Baby Registry

January 26, 2015

First time mom here.

Creating a baby registry isn't as easy as it sounds. You really have to sit there and look through ALL the baby stuff and pick out what you think you might need. If I could go back and re-do my registry, I'd add the items below. I ended buying all of these after having the baby.

1.Brica Mirror 
This mirror is great. We have a pretty tiny kid so she'll be rear facing for a while. It's nice being able to see what she's doing back there and she can see me too.

2. White Noise Machine
We didn't buy this till after Erin turned one. We told ourselves that we'd train Erin to be a heavy sleeper and we wanted her to get used to sleeping in any noise condition (noisy or quiet). Unfortunately, we live in a very old townhouse. 4 levels! Erin's room happens to be right above the noisy garage and right under our noisy bathroom. With loud plumbing, extremely creaky floors, a loud husband, thin walls..we decided to try out this white noise machine. I'm not sure if it's actually making a difference with Erin's sleep, but it does drown out a lot of the unnecessary noise. Overall, I like it.

3. Earth Mama Angel Baby New Mama Bottom Spray
The first few weeks Postpartum were no fun. I was dealing with a Third.Degree.Tear. Not kool. I researched online and I stumbled upon this spray. It's all natural and it smells so good. I think it really helped with the healing process and I'd definitely recommend it.
4. Books
I didn't even think to register any kid books. But books are so important! We've been reading to Erin since she was just a few days old. I'd definitely recommend registering some books if you don't have any already. Some favs of Erin's during the first 6 months were: "Where's baby's belly button?", "Where's Spot?" and the Going to Bed book.

5. Electric Food Mill
I didn't register any food related items. We ended up giving Erin solids at an early age of 4 months. She refused the bottle during daycare so we started giving her solids so she'd have something in her stomach during the day. This is a pretty basic food mill, but it works great. I used this to puree everything.

6. OXO Tot Freezer Storage Containers
These are great for storing/freezing baby food. The 2 oz ones worked well for me. They are microwave safe and great for on the go. 

7. Aden + Anais Dream Blanket
I love these blankets. They aren't too thick or too thin. They come in cute patterns too. I've got quite of a few of these. They're great for traveling or just to keep in your car in case of a cold day. 

8. Zipper PJ's
Babies poop A LOT. I didn't realize how much till I had one myself. For the first few weeks of life, Erin probably pooped about 3-5 times a day (many of those times were during the night). That was when I realized how thankful I was for zippers. Zipper PJ's all the way. They are easy to take off and put on. These are especially helpful when you're doing a late night diaper change and you don't want to completely wake up the kid.

9. Boppy Nursing Pillow
I breastfed Erin till she turned one. I had my highs and lows breastfeeding throughout the year. Overall it was a positive experience. The first few months were pretty dang challenging though...and to add to that, I didn't have this pillow! It seriously was a game changer. I don't know why I didn't bother buying a nursing pillow in the first place. Before I bought the pillow I was using my legs as a rest or I'd stack several pillows to rest on..but that eventually took a toll on my back, neck and arms. That's when I decided to buy the pillow. I absolutely loved it and I'd recommend every nursing mama to get some sort of nursing pillow. 

*10. Manual Breast Pump
I didn't actually get around to buying it this time around, but I really should have. Since I was working full-time I kept my electric pump at work. What I realized was that sometimes on the weekends, Erin would eat less during a few nursing sessions and I'd be left with full and uncomfortable breasts. These manual pumps are light and easy to travel with. So I'm definitely getting this for baby no. 2. 

A few things I registered that I didn't use/need.
1. Booster Chair - Didn't end up using this one. We got a Inglesina (absolutely love it) from my sister and we ended up using it all the time (still do).
2. Diaper Genie - We just use a regular trashcan.
3. Crib Mobile - It ended up breaking after a few months and we didn't end up replacing it.

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