Working Moms: 20+ Baby Registry Must Haves

The Working Parent's Baby Registry Guide

August 20, 2018

The Working Parent's Baby Registry Guide

The Working Parent's Baby Registry Guide
The Working Parent's Baby Registry Guide

Maximizing quality time with baby is among the top priorities of parents who return to work after baby is born. There are a number of nice-to-haves that’ll not only make your life at home with a baby easier, but help you when your baby is in the trusted hands of a caretaker while you’re at work, too.

From a way to extend your parental leave (yes, really!) to the gear you want to keep baby comfy and safe as you return to the office, here are our top registry picks for working parents.

Gear

If you’ll be commuting to daycare and work, baby will be spending a lot of time in the car—and it’s important to have a car seat that’s designed with their safety at the forefront. This convertible car seat is built with a steel alloy frame, and it seats children from five to 45 pounds in the safer rear-facing position.

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While traditional baby monitors work within a specific range around your home, the Nest Cam uses an app and Wi-Fi to stream video directly to your phone, so you can check in on baby’s nursery when you’re at work. Two-way audio even allows you to talk to baby, so you can send them some love while you’re away.

The Lotus Bassinet Kit + Crib Bundle is kind of a miracle. It starts out as a stationary or rocking bassinet to keep baby close to your bedside from birth to 18 pounds. Then it transforms into a toddler crib and playard, safe for kiddos up to three years of age. It folds up compactly into a bag and can be carted anywhere: perfect if you need to tote it to grandma’s or an in-home daycare center.

The compact-yet-high-performance UPPAbaby Cruz is the ideal stroller for parents who plan on using a stroller frequently or in crowded areas. It’s perfect for getting baby to daycare or the babysitter on time during busy weekdays, as well as for peaceful Sunday strolls with the whole family.

Snuggle up close the minute you get home from work! A soft cotton ring sling keeps baby close, right where they want to be, from eight to 35 pounds. The Baby Tula sling offers multiple ergonomic carry positions and is simple to put on and take off.

Diapering

This confetti print travel diaper changing pad looks like a clutch purse. Throw it in your diaper bag or just carry it around by the delicate gold strap.

Get your hands on a backpack-style diaper bag that is as sleek and stylish as it is functional. Your boss and coworkers will never know this gorgeous leather bag is made for toting diapers and bottles.

Forget the hassle of taking mental stock of your diaper stash by registering for a diapers-and-wipes subscription. They’re delivered straight to your door when you need them, giving you one less thing to think about every day. The Honest Company’s bundles come in totally cute prints, and they’re all made without chlorine processing or synthetic fragrances.

Clothing & Accessories

Most newborns sleep better and for longer stretches when swaddled. Instead of spending hours perfecting your swaddling technique, register for a two pack or two of SwaddleMe Original Swaddles with Velcro closures that stay put all night long.

Stock up on basics in gender-neutral designs so baby always has something clean, soft and comfortable to wear.

A good night’s sleep with minimal interruptions is precious as a working parent. While midnight wakings and diaper changes may be unavoidable, ensure they’re quick and fuss free with these footie pajamas featuring genius magnetic closures (instead of snaps).

Feeding

For busy parents on the go, a self-warming bottle that travels with you is a godsend. Warming six ounces of milk or formula to body temperature in four minutes, the Liamo Go is great for a day out and about in the city, a long plane ride or middle-of-the-night wakeups.

Enjoy some hands-free time while your baby feeds themselves with this innovative bottle holder that makes it easy for little fingers to grip and hold.

Working outside the home as a nursing parent is tough. If you’re going to make it work, you need a breast pump that can work overtime, as well as one you can compactly and discreetly take to and from the office on the daily. This double electric pump from Medela comes in an easy-to-carry backpack tote with a fold-down work surface—no need to remove the pump from the bag! It works with the included battery pack or a power cord, so it can do its thing wherever you happen to be.

Forget about sneaking away to a dark corner to pump. Now you can pump right at your desk in front of anyone, and they may not even notice! If you opt for a NUK or Hygeia breast pump (and some Medela pumps), up your lactation game by pairing it with these genius cups that slip into your bra and allow you to pump discreetly in front of anyone. You can’t say that about traditional pumping accessories!

Bath Time

The nighttime routine can be a killer, as you’re often crunched for time between getting home from the office and bedtime. With this unique product, you can conquer bathtime quickly—and save half a tub full of water to boot!

Nursery & Decor

Yes, there’s a nursery glider that works as hard as you do. The Kiwi Electric Recliner and Swivel Glider features a USB port so you can catch up on those emails while you rock your sweet baby to sleep at night. Talk about multitasking!

This beautifully designed crib is a true neutral piece that looks great in just about every nursery. When baby’s ready, it transforms into a toddler bed with rail, and then again into a daybed.

Health & Safety

Who has time to disinfect a pacifier every time it falls on the floor? The answer is no one, which is why this paci by RaZbaby, that closes when dropped, is the only one you need.

The grossest and yet most oddly satisfying thing you will do as a parent may just be using this handy contraption to de-gunk your child’s stuffed-up nose. It works much more efficiently than a bulb aspirator, giving instant relief to a congested baby.

When baby’s sick, and you both need your rest, this high-tech thermometer from FridaBaby is here to help. It uses Bluetooth technology to monitor baby’s temp in real time, sending an alert to your smartphone when their fever rises above a custom preset temperature that you programmed.

Toys

These beautiful etched and painted wood blocks were designed by artist Elizabeth Olwen. They’re a perfect toy for introducing the alphabet to your little one, and they’re an instant heirloom piece.

When you work outside the home, it’s nice for your little one to have a special toy they can take to daycare or the babysitter’s that reminds them of home. This giraffe toy from Bright Starts can hook onto their car seat or stroller for instant entertainment and learning.

As a working parent, what you’ll need to feel prepared for baby’s arrival will be unique to your family’s situation. Whether you need cash funds to extend your parental leave or to help paying for childcare, or help around the house, Babylist lets you register for just that, along with any item from any store. Register for exactly what you need to ease your transition back to work by starting a Babylist baby registry now.

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