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ultimate baby registry list

Recently, I was speaking with my cousin and sister about my baby must haves and I wrote a pretty lengthy list.  I decided this would be great to share with you as well.  Although this list is kind of long, most of these items you will get at your shower, or are pretty inexpensive to buy.  The items I believe are essentials are in BOLD:

  • Onesies (Short & Long-sleeve – I liked the ones with the built in hand covers) – http://www.target.com/p/gerber-onesies-newborn-3-pack-long-sleeve-onesies/-/A-13247550.  Also get some pants or leg warmers for the legs if it will be winter. 
  • Sleepers/Footed Pjs (I don’t know which I prefer more…the snaps or the zipper.  The zipper is easier to take on and off, but the snaps are easy access for diaper changes but annoying to snap back.  I guess I like the zipper a little bit more. 🙂  – http://www.target.com/s?sortBy=PriceLow&searchTerm=baby%20footed%20pajamas&Nao=0&facetedValue=
  • Baby carrier (Ergo Baby – they make the best carriers if you plan to “wear” carry the baby;  I had several carriers…some were only good when he was small, but Ergo is good once they hit 7 lbs, with the infant insert,  My son was small so I was glad I had the other carriers when he was little, but Ergo is kind of pricey so if you can only get one carrier I recommend an ErgoBaby. – http://store.ergobaby.com/baby-carrier/original-collection/marine (other carrier I have: http://www.mayawrap.com/all-carriers/maya-wrap-baby-sling.html).
  • Baby blankets – get lots of these in different sizes and thickness.  They are great to put on the floor for playtime and also just to cover up while out.
  • Bassinet/pack and play -Basically you need something to put near your bed so you don’t have to get out of bed to nurse (especially at night).  If you have a ranch style home you could move the pack n play or bassinet around if you wanted to save and not have to buy two.  If I had to choose would get a pack n play over the bassinet because you can travel with it and they usually have changing tables and other features on them.
  • Bottles – I used Dr. Bronners, but some babies like certain bottles so don’t open them all at once.  Try a few different ones and make sure baby likes them in case you need to return some.
  • Baby monitor – I use the dormi app but they have a lot of different monitors now.
  • Nursing Pillow – I used the My Breast Friend (funny name!) but I know other people swear by the Boppy.  A friend recommended the My Breast Friend over the Boppy so that is why I tried it.  Make sure to get an extra cover because you will need to wash one and you want to have an extra available.
  • Thermometer (baby first aid kit) – Get a baby first aid kit with clippers, thermometer, etc. (You usually get one of these at the shower)
  • Chair to nurse in (not necessity, but helps) – I didn’t use mine as much because it was upstairs and I tried to stay on the main level mostly, but I use it a lot now for story time.  I got this chair from IKEA (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S99090407/#/S49090457) but you could use a rocking chair or glider too.
  • Diaper bag (one that daddy will carry too) – He will have to take the baby out at some point and a lot of guys don’t want one with flowers or certain colors. 🙂  You might also consider just getting a backpack or some other bag for him.  I have used all kinds of bags as diaper bags.
  • Car seat – I have a graco car seat that came with my stroller system.  You can go to the health department for classes on installation or to the fire department.  I went to the local health department and they had a little class.  It was interesting because a lot of people install them incorrectly.
  • Baby tub – I used this one https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000067EH7/ref=twister_B001AWEDCS?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
  • bouncer/swing – This is really your preference.  I had an automatic bouncer and no swing, but I might get a swing next time.  This is the bouncer I had (http://www.target.com/p/ingenuity-the-gentle-automatic-bouncer-sahara-burst/-/A-14580283). My son loved it!
  • diapers & wipes – Any kind that you like…we use cloth (http://www.bumgenius.com/style/bumgenius-freetime/) and Luvs when we are out of town.  I get the big box of sensitive wipes at Target.  Be careful with the scented wipes.  My son got a rash from some one time.
  • humidifier (I didn’t get one until later, but you will probably need one at some point)
  • Nasal aspirator (the bulbs suck!) – I used this one: https://www.amazon.com/Graco-NasalClear-Nasal-Aspirator-Count/dp/B001PBFWMO/ref=sr_1_2_s_it?s=baby-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1464799523&sr=1-2&keywords=electric+aspirator  Other people swear by the NoseFrida but I couldn’t get over the sucking with the tube thing. LOL!  They usually give you a free bulb at the hospital.
  • Crib – this is your preference, but I recommend a convertible crib so you don’t have to buy a toddler bed
  • High Chair – this is your preference again.  I wanted something inexpensive so I got the IKEA one and added the pillow – http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S79067506/; http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40273197/ – You won’t need a high chair until the baby can sit up on its own…so this is not a necessity right now.
