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  • Registry Rescue: Must-Have Nursery Items

    We asked some of our favorite baby gear experts to tell us which nursery products they can’t live without.

    By New York Family

    Britax car seat

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    Spruce up any baby registry with these hand-picked products as suggested by the pros.

    ROCKING CHAIR: “Now that MacKenzie-Childs has officially launched a brand new beautiful children’s line, I suggest the Wee Rocking Chair. I love the whimsical hand-painted pattern.” –Lyss Stern, Divalysscious Moms

    BABY CARRIER: “Ergobaby makes on the go with the baby so easy, especially when you have another child—and with no backache! It’s so lightweight and easy to tote around all day. Plus, they make not only fashion but basic colors as well, so anyone can find a style they like.” –Melissa Keswin, Gilt.com

    HIGH CHAIR: “The Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair is a new family essential. Thanks to clean lines and the optional choice of bold colors (we love the orange), this highchair is the ultimate confluence of form and function. Pull it up to the table and have baby join in the mealtime fun. No need for bulky, disposable plastic gear junking up dining room.” –Nicole Feliciano, Momtrends

    MacKenzie-Childs rocking chair

    CAR SEAT: “The Britax Marathon 70 car seat is basically one step away from wrapping your baby in bubble wrap. It has a special technology to lower baby’s center of gravity, so she’s less likely to propel forward in the event of a crash—very high-tech! There’s also a 70-pound weight capacity and two buckle positions for a growing child, so it’s bound to last you a long time.” –Elena Mauer, The Bump

    CRIB: “Our very own Harper crib is everything we think baby furniture should be—from its quality construction to its clean, classic lines that fit every decor style. Perfect for parents on a budget, the Harper was designed with both long-term durability and great value in mind. It’s made from a combo of solid birch and birch plywood, can be converted into a toddler bed (with the purchase of our optional conversion kit), and is eco-responsible, containing non-toxic and low-VOC finishes.” –Ali Wing, giggle

    WEBSITE: “When it comes to creating the registry itself, we’re in love with the universal registry concept from Babylist. Their Pinterest-like technology allows expecting parents to select both products and services (think home cooked meals and doulas!) from anywhere on the web and add them to their registries, all in one place. It’s the way of the future in baby registry.” –Melisa Fluhr and Pam Ginocchio, Project Nursery

    Ergobaby baby carrier

    UPGRADED BUMPER: “With bumpers becoming a crib no-no, Oliver B’s ventilated slat bumpers are a welcome alternative, offering a cushion for baby and plenty of air circulation. My newborn son and I loved the bumpers so much, I even designed a new crib collection for them called City of Dreams.” –Elina Furman Landauer, A-List Mom

    PLAYARD: “Normally, I’d say register for a breast pump, but that’s changed now that insurance covers them. I’m going to suggest registering for the 4moms Breeze playard. It’s one of the best products I’ve seen in years, and its one-handed open and close nails it.” –Jamie Grayson, The Baby Guy

    SLEEP SYSTEM: “We love the serenity star by aden + anais for so many reasons. A clock, feeding diary, sound machine, temperature indicator, and nightlight all in one—a must have!” –Michelle Freedberg, Bellini

    SUBSCRIPTION: “Send a new, eco-friendly handmade teether or toy to the lucky little one every month with the Wee Wood of the Month Club. Plus, it supports one of our favorite mom and dad-run Etsy shops.” –Liz Gumbinner & Kristen Chase, Cool Mom Picks

    Harper crib

    BOUNCER: “What’s better than a newborn? A relaxed, non-crying newborn. The Baby Bjorn Bouncer Balance Soft is a new hybrid bouncy seat that rocks newborns into a magical state of placidity. Ergonomic, organic, and washable, the seat has four positions—newborn, sleep, rest, and transport—that take babies from newborn to two years old.” –Amy Koch, Bump It Up

    BABY MONITOR: “Some of the coolest new baby monitors are coming from tech companies these days. The MBP41 Video Monitor from Motorola uses wireless technology, infrared night vision, and allows for two-way communication. Plus, it works as far as 590 feet…in case you live in a truly sprawling apartment!” –Whitney C. Harris, Deputy Editor of New York Family

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