35+ Baby Registry Lifesavers for New York City Parents

NYC babies still need tons of gear, but these baby registry items are city-parent tested.
NYC babies still need tons of gear, but these baby registry items are city-parent tested.
1/22/23 - By Vanessa Leigh

When crafting a baby registry in NYC, take a breath before you let your suburb-dwelling sister sell you on that giant all-terrain stroller. Remember that creating a city-friendly baby registry is a whole other ballgame. With all the subway riding and small-space-living urban parents do, it's important to choose baby registry items made for the many hurdles (and perks) NYC throws your way.

Wondering where to start with your baby registry wish list? Here are more than 35 must-have baby registry items to get you and your little New Yorker through the first year.

Want more advice on making this whole new parent thing work? Take a look at our NYC Baby Guide.


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Best Strollers for Your New York City Baby Registry

This baby registry addition is an absolute must for expecting NYC mamas. Whether you live in a walkup, brownstone, or take all forms of public transportation, you'll seemingly carry your stroller as much as you'll steer it.

1. Doona Car Seat and Stroller

Our downstairs neighbors—who also had babies in a walk-up Upper West Side two-bedroom—told us this was the stroller we needed to get. Boy, were they right. It's a car seat and a collapsible stroller, and the size is perfect for NYC living. Do yourself a favor and invest in this one.

2. City Mini

Consider a lightweight travel system such as the City Mini, which can be folded and carried by a single strap, and is compatible with a number of popular infant car seats.

3. Summer Infant's 3D Lite Convenience Stroller

As your baby grows, a lightweight, reclining, umbrella stroller is a must, and we love Summer Infant's 3D Lite Convenience Stroller, which is perfect for sleepy, naptime strolls and more subway friendly than its supersized counterparts.

4. Babyzen YOYO+

Finally, if you're thinking about splurging (or grandma's feeling generous), go with a premier stroller such as the Babyzen YOYO+, which has a one-handed fold and car-seat compatibility.

5. Mockingbird

This sleek and stylish stroller can be folded with one hand—a big plus for New Yorkers. The strollers have canopies for shade, and also can be transformed into dual-capacity strollers for twins or siblings.

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Bottle and Breastfeeding Necessities for Your Baby Registry

6. Momcozy Hands-Free Pumps and Accessories

Momcozy's innovative wearable breast pumps tuck discreetly into your bra for hands-free pumping on-the-move, whether you're mid-meeting or out to brunch. Momcozy makes a variety of other handy breastfeeding accessories as well, including a portable cordless bottle warmer, secure temperature-sensing breastmilk storage bags, comfortable nursing bras, a multifunctional nursing pillow, and so much more.

7. Comotomo Baby Bottles

Comotomo baby bottles can be a great addition to a New Yorker's baby registry. These bottles are dishwasher and microwave safe. They're also BPA- and phthalate-free and are known to help babies transition between bottle and breast.

8. Haakaa Manual Breast Pump

This is an actual lifesaver. If you're breastfeeding, you'll want to have this on hand at all times. While it's a manual breast pump and can be used as such, it's also perfect for catching milk from the breast that the baby is not feeding from at that moment. With so many uses to help as milk supplies adjust, this product is a must-have baby registry item.

9. Cotton Muslin Squares

These colorful cotton muslin squares from Little Unicorn come in handy all throughout the day and night. You can use them for burping, feeding, playing, and much more.

Baby registry must-haves in NYC: Keekaroo Diaper Changer
The Keekaroo Diaper Changer is easy to wipe down.

Mess-Free Diaper Changing Pads to Add to Your Baby Registry

10. Keekaroo Peanut Changer

If you're looking for more peace of mind and less waste, consider investing in the Keekaroo Peanut Changer, which is water-resistant and easy to clean. It also eliminates the need for a pricey and space-hogging changing table. Put it on top of a dresser or use the bed or floor.

11. Munchkin Arm & Hammer Disposable Changing Pads

No washer and dryer? No problem. As long your diaper changing station is outfitted accordingly. Instead of relying on traditional fabric changing pad covers and liners, keep a stash of three-layer, leak-proof Munchkin Arm & Hammer disposable changing pads at the ready for added protection during those messy blowouts.

Compact Cribs for Baby Registries in NYC

12. Fisher-Price Rock With Me Bassinet

Because your one-bedroom railroad apartment is already crowded enough, a sleep option with a small footprint is probably imperative. The Fisher-Price Rock With Me Bassinet is seriously streamlined and features an easy, compact fold for travel or storage.

