When I was pregnant with my first child, I was clueless as to what to include in my baby registry. Everyone around me suggested registering but being a first time mom I really had no clue what’s important and what not and the least I wanted to end up is having things that I don’t need right way.
Of course the list I have below is relative and in random order. I’m sure we all need different things and it also depends which part of the world you live in. But if I were to do it again, I would include the following items in my registry because not only did they help me a lot but they also made my first time experience as a mom easier than expected!
All of the items below are either available in Babies r Us or Costco. I linked all the items I used so you’ll have an idea what it looks like as well as the reviews of other mothers who have used it. You do not need to buy the same brand. I just link the brands I used or I was given as a gift during my registry.
- Baby Stroller. Click here for related article
- Rear Facing Car Seat with restraint base. We used Chicco because it was compatible with our Snap n Go stroller and here is the base that comes with it.
- BPA Free Electric Sterilizer – A must have! You can use this even your child is done with feeding bottles. I use it to sterilize pacifiers and other baby utensils. The brand is Avent but your bottles do not need to be Avent to make it work, just FYI.
- BPA Free Feeding Bottles – During the first few months of my child we used Medela because that’s what came from my electric breast pump then after the first year, we used Avent. We are both happy with it.
- Electric Breast Pump – I was satisfied with Medela electric pump. I purchased my own but most hospitals and Babies R Us I believe allow you to rent theirs.
- Miracle Blanket or adjustable swaddling blanket. – The Miracle Blanket is true to its words. Can’t live without it for the first few months.
- Humidifier – I used Vicks Pure Mist Humidifier. This helps clear the baby’s nose when he/she seems to almost get colds. It also has UV light that sanitizes the water.
- Diaper (lots of them)
- Unscented Baby Wipes (unscented to avoid possible skin irritation) – I like Kirkland by Costco. I have tried other brands but this one one glides the smoothest and absorbs better and faster than other wipes I used.
- Pack N Play or Convertible Crib. If you are going to get a crib, I suggest you get one that is convertible (good from infant to toddler) and has a flexible opening on the side so that you can easily scoop your baby in and out of the crib.
- 4 in 1 Travel Bed. I used this one not only for traveling but as a portable and versatile bed whether I am in the living room or another room in the house. I also used it as a changer and an “add on” mattress for my Pack N Play.
- Newborn to toddler bath tub with thermometer. Thermometer helps you check when the water is too hot or cold for the baby.
- Boppy pillow (most especially for mothers who delivered via C section). – This helped me a lot in feeding my baby for the first few months. It helps lift babies into a more ergonomic position for comfortable feedings, and it transitions to help support babies.
- Clothing such as onesies, bonnets, socks, mittens and towels
- Dark color diaper bag so the dirt won’t be obvious and in consideration to your husband so he won’t carry a hot pink diaper bag!
- Baby monitor
- First aid kit
- Exergen Temporal Thermometer. The quickest, easiest to use and most accurate thermometer. Easier to scan a child’s temperature than a regular one most especially when your baby resists on getting his/her temperature taken.
- Johnson’s Bath time gift sets (The set includes Johnson’s Head to Toe Baby Wash, Johnson’s Baby Lotion, Johnson’s Baby Cornstarch Powder, Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, Johnson’s Baby Oil, Johnson’s Safety Swabs, Desitin Creamy Diaper Rash Ointment, and a bath caddy). – This is useful during bath time and most especially I like that Desitin (anti-diaper rash) comes with it which you can buy separately too. Desitin is a must-have!
- Diaper Genie Disposal Diaper System. This is great for odor control and includes other enhanced features to make diaper changing more hygienic and easier than ever. The Diaper Genie plastic bags are optional. You can use any regular trash bag.
I think from here, the rest can wait or not top of my priority in the first few months (for example, feeding items because the baby does not eat solids right away, high chair, other furniture, etc).
Suggestions are welcome!
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