Our Favorite Baby Registry Must-Haves
With more options than ever before, it’s easy for expecting moms to be overwhelmed and intimidated with all the choices on the market today. Walk into any baby store, and you won’t know where to turn to first! Whether it’s your first time being a mom or not, making sure you’ve got everything you need to make life as a new mom easy (and your baby happy!) can be anything by blissful.
So, with the help of GalTime baby gear expert Vanessa Antonelli, we’ve rounded up our annual list of the hottest must-have baby registry products.
Skip Hop’s Amazing Arch Activity Gym
Perfect for little ones from birth on, this 3-in-1 activity gym can be positioned with the arch overhead for newborn exploration, then brought down for tummy time or even converted to a seated activity center. Featuring 20 developmental activities, including: a sound-activated dancing fox, a pull-string peekaboo owl that hoots, even a hanging hedgehog musical teether. There’s even a special parent pocket for those who want to record those special milestones. Machine washable.
Retails for $90 BUY IT!
Fisher-Price Little Superstar 4-in-1 Step ‘n Play Piano
Starting out as a musical activity station with enough toys to help entertain and develop skills, this 4-in-1 activity station is also a self-contained walker with a seat that lets baby walk back and forth and then spin all around in one safe area. As baby grows into a toddler, the seat can be removed to create a fun musical play space for your own little superstar to perform! With enough stuff to keep the little one’s hand’s busy, the Step ‘n Play piano rewards baby’s feet with every step on the keys with music and dancing lights!
Retails for $95 BUY IT!
Lollaland Play Mat
A durable ultra-cushioned and spacious (4’ x 6’) floor mat, the Lollaland offers a protective, comfortable surface that’s great for tummy time, rolling over, sitting up, crawling, first-steps and can acts as a large exercise mat. Features a reversible design that is chic and fun, it’s also a great non-toxic, hypoallergenic, alternative to a traditional rug, because it is ultra-cushioned, water-resistant, and easy-to-clean. One side provides fun, educational graphics that encourage parent-child conversation, while the other side reveals a more sophisticated side that makes a beautiful statement-piece in any nursery or playroom. Available in three colors.
Retails for $150. BUY IT!
My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear
This is no ordinary stuffed animal, it’s a beautiful keepsake of your pregnancy for baby AND YOU. You pick your animal– a bear, a dog, etc.— and then you get a 20-second red heart battery recorder that captures the sound of your baby’s heartbeat in Utero, which you can capture at your next ultrasound. You’ll be able to keep that amazing sound, something that will soothe your baby and will warm your heart forever.
Retail from $29 BUY IT!
This is the only non-toxic stainless steel toy teether of its kind. Made to satisfy baby’s desire to play with metal keys without the sharp edges or the daily grime that’s all over your real keys. Engravable.
Retails from $28. BUY IT!
This colorful and plush Octotunes octopus has a big bright-colored face that little ones love, and eight colorful tentacles that reward child’s squeezes with tunes. Since each tentacle horn features a different note – this encourages pulling, squeezing and strengthening. The toy also comes with a songbook for older kids who can follow the color-coded directions, matched to the tentacle colors, and plays favorites like “Mary Had A Little Lamb” and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”.
Retails for $34.99 BUY IT!
Kangovou Kids Dishware Set
A food-grade dishware set that includes a divided plate, flat plate, cereal bowl, snack bowl and drinking cup – all of which is stainless steel and BPA, PVC, phthalate, lead, and melamine free. All the pieces also include a snap-on lid to prevent leaks! Available in a variety of colors.
Retails for $69.99. BUY IT!
Designed to promote self-feeding and confidence to little ones who are learning to feed themselves, the Kizingo is unlike any utensil you’ve ever seen. Designed with a curve that works with the way children hold utensils, Kizingo is intended for little ones ages 9 months and older. We love that they’re also made in the USA, Phthalate-free, and are dishwasher safe. Available in a variety of colors.
Retails for $9.99. BUY IT!
