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Babies are cool. Most people can admit that. Babies are also the tiniest people in your house and they need the most stuff. As a mother of 4, I have learned over the past few years what you need and what you don’t. Today, I am sharing my Top 10 Baby Registry Picks with you.
When I was pregnant with my first, I immediately knew I wanted to use Babies “R” Us to create our registry. If you go to their stores, you can use their Registry 101 and Completion Events. There are registry experts to help you the first Saturday of the month in navigating the world of baby things. The best part is once you have your baby, you can attend a completion event on the third Tuesday of the month and get a discount to complete your registry! Saving money, especially on baby things is so important. Before you head out to the store, I want to give you an idea of what you need. So let’s get started! Also as an added bonus, you get to play “guess the baby” in all the pictures. 😛
1. A Place to Sleep
Whether you are going to have your baby sleep in your room or in their nursery, they need a place to sleep. A crib is really all you need but if you want them to start in your room, a smaller bassinet or play yard with a newborn sleeping attachment is key. Unless you want to move the crib from room to room (I know I don’t).
2. White Noise Machine
While you’re on the sleep train, get a noise machine. We have one that is in a stuffed animal and creates either white noise or the sound of a heartbeat. Your baby has spent its whole time in your belly listening to the sounds of you so being in a completely silent room may freak them out. Also, you can use the stuffed animal as a transition toy for when you want to stop the white noise.
3. Swaddler Blankets
Your nurse at the hospital will be able to make your baby into the cutest burrito. Have them teach you how to do it so that you can use your blankets at home. While I like the hospital ones, muslin blankets are big and easy to work with so be sure to get a pack of those. Cotton ones tend to shrink and then you can’t swaddle very well.
No matter your feeding method, having a pack of bottles on hand is key. You may pump and want your husband to take a feeding or maybe you are using formula, either way, a pack of bottles on hand is always helpful.
5. Newborn Lounge Pillow
These pillows are amazing. I didn’t have them with my first but since my second, I have loved it. You can let your baby lay on the floor without actually being on the floor. They are also helpful for starting tummy time. My babes love to hang out on them while I’m working in my office. Such cute office assistants.
Swings are nice but bouncers are key. You can strap baby in and move anywhere. The yard, the bathroom so you can shower, the kitchen. When your baby kicks, the bouncer bounces so you never have to worry about being close to a plug or running out of batteries.
Obviously your baby can’t just live its life naked. No matter how cute. My kids were between 6.5-7.5 pounds at birth and while they technically could fit into newborn size, I always went straight for 0-3 months because they will last longer. You should get some bodysuits, some sleepers, and some sleep sacks or dresses. Those are key for night time diaper changes.
8. Diaper Genie® Complete
Speaking of diapers, you need somewhere to put them once they’re used. I LOVE my Diaper Genie®. Our first diaper pail was terrible and when my friend recommended Diaper Genie®, I bought one and never looked back. It has a 7-layer refill bag for the ultimate odor lock system. It also contains a Built-In Odor Controlling Antimicrobial AND double-air tight clamps to help seal in odors. You will never smell a stinker once you’ve thrown it away. I promise.
Of course, you will also need diapers. Remember that Completion Discount? You’ll love being able to take advantage of it when buying diapers so be sure to add a ton of them to your registry.
And finally, a baby bathtub. Before your baby is big enough for the normal bathtub, these are perfect for washing your little one. They often have “stages” so your tub will go from tiny newborn to 6 or so months.
So, those are my top 10 picks for creating the perfect baby registry. Have you ever made one? What is the One Thing you couldn’t leave off? You can check out more ideas here!