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10 Pediatrician Approved Baby Registry Must-Haves
Choosing items for your baby registry can be overwhelming, so we called in an expert to help narrow down the options. Here are 10 pediatrician recommended must-haves for any baby registry.
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Meet the Doc
Dr. Tanya Altmann, an L.A.-based pediatrician and associate medical editor of the American Academy of Pediatrics' "Caring For Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5," is also a mom of three boys. She shared with us some of her favorite baby registry picks, including those that she currently uses with her newest addition.
Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier
This baby carrier is at the top of the list of baby registry must-haves for a reason! Featuring four safe, ergonomic carry positions — front-inward, front-outward, hip and back — the Ergobaby 360-degree carrier allows baby to sit comfortably in the structured bucket seat with his or her spine in an optimal "C" position. The supportive wide waistband and padded shoulder straps evenly distribute baby's weight to ensure parents' comfort, while the sleeping hood supports baby's head and protects it from the sun. Suitable for babies weighing 7 to 33 pounds, the revolutionary baby carrier is made of 100 percent cotton and is machine washable. ($161; target.com)
Dr. Altmann: "Parents may not use [the ErgoBaby 360 Baby Carrier] initially, but they will eventually need and love [it]."
KicKee Pants Romper
Family owned and operated, KicKee Pants offers comfort with its versatile yet adorable clothing made from eco-friendly bamboo, which only gets softer with each wash. This sweet star-print design — available in sizes newborn to 9 months — features an easy snap-back flap that allows baby to stay fully dressed during the diaper-changing process. ($33; nordstrom.com)
Dr. Altmann: "You do need … sleepers that snap all the way up; that way, you can just unsnap the bottom to change a diaper, and baby won't get cold. KicKee Pants' clothes are super cute and soft."
Medela Freestyle Breast Pump
When it comes to registry must-haves, an excellent breast pump is essential. This compact, lightweight double electric breast pump with a rechargeable battery uses Medela's 2-Phase Expression technology: Phase 1: stimulation, and Phase 2: expression. It's proven to produce more breast milk because it simulates baby's sucking patterns. The hands-free design, removable cooler carrier, four BPA-free, 5-ounce bottles and lids, and roomy tote bag make this pump ideal for working moms. ($325; buybuybaby.com)
Dr. Altmann: "I can pump directly into the bottles, my son takes it well, and it's [both] easy to use and clean."
Britax B-Safe Infant Car Seat
The five-point harness, side-impact protection and energy-absorbing foam liner of the B-Safe car seat will keep baby safe, while the adjustable base with five different positions will keep baby comfortable. Compatible with all Britax B-Series strollers, this seat accommodates babies weighing 4 to 30 pounds and measuring 32 inches or less, and features an ergonomic handle to make carrying a breeze. Add this to your list of must-have baby registry items! ($200; albeebaby.com)
Dr. Altmann: "A safe car seat that is easy to install rear-facing in your back seat is a must have to take the baby safely home from the hospital."
Braun No Touch and Forehead Thermometer
This revolutionary, dual-technology thermometer allows you to get a precise, two-second temperature reading, even when baby's sleeping. You can use thetouch mode, placing the thermometer on baby’s forehead, or no-touch mode,holding it in front of the forehead, up to 5 centimeters away. ($47; amazon.com)
Dr. Altmann: "[It's] an accurate, easy-to-use thermometer that takes the stress out of the … trying process. It also has a silent option to avoid disrupting your baby."
Avent Soothie Pacifier
More than 2,000 U.S. hospitals supply this BPA-free pacifier to soothe newborns in the nursery, which cements its rank among other must-have baby registry items. It's designed to ensure natural development of baby's teeth and gums. Available in two sizes — 0 to 3 months and 3+ months — the one-piece construction of the Soothie adheres to the American Academy of Pediatrics' guidelines. ($5 for two-pack; albeebaby.com)
Dr. Altmann: "The green Soothie paci … is my favorite. Research shows that putting your baby to bed with a paci can decrease the risk of SIDS."
Goodnight Moon Board Book
Considered a classic children’s bedtime story, this is a timeless registry must-have. The 32-page hardcover book tells the rhyming tale of a little bunny tucked in bed within a great, green room. Written by Margaret Wise Brown and originally published in 1947, Goodnight Moon has been translated into a dozen different languages. ($7, amazon.com)
Dr. Altmann: "I would highly recommend [Goodnight Moon]; a favorite board book."
Bugaboo Fox Stroller
A high-end favorite, the Bugaboo Fox Complete stroller is sturdy but light enough to deliver a smooth ride for baby and an easy push for mom and dad. The large tires and all-wheel suspension mean your little one will have a smooth ride on any surface, and the bassinet attachment is the perfect way for young babies to get the rest they need while you’re out and about. ($1,200; buybuybaby.com)
Dr. Altmann: "I love that [my baby] can nap on a flat surface and get fresh air while I get exercise."
Avent Baby Bottle to First Sippy Cup
Appropriate for babies 4 months and older, the 5-ounce, BPA-free bottle features an interchangeable soft spout and removable easy-grip handles to help baby learn to transition easily from bottle to cup. ($8, target.com)
Dr. Altmann: "The sippy cup spout fits directly in the bottle O ring, so you can easily wean [off] the bottle and transition to a sippy cup."
Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper
This bassinet is a baby registry must-have. The Swivel Sleeper, which rotates 360 degrees, brings baby close to you for peace of mind, while securely offering a safe night's sleep for you both. Recommended for babies up to 5 months or 20 pounds, the bassinet features a stable base that adjusts to fit most beds 22 to 34 inches in height, as well as mesh walls that allow maximum breathability and a side wall that can lower for accessibility. ($280, buybuybaby.com)
Dr. Altmann: "Baby can sleep in my room, but in his own safe sleep space."