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Parenting Day Baby Registry

15 baby gear picks to help you make it through the day.

Parenting Day Baby Registry

From the moment they wake up until the time you tuck them into bed, life with a little one is busy, busy, busy. As if we need to tell you that. But as any parent knows, equipping yourself with the right gear can make all the difference in your parenting day.

Imagine hitting the farmers market without your stroller or carrier. Um, no thanks. But with the right tools at hand, you can stay out all afternoon in search of the most beautiful heirloom tomatoes and the perfect matcha honey latte.

That's why we’ve teamed up with phil&teds to curate a list of our 15 favorite products that are worth their weight in gold for every hour of the parenting day! Our registry picks will take you from wake-up to bedtime, and hit every hour in between.

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1. phil&teds mod™ stroller

There’s no better piece of gear to take you through your parenting day with this super slim, super compact phil&teds mod Stroller. It folds up tightly to hide in apartments or nestle into cozy city cafes. And with the Mod’s low center of gravity, your baby will barely feel any of those bumps on city sidewalks.

2. Skip Hop Greenwich Simply Chic Backpack

Effortlessly chic, Skip Hop’s Greenwich Backpack is a fashionable mama’s dream. It’s also durable enough to handle anything that hits you during your parenting day, with its wipeable, vegan leather. It also has nine separate pockets, the largest of which can hold a laptop of up to 15-inches, you know, in case you want to use it on your non-parenting day too.

3. Noah’s Ark Toys

Your parenting day always includes a few minutes (or hours!) of playtime, and these tiny toys are perfect for your your diaper bag. Teach your child colors, counting and animals with this heirloom wooden toy set, crafted out of eco-certified wood from renewable resources. The perfect toy to pass down to future generations.

4. phil&teds alpha™ car seat

Every ounce counts when purchasing a car seat, especially if you’ll be lugging that car seat in and out of your car or taxi, all parenting day long. That’s why phil&teds 8.3-pound infant car seat is a win for parents; it’s lightweight, and super easy to carry thanks to it’s ergonomic handle bar. So important as baby gets heavier!

5. Dr. Brown’s Manual Breast Pump

Because sometimes you just need to pump… and who wants to carry around a big, bulky, battery operated monstrosity? Dr. Brown’s manual breast pump is comfortable, discreet and convenient. Plus the breast cup is super soft and flexible. Perfect for wherever the day takes you.

6. Coveted Things New York Organic Swaddle Scarf

Wrap your baby in the New York City skyline with a cozy Coveted Things’ Organic Swaddle Scarf. We admit, we’re partial to the Big Apple, but there’s also a whimsical watercolor version for you LA-minded mamas. Got more swaddles than you need? This one does double duty as nursing or pumping cover, or even a nursery tapestry!

7. phil&teds traveller™

Being on the go with your little one has never been easier. At a miniscule six pounds, this crib weighs less than your baby, which makes it a convenient way to keep your baby in one place at home or on the road. The self-inflating mattress comes with a washable cover, and the sides are completely mesh so you can always keep an eye on your babe.

8. phil&teds lobster™ portable high chair

Forget about those gross, grubby restaurant high chairs. The phil&teds Lobster Chair keeps your baby clean -- and keeps you sane! It clips securely on any dining table, and comes with its own tray so your little one doesn’t have to put food directly on the table. Best of all, it weighs in at less than 3.9-pounds. Dining out just got so much easier!

9. Zojirushi Lunch Bento Box

When it comes to travelling with food or drink, nothing keeps your hot food hotter than Japanese brand Zojirushi. This insulated lunch box has three food containers, plus a cute little box for your chopsticks. Because there is literally nothing cuter than a kid using chopsticks.

10. Beaba Silicone Spoons

Once your baby starts eating solid foods, you’ll need the right spoon. Trust us, you do not want to shove a restaurant-sized spoon in your tiny baby’s mouth. Beaba’s spoons are top-notch. Aesthetically pleasing, ergonomic and featuring a hygienic all-silicone design, these French-made spoons are the perfect way to introduce your bebe to solids.

11. phil&teds parade™ backpack baby carrier

When a stroller just won’t do, grab phil&teds Parade Backpack Baby Carrier. It’s great for air travel or the farmer’s market, and sturdy enough to hold up to 40-pounds! The Parade Backpack is also made with mesh fabric to keeps you and your piggy-back rider cool.

12. Little Unicorn Outdoor Blanket

Before you hit the park for that playdate with your mama tribe, swing this outdoor blanket over your shoulder. It’s water resistant and wipeable (yay!), has a carrying strap, and the super cute pattern is totally Instagrammable.

13. Roxy Marj Baby Activity Chair

Sometimes mama needs a few minutes of free time, and never has there been a more swoon worthy designed activity center to get you there. The Roxy Marj Activity Chair is exactly what design-minded mamas have always wanted. Plus, the attached crinkle toys keep little ones occupied long enough to make -- and eat!! -- your dinner.

14. Babo Botanicals Baby Shampoo + Wash

After a full parenting day, baby’s gonna need a bath, so choose a wash that you can feel comfortable using day in and day out. Babo’s plant-based baby shampoo and wash is formulated with oat extract and calendula oil, which not only cleans but also helps moisturize eczema patches on dry baby skin and relieve cradle cap.

15. All Aboard! USA Board Book Set

Curl up in the rocking chair to end your parenting day, and give your little one a geography lesson with this modern board book set. From the Pacific Northwest to Washington, D.C., travel the country with your sweet one during reading time!

