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Baby registry "I wish I had known about..." - Suggestions for a new mom

I'm pregnant with my first baby, and am trying to get together the gift registry.  I am in WAY over my head!!!  There are so many things out there, I have no idea which items are "must haves" and which are a waste of money.  We are soon going to be moving into a smaller place, so I don't really want a lot of space consuming stuff that I'm not really going to use.  

 

So I wanted to ask you Moms:  What were your favorite/most useful baby items that you would recommend for a new mom?  

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Check out this page for a few items listed in the "Must haves" category and some in the "Completely unnecessary" category. As for baby bottles, check that it's PBA free (most should be). Another fantastic site for support and information would be http://pregnant.thebump.com/pregnancy/baby-registry/qa/whats-in-a-l...

By the way, note that one mom commented on the above mentioned site that you could use myregistery.com to register online for your baby shower from all different stores in just one site. Enjoy!
I wish I had gotten my son a play gym  (you know the mat that has stuff hanging over top of him) earlier. He was 4 months when I got his which was a great time but I think he would have loved it earlier too. You also must have a bouncy chair in my opinion. My sons loved his and it gives you a few minutes to do chores (my sons never wanted to be put down unless he was on his gym or his bouncy chair). Definitley get a rocker or glider too. These were all things I did not register for and have ended up being a necessity. For newborns sleeping sacks are great because you are changing their diapers so often and you don't have to bother with buttons or zippers every time and they keep baby warm since you aren't supposed to put blankets in the crib because of SIDS. My baby lived in them unless we were going out and I wanted to dress him up. For when baby gets a little older, I loved the long sleeve onesies with feet and zip instead of buttons, I just thought zippers were easier and you don't have to deal with socks falling off all the time and baby stays warm. Don't forget rattles, teethers, books and toys too. Baby grows so fast and will be ready to play in no time. I didn't register for that stuff  because I was thinking about registering for a newborn that wouldn't be playing with toys so I ended up buying  a lot  for myself. Hope this helps :)

The little baskets that go in the top rack of the dishwasher that hold all the small parts to the baby bottles so they don't get lost in the dishwasher. They are by Munchkin and Target sells them. I recommend those to everyone who is a new mom or going to be a mom. They are so handy!

I second the play mat and books and toys, all of those things will come in handy early on. They are ready for them before you know it. Also, we used one of those little white noise machines that hung on the crib rail when our girls were newborns. It plays either "white noise" or soothing ocean sounds or gentle piano music. Some babies don't like them, though.

 

A baby monitor of some sort is always handy. We used a sound-only one.

 

 

Baby nightgowns. I used them with both of my boys, now 18 yrs and 3 yrs. When I had my 2nd I made sure to stock up on them. It makes diaper changing so much easier. Most have little pockets at the end of the sleeves that you can use to cover their hands if it's cold or to keep them from scratching themselves. Also the bottom has elastic so that the nightgown doesn't rise up on them. My 3 yr old was in the NICU for 2 weeks and for the 2nd week he was out of the incubator and had to wear clothes. The nurses loved that we kept him in the gowns instead of sleepers, it made their lives alot easier.

I would suggest having at least 8-10 of them so you are not having to do wash everyday.

I also agree with the need for the bouncy seat or portable swing. It makes outings so much easier.

I will say one thing about a baby registry, Target does have its pros and cons so do put everything on it if you do a registry there. After your baby is born Target sends you a 10 or 20 % (can't remember which) off coupon for everything left on your registry so its cheaper if you do have to buy it yourself. Con though, is if someone buys you something from Target but not on your registry Target will not except it as a return unless you have a receipt, which most ppl won't send with a gift so returning it becomes a pain!

 

Some things I had on my registry where non-specific things like crib sheets, onesies, nightgowns/sleepers, wash clothes, towels, burp clothes etc. That way, at least for me, I didn't really care what they looked like, any size would work, you can buy most of them in several sets per package and they were cheap enough ppl would buy a couple of them. I also had big things that I knew I couldnt afford such as a swing, bouncer, crib, pack n play, car seat and crib mattress etc

Congrats and good luck with your registry...Using the registry gun is the best part LOL

 

 

I would suggest a Moby Wrap, I didn't get mine until my son was 9 weeks old, and I wish I'd had it sooner.  I loved being hands free, and the snug secure feeling of him being right next to me, we still use it occasionally and he's 9 months old, especially on the days when he's extra fussy due to teething.  The one thing I love about it is that it's a one size fits ALL, and there is no adjusting/readjusting if say dad or grandma or someone else wants to use it.

I'd also suggest that when you register for a diaper pail that you consider the cost of having to use the special bags for it, the one that we have is by Baby Trend, we got it at Target, and you can put any bag you want into it.

