Baby Registry Must-Haves—The Best Gear & Accessories

As if swollen ankles, mood swings and bladder control weren’t enough of an issue, figuring out all the stuff you’ll need when your new baby arrives can be a major pain in the you-know-what!

But no need to fret. We’ve assembled the crème de la crème of baby gear and accessories to help expecting moms quickly and easily build a Baby Registry. Think of it as your Baby Registry Cheat Sheet.

Even if you’re registering at a brick-and-mortar store, chances are that you’re going to first look online—using our list, naturally. With the help of Simple Registry, you can then add a “bookmarklet” into your browser’s toolbar to add these products to your registry. There’s also an iPhone app with a barcode scanner, so you can add items by either scanning the product or by simply snapping a photo of it when you’re out and about.

Talk about easy breezy! Now, if only we could say the same about motherhood. Ready to stock up on the best gear and accessories? Ready, set, click.


The Coco Mat by Naturalmat

The perfect choice for any baby, The Coco Mat is a non-toxic (free of PVC and synthetics) and hypo-allergenic mattress (treated with lemon, eucalyptus and lavender, making it anti-dust mite, anti-moth and anti-mosquito, too), that’s made up of 100% pure organic fillings offering gentle support, ventilation and insulation. Each Coco Mat comes with a removable machine-washable cotton cover and a free mattress protector. Retails for $399.



Naturepedic Changing Table Pad

Featuring a luxurious organic cotton fabric with a clear 100% polyethylene food-grade waterproof covering, the Naturepedic Changing Table Pad is non allergenic and easy to clean. It features organic cotton filling, which is natural and chemical free (no vinyl, PVC or phthalates). The changing pad includes a safety buckle to secure baby while changing, complete with easy snap screws to secure to dresser, so it stays put. Retails for $99.



Ubbi Diaper Pail

This eco-friendly diaper pail is made of steel (so no seep-through odors); it features a childproof lock button, and most importantly; it can be used with any standard trash bag or reusable diaper liner (no need to spend money on costly diaper bag refills!). What’s more, it’s available in multiple colors to match any décor. Retails for $80.



DUUX Ultrasonic Air Humidifier

With sensitive skin and even more sensitive respiratory systems, little ones need help  avoiding dry skin and congestion. The DUUX Ultrasonic Air Humidifier boasts a special technology that using 80% less power than other humidifiers and a water tank that will last up to 16 hours. Added bonus? No filter to clean, interval timer, auto shut-off, and a built-in nightlight. Retails for $75.



AeraMax 200 Air Purifier

Did you know that indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outside air, according to the Environmental Protection Agency? Scary to think about that when you’re about to bring home a newborn. Keep your nursery safe from harmful germs with the AeraMax 200, which features a true HEPA filter with AeraSafe antimicrobial treatment. It removes 99.97% of airborne particles—pollen, ragweed and other allergens, viruses, germs, dust mites, mold spores and cigarette smoke. It even has a mode for allergy and cold/flu seasons. Retails from $199.


Sausalito Moses Basket by Serena & Lily

An innovative and modern take on the traditional Moses basket, the Sausalito not only functions as an extra sleeping and resting space for the little one (up to 4 months), but we love that it can then transform into toy storage when your baby outgrows it. Made of heavyweight cotton duck, the basket features nautical details and includes a mattress, bumper and fitted sheet. Retails for $225.


Bamboo Daydream Blanket by Aden & Anais

A must for any nursery, this blanket is made of four layers of rayon from bamboo fiber muslin. The luxuriously soft blanket is perfect for snuggling up with your little one during feeding or naptime. P.S. The Bamboo Daydream Blanket gets softer and softer with every wash! Retails for $149.


BACK TO SLEEP Bear by Prince Lionheart

This bear’s authentic womb sounds—recorded inside a mother’s womb—are universally recognized by babies and can helps lull them to sleep. The Back to Sleep Bear also plays white noise and ocean waves, and even gives you the option of recording your own soothing soundtrack for baby. Even more awesome is the fact that sound and motion sensors will reactivate the recording when baby cries or the bear is moved. It also has an auto shut-off function. Retails for $39.


