July 24, 2014

Baby Registry Review

There are a million and one things that you will hear that you NEED for a new baby. To be honest, the average newborn only really needs diapers, wipes, a pack of onesies, bath soap, a blanket, a car seat and a Mom's boobs. However, there are lots of things that make life easier or that you will want to have as they get bigger. Here's our registry/stuff with notes on necessity etc.

  • Crib and mattress - this may be obvious, but you buy these separately. Make sure you pick a mattress that fits your crib properly. 
  • Mattress pad/protector - It was recommended to me to get two of these so that you can make the crib twice (pad, sheet, pad, sheet) so you can just take off one set in the middle of the night. 
  • Bedding set (sheets and crib skirt) - all you need is a sheet, but the sets are just so darn cute!
  • Other nursery decor - rug, valance, curtains, pillow, hamper, etc.
  • Rocker/glider - I like because the nursery is on the second floor and it's the only chair up there. 
  • Monitor - video is incredibly unnecessary but really nice to tell if baby is awake or asleep while she's crying. 
  • Swaddles - Really nice for sleeping. We have both Swaddlemes and a Sleep Sack. My only preference between the two is that the sleep sack zips from the bottom, so you don't have to take them out to change them in the night. 
  • Receiving blankets - you'll probably get a ton, so only register if you want specific ones. Aden + Anais ones are huge but are really nice and thin for summer. 
  • Changing pad and cover - put one of these on a dresser instead of getting a separate changing table
  • Diapers and wipes - one of my showers included a diaper raffle, where you got a raffle ticket for each pack of diapers you brought - it's great! We have so many size 1's and 2's!!
  • Diaper Rash Cream - good to have on hand before it's needed
  • Bouncy seat or Swing - again, unnecessary but nice to have a place to put baby outside the crib. I'd wait to see what motion your babe seems to like and pick between the two. 
  • Play mat - so far Lily doesn't like hers and it will probably get passed on, but we'll see in the next month or two. This is one thing I really regret opening early. 

  • Foam bath cradle- This fit in our bathroom sink for all her first month+ of baths sits on the bottom of the tub now. 
  • Johnson's bath soap - there is absolutely nothing better than the smell of clean baby. 
  • Wash clothes and towels - You can definitely use your own but the little hooded baby towels are so stinking cute!
  • Health and grooming kit - we registered for a kit and then got a nicer thermometer. We use the little brush and the nail clippers the most. We use our bulb sucker and nasal saline pretty often too but those were from the hospital - make sure you take the sucker with you!!!
  • Pacifiers - wait to open pacifiers until your baby comes. Lily only takes the Avent Soothies, which is what Wubanubs use for the pacifier part.  
  • Freezable Teethers - these are for significantly down the road, but why not put it on the registry if you have space to tuck them away?
  • Tub spout cover - Unnecessary. Pure and simple. But our looks like an elephant, so yeah. 
  • Bath scoop/storage and toys - won't need these for at least a couple more months.

Out and About-
  • Clothes - only register for "basics" like that pack of white onesies
  • Carseat and canopy/cover - this is need number one. They're required to leave the hospital and work as a bassinet for the first few weeks if you don't have the nursery finished. My mom made our canopy using this pattern and it's fantastic. Lily went to church at 2 weeks old and it was really nice to not worry about tons of hands touching her because we could just show her off through the peep hole!
  • Car mirror - My dad mentioned this is one "new" thing that he wished they had with me. 
  • Diaper bag - I originally planned to just have a big purse, but decided that we would want to be able to leave the diaper bag at the nursery and still have my purse in service, so we got a backpack diaper bag (pretty much just a backpack with an insulated pocket for bottles) and I got a wristlet that fits in the bag with all her stuff. 
  • Infant toys and books - if you have favorites, register for them, but otherwise just be prepared to return and swap depending on what you get. 
  • Pack'n'Play - Think through if you'll use one enough to be worth the money. We got one because Lily will stay in it if we take a foster placement who needs a crib (foster kids have to have a crib, not a pack'n'play).
  • Baby Carriers - We got a Mei Tai and an Ergo. We haven't used the Ergo yet but Mike is excited to have a "manlier" carrier for trips to the zoo etc. 
  • Stroller - We got a stroller frame from Mike's sister when they had baby #2 and wanted a double stroller. It's great to be able to click her car seat into it and not have to mess with the car seat straps that she currently hates.

  • Burp cloths - we use Gerber prefold diapers
  • High chair - let this wait unless you have storage space for a while. 
  • Bibs, toddler cutlery and dishes - I recommend the Tommee Tippee Easy Roll bibs - Easy to clean and have a giant pocket for missed bites. 
  • Boppy- so far I use this pretty much solely for pictures and not actually for feeding
  • Pump and/or bottles - check with your insurance before purchasing. Our pump came with small bottles but we also got the Avent started set, just in case. 
  • Drying rack - we got one of the ones that look like a garden from Mike's co-worker. I always thought they were unnecessary, but it was really handy when I was pumping multiple times a day.
  • Microwave sanitizing bags/tray - we only run the dishwasher every few days with just the two of us so these were really nice for the in between times.
  • Milk storage bags 

For Mom
  • Nursing Cami's - I would wear these 7 days a week if I could. They're great. 
  • Lanolin - my nurse at the hospital called it chapstick for your nipples and she was completely right. Your nipples likely will feel like really chapped lips and you will want something to help that. 
  • Breast pads - your boobs will leak at some point and it may start before baby is even born. These are great to have a month or so before baby is expected. 
  • Post-partum care stuff - I got almost everything I needed (ibuprofen, stool softened, Tucks pads, dermoplast and some leftover giant hospital pads) from the hospital, so ask on your tour what they send you home with. I had to stock up on pads - I recommend a small pack of maxi overnights, a small pack of regular/lites, and then a box of panty liners. 
  • Nursing distractions - once you and baby have breast feeding figured out you're going to want something to keep you awake during those late night feedings. I went with a couple game apps and a new book on my Nook plus a bunch of movies on Netflix. 

Also see my hospital packing list here


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