How to Build a Great Registry

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I remember the day I sat down to register. At first, I was so excited about it. I had always loved the cute clothes, books, and all the little things that come with having a little one. As I dove deeper down the well of registering I realized the amount of choices, information to read, and how definitive some of the choices are to that first year or two of your baby’s life as well as your own. I remember sitting one night and crying on Mike’s shoulder because I couldn’t make all the decisions and I felt so overwhelmed. The options are outrageous and the amount of things is even more outrageous. I also panicked because our home is 1200 sq ft and thinking about adding all sorts of stuff into our older home that already has limited storage made me think our home would be completely taken over by kid life, which was something I wanted to avoid. I wanted to find a balance between having kids and still maintaining a space that was genuinely us. Needless to say, I felt pretty overtaken by the whole experience of registering and thinking of adding this whole new part of our life.

I am guessing that many of you have felt this way as you have worked on a registry yourself. If you haven’t then I bow down to you knowing exactly how to navigate all these choices on top of being pregnant and emotional. As someone who enjoys to keep things simple, I knew I needed to find a common ground in all this. So, I did a lot of research, I asked a lot of friends, and I even asked Mike and I’s moms. I knew that there was no way we needed something from every category on the list and I was bound and determined to stay smart with what we needed and what we really didn’t. I also knew that Amazon Prime is a wonderful thing that if something came up I thought would make our world better after his arrival it would be at our doorstep in just a few days as well.

I tossed around how to present this to you guys because I know my taste may not be the perfect choice for you and your family so a few of the top items I offered a few options we looked at and highlighted the one we chose. Then I broke out a few other categories that I felt were massively important to building a successful registry and at least getting you set on the right foot. Registering for your baby felt far more difficult than when we registered for our wedding. If you feel the same, I hope this list really helps to let you know what you need and what I just don’t think you need to worry about.

Basically, all of this comes down to is that in the first few weeks the baby needs a place to sleep, you, a bunch of white onesies, swaddlers, diapers (cloth or disposable depending on preference), bottles or you need a breast pump or both depending on your choices, and that’s about it for the most part. Sure you can add more to that list but if that is all you have it seems from what all my research as told me those are the basics. Oh, you are also going to need some coffee and meals too to keep going through those first two weeks as well!

To begin there are a lot of awesome registry options out there. We were narrowed down to Amazon’s Baby registry and Babylist. We ultimately went with Babylist because of the design and ease of use. Both allow you to add items from all over the internet so it makes it easy for you and those looking to make purchases. Amazon does offer a 15% completion discount, but I loved the way Babylist offered up a lot of price options for those buying for us. Also, they make a lot of great recommendations on their site so it makes a little easier to wade the waters of choices.

So let’s dive in. I have learned a lot and I know you ladies probably have some awesome recommendations as well so I want to get this going. First up, let’s talk the big items.

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The Crib:
There are a few options here in terms of what you are purchasing. You can get one that has a convertible option or not. If you are thinking of kids pretty close together you may not worry about this option. We wanted the option but didn’t know if we would ever use it. Thus, we just chose a crib on looks and safety ratings. Here are the few we considered. We ultimately chose The Hudson from Babyletto as it was in budget, and it came in a natural wood finish, which we really liked.

The Hudson by Babyletto $379  |  The Lolly by Babyletto $399  |  The Sparrow from Oeuf $820  |  Mid-Century Crib from DwellStudio $599  |  Sleepi Crib from Stokke (has a lot of options as far as size and conversions which is a huge plus) $600  |  Caravan Crib from Kalon Studios (handmade in the US) $899

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The Carseat:
Another HUGE one. I spent so much time reading about car seats in the evenings I probably could write a book on it. I wanted one that was stylish, very safe, and could be used on a stroller. You have two options an infant or a convertible. We went with the infant option. It isn’t minimal in the fact that you have to purchase a convertible down the road, but we figure we will have a second not too shortly after he would move up to that. That said, we figured the infant seat would be great mostly for the ease when traveling with a stroller because we could attach it easily. A travel system (stroller lingo) was what we ultimately went with and are very excited about it. They are more expensive, but many parents make the comparison that the choosing of a travel system is similar to buying a car. After going through the process, we agree! Car may have actually been easier to be honest. Anyways, here are a few car seats all can be added to strollers with either a converter system or by buying the exact brand that matches. We ultimately went with the Nuna Pipa and think it is the bee’s knees. We have a few friends with it and they all have raving reviews of it and the ease of use with their travel systems as well.

