Baby Registry and Gift Guide--What Moms REALLY Want

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Creating your first baby registry is a daunting task. There is so much you will need and so many options it is dizzying. In order to make it a little simpler we have complied a list of some of our favorite baby (and mommy) items.

Most baby registry guides exclusively focus on items for the baby with little consideration for what the mom-to-be may need or want to help her be the best parent she can be. So this guide is going to start out with a recommendation for the mom.

For the Mom

A great gift for an expecting mom (or even a mom who just gave birth) is a Pre-Natal Massage. Hand and Stone located at 1400 Hudson Street in Hoboken offers one of the best pre-natal massages in the area. Positioning pillows and cushions are used to enhance support, decrease pressure, and increase relaxation. This massage will relieve stress from the feet, ankles, lower back and neck, as well as reduce swelling.

Nursery Items

You will need the obvious nursery items like a crib, crib mattress, bedding, and a dresser or changing table, but aside from those larger pieces you may also want to purchase some other sleep related items.

The Tiny Love Meadow Days Take Along Mobile is the #1 Baby Mobile Bestseller by a landslide. The reason it is so popular? It easily attaches to cribs, playards, strollers, you name it, this way you baby can have the sense of security and continuity when napping and sleeping in different surroundings.

Some babies require a little extra help falling asleep and staying asleep. The Marpac Hushh White Noise Machine can be used both at home and on the go. (Remember the good old days of pre-COVID stroller naps while walking about the mall or having lunch on Washington?) It is cord free and has three different noise options.

Baby Gear

The sidewalks of Hoboken are filled with Uppababy Vistas and Bugaboo Donkeys, which are both excellent choices due to their ability to accommodate a second (or third!) child while having a decently narrow frame. If you aren't worried about having a stroller you can use later on with another child, the Nuna Mixx is a beautiful option, with its elegant design and a "new and improved" compact fold.

As city dwellers we walk a lot, and it is a big part of the "mommy social scene" around here. It does get cold though, and your baby will frequently need more than a blanket. The 7AM Enfant 212 Evolution Footmuff is expensive but it is the warmest footmuff you can buy. It also can be used up to size 3T which gives you a ton more wear than initially expected.

The Think King Jumbo Swirly Hook is something I feel passionately about. I can't even estimate the amount of grocery and shopping bags I hang on it at once. I have had it for over three years now, and it is still in excellent shape. Not once did I need to reaffix the velcro. It is incredibly durable and makes running errands a breeze.

You have probably seen this Fisher-Price Snuggapuppy Dreams Cradle and Swing before. As much as I would love to shed light on some new undiscovered more obscure swing, I cannot. There is a reason you see this everywhere. It is one of the best baby items on the market, and has been for years. It's entertaining and relaxing, but perhaps one of the best kept secrets is that it is a huge help when your baby has reflux. I had to keep my son upright (yet relaxed) for a full 45 minutes after every bottle for what seemed like months, and this swing was a life saver. He loved it and finally stopped losing his lunch.

You can pretend this won't happen all you want, but you are 100% going to find yourself changing your baby's diaper on the grass of Church Square Park, at the Pier (hopefully with a cocktail), and on random park benches throughout Hoboken and Jersey City. For these instances you should get the Skip Hop Pronto Changing Pad. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns, and has a wipe holder and pockets to store diapers and cream.

Nursing and Feeding Equipment

You will need the obvious feeding equipment such as bottles, bottle warmers, a pump and milk storage containers, and sterilizers. One lesser known feeding item that I wish I had from day one is the Inglesina Fast Table Chair. You can attach this lobster claw looking chair contraption to most tables, and counters. You can also bring it out to restaurants if they don't have highchairs. It's small enough to travel with and can hold up to 36 lbs.

Lucy Darling Baby Teethers allow your baby to explore using all their senses, and their quirky themes teach your child to be curious about the world from the very beginning. You can find them in our store and also at our online shop.

Nookums Paci-Plushies are the absolute cutest plush animals attached to a pacifier (it comes with a pacifier, but is also compatible with Mam, Avent, NUK, and others. Plus, you can actually detach these animals from the pacifier and wash both parts easily. The Paci-Plushie helps develop fine motor skills, while helping the baby independently maneuver the pacifier. Check them out in our store or at our online shop.

Bath Time

Until your baby can sit up independently you may need to use a special baby bathtub or bath seat. More often than not these bathtubs take up a lot of space. The Stokke Flexi Bath is great for apartment living because it folds up flat when you are finished. It comes with additional newborn support and has a plug that will change color if the water gets too warm. The high sides are also excellent for bathing larger kids.

The Farmhouse Friends Bath Bucket is the perfect followup to your baby's bath. It comes with an embroidered hooded cow towel, a pink pig bath mitt and yellow chick spa booties. You can find this in our store or at our online shop.

Play Time

You won't need an entertainer or jumper until your child is around five months, but it is a great item to register for if you have the space to store it. One of the pricier baby toy items, the Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo provides hours of active and safe play, as does the Evenflo ExerSaucer World Explorer which features a mini spinning globe, a mirror, interactive animals, and three different stages to grow with your babies size and skill level.

Rally Paper is one of the simplest items, yet one of the most entertaining and satisfying for babies. It is multi-sensory and teaches cause and effect. Check out our in-store sports themed offerings.

Studies show that children who grow up in a home with an abundance of books present, have literacy gains well into their teenage years compared to those who grew up with few or the absence of books in the home. If you want to boost your or a loved one's home library check out our list of Best Children's Books.