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My little guy is just over one year old and, oh my, what a year it has been. He started out as this little baby blob and now, in just a few short months, is this little mobile person with such a big personality. I don’t know how I went the first twenty-eight years of my life without him.
Now that the year has passed, however, I feel that I have a pretty good grasp on the items needed for first time parents. There is a pretty big age gap between my siblings and myself so I have some nephews that are close to my age and one is having a baby in a few months. My sister asked if I had any suggestions for them and instead of coming up with a short list, I ended up writing them a book with product suggestion, hints, tips, you name it! Who knew I had all of this baby knowledge stored in my brain.
To continue sharing the love, and make it way easier to let others in the future know my baby registry must have suggestions, I decided to write this post which will hopefully help other new parents. Check below for my picks for what you absolutely NEED to have on your baby registry.
Side Note: You will notice that most of the items on this list are available on Amazon. The Amazon Baby Registry is one of the registries I used for my shower and I could not recommend it enough. There are so many benefits to using the Amazon Baby Registry but my favorites would have to be the huge selection, free 2-day shipping, 90-day returns and completion discount (10% or 15% if you have Amazon Prime).
Baby Registry Must Haves
Tip: I received my breast pump for free through my health insurance. Definitely check with your health insurance carrier before purchasing a breast pump.
Breast Pump Bags
My Pick: Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags
My Pick: My Breast Friend
Tip: My Breast Friend was great when my baby was tiny and feeding all of the time. When he got a little bigger and I got more comfortable with breastfeeding, however, I mainly just used a normal pillow.
Bottle Drying Rack
Tip: Cloth bibs work great when you have a spitter like I did. You can keep the bibs on all of the time to help keep the baby’s clothes clean. Once the baby starts solids at 6 months, however, you will want to switch to the plastic-y, waterproof bibs for easy clean up.
Tip: There are lots of different crib options out there and I’ll let you pick that out yourself but you need to know about this super functional mattress. The material the mattress is made up makes it so easy to clean up accidents (and there will be many) and it also has different firmness levels on each side dependent on your child’s age.
Video Baby Monitor
Pack ‘N Play
Tip 1: I have the HALO Premiere Series Swivel 360 degree Sleeper Bassinest which I likw but not really a must have, more of a nice to have. We used the Bassinest next to our bed until until the baby was about 3.5-4 months old and then we switched to the Pack ‘N Play. In hindsight, we honestly would have been perfectly happy using this as our bed side sleeper starting at birth.
Tip 2: If you don’t need to use the Pack ‘N Play next to your bed, it also makes for a great diaper changing station. We live in a two-story home with the bedrooms upstairs and having to go upstairs every time we needed to change a diaper wasn’t happening. It was great to have everything we needed to change diapers in the living room with the Pack ‘N Play.
Tip: It isn’t recommended to let your baby sleep in a swing however, I did let my little guy take naps in his swing during the day when I was awake to watch him.
General Care Supplies
My Pick: Piyo Piyo Yellow Baby Nail Scissors
Tip: Babies are spit-up machines. Keep burp cloths in every room.
Baby Soap & Lotion
Baby Bath with Infant Sling
Forehead & Ear Thermometer
My Pick: Medical Forehead and Ear Thermometer
On The Go Supplies
Tip: The infant car seat that comes with this travel system can hold a baby that weighs up to 30lbs. The stroller can be used for a toddler up to 50lbs. It is recommended to switch to a convertible car seat after the child hits the max weight/height for the infant car set or after they turn 1 (whichever comes first). If you don’t want to have to change the car seat after a year, I would recommend the Graco 4Ever All-in-1 Convertible Car Seat which is what we got my little guy for his first birthday. The 4Ever All-in 1 can be used from birth through a 100lb child meaning you will never have to buy another car seat or a booster seat.
Tip: Whatever baby carrier you end up choosing, make sure it is designed to seat baby in the frog-leg position to help prevent hip dysplasia.
Tip: This is a very big diaper bag making it great for travel and use with multiple children. This bag is perfect for me because we travel often and I didn’t want to have to buy a new diaper bag when we start having more children. Ju-Ju-Be bags are quality diaper bags and I couldn’t recommend them enough. To be honest, however, on a daily basis I do not carry this diaper bag around with me. I usually keep it well stocked and in my car. The normal diaper bag that I carry around on a daily basis is the matching Ju-Ju-Be Legacy Collection Be Quick Wristlet. In the wristlet I keep a diaper, travel wipes and a food pouch along with my wallet, lip gloss and keys. Super handy, especially when you are just trying to run a quick trip.
So mommas, anything I am missing? Let me know in the comments what was your must have items when you brought baby home.