I am a hot mess. I don't like being on a time schedule to pick out important gifts. There are like 25 different kinds of baby bottles for goodness sakes! How do you pick one not knowing what's so great about it?
So this time I decided I wasn't going to register in any stores. That was an easy decision since we have no baby stores within 100 miles of here. But I decided I would just go ahead and do it online. It just worked out better for me. I could focus on one category at a time, like bottles, and read reviews on amazon as I went.
So here is what I think you need to have on your registry:
- Breast pump: Medela really is best. I am planning to exclusively breast feed, and since I will be staying home with baby I decided not to mess with the whole double electric pup, tons of tubes crazy thing. I got a simple manual, pump into storage bags, easy peasy pump. I figure if I decide to try an electric, I will rent one from the hospital. So the Medela Harmony it was.
- Nursing pillow: For me it came down to the Boppy and My Brest Friend pillows. I decided to register for both. I've heard great things about the Brest Friend. It snaps around you and has a little pocket to hold your cell or a water bottle (or snacks).
- Feeding accessories: I registered for two different bottle starter sets. I hear babies can be a little picky when it comes to their bottles so I figured we'd try two different brands. Again, I'm lazy, so no complex tubing for me. Sorry Dr. Brown. Along with bottles, we added some pacis, Lanisoh milk storage bags, and nursing pads. We didn't get a bottle warmer, but did splurge on a sterilizer.
- Stroller and Car Seat: I knew I wanted a stroller that was safe, trendy, nuetral and that would snap in an infant carseat. I fell in love with the Britax B- Ready. And the Britax Chaperone carseat snaps right in. The Chaperone has great safety ratings, and reviews, but after holding my cousin's found it really is quite big, and heavy. Like, holy heavy!
- Pack and play: I know, I'm boring. I wanted something practical, nuetral, and safe. I don't need all the bells and whistles. Literally some pack and plays vibrate, play music, and stand on their head. We went with the Aprica OpenAir play yard. It has a bassinet, and will be easy to see baby in from another room.
- High chair: Again, simple and modern. The Evenflow Modern fit the bill.
- Swing and Sleeper: My friends have kids who won't sleep in anything but a swing, or rocker, so we registered for both. The Fisher Price Snugabunny Swing has crazy awesome reviews. We had to have it. The Fisher Price Rock and Play Sleeper is just about bed level and is a great option for keeping baby girl close on my side of the bed at night.
- Baby carriers: We registered for the Moby wrap because its awesome, and an Ergo canvas carrier for when she wants to sit upright and see the world. I have done so much reading on the benefits of baby wearing, and can't wait to get her squishy butt in my Moby.
- Miscellaneous: Make sure you grab some waterproof crib liners, sheets, changing pad and covers, first aid kit, baby tub, and yummy smelling baby lotion among all those other little things you need. And last but not least, don't forget Sophie the Giraffe. Another mom will get this for you because they know its worth the $22 dollars your Grammy can't bring herself to spend on a squeaky toy.