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What I Would Put On My Baby Registry Now (After Two Kids) - The Ultimate Baby Registry Checklist

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How cute is baby Holland?!? Looking back at this makes me so nostalgic and itchy for another baby. Actually putting together this whole post was enough to send me into the throes of baby fever. But, alas, I think My body and mind need just a little more time to recover from four years of what I like to call the dark ages. (I say that with love). But we all know that pregnancy and infant years can be taxing. Which is exactly why I put this list together for any of you 'mom's to be' out there.

If I were to have another baby now (and it was socially acceptable here to do a registry for a third child) these are the things I would ask for and why....


THE NURSERY:

Ultimate Baby Registry Checklist - What to Register For


Shoppable Links
1.Foam Mattress |  2. Sheets | 3. Baby Mod Crib | 4. DaVinci Crib | 5. Breathable Bumpers | 6. Rocker | 7. Halo Sleep Sack |  8. Love To Dream Swaddle | 9. Aden & Anais Swaddling Blankets | 10.Rock N Play | 11. Halo Bassinet | 12. Dohm Sound Conditioner | 13. Cloud B Bubbly Bunny | 14. V-Tech Bear Monitor | 15. Diaper Genie & Refills | 16. Changing Table | 17. Changing Pad W/Cover | 18. GreenAir Humidifier 

First off  I want to make it clear that all your baby needs is somewhere to sleep, something to eat and something in which to poop. Please Do not feel that any of these pieces must be purchased. They are simply items that I think will make life a little more efficient and calm.

- A Crib & Mattress - These are the only things you absolutely have to have in your nursery. This mattress is foam like the trendy adult Casper beds. It's designed to be firm for safety, yet that foam sounds way more comfortable and conducive for deep slumber.

While I loved the crib we had, I would go back in time and pick something that was a neutral color scheme. One that can pass as feminine or masculine. These two by Baby Mod and DaVinci are my favorites and are reasonably priced! I also love these soft and classic crib sheets by Aden + Anais.

- Bumpers - They are very useful to have once your little one starts to move around. However, the pretty cushioned ones aren't really considered safe anymore. These breathable mesh bumpers make for a great compromise. They keep baby's arms and legs from getting caught in the crib slats, but you can rest easy knowing that they will be able to breath through them should they get stuck in a weird spot.


-Rockers- I got very little use out of my rocker.  Both of my kids insisted on being held and rocked while I was standing. If I dared to move to a lower altitude they would revolt. However, A Rocker or glider is nice to have for those nights when you literally can not stay on your feet and but your congested baby can only find rest laying upright on your chest.

 Truthfully, I picked this particular one for the aesthetics. Neutral. Classic. Plus it will last through multiple children and could even be transitioned into a living room piece once they grow up.

-Swaddles, Swaddles, Swaddles- you will need swaddles!!! All babies sleep infinitely better when they are wrapped up tight. These three options were my absolute favorites. I loved the zip up one and this particular Halo sack, because they stayed in place way better than every other brand I tried. All of the off brand ones, were super easy for my kids to wiggle out of.

The muslin swaddling blankets are the absolute best to have around. They are the perfect dimensions for swaddling, but serve a multitude of purposes. They make for great car seat covers to provide shade from the sun. And they are the perfect weight for sleeping during those hot summer nights. Do yourself a favor and register for at least three.



-Bassinet- This Rock N Play bassinet was THE only thing that Hudson would sleep in for his first two months. Something about the shape of it, makes a baby feel so cuddled and enveloped. And now they've added all kinds of bells and whistles I would have died to have when we bought ours. It even rocks on it's own, now!!! Plus, when you throw in exclusive Johnathan Adler Design, you can't lose.

-Swivel Bassinet- I literally have no experience with this bassinet. I just put it on the list because I was dying to get one when Holland was a baby. So I'll just leave it here for you to inspect.

- Sound Conditioner- I bought one of these sound conditioners for Holland when she was born to block out all of the sounds from our dog and her older brother. But, I loved it so much I bought another one for myself. You will want some sort of sound machine, especially if you live in small quarters like we do.

