Post # 1
My Darling Husband and I went to Buy Buy Baby today to register and left with our heads spinning! What was the best item you registered for or purchased? I know I need the essentials so I’m not asking what to buy but what you thought was your best item that you want to gush about! Was it a certain brand car seat, a wipe warmer, a food maker, a certain video monitor ..etc? Help me make some choices!! Thanks!
Post # 3
I love our pack n’ play. We’ve used it since the day we brought him home. He sleeps in the basinet part of it. He is still in there (9 weeks later); we aren’t going to move him until he sleeps through the night. I also swear by our Baby K’taan. It is simple to throw on. It calms our LO down instantly and frees up my hands. It’s easy to register for a lot of things, but when my hubby and I did it we asked for things we would use within the first few months rather than a year down the line. I’d rather have a bouncy seat than safety locks for my cabinets. You spend a lot of money right after the LO is born on Dr bills and those random things you realize you need but don’t have no matter how many trips you made to the store beforehand. The things you need first seem to cost more. It helped having those items gifted to us. The thing I wish we would have registered for were cloth diapers. I was on the fence about them, but after a month and half decided I would really like to go that route. It would have helped cost wise to even have four of them already purchased for us. ANYWHO…that was way more than you asked for. Sorry.
Post # 4
@tynabee: Thanks so much for your reply! It wasn’t too much info it was really helpful actually! I was on the fence about the Baby K’taan, I wasn’t sure if it was worth it, but that is really good to know. I’ll put that and the pack and play on my registry… I appreciate all of your insight!
Post # 5
I LOVE my Rock N Play sleeper. I didn’t even register for it, but my mom bought it for me after it helped my nephew sleep through the night. It’s smaller than a pack n play and super portable. Plus, it’s snug so it makes them feel more protected. My son was sleeping through the night at 6 weeks, and I fully believe that most of that has to do w/ the rock n play.
Also, a great thing I got (that I also didn’t register for) were all the medicines that you wouldn’t think you need – gas drops, gripe water, saline nasal drops, infant Tylenol. Little Remidies makes a kit that has a lot of that in there. These have been a life saver!
One thing I do wish I had done was registered for several different types of bottles. At 8 weeks old, we’re already on our 3rd (and I think last!) type of bottle. We made the mistake of getting a whole set of 2 other types of bottles that didn’t work. By registereing for only one of several different types, it would have freed up more room and saved us some money.
Post # 6
I second the pak n play. And I adore my my Moby Wrap (especially in the first 6 weeks when Dear Daughter didn’t want to be put down ever).
I was surprised how many people went off-registry though. About half our gifts, while appreciated, were not stuff we registered for and some were things we had registered for but others had bought! So don’t be surprised if that happens to you too.
also consider asking the people throwing your shower to tell people to bring signed books for baby instead of cards. They cost about the same and are much more useful.
Post # 7
I second the Rock and Play Sleeper. I can’t emphasize enough how much we love that thing. It is the only thing that baby will sleep in and it is light and transportable. You can move it anywhere in the house and bring it with you if you go to parents’ house. He loves to watch me dry my hair while hanging out in it. And I put it right next to me for sleeping. If he fusses, I can easily rock him with one hand without getting out of bed. Best invention ever!!!!! We ended up using the pack n play mainly as a changing table. Still good to have, but he wont sleep in it yet. He’s 10 weeks today.
Also we love the Boppy newborn lounger, the My Brest Friend feeding pillow, and the world’s best swing– Graco’s DuetSoothe Swing + Rocker– Antiquity. You can turn it so it can swing side to side or front to back, you can recline or sit it up and best of all, you can take it off the swing and it is a rocker. We use it when we eat. He kicks his legs and rocks it himself. Loves it! As a swing, it is cozy and puts him right to sleep. 🙂
Post # 8
@Adeline4: We got a motorola video baby monitor, and I was absolutely astounded by it – I can swivel the camera around with the monitor/remote part. I really like it. On the babt ktan, be careful with sizing. I got mine and washed it, and after having the baby my extra weight and ample bust made it way too small. I should have waited to try it on when baby was here before washing it, I could have exchanged it. I have a Beco Gemini carrier now that I LOVE. Also, if no one has told you this, don’t register for clothes because people will buy you clothes anyway.
