dinner, or take care of some chores.


Baby Delight Snuggle Nest Harmony Infant Portable Sleeper

Where will your newborn be sleeping? Right next to you, of course, in something like the Baby Delight Snuggle Nest Harmony Infant Portable Sleeper. Designed for those who want to spend the early months with their child near them in the bed, this co-sleeper provides more safety thanks to its firm, raised side panels, which help keep baby in and you out. It also includes a light and sound unit for easing your child off to dreamland. Our favorite feature: It clamshells up for ultimate portability while traveling.


Summer Infant Lil’ Luxuries Whirlpool, Bubbling Spa & Shower

There’s nothing more fun than your baby laughing in a warm bubbly bath. So why not go all out with your baby’s bathtub? The Summer Infant Lil’ Luxuries Whirlpool, Bubbling Spa & Shower is just that — like a spa date made for bébé. The removable newborn sling suspends your child above the unit’s motorized water jet, which creates bubbles and soothing vibrations. It also has another jet to circulate water. A separate clean-rinse insert can be removed and used in a full-size tub if preferred. The double-walled sides ensure extra time in the tub with warm water.


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.


Fieldcrest Supima Cotton Sheet Set 1000 Thread Count

Your kid is going to be spending lots of time in your bed, so it goes without saying you’re going to want to have the softest, most comfortable sheets around. The Fieldcrest Supima Cotton Sheet Set 1000 Thread Count has just the silky-smooth feel you’re looking for. To this, add deep pockets that can accommodate thick, plush mattresses up to 20 inches. The four-piece set (fitted sheet, flat sheet, and two pillowcases) is OEKO-TEX certified, guaranteeing no harmful pesticides or dyes are present in the components.


Baby K’tan Original Baby Wrap Carrier

When it comes to transporting your newborn, there are generally two camps: stroller parents and carrier parents. You fall squarely into the latter group, and you want a wrap that keeps your kid as close as possible. Cue the Baby K’tan Original Baby Wrap Carrier, an easy-to-use cotton wrap that allows for multiple front wrap options, including a sling and kangaroo pouch. While incredibly soft, it’s also machine-washable and strong, supporting your child up to 35 pounds. Be warned: When you get a taste of your baby sleeping on your chest, you might never end up using that newborn crib.


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.


Trend Lab Flannel Blankets, 4-pack

We continue to find new and handy uses for Trend Lab’s Flannel Blankets. Each 30-by-30-inch cotton blanket works great as a swaddle, car seat blanket, bassinet cover, and mop-up rag. Your partner will enjoy the privacy it affords while nursing and use it as a burping shield and even as a lap throw while watching a movie. There are so many applications for this blanket (available in a variety of patterns and colors) that it should be in every new parent starter kit.


Cloud Island Round Activity Playmat

Tummy time is better 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, 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.


Ergobaby Omni 360 All Carry Positions Ergonomic Baby Carrier

Is it any surprise your family would have two kinds of baby carriers? To keep your sleeping baby close and cuddly, you have your soft, tight wrap. And for everyday errands, you go with something a bit roomier and sturdier, like the Ergobaby Omni 360 All Carry Positions Ergonomic Baby Carrier. The sheer number of carry positions — face in, face out, front, hip, and back — allows it to be used for everything from daily errands to a serious hike in the woods. The padded lumbar support and padded shoulder straps feel as good during the first mile as they do in the fifth. It’s also super adjustable, allowing both you and your partner to use it with minimal hassle.


4moms mamaRoo 4.0 Baby Swing

The 4moms mamaRoo 4.0 Baby Swing offers a ton of ways to soothe cranky kids without pressure on you. Five unique motions and five speeds bounce and sway your babe to ease discomfort and crying. With your phone handy, you can even switch modes and speeds via a Bluetooth-connected proprietary app. For audiophiles, the MP3 plug-in allows you to calm with the Cranberries and bounce with the Beastie Boys. Multiple reclining positions allow your child to blissfully sleep when the storm has passed.


