Post # 1
I have heard stories of expecting parents registering for so many unnecessary items and I do not want to make the same mistake and have a bunch of useless stuff around. So my question is, what are registry/baby must haves?
Good example- I hear diaper genies are worthless but everyone registers for them??
Thanks for the input!! 🙂
((It’s a boy, if that matters))
Post # 2
Really depends on what you feel is needed or want. I would say register for clothes for when the baby is older so like 12 month or even toddler clothes. That way you can store them. I didn’t have this as a must have but do know I would probably from now on give this as a gift. Sophie the giraffe which is a teether. My son loved his Sophie!
Post # 3
diapers TONS of diapers, diaper bag, clothes (if you can only register for NB-3-6 months you never know how they are going to grow and dont want a bunch of unnecessary “seasonal” clothes) burp clothes, bottles, stroller, car seat, a crib&furniture if you actually think someone will get it, bath supplies, a little bath tub, towels&wash cloths, a bouncy chair, rocking chair, books, receiving blankets to make the baby into a burrito! 🙂
That is all i can think of for now
Diaper genies are useless and a money pit. we use a diaper pail that we found at babies r us
Post # 4
soontobehisbride: The nice thing about registering for anything and everything in sight that you even THINK you might want- is because most places you register gives you coupon for X amount off shortly after your due date. If you recieve something you think don’t want, you can easily return it.
I’m not even having a shower for this baby- but have resgistered at teo different places. One of them has a great rewards program for things purchased off of your registery– even if you buy them yourself.
At my shower for my first, there were a lot of moms there. So many decided to NOT buy off the registry, and instead buy things that THEY really liked as parents.
As far as a diaper genie– I had one with baby #1- and wil not be using one with baby #2. The refills get expensive, and you can buy disposable baggies for SO much less!
Post # 5
soontobehisbride: I will add- I saw PP say register for NB-3-6 month clothes. Do not bother with NB clothes. They are for up to 8 pounds, or up to 10 pounds. You might have a ten pound baby at birth! My SIL handed me a bag full of NB clothes that her 7lb son was out of at 1month.
First baby was a preemie– and we never used NB clothes with him even.
Post # 6
MrsEME: well you should at least have a few NB. My son was in NB for 3 months, and he was not a preemie!
Post # 7
imhisoneandonly: I was just sharing my opinion. I suppose it depends what NB brand you buy- some run much smaller than others.
I brought my preemie home when he was 6 pounds- and he was 2- pounds at age 1, which gives you an idea of his growth– and while he would have fit into a NB item– oh wait– we did have one that was a gift!! He was out of it by the time he was home a month. Babies go through clothes SO fast, that buying NB ahead of time is a huge waste– what if your baby is 10# at birth? They will never fit into it.
If you have a tiny baby, you can always go and buy some afterwards.
Post # 8
MrsEME: also wondering how big was your preemie baby that you never used NB clothes for? My son was 6 lbs 14 Oz when he was born and he wasn’t considered a preemie and NB clothes go up to 10 lbs. So;I’m a little confused as to how you never used NB clothes?
Post # 9
imhisoneandonly: I didn’t own any NB when he came home (except the one outfit that was a gift)– while sure, he would have fit into NB- 0-3 onsies and sleepers were not overly large. He looked good in his clothes– so I saw no need to go out and buy NB size- which I knew he’d be out of right away.
You seems awfully upset about this whole ordeal LOL
Post # 10
MrsEME: you must be reading my comments in a different tone as I mean them to be “lol”
I’m not upset at all I am just confused as to how your child was preemie but never wore NB.
All I was getting at was just don’t register for a bunch of bigger clothes that I said are “seasonal” because you never know how he will grow. Period end of statement.
Post # 11
soontobehisbride: thought of something else that’s pertains to what people put in their registry but don’t actually need. Pack n plays. We got one and we didn’t use it once wish we would have kept it in the box to return it. Unless you plan on going a lot of places where baby won’t have a crib (usually grandparents have a crib or something if you visit a lot)
I know someone will probably argue with me here but that’s my honest opinion. I don’t know how big of a place is that you live but we have a 2 story house with babies room and ours upstairs I had a bassinet that he could get moved around in for sleeping purposes. As for playing I would never put him in there to play why keep him caged up? That’s my opinion I’m sure everyone has their own, you asked I responded honestly
Post # 12
The problem with this type of question, is you will get all sorts of responses because what one person used all the time or loved, another person thinks is a total waste based on what works for them. Think that is why they make so many baby products and different types! Really I think you don’t know really what you need until baby comes. One item that hasn’t been mentioned is a boppy pillow. I have used it so much for breastfeeding and just propping baby up.
Also I was one of the ones who didn’t think I needed newborn clothes. My baby weighed 6.5 pounds at birth and is now six weeks old and just now out of newborn clothes. So just something to think about. I wouldn’t get a ton, but wouldn’t be a bad idea to have some in case your baby is small.
Post # 13
It totally depends on what your baby likes. Our biggest lifesaver was our swing (a fischer price papasan swing – one of the only places we could get her to sleep for a long time!)
I’d also recommend registering for an exersauser For when baby is a little bigger (4+ months). Our daughter loves hers and we can plop her in that while we are in the kitchen making dinner.
We registered for fleece sleep sacks which are nice for the winter since babies can’t sleep with a blanket.
I’d skip the clothes for the most part. You’ll get a ton after baby is born, and you never know how big or small he’ll be.
Post # 14
Kmc12: I forgot to mention the boppy. I use mine all the time! OP, definitely get the boppy (or some sort of nursing pillow).
Post # 15
I would go through the isles of Babies R Us and Target to get an idea of the variety of things they have. Babies can be picky and maybe one swaddle doesn’t work, but you remember seeing one that you think might work. You can exchange it then. Just an example, but it can be anything. For me, I had to change nursing pillows bc I hated the boppy. For my SIL, it was bottles.
That being said, here are my recommendations:
-Ergo plus the infant insert
-Medela electric double pump
-Little Remedies parents survival kit
-My brest friend nursing pillow
-A couple Lamaze stroller toys
-Microwave bottle sterilizer
-Diaper change pad, cover, and pads
-Pack n play
-Halo swaddles and sleepsacks
-Bathtub and shampoo
I found that people loved to buy off registry blankets and bath towels. Also, babies can be sooo picky, so don’t go crazy with a particular brand of bottles.
Some things that I thought were a waste of money were the wipes warmer and bottle warmer. I stored breast milk in freezer bags and we just warmed it up under the sink faucet, faster than the warmer.