baby registry must have/never touch

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 31
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Bumble Beekeeper

KatieBklyn :  and if you have a local Buy Nothing Project group people are literally just giving away baby stuff! I’m pregnant with our first now and just the number of maternity hand-me-downs I’ve been able to get has been a huge money saver (I’ll actually be shocked if I have to buy anything besides nursing bras).  I’ve been told that baby stuff will be coming next so I’m planning on buying very little in terms of clothes and toys. And then when I’m done with it all I plan to continue the chain and pass on the stuff. 

Post # 33
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

2 things I can’t live without:

The Baby Brezza Tassimo like machine. If you don’t breastfeed it’s heaven.  

The Angel care movement/sound/video monitor. It lets me sleep at night without obessing over if my baby is breathing, which is priceless for me as I’m very anxious.

 

2 things I regret buying:

Way too much swaddling blankets, my baby hated that. But I used the baby sleeping bags. I had 2 0-6 months and now have 2 6-18 months and that’s plenty.

Baby bath… just get a bath chair like the Angelcare one to put in the bath

My magic number is 7 for most stuff like pyjamas, pants, onesies. 2 for what is less often worn like sweaters and dresses.

 

Good luck!

Post # 34
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

SLOBee :  I kid you not, she was only sleeping if I held her at night the first couple weeks and I tried it one night on week 2 out of desperation and she slept in it consistently and for 3 hour stretches right away. It was absolutely amazing. 

Post # 35
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

The debate over diaper pales in what I have read/seen from friends comes down to house size.  If it is really easy for you to get a diaper out of the house quickly, diaper pale is not needed.  Personally, we live in a 2 story house, and our trash is outside of the basement.  I am not doing two flights of stairs up and down that often so diaper pale was a must for us.  We have an Ubbi, which takes any bag and will turn into a regular trash can once we don’t have kids in diapers (hopefully). 

Honestly, though, what I have learned from baby showers (everyone, including my own) is that absolutely no one pays attention to your registry.  We got all of one registry gift.  Everything else was cute baby things that people picked out for us, books, and a few gift cards.  

Post # 36
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Nursing pillow: It’s a gamechanger. I have both a Boppy and a My Brest Friend. I like them both, but I like my boppy more because I used it as a pillow (for myself) while I was in the hospital. I also use it as a pillow at the house.

Boppy PROS:
Easy to clean, slip cover is VERY easy to change, comes in a billion different colors, versitle, cozy, works wonders. Works great for propping up baby, tummy time, and keeping baby from toppling forward during the learning to sit stage.

Boppy Cons:
Not a lot of support, slips off easily.

My Brest Friend PROS:
Clips around back, firmer in texture, acts as a “baby table” if you stand up while nursing the baby.

My Brest Friend CONS:
Slip cover is stupidly frustrating to get back on.

 

Other pillows WILL do, but a boppy is the tits. If I had to choose again, I’d choose a boppy.

My must haves:
Mamaroo (My daughter had terrible gas for the first three weeks of her life and this thing was a lifesaver),

NoseFrida

A good nursing bra (I prefer the ones without underwires since I sleep in them)

White noise. We were gifted a Sleepy Sheep and this thing literally has a place of honor in the house. It has saved our bacon more times than there are stars in the sky. My daughter sleeps with it every.single.night. It knocks her out cold in no time.

I did cloth & disposable diapers, so I bought a Diaper Champ for diaper “disposal.” It uses regular kitchen bags so I use those, no fancy diaper genie-like cartridges, and I have a reusable, washable liner I put in it for the cloth diapers so I can just chuck it into the wash.

 

Swaddle blankets/Swaddlers — I swaddled my daughter out of desperation when she was about a month or so old and it was like she was an entirely new baby. She slept happily and ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT. It was amazing, especially as a worrying first time mom. My parents and In-Laws would give me shit that she looked too cramped up, but she was happy. They would put her right to sleep. I eventually upgraded to a Halo Swaddle that allowed me to swaddle her with her arms out. Works GREAT for gas. She doesn’t need them anymore, since she’s six months old now.

Post # 37
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Worker bee

I love my change station and wipe warmer!! Also its like a thick owl blanket for tummy time and it’s great,, bouncy chair is a must. Diaper pail I could do without but maybe not when the poops will get stinky. Ds is only 4 months and exclusively bf so not so stinky.  I also like the jolly jumper.  Halo sleepsack is awesome, we weaned from swaddle at around 2.5 months because he would desperately be trying and break free from the swaddle.  

Post # 38
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

skunktastic :  keep in mind you can buy adaptors to make a lot of car seats fit into whatever stroller you want, so don’t feel tied to a travel system. Dear Daughter was out of her infant seat by 6 months so that would have been a waste for us. We have the City Mini GT and really like it.

Post # 39
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

The single most useful thing anyone gave me was a drying rack for bottles. The most useful things I bought were the Nose Frida and a hands-free pumping bra. I loved the My Brest Friend nursing pillow, and Halo swaddles worked great for my son. And we’d all have gone mad without white noise – first it was the vent fan in the guest bathroom, then an app on an old iPad (it’s playing in his room right now). Useless items included a bottle sterilizer and any newborn-size clothes other than footed sleepers. 

Post # 40
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Heres a few things I dun think other ppl have metioned

-Extra pumping parts-if you are breast feeding i have an extra set so i can clean/air dry but also have the other set -ready to go for the next pump. and definately a hands free pumping bra!

-a bouncy seat-this allows me to pump with out having to hold her in my lap which she is now out growing.

– pods- simular to swaddle mes but are basically pjs with no arms/legs that zip up they are so simple and our daughter seems  to prefer them.

-white noise machine-seriously calms her when shes on the verge of crying when we put her in her crib.

I would disagree with the newborn clothes everyone says they can do without, i think it really depends on your babies size. our daughter was born 3 weeks early and newborns were actually big on her…shes still fitting into them at 8 weeks now.

Post # 41
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

skunktastic :  Why don’t you want a bra with a drop down flap? It would have been super annoying to not have that.

Must haves for us (other than obvious): Swing that plugs into wall, halo sleep sack, something for baby to sleep in other than crib (like play pen), diaper genie (you don’t need it for breast milk poo but it’s a must after solids start), waterproof bibs (for after solids start).

Didnt use: Baby carriers (I had three, baby hated them all), bottle warmer (baby never took bottle).

Post # 42
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Newbee

I love our diaper pail! We also were gifted the Ubbi. We also had it in our room for awhile before we transferred it to the nursery and it masked the smell very well. 

My son is 9 months now and the items that I found the best were:

1. Baby carrier (Lillebaby)

2. Video monitor

3. Zipadeezip sleeper

4. Activity Mat

5. High chair 

6. Sound machine 

7. Bath tub 

8. Portable diaper mat 

 

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