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Expecting a baby is scary enough. Purchasing the safest baby gear but being budget conscious can be daunting. We’ve done the hard work for you, and our picks for the safest baby registry items are listed below.
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Babywearing is a great way for parents to bond with their baby. The Boba Wrap is made out of cotton and spandex, so the fabric is comfortable for both you and baby. You can use this for babies as small as 5 pounds or as large as 35 pounds.
The wrap is machine washable, and if you’re choosing to breastfeed your baby, you can do so while wearing them. Many parents love the Boba Wrap and it has excellent reviews.
Possibly one of the most important safety devices you’ll want to consider for your baby is a monitor. The last thing you want is a camera connected to your WiFi that gets hacked. We’ve heard way too many scary stories about this.
This baby monitor does not connect to your WiFi. The camera streams to the parent unit securely, so no one is eavesdropping on your child. The parent unit is rechargeable and no additional batteries are needed.
It has a 700-foot range, two-way voice and the camera can pan, tilt and zoom. If you need a way to mount the camera to get the desired angle, check out this VuSee shelf.
Bathing an infant can be tricky, but this bathtub can help reduce the frustration. The sling helps hold the baby in place, and the padded headrest keeps them comfy.
The pads are mildew-resistant, and the sling is machine washable. This tub works in most single or double sinks and can be used for babies up to 25 pounds.
We suggest avoiding plastic bottles for many reasons. Glass or stainless steel bottles are our bottles of choice. These Dr. Brown’s glass bottles are known for reducing colic, spit-up, burping and gas. The vent system reduces air bubble oxidation, and these bottles are more durable than plastic ones.
We suggest purchasing a dishwasher basket like this one so you can avoid as much hand washing as possible. Let’s face it; you won’t have the time or energy for that.
These bottles also have replaceable nipples so when your child ages you can allow a heavier flow through the bottle.
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This is one of those baby items that can cost close to $100 but we found this one for much less, and it has excellent reviews. It’s the same bouncer my niece and my son have. We like that the height is adjustable and it has a nice learn and play environment with the objects.
Your child can rock, spin and bounce in this exersaucer. The seat pad is machine washable, so if your baby has an oopsie, the clean-up is convenient.
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Once your baby is crawling, they’ll be getting into everything. These cabinet latches can keep your child’s fingers protected and your pots and pans where they’re meant to be.
We like that there is no drilling necessary for these safety locks. They can be used for cabinets, drawers and appliances. The strap length is adjustable, and they can be used on flat surfaces or around corners.
We love this car seat because it works for babies as small as 4 pounds and it’s easy to install. It works with Latch or a seatbelt. The 5-point harness is adjustable with one hand, and the cushions are machine washable.
We also recommend purchasing a car seat protector like this one no matter what car seat you choose for your little one. That way the seat in your vehicle doesn’t get beaten up by your child’s kicking or snacking. Be sure to read up on car seat safety too, so your precious cargo is as safe as possible.
Cribs are another item that can easily cost more than $300, but not this one. This crib can transition with your child through all stages. It can be used as a crib, toddler bed, daybed and full-size bed. The mattress can be positioned into 4 spots. It measures 54″ x 38″ x 44″ and weighs 49 pounds.
As your child learns to stand, you may notice they like to chew on the crib railing (this is true for any crib). We suggest purchasing these rail covers to keep your child from damaging the crib (in case you plan on using it for a future child). If you plan on using it with the toddler guard rail, you’ll have to purchase it separately.
My son uses this crib, and the installation process was pretty straightforward. We like that it feels sturdy and looks nice too.
Call us old-fashioned, but these Evenflo wooden gates can block a doorway just as easily as those more expensive plastic gates. We think it’s best to cut costs where you can, and baby gates are one of those areas.
These gates expand from 26″ to 42″. I purchased two of these when we adopted our dog, Sally, and were house training her. They worked great for us. The only downside is there is no door opening, so you have to either remove the gate to go through the doorway or step over it.
Highchairs can easily cost $100 to $200, but not this Evenflo model. We like that this highchair is affordable and can be used in three different seating positions. It’s an excellent option to transition your baby into their toddler years.
This humidifier holds 1.5 liters. It has a blue nightlight, and it has 3 settings for you to choose how much water you want to be dispensed into the air.
I purchased this humidifier to use during the winter months because my skin was so dry and itchy. I placed it right next to my bed and found that it helped hydrate my skin some. This would work great in a baby’s room as well since it’s smaller, quiet and it can be used as a nightlight.
This laundry detergent from All is free and clear of perfumes and dyes, so it’s perfect for sensitive skin. If you weren’t already aware, you’re supposed to use non-scented soap in case your baby has an allergy. You’ll want to use this soap for all your baby’s clothing, bedding, cloth diapers, etc.
Dreft is a popular baby detergent choice, but we found that it can be more expensive than All, which is why it’s not our top choice. I also noticed that Dreft had a strong scent while I was pregnant and it did not sit well with me. I found All to be 100% scent-free.
It’s essential to use a mattress that is firm to help prevent SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). This Milliard Crib Mattress is firm and has a waterproof cover, so the mattress doesn’t get soaked if your child soaks through their diaper.
This mattress measures 52″ x 27.5″ x 5″ and is free of chemicals and toxins. The mattress ships in a compact box and expands over 24 to 72 hours.
This 50 pack of outlet covers will help keep your little one’s fingers out of any dangerous situations. We like that you can get 50 covers for a reasonable cost. We found others that came in lower counts for the same amount of money, so we think these are the best deal.
My sister has this Graco model that she used for her daughter, and it worked great for her. She was fortunate enough to be able to have her daughter at work with her for about the first year, and this pack ‘n play helped immensely.
The removable bassinet was a huge help for when her daughter was an infant because she didn’t have to bend down as far to pick her up. She also used it for diaper changes.
My husband and I are borrowing her’s for our son and use it in conjunction with this Snuggle Me Organic Lounger, which we’ve also heard great things about.
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If you’re going to purchase our top pick for the best car seat, you’ll want to make sure the stroller you select goes with it as well. We recommend this Chicco Travel System. The car seat can clip into the stroller and once your child is older, they can sit in the stroller upright.
We like that this stroller has a one-hand fold and it has a decent sized storage compartment for sippy cups, snacks and other baby items. The handle is height-adjustable, so it works well for various heights.
The Chicco KeyFit 30 car seat also has a frame stroller, but it isn’t a good option if you want something that can transition as your child grows.
The price below includes the car seat, car seat base and stroller.$299.99
There are a lot of swings on the market that you can spend more than $200 on. As you already know, baby gear is expensive and it can add up quickly. If you’re looking for a swing, this Graco is a great option.
It is compact and has an adjustable height. It can be folded up and stored to create more space in a room. The swing has adjustable speeds, and there is a 5-point harness to keep your baby secure. This swing is for babies 5.5 to 25 pounds.
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