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Baby Registry: Items Parents Are Split On

Laura Hahn

After writing our lists of must haves and what you can skip for your baby registry, here’s our final list of products that parents are split on--so it’s up to you whether or not to go for it!

NURSERY

  • Changing pad. Many parents use this, but some claim you can just change your baby on the floor. Our backs thanked us for having this atop baby’s dresser!

  • Glider. If you can get one, even used from a friend or through Craigslist, we highly recommend it. I spent so much time in this while feeding baby at the beginning, and we still use it in the toddler years for reading books and rocking in it before bed. It’ll also come in handy again if you have another baby!

  • Bassinet or Rock ‘N Play. Many parents swear by the rock ‘n play and have attributed getting sleep the first few months to this, but others put baby in the crib the first night home and don’t look back. A potential issue that may arise is transitioning the baby from rock ‘n play to crib, since they go from sleeping at an angle to flat on their back.

  • Diaper pail. Some swear by one, and some just use a small metal trash can with a lid and empty it every 3 days (or every day!). Once baby starts eating solids, you will definitely need something unless you don’t mind smelling sewage, so perhaps base this decision on how much of a pain it is to empty the trash.

  • Swaddle blankets. You’ll probably need some sort of blanket regardless, but many parents love the Miracle Blanket or The Magic Sleepsuit to keep baby’s Moro reflex from waking herself up.

  • Mobile. We’re fans of cute and colorful mobiles that can hang from the ceiling, though admittedly they’re more nursery decor than anything else. We found that around 1-2 mo+ babies are staring at things more and mobiles seem beneficial. This could be a decision you put off until later.

 

GEAR

  • Umbrella stroller. We initially thought having more than one stroller was unnecessary, but this can really make your life easier, especially when traveling on a plane or if you have limited car trunk space. Sometimes you just need something small and light to get around, especially if you live in the city. Depending on your lifestyle and where you live, you could potentially get by with just an umbrella stroller.

  • Travel crib/pack n play. Depends on how much you travel (or if you co-sleep), or if you have extra bedrooms when guests stay over. It can also come in handy for containing a mobile little one while cooking or doing other activities.

  • Baby monitor. If you have a small apartment or the baby sleeps in your room, you may not need one. Decide based on your home and preference, including if the monitor is audio only or video as well.

  • Activity mat. This is a great way for your infant to work on tummy time and reaching for objects, but a blanket and dangling toys could work too.

  • Bouncer seat. Sometimes you need to put baby down and this is a great, safe option.

  • Jumper/activity center. If baby spends a lot of time at home, this could be useful. It also helps around 5-8 months to strengthen baby’s legs and prepare for crawling. These are also helpful when you need to put baby somewhere and she’s grown out of the bouncer.

  • Swing. These take up a lot of space, but some parents swear that it was the only thing that soothed their baby. Other babies seem not to care for it, so unfortunately it may be trial and error for you.

  • White noise machine. If you follow the 5 S’s, this will be a necessity. It also helps if you live in a noisy city.

 

BATH

  • Hooded towels. Super cute, but a regular towel works just as well.

  • Baby bathtub. Some simply use the kitchen sink, but this is helpful if bath time is part of baby’s nightly ritual (and you haven’t cleared all the dishes yet!), or if you don’t have a full bath. You could also use an infant bath sponge cushion in a regular bathtub.

 

FEEDING

  • Bottle warmer. Thawing frozen milk in warm water works great, but this could be helpful for heating up formula or a refrigerated bottle. Some bottle warmers only work for smaller bottles, so be aware.

  • Bottle sterilizer. You may want to look into this if you don't have a dishwasher, but you can easily sterilize bottles in a pot of boiling water or the top rack of your dishwasher. 

  • Bottle drying rack. If you use a lot of bottles, this will be worth it, if only to keep all the parts in one place so they don’t get lost while allowing them to dry fully. But placing them on a towel to dry also works fine.

  • Baby food maker. If you already have a normal food processor or blender, those will work perfectly.

 

OTHER

  • Pacifier. You may have to try a few different types to see which fit best for your baby, but if your baby will take one, they can help a lot. Plus, you can get rid of a pacifier, but not a thumb! However, some babies won’t ever take one, so you may not even need these.

  • Toys. Check back for posts about the best toys at different stages!

 

Hope these lists were helpful! It can be overwhelming putting together your baby registry, especially since you wouldn’t think a tiny human would need so much stuff. However, aside from the essentials including our diaper bag, you can always put off the other stuff and see if you really need or want them (or have the space!) later. Congratulations on your new bundle!

