Urban Modernista Sample Baby Registry
Just because you're a parent doesn't mean your house needs to be overtaken by blinky, sprawling, plastic baby gear! Here is a sample registry put together by our editors for urban parents who are looking for functional, efficient, beautiful baby items that will get the job done, without sacrificing the look of your home or taking up extra space that you don't have!
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Nursery & sleep
When you're an urban dweller, products that are compact, lightweight, multi-purpose, and grow with your child are just the thing. We love the Guava Lotus Travel Crib ($198), which is not only an amazing travel crib — super lightweight, compact, and quick to set up — but also does double duty as a playpen (or even a primary crib, if you don't have space for a full-size crib) at home.
With the additional Bassinet Conversion Kit ($300 bundled together with the travel crib), you also get a primary sleeping space for the newborn stage, so you can use it from birth through 3 years old.
The Lotus travel crib and bassinet kit are both GREENGUARD Gold certified for low emissions, and blend easily into any modern home as well!
If you want a bedside bassinet, the Halo Bassinest ($250) is a top choice. It works great in smaller spaces that may not accommodate larger bedside bassinets, as the wheels can fit under your bed. It's a particularly great choice for C-section mamas.
A more budget option for a co-sleeper is the Arm's Reach Ezee (from $160), while a great higher-end, all-wood option is the BabyBay ($365).
Willing to pay anything to get some sleep? The Snoo ($1160), designed in conjunction with Dr. Harvey Karp (baby whisperer and author of The Happiest Baby on the Block), auto-jiggles and shushes your crying baby to calm him and lull him back to sleep. Obviously the Snoo's price tag won't be within the reach of most families, but reviews are pretty glowing, so if you were considering hiring a night doula or having someone else come over to help, this might be a justifiable alternative.
The Bloom Alma Mini-Crib ($380) is a bassinet/mini-crib option for small spaces. Its sleek, modern look will flow well with the design throughout the rest of your home. It also collapses for easy storage. On the downside, many babies will outgrow it within the next year, so you'll need to figure out another solution after that.
The Sparrow Crib from Oeuf ($820), one of our favorite modern baby furniture brands, is the epitome of minimalist-cool. Its sleek, urban design works well with any space and taste. While it's a bit pricey, it transforms into a toddler bed (conversion kit sold separately, $222), so can grow with your child past the baby stage.
A matching dresser ($950) and dresser-top changer ($260) are available, as are a number of other Oeuf crib styles.
Full-size crib pick — mid-range: Check out the babyletto Hudson 3-in-1
Check out the You don't have to spend go broke achieving a beautiful modern look for your nursery. The babyletto Hudson ($379) not only looks great with its modern grey good looks, but is also one of the safest cribs out there in terms of not containing dangerous chemicals. It also includes a convertible crib rail, making it an even better value.
We love this 100% cotton crib sheet from Carousel Designs ($29). This particular look has been trending for a while now and shows no signs of stopping. You can browse tons more modern styles from Carousel Designs here.
The gliders/rockers from Monte Design would make a gorgeous addition to any modern nursery. A number of styles are available, including the Joya Rocker, Jackson Rocker, and Como Glider, all in the $995-1195 range (plus $385-395 for optional ottoman). An added benefit of these sleek chairs is that they have no slots for tiny baby appendages to get stuck in.
The Marpac Natural White Noise Sound Machine ($50) is a favorite of city moms. It utilizes a mechanical fan to provide constant white noise to drown out city sounds, sibling and family rumpus, and whatever else threatens your baby's peaceful slumber.
We love everything from The Land of Nod, and this adorable city-inspired bookcase ($599) is no exception. It offers plenty of storage space to stash books and toys, while masking the clutter and giving your little one's room an urban feel.
The BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance Soft is very popular with urban parents, and with good reason. It's ergonomic, has three recline positions, and folds (nearly) flat for storage or travel. No vibrating, flashy lights, or annoying sounds here — your child's own movements bounce the chair. A toy bar is sold separately. Once your child becomes mobile, the bouncer converts into a toddler chair that can be used through age two.
The Nuna Leaf ($220) is our top recommendation for parents who want a simple, high-quality bouncer that will easily blend into an urban home. It also has staying power — it can continue to be used well beyond the baby stage, as a toddler and kid chair — up to 130 lbs! Add the Leaf Wind accessory for automated swaying.
The Skip Hop UpLift ($120) wins the award for innovation in the bouncer category, with an adjustable height that allows you to integrate baby into family moments (for example by bringing baby up to couch or table level). The design also unobtrusively blends into modern homes.
