The truth is you don't need much to care for a baby besides clothes, diapers, a safe sleeping spot and a few other essentials.
Baby stuff is pretty sweet
But we'll be the first to admit there is plenty you can get to help everything go more smoothly — or just because new gadgets are always cool, especially when they are designed for babies.
But it can add up
We also know that even covering the basics for baby can start to add up, so there often isn't space in the budget for items like, say, a portable pacifier sanitizer.
Enter the baby registry
After registering for legitimate needs, we suggest throwing a couple of true wish-list gadgets into the mix. The people perusing your registry will appreciate the variety and you can potentially enjoy the nonessentials without thinking that money probably should have gone into the college fund.
3. Brica Stroller Phone Holder
Whether baby is sleeping during your stroll and you want to listen to music or you need to have you phone within view for incoming messages, the stroller phone holder will keep your cell secure. It can also attach to the front of the stroller if you want to play a video on your phone to keep the babe occupied.
Or you can just put your phone away and enjoy the great outdoors. Either way, we understand.
1. The Baby Shusher
If you've watched or read Happiest Baby On The Block, you will know the importance of the “shushing" to babies.
Unlike with adults, the sound is actually quite calming... But it kind of defeats the purpose if you have to constantly to it to keep baby peaceful.
That's where the baby shusher comes into place. Check it out here.
4. Gro-Egg Room Thermometer
From milk to bath water to the air, you'll be much more concerned about the temperature of things that affect baby than you ever are for yourself.
When checking in on the little one in the middle of the night, the Gro-Egg will quickly indicate whether the room is too cold (by turning blue), too hot (by going red) or somewhere comfortably in the middle with yellow or orange shades. Check it out here.
5. Boon Glo Nightlight With Portable Orbs
Instead of using your cell phone's flashlight to creep into baby's bedroom, the nightlight in the nursery really just falls under the “how cool" category. The portable orbs that go along with the Boon Glo Nightlight turn green when removed from the base, but still glow — which means it can transition from a baby's room essential into a cool toy for kids.
11. Aquatopia Bath Kneeler
This is one for you! After transitioning to the big bath, you'll probably learn quite quickly that a standard rug isn't easy on the knees. The Aquatopia Bath Kneeler solves the problem of sore knees while also providing convenient slots for shampoo and soap.
6. Squirt Dispensing Spoon
Transitioning baby to solids is an inherently messy task, but the Squirt Dispensing Spoon makes it a bit easier by allowing you to keep your second hand free.
7. Lil Rinser Splashguard
Those “tear-free" shampoos really don't do the trick, try as they might. The Lil Rinser Splashguard helps by keeping soap and shampoo out of your little one's eyes, which is great news for anyone hoping to avoid at least one bath time-related battled.
10. Bum Bum Brush diaper cream applicator
No, you don't need to use the Bum Bum Brush Diaper Cream Applicator Tool to put ointment on your little one's tush, but with its stand-up/ stick on bottom and a crazy number of glowing reviews, maybe you'll want to.
2. Tommee Tippee Travel Bottle Warmer
Babies can be pretty picky about the temperature of their food, which can make it difficult if you are bottle feeding on the go. The travel bottle warmer works like a thermos by keeping the contents at a stable temperature for hours after leaving the house. Check it out here.
9. Zoë b Organic On The Go Sleepy Hats
If you have to be out and about during nap-time — which is inevitable at some point — and baby can't snooze amidst the lights and stimulation, the Sleepy Hat is designed to help.
8. Binky Fresh Pacifier Sanitizer
Sure, there are low-tech fasteners to keep you baby's binky from falling to the ground in the first place. But isn't this much cooler? The Binky Fresh Sanitizer uses UV lights to kill “up to 99.99 percent of germs and bacteria" on pacifiers and bottle nipples.