20 Hot Baby Products We Love

New Must-Haves For Your Baby Registry

By Inna Shamis Lapin

You've gotten loads of advice from friends, your mother and budget-baby books, but that doesn't make navigating your registry any easier. No need to add "overwhelmed" to your long list of pregnancy symptoms. We've checked out the top-selling and trendiest products on the market for the only guide you'll need to pull up when you're handed the scanner in the baby gear aisles. 

Here's our favorite baby gear for 2013.

FOR THE NURSERY

Delaney Crib 'N Changer - This convertible 2-in-1 crib and changer combo is a super addition to any nursery. It is also perfect for maximizing small spaces in apartments or cozy rooms. Both fashionable and functional (it converts from a crib to a toddler bed, daybed and then a full), the Delaney is manufactured from hard wood and is JPMA/ASTM certified (meeting all safety standards and featuring a non-toxic finish).   $330

 Pebble Pure Mattress By Sleep Nook -You’ve probably never seen an organic mattress like this!  Made of certified organic coconut core and natural latex (for support), eucalyptus surface fibers (to help regulate baby’s temperature), a breathable outer layer that helps move airflow (for those belly-sleeping babies), and a removable/washable cover (available in 5 colors) that makes for easy clean ups (a must for sleepless nights with a newborn!) – this is ideal for every nursery. Retails for $395, there’s also lighter and thinner version available for $295.

Serenity Star – This innovative and multi-task feeding/sleep system replaces the need for a notepad and pen to record and display the most recent feeding time and which breast last nursed.  It also serves as a nightlight, clock and room-temperature indicator (glowing red when room is too hot, blue when its too cold, and white when it is just right). As if that weren’t enough, it is also a sound machine that features two lullabies, a white noise or heartbeat option.  $90

Ubbi Diaper Pail This eco-friendly diaper pail is made of steel (so no seep-through odors), has a childproof lock button (in case you have other little ones in the house), and can be used with any standard trash bag or reusable diaper liner (we love this, considering the cost of typical diaper bag refills).  It comes in ten colors to match any décor.  Retails for $80

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FOR TRAVEL

Maxi-Cosi Prezi Infant Car Seat - Not only does this car seat rate high for safety, the technology on board was inspired by race car drivers -- we’re talking superior side-impact protection and an anti-rebound bar. The seat also features extra leg room for the little one, and an easy-out five-point harness. $190

Quinny Moodd Stroller – Compatible with the Maxi-Cosi Prezi to be a travel system, the Quinny Moodd is gorgeous, smart and simple. It is easy to fold for compact transportation and unfolds automatically at the push of a button.  The one-handed seat recline offers three forward and two rearward positions for ultimate comfort for your little one.  I personally love the fact that it comes in seven color options (with either a white or black frame).  $700

journeyBee A great solution for parents on-the-go, this washable/waterproof portable crib is easy-to-use, lightweight and functional for play time and sleepy time!  Weighing in at just over 10 pounds, the journeyBee is great for indoor and outdoor use and folds into its own little carrying case. Great to toss in the trunk of your car or check for airplane travel.  And, no tools or assembly are required. $150

 

FOR SAFETY & EVERY DAY

iBaby Monitor The baby monitor that lets you follow your little one with the swipe of your touchscreen (compatible to iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch).  Features include: 2-way audio so moms can quickly and easily provide the comfort of their voice, infrared night vision, customizable notification alerts, and image capture capability (so you can take snap shots of your little one any time you’d like). Want the other parent, babysitter, or Grandma in on the caretaking? The monitor can sync up to four devices. $200

Puj Flyte Baby Tub – A compact, non-slip infant bath, the Puj Flyte is engineered out of flexible material to cradle the baby and fit any size of sink. It is non-absorbent to resist mold and mildew and hangs flat to dry in a matter of minutes. Retails for $35. *For a limited time, Puj Flyte is offering Galtime readers 30% off with the code babygaltime30. 

Exergen Temporal Scanner – Take your baby's temp in two seconds flat with this easy-to-use infrared thermometer that captures baby’s temperature by scanning the heat that comes off the forehead.  It is non-invasive and extremely accurate.  $30 

Inglesina Zuma Highchair and the Peg Perego Siesta – We can't pick a fave in the highchair category because we love these two equally! The Zuma is modern and sophisticated, folds up compactly and has lot of details parents love ($280).  The Peg Perego Siesta is also multi-functional and ultra-compact and can be used as either a recliner or a highchair at the dining table or coffee-table height ($300).

HALO SleepSacks – Both stylish and safe, these wearable blankets are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and replace the need for loose blankets in the crib that can cover the baby’s face and interfere with breathing. It's no surprise that HALO is also the #1 choice of hospital nurseries and is used in over 900 nationwide!  And I love the fact that they come in so many color and fabric options! ($20)

Itzy Ritzy No wonder this brand has so many celebrity fans, including Aneglina Jolie, Allison Sweeny, Christina Aguilera, Halle Berry and Kourtney Kardashian! The Itzy Ritzy line features carseat covers, nursing gear, wet bags and many other cute, practical gear for little ones. Our fave? The multi-functional Ritzy Sitzy Shopping Cart/High Chair Cover, which is washable, padded and reversible. $68

Quick-Install Safety Gate by Munchkin Fast and easy-to-use, this gate helps protect your child, baby-age to toddler, in and around your home. It will keep your doors scuff-free and is easy to install in most doorway openings. $30

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FOR PLAY 

4moms mamaRoo Baby Swing– A baby swing that moves like you do!  Mimicking real-life movements that include the car ride, kangaroo, rock-a-bye, ocean and tree swing., the mamaRoo also has built-in nature sounds and an MP3 hookup. $199

Ingenuity By Bright Starts Easy Wash Playard – The first-ever washable playard on the market, this is a fantastic germ-free solution that lets worried new moms wash away germs, bacteria and dirt with one zip!  The easy and portable playard also features an elevated changing table that pivots out of the way when not in use, an adjustable mattress and range of incline, along with a Soothing Sounds Station that plays melodies and nature sounds. $170

 

FOR FEEDING

SteamGuard Electric Sterilizer by Munchkin For those who don’t want to boil water to sterilize bottles, do it electrically in minutes. The SteamGuard sterilized up to nine bottles and accessories in six minutes with the click of one button. $50

Beaba BABYCOOK Pro Food Maker - A fantastic addition to any kitchen, this is one-of-a-kind baby-food maker is a steamer, blender, warmer and defroster safely. Best of all, it ius designed for one-handed operation and preps a meal in less than 15 minutes and can be used for defrosting and reheating. $150

 

DIAPER BAGS 

Grand Central by Skip Hop – The granddaddy of diaper bags, this all-weather bag is perfect for moms who (think) they need it all with them!  This compact tote has three sections that be packed full in an organized fashion. $90

Mommassentials Set Not willing to give up your handbag when you have a baby? No worries. This set packs together everything you need for the baby -- bottle holder, changing pad, a case for diaper wipes, pacifier purse -- and even a little cosmetic case for fancy you. Toss it all in your purse to stay prepped and styling. $150

 

 

 

What baby gear are you most excited about on on your registry?

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