The wooden Wee Workout baby gym ($89-109) is The Land of Nod's minimalist, design-friendly solution to pre-mobile baby entertainment. You can select from a range of pre-packaged toys (cars, animals, solar system, etc.) or buy it standalone and add your own toys.
These stunning play gyms from Finn + Emma are made of solid wood, and include your choice of organic cotton toys. Wee Workout baby gym ($89-109) is The Land of Nod's minimalist, design-friendly solution to pre-mobile baby entertainment. You can select from a range of pre-packaged toys (cars, animals, solar system, etc.) or buy it standalone and add your own toys.
An exersaucer or jumper is a convenient place to stash your pre-walker baby after he or she has developed good head control, say from roughly four to 12 months. The problem is that almost every jumper and exersaucer on the market is a huge, hideous eyesore. The Oribel Portaplay ($150) is a welcome exception to the rule. Not only is it pleasing to the eye, but it has a relatively small footprint, and also folds flat for storage. It also grows with your child: it comes with all the pieces needed to remove the seat and toys and turn it into an activity table perfect for toddlers, and additional paper roll and stool accessories are also available. Love!
The comfortable, versatile, and easy-to-wear Beco Gemini ($130) can be used from birth without an insert (unlike many other carriers) and lasts most babies through 9-12 months. The streamlined design gets the job done without extra straps and features hanging off everywhere (unlike some other carriers), and gorgeous colorways blend into your outfit in a non-intrusive way. The Gemini is great in particular for smaller-framed mamas.
Two other great options are the ERGO 360, which is super popular but requires an infant insert under 12 lbs., and the Lillebaby. The Gemini, the Ergo 360, and the Lillebaby all offer that coveted front-facing out position.
For the newborn stage, a great alternative or addition is the Boba Newborn Wrap Carrier ($38). The Boba is perfect for snuggles in the early months, or for wrapping your newborn up when you need to do chores around the house. Many mamas say that they love going for walks with their baby wrapped securely in their Boba.
Alternatively, if you're expecting hot weather during the newborn stage, consider the Solly Baby Wrap.
Or if you suspect that the learning curve associated with a full-size wrap might be too much for you, consider the simplified Baby K'tan ($50) instead.
The ultra-popular City Mini ($260) is super popular with urban moms, and with good reason. It's a lightweight, workhorse, full-featured stroller that traverses urban streets with ease, and can easily be folded up for storage or traversing stairs. If you have limited space and only want to get one stroller, this could totally be it. It is suitable from birth as a travel system (with adapter), or from 6 months in the main seat.
The UPPAbaby Vista Stroller is an amazing luxury stroller option, one that many city moms swear by. It comes with a bassinet for newborn use, and can also be used with a number of infant car seats. The Vista is particularly great for growing families, since it easily converts into a double and also has a rumble board option. However, it's large and heavy — definitely best suited for strolling from home, rather than public transportation, walk-ups or being hauled in and out of the trunk. Priced at a cool $820-860, it’s also not cheap, but if you anticipate using your stroller a lot, very few families regret buying it.
If you love the look of the Vista but want something that will be able to navigate tight spaces more easily, also check out the UPPAbaby Cruz, which is also popular with urban mamas. It can be used from birth with a car seat (with adapter), but does not have a bassinet option.
If you will need to navigate stairs, public transportation, or the airport frequently, you'll probably want to consider an umbrella stroller. UPPAbaby's G-Luxe ($280) is a top pick in the high-end, full-featured umbrella stroller category. It's amazingly lightweight and durable, reclines, is plushly padded, and is suitable for use from three months (in contrast, the G-Lite, because it doesn't have a reclining seat, is not suitable until 6+ months).
Umbrella stroller pick — ultraportable/travel: Mountain Buggy Nano
Some urban mamas who live in very small spaces, regularly have to navigate stairs, and/or travel regularly choose to get an ultra-portable stroller as their primary stroller. Strollers in this category are small enough to fit into a backpack or an airplane overhead compartment! The The Mountain Buggy Nano ($250) is an urban mom favorite for its small profile and reasonable price tag, and is suitable from birth with car seat (universal adapter included) or optional Cocoon carrycot ($70) accessory.
The BabyZen YoYo has a steeper price tag, at $495 (plus an additional $225 for the newborn bassinet and/or $50 for the car seat adapter), but allows a unique lie-flat position with the bassinet.
Also keep an eye out for the GB Pockit+, due to be released later in 2017, which will (unlike the original Pockit) have a reclining seat and will also be able to accommodate an infant car seat.
The StrollAway Over the Door Stroller Storage Hanger ($40) cleans up your space in a snap! It gets your stroller off the floor to maximize your living space.