The Pipa from Nuna $299  |  The Mesa from UPPAbaby $299  |  The Pria 85 from Maxi-Cosi $329  |  G3 Car Seat from Orbit Baby $440  |  Silver Aton from CYBEX $249  |  2015 Mico AP from Maxi-Cosi $199 

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The Stroller:
We went with a travel system, but you by no means have to. There is a wide range of options. For us, we wanted something we can travel with easily and can convert as life changes with our little one. Enter the travel system.  These systems range in price and styles so don’t feel like each one is going to blow the bank, though the higher end you go a lot of the features and quality do become better. If you are only planning for one you may not want to invest as much. If you expect 2-3 than I would suggest dropping a little money on this item or having some family members pitch in to help you with it. We ended up going with the Nuna IVVI system with the Carry Cot. We are still yet to assemble it but we hear it is a real dream when in action.

Xplory from Stokke $858  |  The Vista from UPPAababy $879  |  Moodd Stroller from Quinny $699  |   IVVI from Nuna $800  |  B-Ready Stroller from Britax $499  |  The Bee from Bugaboo $769

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The Crib Mattress:
Doesn’t seem like a big one, but I figure this little thing is growing and developing its whole body and he will be spending a lot of time on that mattress so I wanted to make sure his mattress would offer support, safety, and give him a night’s sleep. We wanted a mattress that was organic, waterproof, and also helped prevent SIDS. We went with the Lullaby Earth Breathable mattress. It is a little bit of an investment, but the covers are great and are raised mesh to keep him breathing if for any reason he ends up face down. I figure that peace of mind was worth it for us. There are a few others we considered you can see below. Super curious about the Newton and the Sleep surface as options as well. Would love to hear anyone’s thoughts on those ones!

Breeze Mattress from Lullaby Earth $279  |  Organic Mattress from Naturepedic $258  |  Pure and Simple Organic Mattress from Oeuf $395  |  Lightweight Mattress from Lullaby Earth $169  |  Organic Breathable Mattress from Newton $295  |  Sleep Surface from Secure Beginnings $124

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Carriers:
We plan on doing some babywearing around here. Mostly because it will offer us business owners two hands during the day and hopefully keep our little one happy as well. We shall see, but I ultimately went with an Ergo 360 and a Solly Baby Wrap. Both offer different options and variations for wear. We figure the Ergo will be awesome for traveling and hiking and our active life, where the Baby Wrap will be perfect for at home wear and even to the grocery store especially in those early months. There are lots of options though you can see what else we considered.

The 360 with Insert from ErgoBaby $184  |  Solly Wrap from Solly Baby $65  |  Baby Wrap from Boba $40  |  The Baby Carrier from BabyBjorn $116  |  4G Carrier from Boba $125  |  Gemini Carrier from Beco Baby Carrier $130

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Bassinet:
Oh, the bassinet is a highly debated, discussed, and opens the doors to a range of opinions doesn’t it? Now, this is possibly one of the most personal decisions you make for your family in the first few months. Some decide to co-sleep, some opt for a Moses basket, some decide on side bed connection, and some opt for just in room cohabitating. All are options that are all about personal preference and opinion. I knew early on we would want him in a bassinet right next to our bed to make for ease in the nights in that first month or two. There are tons of awesome options out there, but I wanted something for us that was easy, nice to look at, and would have a minimal feeling. We debated the Bednest for a long time because it offered a rental or purchase option. I loved the rental idea because we would not have it lingering around later. Instead, we went for the Chicco Lullago because we could pack it up and hide it away and have it for #2 without purchasing something else down the road. Sure it isn’t as sexy, but the great reviews and ease of storing later made it the winner in our book.