This post was sponsored by phil&ted's.

Lifestyle photography by Belle Savransky for Well Rounded.

These are the best bath time products you can get for under $20

These budget-friendly products really make a splash.

With babies and toddlers, bath time is about so much more than washing off: It's an opportunity for fun, sensory play and sweet bonding moments—with the added benefit of a cuddly, clean baby afterward.

Because bathing your baby is part business, part playtime, you're going to want products that can help with both of those activities. After countless bath times, here are the products that our editors think really make a splash. (Better yet, each item is less than $20!)

Comforts Bath Wash & Shampoo

Comforts Baby Wash & Shampoo

Made with oat extract, this bath wash and shampoo combo is designed to leave delicate skin cleansed and nourished. You and your baby will both appreciate the tear-free formula—so you can really focus on the bath time fun.

Munckin Soft Spot Bath Mat

Munchkin slip mat

When your little one is splish-splashing in the bath, help keep them from also sliding around with a soft, anti-slip bath mat. With strong suction cups to keep it in place and extra cushion to make bath time even more comfortable for your little one, this is an essential in our books.

Comforts Baby Lotion

Comforts baby lotion

For most of us, the bath time ritual continues when your baby is out of the tub when you want to moisturize their freshly cleaned skin. We look for lotions that are hypoallergenic, nourishing and designed to protect their skin.

The First Years Stack Up Cups

First year stack cups

When it comes to bath toys, nothing beats the classic set of stackable cups: Sort them by size, practice pouring water, pile them high—your little one will have fun with these every single bath time.

Comforts Baby Oil

Comforts baby oil

For dry skin that needs a little extra TLC, our team loves Comforts' fast-absorbing baby oil aloe vera and vitamin E. Pro tip: When applied right after drying off your baby, the absorption is even more effective.

KidCo Bath Toy Organizer

KidCo Bath Organizer

Between bathing supplies, wash rags, toys and more, the tub sure can get crowded in a hurry. We like that this organizer gives your little one space to play and bathe while still keeping everything you need within reach.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on Comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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Time-saving formula tips our editors swear by

Less time making bottles, more time snuggling.

As a new parent, it can feel like feeding your baby is a full-time job—with a very demanding nightshift. Add in the additional steps it takes to prepare a bottle of formula and, well… we don't blame you if you're eager to save some time when you can. After all, that means more time for snuggling your baby or practicing your own well-deserved self-care.

Here's the upside: Many, many formula-feeding mamas before you have experienced the same thing, and they've developed some excellent tricks that can help you mix up a bottle in record time. Here are the best time-saving formula tips from editors here at Motherly.

1. Use room temperature water

The top suggestion that came up time and time again was to introduce bottles with room temperature water from the beginning. That way, you can make a bottle whenever you need it without worrying about warming up water—which is a total lifesaver when you have to make a bottle on the go or in the middle of the night.

2. Buy online to save shopping time

You'll need a lot of formula throughout the first year and beyond—so finding a brand like Comforts, which offers high-quality infant formula at lower prices, will help you save a substantial amount of money. Not to mention, you can order online or find the formula on shelves during your standard shopping trip—and that'll save you so much time and effort as well.

3. Pre-measure nighttime bottles

The middle of the night is the last time you'll want to spend precious minutes mixing up a bottle. Instead, our editors suggest measuring out the correct amount of powder formula into a bottle and putting the necessary portion of water on your bedside table. That way, all you have to do is roll over and combine the water and formula in the bottle before feeding your baby. Sounds so much better than hiking all the way to the kitchen and back at 3 am, right?

4. Divide serving sizes for outings

Before leaving the house with your baby, divvy up any portions of formula and water that you may need during your outing. Then, when your baby is hungry, just combine the pre-measured water and powder serving in the bottle. Our editors confirm this is much easier than trying to portion out the right amount of water or formula while riding in the car.

5. Memorize the mental math

Soon enough, you'll be able to prepare a bottle in your sleep. But, especially in the beginning or when increasing your baby's serving, the mental math can take a bit of time. If #mombrain makes it tough to commit the measurements to memory, write up a cheat sheet for yourself or anyone else who will prepare your baby's bottle.

6. Warm up chilled formula with water

If you're the savvy kind of mom who prepares and refrigerates bottles for the day in advance, you'll probably want to bring it up to room temperature before serving. Rather than purchase a bottle warmer, our editors say the old-fashioned method works incredibly well: Just plunge the sealed bottle in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes and—voila!—it's ready to serve.



Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on Comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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As a mom, I say the phrase 'let me just…' to my kids more times a day than I can count.

Yes, I can help you log into your class, let me just send this email.
Yes, I can play with you, let me just make one more call.
Yes, I can get you a snack, let me just empty the dishwasher.

I say it a lot at work, too.

Yes, I can write that article, let me just clear my inbox.
Yes, I can clear my inbox, let me just finish this meeting.
Yes, I can attend that meeting, let me just get this project out the door.

The problem is that every 'let me just' is followed by another 'let me just'... and by the time they're all done, the day is over, and I didn't do most of the things I intended—and I feel pretty bad about myself because of it.

I wasn't present with my kids today.
I didn't meet that deadline.
I couldn't muster the energy to cook dinner.
The house is a mess. I am a mess. The world is a mess.

It's okay, I tell myself. Let me just try again tomorrow.

But tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes and the list of things I didn't get to or didn't do well bears down on my shoulders and my heart, and all I can think is, "I am failing."

And I think that maybe I'm not alone.

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