DayDreamer by Dex

This ergonomically designed infant seat is just what the doctor ordered. The DayDreamer sleeper helps your little one lounge or sleep in a comfortable position with high, 8-plus inch sidewalls (that keep baby from rolling or falling out). It also features moisture-wicking fabric and a perforated inner core to help keep baby cool and comfortable, while the waterproof seat area contains accidents. There are also a one-hand-release 3-point safety buckles, so the little one stays in place. Retails for $129.99.


Boppy Gift Set

A great set that includes the award-winning Boppy Luxe Pillow with plush, removable cover (we love the fact that both the pillow and slipcover are machine washable), along with a matching hat and coordinating bib, ring toy and crinkle toy. Pillow can be used as a comfy support pillow during feedings as well as a great prop for tummy time and when your baby starts learning how to sit, at about 6 months. Retails for $59.99.


Uppababy VISTA Stroller + MESA Performance Travel System

The top choice in modern portability and safety for today’s new moms, this combination of the innovative and modern UPPAbaby VISTA Stroller with the revolutionary UPPAbaby MESA Infant Car Seat makes for a full UPPAbaby Travel System. The set includes an interchangeable Bassinet (with sunshade) and Toddler Seat (in which your little one can ride forwards, backwards, fully reclined, completely upright and anywhere in between) —and we love that no fabric swapping is required! The MESA Infant Car Seat offers top safety features with tremendous ease-of-use (think: one-push stroller release that lets you pop the car seat off the stroller in a snap), along with a unique self-retracting SmartSecure LATCH system that let’s you install and remove the car seat’s base in seconds (literally). Retails for $1009.98.


BabyHome Emotion Stroller

Compact, lightweight (just 15 pounds), easy to maneuver and fold, the BabyHome Emotion Stroller is the best umbrella stroller option for modern moms. It features a waterproof canopy with window, so you can peek at your baby from where you stand, a reclining back (which adjusts up to 150 degrees), a 5-point harness, a large footrest (with two position options), and an extra large undercarriage basket (for all of your stuff!). Retails for $299.99.


Canopy Cover by Tivoli Couture

A versatile canopy cover that can be used with any stroller or car seat, the Tivoli Couture even doubles as a nursing cover when you’re not at home. Offering both style and comfort, the Canopy Covers are lightweight and breathable, help protect against the elements (along with insects and germs), and are a great tool for when your baby needs a nap. We love the fact that it stays put, too (thanks to those ties). Available in a luscious ruffle, 3D chiffon rose or lace finish, it retails for $44.99 and up.


Ritzy Sitzy Shopping Cart/High Chair Cover by Itzy Ritzy

This is a multi-functional, machine-washable, padded (and reversible) shopping cart/high chair cover that helps protect kids against nasty germs. The Ritzy Sitzy cover also features two toy loops, pockets (great for your keys and cash) and safety belts! Retails for $68.


líllébaby COMPLETE Airflow Carrier

The ideal way to carry your baby, the COMPLETE is a lightweight, breathable 3D mesh all-in-one carrier with the option to place baby front-facing (hip or back) or back-facing, with ergonomic leg positioning in any setting. The seat adjusts to fit baby at every stage (up to 45 pounds), along with an adjustable neck and torso support for the carrier. We  love the removable sleeping hood, which protects your baby from sun, wind and nosy-nellys. Retails for $114.99.


ciao! Baby Chair

This innovative go-anywhere-highchair is a no-fuss, freestanding chair that features a flexible seat and tray, and requires no assembly. With a built-in cup holder and a clear vinyl tray cover, the ciao! baby easily wipes clean, locks into place and folds/unfolds in seconds, making it a great portable solution for new moms on-the-go! Retails for $57.


