9 Innovative Registry Items You Didn’t Know You Needed

Genius time-savers every new parent should know about.
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BySarah Fine
Associate Content Editor
January 14, 2022
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From the bliss of baby’s first smile to the marathon diaper changes, feedings, and those all-too-fleeting moments of sleep, new parents are often left wondering how the sun could possibly be setting on yet another day. The number one thing you’ll always wish you had more of is time—more time with baby, more family time, more time for each other. So, allow us to introduce you to our favorite time-savers that you might not have thought of, but deserve a spot on your registry—trust us, they make all the difference in those busy early days. From an automatic bottle sterilizer and dryer to an all-in-one diaper bag and changing station, we’ve thought of everything you didn’t know you needed.

1. A combo bottle sterilizer and dryer

In addition to your usual household chores, now you can add sterilizing baby bottles, pump parts and other accessories to your never-ending to-do list. That’s what makes this all-in-one sterilizer and dryer so genius. All you have to do is place your bottles or breast pump parts in the sterilizer (it has room for up to eight bottles and two sets of pump parts), and natural steam will kill 99.9% of germs, then automatically dry everything within 30 minutes.

Baby Brezza One Step™ Baby Bottle Sterilizer Dryer Advanced, $140,

2. A comfy baby carrier that grows with baby

With a little one who needs to be held 24/7, a trusted baby carrier is a must-have for multitasking, and this one, made of comfortable, breathable mesh, definitely lives up to the hype. The ergonomic design can be used from birth up to age 3 in three different carrying modes (baby facing out, facing in, or on your back) and includes adjustable head support for newborns. Plus, it’s super easy to put on—no extra hands necessary!

BABYBJÖRN Carrier One Air, $220, BABYBJÖ

3. A baby formula dispenser

Formula feeders, this one’s for you. The constant cycle of prepping and heating bottles gets old fast, but with this gadget, you can automatically make a warm bottle with the push of a button. Compatible with nearly all formula and all bottle brands, it mixes, heats and dispenses formula to the perfect consistency and temperature for baby’s next meal. Your hangry baby will thank you!

Baby Brezza Formula Pro Advanced Baby Formula Dispenser, $230,

4. A tub that maintains a clean flow of water

We all know there’s nothing more intoxicating than that clean-baby smell, but in order to get to those post-bath cuddles, you have to navigate bath time first. Traditional infant tubs retain dirty, cold water, but this one’s unique design provides a constant flow of fresh water to keep baby clean and comfortable. It even comes equipped with a newborn insert and a built-in digital thermometer to ensure a safe water temperature. Designed to fit most sinks and all bathtubs, this tub will grow with baby in three stages until they’re ready to graduate to the real thing.

4moms Cleanwater Tub, $60,

5. A convertible sleepsuit

Once baby starts rolling over, it’s time to stop swaddling for their safety. But transitioning away from that cozy cocoon can often cause sleepless nights—both for parents and baby—which is why we love this sleepsuit. It keeps baby snug like a swaddle, while allowing for free range of motion of little arms and legs. And, as its name hints, the 3-in-1 Swaddle Transition Sleepsuit can be worn three different ways: as a sleepsuit, a wearable blanket or a sleep vest. Plus, it’s ultra breathable, with mesh panels along the legs and a large zipper opening for easy nighttime changes.

Baby Brezza 3-in-1 Swaddle Transition Sleepsuit, $40,

6. An anti-mold humidifier

A humidifier can make a world of difference when baby is battling a stuffy nose or nagging cough. But traditional humidifiers can often grow mold and bacteria if they’re not cleaned constantly. That’s what makes the Canopy humidifier one of a kind; it generates filtered, hydrated air while UV lights kill 99.9% of bacteria and mold in the water. In addition, smart sensors keep the machine running until the tank is completely dry—without water, mold can’t grow. Bonus: Once you find the perfect setting for baby (there are four to choose from), it will even double as a white noise machine. And for maximum convenience, you can enroll in Canopy’s subscription service to have new filters delivered whenever it’s time to switch.

Canopy Humidifier from $125,

7. An all-in-one diaper bag and changing station

When you’re on the go, you’ll definitely face the prospect of changing baby on some questionable surfaces—even the trunk of your minivan. This seriously smart backpack diaper bag has a built-in dropdown changing station equipped with sidewalls and extra padding for optimal comfort, and the whole thing detaches for easy cleaning. Not to mention, it’s an organizational dream with 13 pockets (including two with insulation to keep bottles and food fresh), so you’ll never have to frantically search for baby wipes at the bottom of your bag.

Baby Brezza Ultimate Changing Station Diaper Bag Backpack, $100,

8. An aspirator that does the work for you

Sucking the snot out of baby’s nose with a manual aspirator is just one of many new parent tasks that are, well, unglamorous. This tool takes the dirty work out of it, with three levels of suction power to safely vacuum out stubborn boogers and build-up, providing your little one instant comfort. And when it’s time to recharge, simply plug it in via USB and you’ll be back to giving one-handed relief in no time.

FridaBaby Electric NoseFrida, $45,

9. A toy subscription designed to support baby’s development

Nix the impulse buys and noisy, plastic toy clutter in favor of a Loveevery play kit subscription. Each box of toys and activities is designed to encourage, stimulate and engage baby as their brain develops throughout their first year. With toys and games tailored to your little one’s exact age and life stage delivered to your door, you’ll be supporting baby’s development and saving money, all at the same time.

Lovevery Play Kits from $80,

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