The Ultimate Baby Registry
When you first find out that you are expecting a baby, there’s a whirlwind of emotion. It’s such an exciting time and so much to prepare for. I still remember registering for my first baby and having no idea really what to register for. There were common sense items that I knew I would need like a car seat, stroller, diapers and clothing. I made sure to register for those. After I had my baby boy, there were many last minute trips to the store, late night orders from Amazon and recommendations made by friends.
Let’s fast forward 11 years later. I just had my 4th baby 5 months ago. I have a fairly strong opinion about items that would be on my ultimate baby registry. They are items that I cannot live without and used a ton with my babies. I’ve created a top 10 list to share with you what would be on my ultimate list. Also, I took an expecting mom to register and I was surprised at the new products I didn’t know about that have even come out in the last few months.
My ultimate registry list includes:
1. Baby Carrier: I discovered baby wearing with my 3rd child and it made my life so much easier. It allows you to be hands free while still snuggling and having your child close. This time around, I started wearing my son at 3 weeks. I loved the baby k’tan because it was a simplified wrap. I loved it for the first 4 months and have since gone to something with more support, which is my Ergo.
2. Pampers Diapers: I’ve tried every disposable diaper, and in the end, I’ve always loved Pampers. To new moms and dads, this item may seem like a shoe in. However, instead of just registering for a box or two of diapers, register for 10. You use a ton of diapers, especially the first few months. You can register for several different sizes. I’ve learned from experience – most big box stores are pretty great about letting you exchange sizes if need be. So register for 10-15 boxes of diapers so that you are set for a while.
3. Aden + Anais swaddles: This was also a discovery made with my 3rd baby and I don’t know how I ever lived without them. They are thin but warm, stretchy and get softer with every wash. I also adore the dream blankets. They are heavier for winter but still so soft and great for swaddling.
4. Breastfeeding or Bottle Feeding Supplies: Make sure to register for feeding supplies! If you are planning on breastfeeding, you can register for things like tanks, soothing gel pads and storage bags. As a working mom, I use a lot of the Lansinoh storage bags for breastmilk and it would have been nice to have those from the get go.
5. Fisher Price Rock and Play: This is hands down my favorite piece of baby gear the first 6 months. They keep your infant inclined, so they are great for babies with reflux. They also stand a few feet off the ground, so they are close to bed height. Our kids have slept in them the first 5-6 months and if anyone asks me what my one must have baby item is – this is it!
6. Nose Frida: This item is a snot sucker. The concept of it is gross, but it really works. You place one end at the opening of your baby’s nostril and the other end goes in your mouth. You basically suck the snot out, but there’s a filter between you and the baby which keeps the snot from going further than it should. Trust me, if you have a baby that catches a cold, you want one of these. Babies are nose breathers and it makes it hard for them to eat or sleep if they are congested.
7. California Baby Calendula Cream: This cream was a new discovery with this baby. My kids have always gotten such dry skin and terrible baby acne. After researching products, I decided to try this on my son’s baby acne. It was cleared up within a few days and also cleared up his cradle cap. It includes natural and soothing ingredients which are safe for baby. The whole California Baby line is pretty awesome, check them out.
8. Baby Bibdanas: Babies will drool. It will surprise you how much they drool when they start teething. Invest in some good bibs. I love the bibdanas because they are cute, functional and can hold a lot of drool.
9. Baby Bath Sponge: No need to spend lots of money on a baby bathtub. It’s another piece of gear that once they are 5-6 months old and can sit up, you simply won’t use. Invest in a $5 sponge, wring it out after each use and then throw it out when you aren’t using it anymore. It gives baby a cushy place in the bathtub, is cost efficient and won’t have to be stored.
10. Exersaucer: Around 4-5 months, we always pull out our exersaucer. Every one of my kids has absolutely loved it. It’s a safe and fun place that I can put them for 10-15 minutes at a time and also encourages them to stand supported. There are all sorts of bouncers and exersaucers out there, they are definitely worth the investment.
Now that you know my very top picks for a baby registry, come along to see what expectant mom Traci registers for. Traci is expecting her 4th baby and her oldest is 13. A lot of things have changed and it was fun to see what was on her list. Thanks to Pampers, Traci was able to get some diapers and a few other essentials for her little one coming this winter!
Every baby is different and so will every mom’s choices. What is on your ultimate baby registry? One lucky Babes and Kids Reader will WIN a Pampers registry kit to get them started. It includes:
Registry checklist from Pampers website
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diapers & wipes
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*This post was written in partnership with Pampers. I am a part of the Pampers Baby Board and all opinions remain my own.