Setting up a baby registry can be so overwhelming, especially for a new mom-to-be like me. Everyone has an opinion about what these “baby necessities” are, but yet every baby comes out the shoot with different needs and preferences. Want to load up on diapers? Guess what, you won’t know what size to buy until the little guy (or gal) arrives. Just because they are, in fact, a newborn doesn’t mean they’ll fit into those adorable little diapers. Oh, and don’t forget how sensitive their skin can be so don’t think that one brand fits all. Then it’s the debate over cloth diapers or disposable ones. Do us mothers get imaginary gold stars for making choices like these…about diapers? And what about wipes…
Not only are these decisions important (because everything you put on your newborn is, let’s face it, important), but living with a minimalist husband makes the task of acquiring this baby stuff slightly more difficult. I must admit, though, that although I wouldn’t necessarily consider myself the minimalist he is, I am of the mindset that I don’t want my already small home to be overrun by baby stuff we don’t need. So here comes the discussion about what these basic necessities are and how you can have a baby without all the crap we think we need (or what everyone else tells us we need).
Here are the top picks from my baby registry that I can’t wait to use with my little guy when he arrives.
1: Baby List Registry
Everyone needs to start somewhere and I have found Baby List to be the perfect way to combine all the registries you would have to create at individual retailers all in one spot. Think of it kind of like the Pinterest for baby registries. You can pull items from across the internet (including Etsy!) and it compiles them in one place, which makes it easy for your friends and family to pick the items you really want. My husband and I live away from family so online ordering is key and Baby List makes it easy for others to shop for us with the convenience of shipping it right to our doorstep.
Another great feature is when you add an item to your list it automatically includes listings for other retailers that may have that same item for cheaper. So, it takes the work out of finding the best deal! Don’t know what to include on your registry? Baby List has you covered. They recommend all different kinds of sample registries for you to look through to get an idea of what you may want. Do you want everything under the sun? A minimalist (like us)? Baby List compiles their essentials based on your responses in a little survey to get you started. Already know what you want? You have the freedom to create your registry just the way you want it.
Need to see an example? Take a peek for yourself at our registry.
2: 4Moms *Rocka Roo Plush (NB-6 mo)
If you haven’t already heard of the glory that is anything practically made by 4Moms then you’re missing out. I pretty much want to register for everything they make and it comes down to the simplicity of their products and the fact that they can have multiple uses. This magical device is a baby swing that offers various ways in which to soothe your little one, 5 speeds, the ability to hook up to your iPhone for controls and music, and the padding is machine washable.
3: Owlet Infant Heart Rate & Oxygen Monitor
When it comes to safety I tend to have the spare no expense mentality – especially about my baby. Just watching one testimonial didn’t strike fear where there wasn’t already, however it did make me aware that literally anything could happen in the middle of the night. SIDS, rolling over, choking, etc. and the last thing I need is to put my baby to sleep and wake up to something very tragic simply because I didn’t know my baby needed help.
Owlet is a heart rate and oxygen monitor that incorporates hospital-grade technology into a small Smart Sock that your baby wears while they sleep. A base station is kept right on your bedside table and will alert you if your baby’s heart or oxygen rate dips below normal – that way you can intervene before tragedy strikes. This monitor is equipped to be compatible with Apple products such as your iPhone for remote monitoring (really enjoy that date night!) and even offers different sized Smart Socks so that the monitor can adjust with your baby’s growth.
4: *4Moms Infant Bathtub (NB-8 mo)
Another great product from 4Moms (I’m serious about loving absolutely everything they make) is this *infant bathtub. It works both in a kitchen sink or on the counter and is made to use with running water so your baby always bathes in fresh water while the tub circulates the soiled water out through small drains. There’s a temperature gauge to ensure the perfect water temps and this is a tub that you can use (recommended) for newborns up to 8 months or when your baby can sit up on their own. This is $50 well spent and I can’t wait to start using it!
5: Orbit Infant Travel System
I am all about starter kits that are innovative and, again, have multiple purposes. I don’t mind splurging a little for items that are safe, durable, and will make transporting my little guy simpler. This starter kit by Orbit is one of my favorite car seat/stroller combinations on the market. It’s called orbit due to the circular base it fits into and the ability to twist 360 degrees and lock your carseat into the base in your car or to the base in the stroller. 2-in-1! I am very much looking forward to not fumbling around with getting the carseat in and out of the car or even having to take my son in and out of a carseat just to put him in a stroller.
Have you guys heard of Nest? They offer all different products ranging from smart thermostats and smoke/carbon monoxide detectors, but the one product I’m in love with is their *NestCam. Now, I understand it’s moreso an all-use video camera intended on 24/7 surveillance of your home or whatever room you place it in – but it will work perfectly as a baby monitor, too. It has night vision, an easy to use app for your convenience while you’re away, and notifies you via your phone of anything that seems out of the norm. Plus, it even has a feature where you can talk or listen through your *NestCam. How cool is that?! I also like the fact that even after my babe is all grown up and doesn’t need a monitor anymore, I can use it for the home. Win, win!
7: Diaper Bag
A diaper bag should be an item on anyones registry (some would even recommend two – one for mom and one for dad). I’m convinced (and maybe a little naive) that we can get by on one awesome bag and a portable changing mat. Pottery Barn offers diaper bags that are reliable and spacious (and who doesn’t like to have things monogrammed?). Since a diaper bag will soon replace my need for a purse, it’s important for me to have a bag that will allow me to keep my things as well as the baby’s all in one, easy to locate, place. Plus, it’s a bag that my husband can carry and not feel like it’s for a woman.
8: Gift Cards
I swear by gift cards and narrowing down the specific stores I shop at help those perusing my registry that much more. I’m never worried about receiving items I don’t want or clothes that look tacky or just something I’d never dress our son in. I personally could just dump the entire Carter’s store into my home and be very content. Going back to my diaper dilemma, having gift cards will allow you to make the purchases you may have to wait on until your baby comes home. This includes diapers, wipes, and clothing. Not to mention, gift cards are great because you have the choice in what you spend the money on. The needs of your baby may be different from the assumptions (or recommendations) others can make about what you might need and a gift card is always an acceptable gift.
9: Lost My Name Customizable Children’s Book
Okay, is this necessarily a must have registry item, probably not. However how adorable is this concept? And who doesn’t like customizing anything? I love the idea of customizing children’s books so that your little one has a book published just for them. Lost My Name follows the story of a little boy (or girl) who goes on an adventure to find their lost name. Over the course of the book they find one letter at a time and by the end of the story they have found their name! It makes for a great gift or a personalized touch for any nursery.
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Using common sense, these are just a few of the items that I’m most looking forward to using, but every family is different. Our circumstance is that we live in a one bedroom apartment and so we have to be smart about the space we use and the things we occupy that space with. Baby Greyson doesn’t have his own nursery yet, so making smart choices about what things he will need is an important decision. Besides, we aren’t made of money either so budgeting for baby is as equally important. We are taking the minimalist approach to baby stuff, but in the end that’s what works for our family.
— Kelly Daniel (@kellyjdaniel1) January 19, 2016
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Have you purchased any of these products? Anything you absolutely rave about?
Or what are your top picks for a new mom?
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