I’ve had a few people ask me to do a post on “what the hell to put on a baby registry” and I couldn’t be happier to oblige, because it was something that I found to be completely overwhelming! As someone who has very limited experience with children, it was almost impossible to know what was what.
It took hours of research and reading reviews and asking close friends and family members what they recommended, but we finally came up with a registry that we feel is realistic. I know I’ve mentioned them before, but BabyList is hands down the coolest registry ever. [They don’t know who I am, and they don’t pay me to say that, I’m just a fan.]
Clearly, this is not the be-all-end-all (nor is it our entire registry), but I’m hoping it can serve as a starting off point for couples who are starting to compile their registry.
Skip Hop Chelsea Diaper Bag via Target ($99.) I’ve been adamant on finding a diaper bag that doesn’t look like a diaper bag, but is still functional. I also wanted tons of pockets, and I feel like this bag satisfies both of those desires. My brother and his girlfriend got it for me, and I am so thankful! At the shower, several non-moms said “I would carry that as a bag!” which sealed the deal for me 😉
Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, My Little Snugabunny via Amazon ($58.) This contraption came highly recommended from several close friends. It vibrates, you can rock it, and some parents I know have said it’s the best thing they owned for the first few months. I know all babies take to things differently, but I’m hoping we have similar success!
Evenflo Exersaucer Jump & Learn Bouncer via Target ($89.) Honestly, I had no clue what the hell an exersaucer even was until I Googled it, but apparently these things are good to have.
Bumbo Floor Seat via Target ($39.) Again, WTF is a Bumbo? Apparently it’s a great seat for little ones, if their legs aren’t too cubby too to fit through the leg holes.
Woombie via Babies R Us ($25 – $27.) I hear that swaddling you baby is the shit, but having never actually swaddled a baby, I registered for these (as well as swaddling blankets) because they seem pretty fool proof.
Baby Bjorn via Amazon ($152.) Oh, the Ergo vs the Bjorn debate is one I found to be as old as time. I think you’d be fine with either, but we ended up choosing this one because of the reviews on The NightLight (an extremely helpful website for parents and parents-to-be!)
The New York City Momma changing pad via Patemm. From the Patemm website: patemm inc proudly introduces the original, new and improved, mom-invented, patented*, award-winning portable patemm® pads, a round design that allows you to place your little one in any direction. You can store diapers, wipes, and even a set of clothes in the cleverly-placed inside pockets. When not in use, the patemm® pad folds into a compact carrier without the use of ties, buttton, snaps, or Velcro®
Dropcam via Dropcam ($200.) We got the Dropcam as our baby monitor; it’s one of the higher-end items that we asked for, but it’s pretty damn cool. It hooks up to an app on your phone, and you can see the whole room, not just the crib. I love it.
Britax 2014 B-Agile Stroller via Amazon ($229.) Don’t stress about picking the right stroller; there’s only forty thousand out there to choose from. WTF. Like, isn’t a stroller a fucking stroller?! Apparently not, my friends. I hear that the BOB stroller has a cult-like following if you’re a runner, but I don’t get the hype. Maybe it’s because I’m not a runner, nor do I plan on ever running or jogging post-baby.
Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat via Target ($189.) I learned in an “infant care and safety” class that kids these days are in some sort of carseat or booster seat until they get their learner’s permit (ish), but we didn’t bother with a convertible car seat just yet. I wanted a carseat that I could carry into a restaurant or something like that. This carseat also fits into the stroller we chose, so that’s good.
Keekaroo Height Right High Chair with Tray via Target ($199.) Kind of like wanting a diaper bag that doesn’t look like a diaper bag, we wanted a chic-looking highchair. We know we won’t be using this for some time, but we also know it’s inevitable.
Munchkin Fresh Food Feeders via Target ($7.) Again, not something we’ll need right away, but I’ve heard good things about these mesh feeder things. I also hear they’re good for teething if you freeze them.
Cuisinart Food Processor via Amazon ($169.) I plan on making my own baby food because I’m cheap as hell. We own a tiny food processor, but this one is much bigger (14-cup) and newer and nicer and I’m looking forward to making mushy food with it.
Boppy Newborn and Infant Lounger via Target ($29.) My cousin, Sarah, told me she found this contraption to be helpful, and I trust everything Sarah says. My cousin, Sam, also swears by the original Boppy for breastfeeding, so we got that as well! I have a feeling that this kid will have so many different things to lounge in…
So there you have it! A list of the items on our registry that required the most thought and research. I hope my moms-to-be found this to be helpful!