So I know that I said that you don’t need much to prep for baby, and that is true, but guess what? You most likely will have a baby shower, or even two for that matter, and people will want to get you gifts!
I created my registry on Baby List, and I absolutely loved it. You will have to explain to people how it works, but hopefully you know enough after this post that that is the easy part, and the decisions the hard bit!
Strollers and Car Seats
Bassinet or Crib
At first we used the Uppa Baby bassinet and we even used it in the stroller, in the locked position at night. Some people buy the stand but to me that didn’t seem worth it. Just use the item that they give you! I can’t garuntee the safety of this, but our doctor said it was fine, again that decision is up to you. But I do ask you, would you rather use that 100+ dollars on a stand you use for 4 months that a doctor says will work until they can turn over or for something you actually need? Especially since there are so many expenses, we have other priorities!
We decided to go with the IKEA crib once Theo turned 4 months old. We finally moved into our house and he was just too tall for his bassinet. He also was a pretty aggressive when he turned over every time so we were worried about the integrity of the bassinet. Use your “mom” instinct or “dad” instinct to make the decision to switch over… the timing will be different for everyone.
Bottles, Storage Bags and Bottle Cleaners
At the end of the day you baby is going to be fed no matter whether that be from a boob or a bottle and that is something that took me a minute to figure out. We have all this information around breast feeding and I didn’t really see it as an option to bottle feed my baby until I was over producing at 2am.
You need to ensure that you have some bottles at home when you go home. You may be intending to go home and only breast feed but what if you have too much milk? Or if you decide you are too sleep deprived and the baby is definitely getting the bottle?
You never know what may happen when you go home so I find it is always good to prepare and if you have at least one bottle this will help you not have to make the midnight run to Target before they close.
If you really decide you don’t want to do bottles you will at least need some storage bags to store the surplus.
So why Baby List?
You can get the Babylist plug in for your Google Chrome browser, which will help to track all the things that you think you will need. Trust me, you will find a lot of things that you like and you might as well put it on your Baby Registry- you have a great support system and they want to support you and spoil your little one.
When I registered I didn’t ask for any clothes, well I wish I did. Something that no one though of was footie pajamas. Footie pajamas are the most wonderful thing for sleep and that is the one thing I would recommend all moms anywhere get for each stage of life. You can dress your little one in a footie pajama (zippers preferred but buttons also welcomed). I use about 3-4 footie pajamas for each size. So Theo has 3-4 footies for 3-6 months and 3-4 footies for 6-9 month and lastly he has 3-4 more footies for 9-12 months. This makes your job a lot easier when they go to bed. You don’t worry about excess clothing wrapping around them and harming them. The tighter the better so they can’t eat their sleeves either.
So moms- stock up on some footie pajamas and keep your babies warm!