Siliskin Sippy Tops
A convenient, universal silicone top that stretches over and grips the top of any cup to make it an instant sippy, no spill cup – while the air suction keeps the top in place. The Siliskin Sippy Tops are dishwasher and microwave safe, hypo-allergenic and BPA free.
Available in 2-pack, retail for $8.95 BUY IT!
ezpz Happy Mat
You won’t have to worry about messes like tipped bowls or plates when your baby starts to eat on her own with this durable placemat and plate in one! The ezpz Mat suctions to the table and features three compartments. It can be rinsed with warm soapy water or even placed in the dishwasher. Available in several colors.
Retails for $24.99. BUY IT!
Inglesina Fast Table Chair
For use at home, traveling or even out to eat, this table chair is compatible with most types of tables (up to 3.5″ thick). The Fast Table Chair is ultra-light, collapsible (featuring a fold flat closing system) and comes with a large carrying bag. Available in a variety of colors.
Retails for $69.99. BUY IT!
Spectra Baby USA S2 Double/Single Breast Pump
The S2 boasts features that are truly designed to meet the needs of moms who want a powerful breast pump. We love the digital control system that lets you customize the pumping program to the speed and rhythm most effective for you. It can be used as a single or double pump and is a closed system, which means there’s a physical barrier between the milk and the pump ensuring a hygienic process.
Retails for $169 BUY IT!
Aden + Anais Nursing & Maternity Pillow
Generously sized, this nursing and maternity pillow supports moms during feeding time, and then supports baby during tummy and play time. Its removable, machine-washable white cover is made from soft, breathable 100% cotton muslin that keeps mom and baby super comfy. Covers are available in a variety of prints, sold separately.
Retails for $34.99 BUY IT!
A cool, customizable, convertible cruiser with an impressive and super convenient compact fold. Featuring both forward and rear-facing capability, this stroller can be collapsed in either position with the seat still attached. The MIXX also boasts a 5 position recline with a true flat 180-degree option, auto quick-click fold lock and trolley function, an oversized and extendable canopy, certified Oeko-Tex fabric, one-handed maneuverability, front and rear wheel progressive suspension technology, a height adjustable push bar, large storage basket and more! Available in a variety of colors.
Retails for $499.95 BUY IT!
Safety 1st Grow and Go Ex Air 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat
The car seat that’s built to grow with your little one, the 3-in-1 Grow and Go EX Air convertible car seat is designed to allow extended use at each stage; from 5 to 50 pounds in the safer, rear-facing position. For use from infant through growing toddler, the seat features an advanced cushioning system and three comfy reversible pillows for a snug fit that can easily be removed as the child grows. In both rear and forward-facing mode, its harness holders keep the QuickFit harness out of the way, which makes it simple to get the little one in and out of the seat. In forward-facing mode, it can keep a child protected in a harness up to 65 pounds, and then when your child is ready to use the vehicle seat belts, use the belt-positioning booster mode up to 100 pounds. Two integrated cup holders. Available in a variety of colors.
Retails for $199 BUY IT!
Tiny Love Spin’ n’ Kick Discovery Arch
The only stroller accessory you’ll ever need, the Discovery Arch will entertain your infant whenever you’re on the go Boasting two adjustable arches for baby’s hands and feet, it’s designed to reinforce baby’s self-discovery and cognitive development with friendly toy characters and a variety of textures. Featured: a self-discovery mirror, crinkly peek-a-boo book, and reversible paddles that are angled for baby’s reach.
Retails for $29 BUY IT!
7 A.M. Enfant Nido
A multi-seasonal must for parents on the go, the Nido keep baby warm and cozy with a convenient 3-direction baby wrap. A convenient back cutout prevents material from coming between baby and the car seat’s 5-point harness system. Nido’s hook and loop closure design makes installation simple while the separate leg muffs ensure that baby stays warm while the car is warming up. The tri-fold design is designed to do away with the need for a coat while you are in the car. Available in a variety of colors in fleece and quilted material. Comes in two sizes (small and large), intended for children up to 18 months.
