The Simplest Baby Registry List Ever!

 

I have THREE pregnant best friends right now, which means I’ve been answering a lot of new mama questions recently; but I'm not complaining! To care for expecting and new mamas is one of my favourite things on the planet (and maybe I secretly like giving advice).

Recently the questions have been surrounding registry making. Oh the joy and terror that floods back to my mind.  The hours spent Googling products I’d never even heard of and trying to figure out just what the word "necessity" actually means? By the end of it, my list was a mile too long and I was twice as overwhelmed as when I started (even if I did now know what a MamaRoo was). Thankfully I had my sister-in-laws to help me narrow it down (no, you don’t need a wubba-nubba and “Pee-Pee TeePee,” for goodness sake!)

Wanting to spare my friends and others with the exhaustive list making, I thought I’d narrow it down as much as possible and give you my absolute "top essentials" - as in, if you had your baby tomorrow and only had these things, you'd feel just fine! 

This list is not exhaustive. Yes, you could probably add a pair of baby nail trimmers and a hairbrush to your list, but will your baby live just fine for the first few days before you can get someone else  to go to Babies R Us for you? Yes!  (Also, don't even think about it doing it yourself!  Rest up mama!)

I hope this list gives you some calm and a sigh of relief.  Getting ready for a baby doesn't have to be that complicated :)

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1.    Sling/Carrier – aka something to keep them close or content when they’re not directly in your arms.

Why? Here are ten reasons to wear your baby.

What to look for:

  • easy to slip on
  • easy to adjust
  • has pockets for keys and the like
  • a flap to cover the face from the sun, or for a nap.

Our Choice: Ergo Baby Original Carrier

2.     Diaper Bag

Why? Yes, you could just use a regular oversized bag (I often do now depending where we're going) but the convenience of attaching it to your stroller is a must in my mind (way less lugging around!)

I promised Aaron I wouldn’t pick out an extremely girlie bag that he wouldn’t like carrying around. In hindsight, I wish we had two because there are some fabulous looking purses turned diaper bags that next time around I’d love to be sporting.

What to look for:

  • lots of pockets (places for keys and phone on the outside)
  • adjustable straps
  • attaches to stroller
  • something you wouldn’t mind carrying with every. single. outfit.

Our choice: Skip Hop Duo Signature Diaper Bag or for a more purse feel Timi & Leslie, Charlie 7 Piece Diaper Bag Set or (a bit more of a splurge but totally gorgeous) anything by Lily Jade.

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3.     Your Diaper Toolbox –  Aka everything you need to deal with a diaper situation.

What to look for:

  • diapers (disposable or cloth)
  • wipes
  • baby powder (I make my own with organic corn starch & essential oils like Lavender)
  • diaper rash cream
  • soothing bottom wash (more essential later when poops get, ummm… thicker)
  • essential oils + coconut oil (used as a calming moisturizer)
  • garbage bin/diaper pail
  • change pad (we found the pad cover to be optional - it was easier to wipe down without the cover, and just put a little blanket behind his head)
  • change table – I’ve heard of some moms that forego this and just use a blanket on the bed or floor, totally an option if you don’t have a change table! We loved our Ikea one since it held things like his diffuser, diaper box, and had two drawers for clothing.

4.     Stroller – There are so many options out there; it can begin to feel like buying a car!

What to look for:

  • sturdy wheels
  • ease of steering
  • under-carriage basket
  • cup holder (optional but I wish I had one for coffee runs!)

Our Choice: Bugaboo (we got given one second hand which was amazing!)

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5.     Car Seat – Again, SO. Many. Options.

What to look for:

  • security rating
  • expiry date is valid
  • light weight
  • easy to carry
  • rear-facing
  • easy to install
  • easy to buckle in
  • secure frame and buckle

Our Choice: Maxi-Cosi Infant Car Seat (second hand score at half price! Check places like Kijiji and just double check the expiration date on the bottom)

The design of the handle makes it really easy to carry around and it’s also known for being one of the lightest car seats!

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6.     Crib/Bassinet/Your Bed  - There’s lots of room for personal preference here. I know some moms that co-sleep from day one and onward, others who go straight to crib, and others like me who fell somewhere between.

We had a small bassinet we kept on the bed (halfway down) between us. This placed Owen nice and close to us, and it was really easy to feed him at night. Once we were more comfortable with it (weeks, or maybe two months later (it’s all a little foggy)), we started co-sleeping. Originally Aaron was terrified of it (he thought he was going to roll over on him) but once we had him in our bed we felt completely safe doing it!  Neither of us even moved in our sleep (it’s like we subconsciously knew he was there!). Eventually, at about six months, we setup his crib in our room (mainly because I was still obsessed with listening to hear if he was still breathing). At six months, forced to because of a vacation, he slept in a separate room for the first time and he did amazing (and so did I). Not only that, but he slept 11 hours straight! Yes please!

What to look for (crib):

  • style you like
  • materials that you wouldn’t mind them biting on in the teething future.
  • usability long term (ours slowly transitions into a bed)

Our Choice: DaVinci Autumn 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

*Also fitted sheets (at least two), mattress (we went with one like this) and a waterproof mattress cover would be musts.

7.    Clothing

Chances are you will get more than you need if there are any showers being thrown for you (sweet!).

What to look for:

  • sleepers (at least 3, zippered with feet are my personal favourite like these Hatley ones)
  • cnesies/tops (for 3-6 months this line is super cute)
  • cute little pants or leggings
  • socks
  • scratch mittens
  • sweaters or jackets (weather based)

But really at the end of the day if all you have is a bunch of footed sleepers, that's all you need!

8.    Swaddles

We loved swaddling Owen up, especially at night (I think he slept better)

What to look for:

Fabric softness/quality

Size big enough to swaddle (we had some too small!)

Our choice: Aiden & Anais

9.    Feeding Gear

What to look for:

  • If you’re breast-feeding then a nursing pillow (optional but recommended) I actually ended up lying on my side a lot to nurse or in a rocking chair as he was older, so eventually you may not need this. I went with this one, but kind of regret not going with this one for the extra support it has.
  • Also a breast pumpnursing pads (I love the reusable ones – cheaper and more comfy), milk storage bags, nipple butter, yes I said nipple butter (you can also just use coconut oil!)
  • Rocking chair - Ok, this is a total luxury but I had to include it cause it’s my new favourite thing. Wayfair.ca seems to have the best selection at the best price.
  • If bottle-feeding, then formula and bottles, my favourite bottles, here.

My Breast-pump Choice: Medela Swing Single Electric

One last thing you might want to have is an infant bathtub. Again, I've heard some moms go without it, but for me until they have head support I find that would be rather difficult! 

 

What about you? Any moms with some added suggestions? Don’t be shy! I’d love to hear them, please comment below!

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