Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Baby Registry Question

I was just checking up on my baby registry and was wondering if any of you had some suggestions of things that are "ABSOLUTE MUSTS" for a new baby?

Anything that I should make sure is on my registry or make sure that I don't go without?

What do you like to use?



Em said...

I put my new one in a onesie that snaps around the butt, but it tugged on his umbilical cord to much and caused it to bleed. I didn't realize this before, but you can buy little kimonos from gerber that are pretty cheap and they are more like a t-shirt. They are easy to put on and don't pull on that owie. I also love love love just the plan cloth diapers for everything, burping, cleaning up pee and just to set him on occasionally. Don't forget all the things you will need for yourself after, you'll be pretty sore. I love the Tucks and bought a bunch of those. We also have a lot of hand sanitizer around the house. I also love love love the swaddling blankets. I don't know if you have seen those but we love to wrap him up in those at night. Good luck!! :) Love, Em

Phannie said...

A Tuck?

What's a tuck?

Mrs. B. Roth said...

I think cribs are a waste of money. I had one for my oldest and by 17 months he was about climbing out of it. With #2 and 3, I only used the portable crib. The one I have has an attachment for when they are very small so they only go about 2 feet low. Then, when the start to roll and sit up, you put them all the way down. #3 is now 18 months and sleeps in it SO well. Even if she were to climb out, which she can't yet, it's a lot lower to the floor. PLUS, if you stay over at grandmas and such, it's easy to bring the very thing they are most comfy sleeping in. Helps a TON!

SO, the nursery doesn't look all traditional, but we saved the money on a crib for a real bed they can use the rest of their whole childhood.

Also, Gas drops and teething pills. I don't know if it's just a placebo effect, but when you're crazy and have no idea what is wrong, these items sometimes help.

Breast pads ... plenty of breast pads, and lanolin cream for sore nipples.

Don't get a baby robe ... useless.

and you can totally use little socks for mittens to keep them from scratching their faces off.

Fleece ... lots of soft warm fleece!

Good luck.

hartleyhouse said...

A swing. I don't think I would have made it without a swing. We've never had one of those big fancy ones, I like the portable ones that you can take from one room to another easily. But 3 out of our 4 kids slept in the swing for the first 4 months of their life.
And don't buy a big fancy single stroller, we did and it ended up in our attic while we used the little umbrella stroller all the time.

Jennifer and Brian Bott said...

I wouldn't have survived without a breast pump. My little guy loved the bouncier, he would often sleep in it at nap time.
Hope all goes well. Good luck

Mer said...

I totally agree with hartleyhouse. She gives the best advice. I emailed her (and SWHSB) when I was pregnant because I only wanted advice from people with MULTIPLE kids. I figured they'd been through enough to know what works sometimes vs. what works all the time.

In fact, she GAVE me my swing (the Fisher Price Rain Forest Take-a-long Swing) and I LOVE IT. I used it at night when they were fussy. I used it when we traveled. I used it when I just wanted to take a nap. I used it when I wanted to eat in peace. Late at night, I figured out how to set it up next to bed so I could just roll over when the kid yelled. It was better than having a bassinet (also pointless. Don't bother with those). You can get them for about $35 bucks at Target, and it will be the best $35 bucks you've ever spent.

Yeah. Don't get a fancy stroller. Pointless.

Spray N Wash. Nothing removes spit up stains like Spray N Wash Brand Stain Remover. It saved so many of my clothes from those ugly yellow stains.

OH, don't bother with a machine steam sanitizer. They make these sanitizing bags that work in the microwave (and you can reused them 20 times each --so a $5 box gets you 100 uses). They take up WAAAAY less space and are much faster than those "nursery sanitizer" machines.

Really -- minimal is better. There is very little you actually NEED for the first bit other than something to feed the kid, something to dress/wrap them in, and diapers and wipes.

The two things that really helped me were two books: Go find the book "PARENTS, INC" -- its about how parents get sold on things that they don't need. It changed the way I thought about getting ready for a baby. The other book was "The Baby Whisperer" by Tracy Haug. It saved my emotional health and shaped my parenting philosophy. I recommend her to everyone I know. I think it's a more important book to read than "what to expect" -- go find it. I know how you like books!

Mer said...

Wow. THAT was long...

Tali said...

I would say you need to have very little of the "must haves" till after baby comes. every kid is different and you can get a lot of those things after she is born and you see what she needs, sleep wise, feeding wise, clothes wise. one baby might love to be swaddled all the time and so yes you would need lots of swaddling blankets. but your baby might hate to be swaddled and need lots of warm jammies to wear all teh time because you can't keep blankets on her. same goes for everything. once she is born and you get to know her you will know and find the things you need. for you though. there are a few things you need to keep in mind for post baby. swelling in areas where you are not use to. nipples can be really sore and even bleed. and thats about all I can think of now.

Phannie said...

Thank you much everyone. Those were great suggestions. I will keep them in mind.

the fellers said...

you asked what a tuck was...if she was talking about what I thought she was, a tuck is a tucks wipe, for hemrroids, and just soothing the southern region. Also, I would use a dermoplast spray, HEAVENLY! A swing, you NEED a swing, it was a must have for both of my kids. I just got a little portable one that was only a few inches off the floor, not too expensive and works great...plus, my advice would be to register or suggest, if people are giving you clothes, do give BIG clothes, like even 18 months, cause if you are like me, I loved buying little stuff, and had A TON of it, and somethings they didnt even wear, cause they grow so fast, but by the time they were 18 months or a year, I was all, "Hmmm, they dont have very many clothes..." SO, it was nice to be able to use the bigger stuff people gave me then. Also, a little hygiene kit for babies, or I am not even sure what it is called, but it has like a ball sucker thing for noses and spit up in the mouth, a thermometer, a dropper, baby nail clipper and stuff, a must have!

lilskrimp01 said...

When you register for your baby registry they will give you a list of the must have items!


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