Retails from $49. BUY IT!
Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock
The cozy cart hammock clips quickly and easily onto most shopping carts, yet remains elevated so you’ll still have plenty of room for your shopping. Up to 50 lb, but ideal until your child can sit up. Available in a variety of colors.
Retails for $49.95 BUY IT!
Ritzy Sitzy Shopping Cart and High Chair Cover
Offering full 360-degree coverage, this padded cover helps prevent baby from coming into contact with nasty germs that you find on shopping carts and restaurant high chairs. This easy-to-use 3-in-1 cover fits standard shopping carts, double warehouse carts and restaurant highchairs. Available in a variety of fabrics and comes with a reusable storage bag.
Retails for $49. BUY IT!
Lightweight, easy to wipe and machine washable, the Bumkin Wetbag features waterproof fabric and heat-sealed seams for true waterproof protection. Perfect for holding anything from soiled clothes to wet swimsuits. Available in a variety of prints.
Retails for $10.95 BUY IT!
Twelve Little, Allure Dome Satchel
A nylon, water resistant bag with leather trim that doesn’t scream it’s a diaper bag – but still functions as one! The satchel features one large pleated front zipper pocket and two insulated zip pockets, perfect for bottles. (There’s also a hidden zipper pocket on the bottom of the backside for storage.) The interior, which is lined and covered with water-resistant coating, has two elastic pockets, a zipper pocket and nylon changing pad. Available in black and grey.
Retails for $90 BUY IT!
HALO Bassinet LUXE Plus
The only bassinet that rotates 360 degrees for the ultimate in convenience and safety, the HALO Bassinet Luxe Plus allows you to have your little one as close as you like at eye level, while still allowing him to sleep in his own sleep area . Offering a unique design with a swivel, it makes getting in and out of bed hassle-free. The side wall lowers up and down or can be locked in the upright position. It includes a nightlight, music, 2 levels of vibration, a nursing timer, floor light and even a coordinating storage caddy. Recommended for little ones up to five months.
Retails for $299 BUY IT!
Baby deedee Sleep Nest
This award-winning sleep sack is a super soft, quilted wearable duvet blanket designed in a comforting cocoon-like shape that will help baby feel cozy and secure – and will quickly become a part of the little one’s bedtime routine. We love the cleverly placed shoulder snaps and oversized reverse zipper, which make it easy to place your baby into the sleep nest without ever having to disturb your baby. Available in a variety of colors/sizes.
Retails from $38. BUY IT!
The original and award-winning stretchy peanut shaped baby swaddle whose vented, one step design will never unravel, unlike a traditional swaddle blanket! Easy to use, and perfect for any season, the Woombie features a 2-way zipper, which allows for easy swaddling and more importantly, easy diaper changes (especially after those late night feedings!). The Woombie mimics the womb to give your little one a level of comfort the baby experienced in the womb, which also means this swaddle can play a fantastic role in helping to transition baby from womb to world. Available in a variety of colors and sizes.
Retails from $22. BUY IT!
Tiny Love Soothe ‘n Groove Mobile
A unique award-winning 3-in-1 musical mobile, the Soothe ‘n Groove will grow with your little one from newborn to toddler years! The colorful mobile and crib-side music box supports baby’s visual and auditory development. Then, when your child starts moving, the music box has an easy-to-hold handle, making it a fun carry-along toy. Featuring 40 minutes of continuous, non-repetitive music, and unique music shuffle button so little one can enjoy the Groove’s impressive variety of melodies!
Retails for $49 BUY IT!
Motorola MBP33S Baby Monitor
This wireless Motorola Digital Video Baby Monitor features a digital color screen and crystal clear 2-way audio allowing you to see, hear and clearly communicate as if you are in the same room with your little one. Boasting a 2.8 inch screen, remote zoom, infrared night vision, room temperature display, a low battery alert, and a split screen function, it can expand up to 4 cameras if needed.