I second the sleep night gowns, especially for the first few months when you are changing diapers in the middle of the night.  Which leads me to my one piece of advice, you don't have to change the diaper after every feeding in the middle of the night (after the first few months), sounds gross, but eventually if they sleep through the night they will be in a wet/messy diaper at some point, and changing the diaper stimulates them which wakes them up more.

Get some sleep sacks for your new one http://www.amazon.com/Halo-Innovations-Sleepsack-Wearable-Applique/...

Ask that no one get things to go in the crib. Babies should not sleep with blankets, pillows, toys or bumper pads in their cribs- no matter how cute it looks!! Safe sleep guide: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/pubs/safe_sleep_gen.cfm

All the best to you and your new family :)

The bouncer chair was the first thing our son was happy in other than our arms - saved our sanity, and I wish we'd had it sooner! Once your baby can sit up, a Bumbo chair will also free up your hands for short periods of time. A pack n' play is also good. Good luck!

I agree with the bouncer! That is a definite must-have in my opinion! I also couldn't live without my Boppy. It makes nursing SO much easier, and even if you aren't going to be nursing, it works great as a support pillow for little ones who are learning to sit up. I'd also suggest some type of baby carrier. It makes life a lot easier. :-) Oh, and a great stroller system (I loved my Graco system) is important, too! When my girls were little, I loved being able to click their infant car seat right into the stroller. The last thing that comes to mind is burp cloths. We actually used cloth diapers as burp cloths because they are much thicker than the actual burp cloths. :-)

 

Have fun making your registry! And I agree with Mommyof2Babies...using the registry gun is the best part! lol

Thank you for all the suggestions!  A few of these items I already had on my registry (yay me!), but a few I hadn't even thought of.  

Stacy - which graco system did you get?  I was looking at the snugride 22 so I didn't have to lug around a heavy carseat, but I'm having a hard time finding one that is front adjustable.

Also, I read somewhere that a "Miracle" swaddling blanket is a good buy for the baby while in the crib.  Has anyone used these?  Would this be better or worse than the sleep sacks?

 

On a side note, we also got some used items from friends and family (I love hand-me-downs!).  One was a baby hammock that we haven't put together yet...has anyone ever used one?  If so, how did you like it?

 

Thank you all again for your input.  Tomorrow is my next ultrasound...hopefully we'll find out the sex so I can start using the fun registry gun this weekend!! :)

 

 

Hey Stephanie! Oh goodness, I wish I could remember the exact type of travel system we purchased. Let me check with my hubby to see if he remembers or see if maybe the stroller/carrier has more details on it. :-)

 

So how did your ultrasound go!?


Stephanie Cartechine said:

Thank you for all the suggestions!  A few of these items I already had on my registry (yay me!), but a few I hadn't even thought of.  

Stacy - which graco system did you get?  I was looking at the snugride 22 so I didn't have to lug around a heavy carseat, but I'm having a hard time finding one that is front adjustable.

Also, I read somewhere that a "Miracle" swaddling blanket is a good buy for the baby while in the crib.  Has anyone used these?  Would this be better or worse than the sleep sacks?

 

On a side note, we also got some used items from friends and family (I love hand-me-downs!).  One was a baby hammock that we haven't put together yet...has anyone ever used one?  If so, how did you like it?

 

Thank you all again for your input.  Tomorrow is my next ultrasound...hopefully we'll find out the sex so I can start using the fun registry gun this weekend!! :)

 

 

Just a quick note on the baby hammocks. I saw some were recalled last year. Please go to http://search.cpsc.gov/query.html?qt=baby+hammock&charset=iso-8... for a list of recalled hammocks. Also you can sign up for emails from

www.cpsc.gov to get all recalls. I've seen a lot of baby items over the past year that are recalled.

Tammy



Stephanie Cartechine said:

Thank you for all the suggestions!  A few of these items I already had on my registry (yay me!), but a few I hadn't even thought of.  

Stacy - which graco system did you get?  I was looking at the snugride 22 so I didn't have to lug around a heavy carseat, but I'm having a hard time finding one that is front adjustable.

Also, I read somewhere that a "Miracle" swaddling blanket is a good buy for the baby while in the crib.  Has anyone used these?  Would this be better or worse than the sleep sacks?

 

On a side note, we also got some used items from friends and family (I love hand-me-downs!).  One was a baby hammock that we haven't put together yet...has anyone ever used one?  If so, how did you like it?

 

Thank you all again for your input.  Tomorrow is my next ultrasound...hopefully we'll find out the sex so I can start using the fun registry gun this weekend!! :)

 

 

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