Prologue: Following “Baby Registry Saga – Part I,” I come here with “Part II” to share with you what I ended up with on my registry.
I believe every registry is extremely personal and, especially for us first time moms, there will be a lot of trial and error. Pregnancy already surprised me with changes in an intensity level that I was not expecting, so I don’t want to let my planning impulses take the best of me and set out expectations that will destroy my sanity. Having said that, I can’t have access to every single baby item to see what works best, so here comes decision time!
As an architect, I try to take into consideration life-cycle analysis of the product and cost as compared to value-added. Also, given it is fairly easy to find needed items and have them delivered in just two days, I tried to make a somewhat minimal list that would help me feel comfortable, but hopefully not have a pile of items I will never even open. Here is a compilation of my list:
1) For mom
- A long comfy robe
- Washable nursing pads
- Gel pads
- Nipple cream
- Sitz Bath
- Belly wrap
- Postpartum cloth pads
- Milk storage bags and organizer
- An assortment of bottles: since we don’t know what baby will like, we’ll try them all and wait for him to pick a favorite.
- Bottle cleaning brush
- Car Seat with extra base for the second car
- Baby wrap carrier
- Stroller: we got this one used, but we’re not using it for a while because it doesn’t lay flat.
- Cool seat mat: because, Louisiana.
- Bassinet: this one has wheels, a mesh fabric all the way around (for safety/breathability), plus decent storage underneath.
- Bassinet mattress sheet
- Swaddle: we are getting this one since it was highly recommended, and my grandma is making us 8 traditional swaddles.
- Convertible crib: we bought this crib second-hand.
- Crib mattress
- Crib mattress sheet: we are getting 4 of these.
- Size 1 disposable diapers
- Baby wipes
- Pocket diapers: affordable option 1 and option 2
- Prefold diapers
- Wet bag
- Waterproof changing pads
- Cloth diaper sprayer
- Cloth wipes
- Mist bottle for cloth wipes
- Contoured Changing pad
- Changing pad cover
- Diaper bag
- Bath cushion
- Baby towel
- Castille soap gift set
- Laundry liquid detergent
- Nasal aspirator
- Vitamin D for Baby: here’s a brief explanation from a scientist who specializes in micronutrient intake
- Nail clipper
- Dresser: we got this one used from a friend.
- Wardrobe: a friend donated an antique wardrobe to us, which was amazing since we have an old house with very limited storage space.
8) Baby apparel
It is kind of difficult to not buy a bunch of baby outfits, but I’ve managed to come all this way without buying a single garment. My friends did give me a handful of cute outfits, and I’m getting a second-hand batch from another friend. Patience, I keep telling myself. These were the only few items I couldn’t resist at least having on my registry:
- Children’s books: we added this one to keep with the dinosaur theme, and we’ve been slowly shopping for used books.
- The tiny potty training book: I can’t wait to read this book!
- Childhood journal
- Helps and favors: Babylist offers these cute free printable coupons so friends and family can offer to help.
- Gift cards: my favorite is this one.
- Baby monitor
To sum it up, I have around 50 items on my registry and a few bigger items that I bought / was gifted second hand. It might end up being too little or too much – I’ll keep you posted!
How did your registry look like as a first-time mom?
Photo credit: Kathrin Pienaar