Post # 1
I am currently working on my registry and would love to hear what everyone actually appreciated and got a lot of us out of. Aside from the necessities like diapers, clothes, car seat, etc.
Also, feel free to share products you bought that you thought would be great but didn’t actually help. I am hoping to trim my registry and avoid (as much as possible) getting items I won’t actually use.
As a note, I plan to exclusively breast feed/ pump until I can start to introduce solids.
Post # 2
White noise machine saved us during the 4th trimester (0-3+mths) and beyond. Fussing was stopped or very minimal when we put some white noise on for naps and bedtime. We have the vtech monkey one and took it everywhere with us when we took her out in the beginning.
I also took a fenugreek supplement and fennel supplement daily when breast feeding and they helped ramp up my milk supply like crazy.
Post # 3
I am literally writing a blog post on this right now so sorry if this is more ideas than you actually are looking for haha. These thin gg s are musts: Dreft stain remover (this is the only thing that would take out the blowout stains for me), wubanubz (convenient because baby can eventually hold onto the little stuffy on the end), nose Frieda, kozy cover (especially if you’re in a cold climate), bodreaux’s butt paste extra strength (seriously the best!!), a baby tub, and an infant lounger. Also nipple shields just in case!
Post # 4
lifeisbeeutiful : I put a white noise machine on my registry! It’s Hatch Baby. It also has different color lights and serves as an alarm. My friend recommended Milky Mamas as a milk producing supplement but I’ll look into your suggestion too! Thanks!
Post # 5
- Wedding: Las Vegas, Nevada
Sudocream, a thermometor, white noise machine, a good swing (we loved our mamaroo), crib sheets, a breast feeding pillow … and I put a ton of stuff for when baby is a bit older on my registry as well like spoons and forks, suction plates, sippy cups, bibs, bath tub mat and spout shield, bath toys etc.. do not put blankets on your registry lol you end up getting 102937 of them somehow without even asking haha
Post # 6
I don’t know if it’s a necessity but we had great use of a baby wrap. Baby was so calm and I could go about doing everything. When they’re newborns I recommend a wrap but when they’re older, a carrier is great. Since the wrap is just a piece of fabric, I would have no problems buying a second hand one.
Thin muslin blankets were also surprisingly helpful to wipe up spit, vomit, etc as well as a cover for your stroller (in case of accidents), a makeshift sunshade and makeshift picnic blanket if you happen to fancy a coffee in the park.
Depending on your lifestyle, we did a lot of walking in the newborn phase so a good pair of walking shoes for yourself is nice.
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2019 - Sandpoint, ID
Woombie’s are amazing! Get one asap for each stage of babyhood up until around 6 months! A jogging stroller if you plan on doing a lot of walking, especially in/around bumpy terrain, a good chest carrier, and a great breast pump.
Post # 8
Not a mom yet, but my intense car anxiety made me become a carseat freak back when I was a nanny…make sure you don’t use any third party carseat products. I see so many people register for those covers/strap covers/head pillows, and it makes me so anxious for them! They’re only safe to use if they’re removed completely while in the car, which may make it not worth it to you (a regular oversized thin blanket to throw over the top outside may be easier).
Anyhow, every mom I know loves the Boppy infant lounger. I also saw that they now make magnetic onesies, which are pretty bonkers and look cool. I also had a mom friend point out that any onesies that aren’t double zipper are just a middle-of-the-night torture device, which was a bit of a revelation.
Post # 9
dianaj17 : I didn’t realize all that stuff is dangerous so thanks for letting me know!! Just added the boppy. Seems like a really affordable alternative to the SnuggleMe or Dock-a-Tot!
Post # 10
mrscrow17 : I want to look into a wrap but I am worried about getting one that is too complicated and I end up doing it incorrectly. Which is why I have been focusing on carriers.
Good tip about blankets! The same is probably true for newborn diapers (which I don’t have on my registry) and newborn clothes since everyone likes buying those lol
Post # 11
alrobinson : What electric breast pump would you recommend? I put the Spectra S1 ($200) but I wonder if I could get away with finding an effective one that’s cheaper?
Post # 12
My baby is 4.5 months old so favourites up to now:
– Hushh white noise machine – portable
– Ollie swaddle – best thing ever and so easy to use
– Boppy lounger – best place ever to put baby
– piano kick n play mat – life saver
– Björn baby bouncer – love this thing
– manhattan toys – great to occupy them
– anything that crinkles for when a bit older
– Brest friend pillow
– Mamaroo – liked it a lot but didn’t use it too often since we had other options that were easier
I also liked Muslin blankets and have quite a few of those that are used regularly. Tons of burp cloths but my dude drools a ton. Merlin suit for when they transition out of Ollie swaddle. Also! Get someone to buy you taking Cara babies newborn class. It is incredible!
Post # 13
Grab yourself a ring sling and find out if your town / city has a baby wearing group or library so you can get some advice and help.
And not something that can be added to a registry but get along to a La Leche meeting or bf’ing support group before you have baby so that you’ve already started to build your support network and get advice that isn’t going to hinder your plan to breastfeed.
The IKEA Antelop high chair and the Phil & Ted’s clip on high chair – both brilliant and used by all three of my children.
Just a gentle reminder that any sleep product that has baby on an incline isn’t considered ok for safe sleep, this also applies to infant loungers like the Dockatot which are also not regulated like bassinets, cots, and portacots are so you have no guarantee that they’re well made or made from baby-Safe materials.
or futuremrsdaniellebell :
Post # 14
futuremrsdaniellebell : wraps are amazing. I got one with my second and wished I had one with my first. I actually gave it to a friend when she had her first I loved it that much. It was sooooo easy to tie. I have a fixed car seat so I loved it for short car journeys as you can wrap it on before getting in the car and wear under coats (I had winter babies) and was just so easy.
white noise machine for me was a waste of money. Didn’t work for either baby and you can try to see if it works using long play white noise videos on you tube.
Post # 15
Also if you’re planning on having more than one child register for everything in neutral colours and get lots of neutral newborn. In fact get as much neutral clothing for all ages as you can. Babies neither know nor care that they are in pink or blue and you can reuse.