Co-Sleeping Bassinet from Bednest $180 for rental $599 to purchase  |  Cradle from BabyBjorn $299  |  Norse Bassinet from Land of Nod $500  |  Bowery Bassinet from Babyletto $129  |  The Lullago from Chicco $99  |  Olin Bassinet from Land of Nod $400

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Playard:
I think every parent that either works at home or travels a lot should get one. We plan to use it a lot this summer while seeing family up north. There are a lot of options out there but few that are simple and good looking. I mean the number of bells and whistles you can get on these things is outrageous. After sifting through them all, here are the ones we liked. We once again landed on the Nuna one. Nuna was our favorite brand we saw with all of our research. Across the board, Nuna seemed to hit all the marks for us.

The Sena from Nuna $250  |  The Breeze from 4moms $300  |  Room2 from Joovy $129  |  Travel Crib from BabyBjorn $300  |  Moon Room from Joovy $150 |  The Lotus from Guava Family $204

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The Bouncer/Swing:
This is an item we opted to hold off on for the moment. I read a lot about how parents got them and the babies hated them or how they also saved their life so the jury is still out on these for me. I figure once we meet him we can make the decision about this one. I can just see us now driving home from the hospital and me sitting buying one of these on my phone while I sit in the back making sure our little guy is happy. I have found some great options that if they have to be in your home won’t kill your style game, which is super important on top of keeping that little one happy as can be. The option here is whether you get an electric one or you go old school. This option is another reason I am holding off. Here are the ones we have or are considering thus far. Would love any thoughts from other moms!

The Leaf from Nuna $219 (can hold a child up to 130 lbs) |  The Levo from Charlie Cane $206  |  Bounceroo from 4Moms $99  |   Steps Bouncer from Stokke $199 (also attaches to highchair)  |  Bamboo Bouncer from Bombol $269  |  Coco from Bloom $200

Now on to the other items we decided to add. I suggest adding a few things beyond the basics to give people options and also to offer up an idea of your aesthetic for the little one.

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Clothes & Accessories:
We chose mostly gender neutral clothes especially for the first 6 months of life. We wanted everything to be reusable for #2 if possible. We really wanted the basics, but I added in a few extra things I love because I know people LOVE to buy clothes for babies and I wanted to give a guide of the things we like. Zara was my favorite for finding some of these extra things. Now, we have more clothes than we know what to do with and I am hoping they all fit in his dresser and we still have one more shower. The best advice I got from anyone was to choose soft things. Your baby is coming into the world for the first time so choose things that would feel comforting to you as far as touch and feel. They don’t care what it looks like, they just want to be comfortable. The looks thing is more for you. I opted to ask for more organic cottons and stretchy fabrics so they were soft and easy to get on and off.

What you practically need:

  • A slew of white onesies that range from 0-6 months in size. We chose kimono tops, cuffed long sleeves, and a of mix of pant bottoms and legless bottoms but all with snaps. These ones from Gerber are awesome and so basic.
  • A sleep sack or two. This one is the one featured above made of organic cotton and comes in TONS of colors.
  • A pack or two of socks. I stuck with the basic little white ones from Gerber.
  • If you are having a winter baby you most likely will want one or two sweaters (loves this one and this one from Zara) for them and/or a snowsuit depending on the climate. We have the Chambray one from Gap for him those first few weeks.
  • 3-5 hats unless you live in the desert. Babies get colder than we might expect. We have both this style and this style.
  • 1-2 pairs of booties. Some people say they always fall off, but I read these ones don’t so we nabbed two.
  • A few long sleeve colored ones to mix it up. Both this style and this style are organic and very soft.
  • At least one SUPER cute thing you just think is the bee’s knees. I loved this little sweater cloud one-piece.
  • A few extra fun one-pieces that range in various sizes. This style, this style, and this style were some of our top choices.

