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Hi all- creating my registry as a FTM and so many questions!! Selected a glider and wondering- do you need a gliding ottoman to go with it or would a stationary one work just fine? They don’t have the one that matches exactly the rocker but I’m sure I could find one that goes, maybe get a little more style in the room with a regular ottoman. Any other advice on what to register for and what not to bother with would be awesome! I’m so lost! Lol for example- do you need a play mat thing for the baby? What about bowls or Tupperware for eating? Anything you didn’t register for that you wish you thought of?
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I have an ottoman that glides and I must admit that it comes in handy. I would think it would be easier than a stationary one.
As for play mats, I think they are so overpriced! I have one but I have no clue why they are so expensive.
The one thing I’ve loved and continue to love, is a playpen (the kind that has a bassinet on top). My baby has slept in in, we can travel with it – and now that she is older and crawling, we dropped down the mattress and she has a safe place to play while I do.stuff. I sing it’s praises every day and am so glad we bought it.
Post # 4
Currently in a glider with matching gliding ottoman and very happy with the combo. Go for it!
Post # 5
We have a glider with matching gliding ottoman and I really like it. I don’t think a stationary ottoman would be nearly as comfortable/convenient. We registered for and received a playmat, but it was probably the thing we got the least use out of. She was about 3 months before she showed any interest in the hanging toys on it, and when she started rolling at 3.5 months, she wanted nothing to do with it, just rolled off of it. I think just a blanket on the floor would be sufficient. I will say, for that 2 weeks she used it, she did really like it, but not sure that was worth it… We didn’t register for any type of dishes/containers, but did receive a bunch of the “Take and Toss” stuff that I think you can get at Target/Walmart/etc, and we really like it. It’s cheap, simple, and I don’t really care if/when we lose stuff. It’s still all we’re using at 14 months. I had a pretty thorough registry, but one thing I forgot about was bibs. The cloth ones for teething/drooling, and the nylon or plastic-y ones for mealtimes. You can never have enough bibs.
Post # 6
We have a matching gliding ottoman and really like it, but I think a stationary one could work.
Like a pp said, we like the take n toss stuff. It’s super light and if it gets lost or whatever, no biggie. But really you probably won’t need any of that until the baby is closer to a year old and able to feed themselves.
A blanket works fine for tummy time. I would recommend some sort of mobile or playmat that hangs above them to keep them occupied for a while though.
Post # 7
I got a glider without an ottoman. It definitely would have been nice to have but not necessary. A stationary ottoman would probably be fine too.
Post # 8
We have a gliding ottoman, and it’s nice. But I think I’d be happy with a stationary one too (as long as you get a glider).
Post # 9
my ottomon glides, but it is not neccessary to. mine also has a nursing foot rest that i loved when i was bfing.
i’m more of a minimal person. we were given a lot of handme downs. i didn’t buy a lot ahead of time ( i also didn’t know the sex ahead of time).
but i also bought as we needed. so i didn’t buy spoons, forks, etc until DS was going to use it.
are playmats neccessary? nothing is neccessary except a car seat and a safe place to sleep. we were gifted a playmat and used it a lot. but a blanet with a couple toys would have sufficed as well.
Post # 10
I’d prefer a gliding recliner as opposed to a glider and ottoman. If I was going glider and ottoman, then i’d want a gliding ottoman.
Post # 11
I do not have kids, but I’ve worked as a nanny with infants and toddlers on and off for the last 7 years. So I have seen a lot of setups and experienced what it’s like with/with out different items.
I love the glider with ottoman. It is so much more relaxing when you’re rocking the baby. I assume it would be a great feature to have in the middle of the night. It’s not like it is a big deal when I have to rock a baby to sleep and the ottoman is stationary, so if money is an issue you shouldn’t get one. It’ll be most convenient only for the first few months, so get a used one if you can! Especially since there’s not one that matches yours anyway.
As far as play mats — I’d recommend you get a soft rug for the baby’s room if you plan on spending time in the nursery. Something soft to lay them down on for tummy time when they’re itty bitty, and it also doubles as cute nursery decor. A rug can do exactly the same thing as a play mat and their function doesn’t ever deminish. If you have hardwood floors, you’ll probably want a rug or play mat to create a play space in the living room when they’re closer to a year old. But a designated soft play space for your newborn obviously is not a necessity.
Post # 12
thanks guys that is super helpful advice!! Please feel free to add anything else I should know about registering!
Post # 13
bellarose606 : I’ve been looking at gliders/ottomans too for my registry and I don’t have an answer. I think I’m going to try to find one used and get new cushions for it.
Regarding play mats- I found this one https://www.target.com/p/infantino-go-gaga-infant-to-toddler-play-gym-fun-teepee/-/A-50868067 and while more expensive than I would have dreamed of, I’m really looking forward to having it. It appears that it will last way longer than the typical play mats. And when I showed it to DH, he thought it was cool (only registry item that he’s commented on!)
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Dreaming13 : omg that play mat is SUPER cute!! That would def convince me to get one lol!
Post # 15
We had a glider with a gliding ottoman for baby #1. We didn’t have the ottoman in the room for long and now for baby #2 we have opted for a gliding recliner. Way more comfortable for nursing.
As for dishes and stuff for when you start feeding, I absolutely love the kind that is silicone and has the bowl built right in – so the child can’t flip the bowl over. Like this:
But you won’t be needing that for a while. I liked a silicone feeder for when we started solids – I could put chunks of hard food in it and baby would just suck on it. Other than that, I went through a ton of washcloths and receiving blankets because I had a puker. A wet bag was absolutely essential for me!
My son didn’t often play with his playmat, though we do have one and other kids seem to love theirs. Hoping baby #2 gets more use out of it but #1 just wanted to be held all the time.
Have fun registering!