The UPPAbaby Mesa ($300) is our top urban pick, as it’s both super lightweight, weighing in at just under 10 lbs, and very easy to install, so it’s perfect for taxi or Uber riders. Most of the colorways incorporate safer flame retardants, while the blue "Henry" colorway (shipping April 2017) is the only infant car seat on the market not to include any flame retardants at all (woohoo)! The MESA is a no-brainer to add to your registry if you’ve already got your heart set on the Vista or Cruz — however, it unfortunately has limited stroller compatibility beyond that (an adapter is available for Baby Jogger strollers, however).
The Nuna PIPA ($300) is another top option, boasting advanced safety features (such as a load leg), a best-in-class sunshade, safer flame retardants, and Oeko-Tex certified fabrics. It can be used with Nuna strollers sans adapter, or select UPPAbaby / Stokke / Bugaboo / Baby Jogger strollers with adapters.
One of our fave diaper bags has to be the Ju-Ju-Be Legacy Backpack ($131). Not only is it super cute, but it's also super convenient, whether you’re taking a short hike in a nearby park, going to story time at the library, or heading to the store to pick up groceries.
Many urban mamas choose to opt for baby bottles made of glass or stainless steel rather than plastic. Dr. Brown's Natural Flow Glass Bottles are a parent favorite for their patented colic-reducing venting system. The collar, vent, and straw are made of BPA-free plastic.
Another great safer bottle option is the Pura Kiki, which consists of a stainless steel bottle and silicone nipple and straw — it's the ONLY bottle on the market that contains absolutely NO plastic parts. And even cooler, it grows with your child: once your child transitions from a nipple to a sippy cup, you can continue using the stainless steel bottle and simply swap out the mouthpiece for a sippy spout or straw top. We've used the entire system, and it works great.
The Grass drying rack ($14) is a favorite amongst urban moms for its functionality and countertop good looks. The Grass is more compact than the Lawn, so it works great in smaller kitchens with limited counter space.
Bath & diapering
"Attractive" isn't the first word that comes to mind when we think of poop, and yet the Ubbi ($79) somehow manages to be. Its sleek design and wide range of color options allow it to fit into any nursery. And more importantly, it really does a great job at containing smells!
The Keekaroo Peanut Changer ($99) breaks the changing pad mold. Its sleek design and fun colors actually add rather than detract from a room, and the innovative material is soft, safe, and super simple to wipe clean. The Peanut is lightweight and easy to move around the house. It is latex, PVC, BPA, phthalate, and formamide free.
The problem with most baby bathtubs is that they are huge, require a counter, and don't collapse — creating one or more problems for space-challenged urban folks. The Puj Soft Foldable Baby Bath Tub ($45) fits into most standard-size bathroom sinks, eliminating the need for a counter. It also hangs flat for easy and convenient storage. Designed for use with ages 0-7 months, it's perfect for the fragile newborn stage; the soft foam cradles your baby, leaving your two hands free for washing. Just check your sink measurements to make sure it will work!
Stokke Flexi Bath ($40) is a compact, full-size option that stores easily after use, and is also a great choice for travel. Purchasing the newborn insert (sold separately, $20) will allow you to use it from birth.
Honest diapers are hands-down the cutest disposable diapers on the market. With fun designs, ranging from flowers to tools to anchors, Honest knows what prints trendy moms love — and who says diapers have to ever be boring? Honest diapers are also made sans latex, fragrances, and lotions.
Two other green/non-toxic diaper brands that we love are Bambo and Naty.
Many sustainability-conscious urban mamas are interested in giving cloth diapering a try. If that's you (do it! you'll love it!), one of our favorite fitted cloth diapers for newborns are the Cloth-eez Workhorses from Green Mountain Diapers. The NB size fits most babies great for the first month or so. Pair with a PUL or wool diaper and you'll be good to go!
Alternatively, if you want something more Daddy/daycare-friendly, try an all-in-2 (AI2) system such as GroVia Hybrids or Best Bottom.
Less is more when it comes to something you're going to wipe onto your newborn's sensitive butt at least a dozen times a day. WaterWipes contain 99.9% water and include only natural grapeseed fruit extract as a preservative.
We also love La Petite Creme Natural 2-in-1 Diaper Care Cleanser & Lotion, a natural liniment that can be used in place of traditional diaper wipes and cream — just like what moms in France use. Ooh la la!
We absolutely love Motherlove products, and their herbal diaper salve ($10) is no exception. It's made of all-natural ingredients, is 96% certified organic, and boasts an EWG rating of 0 (the safest possible rating), so you don't need to worry about slathering it on a tiny newborn as often as needed. Unlike most other diaper creams, it also contains a special ingredient to treat persistent, inflamed rashes due to yeast (great because yeast rashes can be difficult to diagnose). It's also cloth diaper safe.