Anything beyond this is just extra and of personal desire. These are your basics you will need for those first 6 months. But let’s be honest this is the category hardest to stick to the basics, am I right? I have been hunting sales for things that I know he will need next winter when we go to Michigan and such in order to keep the amount we spend as low as possible.

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Hygiene and Safety:
I lumped anything about keeping the baby clean and happy and safe into this category. I am still working through what we really need in this category but this was what I was told from girlfriends and it helped us at least have a base of items. Moms, comment below with anything you feel is missed because I need to learn as well!

Here are the essentials and then a few add on things:

  • A tub for bathing baby in – Love this Puj one because it folds up and can be hooked on the back of a door or slipped away conveniently.
  • Bath towel and wash clothes
  • Diapers – I didn’t place them above because there are tons of options and you have to figure out what fits your budget, lifestyle, and so on. We are planning to do a mix of cloth and disposable. I feel like in those early months I have enough to learn than conquering cloth as well, but since we work from home I figure once we get the rhythm it won’t be too much to keep up with.
  • Changing mat: I am all about this Keekaroo one – no sheets to clean, wipes clean, and isn’t stuck to just one place in the house.
  • Bath wash – Pretty obsessed with Zoe Organics
  • Wipes – heard great things about these water ones. I hate the smell of baby things so I am all abot the no smell thing
  • Diaper balm
  • Thermometer
  • Nail clippers
  • brush and comb
  • Owlet: this one is a real add-on especially for the price, but it is so brilliant and we are sold on the concept as first-time parents not completely sure how to keep a human alive. If you are curious about it check out the video.
  • Laundry Detergent just for them: We are all about the Laundress. It smells so good we are now washing our stuff in it as well. Plus their stain bar is life changing.

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Feeding:
Depending on how you choose to feed your baby or in some cases how nature decides you should feed your baby, all depends on the gear you probably will need. I pulled some basic items that most everyone will need at some point along the way no matter your choices or nature’s choice. These were our basics for getting started with bringing a little to our home. Bottles all depend on choices for feeding, and some people never need bottles. Same thing goes for the pacifier.

  • Burp Clothes are important no matter what Burt’s Bees makes some great ones and so does Milk Barn
  • Breastfeeding pillow: I am all about aesthetics and this one was simple, smart, and not in a funky pattern. Day was made.
  • Bowls that can be tossed around and still look good. Thanks Bitte for these ones that will make us designers happy!
  • Spoons for feeding
  • Bottles of all kinds. I have heard raving reviews about various kinds including these we will see what will work for us. Also these Avent ones come in glass!
  • Pacifier: I was a big pacifier kid…not sure if he will be but figure they are worth a try.
  • Bibs and quite a few of them. They come in all styles. I really liked how simple these ones from Burt’s Bees were. They also go over the head and can’t be pulled off as easily. It is the little things.
  • Breast Pump: Most insurances offer a free pump so check with your company to get one sent before your little one arrives.

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Play:
When you have a really little baby there aren’t a ton of toys you really need in those first few weeks. It is the following weeks where the activity really begins and they will be looking for some fun things to touch and feel more and more as they grow. Since even conceiving of becoming parents we have been frightened of the toy world. The colors that clash and the wild patterns and sounds is all more than our aesthetic eyes like to think about bringing into our lives. I figure we will have to curate his toys as long as we can, but I want to make sure we aren’t depriving creativity, imagination, exploration, and fun. We have chosen to have toys that are mostly wooden and have simple goals. Nothing with any bells and whistles for as long as we can get away with it. Here are the items we dropped on our registry. We also had a slew of awesome books as well. We are big book fans!

Some important items:

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Other Necessities:
There are a few other things I suggest adding into your registry that didn’t get hit on above.

