Post # 1
So my husband and I went to register for the baby over the weekend. Holy crap…I’ve never felt so overwhelmed in my life. There is just WAY too much stuff (I about passed out when we went into Babies R Us). I just told him “Just start scanning stuff and we can delete it online later”.
I’m nervous that we’re going to end up with things we don’t need or won’t use. Like why are there so many newborn – 25lbs things? Seems like these won’t be used for very long at all and I don’t want to have to by another whatever in 6 mos.
Ignoring furniture & clothing/toiletries, this is my list:
1. Diapers & wipes
2. Car seat (convertible rear & forward facing – 5 to 50lbs)
3. Bassinet (or something for the baby to sleep in initially)
4. Baby carrier or sling
So what are the top 4-5 things that are baby MUST HAVES? Anyone get anything that seemed like a good idea but ended up not being useful?
Post # 3
Generally speaking newborn to 25lbs will last you until the baby is just about a year old. The things we put on our registry that seemed like must haves to us (granted baby isn’t here yet so we’ll see how it works out) are a baby monitor, a swing/vibrating chair all in one, stroller/car seat combo, a white noise machine, and some smaller things like bottles, etc. If we didn’t already have a pack n play with bassinet feature I would have registerred for one of thouse as well.
Post # 4
@LpCutiPie: Thanks I’ve heard that a lot of people like the Pack N Plays but they seem huge. I just don’t want something taking up a ton of space if it’s not going to get much use.
Post # 5
I highly recommend “Baby Bargains” — a book that helps to sort out all of the different options and gives tips on what was worth the money. It really helped me to figure out what I wanted to register for. You can get it pretty cheaply on amazon (used) or half.com. It’s a green book.
Post # 6
I am curious about this as well. I have lots of time to think it over (not due until late Sept/early Oct) but my mom and I went into Babies R Us just for fun over the weekend and I was totally overwhelmed.
Also, I don’t know how much use a Pack n play is for a newborn, but it’s a godsend with an older baby. You wouldn’t have to set it out now, but I think it would come in quite handy when the baby is maybe 8-9 months to several years old.
Post # 7
With my nieces and nephews they never wore newborn clothing, they were too small for them! My niece was ~7 lbs when born and nephews ~9 lbs.
How about a Boppy? They are awesome for when the baby is ready to hold their own bottle and during feeding for the mom’s backs. My niece took forever to finish a bottle and the boppy was a godsend for my back!
A bathing tub?
Bottles? A bottle sanitizer? I personally don’t like mixing baby stuff with adult stuff.
Something along the lines of a diaper genie? I’m not sold on the idea yet but many parents like them?
Post # 8
@camrie: if you’re looking for something smaller than a pack’n play, the fisher price rock & play is awesome! we used one for our god daughter, and is was great because it folds (you don’t have to collapse it like a big pack’n play) and was so small we cold keep it behind our door when it wasn’t in use, it is also nice because you can rock them back to sleep while they’re in it without getting up, if you have it next you your bed. the only downfall to not having the full pack’n play, is that you don’t have the changing table or storage space.
Post # 9
I agree on the “Baby Bargains” book. Another bee recommended it to me and it was SO useful. Tells you what you need and what you really don’t! I was so overwhelmed registering (especially because they make you feel like you need EVERYTHING!), but it’s best to focus on the core stuff. Then you can add more fun stuff later.
Here’s some stuff I registered for and really like:
Foldable Sleeper (especially because we live in a little apt):
Stroller frame. Many infant carriers snap into it. We are upgrading to a fancier stroller later, when the baby is older and actually cares about what they’re in:
Baby Carrier…we like the Ergo, but it kind of depends on your lifestyle:
And of course, the Boppy (with cover)! Great for feeding, but also many other uses:
I’d also recommend getting some cloth diapers, even if you are going the disposable route. They are great for burp pads, clean ups, etc.
Good luck!! And congrats!
Post # 10
Thanks ladies! This is all very helpful! The lists I’ve gotten of “baby essentials” are all like 3-5 pages long – and I know I wouldn’t use a lot of the stuff on them.
@goodbuddy: That foldable sleeper is exactly what I was thinking of – thanks for the recommedation!
I think we’ll still register for the pack n play – but probably won’t use it till later.
Post # 11
@camrie: For us it was definitely unavoidable to have a pack n play. Once the baby is a couple months old and we’re settled back into life and routine (as much as possible anyways) we’ll be spending atleat one weekend a month away from home. The only family real local to us is my inlaws and even with the baby it will be a lot easier for us to continue going to visit my parents and my 80 yr old grandma than having them come to us. Not many people in our family take time to go visit my grandma so Hubby and I always make it a priority to be there atleast 2-3 days every 4-6 weeks and I know that will become even more important to her once the baby is here (first great grandbaby). Also if anything comes up where we need either set of grandparents to watch her it’ll be easy enough to bring the pack n play with us to their house so she has a place to nap or sleep while she’s there. So for us its just kinda an extra bonus to have it as a place for her to sleep the first few weeks in our room at home on top of what we’re sure we’ll need it for later down the line.
Post # 12
Here is a registry list from a blogger I really like:
She writes a lot of great stuff, including a weekly pregnancy calendar: