How is my baby going to be 11 months old soon? It feels just like yesterday that I was putting together my baby registry with BabyList. I was really impressed with the site because it almost felt like Pinterest. There was so much inspiration, must-have lists, a tool-bar tool so that when you’re browsing you can just add things to your list right then and there. A huge bonus is that you can add items from any store online to one registry, genius! It’s basically the bomb.com for creating your registry. Enough said.
The hardest part about creating my registry was that I had no idea what I would really need verses what I thought I needed. Every baby & mom is different so you will have some stuff that worked for your friend or sister that wont work for you. For example when it comes to baby carriers, Noah only liked the ones where he could face out. For something specific like that I think it’s almost better to just wait. You don’t really need a baby carrier right away. You can always get on Facebook groups and see if someone is selling a used one or see if you can borrow a friends for the weekend to see how your baby likes it.
When it comes to creating a baby registry I would make sure to add all of the basics, plus must-haves that you hear about from friends or family. BabyList has even created a new page with all of the best baby products from 2015 to help when creating your registry. I’ve rounded up 10 things that I should have added to my baby registry in hopes that I can help you create yours!
- A Ton of Diapers– honestly buying diapers is one of the most annoying things ever and they are really expensive. I think I only registered for a couple of boxes of diapers, because I had my eye on all of the shiny baby gear instead of the essentials. That was a mistake. Diapers are a necessity and going out and buying them when you just got out of the hospital is not on anyones list of fun things to do after giving birth. We’ve used Huggies and Pampers, but I liked the Huggies Little Snugglers best during the newborn phase.
- Love To Dream Swaddle Up– a legitimate lifesaver. I thought I would just swaddle Noah up in a blanket and off he would go into dreamland. Nope, that didn’t work. He busted out of those blankets like a ninja warrior. Babies like to stay swaddled tight when they are small because as soon as they move they wake themselves up. This little suit was the best thing ever for getting him to sleep. I’m so excited that I will know about these magical suits right away when it’s time for baby number 2.
- A Good Breastfeeding Pillow– breastfeeding was rough for me in the beginning. I almost quit a million times, but the funny thing is I’m still breastfeeding today. In the beginning it can be quite difficult to get your baby to latch, and to get comfortable when nursing. A good breastfeeding pillow can make all of the difference. I use a boppy now, but in the beginning I needed something more supportive. I swear by the My BrestFriend Pillow. That thing got me through some hard days.
- A Car Seat That Is Not A Million Pounds- we have the carseat that is compatible with the Bob Stroller. I think it’s actually called the Bob Be Safe carseat by Britax. Although it’s super heavy duty and amazing, it’s WAY too heavy. I have held other car seats that are way lighter. All I have to say is do your research & get one that isn’t super heavy, because I almost pass out carrying that thing around.
- Gift Cards– and don’t even feel bad about it. Some family members love giving gift cards. They feel like they are giving you something that you will actually use, and they are happy about it. The thing I loved about BabyList is that there was an option to add gift cards from a ton of great stores, like Target, Amazon, and Whole Foods. Target and Amazon are perfect, because you can finish up our baby shopping with those gift cards. Whole Foods would be perfect to treat yourself to some delicious healthy food after the baby is born. I remember my first time out of the house alone after having Noah was to take a walk to Whole Foods.
- A Good Baby Monitor– we didn’t have a baby monitor until we moved Noah out of our room, but I wish we would have gotten one sooner. That way I could have put him down for naps, shut the door, and not worried about him. We have the Dropcam by Nest which is amazing. We can watch him from our computer, iPhone, or iPad. I didn’t think I needed something so high-tech, but I’m so glad we have it now. It would have been really nice to have it during those early days as well.
- Onesies In Multiple Sizes– It’s easy to just add all of the newborn clothes to your list, because you don’t think about the stage that comes next. Noah literally wore newborn clothes for a week. Some of them he didn’t even fit into or get to wear at all. Ask for onesies in various sizes all the way up to 12 months. Noah was always wearing a size ahead of the size he was supposed to be wearing.
- A Comfortable Nursing Bra – Once you find a comfortable one, you won’t take it off. My favorite so far has been from Boob Design. I’ve worn it everyday for months. I know, kind of gross right? Don’t worry, I wash it sometimes 😉 FYI they run small, so size up. You can always adjust the straps. No one wants a super tight nursing bra.
- Bottles– No brainer, right? Since my plan was to only breastfeed I didn’t even think about adding bottles to my registry. I guess I thought I was going to be a prisoner and never leave the house? You’re going to need to leave for your sanity during those first few months, so get some bottles for when you pump! My favorites in the beginning were the Momma bottles by Lansinoh and the Phillip Avent bottles.
- Home Cooked Meals– yup, there’s a section on BabyList for that. Frozen food gets old really fast. Add the home cooked meal option on BabyList so that your friends and family will bring delicious food to you. I didn’t feel like cooking for a long time after Noah was born. Plus this gift is so meaningful, and your family and friends will love that they have this option!
There you have it mamas! Is there anything I missed? Feel free to share some of your baby registry essentials in the comments!
*This post was sponsored by BabyList. All thoughts and opinions are my own.