Last week one of my Facebook followers asked a great question – she’s pregnant with her first and was wondering, other than the “big ticket” items, what are some favorites to add to your baby registry?
These are my favorite baby registry items once you get past the really big baby stuff (like the crib & car seat).
#1 – Baby Carrier
I didn’t know I was going to love baby wearing so much, but I do. I’d rather wear Levi than haul around the stroller. When he was an infant, I loved the Moby stretchy wrap. Now I use my Ergo and Boba soft-structured carriers most often.
#2 – Cloth Diapers
This might surprise you guys, but cloth diapers weren’t actually on my registry list when I was pregnant with Levi. At the time, I registered at Target and Babies R Us, and they didn’t carry cloth diapers in their stores (though Target did carry them online). If I ever have #2, you can bet cloth diapers will be on my list.
#3 – Crib Mattress
This is high up on my list because it’s an expensive item that was really important to me. Even though we co-sleep a lot, Levi still spends lots of time in his crib, so I wanted the best crib mattress for him to sleep on. For me, that meant an eco-friendly bamboo crib mattress. I didn’t realize just how many options there are, so take a little time to decide what you want.
#4 – Activity Table Or Bounce Seat (or both)
For the most part, my own registry focused on things for the first 1-6 months after the baby arrived. I wish I would have included some more items for when Levi got mobile and started pulling himself up. I got a good deal on a Rainforest Jumperoo from Amazon, which he loved to bounce in. Be sure to check out the best baby bouncer reviews if you need help deciding on which might be best to add to your registry. I also loved having an activity table where Levi could stand and play once he was a little more sturdy on his legs.
#5 – Toy Box
Oh how I wish I had added this to my registry! I love the magic cleanup that a toy box gives you – you can toss everything in there, put on the lid, and suddenly your living room looks much cleaner.
#6 – Baltic Amber Teething Necklace
Levi started teething early and it seemed like it went on FOREVER before he cut his first tooth. I bought him a baltic amber necklace from Inspired By Finn and it really seemed to help. In fact, I just bought a new one recently (lighter colored) since he’s due to get his two-year molars this summer.
#7 – Rectal Thermometer
When baby has a fever and you’re on the phone with the doctor and they ask you to take your baby’s temperature rectally, this certainly comes in handy.
#8 – Sleep Sacks That Zip
Since you can’t use blankets on newborns, sleep sacks are awesome for making sure they stay nice and warm. The kind that zip from top to bottom are really nice, since there’s no zipper at the top to poke baby’s chin. Levi didn’t care for being swaddled, but he loved his sleep sacks.
What are your favorite baby registry items?
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