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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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Get a head start on your registry by picking up our fave phil&ted’s products here.

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.

When I was expecting my first child, I wanted to know everything that could possibly be in store for his first year.

I quizzed my own mom and the friends who ventured into motherhood before I did. I absorbed parenting books and articles like a sponge. I signed up for classes on childbirth, breastfeeding and even baby-led weaning. My philosophy? The more I knew, the better.

Yet, despite my best efforts, I didn't know it all. Not by a long shot. Instead, my firstborn, my husband and I had to figure it out together—day by day, challenge by challenge, triumph by triumph.

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The funny thing is that although I wanted to know it all, the surprises—those moments that were unique to us—were what made that first year so beautiful.

Of course, my research provided a helpful outline as I graduated from never having changed a diaper to conquering the newborn haze, my return to work, the milestones and the challenges. But while I did need much of that tactical knowledge, I also learned the value of following my baby's lead and trusting my gut.

I realized the importance of advice from fellow mamas, too. I vividly remember a conversation with a friend who had her first child shortly before I welcomed mine. My friend, who had already returned to work after maternity leave, encouraged me to be patient when introducing a bottle and to help my son get comfortable with taking that bottle from someone else.

Yes, from a logistical standpoint, that's great advice for any working mama. But I also took an incredibly important point from this conversation: This was less about the act of bottle-feeding itself, and more about what it represented for my peace of mind when I was away from my son.

This fellow mama encouraged me to honor my emotions and give myself permission to do what was best for my family—and that really set the tone for my whole approach to parenting. Because honestly, that was just the first of many big transitions during that first year, and each of them came with their own set of mixed emotions.

I felt proud and also strangely nostalgic as my baby seamlessly graduated to a sippy bottle.

I felt my baby's teething pain along with him and also felt confident that we could get through it with the right tools.

I felt relieved as my baby learned to self-soothe by finding his own pacifier and also sad to realize how quickly he was becoming his own person.



As I look back on everything now, some four years and two more kids later, I can't remember the exact day my son crawled, the project I tackled on my first day back at work, or even what his first word was. (It's written somewhere in a baby book!)

But I do remember how I felt with each milestone: the joy, the overwhelming love, the anxiety, the exhaustion and the sense of wonder. That truly was the greatest gift of the first year… and nothing could have prepared me for all those feelings.

This article was sponsored by Dr. Brown's. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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