 

Baby Registry: The Things You Need

Chantal Standafer

A shot from Laura's baby book themed shower. Photo by  James Song

A shot from Laura's baby book themed shower. Photo by James Song

Last week we gave you a quick list of things you really don’t need to get for baby; now it’s time for the essentials. So besides a great diaper bag, here’s the list:

NURSERY

  • Crib

  • Mattress

  • Sheets

  • Humidifier (for when baby gets sick)

Note: Most cribs can convert into a toddler bed. Think about if this is something you want to be able to do.  Some conversion kits come with the crib while others are sold separately. We ended up getting a toddler bed instead of the conversion kit for the crib because we were going to use the crib for the new baby. Some people buy a second crib and have both children in cribs. It depends on the spacing between your children and your preference.

 

GEAR

  • Carseat (infant and/or convertible)

  • Stroller. Some can convert to double strollers with a second seat, so if you think your children will be somewhat close in age you may want to consider one with this capability.

  • Baby carrier

  • Diaper bag

Note: There are so many different options available for all of these items. Really evaluate your lifestyle and your needs. If you’ll be in and out of the car a lot, the infant car seat that combines with a stroller base (travel system) probably makes sense for you. Eventually you will need a convertible car seat, so might as well go ahead and register for one. Also, not every car seat fits easily in each car, so be sure to evaluate the seats with this in mind.

 

EAT

  • Bottles + bottle brushes

  • Nursing/feeding pillow

  • Breast pump

  • Nursing bras + pads

  • Burp cloths

  • High chair

  • Eating bibs

  • Baby/small spoons

Note: You may be eligible to get a breast pump for free through your insurance, so be sure to look into that!

 

HEALTH+SAFETY

  • Diapers

  • Wipes

  • Diaper rash ointment

  • Washcloths

  • Baby shampoo + soap

  • Thermometer

  • Nail scissors/clippers

  • Snot sucker

  • Gates

  • Outlet plugs

Note: While baby may be in newborn size diapers for a bit (though if you have a bigger baby you may not need these at all!), get some size 1 to have on hand--baby will grow out of the newborn size before you know it! And if there’s a great deal on diapers, consider stocking up. These things do not go bad and you will use them. Amazon subscribe & save is also a great option.

Be sure to check back to get the low down on the items parents are split on. Until then, good luck with the registry! 

Baby Registry: 7 Things You Can Do Without

Laura Hahn

A shot from our maternity session with c+a's amazing photographer, Billye.

A shot from our maternity session with c+a's amazing photographer, Billye.

Navigating your baby registry as a first time mom can be really daunting, so we’re here to help! For starters, here are 7 things you don’t need:

  • Baby changing station. While cute especially when part of a furniture set, this really just ends up taking a lot of space and becomes unnecessary when baby is out of diapers. Instead, simply put a changing pad on top of a regular dresser. Just make sure you put a non-slip mat (the kind you put under an area rug) underneath the pad so it doesn’t slip around.

  • Infant First Aid Kit. While a good idea in theory, you either end up getting most of these things from the hospital or only end up using 1 or 2 things in it that are way cheaper and better quality when bought separately. Just make sure you have baby scissors or clippers, a thermometer, and a snot sucker. Done.

  • Wipe warmer. Just, no. I know we want to do everything for our babies, but refusing to use a room-temperature or slightly cool wipe is excessive. Plus, the warmer will dry out the wipes rendering them close to useless.

  • Pee-pee teepees. If you have a baby boy, you may be tempted to buy or ask for these, but the reality is they don’t even stay on. Here’s a tip: bro tends to pee when he’s exposed to the cold, so cover with his dirty diaper, get a new one ready underneath, do your quick clean and change. You can also cover him with a wipe in between for extra coverage.

  • Stuffed animals. When these start to accumulate, they become your nemesis because they take up so much space and are useless. Baby will also probably only care about 1 or 2, and that’s at an older age. Resist the urge, especially because other people will inevitably gift you some (or way more than you need).

  • Clothes/baby shoes/blankets. You definitely need clothes and blankets (you really don’t need infant shoes, though they’re super cute!), but your baby will grow so fast. Keep in mind that you won’t know how big your baby is, so s/he may not even fit in newborn sized clothing. If you can, borrow clothes from a family member or friend. Clothes and blankets are also things that people love to gift you apart from your registry, so chances are you’ll end up getting more than enough without even asking. If you have a specific swaddle blanket you’re eyeing, definitely put it on there, but otherwise it’s better to keep these items to a minimum.

  • Special baby detergent. Any detergent that is “free and clear” is fine; these don't contain any dyes or perfumes that could irritate baby’s skin. While you're at it, get a bigger size so you can use it for the whole family.

Check back soon for posts on what you definitely need to have on your list, as well as items parents are split on. Until then, happy registering!