Having a baby registry is a must-have for all new moms and even those second time around moms! I will admit that my baby registry is always my favorite part of prepping for baby, this process is what usually kicks off my “nesting” stage. There are a couple things you need to think about before creating your registry, are you going to nurse or formula feed? Co-sleep or crib? If you’re going to be a new mama then some of these questions won’t be easy to answer, If you can’t answer them then plan for anything!
There are so many items available for babies and parents that it can be hard to find and narrow down the list to things you will actually use and benefit from when the baby does arrive. I had a lot of practice being that I was a nanny to infants and toddlers for about 4 years prior to having my first. I knew first hand what I would use and trust what I wouldn’t. I started by making two registry’s, Babies R Us and Target. I personally enjoyed how simple it was to create registry’s at both and knew my family and friends could easily access these vendors online and in store. I will highlight my top seven items I found useful and beneficial to my Baby registry!
- Convertible car seat
We added a convertible car seat to Eli’s registry and it was a life saver! We didn’t have to worry about him growing out of it and then repurchasing another down the road.
A stroller is a must have because you will need it at some point when traveling with a baby! I will often wear Eli in wraps but most times his stroller is our go to as far as going out on walks and shopping goes. I have found it to be a life saver when I shop, I have that extra storage to store items, and it is a more comfortable ride for Eli, it keeps him happy which keeps us happy!
3. Diapers and Wipes
You have to make sure to add diapers, lots of diapers! On my registry, I added Pampers, from all of my experience as a Nanny and Mother, Pampers is the best! They are the softest, and most reliable diaper brand we have come by! I made sure I added at least 4 boxes of each size up to size 5 and different package counts for variety. I also added at least 5 boxes of Pampers wipes to my list too. This will save you, trust me! I had my gifted diapers last me just about the first 7 months of Eli’s life! Planning ahead will give you that peace of mind in knowing you’ve got it covered. 9 in 10 moms regret not adding more diapers to their registry don’t be one of them, Pampers has some great tips for Parents creating their registry for more information click here.
4.Bassinet or Crib
Your baby needs somewhere to sleep, so definitely don’t forget about this one! My kids co-sleep so I opted for a swivel bassinet from Halo and it was great! It was easy for me during my c-section recovery period too, I didn’t have to travel far for the babies things as they were easily stored near my bed.
5. Feeding Essentials
If you are nursing or formula feeding you need to prep for your babies arrival. If you are planning on strictly breastfeeding plan to add a nursing pillow, creams, covers, pads and most importantly a breast pump with all the accessories. Formula feeding you want to be sure to add your preference in bottles, brushes and also include various sizes in bottles for the long run.
6. Baby Bag
Keep in mind this has to be something that you can see your self toting around 90% of the time, make sure you love it! It should be decent in size, offer a good amount of storage, easy to clean, and nothing too heavy or bulky!
This is always the fun part! Don’t go too overboard with the adorable newborn sizes, make sure you add a variety of sizes because you want to think long term, your baby will sprout quicker than you think! Also, keep in mind the season in which you baby will be born in, Don’t make the mistake of getting the wrong sizes for certain seasons.
These are my 7 must have items to add to your registry, You also want to keep in mind each store’s exchange and return policy for those items you got double of and so on. Another perk with Target and Babies R Us, you can exchange your unopened diapers at any time for a different size so if you don’t use them before your little one grows out of them, go exchange!