  • Nursing cover-up: This one from Native Wilds is pretty amazing! It can be a scarf, coverup, a cover for your car seat, a cart coverup, and more. We picked one up over Black Friday and cannot wait to put it to use.
  • Baskets: In the room you will want a few places to store laundry, toys, books, swaddles and so on. Baskets are a great way to do just that.
  • Swaddles: Lots of them. People love to gift these so add a few to your registry you love. Aden and Anais has some really great ones made from muslin
  • Blankets: Another item people love to gift so make sure to add a few to give guidance. This one is from Milk Barn with the whales on it.
  • Crib Sheets: You will go through a few so don’t get too attached to the pattern or a certain one. Choose soft ones and ones that wash well.
  • Diaper bag: There are lots of options out there, but we fell in love with One Duo. This large bag is perfect for everyday life with a little. It is very durable, attaches to the stroller and best of all has a pocket for EVERYTHING you can imagine. Made by two designers who wanted the perfect everyday bag. We cannot wait to use our’s.

So there are the minimums to building a great registry to prepare for your little one. I would love to hear your thoughts and any items you loved even if it is a different type of crib or carrier. This is me saying these things 8 weeks before welcoming our little one home. I am sure I may be editing this post in the coming months as well so share away!

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  1. THis is quite possibly the most AESTHETICALLY pleasing baby registry I have ever seen!!

    I was a nanny for the same family for nearly 10 years. When i started they had one kid, and now they have four! They are now my extended family! Before #4 i was in charge or purchasing new loot for the baby. Some of the items were no longer safe (car seat, stroller) and I was a big advocate for the glass bottle, wooden toys, etc… so i agree with all these things, except a couple of things to note…

    1. crib- the $99 ikea crib is also perfectly ADEQUATE. if you have a slightly larger budget, then have at it and happy crib shopping! but the crib is probably the easiest place to throw away money. your kid is going to chew on the rails, use it as a jungle gym, and maybe even smear some poop on the sides by accident. more important purchases are the car seat (infant – good for 0-9 months and then toddler- good for 9 months-4ish), stroller, and crib mattress. if your budget is limited after those purchases, then go with the $99 ikea crib.

    2. avent- so #4 was born during big Bpa debate. Is it good for you, is it bad? Canada had already banned Bpa products, and the usa was dragging it’s feet. avent (owned by Phillips) was the last company to admit bpa was bad, and the last to change their bottles. because of this, i’m a little less inclined to trust them. i like the stick to the pioneers during the bpa movement, born free (both glass and plastic options), lifefactory (glass with a nice rubber bumper). For a more cost effective option, evenflo had glass hiding on the shelves before anyone!

    3. bouncy seat- i hate to be an advocate for UNNECESSARY toys, but unless you plan to be cooing and starring at your baby the whole time, get them a bouncy seat with something to look at. it’s a great place for baby to start understanding the concept of entertaining themselves and the toys are great stimulation for them. you don’t need to go full-on cheesy (although those are always the most entertaining). fisher price makes some muted ones with some toys hanging. baby bjorn makes a wooden toy attachment for their bouncy seat (i love this one).

    couple of other things overlooking…

    hand mittens for infants: those babies nails are sharp and hard to cut. i have a friend with a scar from scratching his own face as an infant.

    WARM FOOTED PAJAMAS: I’M NOT A HUGE ADVOCATE OF ANYTHING IN THE CRIB WHEN BABY IS SLEEPING AFTER THE AGE OF 3 MONTHS. THE BLANKET CAN COVER THEIR HEAD, PILLOWS ARE A BIG NO-NO, SO I WANT TO MAKE SURE THE BABY IS WARM WHILE SLEEPING. LOAD UP ON SOME CARTER FLEECE PAJAMAS, AND BLANKET OR NO BLANKET, THAT LITTLE ONE WILL SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT.

    bundle me: for all you winter infants that wiggle off their blanket. a protective cover for the infant car seat is key. not fleece, so the baby overheats, just something to protect from wind and cold air, but that can easily be UNZIPPED when in the car. jjcole bundle me is a popular one.

