Need a Gift For Your Pregnant Friend? Consider This Your Baby Gear Must-Have List For 2017
Registering for baby gear if you're expecting a new family member (or just buying a gift, for that matter) can be beyond overwhelming. There are thousands of products on the market that were all supposedly created to make your and baby's life just a little bit easier. And while looking up reviews are a great way to settle on those big-ticket must-have items (read: strollers, cribs, and car seats), there's simply not enough time to sort through the rest of the necessary gear you'll need that way.
Fortunately, we've consolidated the list for you with a roundup of superinnovative and downright gorgeous products that shook up the baby gear scene in 2017.
Sakura Bloom Elements Collection
This superluxe design by Sophie Machado was carefully hand-dyed and inspired by her and her husband Rob's world travels. A portion of the sales of the collection of double-layer linen ring slings ($98 and up) benefit the Rob Machado Foundation.
Project Nursery Parent + Baby SmartBand
If you can't get enough of your fitness tracker, you'll be just as obsessed with the first-ever wearable for soon-to-be parents that does double duty. Project Nursery Parent + Baby SmartBand ($80, originally $120) tracks your entire pregnancy — including fetal movements. Once baby arrives, you can record diaper changes and nap times and keep track of feedings directly on the device or its corresponding app. Plus, you won't need an armful of wristbands; this one also logs steps, sleeps, and hydration.
Graco Forever Extend2Fit
Graco's Forever Xtend2Fit ($190) is a game changer when it comes to car seats because it actually grows with them. It accommodates rear-facing kiddos between four and 50 pounds and forward-facing kids from 22 to 50 pounds. You can also use it as a no-back booster until your kid weighs more than 120 pounds.
Tiny Love Nature's Way Bouncer and Sway
Tiny Love's new Nature's Way Bouncer and Sway ($120) moves with baby's motion, so putting them down for some nap time is a breeze.
Skip Hop Baby's View 3-Stage Activity Center
Skip Hop Baby's View 3-Stage Activity Center ($120) was designed with the help of a pediatrician and is the only one on the market with a discovery window that allows growing babies to watch their own footwork. Plus, all the toys clip on and are movable — another genius solution so many parents wish their current play table offered.
Love to Dream Winter Warm Sleep Sack
Who doesn't love teeny-tiny baby clothes? No one. The Love to Dream Winter Warm Sleep Sack ($45) is designed to keep tots snuggly warm during the coldest months. With a thick, built-in bamboo quilt covering the bottom half of the sleep sack, a baby's feet will keep warm — but the standard top helps keep your little one from getting too warm.
A combination nightlight and flashlight, the Boon Gleam ($40) projects colorful images on little ones' walls as they fall asleep. Once they awake and pick it up, the bottom becomes a flashlight for late-night trips down the hallway.
Skip Hop Accordion Rattle
Your mini me will love making music with Skip Hop's Accordion Rattle ($15), which doubles as a teether and dons the sweetest little face.
Finally, a style Mom or Dad can carry without a second thought! This JuJuBe Helix Messenger Bag ($100) is lightweight and tall, which gives parents the lower-profile look they've often demanded in the diaper bag market.
Maxi-Cosi Dana For 2
If you know a couple who was blessed with two teeny-tiny bundles of joy at the exact same time, then the Maxi-Cosi Dana For 2 ($400) will answer all their prayers. FYI: it's the only umbrella stroller on the market that accommodates two car seats and won't require a few gym sessions for Mom thanks to a supernarrow frame.
Lorena Canals Washable Rugs
If you're super hesitant to buy nice furniture for your children because you're terrified they'll destroy it, look no further. The Round ABC Natural Rug ($200) from Lorena Canals defies durable. Added bonus: your crib-bound tot will get a big jump-start on their ABCs.
Tiny Love Kangy Kangaroo
Changing time will be a lot more fun with Tiny Love's Kangy Kangaroo ($25) attached to the table. It attaches to virtually any changing table (or stroller or play yard) to entertain tots while parents take care of business.
Itzy Ritzy Hush Happens Door Silencer
Behold: the invention that every mom is kicking themselves for not thinking of first. You know the drill: you finally get your baby to sleep, delicately place them in their crib, tiptoe out of the room, and then go to close the door. Click! With the turn of the knob, your baby is awake . . . and screaming. The simple-yet-ingenious Itzy Ritzy Hush Happens Door Silencer ($10) is a reason for new parents everywhere to rejoice.
InnoBaby 2-in-1 Cleaning Brush
Cleaning baby bottles is never fun, but the new InnoBaby 2-in-1 Cleaning Brush ($15) will certainly make it easier. The brush is designed to get into every nook and cranny of your bottles (or your vases!) to ensure they're clean. And because it's silicone, it's made to last.
Graco Pack 'n Play Playard Quick Connect Portable Napper With Bassinet
Portability is the name of the game with Graco Pack 'n Play Playard Quick Connect Portable Napper With Bassinet ($160). The removable napper means baby can be moved from room to room without ever waking.
CloudTot For Dock-a-Tot
CloudTot For Dock-a-Tot ($165, available for preorder) is considered to be a "smart mattress" for babies and is due in stores this Fall. It slips into the base of the Dock-a-Tot and provides parents with information about their sleeping babies via a Bluetooth-enabled app. If a baby hasn't moved in 12 seconds, the mattress gives the baby a jiggle to startle it. It also detects moisture when a baby is wet and plays white noise to help babies fall asleep — and stay asleep
Skip Hop Tuo Convertible High Chair
Talk about a good-looking high chair! The Tuo Convertible High Chair ($160) has sleek wooden legs and leather finish and is one of the few chairs on the market that converts into a kids' standard-height chair by simply unscrewing the top half of the legs.
Ergobaby Sleeping Bag
Swaddles and sleep sacks are not created equal, but Ergobaby is determined that its latest unveiling stacks high above the rest. This Sleeping Bag ($35), which is designed for newborns to 9-month-olds, is a customizable cover-up that can be adjusted as babies grow thanks to a removable arm swaddle and adjustable shoulder straps.
The new 4Moms Moxi Stroller ($700) is a fun and practical update on the original Origami. A generator powered by pushing the stroller powers the headlights and taillights, as well as the LCD screen mounted on the handlebar. That screen monitors your mileage, speed, and burned calories and also houses a socket for USB cords. It also has a reversible seat (which converts into a bassinet) and a larger under basket for storage. Talk about hitting the jackpot.
Project Nursery Dual Mode Touchscreen Baby Monitor System
The Touchscreen Baby Monitor System ($200, originally $270) puts a traditional spin on the video monitor with a few upgrades that'll give parents peace of mind. It has safe and secure WiFi and full control via a phone app that lets you record and play lullabies, nature sounds, and white noise.