When you’re expecting your first little one, it’s exciting to create your baby registry, but it’s also frustrating. You’ve never done it before, so how would you know which stroller will fit your lifestyle best or which nursing pillow makes life easiest? I will go over the best of the best in each category and tell you what you can leave off your list as well! I hope this helps you create your perfect baby registry!
First comes first: where to register? I registered at BuyBuyBaby and Amazon, which was fine, but looking back, I think the winning combination is… drum roll… Amazon and Target. I had no issues with BuyBuyBaby, but I definitely got a bit jelly when I checked out a couple of my friends’ Target registries. A good barometer is the fact that these two stores continue to provide me with everything I need for Pookie, so it makes sense that they would’ve been a great place to start! Start your registry at Amazon and Target today!
In-store consultation- useful or a waste of time?
I had an in-store consultation at BuyBuyBaby, which I found a bit fun, but also annoying. I definitely felt pressured into registering for things I didn’t need and ended up indeed not needing. So, if you do go for this kind of thing, do it just for fun, and don’t let them pressure you into registering for silly crap!
Let’s get started!
Part 1: Mobility and Bedding
This sounds like a strange combo, right? Well, you’ll see why it makes sense!
One of our favorite and most used registry items has to be our UPPAbaby Vista stroller, which comes with a bassinet for the first six or so months (when baby should lay flat) and a toddler seat (for when baby has more neck control). It also comes with a rain shield and bug net. As a stroller, I think it’s perfect. It’s got incredible wheels for handling whack sidewalks. You can even jog with this stroller, and you never have to inflate the wheels! It takes the cake when it comes to storage space, which is key if you live in a walkable city and plan to do a lot of shopping on foot with baby. But here’s the kicker…
It doubles as an actual bassinet! Pookie was so cozy in the bassinet that we used it as his bed. You can get the UPPAbaby bassinet stand for it, and voilà, it’s a bed! In my opinion, there is no real need to get a separate bassinet when you have this stroller, especially if you live in a shoebox!
Oh, and for those fun pee, puke or worse accidents, get an extra mattress cover for the bassinet mattress! That came in handy many times for us!
Co-Sleepers, if you insist
Ok, let’s face it. For the first few months of your baby’s life, your main obsession is how can we all get some sleep, so if you have the space, you might also want the following items: the HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper and the DockATot. The HALO sleeper is perfect for those middle of the night feedings because baby is right next to you without being IN bed with you. You can (duh!) swivel her so that she practically is in bed with you, but not. For the HALO, you’ll also want to get a mattress pad and some fitted sheets. And then there’s the DockATot! Even if you insist that baby will never be in bed with you, chances are it’ll happen in the middle of the occasional desperate, sleepless night, and when it does, you’ll be happy to have the DockATot! I mean, wouldn’t you love to sleep in that thing? It’s basically a super cozy little docking station for your baby to sleep more safely in bed with you or to feel cozy and happy when being transitioned into the crib. My friends who have this are obsessed! (I think they’re just living vicariously through their baby! It looks that comfortable!)
Here’s an important tip. Don’t even think about getting a mini crib!! We got one, thinking… actually, I don’t know what we were thinking. It was a total waste! Pookie became too big for it in no time, and we had to get a regular crib, which we had to get either way. Take my advice, when it comes to cribs, just go for the full sized crib. If you want a sleek (small-ish footprint) crib, go for the Bloom Alma Papa Crib. We love ours!
Mattress and other bedding necessities
I had a super difficult time selecting a mattress. Of course, we wanted the best, most hypo-allergenic, non-toxic, organic mattress possible without having to spend a fortune, and, after hours of research, we went with the Colgate Eco Classica III Dual Firmness Eco Friendlier Crib Mattress with Organic Cotton Cover. What a mouthful! Don’t forget sheets (any will do, but these by Burt’s Bees look so nice, and they’re organic!) and an organic mattress protector like this.
So, I know a lot of sites say not to get a bumper, but I disagree! Pookie kept bumping his head on the bars of his crib and getting a foot or hand stuck between them. Before we got our bumper, out of desperation, we wound a towel between the bars because we didn’t want him to hurt himself, but then said “this is stupid. Let’s get a bumper.” Good decision. We got the BreathableBaby Breathable Mesh Crib Liner, which I guess is called a “crib liner” because the word “bumper” has become so taboo, but it’s essentially a lightweight bumper that baby can breathe through if indeed she buries her entire face in it, which she likely won’t do anyway. We love it, and, since we got the safari print, we have fun every morning talking to Pookie about the “mommy monkey and baby monkey,” etc.
I recommend also getting a sound machine for your munchkin’s room. We LOVE and absolutely recommend the Mybaby Soundspa Sound Machine AND Projector. We use it every night, for naps and we travel with it! We use the rain setting as his “white noise” when he sleeps, we use the songs like “twinkle twinkle” sometimes when he wants a little music before bed, and we use the projector function just for some fun. He loves it!
As you know, you need an infant car seat in order to leave the hospital. We borrowed the UPPAbaby Mesa car seat from a friend and found it convenient. It connects to the UPPAbaby stroller without an adapter, so for quick shopping trips or if baby falls asleep in the car and you don’t want to transfer him into the stroller, just pop the car seat onto the stroller base, and you’re good to go!
Once Pookie grew out of the Mesa, we got a Graco 4Ever 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat and are very happy with it. Pookie approves too.
Most people can’t get away with just one stroller. We wanted to get a light-weight stroller for traveling, for taking Pookie on the subway and for quick errands. We got the Maclaren Mark II, and while it is ultra light and does the job, if we could have a do-over, we’d get something else. I would go with the Babyzen 2017 Yoyo Stroller. I like it because it folds up super compact and light, but it is also sturdy and easy to push. Maybe it’s just me, but when it comes to the slightest bump, I’m just not sure how to get the Maclaren over it, or up stairs for that matter! It’s pricey, but it’s worth it since you’ll actually use it! We don’t use our Maclaren, and it was also expensive!
So, Pookie hated each and every baby carrier that we tried (and we tried SO many!), but I think that’s because we didn’t put him in it earlier enough. Either way, if I could do it all over again, I’d go with the LILLEBaby Six-Position All Season Carrier, and I’d put him in it as early a possible. One of my friends who has two kids and has tried many carriers swears by this one, and Mommyhood101 rates it as the #1 carrier. This is the one to get! 🙂
And you of course need a mobile for your baby’s crib. We have a giraffe theme going on in our family, so we got a giraffe one, and Pookie loves it.
For frigid winters, you absolutely must get a 7am Enfant 212 Evolution Blanket with matching Warmmuffs to keep your hands toasty. These are necessities! With the blanket, which is really a bunting, you don’t have to bundle up your baby with crazy layers only to have to take them all off each time you enter a joint. And, most babies hate snowsuits! Well, at least Pookie does! And the Warmmuffs are truly the best invention since sliced bread!
Lastly, you’ll also want a bunting for your infant car seat. The JJ Cole Bundleme works great!
Let me know if I’ve left out any bedding and mobility registry must-haves and if you agree or disagree with my recommendations! Stay tuned for Part 2 of “If I Could Do It All Over” Baby Registry!