13. Dream On Me's Aden 4-in-1 Convertible Mini Crib

Meanwhile, if your little one's nursery used to be your coat closet, a mini crib such as Dream On Me's Aden 4-in-1 Convertible Mini Crib might be a good choice beyond the first few months. It's Greenguard Gold certified, too.

14. Babyletto Origami Mini Crib

There's no need to sacrifice style with miniature options such as this mini crib from Babyletto. This chic crib is one of our top baby registry picks for New Yorkers living their best lives...in small spaces.

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Baby registry must-haves in NYC: Guava Lotus Travel Crib
The Guava Lotus Travel Crib is a sleek space-saver.

15. Guava Lotus Travel Crib

This easy-to-set-up travel crib is perfect for small spaces and on-the-go travel. It's Greenguard Gold certified and a non-toxic sleep option for your baby. You can also purchase a bassinet kit set to convert this crib into a bassinet.

Best High Chairs for Your Baby Registry

16. Ikea Antilop High Chair

It's currently $29.99. Need we say more? This pick is also super easy to clean and stow away when it's not needed. This one is a no-brainer for a baby registry item.

17. Oribel Cocoon Z High Chair

This high chair is more pricey at around $249, but it's a great fit for newborns and comes in many different colors. It has different modes of reclining to fit the baby's age and grows with them as they begin to self-feed.

Easy-to-Clean Bibs to Put at the Top of Your Baby Registry

18. Bumkins Bibs

Save yourself another trip to the laundry with easy-wipe, waterproof bibs, like those made by Bumkins. These stain- and odor-resistant bibs can be hand-washed in the sink and hung to dry, plus they're lightweight and foldable, so they'll easily fit in your diaper bag when you're dying to have dinner out (minus the mess).

19. Austin Baby Collection Silicone Bibs

You might know Austin Baby Collection for its sleek bento boxes, but it also has colorfully designed silicone bibs to catch those drips at mealtimes.

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Stroller gloves are a must for winter.

Stroller Accessories for Baby Registries

20. Stroller Gloves

With all the tricky clips, lids, and clasps we're forced to tackle, parenting while wearing winter gloves is practically impossible. So, when you consider the amount of time city parents spend outside in freezing temperatures, you can see why stroller gloves are a brilliant sanity-saver—keeping your hands warm and dry in all weather while enabling you to quickly tend to baby. The 7AM Enfant Warmmuffs are a tried-and-true choice and attach easily to any stroller.

21. Zutano's Booties

Instead of being that parent who is constantly posting missing shoes to the local listserv, register for a pair of booties that won't budge. Zutano's two-snap design means no more canvassing the neighborhood after a post-Sunday brunch stroll looking for lost footwear. Choose from cotton, velour, and even fur-lined styles depending on the season, plus tons of colors and patterns for your inherently stylish city kid.

22. Stroller Rain Cover

For those rainy day strolls, you'll be glad you had one of these on your baby registry. They're inexpensive and worth the hassle to keep your little one dry in NYC downpours.

Best Baby Carriers for NYC Parents

23. Tula

Sometimes even the smallest, lightest, toughest stroller just won't cut it. Whether you're braving the subway during rush hour, running errands, or just craving a cup of coffee from that tiny and impossibly crowded cafe you love, a comfy carrier can be a game-changer. The Tula carrier offers lightweight fabric that supports both parent and baby.

24. Ergobaby 360

This comfortable baby carrier is another NYC family favorite. In addition to being safe and supportive for babies, it's designed with padded, adjustable straps and lightweight, breathable materials.

25. Infantino Flip Advanced 4-in-1 Carrier

This carrier is quite versatile and can grow all the way through toddler years with your baby. There are four ways to wear a baby using this carrier, including as a backpack. And as far as carriers go, it's a killer price.

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Baby registry must-haves in NYC: Skip Hop Pronto Changer
Change the baby anywhere, even those icky but life-saving public changing tables, with the Skip Hop Pronto.

Diapering Essentials for Your Baby Registry

26. Skip Hop Portable Baby Changing Pad

Public changing tables are a blessing and a curse—convenient during a diaper emergency, but otherwise a bit gross. Minimize the NYC public restroom yuck factor with an on-the-go kit such as the Skip Hop portable baby changing pad, which features an oversize, wipe-clean mat that keeps kids from touching everything you don't want them to touch. Plus, you can toss the kit in any bag or throw it in the stroller to ensure you have all the diapering essentials as you need them.