Post # 9
@Candy_Nee: THANK YOU! My Mother-In-Law was telling me about “something that helps baby sleeps” but couldnt remember what it was. I had a heck of a time googling it but I bet this is it. so excited to Pin it.
Post # 10
Subscribing for more things to add to Amazon wishlist!
Post # 11
@iRun2004: My mom put a little poem thing in our invitation about giving a book instead of a greeting card so it can be read to the baby over and over again before bed (it was a cute poem.. me explaining it doesn’t do it justice lol). People loved the idea and totally ran with it. Even though we had rougly 20 people at the shower we got over 45 books so our baby now has a full library with not a single duplicate! This is a great suggestion, people went all out getting books that meant a lot to them as kids.. it was really special
OP- My baby isn’t here yet so I can’t comment on what my favorite items will be, I’ll be sure to come back in a few weeks with any suggestions I come up with!
ETA- OH! I can say with certainty that I loveeee my muslin swaddle blankets. I’ve only used them to practice swaddle a teddy bear (lol) but they wrap so nice that I know they will be perfect for baby and since I’m having a summer baby, their light weight will make sure that baby won’t over heat. They are much larger than a regular receiving blanket so it makes it easier to wrap baby successfully (even for a noob). I’ve been recommended muslin swaddle blankets by man of my mommy friends too!
Post # 12
Commenting to follow… Love this thread!
Post # 13
Thanks for all of the suggestions ladies! I am going to register today so I have written down all of your ideas! I’m so excited!
Post # 14
I’m not a mom but I babysit my 7 month old nephew 3-4 times a week including overnight. I would suggest making sure to register for things you’ll need a few months down the line, too. Here are the things I INSIST my sister bring with her when she drops him off overnight:
Pack & Play. He sleeps in there, plays in there sometimes and it’s just a good place to plop him if I have to run to the bathroom! There is also a little changing table that folds down. It packs up/sets up easy & is fairly light.
Infant to Toddler Rocker: When he was littler, this was perfect for rocking him to sleep. Now he sits in it to eat or just chill. Sometimes he’ll still take a nap in it.
Gentle Sounds Giraffe: It makes “womb” sounds and other ambient sounds. There are actually different settings for “play” and “calm” and “sleep” and maybe something else. I swear, it makes him do exactly that. It’s freaking magic. He’s teething really bad right now so it’s hard to get him to calm down but the giraffe does the trip every time. it’s also awesome for when he’s tired but refuses to sleep. Giraffe has him sleeping in about a minute.
Lots of Links: I went to a baby shower where most of the guests were moms of multiple kids and they all RAVED about these and said you needed the HUGE pack of them, so I bought them for my sister. Holy cow. You use them to attach toys or rattles or, really, anything to the stroller or car seat or rocker or… anything. It keeps toys from going missing when the baby is not so great at holding. They also have lots of different textures, so when the baby is teething they like different ones to chew on. Weird little thing that turned out to be a godsend. I wish I had gotten her the mega pack because they go missing a lot so she’s planning to buy another pack soon.
Post # 16
Definitely the Fisher Price Snugabunny Swing. That thing was amazing. My son is almost 9 months and we just put it away – he was obsessed. Also, just a basic bouncer. We had a very simple Fisher Price bouncer seat and took that everywhere for the first 5-6 months (basically until he could sit on his own). Those two things kept me sane!
Also, make sure you register for Sophie the Giraffe. Don’t know what it is about her (we joke she must be laced with crack), but best toy ever!
One thing I would change about my registry is that I would have registered for some of the larger, more expensive “older” baby stuff, like a convertible car seat and umbrella stroller. Even simple stuff like sippy cups and feeding stuff (bowls, spoons, etc.). It’s really starting to add up now as he outgrows his newborn gear.