• traded in the root beer float for a sno cone tonight... jk might still have a root beer float once the kids are asleep. 🤪 what better way to celebrate the end of the golf tournament that lasted 3 days but aged me 33 years?! •
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  • today was the due date for our baby who we miscarried at Christmas. It’s a hard thing to mourn this day for our baby in heaven, knowing we will have our baby girl here with us in a few months. it makes me feel like I don’t appreciate this rainbow baby, but I do. obviously. being pregnant so quickly after our miscarriage has helped me to cope, but this day was still hard. my anxiety has been high these past few weeks. I’ve been trying to give myself grace, but as moms it can be so hard to make time for ourselves, to prioritize our own health. —
as I sat in the waiting room at my OBGYN yesterday I couldn’t help but think of all the times I’ve sat there, broken-hearted. during my fertility appointments while we were trying for our second baby. during all of the ultrasounds and appointments for my pregnancy in December. seeing people come out with their strips of ultrasound papers. laughing and smiling over their sweet baby. something I had done before without giving a second thought to the fact that other people in the exact same waiting room might be having one of the worst days of their life. I wondered if anyone there was having one of their worst days and prayed for everyone there. —
I’m not sure there’s really any point to this other than to say life is full of good and bad, ups and downs. if you are going through a bad time now, just know you’re not alone. this bad time will pass.
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people don’t always share their bad, so can’t we all just treat others the way we want to be treated? be kind. be the reason someone smiles instead of being another reason they frown. •
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  • ice cream outside with two of my favorite people. when it’s only 70° outside you can actually eat your ice cream without it melting all over us... and by us I mean them. 👆🏻👆🏻 #blaireandben
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  • It makes such a difference to my mental health when I prioritize some “me time” in my schedule. Instead of rushing around cleaning up toys or folding laundry during nap/rest time, I’ve been sneaking outside to read a few chapters in my book and relax in the sunshine. The weather has been perfect these past few weeks! [#ad] These mini @kindsnacks nacks bars are the perfect size and they’re only 100 calories… which means I don’t have to feel guilty when I grab both a Caramel Almond Mini AND a Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt for my snack. 😜#KINDcollective #bekindtoyourself #backtoschool
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  • our ultrasound this weekend confirmed our final little babe is, indeed, a baby girl. I think she looks just like her big brother. If she follows in his footsteps we will meet her in just 6 weeks! so now I’m slightly freaking out about all of the random things we need for her since I’ve basically done 0 prep. 😬 #thirdchildproblems •
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  • Enjoying one last long weekend road trip before Blaire starts school in a few weeks. I spent the day shopping and ended it with an XL root beer float 😂... the perfect day! We are heading to Omaha tomorrow where I just might have booked an ultrasound to check on this baby. 😬 I’m so excited!
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  • we have been to the pool every day this week! our house may have toys covering every surface and the laundry is piled up (both the clean AND dirty laundry). But both kids have gone right to sleep each night and I’ve ended the night with a root beer float, you know as my reward for being so cool and hanging at the pool all afternoon. 🤣
  • snack break #benjaminp | Less than 3 months and we’ll be adding another kiddo to our crew. I have been looking back through baby pictures and am just so dang excited to meet this new baby. I can’t wait to see if they look like either of their siblings... also can’t wait to find out if it’s really a she or a he! 🤪🤣
  • YUM! The @starbucks pink drink, blended. So good! 💕
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  • My little daredevil. I can’t believe he’s going to be a big brother in just a few months! #benjaminp
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  • Prepping for our third baby has been pretty easy so far. I guess when you have an older sister and brother, plus a mama who likes to hold on to everything from her babies, there isn’t a ton of shopping to do. The kids are having fun picking out little gifts to give baby sister in the hospital (something Blaire still talks about from when Ben was born), little toys here and there, PJs, and this @babyeinstein 4-in-1 Kickin Tunes Music & Language Discovery Gym at @target. I wasn’t joking when I said they wanted to test it out! #babyeinstein #ignitecuriosity #socialspotters
February 3, 2016

complete baby registry checklist

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There are few things as intimidating as registering for your first baby. Or your second baby for that matter… so much can change in a few, short years!

