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It feels so good to finally push Publish on this blog post, as it’s been in the making for a longgg time! I’m talking about Baby Registry Favorites. 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’ve divided up the registry 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 start 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 registries.
Pump | Bra Pads | Bottles | Milk Storage Bags| Pumping Bandeau | Burp Cloths (Pink/Floral) | Burp Cloths (Blue/Grey) | Bottle Warmer | Nipple Cream | Nipple Gel Pads | Storage System | Lawn | Twig | Stem | Boppy Pillow | Bottle Brush | Bib
Nursing: Nipple cream and even gel pads will help your body get used to nursing. And you’ll need to stock up on bra pads, which you may need in the last few weeks of your pregnancy since some ladies start to produce colostrum even before baby is born.
Pump: If you’re returning to work outside the home then you’ll 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 Freestyle pump is awesome! It has a rechargeable battery and it’s not attached to the pump bag, so you’re not stuck near an outlet when pumping. I had this version (since it was covered by insurance).
Breast Milk Storage: If you’re pumping, you’ll need bottles to store your milk. You can freeze breast milk in freezer storage bags. This storage system comes with both bottles and freezer bags, plus the bottles in this set have handy lids that let you choose the day of the week so you know when the milk was pumped.
Pump Parts: You’ll want to have a backup of each pump part. You don’t want to be stuck in the middle of the night with a pump you can’t use because something is broken! This includes tubing, valves/membranes, breast shields and connectors. These pump cleaning wipes are awesome to keep on hand, too!
Bandeau: This bandeau will let you pump hands-free. Definitely a must-have! You can’t eat, drink or scroll through your phone if you’re not pumping hands-free. ;)
Supplementing: If you think you might need to supplement, you can keep these little bottles of premade forumla on hand. They were a life-saver for us in our first few days home from the hospital.
Burp Cloths: We started with 8 burp cloths… and we ended up needing more. So stock up!
Baby Bullet: This kit has everything you need to make your own baby food.
Changing Pad | Changing Pad Covers | Wipe Warmer | Glider & Ottoman | Changing Table| Sound Machine | Humidifier | Video Baby Monitor | Diaper Genie | Crib Sheet | Swaddle Pods | Swaddle Blankets | Wubba Nub | Binkys | Sofie Giraffe Teether | Dockatot | Guess How Much I Love You Book | On the Night You Were Born Book | The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Changing Pad Cover: Babies are so messy and I can’t even count how many times I had to change the changing pad cover some days. Soooo make sure you have a few changing pad covers. We had four or five and that seemed to be enough to usually go a few days without doing laundry.
Wipe Warmer: I know some people think wipe warmers are stupid and I don’t care. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. This one is small and made the wipes so soft. The small size made sure we were filling it every few days, so the wipes didn’t dry out.
Sound Machine: This was perfect for keeping Blaire asleep. We had it in our room in the early days and now she still uses it in her room. It’s held up really well, three years later and we haven’t had any problems with it.
Video Monitor: We tried just a plain ‘ol baby monitor and it was not good enough for my anxiety.
Binkys: Blaire was a binky lover (still is). We loved wubba nubs (binkys with animals attached) because we didn’t lose them as easily. If she spit it out in her car seat, the animal would sit on her chest and she’d usually be able to get it back into her mouth on her own. Also, they’re just really cute.
Dockatot: The dockatot is new since before Blaire was born. I am so, SO excited to try it out with baby number two. I have only heard great things… and let’s be serious. You can use it in bed for cosleeping or they can sleep in it in their crib. You can save $10 off your Dockatot by purchasing through this link.
Bassinet: You’ll want something portable to keep in your room so baby can sleep close to you in those early weeks/months. We used the bassinet attached to our pack ‘n play. You can also use your dockatot.
Sofie Giraffe: She was Blaire’s favorite teether.
Books: We had a little collection of books for Blaire before she was born. We actually took On the Night You Were Born to the hospital with us. Two of our other favorites were Guess How Much I Love You Book and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Car Mirror | Window Shades | Thermometer | Backpack Diaper Bag | Ergo Baby Carrier | Solly Baby Wrap | Diaper Rash Cream | Nursing Cover | Nose Frida | Nail Clippers | Brush & Comb Set | Shampoo/Body Wash | Lotion | Flower Baby Bath | Bath Towels & Wash Cloths
Ergo Baby Carrier: If you’re 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 Blaire once she was a little bigger and didn’t fit well in a wrap anymore.
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’s 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.
Mirror and Window Shades: I didn’t 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? I don’t think so.
Side Snap Shirts: 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.
Short-Sleeved Onesies: For the first few months, you’ll be dressing your baby in an extra layer to help them stay warm.
Mittens / Hats & Socks |You’ll want at least a few pairs of tiny mittens and socks because they go missing sooo easily! 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: I recommend zip up PJs, at least in Newborn size. When you’re still learning how to change a diaper and wrangle those newborn legs, half asleep at 2AM, the last thing you want is to exert brain power matching up snaps.
Swing: The swing was a saving grace. For months, and months, and months, and months.
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. Blaire actually slept in this (once she was big enough to sleep safely at an incline) and it was a life saver.
Pack ‘n Play: This pack ‘n play has a bassinet insert, so you can use it for those first few weeks when your baby is sleeping in your bedroom, and then you can use it as a crib when traveling.
Travel System: We opted to start with an infant carseat and then moved to a convertible carseat once Blaire was close to 25lbs. 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.
And last, but not least, don’t forget the diapers!
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.
Which of these items are you excited about? Mamas — Is there anything you think I missed? Let me know in a Comment below! xo