All the things I wish I had known to ask for before having my first baby.
“I wish that I knew what I know now
When I was younger”
-Ooh La La by Rod Stewart
No truer words have ever been spoken when it comes to regrettably looking back on all of the money wasted on things that never got used and all of the hassle and struggle that came from not finding the right items soon enough.
Which is why I have taken the time to compile a thorough list of everything that I wish I would have had on my baby registry 5 short years ago.
Creating a baby registry should be fun, it's exciting stuff getting ready for your little bean! In reality though, there is so much shit out there to choose from it can be intimidating and overwhelming.
To help you get started I have curated this dreamy registry for you, based on what items I loved and used a ton, picks from my favorite brands and what I’ve seen the moms around me use and rave about that I have been insanely jealous of.
To make my list items had to be extremely utilitarian, have longevity, use natural materials and be non toxic and obviously, be cute.
The baby carriers may feel redundant, but for one, babies puke so if your child will only sleep against your body - it's pretty nice to have an extra. I would suggest giving the different options a try and finding a baby wearing method that you like. Being able to wear your baby gives you both hands to do things. This is a major must have.
Many items I am including with the assumption that you will have another child. If that is not the case for you, I still reccomend the stroller (but bonus you don't have to later buy extra accessories when no one is throwing you showers). If you are one and done, you can also opt for a single camera monitor, or just have them set up in several places.
Some items I am still kicking myself for not getting from the start as I now really need them. Like the white noise machine that also has a rise to wake feature, which signifies to your child when it is appropriate to come into YOUR room in the morning. You can't keep them in the crib forever, they learn to climb out.
Obviously you will need more clothing for your baby than I have on my list, but I put the most important kind to help keep you sane when you are changing diapers at 3am or need to keep them from clawing off their own face.
I didn't include a link for the actual high chair, but it can be found on the page of the infant seat accessory. If you get sticker shock, know that not getting this is one of my biggest regrets.
I also didn't include diapers and wipes. Personally I use the Amazon brand for both and in the past experimented with the cloth G diapers, but this is an area where it really doesn't matter and its up to you and your budget and landfill woes to decide.
I will say that it took me way too long to set up a subscription for these things, which in hindsight, duh. Make sure to do that from the start!
Make It Your Own
I want to make a quick note before you start adding every single item on my list to your registry; having kids is not a one size fits all experience, so no registry is really going to be the perfect fit for every mama.
It is important to be flexible and know that things will not always go as you plan them. I stocked up on expensive glass bottles, which only got used a handful of times between my two kids.
You may have to go through some of your own trial and error to find what works best for you and your baby.
Prime delivery is just a click and two days away if you end up needing a massive supply of bottles, more muslin cloths for all of the spit up or another pack of breast pads because you can't keep up with the influx of laundry.
The main goal of your registry is to make sure you are prepared to bring baby home safely in a carseat, wearing a diaper and clothes. Everything else is more of a mental comfort than a true neccessity, so remember that its ok to build up your medicine cabinet over time and if you don't have enough 9 month old clothes, you will have plenty of time to get some.
Make the Most of Your Shower
And a final caveat: I can not reccommend enough that you ask for books rather than cards if you have a shower. Having a healthy library is important, even from the beginning and it is such a sweet way to connect with your baby and also remember the many people who are there to support you.
You will end up with 3 copies of Goodnight Moon, but they will soon be tattered and you'll be thankful for the backups.
And now have fun oohing and ahhing over all the cute baby stuff, while secretly deciding which of your friends and relatives you will assign those high ticket items to.
Without further adieu, here is my...
Hindsight is 2020 Baby Registry!
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I hope that helps you get a start on your baby registry! Have fun Mama!!
Peace and so much love,