Cloud Island Club Pack Diapers

Cloud Island Club Pack Diapers are made from hypoallergenic materials and include absolutely zero chlorine, latex, lotions, or fragrances. The ability to provide 12-hour leak protection and a special dry layer to prevent irritation will get your kiddo through a day’s worth of hugs at the ’rents. There’s even a special umbilical cord cutout, which creates a contoured waistband for your child’s comfort and protection.


Maxi-Cosi Zelia 5-in-1 Modular Travel System

While versatility is king with the Maxi-Cosi Zelia 5-in-1 Modular Travel System, its name hints at how comfortable its space is for your infant. Start with a base of the popular Zelia stroller and add in the Mico 30 infant car seat along with a stay-in-car base for easy transitions. We especially like the stroller’s height adjustability so that you can find the perfect setting for a relaxed walkabout. Removable cushions offer both protection from jostling and a perfect fit; as your child grows, remove the cushions for added space.


Chicco Fit2 Infant Car Seat

As your child grows, so does the Chicco Fit2 Infant Car Seat, ensuring safety, comfort, and consistency for the first two years. Its two-stage base transforms quickly from infant to toddler; the latter provides lots of legroom, all while taking up the same amount of space. Just lift the stage position lever for the switch when the time comes. The seven-position headrest and padded harness ensure a perfect fit for those in-between sizes. It’s also easily compatible with most Chicco strollers should you choose to stay within the company’s full range of baby products.


Huggies Natural Care Wipes, 3-pack

Your newborn’s skin is delicate right now, which is why Huggies Natural Care Wipes’ ingredients list starts with triple-filtered water, with the addition of aloe and vitamin E to soothe and strengthen skin’s first layer of defense. It’s this care that makes these wipes great even for the most sensitive skin.


Keekaroo Peanut Diaper Changer

Changing diapers is yeoman’s work, and the right tools for the job are reliable so you can get back to quality time quickly. 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.


Medela Breast Milk Bottle Set, 3-pack

Barring unforeseen medical circumstances, yours is an all-in, enthusiastic breastfeeding family. So when it comes to bottles, the three-piece Medela Breast Milk Bottle Set is the one for you. 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.


Joovy Foodoo High Chair

The Joovy Foodoo High Chair adjusts in both height and reclining position for ultimate adaptability during your son or daughter’s mealtimes. While the padded leatherette seat is supercomfy, the steel frame underneath is rock solid. Adjust its tray with one hand (same goes for its adjustable footrest). When the chair isn’t needed, fold it up without having to lay it down. Supporting children up to 50 pounds, with its rugged components, this high chair is built to go the distance.


Intelligentsia Direct Trade Black Cat Classic Espresso Roast Dark Roast Whole Bean Coffee

When Sunday morning comes around and your child is peacefully napping by your side, the only thing that could add to the scene is a strong, aromatic cup of coffee. Chicago-founded Intelligentsia’s Direct Trade Black Cat Classic Espresso Roast Dark Roast Whole Bean Coffee has notes of dark chocolate, brown sugar, and red fruit for a delicious cup. This well-balanced bean goes even better with that classic breakfast you’re cooking for your partner, who’s just waking up.


Cloud Island All Purpose Balm

The dermatologist-approved formula for Cloud Island All Purpose Balm eschews the bad stuff — dyes, fragrances, parabens, phthalates, and animal-tested ingredients — in favor of the good stuff. We’re talking a vegan, organic balm whose principal ingredients are coconut oil, shea butter, and jojoba seed oil. It will leave your baby’s sensitive skin soft and smooth. It’s particularly great if you live somewhere with cold, dry winters, but it’s a great choice for year-round care in any climate.


Cloud Island Baby Wash & Shampoo Lavender & Orange

There are no artificial fragrances in this Cloud Island Baby Wash and Shampoo, but the orange and lavender oils do a great job making your baby smell great. The oat extract and chamomile do the heavy lifting when it comes to skincare, but don’t worry: this two-in-one formula also leaves their hair soft and clean no matter how dirty they started bathtime. And speaking of bathtime, the fact that this stuff is tear-free means it’ll remain a relaxing, bonding time for you and your kid.