I researched like a crazy person while I was pregnant. I would like to blame it on the hormones, but really that's just how I am. I'm a researcher. I can't help it! I love to learn.
To begin my registry used a few different blogs to guide me on what the "must haves" are. Since Billy is only 5 months old I can only guide you on the things I have found to be essential this far, but in my honest and humble opinion, by this point as a mom I know what I like and I'm completely comfortable marching into Babies or Buy Buy and picking up what I need.
I have my own favorite brands, and you bet that I am going to promote them because they are what's worked best for us. I have not been compensated in any way to write this post and please remember that all babies are different. What worked for Billy may not work for your little bundle.
In an ideal world, we all get everything we want and need from our registries and we get to save our own money for rainbows and unicorns and Frappuccinos. Sadly, however, this is not the case where I live, in the real world. This registry list is full of things that are the best bang for your buck. No extras. No frilly-dillies. Just straight up sh*t you will need.
Now, shall we?!
Nursery & Decor
Go ahead and skip this section on your registry entirely after choosing furniture. The decor doesn't matter. Go to Hobby Lobby and use a 40% off coupon to make something magical.This list is about saving money. On second thought, pick a crib that's under $200 and call it a day. They're all safe. They're all put through testing, and even still...recalls happen. Trust your mama gut.
I've found three is a magic number with many things baby. Pick three cute crib sheets and three waterproof mattress pads. I like these:
|Carter's Fitted Crib Sheets|
|Carter's Keep Me Dry Waterproof Fitted Quilted Crib Pad|
|Breathable Mesh Crib Liner|
Many mamas told me travel systems are bulky and unnecessary, but I admit that I have a sick obsession with the one I have. We call it "The Escalade" and it is a beautiful, beautiful thing.
The early days of learning how to get around with a tiny person that has more stuff than what fits in your car is taxing, and just getting in and out of the doorway at Starbucks will throw your sleep-deprived brain for a loop. For this reason, I strongly recommend every new mama has a three-wheeled stroller. It just makes every movement easier and in those early days...easier is so much better. Not to mention you feel super cool out on walks with your fancy-looking jogger stroller. Even if you've never jogged a day in your life.
This is my travel system and I love it:
|Graco Trekko Travel System|
|Baby K'Tan Breeze Carrier|
|ErgoBaby Performance Carrier|
Every mama needs a diaper bag whether you're using disposables or not, and I love my Vera Bradley bag. It has all the compartments I need and has a thousand other accessories to match. Win/win. I like the Messenger style:
|Vera Bradley Messenger Baby Bag|
For a newborn, I recommend starting with 24 newborn/size 1 prefolds, 8 newborn/size 1 covers, a package of 3 Snappis and 40 infant washcloths to use as wipes.
For an older baby, over 12 lb, I recommend 18 size 2 prefolds, 8 one size covers, a package of 3 Snappis, 6 one-size pocket or AIO style diapers and 40 infant washcloths to use as wipes.
Nursing & Feeding
If you plan to breastfeed, you will want a good pump. I recommend this one:
|Medela Pump In Style Advanced Tote|
Not all babies will take all bottles, but our favorites are the Medela bottles because they fit on my pump so I have less dishes to do. The pump above comes with four bottles and I believe one nipple, but extra nipples are helpful to have on hand, so add these:
|Medela Slow Flow Wide-Base Nipple|
|Medela Breastmilk Bottle Spare Parts|
|Dr. Brown's Bottle Brush|
|BabyGanics Foaming Dish & Bottle Soap|
|Bamboobies Washable Nursing Pads|
|MAM Brand Pacifiers|
|BooginHead Paci Clip|
You may already know, I love bath sponges. I think tubs are too expensive and take up too much space. I already have a kitchen sink installed..that's like a built-in baby tub! One of these is what I started with and it lasted me 5 months until I finally wore it out and bought another. Love!
|Summer Comfy Bath Sponge|
|Carter's Hooded Bath Towel|
|California Baby Calming Shampoo & Bodywash|
Health & Safety
It's still very early for us, so we haven't needed to child proof anything (I know our days are numbered...) so I'll give you the basics that I have on hand for this category:
We own a video monitor but we don't use it because of all the reports that keep coming out about video monitors being easily hacked. So in my opinion, unless you live in a mansion where you will be so far from your child it is impossible to hear him cry, you don't need one.
That said, you will need these:
|Gas Relief Drops|
|Nosefrida Nasal Aspirator|
They say not to register for clothes because you'll get plenty anyway, so keep that in mind. I think a few onesie sets, some pants, some socks and a sweater in NB size and 0-3mo are sufficient to get started until you learn your favorites.
Sleepers are a little more universal. I am very thankful for:
|HALO Sleepsack Swaddles|
In my opinion it's impossible to have TOO MANY PJs because you just never want to run out and some nights you can go through 3+ sets of them. Trust me. It's a mystery, but it happens.
Having these books on hand will save you a lot of frustration. Read them now, then read them again when your baby is born, and again as your baby hits milestones and you need to be reminded of their message.
|Happiest Baby on the Block|
|Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child|
This is one area I started out very slim and grew my collection based on what my baby liked. I also bought things second hand or received them as hand me downs from family friends, which saved a bundle.
The swing we own is the most beautiful gadget of all.
I recommend all mamas register for Graco products, because they are brilliant. For example, our swing is compatible with our SnugRide infant car seat. That means when you get home from grocery shopping and have all those bags to carry in but the baby is snoozing away in the car, you pop the seat out of the swing and snap the car seat in. Baby keeps sleeping, completely undisturbed for another hour+ and you can carry on with your chores. Pure genius. However, I'm not sure the same model we have (above) is still available...
Thankfully, they also make this:
|Graco Baby SnugGlider Infant Car Seat Swing Frame|
And last but not least, don't try to survive without one of these. When your baby arrives, you'll understand.
|Fisher Prize Rock N' Play Sleeper|
Think I missed something major? Write your favorite baby must-haves in the comments below!