-The Cloud B Bubbly Bunny- If you've followed us for a while  you know we are obsessed with this Bubbly Bunny. Holland has two and brings at least one with her every where she goes. It is unbelievably soft, but it also has a sound machine inside of it which is great to bring on car rides or send with them to day care for naps.

 -Monitor- Truthfully, I think any baby monitor that allows you to look at and hear your kid is all you need. But, I like this V-Tech Safe & Sound Bear because it allows you to talk back to them. Plus the camera is shaped like a bear. It can also play soothing sounds for baby and is reasonably priced compared to it's competitors.

-Diaper Pail- You need somewhere to put all the poop (especially if you have a dog. Just trust me on this one). The Diaper Genie is a standard. And they're much cuter now than when we bought ours! Also, if the refills price throws you off there are other brands that make eco friendly refills for a lower cost at most retailers

-Changing Table-  Confession... We have NEVER owned a changing table. I wish that we had, but we are just so short on space in our home that we decided to pass. However, if we have another child (And God willing are in a bigger home) I would pick one that is pretty, unisex and provides storage. Like this one by Badger.



-Humidifiers-  Just go ahead and register for one. Even if you don't think you'll need it. Because, there will come a night when you are up with a stuffy kid, searching WebMD for answers and convince yourself that you must go to the drugstore at 3:00 am to buy a humidifier. So just go ahead and throw it on the registry, now & you will thank yourself later. This one by GreenAir looks like a cat. Need I say more?



ON THE GO

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Shoppable Links
1. Timi & Leslie Diaper Bag | 2. Graco 4 Ever Car Seat  | 3. Mirror | 4. Pacifier Clip | 5. Moccasins | 6. Window Shades | 7. High Chair Cover | 8. Travel System | 9. K'Tan Carrier | 10. Piddle Pad

For getting around town all  you need is a car seat/infant carrier. Unless you don't have a car.. then you literally need nothing. But all of these things will save your sanity at some point, I swear!

-Diaper Bags- I honestly think Diaper Bags are a scam. Granted I'm on my second child so maybe that's why. I typically just throw a diaper and a bottle in my purse and go about my day. But, I suppose, they are convenient with all of the little pockets and changing pads. So, if you are going to get one.. do yourself a favor and register for one that makes you still feel like yourself and not your baby's personal assistant. I love Timi and Leslie for that reason! No one will know this is a diaper bag.



-Convertible Car Seats- These are a big ticket purchase so it's definitely nice to put it on the registry even though you wont necessarily need it right away. This Graco one sounds awesome to me because it transitions through every single stage of your child's life. But don't feel like you need to get one this expensive. We have had great experiences with Evenflo and Safety 1st which run much cheaper.

-Back Seat Mirror- You will need a shatterproof mirror to hang in your car. Because you are a new mom and you will want to glance back every five seconds to make sure they're still breathing. Plus as baby becomes more aware, the mirror can provide entertainment for them on car rides.

-Pacifier Clips- A Small little lifesaver if your kid is into pacifiers. Make sure you get one with a sturdy clip. Some of the plastic ones are a joke that your kid will rip off and leave on the floor every chance they get. Booginhead is awesome and affordable.



Another pacifier clip brand that I love is Boogalu Baby!! They hand make the most adorable clips with matching teethers and necklaces for mom!

-Shoes- You do not need shoes for your baby. Unless it is cold or they're going to be crawling around somewhere that socks do not provide enough protection. Babies were meant to be barefoot. Especially once they start crawling and walking, they will have a much easier time without anything bulky holding them back.

BUT, if you get shoes... You might as well get trendy adorable ones. I am a long time fan of Freshly Picked. They are pricey, but high quality. And the thin leather soles are meant to help your baby grip the ground better as they learn to walk.

- Window Shades- Shades for the car window are pretty self explanatory, but will be super helpful, especially on road trips.

- High Chair and Shopping Cart Covers- These are the best invention ever. Especially for a STAHM who has to bring her kid on Target runs every week. I prefer the larger, puffier ones, because you can start using them sooner. Even when baby is still not proficient at sitting up, This kind will be more comfortable for her to lean back on.

