by Dara Smith
While parenthood is a common experience, every parent experiences it differently. Some transition with ease while others take time to adjust. Some plan baby’s life to a tee while others prefer to remain flexible. No matter what style you subscribe to (or even if you don’t subscribe to any one style at all!), it’s your bitty bundle of joy that will ultimately set the rules for your new reality.
Because there’s no guidebook on how to raise your child, it will take trial and error to meet your little one’s needs. Whether you’re learning your baby’s hunger cues or trying to time their ideal nap schedule, each day will teach you something new about how to best care for your little one. And while playing guess-and-check is essential to any new parent’s success, you can arrive at solutions sooner with a bit of preparation.
A one-stop-shop for everything baby, Target has all the parenting essentials you need for a solid start. From big-ticket items to everyday basics, a registry of baby brands can form a strong foundation for your parenting toolkit. And while it can be daunting to comb through the vast selection of products available, each click of the mouse will help you visualize your new routine when your little one arrives.
To help get you started, here are the best baby registry items for every room of your house. Check them out here, ask around for some tried-and-true advice, and get excited for your next chapter by creating the perfect Target baby registry for your family.
For so many new parents, welcoming a baby is synonymous with mastering one thing: sleep. Luckily, the Simmons Kids Slumbertime Monterey 4-in-1 Convertible Crib has every stage of childhood snoozing covered. With crib, toddler, day, and full bed settings, this safe and attractive sleep system offers value well beyond its price tag. And if balancing safety with newborn snuggles is of concern, check out the Ingenuity Dream & Grow Bassinet. It offers a secure sleep solution that cuddles right up to your bed so you can keep your newborn close by.
A cozy bed can help a child fall asleep, but a soothing sound machine can help them stay that way. The Hatch Rest Sound Machine & Night Light provides your cutie with all the comforts of a typical sound machine, but with a few extra features like a “Time-to-Rise” sleep indicator and smart device control settings.
Aside from other staples like soft and snuggly baby blankets, a reliable baby monitor, and trusted swaddles, I also recommend setting up your nursery with a diaper pail. While it might not be the most adorable registry item on your list, its sensory value makes the Diaper Genie Expressions Pail a new-parent favorite.
A well-appointed living room can often offer a welcome change in scenery. With a removable bassinet, changing station, storage pocket, and play center, the Baby Trend Lil Snooze Deluxe II Nursery Center brings your satellite space the best of the nursery. Stock it with your favorite diapers and sprinkle in some muslin blankets that are as great for burping as they are for nuzzling.
For effortless calming, the 4moms mamaRoo 4 Bluetooth Enabled High-Tech Baby Swing serves as a soother on standby. Or if your baby prefers bouncing to swinging, the Ingenuity InLighten Twinkle Tails Bouncer’s mix of light, sounds and motion offers a more compact fussing fix.
Last but not least, the simple-but-genius DockATot Deluxe Plus Dock was designed for safe living room lounging, tummy time, play sessions, diaper changes… pretty much every activity that under-8-month-olds are capable of. Add one to your registry now, and thank yourself later.
Once you have all the right products at the ready (like a sensitive baby wash and adorable hooded towels), then there’s absolutely nothing cuter than baby bath time. From the first days at home to the whirlwind of toddlerhood, The First Years Sure Comfort Deluxe Newborn-to-Toddler Tub makes bath time a treasured family activity. The mesh sling provides newborns extra support while the baby and toddler setups offer safe independence as your little one grows.
Now for the other end of the cute spectrum: While there’s nothing more humbling than sucking the snot out of your kiddo’s nose, the feeling of solving their sick woes justifies the ick factor. Pediatrician-endorsed and parent-approved, the Fridababy nasal aspirator is the gadget that will save your life every time. Cap off your bathroom must-haves with a valuable healthcare and grooming kit that gets you a little closer to “prepared parent” status with 24 essential items. From feeding trackers to brushes, this kit serves as the first step to a well-stocked medicine cabinet.
From long walks to quick car rides, the Skip Hop Stroll & Go Portable Owl Baby Soother relaxes baby wherever you go. Belting out lullabies and nature sounds, this lovable diaper bag sidekick sends good vibes with every song. And if you’re looking for a way to keep tabs on your rear-facing passenger during brief drives, a dual-facing mirror is an essential gadget that lets you focus on the road.
When you’re ready to take your little crew outside, the Graco FastAction Jogger LX Stroller has a multi-position recliner seat to keep your baby snug and comfy. But for moments when your infant demands direct contact, the Moby Wrap Baby Carrier is a durable, hands-free gem that makes baby-wearing as relaxed as it seems. And to ensure you’re ready for every journey of parenthood, I recommend sticking with the hands-free trend with a diaper bag backpack like this Eddie Bauer one with a spacious interior and plenty of storage pockets.
This post is sponsored by Target.