Registering for baby things was legitimately the most stressful part of the second trimester for my husband and I. I’m a chronic over-researcher who had to find every single Amazon rating, review, and BBB rating for all of the things that we would “need” for baby. Then, once you figured out your essential list…there are at LEAST twelve hundred options that you can choose from for that ONE specific thing that you really need. The internet is weird, man. I checked with all of my Mama friends and got their lists of items that they felt like they couldn’t live without after they became mothers to newborns, researched every Pinterest board that I could find, and this is what we came up with. You can view our complete registries here on Amazon, or here at Target. If you have any “why’d you pick that?” questions for me–please shoot me an email. I’d love to chat! If you see things that you think “Holy macaroon, they are going to be lost without THAT.” then do the same so we can learn from your wisdom.
I’m going to highlight the ten things that
we who am I kidding, I, am most excited for in regards to all things baby registry.
First of all, registering at Target and Amazon were legitimately the easiest things in the world to do. They gave us cute welcome boxes filled with samples, and my personal favorite–COUPONS! Amazon had a lot of products cheaper, with free PRIME shipping that Target, and vice versa. So we went back and forth to make sure we registered for the right place for the cheapest value.
We are planning to safely co-sleep with baby Virginia until she is at least six months old. After researching all of the benefits for mom and baby, it seemed like a complete no brainer. To do this, we started hunting for bassinets that would reach the height of our master bed. Well, as hard as that entire process was we didn’t really find any that looked remotely functional. I decided on the Halo Basinest because: #1 it’s pretty minimalist and streamlined. #2 It has a light, a vibration setting, soft music, and a nursing timer built right into the bassinet. #3 It swivels. You can swivel the sleeper over to the side of the bed when baby needs you, and swivel them away when they don’t. All without having to get out of the bed. #4 Kathryn Dennis (Bravo’s Southern Charmed…duh) had one for baby Saint Julien which is pretty much all I needed to cement my desire for this one.
Breastfeeding is our goal, and pumping at work (teaching and pumping just sound so harmonious, right?) will shortly become a reality that I’ll share with many who have come before me. I commute almost an hour each way to work, and really don’t want to deal with transferring (read: spilling) milk from bottles that I’ll have to wash rapidly before returning to class, to storage bags. I searched high and low and think that this system is going to work best for us. It’s adaptable to the pump my insurance let me pick out to have, and the best part is that you heat, and feed directly from these pouches as well. When you’re finished, you pitch them into the recycling bin. There are nipple adapters for the bottles as well, in case your baby doesn’t engage or like the active latch nipples that Kiinde supplies. Those seem like a great way to encourage breast and bottle babies like Virginia will (hopefully) be! Seriously, no bottles to wash and sterilize? Yes, please!!!
Did I mention that I commute to work every day? Did I also mention that baby Virginia will be road-tripping with me to daycare when I return to work for the last month and a half of the school year? Well I imagine that being able to see her in the rear facing car seat would be hellishly important, and this super cute firefly mirror plays music and lights to help settle baby and sooth the driver’s poor nerves. I can’t imagine a wreck on 81 that would put me in stand still traffic with a newborn, but I’m sure I won’t have to imagine it because it will happen at some point. I love that you can have the remote control in your front seat with you to still manage the backseat, AND see baby when you need to. Plus, my best friend who just had her son also commutes the same distance to work. I can’t wait to see/hear how this little gem helps with her sweet baby, too!
Never in my life did I think that I would want to pay, or have someone pay to gift us, more than ten dollars for a damn baby toy/teether. But, to quote one of my oldest and dearest friends in her response to my frantic, “WTF does my baby need?” text messages…
“Get a Sophie giraffe teether. I don’t know why babies love it. But they do. They f&*^%$# live for that Sophie the giraffe, in fact you probably really need two or three of them. Just get one for every room of the house. You need a fleet of Sophies.”
