Writing my baby registry was my favorite part of being pregnant. If you’ve read this post, you know that I didn’t have the best pregnancy, but there was something about writing my registry that made me happy!
There are a lot of questions that come up when writing your registry. What do I need? What isn’t really necessary? Am I asking for too much?
These questions really depend on the person, but I know I was scared that I’d have to pay for whatever I didn’t get at my baby shower. That’s when I started to make a list of what I really needed and what I really wanted. Everything else wasn’t a priority. Here’s my list of things no one would think are necessary!
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What I Really Needed from my Baby Registry
According to the SIDS regulations, infants should not have a blanket in their bed until they are at least a year old. Because of this, I used swaddle blankets to keep Kayleigh warm during the winter. They don’t suffocate her and even helped her sleep!
Some Type of Bed
I say some type because there are so many options! SIDS also recommends that your child sleep in your room until they are at least 6 months old. I don’t know about you, but I was not interested in having a crib in my bedroom. We kept Kayleigh in a pack and play, or her bouncer, for as long as we could until we moved her into her crib. Obviously, you’re going to need somewhere for your child to sleep eventually!
Newborn and 0-3 Month Clothes
I recommend both of these at the start because you never really know how big your baby will be. Everyone told me that I wouldn’t need a ton of newborn, but they were very wrong. Kayleigh ended up being in newborn for almost the first month of her life. Under this category, make sure to get pants, onesies, and sleepers!
Most hospitals won’t even let you leave the house without a car seat! I’ve put my recommended car seat below. It comes with a stroller that it clicks in which was super helpful when we didn’t want to wake Kayleigh up switching from the car to the stroller.
Hooded towels are so under-rated. When your child gets out of the bathtub, having a towel that covers there head is important. Most of their heat comes from their head and no one likes a shivering baby!
There are so many reasons for why you need a baby monitor. The biggest reason being so that you can get things done while your baby sleeps, but still keep an eye out on them. You really don’t need a super expensive one even though having it connect to your phone is pretty convenient. The one that we got, below, has everything we need and cost less than $100.
Children’s Grooming Kit
These grooming kits have nail clippers, nail files, and a thermometer. It has been so helpful for us since we know we have everything in a small kit to keep our little girl in tip top shape!
Things from my Baby Registry I just REALLY Wanted
This is one that a lot of people say you don’t need. Sure, you can change a poopy diaper at the changing table upstairs then walk that diaper all the way to the outside trash so it doesn’t stink. Or you could just put it in the diaper genie. It has carbon filters too so it masks the smell of all those different movements your baby has!
Glider and Ottoman
A lot of people don’t have room for a glider and ottoman, but if you do, I recommend getting one! Being able to just sit there and rock my daughter when she needs a little comfort is much easier than it could have been. Not to mention, it kept me from nursing in bed and falling asleep while nursing.
Baby Bath Tub
There are so many different types of baby bath tubs. We originally had one that was just a mesh chair so that you could fill the tub. This was great for wash cloth baths because I didn’t need to fill up the entire bath tub! We eventually moved over to the baby dam! As soon as Kayleigh could sit up, we filled up only half the tub and she LOVES taking baths now!
Your baby registry will most likely have a lot of other things on it. Don’t forget you need diapers, wipes, rash creams, and baby wash!
-Trying Not to Go Crazy,