When you start to register, particularly as a first time mom, the process can be completely overwhelming. Just deciding on what store or stores to register at is tough, and all of your friends and family will have an opinion (for help picking a store to register, like Amazon, see our advice here). Here are the types of products we think you should be sure to register for:
Travel System: Travel systems (car seat, car seat base and stroller) are extremely important as you will most likely use them everyday. This is a place where you should do your research. Sherrie and Matt went with the Britax b-safe car seat and a BOB stroller and Emily and Mike went with the Britax b-safe car seat and b-agile stroller. Both are top of the line rated for safety, lightweight and easy to use! Emily and Mike also chose to register for an extra base knowing they would be swapping out multiple vehicles and didn’t want to always be moving the base from car to car.
Crib/Pack & Play/Bassinet: If you’re not buying furniture before your shower, you definitely want to put a crib on your registry. We recommend a convertible crib, you’ll get more life out of it as most can transition to a toddler bed. This helps save money in the long run, but remember that most baby’s don’t sleep in their cribs for a few months. You will need a bassinet of some sort. We’re totally obsessed with the Halo bassinet, it’s amazing! You also want to make sure you don’t forget a pack and play. Many will have a bassinet features you can utilize but more importantly, this is your portable crib. It’s great for traveling to have a place for baby to sleep. In addition, it doubles as a great place for those little ones just on the verge of being able to move on their own to play in a contained space when visiting friends or family, or even in your own home.
A Glider: Again, if you’ve purchased your own furniture you can skip this item but if you’re registering for furniture do not forget the glider! Gliders are a lifesaver at 3 am when baby won’t go to sleep, so choose a comfy one!
A Baby Carrier: Baby wearing is all the rage right now and we totally understand why! Just being hands free allows you to have her strapped in and be able to take the dog for a walk, grocery shop with ease, or simply do housework. Carriers come in many different varieties from traditional carriers to wraps and slings.
Swaddle Blankets: In those first few weeks you’re going to need a lot of swaddle blankets! The hospital sends you home with some but we have a few that we love. The first are these cotton blankets from Carters. They’re nice and warm and soft! Second we love alex + anais muslin swaddles. They’re a little big to use right away but work well and double as great nursing covers.They’re also nice and lightweight for those of you who have summer babies.
Bouncy Chair/Swing: Babies love bouncy chairs and swings. As long as it has a vibrating setting and bounces it should do the trick to soothe and calm them. Emily picked the Fisher Price Snuggle Puppy because it was adorable and Sherrie picked the 4 Moms Mamaroo swing.
Diaper Bag: You definitely are going to need a diaper bag to carry of all your baby’s items. We recommend going bigger than you think you will need. It’s amazing how much stuff babies have and we are always looking to maximize space in our diaper bags! Emily has two Kate Spade bags – they’re huge and she loves them! Sherrie has a Skip Hop diaper bag which worked great for just Logan but with another baby on the way she is upgrading to a Ju-Ju-Be diaper bag which is bigger and has the option to be worn as a backpack or messenger bag.
Bath Items: Although in the beginning baby’s can only do sponge baths until the umbilical cord falls out and you do not need to bathe baby every night, it is still a good idea to get an infant bath tub. An infant tub allows babies to lay safely and comfortably during bath time. They will grow out it eventually but not until they can sit up on their own. Along with a tub you will need necessary bath accessories like towels, wash cloths, body wash, shampoo and lotion. We love the CeraVe baby shampoo/wash and lotion! It is free of those harsh ingredients that can be tough on baby’s soft skin.
Play Mat/Toys: Just like adults baby’s can get bored too so it’s a good to keep their brain stimulated. In the beginning an activity play mat is great for their developing minds and then once they can hold themselves up an exersaucer makes for exciting play time! We also love the Lamaze toys. Logan has the moose and dinosaur and Madeline has the Jauques Peacock. Emily swears by Jauques Peacock. Pictured here he is easily Madeline’s best friend! It’s now a must give gift to all of her friends who are expecting!
Health & Safety: Just a few things that are also smart to throw on your registry are some essentials you may not think of. Items like baby nail clippers, thermometer, first aid kit, grooming kit, & baby proofing kit. These items are great to have on stand by because you will never know when you might need them. It saves you stress from having to run out to grab it when it comes time to needing it!
Other products that are good to register for that we didn’t mention above are crib bedding, humidifier, baby monitor, bottle set, burp cloths, bibs, nursing pillow, diaper pail, diapers, wipes – the list goes on! Babies need a lot of stuff! When it comes down to it – it is entirely up to the parents what they want or need to register for. We suggest to take the time to do some research prior to making your registry – it will save you some time and stress.
What baby product can you not live without? Let us know in the comments!