    high chair: 6 months goes by fast, and this can also be costly, so having a family member foot this bill during the baby shower is nice. i’m a huge huge fan of the stokke trip trapp. the family i worked for still use the stokke’s today, as they give the best support for kids during homework/dinner. it’s all about being at the right height at the table, and having a place for those dangling feet to be stable. don’t forget the stokke infant attachment. this is worth the investment! keekaroo is a new brand that has a similar concept.

    changing table pad and cover: i don’t believe in an actual changing table. just get a nice dresser and stick the changing table pad and cover on it. just be sure to use the safety strap that the pad comes with. the key here… go measure the height of a changing table, and try to get a dresser with a similar height so you don’t break your back changing the baby’s diaper. your lower back will thank you!

    toys: these are my favorite non-cheesy toys that will entertain the baby and help its cognitive development. sofie the giraffe, anything by manhattan toy (the whoozit is my favorite. the black and white is good for development, and plenty of things to chew on when they are teething, and very slight noises like the rustling of fabric, a quiet bell to keep them happy).

    play mat: these are great when your baby starts rolling around and for “tummy time.” GREat for development with lots of toys to pull on, make noise, etc… skip hop makes some nice ones, and the black and white by genius baby toys (silly name).

    happy shopping to all you mom’s out there!

  2. PS- when i didn’t mean for some of the words to be all cap. when i typed this, it was in an all cap font, so i couldn’t tell what was cap and what wasn’t.

  3. We cloth diaper full time and love
    It. There’s definitely a learning Curve, but i joined a facebook group called Fluff Love and cloth diaper science. The admins can help you troubleshoot you wash routinE based on your Washing machine and how hard your water is. I also highly recommend the Ubbi diaper pail. Its stainless steel and no smells escape.

  4. 99% of the time i am baby crazy and trying to rationalize getting pregnant right now instead of sticking to our plan to move out of the city and buy a house and THEN have a baby, 2-3 years down the road. but then i read something like this, and am intimidated and reminded that we are not ready! there’s just so much to think about! props to you and mike for being able to think through and share all this info so logically.

  5. Megan, this is a stunning list of items! I am one week behind you (also having a wee Boy) and im going to look into most of the products you have featured here. While you sit and cry from being overwhelmed (totally understand that feeling!), i have had my head in the sand and havent organised anything yet… Besides cloth nappies, this kid has nothing! This registry is the push i need to get into gear. Keep up the updates! I lOve them (and all the best for the next few weeks) xx

  6. It is amazing to me how similar our baby picks are!
    Literally almost identical, you have great taste! 😉
    As for our bouncer we went with the baby bjorn, he didn’t like it at first but then by week 3-4 he was a big fan. I have since tried other fancier ones that bounce on their own but he hasn’t liked any of them. He is currently 10 weeks old and still love the bjorn. This was the only gadget we purchased, literally nothing else. I am a fan of being super minimal and honestly I have not yet found a need for anything else, the bouncer is more than enough.
    We also cloth diaper, and I tried several different kinds before picking the ones I love. We used disposable diapers during the first two weeks and then switched to cloth during the day for about a week then went full on to cloth after that. I think it helped a lot easing myself into it, things are hard enough with a newborn without juggling too many other things at one time!
    Also we tried the nattursutten pacifiers as well and he was not able to keep either shape in his mouth, we had to try about 6 before we found one that worked!
    Also, great choice on the carriers! I have both solly and the ergo 360. They are both great for different things, the solly soothes him and he falls asleep almost instantly in in. The ergo isn’t as soothing to him but is great for long walks with my dog etc because it places more weight on my hips rather than my shoulders. At this point we still have not even purchased a stroller because carrying him is just so much easier and less of a hassle. Another plus about the ergo is that my husband likes it better because he can put it on much easier, the solly requires some twists and he always messes it up!
    Can’t wait to see more of the baby stuff in the months to come!

