15 things that will make parenting in the city easier.
Parenting in the city is its own kind of adventure. From navigating tight hallways, subway stations and fifth-floor walk-ups, parents in the concrete jungle need baby gear that is as adaptable as possible. We’ve rounded up our top picks for feeding, changing, sleeping and taking baby on the go. With the right essentials, you’ll be ready for anything city life can hand your way.
Okay, these are crazy cute. The Ubbi muslin blanket buddy is a 2-in-1 convertible stuffed animal that transforms into a blanket. No more stuffing blankets into your diaper bag or under the stroller basket, where they can drag across the ground collecting everything. It’s a playmate when baby is up, and a cozy place to snuggle up for naps. $30, buy here.
This complete care kit includes Babyganics favorites such as body wash, bubble bath, lotion and hand sanitizer--all made with gentle, plant based ingredients. Since spending the day out in the city tends to leave its mark on you, we’re sure that this is a bathtime must-have. Oh, and the set comes in a reusable fabric bin, perfect for nursery storage! $29.99, buy here.
There’s no getting around it--city-dwelling parents NEED a baby carrier. Trust me, you and your MetroCard will thank me. Ergobaby’s all-in-one, newborn ready Khaki Green Omni 360 has all the carry positions. Designed to grow with you from week 1 to 36 months, it features crossable shoulder straps for a personalized fit. $180.00, buy here.
Comfort is critical when you’re running around all day, and access is everything when you’re nursing. Get the best of both worlds from the best-selling Bravado Original Nursing Bra. It’s a seamless, comfortable, cotton style that will keep you supported while making on-the-go pumpings and feedings a breeze. $35, buy here.
Love the convenience of the pack and play but want the classic style of a wooden crib? The Bloom Alma Mini Solid Wood Crib is a foldable, portable alternative to a full-sized crib. With its own carry bag, it’s great for travel or small spaces, and you won’t feel guilty about storing it for baby number 2. $340, buy here.
Take one look at those tires and you’ll know that the Bugaboo Cameleon3 was designed for city life. Car-seat compatible and endlessly customizable, the Cameleon3 is meant to be the only stroller you’ll ever need. Its array of accessories and fabrics lets it grow from newborn to toddler, and the high-end build means that it’ll take sidewalks and grassy parks with ease. Starts at $999, buy here.
The city isn’t exactly known for fresh air... or predictable weather. This Dyson two-in-one humidifier and fan takes care of both issues, keeping the air in the room comfortable while functioning as a fan on hot days. The built-in UV ensures that the device emits a clean mist, and it’s quiet enough for nursery use. $499.99, buy here.
What new parent couldn’t use an extra set of hands? The SNOO Smart Sleeper encourages good sleep habits from day one by responding to your baby with gentle motions and white noise. Its sleek design fits into the most cozy and the most chic of urban apartments. In honor of SNOO’s first birthday, use code HAPPY1 for 35% off. $1,160, buy here.
A closet staple, this soft and cozy classic is designed to take you from pre- to post-natal without breaking a sweat. It has hidden side zippers for nursing and pumping, and the fabric will keep you comfortable year round. $105, buy here.
Is there anyone cuter than you? Fugeddaboutit! Your tot will be the talk of the town (or at least in family gatherings) with this top that sports classic New York street food fare. T-shirts are available in toddler sizes too, so all your tiny strap-hangers can strut their stuff. $35, buy here.
With space at a premium for most city dwellers, any baby gear we buy better be prepared to pull its weight. OXO’s Sprout Chair is designed to last your little until age five, featuring a modular design with removable parts that allows the high chair to convert into a youth seat. The Green/Walnut finish adds an earthy and sophisticated touch. $249.99, buy here.
Known best for their feeding and safety gear, this deluxe gift set is a must for the VIB (Very Important Baby) in your life. It includes 27 Munchkin favorites, like the Latch bottle, Stay-in-Place mirror, spoons, sippy cups and of course, the White Hot Rubber Ducky. $150, buy here.
There’s nothing that says parenting quite like holding your poop-covered child while you scramble to find diapers and wipes. Keep things neat and clean with a diaper caddy that fits your decor and all of baby’s essentials. It has a unique touch light on the handle, so that you can handle late-night changes without waking up the whole house. $40, buy here.
Stylish and simple, the Petite Soul Shop's Bonnet keeps your baby’s head warm on even the breeziest of days. Perfect for a stroll in the park or down Broadway, this bonnet is made of super-soft cotton jersey and is machine washable. $28, buy here.
We love this brand new spin on the age-old activity center, especially for city living. Lovevery’s version has a full year’s worth of playtime built in, including 5 development zones on the Play Mat that reveal or conceal to prevent overstimulation and promote brain and motor skill development. It’s crafted using FSC-certied wood and organic cotton mouthable accessories, and it even includes a Play Guide with inspiration and stage-based activities from child development specialists. Smart. $140, buy here.