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Well Rounded NY + Babies R' Us City Registry Event

Test driving Well Rounded NY's top baby registry picks for city living

Well Rounded NY + Babies R' Us City Registry Event

So you live in the city and you're expecting, congrats! Now that your tummy is expanding so will the list of things that you need for you and baby for those few first days, months and beyond. Whether your're a first time parent, a mama of two or shopping for the perfect baby sprinkle gift, there's an abundance of choices out there for that squishy faced baby who'll be here before you know it. Unlike living in the suburbs, as a city dwelling family requires specific baby gear; you want stuff that will save you space (and time!), is durable and eco-friendly, and will make this new transition go as smoothly as it possibly can. Last month, we hosted our first ever City Registry event at the Union Square Babies R' Us. Expecting parents from around NYC came to learn all about our top registry picks for urban life with a baby. While noshing on delish lite bites from Kitchensurfing, guests were able to meet with a few of our favorite baby brands who showed off some of necessities for city living. In between getting educated about the best baby gear, baby food, breast pumps, nursery and playtime must-haves, expectant parents had the opportunity to take beautiful short films with Jessa Flynn Productions and enter the city registry raffle in hopes of winning big prizes for their babes-to-be. Thanks to all the awesome parents-to-be that joined us at our first City Registry event and to Babies R' Us for co-hosting. Thanks to Laura Vladimirova of Natural Birth Bebe for photographing the morning. We're so grateful to our sponsors: Stokke, Britax, Ubbi, Babyganics, Skip Hop, Lansinoh, 4moms, Earth's Best, KitchenSurfing, Bump Water and Jessa Flynn Productions. Couldn't make it? Check out our Editor's Picks for City Baby Registry here. And hope to see you at the next one! Photography by Laura Vladimirova of Natural Birth Bebe.

10 must-have registry items that will change your life, mama

The baby gear heavy hitters that should be top of your list

Calling all mamas-to-be! It's a fundamental truth of (impending) motherhood that your prepping-for-baby To Do list can feel a mile long, but really the best way to feel organized is to sort out the most important item at the top of your list: your registry. Sure the items you choose to include will end up running the gamut from nice-to-haves to absolutely essential game-changers, but mamas in the know quickly learn one thing: Not all baby gear is created equal.

So while you can and should pepper your registry with adorable inclusions that aren't necessarily can't-live-withouts (go ahead, add 'em!), you should make sure you're ticking the boxes on those pieces of baby gear that can be absolute life savers once you're in full-blown mama mode. From car seats to bouncers and playmats, your play and travel gear will be some of the most obvious important items on your list, but so can unexpected things, like a super comfy baby carrier and a snooze-inducing white noise machine. So to help you sort through the must-have options, we turned to the holy grail of motherhood that is buybuy BABY and handpicked 10 of the very best essential pieces that will change your life, we promise.

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Earth Mama: Effective, natural herbal care for mamas and babies

Founded and grown in her own garage in 2002, Earth Mama started as an operation of one, creating salves, tinctures, teas and soaps with homegrown herbs. With a deep desire to bring the healing powers of nature that have been relied on for thousands of years to as many mamas as possible, Melinda Olson's formulas quickly grew into Earth Mama Organics. Since then, the brand has remained committed to manufacturing clean, safe and effective herbal solutions for the entire journey of motherhood, including pregnancy, breastfeeding and baby care, and even the loss of a baby.

Bravado Designs: Soothing sounds for a good night's sleep

With 28 years of serving pregnant and postpartum mamas under their belt, Bravado Designs is a true authority on the needs of changing bodies. It's true that we have them to thank for rescuing us from the uncomfortable and frumpy designs our own moms had to live with. Launched in Canada by two young mamas, they designed the first prototypes with extra leopard print fabric certain that a better bra was possible. Throughout the years they've maintained their commitment to ethical manufacturing while creating long-lasting products that truly work.

The Sill: Instagram-ready potted plants

We've long admired this female-founded brand and the brilliant mind behind it, Eliza Blank. (She even joined Motherly co-founder Liz Tenety on and episode of The Motherly Podcast!) The mission behind the business was simple: To make the process of bringing plants into your home as easy as possible, and as wonderful as the plant themselves. With their in-house, exclusively designed minimalist planters, the end result makes plant parenthood just a few clicks away.

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The 6 biggest lies I believed before having kids

Just about all of us had set assumptions about raising kids before we became parents ourselves.

Just about all of us had set assumptions about raising kids before we became parents ourselves. Some of these ideas might have been based on our own ideas of how we would absolutely do things differently than everyone else. Others, we believed what everyone else told us would happen would apply to our littles, too. But, that's not always the case, mama.

Below are six of the biggest lies I believed before having kids—and the reality of what actually happened for me.

1. Put your baby down drowsy, but awake

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