I got very similar sounding messages from all of my Mama friends, so I figured we need a fleet of Sophies to call our own, too.
Every. Single. Mommy. Blogger. that I follow has an afinity for the Fridababy NoseFrida. It’s basically a snot sucker, that apparently lets you literally suck the goop right out of your congested little cutie’s nose holes and give them immediate relief. This kit comes with all of the Fridababy goodies that many much wiser that have come before me absolutely can’t live without. One of my greatest fears is having to cut her baby fingernails, and the NailFrida is apparently the best set of actual clippers that are out right now. The Windi makes me laugh. It’s a tube that you put at your baby’s bum entrance and it’s supposed to let the gas right out of their miserable bellies. Which while making me belly laugh, I will probably be super grateful for when a fussy baby needs some relief that the bicycle legs won’t cure.
A very long time ago I had a friend who had a small babe in one of these suckers and was T-Boned really hard, going pretty fast. The rescue squad told her repeatedly that Britax car seats are the best you can have, and honestly they have amazing safety ratings if you do your research. The travel system is click and go so transferring from car base to stroller is very simple. Plus, if we find that we are using my husband’s car to do baby transporting, we will just by another base for his car. My husband also found this to be the easiest to break down and move with…because we went to Target on a hot date night to play with strollers. Win, win!
As much as I adore my Kate Spade handbag obsession, I really didn’t get too jazzed after getting my hands on their diaper bag. I felt like I would need something more functional, and big enough to function as both diaper bag and purse until baby Virginia is old enough for me to toss her stuff in with mine, instead of the other way around. This line of diaper bags is amazing, and I love that this version can be used as a traditional over the shoulder, or a backpack. Personally, my work bag is a backpack that I adore, so I think I will love this version! Plus, the polka dots are a fun and timeless print that doesn’t scream “baby bag!” to anyone who sees you toting it. AND one of my favorite MommyVloggers from Canada did a review of this bag (and was a brave soul and showed us all what was inside) a couple of weeks ago and completely cemented my absolute MUST HAVE mentality towards it. You can check out her review on her Youtube channel here.
As I mentioned before, I am planning to breastfeed and pump for the first year of Virginia’s life and am really excited to meet that goal. After all of the research I did on Boppys versus Tulas versus every other kind of support pillow, this one was consistently the highest ranked. It seemed like mothers found it to be the most supportive, and it has a back and lumbar support so that you can avoid the achy pains associated with prolonged sitting or positioning. As an added bonus there’s a super cute pocket for whatever accessories I’m sure you’d need/want close at hand! The slipcover does come off so that you can toss it in the laundry as frequently as you like.
It seemed to me like everyone and anyone was using the Diaper Genie, but something about plastic and diapers freaks me out. I looked, hunted, and researched for something that would be great down the road if we decided to cloth diaper, too. This diaper pail was rated above 4 stars on Amazon, and the reviews were really exceptional for something that holds excrement for a living. I love the fact that you do not need a special “refill” type of bag, and can just use whatever kitchen bags you are privy to having on hand already. However, the steel design makes it a trap and stay force field on gross odors that none of us want to escape. It’s sleek, and it shouldn’t take up much room!
I fully intend (and my husband, too!) to baby wear whenever possible. I feel like being able to strap baby into the comfort of your chest and just GO has to be liberating. After a lot of research, and input from my sister in law who told me to search for a carrier that supports the baby’s hips and joints instead of dangles their legs (she’s a Physical Therapist that works predominately with pediatric patients, so I find her to be quite the source on smart choices!) all avenues led me to this gem of a baby carrier. Not only do the videos seem like they are really easy to use, but when you need a more structured carrier versus a cloth wrap carrier this seems to be what all of the crunchy mamas are leaning towards. Count me in, ya’ll.
What were some of the things that you were excited about, and didn’t use at all from your baby registry? Did you have things that you think I should be researching and learning more about? Reach out and let me know, I love to hear from you–seriously!