Baby Zoom by Summer Infant

One of the most innovative monitors on the market today, the Baby Zoom WiFi Video Monitor & Internet Viewing System is a multi-platform system baby monitor that enables both in-home and away-from-home viewing. Boasting a camera that automatically detects and connects to the home’s wireless network, the Baby Zoom is easy to install and use. When at home, there’s an intuitive 3.5-inch high-res color touchscreen monitor that lets you pan, scan and zoom in on the baby; it also features a talk-back option that let’s you speak to your baby via the handheld monitor and be heard through the camera in baby’s nursery. When you’re away from home, you can download the free Summer Link WiFi viewing app (available on Apple and Android devices), which has a unique login and provides a secure, encrypted video anytime, anywhere (think: smartphones, tablets and computers). Retails for $269.99.


HALO Muslin SleepSacks

It’s no surprise that HALO is the number-one choice of hospital nurseries and is used in over 900 of them nationwide. Made of 100% cotton muslin, HALO’s SleepSacks wearable blankets are stylish, safe and cozy, and more important, they’re recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics because they replace the need for loose blankets in the crib that can be dangerous. Retail for $27.99.


Auto-Close Designer Safety Gate by Munchkin

The ultimate in baby gate technology, this pressure-fit gate features a sleek wood and steel design that keeps babies safe without compromising on style and home décor. Boasting a unique gravity-fed hinge, the gate does exactly what the name implies: It closes automatically when the handle is released, and can stay open with a little extra nudge in one direction or the other. We also love that the wood offers a quieter close than metal. Retails for $79.99.


4moms Breeze Playard

Hands down, this is the easiest play yard ever, as it opens and closes in one step—simply push down the center to open, and lift the central hub to close. The Breeze also features a built-in bassinet for slumbering babies, and a leak-proof, portable changing pad and travel bag, which adds even more convenience to the travel-ready design. Retails for $299.


Snug Square Play Mat by Baby Mushroom

Unlike other play mats on the market, the Snug Square is ideal for playing, tumbling, toppling, crawling, rolling, and relaxing—and big enough so that you can join the fun. The Play Mat is also convenient, lightweight, luxuriously soft, great on any surface, and portable (rolls up easily for storage). Retails for $99.


Fisher-Price Zen Collection Cradle Baby Swing

Designed to soothe your baby with motion, the Cradle Baby Swing rocks both side-to-side and front-to-back and at a variety of speeds. It features a three-point restraint for safety, a two-position recline for comfort, and several songs and musical selections, which may help strengthen baby’s auditory skills and provides the much-needed variety that will keep everyone else from being driven crazy. Its removable seat can also be used with or without the swing, and be easily transported from room to room. Retails for $155.


Kushies Zolo Shangrila Activity Mat

A whimsical, multi-sensory island paradise that activates a baby’s sense of play and discovery, the Shangrila features a soft, smooth and fuzzy all-terrain environment for luxurious relaxation on one side, and high contrast black-and-white graphics (for “neuro-optic stimulation”) on the other. The Activity Mat includes 4 interchangeable toys, including a Tug-a-Bug plush peek-a-boo activity toy, a Squeek-Pod pressure-activated sound pod, a Hide-n-Peek Uni character toy, and a Flip-n-See hidden mirror pod. There are also 3 plush creatures and signature clips, so other toys can be attached easily. Retails for $139.



An adorable line of jewelry for moms with teething babies, Chewbeads are made from 100% food-grade silicone that is safe for babies to chew on. They are heat-resistant, chemical-free, and easy to clean (you can even throw them in the dishwasher). They come in necklaces, bracelets and more, and in a variety of colors. Retail for $14.50 and up.


Angelcare Bath Support

Designed with comfort, safety and hygiene in mind, the Angelcare Bath Support makes bathing and rinsing your baby easy—well, easier. The bath is made of durable plastic and mold-resistant soft mesh material that keeps its shape, while the anti-slip base means baby stays in place. Retails for $29.99.



The wipesWARMER pop makes middle-of-the-night diaper changes a wee bit more bearable for baby (and you). It features a patented Ever-Fresh System, which keeps baby wipes fresh, moist, warm, and free from both discoloration and microbial build-up. It comes in a variety of colors to coordinate with any nursery; it retails for $30.