Retails for $129 BUY IT!
Owlet Baby Monitor
Designed to take pressure off new and first-time parents, this Baby Monitor will sound an alert if your little one’s heart rate dips too low, rises too high, or if their oxygen level drops below a pre-set threshold – similar to pulse oximetry technology – which is safe, proven, and accurate. Unlike other monitors on the market, the Owlet watches your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels, and is designed to alert you if your baby stops breathing. The unit comes with a Smart Sock Kit (sizes one through three), sock electronics, a base station and corresponding charging cords. Retails for $249
The ultimate docking station for babies 0-8 months old, this multi-functional all-in-one DockATot let’s baby rest, lounge, play, cuddle, and do tummy time – which makes it a great choice for the multitasking mom. Lightweight and portable, it’s also a great choice for travel. Available in a number of patterns.
Retails from $165. BUY IT!
Bath, Diapers and Stuff
This iThermonitor is a wireless, cloud-connected wearable tech device that is placed under your baby’s armpit and can record body temperature every four seconds. It then sends the data straight to your connected smart device. Featuring a Fever Alert, it can send an alert when the child’s temperature begins to rise over a customizable preset temp. It can capture temperature (Celsius or Fahrenheit) every 4 seconds and can track the temp over hours and days (up to 10 days of data). The device can even track when meds were administered, and send you a reminder when another dose is needed. The Feverfrida is compatible with iOS and Android devices.
Retails for $69 BUY IT!
Bubula Diaper Pail
Made of steel and aluminum construction, this pail won’t absorb odors like traditional plastic pails. Simple to use, its strong and flexible rubber seals prevent leaks and keep odors locked in, and its taller base and ergonomic lid design makes it easier to access, even while holding baby. The Bubula is also larger than other pails on the market, which means it can hold 50% more diapers . Uses standard size bags. Available in a variety of colors.
Retails for $89.99. BUY IT!
Boon SOAK Tub
A 3-stage bath that goes from newborn, to infant and toddler. A unique color-changing drain plug ensures the water is always at the perfect temperature.
Retails for $30 BUY IT!
No bath tub? No problem! The Charli chair is the world’s first baby shower chair designed with the safety and health needs of baby in mind. Designed for infants 0-24 months and 37 pounds, it’s innovative design allows you to safely and comfortably bathe your little one without having to worry about straining your back or holding on to a slippery baby. The Chair features an adjustable 5-point safety harness, non-slip feet, and three adjustable height levels.
Retails for $124.95 BUY IT!
Rowenta Intense Aqua Control Ultrasonic Humidifier
The Rowenta will automatically set recommended humidity levels to run for 7 hours. It features an ultrasonic humidifying technology that creates micro-fine cool water droplets thanks to ceramic disc vibrations.
Retails for $139.99 BUY IT!
Air Angel by Air Oasis
A small mobile air sanitizer with energy-efficient technology, the Air Angel fights germs by cleaning and sanitizing the air in rooms up to 250 square feet. The Air Angel is meant to protect from germs, viruses, aeroallergens, and harmful pollutants in the air and on surfaces.
Retails for $249 BUY IT!
Stair Barrier Gate
The Stair Barrier Gates are designed for the bottom of the stairs, for use between two banisters – perfect for wandering ones off the stairs. Heavy webbing and dual side release buckles make it easy to roll to the side when not in use. Available for staircases with 1 or 2 banisters, in a variety of options, colors and finishes. There are wall to banister options too.
Retails from $115. BUY IT!
Milestone Baby’s First Year Cards
A set of 30 award-winning cards that new parents can use to capture baby’s ‘firsts’. There’s a card for baby’s first smile or the first time she sleeps through the night (woohoo!) rolls over or says ‘mama’. When you add a dated photo card from Milestone to your little one’s pics, you’ll never forget all the precious memories. Available in over 11 languages, there’s a
“twins” edition, too.
Retails from $24 BUY IT