I have divided it up into a few categories below to try to make it as simple as possible. For being so tiny, babies sure can be complicated!

Before you start reading, be sure to actually go and create your baby registry! My two favorite places are Target and Amazon. Both will give you a completion coupon for 10% off of the items you end up purchasing yourself to finish up your registry. (Amazon gives 15% off to Prime members!)

Now sit back and get ready to add lots of things to those baby registry.

feeding

bottles: these Como Tomo bottles are our FAVORITE! Ben had a great latch from the beginning and he was able to start using these bottles at 5 days old without have any issues going back and forth from nursing to using a bottle. Plus they are wide which makes them easy to clean.

burp cloths: We started with 8 burp cloths… and we ended up needing more. So stock up!

bottle warmer: Whether you’re pumping or formula feeding, you’ll need a bottle warmer. I loved this one with Ben. It was very predictable as far as the temperature of the milk every time.

drying rack / bottle brush / stem: The grass version is smaller, so go big and get the lawn! And get the twig and stem, too. They’re good for holding nipples, binkys, etc.

bottle soap: You will want to use a soap specifically formulated for bottles/children. They contain less ingredients and are safer for baby.

bibs: We usually did not worry about either of our babies wearing a bib on a day-to-day basis. Before they started eating solids, we just used cloth bibs occasionally if they were wearing an outfit we really wanted to keep from getting spit up on it. Once they started solids we used bibs with a pocket at the bottom to catch food. Bonus points if it is a bib that is easy to wipe down.

breastfeeding

breast pump: If you are returning to work outside the home then you will definitely need a pump. I had trouble getting Blaire to latch, so I actually started using a pump our first day home from the hospital. If you have your choice, the Spectra S1 was amazing for me. I had a Medela Pump in Style first (since that is what I was able to buy locally with my health insurance). The Spectra S1 has a rechargeable battery so you are not stuck near an outlet while pumping.

breast milk storage bags: If you are going to pump milk to feed right away, then you can keep them in bottles. If you are going to pump milk to store for more than a few days, you will need to freeze it. To freeze it, you will need storage bags. You can pump directly into the bags with an adapter for your pump, or you can pump into a bottle and then transfer it to the bags after.

nipple cream: Nipple cream will help soothe your nipples, especially during the first few weeks of breastfeeding.

cooling nipple gel pads: These are made to soothe your nipples. They help relieve the pain that can come from your pump, an improper latch or just while your body is getting used to this new stage of your life.

breast therapy pads: These were a must have for me as my body was getting used to nursing. You can heat them in the microwave and the heat can help release any milk that can be stuck in your ducts.

nursing pads: You will need bra pads to help soak up any milk that may leak. You may also need them in the last few weeks of your pregnancy since some ladies start to produce colostrum even before baby is born.

breast pump cleaning wipes: I kept these in my pump bag for work. They made it easy to clean my parts since I was never able to pump in a room with a sink in it to clean my parts with soap/water.

nursing bra: Be sure to stock up on a few nursing bras. These nursing bras are perfect to sleep in and this one is great for everyday wear.

pumping bandeau: This bandeau will let you pump hands-free. Definitely a must-have! You cannot eat, drink or scroll through your phone if you are not pumping hands-free.

pump parts: Depending on which pump you end up with, be sure to purchase at least one set of back up parts. You do not want to be stuck without in the middle of the night or at work. Most pumps need valves, membranes, tubes and breast shields.

nursery / home

changing table: With Blaire we placed the changing table pad on top of her dresser. You can buy a little square to set in top of the dresser to fit around the changing pad. With Ben we bought an actual changing table with some storage under neath. 

