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Baby Registry Essentials with Stokke®
Planning for the needs of a growing family can stir up many emotions. It’s natural to feel excited, overwhelmed, or confused as you embark upon curating your own baby registry list.
With so many products on the market, it can be difficult to determine what’s an essential purchase, and what will work best for your family’s lifestyle.
Stokke® is here to help make creating a baby registry list a little less daunting, including trusted advice from experienced parents. Choosing products now that will serve your family, stand the test of time, and encourage connection with your little one will make life easier in the days, months, and years ahead. With these key registry items, you’ll hopefully have more confidence and a greater peace of mind when your bundle of joy arrives.
REGISTRY TIMING TIP:
“I started my registry early in the second trimester and asked my super-organized mom friends to share their lists with me, so I could add things as I thought of them, and delete them as I changed my mind or was advised against them.”
- Lisa, mom of one, Philadelphia
As soon as your baby comes home, she/he will need a safe place to sleep. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies sleep in their parents’ room (but not the same bed) for the first six months or, ideally, for the first year. Having a sturdy, secure crib or bassinet for baby is an essential registry item. And, as AAP also advises that babies sleep on their backs until their first birthday, a firm mattress with a tight-fitting sheet will be needed as well.
“I did not want the baby to sleep in bed with me, but still wanted him close. The bassinet was the perfect item to achieve that balance since it was right next to my side of the bed.”
- Andrea, a mom of two in Los Angeles
For some families, a portable crib design with a small footprint eliminates the need for a play pen item on the baby registry list. And a well-loved, durable, and safe baby crib can be treasured for years to come, either by converting into a full-size crib or junior bed, or welcoming new arrivals into a growing family.
Brooke, a mom of 4 in San Diego, says, “my favorite item was our mini crib. It's been fun to see all of our children sleeping in it. We move one out, and the next goes in!”
Strolling with baby is a wonderful way to bond with your little one. It’s important to ask yourself a few key questions before adding one to your registry. When it comes to strollers, there’s no “perfect” option, but what’s perfect for your family’s needs.
Aubre, mom of one in Los Angeles, told us, “It took me awhile to realize that your lifestyle, budget, the time of year you give birth, and even the layout of your home can drastically impact which baby products you need.” Living in a condo with limited storage but a neighborhood with a high walkability score factored into her family’s choice of a full-size stroller with a bassinet, so they could effortlessly explore the city together.
Stokke ® Xplory®
Stokke ® Xplory®, our iconic stroller, is high adjustable to bring your baby closer to you for connection and bonding. With multi-facing seat positions, thoughtful ergonomics, and unparalleled maneuverability, even the narrowest of paths on cobblestone or gravel will be a breeze. It has complimentary accessories, including a Carry Cot, cup holder, sibling board and changing bags among others. Stokke® Pipa by Nuna™ complements the stroller as a traveling solution.
“Having a flexible stroller with a seat that could be both parent-facing and outward-facing was important to me as a new mom,” says Jodi, mom of two from New York City. “I loved having both my babies face me during their first year. It was so wonderful to hold their little hands, make eye contact, and stay connected while out and about. And when they were old enough and ready, it was easy to switch the seat to face outward for our strolling adventures.”
AN INFANT CAR SEAT
“When [babies] have lots of experiences of connection and closeness, then they feel safe enough to begin to explore the world.”
Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk
BABY CLOTHES AND SWADDLE BLANKETS
A daily changing station will be the most convenient area to store clean clothes for baby, another registry essential, too. Leslee, mom of one in Northern Virginia, said, “Organic kimono gowns were my favorite and made easier all those nighttime diaper changes.” Selecting a variety of basic clothing styles to suit the season and weather of your climate, with enough variation in sizes, will be useful. Between diaper accidents and spit up, babies can go through several outfit changes a day! “I wish I had known to include asking for clothes for every size throughout the first two years,” Amanda, mom of three from New York City, told us, and “diapers, diapers, more diapers.”
FEEDING ESSENTIALS FOR BABY
An important category for your new baby registry list will be products that assist you in feeding your baby, whether your choice is breast or bottle-feeding. New mothers may value several quality nursing bras, a breast pump, burp cloths, and a variety of bottles and nipples, and many caregivers will find these items helpful too, so they can also bond with baby during mealtime (and help watch little one while the parent gets much-needed rest).
