Post # 1
So I spent HOURS/DAYS researching and creating a registry and now that my shower is over I was hoping to buy the remainder and complete my registry. However, I don’t want to spend hours narrowing down the list and I want to be smart about it and not spend money on frivoulous items I won’t use or need. I would love to hear from moms that went through this already. I know everyone has different opinions on what works for them but I was hoping that there would be a consensus on what were your guys favorite products that did work and I should invest in. Basically, (besides the essentials like a bassinet, crib, bottles, etc) what should I buy to complete my registry? Also, what did you end up registering for, getting and not loving/using at all? Maybe this would help me. Thanks a bunch!
To make it a little clearer here are the items I am unsure about:
Baby Food Maker
Rock N Play Bassinet – seating up vs laying down (I ended up with getting both, I want to return one)
Car seat canopy
ItzBeen baby timer
Piddle Pad for car seat
Aden and Anais Serenity Star
Bottle Steam Sterilizer
Any other suggestions would be gladly appreciated.
Post # 3
@MrsQuickFox: Of the items listed the only ones listed that I really used were the humidifier and dishwasher basket for nipples. The ped recommended the humidifier after the twins got sick the first time as a way to help the symptoms. I used it until they turned 5 and broke it by climbing on it.
Post # 4
Of all of those you listed, I’d really only use the dishwasher basket. The bottle sterilizers always seemed like a waste of money to me (if you don’t have a dishwasher/don’t run it often enough, etc.). Car seat canopies can be useful…I’ve been driving around with too many squealing babies because the sunlight’s in their eyes.
I don’t know about the breastmilk warmer, either. Get a bowl, put some warm water in it and set the bottle in it for a few minutes. Put some milk on your wrist and boom. I do get the convenience of the breastmilk warmer, but it depends on how many different appliances you mind having around.
Post # 5
@MrsQuickFox: baby food maker= food processor. if you already have one, i would skip it.
Post # 6
@MrsQuickFox: Really none of what you listed, except humidfier, def needed for my little boy.
All other stuff waste of money
Post # 7
@MrsQuickFox: I don’t have kids but I watched my friend’s baby a few months back. They use the itzbeen timer and, from the sitter’s perspective, I loved it. It was so helpful for me to know how long it had been since the baby had napped, eaten, had a diaper change, etc and gave me a clue as to what the fussiness was for. 🙂
Post # 8
The only things we have on the list are the humidifier, the dishwasher basket, and the bottle warmer. I don’t think the bottle warmer is necessary, but it’s convinient.
Post # 9
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judging from my sister in law’s experiences I would definitely say no to the wipe warmer. Sure it would probably be nice to have warm wipes but then what happens when you’re out and about with baby?
Post # 10
I would get the humidifier. I didn’t register for one of those and had to go get one a couple months ago. I have a RNP and my daughter liked using it because it kept her propped up from her acid reflux issues. It is perfect for babies with reflux – so if you find out your baby has an issue with that – make it a must!
Post # 11
From your list, this is what I would get… leave the rest at the store.
Rock N Play Bassinet
As for the, Car seat canopy you can use a really big blanket.
And I don’t know what these things are: ItzBeen baby timer, Piddle Pad for car seat so I say skip ’em.
Post # 12
I’m currently PG so I can’t give you any first-hand experience but here’s what I’ve been told:
Humidifier – Not needed right away. You can wait on this one and see if your baby does have a hard time without one (esp in the winter).
Baby Food Maker – Depends. If you have a small food processor (e.g. Cuisinart mini prep) you don’t need this and some of the small food processors are actually cheaper. Then you can just boil/steam the food separately in a pot. This boils down to budget. – other online forum
Dishwasher Basket – a lot of people like this one and some people I know still use theirs for other things even though their kids are in kindergarten (and older). They’re not that pricey for one so it’s not a huge loss if you don’t use it as often as you thought.
Wipe Warmer – depends on your weather. Moms in cold areas have reported that they like using this because their homes are really cold in winter. However, if your climate is mild, it’s not really necessary. The problem is that when you are out in public or at day care, the wipes will not be warmed so your baby might as well get used to it.
Car seat canopy – sure, if it is cheap. I see some of those free with paid s/h that aren’t bad. however, if budget is an issue, you can use a blanket (especially a thin A&A type blanket) and it’ll do the job just as well (if not better).
Post # 13
Of those, I only use a carseat canopy and dishwasher basket. My Mother-In-Law insisted on a wipe warmer, but we dont even plug it in lol, it made the room warm and my baby doesn’t care if the wipes are cool. I also heard a doctor say they can grow bacteria and yeast in that warm, wet environment. Things like the baby food maker you wont neef for a while so you can wait on it.
Post # 14
Thanks everyone. I appreciate the feedback! I think I’ve narrowed down my list now.
Post # 15
@dreamocracy: I have never thought of that… wow. Definitely something to look into, thank you for that! I may need to go and remove that wipes warmer!
Post # 16
I know you said you already narrowed down your list. Just wanted to share this… the only thing I used is the dishwasher containers. In fact i went out and bought another one, so we could run 1 big load instead of a bunch of small ones when the basket gets full.
Also, a few mom friends suggest no bottle warmer or wipes warmer. Your child will be miserable & scream when you’re out in public and need to change them and the wipes are cold, or the bottles not as warm.