    1. We just got it the other day. I think the one that comes with it is fine. I wouldn’t suggest buying another one, but I would suggest getting something to waterproof it. I saw a lot of people suggesting a waterproof changing pad which comes in packs of 3 or 4 on amazon and then adding a cradle sheet. I think I am going to go with these waterproof pads http://amzn.to/1J1kEt2 and pick up two or three of these sheets http://amzn.to/1J1kCSa I saw other people suggest these combos. But I will say the Lullago is really sturdy and SOOO easy to pack up and move. I was pretty impressed for the price and everything.

  7. What a beautiful list! I’ll add a few comments, if they help. I did a bunch of product reviews prior to having my daughter, so by the time she arrived I had a ton of baby gear. I had both a bouncer and an electric swing, and hands down the swing was what got us the most sleep. It took up a bit of floor space, but was totally worth it. One last item I’d add (unsexy as it is) is a nose aspirator. you’ll probably get some from the hospital, so hang on to them! A lifesaver when it comes to clearing out a congested baby.

  8. i would add like 20 simple gerber diaper prefolds for burb clothes. I got fancy milkbarn ones too, but realized quickly
    That you can sometImes go tHrough one burb cloth per feeding! I’m also a big fan of the Bjorn bouncer with wooden toy bar. My daughter is 6 months old and she still loves it! Plus, its the only way i can get a shower in 🙂 The Stokke Tripp Trapp highchair is awesome. And while its ugly, plastic and cheap, the “baby Einstein” ipod is clutch. It is a stAple in my diaper bag from another new mom and has prevented more pUblic meltdowns than i can count! I also couldn’t live without sOphie the giraffe and a wUbba nub. the wubba nub is nice beCause it weights the pAcifier on their chest so they dont lose it and flip out. Eventually, my daughter was even able to find it in her crib wIthout crying. SOmething that dOesn’t happen with a paci alone… So many choices! Good luck!

  9. Thank you so much for posting this!!!

    My husband and i won’t be starting a family for a while, but i bookmarked this to have when we do! I definitely appreciate style but most importantly function and am willing to pay more when it comes to that. I can’t imagine how much time goes into researching things to accompany a NEW HUMAN! Congrats to you both. 🙂

    1. Aww thank you! Function is super important. The design comes along with it most of the time which is a huge plus. Anything to make your life easier when you have to head into a new chapter of life, right?!

  10. These are great picks!! As new parents, our favorite baby gear are our uppababy mesa car seat and cruz stroller, Nuna Sena pack and play, Ubbi diaper pail and Planetwise Reusable Liners, Bumgenius Freetime cloth diapers, Baby K’Tan wrap, Keekaroo peanut changer, NoseFrida, SwaddleMe wraps (sooo much easier than swaddling with a blanket), and our Mamaroo.

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  12. ThIs post is amazing and so helpfUl! We are expecting a little boy in a couple of months and i was stArting to freak out about what to register for. I love the aesthetic of these items and will Definitely be looking into a majority of them. Thank you so much!

    1. So glad you loved it and found it helpful! It feels really overwhelming, but really you don’t need much in those first few months. Just food for you and lots of cuddles and white onesies hehe.

  13. Megan, I can’t thank you enough for this registry. I read your blog on regular basis and now with a baby on the way i find your posts especially relevant and helpful. I am a minimalist at heart and yet i am already experiencing decision fatigue. so many GADGETS etc. the other day someone said bottle STERILISER and i am thinking what?! when i was a kid, there was a glass bottle that got passed around. So happy to see AVent glass bottle. anyhoo, thank so much this post will help my decision making process xx

    1. Oh I am so glad you found it helpful! Gosh the struggle is so real! There is so much, but make sure you read what we actually used in the first 6 months, that may be a post you may find helpful as well. I would suggest registering for big items and ncessities more than anything. Every baby is so weird about what they like. I got the bottles and he didn’t like them. We went through about 5 different ones till we found ones he liked. Come to find out my flow was more than the bottles so he got frustrated with every bottle till we just got heavier flow nipples. Who would have thought?! Just register for simple things. I found we could never have enough swaddles, onesies, blankets, and books. I hope that helps and congratulations! So exciting!!! It is a wild ride, but it is very worth it! A year later I can tell you it all is worth it.