This three-stage play station (it converts to a toddler table) is adaptable and way more attractive than your average ExerSaucer. Every parent needs a “circle of neglect,” and most babies love being able to stand and play. $165, snugglebugz.ca
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There are tons of overhead activity gyms for infants—this one is easier on adult eyes, and adjusts to two heights. The detachable dangling rattle dolls can also be used on a stroller bar or bucket car seat handle. $170, westcoastkids.ca
Once your baby learns to sit up (and therefore topple over), you’ll be looking to surround him with pillows and soft surfaces. Register for some foam tiles now and store them under a bed for later. $95, indigo.ca
Trust us, you’re gonna need a safe place to put your baby while you do fun and glamorous things like pee. Or unload the dishwasher. This vibrating seat folds flat, and the fabric (a new-in-2017 design) is machine washable. $70, indigo.ca
Pose your baby on the blanket once a month to document how fast she’s growing. Pretty soon, she’ll be rolling right off the blanket and chewing on the cards. $25, indigo.ca
Sophie la Girafe is essentially a squeaky chew toy, but it’s not for your dog, it’s for your baby. Many infants—especially those who are teething—go gaga for Sophie. (Ed note: Never take Sophie into the bath, as mould can grow inside the toy.) $30, toysrus.ca
Playtex is now making “sleeves” for their Diaper Genies, so you can colour-coordinate your diaper pail with the rest of the nursery. Playtex Diaper Genie Expressions Pail with Starter Refill: $36, toysrus.ca. Playtex Expression Sleeves in Clover Grey, Pink Starburst, and Blue Knit: $13 each, toysrus.ca.
This crib has four different mattress heights (you’ll need to adjust it once your babe learns to pull up and stand) and converts to a daybed or toddler bed with safety rail. It also comes in white, natural pine, and espresso. $549, westcoastkids.ca
This cradle is ideal for the first few months, when you’re likely keeping your baby near your bedside. You can see through the breathable mesh sides (which lets you check on your little one without getting up), and the spare, simple design may appeal to minimalist parents. $359, walmart.ca
This is Halo’s newest Bassinest design, in a soft trendy grey pattern. It’s height-adjustable and swivels toward you in bed (which is especially handy if you’re recovering from a C-section). Exhausted parents will love the automatic rocking and vibrate settings, and there’s a handy storage caddy (great for pacifiers, breast pads and extra burp rags). $370, westcoastkids.ca
When shopping for a bucket car seat, make sure it’s compatible with whatever stroller you buy. It’s nice to be able to click the seat in to a stroller base without needing an additional bulky adaptor. This Maxi-Cosi model is one of the lightest infant car seats on the market (a major pro, because you’ll be lugging it around a lot!). $330, snugglebugz.ca
You can use these soft muslin blankets as receiving blankets, burp cloths, stroller shades, nursing covers and traditional swaddles. Stock up! $55, well.ca
This diaper clutch can turn any bag into a diaper bag. The pocket holds 2-3 diapers, there’s a refillable air-tight wipes container, and the whole thing unfolds to become a changing pad. $40, snugglebugz.ca
If you’re planning to breastfeed, you might want a nursing pillow to support the baby and keep you from hunching over. The Boppy design is one of the most popular nursing pillows; add a cute cover in a design you love. Cru’s Cactus, $35 USD, cadenlane.com. Gray Arrow, $25 USD, cadenlane.com. Gold & Mint, $25 USD, cadenlane.com.
Breastfeeding moms get super thirsty, so it’s important to stay hydrated. Keep a water bottle with a straw on your nightstand and wherever else you nurse most often. $32, well.ca
All babies have different bottle preferences—you might have to try out a few different bottle brands and nipple combos before finding out what works for your little one. These are the Philips Avent Natural BPA-free bottles with Natural nipples. $40 for a five-pack, walmart.ca
You’ll want a designated brush to scrub all those bottles and sippy cups. $13, well.ca
Buy a few different brands of soothers to try out—newborns can be picky about pacifiers. Pack of two. $6, well.ca
This structured carrier can accomodate babies who prefer facing out and babies who want to be snuggled into your chest. There’s also a hip carry and a back carry option. Don’t forget to add the Easy Snug Infant Insert to your registry (for newborns seven to 12 pounds). $215, well.ca
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We love the one-handed fold, manoeuvrability and roomy cargo space of this mid-priced stroller. Recline the seat and it transforms into a mobile bassinet with a huge canopy. $500, snugglebugz.ca
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Have you mastered swaddling yet? It’s one of Harvey Karp’s five “S tips” for soothing a newborn. The Miracle Blanket helps new parents get an especially snug fit when wrapping up their bundles of joy. $30, well.ca
This sweet, citrus-y baby towel set comes with a matching wash cloth. $45, well.ca
The newest Baby Bjorn bouncer, the Bliss design, is 100 percent cotton and comes in quilted grey, beige, dusty pink and midnight blue shades. There are three recline options, and no plugs or batteries: your baby powers this seat with his own kicks and wiggles. $270, westcoastkids.ca
Bandana bibs like this one are everywhere right now, and fit well even on the teeny-tiniest little ones. $14, well.ca
You may have seen the Lulla Doll, an Icelandic invention, discussed in online parenting groups. To mimic the sounds of the womb, this plush doll plays a recording of a caregiver’s heartbeat and breathing. Some parents say it sounds like Darth Vader, others say, “Whatever—it works!” (Ed note: For babies under 12 months, it’s safest to use the attached strap to secure the doll to a crib rail, instead of leaving it loose in the crib.) $100, amazon.ca
IKEA sells an affordable, not-too-bright and not-too-garish padded activity gym perfect for play time. $35, ikea.ca
Yes, you can totally add diapers to your baby registry. Eventually you’ll figure out which brands and styles work best on your baby’s bum, but go ahead and try some fun, cute patterns, too. $35 for 60, indigo.ca
Whether you register for them or not, you’ll get tons of cute baby clothes at your shower. We love the organic cotton prints from this Brooklyn-based kids’ wear company. $42 USD, winterwaterfactory.com
Register for one-piece sleepers and jammies in a variety of sizes. $37, gapcanada.ca
You’re going to need some comfy nursing bras. This one is seamless, underwire-free and machine-washable, yet still cute. $65, thebay.com
You won’t need a high chair for the first few months, but if your shower guests are looking to contribute big-ticket items, go ahead and register for one now. We love how sleek and modern (and easy to wipe down) this new-in-2017 model is. $195, snugglebugz.ca
The Stokke Tripp Trapp is an iconic Scandinavian high chair from the 1970s, designed to grow with your baby from infancy through toddlerhood and beyond. New for 2017: you can now get the back of your Tripp Trapp custom-engraved with your child’s name. Don’t forget to register for the baby set attachment ($76), too. $329, ellaandelliot.comAccessories. Baby Set, Whitewash.
You won’t really use this fruit-tastic dishware set until your baby’s at least six months old, but it sure is adorable. $38 USD, anthropologie.com
This on-the-go snack cup is great for stroller rides and outings—the Cheerios won’t go flying everywhere if baby decides to shake it like a rattle. $13, snugglebugz.ca
Make the most of summer with a water-resistant blanket to protect your picnic (and your roly-poly baby) from soggy grass. This design folds up into its own carrying case. $60, indigo.ca
A growth chart is a great shower gift, sure to be used for years to come. $57, snugglebugz.ca