7 Things You Need on Your Baby Registry. 7 Things You Don't.
I loved everything about putting together my baby registery. I googled until my thumbs almost fell off. Each item on my list was well-researched, and I felt confident in my selections because I had done the work. I read the reviews. I scoured mom blogs. I watched baby shower hauls on YouTube. I checked out the most popular registry items for new moms. Even with all of this work, I have many items I haven't used much and did a lot of Amazon Prime-ing things I still needed in those first few months.
I hope new moms-to-be find this blog helpful.
7 Things You Need.
(that may not be on your registry)
Baby Care Play Mat. We have no carpet in our house, and Truett grew out of that tiny little play gym in the blink of an eye. This mat has been critical for us to give Truett a space to play. I picked a mat from the Haute Collection, and it looks like a nice rug in our space. I love it, and it is the perfect space for Truett to play. We use it every day.
Rohm Portable Sound Machine. Moms, I promise that you will eventually leave your house again. It feels like maybe not, but eventually you will figure out a groove, and you and baby will get out. When you do, this is so needed. I take this with me so we can do naps at Grandma and Grandpa's house, or if Truett is fussy and tired in the car, this helps to put him to sleep. It is great. I keep it in my diaper bag at all times.
Convertible Car Seat. You probably already have a car seat on your list, but what I did not realize is that they grow out of the sweet little bucket seat you bring them home in. While this seems impossible when you stick your tiny newborn in there, believe it or not, soon he or she will outgrow it. Because it is a big ticket item, I would add it to your registry and lean on friends going in together or a family member to gift this one. My mother-in-law got our car seat as a Christmas present. Thanks YahYah.
Gas Drops. It wasn't on my registry, but one of my favorite moms knew better and included it as a shower gift. Serious. Add this as a must-have. You do not want a screaming, gassy baby and have to then run to the store.
Toys. I didn't think about baby toys when registering, but here are our favorites that we have bought in the last 7 months. Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy. Sassy Floor Mirror. Oball Rattle. Stacking Tower. Baby's First Blocks. Squirtin Bath Toys.
Nancy Tillman Books. Truett still just wants to eat the books, so reading together is more of a dance than a quiet time to snuggle, but Nancy Tillman books are so special and will make you cry. Get them. Treasure them.
A Second Bathtub. Pick your sweet newborn tub out, but there will be a transition time where that tiny little baby has outgrown the infant tub but isn't quite ready to sit in the bathtub alone. This cheap little duck tub has been the best.
7 Things You Don't.
Disclaimer: If you are reading this and got one of the items for me that I didn't end up using much, we love you. We thank you. You are still precious to us; this new mom just didn't know what she would need and use.
Breastfeeding Cover. Just don't. It won't stay on with a wiggly baby and who cares. Breastfeeding is hard enough in the beginning. Don't add something else.
Fancy Bottle Warmer. Y'all, run the bottle under warm water. Simple as that.
Newborn Clothes Galore. I have so many newborn clothes because they are cute to buy, but they do not stay in them long. Truett has been in 6-9 month size the longest (although we are out of that too), so I might throw some bigger sizes of clothing on your registry. And let them all have zippers. Amen.
Nose Frida. The good 'ol regular booger sucker worked much better for us. I could never get this thing to work.
Fancy Swing. There are so many swings out there that are so expensive (cough cough 4Moms). Oh my! Moms get in as many snuggles as you can, and go with the cheaper swing options. We got the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play and pretty much just used it when I needed to take a shower, grab a glass of water or go pee. All things that require a plan of action in those early days. Maybe I will feel differently when baby #2 comes, and I will need the swing with all the bells and whistles, but for one baby, the cheap swing will do.
Tub Thermometer. Moms you will know the right bath temperature. You've got this. No need for the fancy thermometer.
Boon Lawn. It may look cute on the counter and be on every registry, but I think there are better options. The membranes for my breast pump always get lost in the Boon grass, and it just doesn't function well. I like this Munchkin one my mom bought way more. It has a place for pump membranes, works better overall and is cheaper.
My biggest advice when it comes to the registry, less is more. Do your research and think simple. Most of the very trendy registry items aren't a real necessity. When in doubt, add diapers and wipes.
Other moms, feel free to comment below some of your off-the-wall registry items that have come in clutch and some that should have been a no-go.