  • Breast pump and milk bags – You can get these for free depending on your insurance!  Breast pumps are tricky.  Try the free one first of course and see if it works for you.  If not, then look at others and manual options.
  • Swaddlers – I loved the Halo SleepSack (http://www.target.com/p/halo-cotton-swaddle-sack-with-giraffes/-/A-26396026).  I got them in cotton and in the fleece material for when it was cold.  They were great!  They really helped my son sleep.
  • Changing pad and covers – This is your preference.  Whatever fits your changing table and the covers that fits.  I used towels as my covers because I was never able to find covers that were the color I wanted.
  • Pacifier (if you decide to use one) – this will just depend on your preference and the baby’s preference
  • Crib sheets (sheets for crib/bassinet/pack n play) – get several crib sheets for accidents and for the pack n play.  I got basic cotton ones from IKEA (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00130879/)
  • Stroller – this is your preference as well.  I run, so I got a jogger, but get what is best for you.  Consider the weight and how easy it is to fold.  Also think about what will fit in your car easily.
  • Baby wash, lotion – This is your preference.  I like Aveeno and SheaMoisture Baby Brands. You usually get a lot of stuff at your shower.
  • Wash cloths, towels (hooded ones are cute!) – This is just your preference…people usually by these at the shower.  I don’t think I really had to buy any.
  • Bottle sterilizer bags – I used these because they were easy to use once I went back to work (http://www.target.com/p/medela-5ct-quick-clean-micro-steam-sterilizing-bags/-/A-10953413).  I only used this for my breast pump pieces.  I put my bottles and accessories in the dishwasher.  I started steaming at first but it got to be too much (http://www.target.com/p/munchkin-deluxe-dishwasher-basket/-/A-13991502)
  • socks
  • hand mittens – You only need these if the baby is a scratcher.  My son would scratch his face, which is why I liked the mitten onesies! 
  • Burp cloths – These are your preference and you can even use the old school cloth diapers (http://www.target.com/p/gerber-newborn-10-pack-gauze-prefold-diaper-white/-/A-13574461)
  • hats – if it will be fall or winter! 
  • waterproof mattress cover (for crib and your bed) – I got one for my bed too, that we still use.  My son would be in our bed occasionally and spit up or pee while I was changing him.  These saved my mattress!  (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40281220/).  I have two baby ones, but I can’t remember the brands…I think Carters is one.  Just make sure they are washable!
  • NutriBullet (food blender if you plan to make food for the baby – won’t need this until baby is eating solids, but you can put it on the registry 🙂 – I got a BabyBullet at my shower, but I thought the NutriBullet worked much better.  I did like all the Baby Bullet containers.  You can use ice cube trays for baby food though.
  • Nursing cover – This is your preference.  The cover is easier, but you can also use a blanket.
  • Gowns – Baby gowns are easy during the day for changing diapers (http://www.target.com/s?sortBy=relevance&searchTerm=baby%20sleep%20gown&Nao=0&facetedValue=d_size_all%3A0-3%20Months|)
  • a few cute outfits – I’m sure you will get some at the shower, but make sure you have a least one cute one that you really like for the going home from the hospital outfit.
  • Diaper genie (I used cloth so didn’t need one, but I have heard people recommend them)
  • baby safe detergent… you don’t have to get the pricey kind, but look for things with no dye and fragrance free.  I know a lot of people use All Free and Clear.
  • Baskets – Get cute wicker or dollar store baskets for organizing.  I made a diaper basket to move around the house so I always had diaper items available.  I also had a breastfeeding basket with all my breastfeeding items.
  • Nursing bras & pads (disposable or reusable) or milk savers – Buy one or two bras to wear from the hospital, but wait to buy others until your milk comes in and you know your size.  I used reusable pads, but you could also get disposable (http://www.target.com/s?searchTerm=nursing%20pads&category=0|All|matchallpartial|all%20categories).  I just saw this milk saver that also seems cool – https://www.amazon.com/Milkies-Milk-Saver-Breast-Collector-Storage/dp/B001SMBRWO/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=baby-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1464802150&sr=1-1&keywords=milk+savers+for+breastfeeding
  • Drying rack for baby items.  I have this one, but anyone will work…just pick something you like! http://www.target.com/p/boon-grass-countertop-bottle-drying-rack/-/A-12190250
  • Diaper rash cream (I ordered mine because it had to be cloth diaper safe…I have heard Butt Paste is good and I like Aquaphor for general rashes and dry skin).  You usually end up with some aquaphor after the shower because it’s in a lot of baby kits. 

Check consignment sales & shops for some items and even Craigslist.  Consignment sales are usually in the spring and fall. (Check for: Cribs, high chairs, bouncers (make sure it is easy to wash), swings (make sure it is easy to wash), clothes, baby carriers.)  Don’t forget to check for recalls on items before you buy. 

If you can, get extra items if anyone else will be caring for your baby… 🙂 Consider an extra car seat base for their car, pack n play, and swing/bouncer.
❤ K

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