changing pad & covers: Babies are so messy and I cannot even count how many times I had to change the changing pad cover some days. So make sure you have a few changing pad covers. We had three and that was enough, even though some times we just went without a cover if it had been a rough few days. 

sound machine: The Hatch Sound Machine is more than just a sound machine. You can control it through an app on your phone. As your child gets older, you can do things like set a time for it to wake them.

video monitor: First, we tried a plain old-fashioned baby monitor and it was not good enough for me. I needed to be able to see my baby. I like this model because you can add more videos to the same monitor as your family grows. 

binky: Both of my kids have been binky lovers! We loved wubba nubs (binkys with animals attached) because we did not lose them as easily. If she spit it out in her car seat, the animal would sit on her chest and she would usually be able to get it back into her mouth on her own. Also, they are just really cute.

diaper pail: We have loved our diaper pail. Be sure to get refills, too.  

Dockatot: We did not have the Dockatot with Blaire, but it was a lifesaver with Ben. He slept SO well in it and slept through the night much sooner than Blaire ever did. We used it in our bed for cosleeping and used the larger one in his crib for sleeping (after he was 12 months old). You can save $10 off your Dockatot by purchasing through this link

bassinet: You will want something portable to keep in your room so baby can sleep close to you in those early weeks/months. 

glider & ottoman: The glider in the nursery has been the perfect place to nurse, cuddle and rock babies back to sleep when they wake up in the middle of the night. It is also the perfect place to read books before bed time. 

sofie the giraffe: Both of my babies loved her as their first favorite teether. 

crib/crib mattress/crib sheets

health / on the go

baby tula free to grow carrier: If you are looking for a baby carrier, this is your go-to. It has more structure than a wrap, and can be easier to put on. I liked using something structured with both kids once they were a little bigger. You can wear baby on your front or back with this. 

solly baby wrap: This baby wrap is the best! It fits baby up to 25 lbs.

nursing cover: This nursing cover is so cool! It is a 4-in-1 nursing/car seat/shopping cart/high chair cover. The best part? This brand is the originator and of the 4-in-1 design and they have so many cute prints to choose from. 

baby bath: We loved this baby bath with Ben. It fit in our kitchen sink or the bathtub. When we was a newborn. We could place a warm towel in it to keep him toasty as we gave him the traditional newborn washcloth bath. 

back seat mirror and window shades: I did not even think to register for a backseat mirror, but realized as soon as I went somewhere alone with Blaire how badly I needed one. Go 10 minutes without seeing what your baby is up to back there? Nope.

digital smart thermometer: This thermometer is so cool! It links to an app on your phone to help track your child’s temps. It might seem like overkill, but when you have a sick kid and your doctor’s office is asking what their temps have been like, you will be so happy to be able to see it all documented on your phone for you. 

nose frida: Again, until you have a sick kid you might think this is weird or gross. But once you realize how effective it is to help your congested baby, you’ll be SO glad you have it. 

misc: diaper rash cream, grooming kit

clothing

side snap shirts/onesies: These little shirts are the best for those early days with your newborn. Since they snap on the side, you don’t have to worry about putting a onesie over that tiny little head. I didn’t even know they existed until Blaire was born and this was what they used in the hospital. 

onesies: For the first few months, you’ll be dressing your baby in an extra layer to help them stay warm, so you’ll want to stock up. 

mittens / hats & socks |You’ll want at least a few pairs of tiny mittens and socks because they go missing so easily! Although, it’s amazing when you find PJs with built in mittens, since those won’t fall off. And you’ll want at least a few hats to keep your precious tiny babe warm for the first month or so. We lose so much heat from our heads, and babies aren’t able to regulate their own body temps, which means keeping their heads covered is important.

zip up pjs: Trust me, you NEED zip up PJs. None of those snapping jammies. The Cloud Island line from Target are AMAZING. They have an inverted zipper so they zip from the bottom up, which means you don’t need to unzip the entire thing to change a diaper. They also have build in mittens to keep baby from scratching his/herself. 