While solid foods won’t be in the picture for many months yet, thoughtfully designed, safe, from-birth products can bring baby closer to you (and convert to ergonomic highchairs down the road). Inviting your newest arrival into the family’s routine from the earliest moments will help create a lasting bonds, and raise a confident children who believe in themselves.
Tripp Trapp® Newborn Set
Bring your newborn to the table and into the heart of your family
The Tripp Trapp® Newborn Set is designed to encourage bonding from the very beginning by bringing your newborn into the heart of the family. Created exclusively for our award-winning Tripp Trapp® chair, The Tripp Trapp® Newborn Set cradles your baby, lifting him to table height for closeness and connection. It offers adjustable positions, excellent leg support, and creates a cozy, nest-like environment. Keeping baby close during family mealtimes and providing him with eye contact and interaction helps build a strong connection and, in turn, raise a more confident child.
Tripp Trapp® chair
The Chair That Grows With The Child™
Once baby outgrows the Tripp Trapp® Newborn Set, the popular Tripp Trapp® chair itself is highly adjustable for a growing child, ensuring an ergonomic and comfortable seating position at any age, from birth to adult. With a variety of accessories, including the Tripp Trapp® Baby Set, the Tripp Trapp® chair becomes a staple for the feeding stage and far beyond. The Tripp Trapp® is designed to allow children and caregivers to sit together at eye level which helps improve engagement around the table, whether for mealtime or school time.
The 5-in-1 Seating system
Another innovative and award-winning from-birth option is the 5-in-1 Stokke® Steps™ Chair Seating System. This simple to use concept offers a wide range of seating, from the comfortable bouncer with unique cradling motion, to the functional high-chair and later, the modern Scandinavian design chair that can be used throughout tween days. The Stokke® Steps™ Bouncer has a newborn insert to provide additional support and comfort and can be used independently or safely and easily clipped onto the Stokke® Steps™ Chair.
Designed for easy mealtimes from 6 months
If you prefer a comprehensive, single highchair purchase for baby from 6 months of age to 3 years old, Stokke® Clikk™ was specially designed to address every parent’s needs, all in one box. Each Stokke® Clikk™ purchase includes the highchair, tray, and harness, and the simple, tool-free assembly takes only a minute of time. It features an ergonomic design with an adjustable footrest for your growing baby’s comfort, and parents love its lightweight, sturdy, easy-to-wipe clean lines.
Inviting your newest arrival into the family’s routine from the earliest moments with a high chair purchase will help create a lasting, connected bond, and raise a confident child who believes in herself and that “she can do it!”
A safe bath, designed especially for young babies, will help make bath time a treasured bonding experience. The Stokke® Flexi Bath® is a lightweight and portable design that folds flat for storage and travel. It also features a non-slip base and plug for easy draining. The Flexi Bath® Newborn Support accessory was designed for young babies in mind, and, when added together with the Stokke® Flexi Bath® Stand, make a cohesive, safe, easy bath-time set-up that brings baby closer to you. Avoid backache from kneeling on the floor with this sturdy, ergonomic bath time helper, that’s functional, comfortable, and fosters bonding between parent and child.
Once the baby registry is refined and the main purchases are made, your loved ones can offer additional support through creative registry options that will help you navigate the uncertainties of your parenthood journey ahead.
“Knowing we had gift cards put our minds at ease, with lots of diapers, wipes, and unforeseen needs down the road!” said Lisa, mom of one, from Philadelphia. Amanda, mom of three from New York City, also recommends inviting loved ones to celebrate your growing family by purchasing more experiences and less toys. “I wish I would have created more ‘funds’ for classes. These are expensive and have added up over the years,” she explained.
You can also ask trusted family and friends for favors in advance, such as a designated time each week to bring over a meal, walk the dog, help with the older children, or care for the newborn so you can enjoy a well-deserved undisturbed rest to rejuvenate. Experienced mom of three, Melissa, from Summit, New Jersey, also advises, “I always tell new moms to register for a pretty robe or pajama set for the hospital themselves. It makes such a difference in the way you feel after going through labor.”
Awaiting a baby’s arrival is a special time of planning, nesting, imagining, creating, and anticipating. At Stokke®, we honor this beautiful journey and the gift of parenthood by creating products that are designed to bring families close together. We believe that from closeness comes connection, and from connection grows confidence. And with confidence, anything is possible! We wish you all the best in the exciting time ahead.