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5 things city moms need on their baby registry

5 things city moms need on their baby registry


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City moms have some challenges that suburban moms don't: They live in smaller spaces, they walk long distances, and they spend a lot of time at the playground (do you know any city dwellers who have big backyards?).

We lived in Philadelphia with little kids for five years. In that time, I learned so many do's and don'ts. For example, DO wear your baby if you plan on heading down an old cobblestone street. DON'T expect every restaurant to have a highchair for you to use.

My advice to city moms: When you're registering for baby products, consider items with smaller footprints that are easy to store; gear that can travel on public transit or in taxis; and options that are both generally and uniquely suited to babies in big, crowded settings.

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  • Chicco Fit2 Infant and Toddler Car Seat

    If you take taxis and rideshares or otherwise need to move your car seat from vehicle to vehicle, we have great news for you: Infant car seats make this easy. You can install most infant car seats forward- or rear-facing in any vehicle without their base, using the taxi belt path helpfully marked on the seat, then take it out once you get to your destination and click it onto the stroller you've taken with you – no need to lug a heavy seat around.

    The Chicco Fit2 is my particular favorite because it has a generous height limit – most kids outgrow infant seats by height before they hit maximum weight – and has a "European" taxi belt path, which wraps the seat more securely than the standard American variety.

    Available at Amazon starting at $299.99

  • 4moms breeze GO Travel Play Yard

    I have a love-love relationship with 4moms, because all of their products are sleek and so easy to use. This travel crib essentially pops open in about 10 seconds and takes up a minimal amount of space. We used it as a safe place to put the baby in our family room without hogging the entire space, and as a crib when we traveled or had tiny guests.

    Available at Amazon starting at $249.99

  • Inglesina Fast Table Chair

    While I love and use a traditional highchair (looking at you, Boon Flair), I have also found a lot of practical use for the Inglesina Fast Table Chair. It attaches to most tables safely, and is so compact, you can carry one in your stroller basket. The cover is machine washable and comes off easily, while the highchair collapses and fits into a carry bag hidden underneath the seat. This chair is a great option for occasions like when you're heading to a restaurant and you don't know if they have highchairs, or to a playground where you'll want to feed your child at a picnic table.

    Available at Amazon starting at $69.00

  • HoMedics SoundSpa

    I adore this simple, easy, and affordable sound machine, which has six options for soothing restless babies and kids: thunder, ocean waves, rain, a babbling brook, summer night sounds, or white noise. You can either plug it in or use batteries for travel; it runs all night until you turn it off. With this machine on, you won't have to worry about your child waking up because of the Uber honking outside your building or the couple laughing loudly as they head home from an evening out.

    Available at Amazon starting at $19.97

  • Boba Wrap Baby Carrier

    Hear me out. Some parents are a little scared of soft carriers, but it really only takes a few minutes to learn how to tie one – great video tutorials abound – and then you have a comfy carrier that fits any body and, likely as not, will put your infant peacefully to sleep while you get things done around the house or around town. The wraps fit easily into a stroller basket or bag and come in handy on many different types of outings.

    Available at Amazon starting at $39.95

Sabrina is the writer behind the healthy living blog RhodeyGirl Tests, where she shares her passion for food & family through her healthy recipes, creative menus, and fun with her son Raffi (born September 2011), daughter Alessandra (born April 2013), daughter Valentina (born May 2015), and baby girl Daniela (born January 2018.)

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