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A friend of mine recently asked for my advice on what she should put on her baby registry. She’s living in a small space and is on a budget (who isn’t) so she was really interested in the things I found to be most essential. I spent a few days mulling over what I really and truly found necessary during the early days with Nora. I asked myself - would life have been a million times harder without this item - and if the answer was YES, on the list it went.
I figured I’d post what I cam up with here in case any of you out there are working on your registry. If it’s not on the list, I didn’t really use it or need it (looking at you wipe warmer and hooded baby towels).
Swaddle me wraps - the ones with velcro. Probably get 3-4, more or less depending on how often you want to do laundry. Nora lived in these the first few weeks she was born.
Diaper Pail. I like the arm and hammer one. It uses special bags so register for extras, but I’ve never had an odor problem.
Aiden and Anais muslin blankets. I still use these daily for everything from a blanket to something to clean up spit up and wipe Nora’s nose with. They are super versatile.
Whatever you plan to have the baby sleep in (pack and play, bassinet, your bed), get a few extra sets of sheets for it. Actually, you may want to make sure you have extra sheets for your bed no matter what. Breast feeding boobies can be unpredictable those first couple weeks.
Speaking of, get boobie pads. I liked the disposable ones from tommee tippee. I’d sleep with them in so I wouldn’t wake up in a pool of my own milk.
Nursing bras. These from target were awesome for night. They are comfortable enough to sleep in and made it easy to whip a boob out for feedings.
A baby monitor. There are tons on the market. Ours is from motorola has a video screen which I really, really like. If I hear Nora crying at night, I can look on the screen to see if she crying because she’s wide awake or if she’s just making noises while she sleeps. From there, I can decide if I actually need to get out of bed or not.
Car seat/stroller. Duh. THey won’t let you leave the hospital without a car seat. We went with the travel system and the car seat just snaps right into the stroller. The one in the picture and the link is the exact one we have and it is very light and easy to maneuver.
A baby carrier. I would (still do) wear mine around the house with Nora in it so I could have two free hands).
iPad/Kindle/Other tablet. If you don’t already have one and this one is obviously not totally essential, but it was for my personal sanity. You will be up so much during the night with a baby attached to you that I found myself reading, checking blogs, and googling baby forums and on the ipad all the time. Plus I lived and died by the Baby Connect app to track feedings.
baby bather. You need either something to put in your sink or tub that the baby can easily rest in while you bathe him.
humidifer. The humidifier is a must during the winter to keep their nasal passages moist and prevent illness. You may not need it right away, but I’d go ahead and put it on your registry. We had to run out and buy one in the middle of June when Nora came down with a nasty summer cold.
sound machine. This one and the humidifier may not seem absolutely essential, but I love them. I run the sound machine every night and it helps to drown out things like a dog that might occasionally bark or loud noises coming from the tv.
Nose Frida. It’s the best thing for sucking out snot when they have a cold. It looks gross, but it’s not that bad
Baby finger nail clippers. You will not believe how fast their fingernails grow and how sharp they are!
- baby bottles. If you are planning on breastfeeding at all, you probably won’t really need bottles until the baby is about 6 weeks so you can establish a good milk supply. Also, get a variety of nipples - slow, medium and fast. I like the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles. The bottles come with slow nipples and then I just got a few extra packs of the other sizes for when she got older and faster at sucking. Nora took to them no problem, but every baby is different.
- baby bottle warmer. For warming up said bottles
- a pack and play. Nora slept in hers at night and during the day I (Jason) would move it to the living room. Whether or not you have your baby sleep in his, it was nice to have a place to put her when I needed to get up and do stuff during the day like eat or go to the bathroom. It’s also handy to take on trips when you’re not sure if there will be a baby bed.
- a swing.
- a bumbo seat
- A breast pump and accessories that go with it. Eventually, you’ll want to go to dinner or let your partner have a turn at the 2 am feeding. The only way to do that is with milk you pumped or formula.
- baby spoons and bowls
- a high chair
I hope this helps you!