Every year, parents and parents-to-be search through the best-reviewed, best-loved products designed to make life with a newborn easier, safer, more convenient or just, frankly, cooler. That search is part of the process of preparing. It helps that transition from terrified anticipated to glorious expectation, knowing you’re prepared for what’s to come. Plus, it’s just really fun to look at baby stuff.
From baby carriers to high chairs to strollers, the evolution of basic (but not at ALL basic) baby products is truly astonishing and not just because they look and function so much better than they used to. Those products can make the early days (and year) of infancy smoother and calmer, and that notion is reflected in the items Poppylist users are registering for.
This year, Poppylist's most registered baby items list contains some cult-favorite brands, some stuff for mom, and frankly, the snazziest fanny pack any of us have seen (and that's in an era that has signaled the return of the fanny pack).
We’re definitely seeing some trends:
But the overall theme is incorporating products that work (and don’t make more work for the parents).
When you go through this list, make sure you add anything that you and your growing family can't live without (or just don't want to) to your Poppylist registry.
This convertible single to double stroller lets your on-the-go gear grow with your family, complete with bassinet and toddler seat. The UPPABaby v2 is light, flexible, convenient and stylish, all while allowing for strolling with multiple children in a way that's easy on your body.
The Babybjorn Carrier Mini makes our list once again, and no wonder. The original name in babywearing continues to offer parents a safe, secure and comfortable solution to keeping your littlest loved one close. The Mini is designed for newborns and small babies, meaning baby-wearing and the close contact and bonding that comes with it can start right away.
Functional and beautiful, the Tripp Trapp High Chair is world’s away from the single function plastic or metal high chair of the past. It’s designed to grow with your child, to look beautiful, be durable and be usable for new eaters and older children just a little too small for a grownup chair, all while retaining a clean, simple, easy to care for style that’s JPMA certified.
A sound machine is a lifesaver for most families, whether its white noise, ocean waves or some other sound that makes the difference between a solid nap/night sleep or not. We love that the Go Rest is portable, clipping onto a stroller, crib, portable bassinet and more to make sure that baby’s essential soothing sounds are available everywhere. It’s also easy to use, lovely to look at and comes with 10 different options.
Hands-free takes on a whole different meaning when holding your baby. Sure, everyone needs a good diaper bag/back pack but sometimes you want to get out and go (with baby) and not take everything you own. This fanny pack diaper bag comes with a changing pad and baby wipe storage, while still looking like something you’d wear anyway. It’s ergonomic (unlike babies) and can be worn cross-body or around your waist, meaning it’s got a shelf life that lasts past infancy.
A good diaper/baby stuff caddy is essential, and Poppylist users love this felt version from Parker Baby – it’s soft, it’s portable and adjustable to your needs. It holds a dozen diapers, wipe dispensers, toys, cloths, etc and is easy to move from room to room or to the car for on the go, or to stay in the nursery and just look sweet while doing its job.
Choosing the right smart crib can be an agonizing decision, but we are really enchanted by this Cradlewise three–in-one variation, as are other readers. It offers a built-in baby monitor in the elegant handle, which detects when your baby is starting to wake up and adjusts accordingly, soothing your baby for better, longer sleep. Plus, it serves as both a bassinet and a crib while offering clean lines and smart sensibilities.
The days postpartum can be physically and emotionally stressful, and having products (and guidance) in hand before those days really helps to ease a new parent’s mind. Bodily’s Care for Birth Box helps parents-to-be check something off the list (the go bag) by providing a comprehensive care kit for those days when all you want to think about is birth and the immediate aftermath. The kit is organic, based in research, and a life-saver for new parents.
A portable, flexible bath tub (that has the option of an infant support) can make a world of difference when bathing an infant, not just for storage but for ease of use – it allows for bathing on a higher surface to save your knees plus a few other extra safety features (a color changing plug to indicate temperature, for one) means clean AND safe.
Every once in a while, something comes along that makes total sense, and yet would never have occurred to most new-parents to want – something like these silver nursing cups which are antibacterial (meaning a potential relief from creams and sore nipples). These pure 925 silver cups are designed to cover any shape nipple, to let air circulate, and are folded by hand to help sooth sore skin.