-Travel System- These can be a life saver. While, I think the Graco car seat advertises that it can be used for infants, you will still want a true infant seat that you can pop in and out of the car easily while baby is sound asleep. I picked this Graco System only because the three wheel strollers turn much easier than the four wheel ones. And when you get into three wheels, you are in the 'jogger' category which can be expensive. So this one is reasonably priced. Plus, black is neutral and unisex (are you picking up on  a theme here?)

If you do not want a full travel system A stroller frame is another great option. They usually work universally with all infant carriers. Plus they are typically less bulky and less expensive.

If you are tall like me, try to find a stroller with adjustable handles. I didn't think to research that while registering and I really regretted it later.

-Baby Carrier or Sling- This will be so helpful for those days when baby refuses to be set down But you have a million things to do.

I have owned the Moby Wrap, The Ergo Baby Carrier and a simple sling. In the newborn months the Ergo Baby was my favorite, but they are expensive and you have to pay extra for the newborn insert. Plus you feel like you're wearing a bulky backpack. The Moby is great, but for me, it was just too much fabric (50 feet!) to be messing around with when baby is crying to be picked up. When they are in a sitting up position a simple Sling is all you need. It's so fast, cheap and does the job.

So, that's why I suggest this one by K'Tan. Because it is a bit of a compromise between all three. They also sell Gently Used ones for a fraction of the cost straight from their website so you can feel comfortable knowing they have been properly inspected and cleaned!

-A Piddle Pad- As many blow outs as we have had and as many times I have had to deconstruct car seats to wash them, I wish I had at least two of these to keep in rotation. They will save you so much time, when the diaper isn't pulling it's weight!


FEEDING, GROOMING & ESSENTIAL MEDICINE

Ultimate Baby Registry Checklist - What to Register For

Shoppable Links
1. Double Breast Pump | 2. Boppy Nursing Pillow | 3. Avent Natural Bottles | 4. TwistShake Bottle Kit | 5. Boon Bathtub | 6. Nail Clippers | 7. California Baby Sensitive Toiletries Kit | 8. Jonathan Adler High Chair | 9. Desitin Rash Cream | 10. Teething Tablets | 11. Thermometer | 12. Dapple Detergent Strips | 13. Nose Frida | 14. Tylenol | 15. Digital Forehead Thermometer

-Breast Pump- If you plan to breast feed, a good pump is a must. Even if you plan to stay home with baby, you will want a way to pump in case you ever need to leave her at home for more than two hours. I would definitely recommend a double pump. Not only for efficiency, but when you start pumping on one side,.. the other side is going to start leaking.. and that second pump will prevent you from wasting milk

As far as doubles go, this Evenflo pump is the least expensive, while still keeping high reviews.

If you aren't sure breastfeeding will work for you... Most hospitals will have one available for you to try/rent in the beginning. However, I would just register for it anyway and if you realize in the hospital that nursing isn't working you can just return it and use the credit on something else.

Another thing to remember is that, from what I understand, many insurances will pay for breast pumps. (That came after my kids, so I don't know too much about the logistics of it all).

-Nursing Pillow- They can be great for your back when nursing as they keep you from having to hunch over to nurse. But they also are wonderful as your little one starts to sit up on their own or work on tummy time. When mine were just learning to sit up, but I wasn't confident in their ab muscles I would slide Boppy Pillow behind their backside to provide cushioning and support.

You can purchase a million different cute and washable slipcovers from anywhere, including etsy! 

- Bottles- They're obviously a must whether you nurse or use formula. Personally, I wouldn't buy or ask for a million of one brand. Because every kid is picky and likes something different. With Hudson we registered for fifty million Tommy Tippee bottles because everyone swore by them. But Hud didn't get the memo and refused them every time. So we came out of pocket for like 70 million Dr. Brown Bottles.

I would only ask for about three or four. Or even register for a couple different types. We Have loved Dr. Brown and the Avent Natural Bottles.



I also recently Partnered with a new Anti Colic Bottle brand from Sweden called TwistShake that is offering my followers a 20% off discount by using the code "BRITTANYCOMEAUX20". They come with a storage container for formula and snacks and are super easy to use. (Don't worry, I'm not getting paid for saying this. I just really did like them after receiving one in the mail.)


