Registry Must Haves?

posted 3 weeks ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - City, State

Congrats!!

I have soooo much to say on this, but instead of saying it all, I will tell you where I learned it all!  (My LO is 5 weeks old.)  I spent the entire quarantine watching youtube views, like all day long.  Start by searching “baby registry must haves” and “baby registry mistakes” on Youtube.  Once you’re interested in knowing more about labor and delivery, search “birth vlog.”  After that DEFINITELY search “postpartum care” (and take notes!).

Here’s a few channels that I enjoyed and found particularly helpful.  Check these out.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC38AJkxglcpZ9k1CE7Tab-w

https://www.youtube.com/user/butfirstcoffeeblog

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj_hEatkwJHFLco_aUXs4Yw

https://www.youtube.com/user/emilynorrisloves

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsqMRhkuuI5aiJAVxgUpgbQ

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC14hksGNKLU5Ny8c145cuzw

I learned SO MUCH about all of this by just watching different people’s stories, experiences, opinions, mistakes, etc.  Good luck!

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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@spookybride:  Congratulations on your first baby! I recommend registering for everything but clothes. People will naturally buy those things.

1. Car seat (one that converts into a booster seat) + mirror + sun guard

2. Crib (one that converts into a toddler bed) + mattress + bedding accessories 

3. Changing table or Dresser + changing pad

4. Rocking Chair

5. Breast Pump (check your insurance, this should be free)

6. Stroller

7. Baby carrier (mine hated it but lots of babies love it)

8. Diaper bag 

9. Baby Monitor

10. High chair (one that converts into booster seat)

11. Bath tub + accessories 

12. Diapers

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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@spookybride:  I’m 32 weeks pregnant. My biggest advice is to not get suckered in by what some moms call “must haves” that are obviously unnnecesary. In particular, the dock-a-tot. That thing is massively expensive, not safe for sleeping, and there are several moms (even mom friends I know) who rave about it, even though it’s clearly hype. If you want a lounger, shop and register for a baby lounger, but don’t spend over $200 on a dock-a-tot. Yes, this is your baby, who you’ll do anything for and you’re willing to spend money to get the right things for them, but don’t let the marketing tricks get you. Another one that seems overhyped is a bassinet that your baby can only sleep in until 4-5 months or until they start rolling over, whichever happens first. A pack and play has a bassinet attachment, and is way cheaper than most of the overhyped bassinets (looking at you Halo). Some moms put their baby in a crib from the very beginning, and that’s fine too. 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Items I didn’t use:

– Blankets. TOO many damn blankets. We follow safe sleep ABC’s so he does not use any blankets.

– Swaddle blankets. Too difficult to get right on a squirmy baby, the velcro ones are life. 

– Crib bumpers. They’re super dangerous. 

– Dock a tot / sleep positioners – also unsafe!

 

Items we love / couldn’t live without:

– Boppy lounger (not for sleep but for awake play time)

– Nose Frida and Saline drops

– Travel stroller / car seat combo, so convenient to snap in and out 

– Velcro swaddles and zip up halo sleep sacks

– Backpack style diaper bag with insulated compartment for cold bottles

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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@knotyet:  I agree with you on the dock a tot, so expensive and SO UNSAFE! However, as a C-Section mamma I LOVED my halo bassinet, best thing ever. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - City, State

I love all the comments about safe sleep!  Before you finish your registry, make sure you google “ABC’s of safe sleep” so you know what you won’t need to add.  (no cosleepers, drop side side or side car sleepers, crib bumpers, sleep positioners, dock a tots, size medium or large swaddles, etc.)

Highly recommend joining this group for amazing sleep tips and help.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/safesleepbabycare

Post # 8
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Helper bee

My favorites are:

– Munchkin diaper pail (it really does keep the smell from escaping)

– Munchkin clean cradle tub

– Electric nail file 

– Baby Bjorn Bouncer (best money we spent…my little guy LOVED to bounce himself and it converts to a toddler chair)

– Zippered onesies (the snaps are all a pain even if the onesie doesn’t go over the head)

– The Wonder Years book

– Baby led feeding book

– Boppy newborn lounger

– Doona stroller (lightweight and compact – nice all in one car seat and stroller but downside is your baby will outgrow it at about 12 months of age.  I loved it though…worth the convenience to me)

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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@lisaeversman:  YES, that group is amazing! I have posted about safe sleep here before and didn’t get the best feedback. But OP I highly encourage you to research it and join that FB group. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I’m a soon to be first time mom who can’t afford a halo bassinet (this week’s item I have been obsessing over) and this comment made me feel sooo much better about it, thank you ♥️ 

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Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

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@knotyet:  it BLEW MY MIND that you can get a mini crib + nice mattress for well under $200 (the cost of the cheapest Halo), it fits right by the bed, and can easily get you through the 6-12 months of room sharing recommended by the AAP. One of my friends posted it as a hack on Facebook and I immediately filed it away for future reference! 

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

Our daughter is 4 months and these are the things that I couldn’t live without:

1.  Boppy newborn lounger  https://www.boppy.com/products/boppy-newborn-lounger?variant=29491106971718

2.  Portable white noise machine (we hook it on the car seat)  https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/homedics-reg-mybaby-on-the-go-soundspa-in-white-green/1061082229?skuId=61082229&mcid=PS_googlepla

3. Baby Brezza:  If you formula feed (I originally was going to breastfeed but it didn’t work out for me) this is absolutely worth any money and hype. I scoffed when my SIL had one (I mean really, a Keurig for formula?) but when you’re stumbling downstairs for night feeds, not having to warm a bottle is everything.  Just an FYI, I got mine used for $70 on Craigslist. https://www.buybuybaby.com/store/product/baby-brezza-reg-formula-pro-advanced-formula-dispenser/5213316

4.  Baby Einstein play mat:  Has been awesome for tummy time!  https://www.buybuybaby.com/store/product/baby-einstein-4-in-1-kickin-39-tunes-music-amp-language-discovery-gym/5311779

5.  Ubbi stainless steal diaper pail:  Doesn’t need specific bags (can use generic garbage bags) and locks (we have three curious dogs). https://www.potterybarnkids.com/m/products/ubbi-diaper-pails/?cm_cat=Google&sku=232140&catalogId=10&cm_ven=FreePLA&cm_pla=Baby%20Gear%20%3e%20Changing%20Table%20Storage

6. Hatch baby rest: White noise machine/nightlight combo for the nursery. We keep it on all night for nighttime feeds. It’s a godsend to have the white noise and super dim light. It’s controlled by your phone. It also transitions with your child so you can set it to change to a color so your child knows when they can get up for the day. 
https://www.buybuybaby.com/store/product/hatch-baby-rest-sound-machine-night-light-amp-time-to-rise/1061239272

 

Aside from all of that, make sure you have burp clothes and tons of generic onesies and sleepers. You will get tons of cute clothes but our baby lived in comfies for the first few months. 

Also, everyone thinks about things you need for when the child is an infant. Don’t forget to register for toddler things (eating supplies, snack containers, child proofing materials, etc.)

Post # 13
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Helper bee

Oops misread!!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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@sapphire27:  You’re welcome! At first, I was thinking, “Maybe I need this?” Based on what one mom was telling me. But then it really helped me to see a mom friend list her halo for sale 2 weeks after her babies were born. $200 for 2 weeks of use! 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I’m in Canada and they are $500 on Amazon here! 😱😱 so glad it’s not necessary 

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