Baby registry tips

After two kidCaptures, I get asked a lot from my friends and family members advice on what to get – and what not to get – when it comes to babies. And here’s my list.

Anything you would add?

 

Register for/get:

  • Changing table
  • Good breast pump – Pump in Style by Medela. Insurance usually covers this.
  • Breast milk storage bags
  • Stroller
  • Rocking chair
  • Humidifier
  • Mobile
  • Car seat
  • Crib, crib sheets (3-4), waterproof pad, mattress
  • Baby carrier/wrap. We like K’tan.
  • Boppy
  • Nursing cover
  • Bibs, spoons, cups, bowls, burp cloths (6-12)
  • Play mat
  • Baby tub
  • Bottle drying rack, bottle brush
  • Bottles – several brands to see what baby likes. Don’t buy a bunch of the same kind before Baby is here. We bought all Dr Brown’s and Abigail hated them. She liked the wider nipple of the Avent we borrowed from a friend since it resembles Mom more.
  • Sound machine
  • Rock ‘n Play sleeper
  • Travel crib
  • Car sunshade, car seat toys
  • Onesies, pants, socks, hats, PJs, hats, mittens for scratching
  • Sunscreen
  • Baby monitor
  • Diaper genie for poopy diapers. Use regular trash for wet ones.
  • Highchairs – Bumbo seat and another that attaches to table. Wooden ones are bulky.
  • Bath towels, washcloths, baby shampoo/wash, fun bath toys
  • Pacifiers
  • Toys, books
  • Outlet covers, thermometer, teething toys
  • Infant clothes hangers
  • Baby gate
  • Nail clippers
  • Diapers and wipes. We like Luvs diapers and Pampers sensitive wipes.
  • Snotsucker Nosefrida
  • Footrest for nursing
  • Photo albums/frames (optional)
  • To get yourself – phone app – babyloggy $4 to track diapers, feeding, sleep, etc.

Don’t need:

  • Swing – my kids hated it and it takes up a lot of room
  • Bouncer – my kids hated it and it takes up a lot of room
  • Wipe warmer
  • PJs with snaps (ZIP only!). Snaps are rough with a screaming baby in the middle of the night to change its diaper.
  • Two piece outfits. The shirts ride up too much.
  • Crib bumper. SIDS risk.
  • Bottle sterilizer. Use boiling water in a pot.
  • Pacifier wipes – wasteful
  • Pack n Play. Use your Rock n Play.
  • Bath thermometer (hot duck)
  • Shoes – they won’t wear them
  • Expensive clothes – they will stain and won’t wear them long
  • Diaper stacker
  • Baby food processor. Use a regular food processor.
  • Dishwasher basket for bottle parts – you’ll be handwashing enough
  • Baby detergent. Use any free and clear detergent.
  • Bassinet
  • Diaper bag – use a messenger bag with just the essentials
  1. I would like to add that many of the things you need you only need for a short time. Might consider just buying them use at a good price them from another mom that you know. Then you can pass them on again or take them to a resale shop. Or maybe another mom will swap your extras for something she still needs but has lost, used up, etc. Items that can be thrown in the laundry can also be bought used at yard sales, thrift shops, etc. Wash them several times and or put them items in the freezer for a couple of days, then wash them. (This works well for used toys, too.) Sound machines, monitors, etc. can also be found at yard sales and such. Makes more sense to recycle and save money as well! Love your ideas!