- Bathtub- I don't think you need too many bells and whistles for a bathtub. We had one that vibrated and made bubbles and literally never used those features.  I would focus on something that can grow through multiple stages and be easy to clean. When it comes to bath products you would be amazed by all the nooks and crannies mold likes to grow in. (That's why we don't do squeaky toys in the tub!)

I think this Boon Tub fits the bill, just right.

- Nail clippers- Truthfully, any pair will do. I just liked the look of this Rhoost pair! Whichever kind you pick just make sure you have a couple on hand. They're a necessity and they love to get lost.

-Bath Wash- For bath wash and shampoo, I would highly recommend starting off with something that is ultra sensitive, because you don't know yet if your little one will have problematic skin. I love California Baby and Mustella! The Stelatopia products from Mustella have done wonders for Holland's Eczema.



-High Chairs- They aren't technically a necessity (I've fed mine in my lap, plenty of times) but it is probably one of the most useful things you'll own until they're able to sit up independently. I love this Jonathan Adler one because it has a modern design, cushioned support for younger babies, and the top part detaches to be used as a booster seat down the road. 

-Medicine- As far as medical items go this is all your really need: Tylenol, Something for teething, Thermometer, Nasal Aspirator and Rash Cream. Some people swear by Gripe water, but it didn't help with either of my kids.

Your run of the mill drug store thermometer is all you need, but the fancy pants digital forehead thermometer ones are super cool and convenient to have.

For nasal aspirators, I've never found one as strong as the Nose Frida (or any other lung powered one). No, nothing gross will get into your mouth. Trust me on this, we have had manual and electric powered aspirators and neither provided as much suction as the as our own lung power.

-Detergent- With Hudson we didn't have any problems with using regular tide and bleach. But Holland has had sensitive skin since she had skin issues since she was two weeks old. So we have switched everything including all of our cleaning products over to natural and sensitive formulas.

These Dapple Detergent Sheets look super cool, and I plan on buying them next time we run out of detergent!




Now, here are some things you don't need, in my humble opinion:
Warmers of all kinds. Wipes. Bottles. What have you... No kid likes having their butt wiped, warm or not. And if they never get used to warm wipes then they will never know what they're missing when you are out running errands with only room temperature wipes

And Bottles... i transitioned both of mine from the boob to room temperature formula and even cold milk no problem. If I felt it was too cold I put the bottle underneath the faucet with hot water for a second.

So, my point is these items are just something else to take up space and haggle with.
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Also, baby food makers seem a little pointless to me. If you are capable of steaming, mashing and blending with your stove/microwave, fork and blender then you don't really need an extra kitchen tool to make baby food. If you want to feed them bananas... just mash one up with a fork until it's mush.
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I would also pass on registering for clothing, bibs, burp cloths... If you have at least one shower you will most likely get more than enough of these items.





And that's it! I know this post was long. I originally planned to only post pictures and shopping links, but then I decided everything needed an explanation. So now we have a baby registry novel, written by: yours truly !

P.S. These are only my opinions. If you are a warmer and food maker fan or you absolutely hate some of the products I listed, then please make sure to leave a comment below so other readers can hear a different point of view.



Make sure to save the list to your Pinterest for future reference! And remember to share it with all of your mommy to be friends!!!
Ultimate Baby Registry Checklist - What to Register For


Thank you so much!

XOXO

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5 comments

  1. Definitely saving this for the next baby I have! It's so funny how your "essentials" change so drastically from before having a baby to after. I totally thought that I NEEDED a wipe warmer but never even used it.. ha!

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  2. YES to the sleep sacks! Especially ones in different sleeve lengths and fabrics! My daughter hated being swaddled so she went right into these!

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  3. Its amazing how much my list changed from baby 1 to the third one. There are so many things I realized I did not need and things I loved and wanted to use again.

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  4. I love these lists! I had so many things that I never used that I got before baby! baby 2 is so different haha

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  5. Nice list! This will save me a lot of time!

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