Modern mommies want nurseries that are equal parts hip and healthy -- an ergonomic nursing glider in the corner and organic cotton swaddle blankets on the shelf. According to Ali Wing, founder and CEO of baby retailer Giggle, this generation of mommies buys natural and organic and wants the same for their offspring in their nursery gadgets. “Every year, a bigger percentage of moms-to-be and new moms report prioritizing healthy foods, organic options and active lifestyles for both themselves and their babies,” she says. “As a result, we see a growing demand for these products across all baby categories.”
Check out our favorite baby gadgets that epitomize healthy baby chic:
Baby Gadget No. 9: Travel Bottle Warmers
Portable bottle warmers make bringing bottles to the natural temperature of breast milk simpler for on-the-go moms. Just insert a disposable warmer pad into the compact cow-themed sock, and breast milk or formula is ready in 30 minutes or less. The pad never overheats, works with most bottles (Similac, AVENT, BornFree), and stays hot for 12 hours.
On the Fly Bottle Warmer Starter Kit (soon to be rebranded as WarmZe) from Wayfair, $14
Baby Gadget No. 8: High-design High Chairs
Declare a gangly high-chair hiatus with Stokke’s contemporary design, which comes in 11 vivid colors to blend seamlessly with your own carefully curated decor. High back and rail supports along with a crotch strap keep baby safely snug in her chair. Personalize yours with cute cushions in multicolored plaid and stripes -- plus cutesy tabletops for baby decorated with letters, animals or numbers.
Stokke Tripp-Trapp High Chair from Amazon, $202, and Baby Set from Amazon, $59
Baby Gadget No. 7: Stylin’ Gliders
Gliders are so chic, versatile and comfortable these days you’ll want to keep yours long after you’ve stopped nursing. And that’s just what Ralph and Michelle Montemurro had in mind when they founded Monte Design Group: functional products for your nursery and your home. The Luca Glider is our favorite, designed with modern lines, arm and headrests at the perfect height for comfortable nursing, plus a smooth glider that helps soothe cranky babies (and tired moms). Mix and match the body, piping and lumbar pillow colors, from orange and lime green to bright pink and chocolate.
Monte Design Luca Glider Chair from Magic Beans, $995
Baby Gadget No. 6: Cutesy Humidifiers
If your baby’s been sick, your doctor may have already suggested you buy a humidifier to help her breathe or soothe a stuffed-up nose. But you may not realize that the hum these whimsical humidifiers make is also often the perfect solution to help a healthy baby snooze soundly through the night: According to parenting experts, white noise mimics the sounds of the womb and may help baby sleep better.
Crane Adorables Humidifiers from Magic Beans, $49
Baby Gadget No. 5: Organic Cotton Swaddle Blankets
Muslin -- the same super-soft fabric Egyptians, Romans and Greeks used long ago to swaddle their little ones -- is a great regulator of your baby’s body temperature, allowing air to circulate while keeping baby warm. Aden + Anais, a small baby brand started by an Australian mom, offers organic muslin swaddle blankets to soothe delicate baby skin in lots of sweet designs (e.g., butterflies, bugs, flowers, lions). You’ll also sleep better knowing their products are responsibly sourced and manufactured.
Aden + Anais organic swaddle blankets from Diapers.com, $26
Baby Gadget No. 4: Safe Sleep Sacks
For moms who don’t swaddle, wearable blankets are a doctor-approved, safer alternative to loose bedding. The HALO SleepSack is the gold standard among healthy baby sleeping bags. It helps baby snooze safely through the night and converts to cozy loungewear for nippier days.
Halo Sleep Sack from Target, $19
Baby Gadget No. 3: DIY Baby Food Kits
Baby food processors offer moms the ultimate control to cook and puree organic fruits and veggies at home. But let’s get real: Blending baby’s food takes serious time (which, as all new moms know, doesn’t grow on trees). However, if you’re determined to go the DIY route, this set -- with a cookbook, an immersion blender, a processor that purees up to two weeks of food, and storage jars with labels -- keeps things simple.
Sage Spoonfuls Let’s Get Started package from Amazon, $99
Baby Gadget No. 2: Bumperless Crib Bedding
While many retailers still sell adorable bumpers (decorative pads that tie around your crib to prevent baby bruising), the American Academy of Pediatrics advises against using them because they carry a risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). So some clever manufacturers -- and even Etsy retailers! -- created bumper-free bedding sets with coordinating designs built right into the sheet, offering moms a safe but stylish alternative.
Bumperless Kumari Garden Peek Crib Bedding from Etsy, $265
Baby Gadget No. 1: Modern Boppy Covers
Any breastfeeding mom needs a breastfeeding pillow, and moms these days are loving wearable Boppy pillows. This modern Tiffany blue-and-dark brown patterned Boppy cover is ideal for parents whose baby gear is an extension of their (grown-up) personalities; it’s machine-washable and preshrunk, with hand-sewn piping and a zipper along the curved seam.
MarshMueller Boppy Cover in Blue Hollywood from Etsy, $35