Your little one is on the way! Congrats!
Amidst doctor’s appointments and reworking your wardrobe, you’re probably thinking about your registry. And oh my, there are so many products, options, and safety standards to review. With all the noise, it can be hard to distinguish what you and your little one will actually need.
So to make your life a little easier, I have broken my favorites from those early baby days with my baby registry must-haves. To clarify, this is not an exhaustive list. Just my favorites, the items I fell in love with, and the ones I wish I have believed the hype about and invested in the beginning.
The registry items I could not go without.
Welcome to the wonderful world of babywearing! Babywearing was a MUST FOR ME, Anna always wanted to be held, and I was on my own most of the time. Using a carrier allowed me to make a cup of coffee, go to the bathroom, and wash a few dishes. You know, function like a normal human.
The first couple of times, I attempted to wear her, she became really fussy. Demanding, I hold her and sit on the couch all day for snuggles. But we pressed on, and she soon adapted, and I got to find a little bit of sanity. Everybody wins. I used a few different carriers, depending on what was going on.
For the early days when she was teeny tiny
My go-to carrier and now that Anna is two and a half, I still comfortably wear her. Easy to get in and out of and packs up tightly. I also just adore the fabric, colors, and patterns.
Perfect for longer wearing sessions or when baby wants to face forward. I also loved this carrier for hikes through the woods.
Initially, I had a Medela Pump and it was the worst. I figured I might just hate pumping, but when my Medela broke, a friend lent me the Spectra. It was like going from a Kia to a Mercedez. So much quieter, more comfortable, and efficient. Also, it has a nice night light that makes the middle of the night pump sessions easier.
This glider saved my life. Three weeks in and she would refuse to let anyone put her down, let alone sleep on her own. She fell asleep in my arms one evening, and I gently slipped her into the glider. It was magic. There are a lot of fancier baby rockers out there, but this one will forever have my loyalty.
So much better than a traditional boppy and worth the investment. Substantially more supportive, the clasp keeps it from slipping, and the side pocket is perfect, so you don’t lose your phone or bottle amongst the couch cushions.
Yes, these are great for baby, but I also used this quite a bit for myself. When I would need to nurse in bed, I would place it behind the pillows for extra support and use it on the couch for support as well.
Another item that makes life just a little easier.
The Gear I Fell in Love Love Love With
From happy accidents to rave reviews these items should be on your list.
I have never once smelled poop and bonus I don’t have to buy specialty bags. Lord know I did not need one more thing to have to remember. Many of my friends who purchased plastic diaper pails end up throwing the poopy diapers in their kitchen trash because the baby’s room began to smell.
What originally sold me on this one was that it was a nightlight and sound machine in one (less crap on the dresser). Also, in the future, we can program it to use it as an “okay to wake clock.” It’s been over two years later, and I am so incredibly happy with this sound machine. It has held up nicely despite going on many out of town trips and being kicked off the dresser more time than I can count.
ALSO, I’ve had fantastic customer service. We received a second one for free when they identified that some customers were having issues. Hatch also has a free app to track diaper changes, feedings, etc. SUPER helpful in the early days.
I thoroughly believe that a wipe warmer was just a piece of crap, that babies had survived forever with cold wipes, and mine would too. Despite not registering for one, a wise friend gifted it to me, and I am so thankful.
In the middle of the night, when you are doing everything possible to keep baby sleepy, this can be a lifesaver. I’d suggest purchasing second hand or borrowing one from someone who doesn’t use theirs anymore.
Two nursing pillows
One for the bedroom and one for the living room. this was a happy accident but I am so glad I didn’t have to lug a pillow all over the house with me since my arms were already full.
I WISH I HAD AT THE START
Some items are worth the hype and these absolutely are.
Black Out Curtains for the Nursery
Of course, it’s fun to buy outfits for pictures and going out but this subscription would have saved me so much money and time.
I did a lot of research, and we went with the Britax BAgile, but I ended up very frustrated with it for two reasons: PLASTIC WHEELS and it was not as easy to open/ close as it looks. Particularly when wearing a baby.
Long story short, those plastic wheels will become the vane of your existence. The City Mini stroller is very similar, but it is easier to open/ close and has the rubber wheels, which I swear to you will make your life better. They are pretty easy to purchase second hand.
I could have avoided so much googling and guesswork if I had just ordered and read this book. Trust me, mama, it will save the sanity of any first-time mom.
There you have it, my friends! I’m hoping my simple list of must-haves and favorites helps simplify your search even just a little bit.
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