27. Kudos Diapers

Did you just catch this company on Shark Tank recently? Say bye-bye to plastic on your newborn's bum. Kudos is making waves with its plant-based material diapers. If you're looking for a diaper that has 100% cotton touching your baby's skin, look no further. They've also got you covered with 99% purified water wipes.

28. Water Wipes

These wipes are plastic-free, 99.9% water-based, and unscented. We tried a bunch of different wipes with our little one, and they all had a funny scent. These do not. If you subscribe on Amazon, they're also even more cost-effective.

29. Earth Mama Organic Diaper Balm

This tiny jar of balm works true wonders on a rashy bum. There's no petroleum or preservatives. Instead, your baby's skin is soothed with ingredients such as calendula and organic lavender oil. We used it regularly during diaper changes.

30. La Petite Creme

I wish we'd had this organic diaper cream and balm at the very beginning. Say au revoir! to sticky butt paste and bonjour to this baby wipes alternative. After we used this, our baby had no rash and we saved on wipes. La Petite Creme was created by two French moms. To learn more about how it works, check out its website.

31. Skip Hop Diaper Bag

As an expecting mom, I definitely overthought the diaper bag. Which one was best? How can I choose? What do I need? We'll make it simple and recommend Skip Hop to store all of your necessities. It has two pouches for bottles and comes with a changing pad and two small packing cubes (one insulated). It wears like a backpack, freeing your hands to handle baby so you're ready to go.

32. Hellow Bello Diaper Subscription

You've probably already lugged some interesting purchases on the subway in your life as a New Yorker, but if you have no desire to carry home warehouse-sized boxes of diapers and wipes, here's an easy solution. These cute diapers come in a variety of patterns and can be bundled with other baby essentials like wipes, rash cream, skincare, and more. It's all packaged up and delivered to your door in a fun box that's play-ready with fun designs and cutouts. Trust us: Kids love boxes.

Cab-Friendly Car Seats for New York City Parents

Another unique NYC parenting adventure: bringing your newborn home from the hospital in a cab. An infant car seat easily installed without a base is a New York City must-have for taxiing, Ubering, and car rentals. While all seats can be installed without a base, those that can be installed using the European belt path are ideal because they allow for a more secure installation and added head and neck protection.

33. Doona Car Seat and Stroller

Yes, it's on our list twice. This all-in-one stroller car seat is our top pick for NYC parents because it doesn't require a base (although it does come with one if you own your own car). And you can stroll the baby right out to the car without worrying about transferring or lugging around two giant pieces of equipment.

34. Cybex Aton

The Cybex Aton is a popular pick because it's compatible with a number of different strollers and weighs in at just 9 pounds.

35. Nuna Pipa

All Nuna car seats are flame-retardant-free. The Pipa styles are for infants and the brand has convertible car seats and booster seats as children grow.

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Baby registry must-haves in NYC: Sleep Sheep on the go
The Sleep Sheep travels with you.

Baby Sound Machines for Your Baby Registry

36. Sleep Sheep On The Go

The good news is your baby will be accustomed to the sound of ambulances, car alarms, and construction. But you're wise to set your child up for major sleep success with a sound machine that brings a little calm to the city's natural soundtrack. The Sleep Sheep On The Go is ideal for naps, nighttime, and even travel. It comes in a convenient size and easily attaches to bassinets, cribs, strollers, or just about anywhere else your little one wants to snooze.

37. Dohm Sound Machine

Looking for more serious white noise? Try the Dohm sound machine. It's simple, utilitarian, and does the job of blocking out all that street and apartment noise. It now offers options just for babies, but we've used the basic one for years. It stows nicely in a suitcase, too.

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Baby registry must-haves in NYC: 3 Sprouts
Playful storage solutions like these from 3 Sprouts add color to any nursery and work to hold clothes, swaddles, and toys as they get older.

Smart Storage Solutions for NYC Parents

38. 3 Sprouts

Take a look at 3 Sprouts for some storable solutions. its animal-themed storage boxes can bring a nursery to life.

39. Ikea Storage Options

Ikea's Trofast collection offers a wide variety of storage units with bins and drawers of various sizes.

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Originally published in 2017. Jessica Laird contributed additional reporting. All photos courtesy of the companies.