The First Years American Red Cross Deluxe Baby Healthcare and Grooming Kit

Have the newborn essentials at your fingertips with this all-in-one kit. It features a brush, a comb, scissors, nail clippers, a fingertip toothbrush, four emery boards, and a babycare, wellness and safety guide—all packed to go in a convenient storage/travel bag. Retails for $18.


Exergen Smart Glow TemporalScanner

The TemporalScanner is a quick, convenient, non-invasive and extremely accurate thermometer that uses infrared technology to capture baby’s temperature simply by scanning the heat that comes off the forehead. The thermometer features a SmartGlow Display (perfect for checking your little one’s temp in a dark room), an Eight Temperature Memory (which retains the last eight readings for instant recall and monitoring fever progression), a Silent Mode (no annoying beeps to wake your baby), and the ability to switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius modes. Retails for $49.99.


Bentwood Booster Seat by Summer Infant

A modern, lightweight, user-friendly wood seat that makes for a great highchair alternative (especially if you’re short on space). The Bentwood Booster features a cushioned seat, 3-position recline settings, and a tray that offers comfort and support for a growing baby. Retails for $54.99.



A great addition to any kitchen, this one-of-a-kind baby food maker features 2 large capacity bowls, so that you can prepare twice as many meals in 15 minutes. It makes over 9 cups of food at one time! The BABYCOOK all-in-one food maker can steam, blend, warm and defrost, which will make any new mom feel like a pro! Retails for $199.


Formula Pro by baby brezza

Think Keurig for baby bottles (minus the pods). The Formula Pro was designed to relieve the stress and hassle of preparing infant formula bottles, as it measures, dispenses and mixes water and powdered formula to the just-right temperature and consistency (without air bubbles). No more measuring the formula or making a powdered mess from scooping or waiting for the bottle warmer when the baby is ready to eat. The Formula Pro works with all formula brands (and types), and all bottle sizes. Makes a 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10-ounce bottle in seconds! Retails for $149.99.


Modern-twist Bibs

A hot accessory for today’s chic babies, the Modern-twist bucket-bib is 100% recyclable, eco-friendly, and great for everyday meals. The bibs, which feature whimsical animal designs, are easy to clean, have a deep pocket to catch the food that doesn’t make it into your baby’s mouth, and are great for on-the-go. They are free of BPA, lead, latex, phthalates and other nasty chemicals. The bibs also have coordinating meal-mats. Both retail for $20 each.



Did you know that a baby’s hearing can develop in utero around 20 weeks, and memories may begin at 30 weeks? With this baby-bump sound system, expecting moms can direct memory-shaping sound to the womb (via speakers that adhere to the belly). It’s a great way to connect with a little one long before he or she arrives. Retails for $49.00.


Chelsea Downtown Chic Diaper Bag by Skip Hop

This runway-inspired, all-weather versatile bag is perfect for the mom who wants to go from day-to-dinner! With 12 pockets in total (including exterior side pocket, a changing pad and cubby storage), the Chelsea Downtown Chic Diaper Bag makes for easy organization of diapers, bottles, sippy cups, and more, while the front flip-down compartment is perfect for your phone, camera, wallet, keys and other personal items. Retails for $99.


Pipila Portable Pacifier Sterilizer

This handy UV pacifier sterilizes a pacifier in just minutes with its UV ray technology, which safely kills the germs that would otherwise end up in your baby’s mouth. The Pipila is compact, portable, easy and safe to use, whether you’re at home or on the go! Retails for $29.


Patemm Changing Pad

A smart, stylish and practical solution to the diaper-changing dilemma every new mom faces at some point, this round changing pad design makes the process quick and simple. The patented round design and sturdy handles allow you to place and move your baby in any direction, and the convenient inside pockets handily store diapers, wipes and other essentials. The Patemm Changing Pad is PVC, lead, phthalate, BPA, latex, and formaldehyde-free—and proudly made in the USA. Retails for $65.


Zippyz by Little Trendyz

Looking for a speedy and pain-free changing process, especially in the middle of the night? Zippyz onesies makes dressing and undressing less of an ordeal with its three snaps at the chest and a zipper that extends from baby’s foot to belly. Retails for $26.00.

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