Registering for baby stuff can be both exciting and overwhelming. For me, it was mostly overwhelming. Perhaps it was only overwhelming because I read reviews on everything… and I do mean everything (including washcloths!). I pinned posts on what to register for and I even consulted an “expert” who spent at least two hours walking me through each and every possible thing I could need.
Well, guess what… aside from my boobs, diapers, a few clothes and a place to lay my precious baby down, I’ve realized I really don’t need much else. I know, I know, but it’s so fun. Indeed it is and many things come in handy but, really, those lists get way too exhaustive… and expensive!
I think I would have a completely different strategy, if I were to register again and there’s quite a few things I would leave off. Here’s a very simple list of what I consider to be baby registry must have’s:
- A bed of some sort. Whether you choose a bassinet, Moses Basket, Co-Sleeper, Snuggle Nest or Pack n’ Play. You will need something to lay your little one down in. I know some people who go straight for the crib. Personally, I preferred that my newborn be in my room (it’s also recommended, as baby’s breathing is still regulating and being near mom will help). Also, I know that co-sleeping (also referred to as bed sharing) is often frowned upon but some parents do choose that option. If you are considering co-sleeping, I would highly recommend reading Safe Co-Sleeping Research.
- A Boppy (nursing pillow). The Boppy is quite handy, especially in the early weeks when you and baby are getting the hang of nursing. I really didn’t use it very long at all for the purpose of nursing but, like I said, it was quite helpful in the beginning (especially since I had a C-Section). The nice thing about the Boppy, though, is it can be used as the baby grows for sitting and propping. For us it has been more of a propping pillow but it definitely has been used! Also, I think it’s worth it to register for the pillow/slipcover combo, plus an extra slipcover, in the event of a baby blowout.
- SwaddleMe & Swaddle Blankets. If I were doing my registry again, I would definitely ask for more of both of these! I had three Summer Infant SwaddleMe’s when my son was born and I ended up getting three more. I was also given a couple of muslin Swaddle Blankets at my shower and I think they might be among the most used items I have. Not only are they great for swaddling but they’re a great light weight blanket, especially for use in the summer when you want baby to be warm in air conditioned places but it’s too hot for heavier blankets. Also, I quickly transitioned from receiving blankets to swaddle blankets. Receiving blankets are really much too small to use much after the first couple of weeks.
- Carseat Canopy. Perhaps it’s the germaphobe in me, but I really can’t see going without a Carseat Canopy. I love the fashionable styles (I have two!) and the peace of mind I get with keeping my son covered in crowded places.
- Play Gym/Mat. We get a lot of use out of our Rhythm of the Reef Play Gym. It’s been so much fun to watch my little guy go from staring at the various pieces to grabbing for them and talking to them. The pieces on this particular gym are removable which came in handy for us when we went to Florida as we were able to take one of his favorite pieces with us. A play gym/mat is also great place for tummy time!
- Baby Carrier. When I was pregnant, I envisioned myself wearing my baby 24/7, only taking him out to nurse or change his diaper (cloth, of course). But in the real world, I was so consumed with getting accustomed to breastfeeding and sleep depravation that it didn’t even cross my mind until he was about a week old. I pulled out my Moby and he screamed. And screamed. And screamed. I tried a couple more times and the same thing. So, I put it away. I tried again several more times and finally accepted that it wasn’t for us. At about 3 months old, I decided to try again (in preparation for a flight we would be taking, you can read about that here). I started researching carriers and bought a couple to try out. It took some getting used to but he FINALLY took to a carrier. No, I’m still not a baby wearing rock star but I love having one and highly recommend that this be on any baby registry! I settled on the Baby Bjorn because it was cost effective, comfortable and user friendly but there are really a lot of great carriers out there. I suggest registering for a couple, just make sure you know the return policy before opening.
There are many other items that I love but these items I would say are definite baby registry must have’s! What are your must have’s?