When it comes to selecting gear for your baby registry, you can go so many different ways. You may want all classic tried-and-true items, money-saving options, luxurious splurges, non-toxic materials or simple and minimalistic. Here is a side-by-side comparison of the best baby gear options for your baby registry that fall into each of the following categories.
Classic∙∙∙ a great, tried-and-true option that will please most people
Budget∙∙∙ a more affordable option
Luxury∙∙∙ a financial splurge that is high-quality and good-looking
Eco/Minimal∙∙∙ non-toxic and eco-friendly OR simple and good for a minimalist
Infant Car Seat
While a specific infant car seat is very convenient for the first six months, you don’t HAVE to get one. You can skip it and jump right to a convertible car seat that allows for newborns. This one meets the minimalist requirement because if you purchase the infant insert, you can use it from birth (5lb+) and skip the infant car seat. This one is also is eco-friendly. It is made with GREENGUARD certified fabric and depending on the fabric you choose, it is either free of brominated and chlorinated flame retardants or free of all added flame retardants! Added bonus features: a 9-year expiration, a steel anti-rebound bar, and it allows for rear-facing up until 50 pounds!
Eco-Minimal∙∙∙ This one is ideal for a minimalist who plans to have more than one child, somewhat close together. It starts off as a single stroller and easily converts to a double. If you choose the merino wool fabric, it is free of chemicals and toxic flame retardants.
No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you… the “classic” and “eco/minimal” options are the same. This bouncer is my all-time favorite and you can read more about that here. It is great for a minimalist because it folds flat to store and travel easily, can be used until your baby is 2-years-old, and it is often available in organic cotton. This toy bar is a must-have if you get this bouncer.
Newborn Sleep Spot
While your baby can start sleeping in the crib on day #1, most parents prefer to room-share with their newborn in the early days. This is very convenient for all the middle-of-the-night feedings and diaper changes. These are all good options for a room-sharing bassinet. Most of these can be used for the first 5-6 months, but the Eco/Minimal option converts to a full-sized crib.
In addition to the ones mentioned above, here are some quality options:
Classic Option #2: This well-loved video monitor allows for remote camera pan/tilt and it has a dedicated screen instead of using your phone or the internet.
Luxury Option #2: This camera also has a wearable sock for baby. It tracks oxygen and heart rate while streaming video to your phone.
Budget Option #2: This is a very affordable video monitor that uses your smartphone.
Classic & Luxury Option #3: This smart baby monitor also looks good in your nursery!
Activity Play Mat
Classic ∙∙∙ You can’t go wrong with this activity gym. There are so many fun activities for baby and it won’t look too obnoxious in your home.
Budget ∙∙∙ Ikea makes such great and simple products!
Eco/Minimal ∙∙∙ This is made with baby-safe materials. It is free form flame retardants, BPA and phthalates. It grows with your baby by easily converting to a fun fort.