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Researching what we need for a baby and what is best to register for has been a much more daunting and time consuming task than I expected as a mother. I quickly learned from all of the advice and guidance I received from other mothers that there is no one size fits all list, and a lot of it depends on lifestyle / preferences and what the baby likes, what we don’t know what it is like I’ll get into some of these things later. Even so, there have been some pretty universal words of wisdom and clear fundamentals down the line, and I’m working with buybuy BABY to share my top tips that will hopefully help any new expectant mother become a little less overwhelmed with her baby prep feel.
We set up our baby registration on buybuy BABY, which has been a regular resource for other mothers I’ve spoken to. The biggest advantages of registering with buybuy BABY that piqued my interest were the wide range of products, including the brands I already knew and loved, as well as the 20% discount coupons and the 15% discount on all remaining registration items. I also found their registration checklist really helpful to make sure I had considered each category.
A big part of the reason I’ve spent so much time researching items is because I really don’t want to overdo it. Since I am aware of both the clutter and my general desire for simplicity, I want to make sure we stick to things we really need and get plenty of benefit from them. I went ahead and picked up a couple of these things and thought I’d highlight them here (list of other top registration picks will be at the end!)
Ok, a high chair was never mentioned as a newborn by my mom’s friends, but this was something I knew I wanted before I even got pregnant. I was so pleased to see buybuy BABY wearing this Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair. I’m a fan of iconic Scandinavian design and how the chair grows with the baby and can accommodate up to an adult of 300 pounds. It can be brought to the edge of the table, attached to a tray or a newborn baby so that the baby can hang out with us at the table for the first few months. I think not only will this be useful for a long time, but it will look lovely in our home, which is an important consideration for me for anything we bring here.
A stroller was something we wanted to think about later because we were so overwhelmed with the options, but checking out our local Buybuy BABY store brought a lot of clarity to our decision of what to get. buybuy BABY had a very good and large selection of strollers on display. We tested and played with everyone we were interested in for over an hour and a sales rep was so helpful in showing us additional features that we didn’t know about on some strollers. Oleg was far more passionate about strollers than anything else in our registry and stated that the UPPAbaby Vista V2 was “the one”. We love that it comes with a bassinet that we believe could be useful throughout the house too, how intuitive and compact it folds, how much storage space there is in the basket, and whether in that case a second seat is added can be .
It decided our decision to go with that UPPAbaby MESA child seat This is praised for easy installation with the car seat base and easy direct attachment to the stroller without an adapter. This was one point we knew we wanted to have sooner rather than later because 1) we couldn’t get the baby home from the hospital without a car seat and 2) we wanted to make sure we got enough exercise with it we know how to use it properly with confidence.
Maybe my favorite category: baby clothes. Every mom has told me the same thing – don’t get too much, especially with newborns because it grows out of them quickly or doesn’t fit at all when he’s big, and onesies are the easiest thing to dress him up in special footies that eliminates the need for socks . Everyone also told me to get ones that are so delightful from above as well as from below Petit Lem Numbers organic cotton footie as it is much easier to change a windy or fussy baby, especially at night. A friend of a mom advocated snapshots weren’t entirely crazy and said she appreciated the fact that they stretch better and grow with the baby than zippers, so I’ll give this a try Kyte BABY Footie– glad to see buybuy BABY has some Kyte items on offer, love all of their stuff!
Another thing every mother has told me is a lot of burp cloths. In general, when buying baby products, it is recommended not to buy all of the items at once if that doesn’t work. Instead, try a variety or start with one and later get more of the variety that you like best. I used buybuy BABY’s roadside pickup service to get these items and it was comforting to see how easy it will be in the future to stop by quickly and get more of anything we might need later. I’ll start with that green sprouts organic muslin burp cloths What I heard is great because they are very absorbent and comfortably shaped to fall over your shoulder and I will be using these Aden + Anais cotton muslin swaddle blankets also as burp cloths. This brand of diapers has been highly recommended by many of you, and I love the potential of using them as blankets or seat / stroller covers in case the baby doesn’t like being swaddled with them. We love a multitasking product.
Here are my other top tips for our baby registration, based on recommendations from other moms, simplified to the top 3 in each category:
1 | Bottles – Mothers advised not to get a full set of one brand and instead try a few others before committing, as the baby may show a strong preference for one over the other. A few that I watch are Dr. Browns, Child, Nuk and EvenflÖ.
2 | OXO Tot cleaning bases for bottles and cups– Bottle brush, detail brush and bottle dryer. I like that everything comes together in one set and that the clothes horse is easy to rinse off. Top rack dishwasher safe!
3 | Haakaa silicone breast pump– Often heard of this being referred to as a “lifesaver” for breastfeeding mothers. It sucks on the breast the baby is not feeding from and catches the run-down milk that would otherwise have got into your nursing bra and wasted.
1 | OXO dead Splash & Store bathtub– Reduced space-saving and grows with the baby from 0 to 18 months.
2 | Mustela 5 Piece Newborn Arrival Gift Set– Plant-based baby care products I’ve heard great things about. Lotion, shampoo, dish water without conditioner, cleansing gel, and diaper rash cream.
3 | Burt’s Bee’s baby washcloth made from organic cotton– For bathing or for wiping down after eating. I hear these are really soft and easy to wear.
TRAVEL / GEAR
1 | Ergobaby 360 All positions baby carrier– Less fuss than a swaddle (I still have one to see how I like it) and the baby can look in or out on your front or back.
2 | BABYBJORN travel cot– Looks very light and easy to set up. For trips to Grandma and Grandpa’s house, maybe around our house, as another safe place to put the baby down, and for the baby’s first vacation, which we are planning next year.
3 | BABYBJORN bouncer– A safe place to put the baby down so he can bounce in it. I like that it’s light, doesn’t take up much space and the cover is easy to wash.
1 | Keekaroo peanut changer– I’ve read everywhere that this is a big favorite for how easy it is to just wipe clean and that it sits nicely on a dresser.
2 | Pampered pure protective diapers– Heard time and again from mothers that Pampers did a great job for them. Start with a small supply to see first that they work great for us, too.
3 | Water wipes– All natural, chemical free, 99.9% water with a drop of fruit extract. I trust these wipes will not irritate the baby’s skin.
1 | Nanit Plus Smart Baby Monitor– Some of you mentioned that you loved this monitor. This has many features like sleep and breath tracking, built-in white noise and night light, remote viewing by phone over WiFi even when the internet is not available, and the option to mount on a stand to make it portable.
2 | HALO SleepSack newborn organic cotton wrapper– Has the option to wrap the baby’s arms down or, if he doesn’t like it, just around his body so that his arms can stay free.
3 | HALO Bassinest Luxe swivel sleeper– Several mothers told me this worked best for them during the first few months the baby is sleeping in your room. It rotates and rotates to get closer to the bed, has soothing sounds and vibrations, and the bassinet is detachable.
1 | Copper Pearl Bandana Bib– Cute way to keep a drooling baby clean. I assume I’ll be using these all the time and working them through quickly, which is a lot easier than changing the baby’s clothes every time he spits.
2 | NoseFrida snotsucker– I don’t think I’ve ever seen a registry that didn’t say this. For sucking out babies boogers and snot to clear their nasal congestion.
3 | bbluv Trimo Baby Electric Nail Trimmer– Looks much more convenient and less scary than nail clippers.
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