baby gear

baby swing: This swing was a saving grace with Blaire. For months, and months, and months, and months. For Ben we used a rock ‘n play and the mamaroo instead. 

rock ‘n play: There are two different types of Rock ‘n Plays.One plugs in and is considered “auto” and the other you have to manually rock. This Rock ‘n Play is an automatic… because sometimes mama’s arms just need a break. This was Ben’s favorite thing from our first full day home from the hospital. For us the rock ‘n play was what we could easily move around the house. 
(Added 4/13/19: As of April 12, 2019 all Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleepers have been recalled. The recall states, “Since the 2009 product introduction, over 30 infant fatalities have occurred in Rock ‘n Play Sleepers, after the infants rolled over while unrestrained, or under other circumstances.” You can read the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper recall report here.)

mamaroo: We used a swing with Blaire and then the Rock ‘n Play and the MamaRoo with Ben. I wouldn’t say you need all three. Ben liked the mamaroo once he was about 2 months old then he loved it and it could get him right to sleep even when nothing else soothed him. 

Pack ‘n Play: This pack ‘n play is SO easy to set up and put away. It has an infant insert. Although it is not flat, so it’s not for baby to sleep in, but Ben did like to hang out in it when I was cleaning or getting ready. It’s higher off the ground than the mamaroo or the rock ‘n play so he could even watch out the windows. 

travel system: We opted to start with an infant carseat and then moved to a convertible carseat once Blaire was close to 20lbs. Having a carseat we could easily move in and out of the car, and being able to buckle Blaire into the seat while we were still inside was nice. If you have more than one car, you’ll want to have an extra base

diapers / wipes

And last, but not least, do not forget the diapers! We LOVE Pampers Swaddlers and used them on our children from the beginning. We have tried others, but always go back to Pampers because their quality really is the best.

There you have it! My mama favorites for your very own baby registry. I’d love to know which pieces you’re most excited about. For me, I loved putting together her nursery. AND for some reason I was really pumped about the lawn drying rack. …the things that make mamas happy. 

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Baby Registry: Complete Checklist
  • Reply
    Carol davis
    February 4, 2016 at 10:57 am

    This should very helpful to new mothers to set up their baby registeries . Plus , very helpful for baby gift buying too ! Love this!

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    Harmony
    February 10, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    What a neat post and simply curated post!

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    Whitney Shortt
    February 10, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    This is a really great round up! Thanks for sharing!

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    Barbara
    July 13, 2016 at 2:33 am

    Excellent info here, I am currently doing some research and found exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!

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    Ashley Watson
    August 19, 2016 at 5:44 am

    Thanks for your nice share, very informative post

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    Joanna
    January 30, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Yes to all of this! I fell like the diaper genie especially was (and still is) such a necessity for us!

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    Kari
    January 30, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    What a great list! I remember it was overwhelming navigating baby registries with my first. It’s always great to have resources like this for new mamas.

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    Ash @ Spit Up and Sit Ups
    January 30, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Great post! We could not live without our Rock N Play!

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    JeeYoung Dubs
    January 30, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Such a great comprehensive list! I need to stock up on some of this before baby three!

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    itsahero
    January 30, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    All of these are absolute musts! It’s totally true! :)

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    Stephanie
    January 31, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Great list. You thought of everything! Love that you put nursing bras and pump parts be a useful those are so often forgot amd they’re so important!

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    suzanne
    January 31, 2017 at 8:02 am

    This is such a great post! And yes to Dockatot and that swing. Life-savers!

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    Anna
    February 10, 2017 at 9:58 am

    This post is very helpful with me.Thanks for your sharing..!

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    noor
    October 3, 2017 at 7:53 am

    hello,
    Love that you put nursing bras and pump parts be a useful those are so often forgot amd they’re so important!

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