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I remember that first time so well – when we went to register for our first baby. We were armed with way too many brochures that told us everything we absolutely had to have, and we couldn’t help but get a little overzealous with the registry scanner. For me, it wasn’t fun the way it had been to register for our wedding, in which we danced around in love and danced around the aisles of our chosen stores. We scanned forks, slow cookers, toasters, blenders, breakfast trays, and everything else we thought we would need to complete our marital bliss. What we needed then, and most need now, is love.
Therefore, I thought it would be the same with the baby registry – so much fun. Other people’s gifts. Registries! Cute baby stuff! Bows and hats! Baby socks! In fact, when it concerns the well-being and life of a whole other human, for me, it wasn’t as much fun. It was daunting, confusing and overwhelming. It was a little hormonal and nauseous too! Let’s just say it’s not the same. This does not mean it wasn’t joyful for you, or that it cannot be anything but positive. I just remember being overwhelmed and not ready. I was a little younger than I thought I would be, and a lot more confused. Luckily, it worked out!
The thing is, babies don’t actually need as much as “they” will have you believe. Mostly they need love and food. A whole lot of both. Diapers, of course. Clothing is important too, but my babies were both born during spring and summer heat waves, so it wasn’t the biggest necessity for us. I remember that skin-to-skin contact was a lot more sweaty than I thought it would be!
As an “experienced” mom of two (I think?), and having just experienced two baby showers and two newborn periods with my sisters, I’m astonished at how overwhelming it can be to register for your baby/baby shower. There is so much information and it can be more intimidating and exhausting at times. Whether you’re shopping alone, with your partner, or with a cute little helper, hopefully this list will help break it down for you, and make the baby registry shopping easier and more fun!
Ten Items You ACTUALLY Need on Your Baby Registry:
- Diapers, of course. We loved the Up & Up brand best, but there are many disposable and cloth choices.
Wipes! Honestly, when you get a lot of diapers and wipes for your baby shower, or for baby gifts, it helps immensely. Money was so tight for us in those days, and we didn’t have to buy our own diapers or wipes for ages. We were lucky.
A place to sleep. You don’t know what kind of sleeper you will have until your baby is born, but there are a large amount of choices. How and where your baby sleeps is a personal choice, or one between you and your Pediatrician, but what you do know is that sleeping is important! This is one area in which you may need more than one item – from Moses baskets to pack-and-plays, to bassinets and co-sleepers, and of course – to cribs. There are different ages, stages, and phases, and everything changes and then changes again, but what you do know is that baby needs sleep!
- Blankets. You will probably get way more than you expect, however definitely register for ones you truly want – like swaddling blankets! They can be pretty valuable in calming your baby. Many people will make you beautiful blankets, and since I’m a professional photographer, I absolutely love those for props and backgrounds. So don’t get me wrong on that, but it’s nice to choose a few that you really need, like swaddlers, stretchy blankets, and soft, cotton ones.
A travel system. This is quite important. We registered for a stroller, baby carrier, and car base, which was essential to us for going anywhere by car, or even plane. We had the fire station install it and give us a lesson too!
A diaper bag. Yes, it’s true. You can get them in so many styles and sizes. You will need them for awhile!
- First-Aid and safety items. I still use these. Get good ones! Some of the “kits” aren’t necessarily the best things. A good digital thermometer, suction bulbs or a Nose Frida, medication droppers, and band-aids will help you immensely.
A baby carrier, or more than one. I find these to be immeasurably useful. Whether you wear your baby at home, in public, or all day and night long, there are many wraps, strap carriers, and other safe items to help you bond with your baby.
Items to make you feel safe when you’re not holding your baby. Baby monitors, bouncers, swings, playmats, etc. I put these in one category because you won’t need tons, but you will probably need one or two items to put your mind at ease.
Baby bottles. No matter what you choose for your baby – your milk, someone else’s milk, or formula – bottles are essential. Whether you are nursing, formula feeding, or both, bottles DO belong on your registy. The various types of bottles can overwhelm you. We had great luck with both kids using Playtex Baby™ Nurser® with Drop-Ins® Liners.
Making for better beginnings, the Playtex Nurser with Drop-Ins Liners are closer to natural breastfeeding. They simulate the same suck, swallow and breathing patterns as breastfeeding. This makes for easy switching between breast and bottle feeding, and helps baby latch on naturally. There’s the Most Like Mom® NaturaLatch® Nipple – which has a natural wide shape and a raised texture which helps the natural latch.
Also, the liners are easy to use and you can match the size (4oz or 8oz) to the size of your bottle, place the liner into the Nurser bottle, and then fill the bottle with milk or formula. The liner will gently collapse while the baby drinks.
I consider these a not-to-be-missed item on a baby registry.
Target is your one-stop shop for baby, and all awesomeness, and it’s the #1 place for baby registries! There’s a Cartwheel offer right now, from 8/21 – 9/3 for 10% off of all Playtex bottles and cups. Yay!