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YAY! You’re expecting! This is such an exciting time for you and the people closest to you. Even though pregnancy introduces many things to think about, there is absolutely no need for the preparation process to be stressful. Just take it one step at a time and have fun.
If this is your first baby, building your registry can feel overwhelming, but it can also be a blast choosing all those adorable nursery items—IF you’re confident with your choices. I’m hoping to make your life a little easier by sharing my top 10 registry picks.
Waterproof Changing Pad Liners – These bad boys have made my life much less stressful on more than one occasion. They are an absolute lifesaver, as blowouts are simply inevitable. I’ve actually used my liners to help with clean up on multiple occasions by wrapping all the soiled clothes in the liner and carrying them straight to the laundry room, where I use the next item on our list.
Babyganics Stain Remover – This product genuinely shocked me with its effectiveness, to the point where I stopped buying our other spot-treater to begin using Babyganics on our grownup clothes too. Even Grandma was impressed. Just spray straight onto the stain and run soiled garments through the wash.
It’s as simple as that.
Diaper Bag – I highly recommend a backpack-style diaper bag for this must-have baby item. It’s a lot easier to carry around when your hands are full. This one is my personal favorite because it has plenty of space, even if you have more than one child. For the same hands-free convenience in a smaller version, the LAND Diaper Backpack is a popular choice. I don’t recommend spending a lot of money on your diaper bag. They get thrown around, set on on the ground, and stuffed in the car. Save your money to put toward a nice stroller or quality nursery furniture instead.
Muslin Swaddle Blankets – These blankets are so handy. They can be used as sun shades, burp cloths, drool catchers, and so much more. I like to lay them down to give Harley a clean place to play. It’s nice to have a handful because when one gets dirty, you can throw it in the laundry and grab another. We never leave the house without one or two muslin swaddle blankets on hand.
Cloth Diapers – Whaaaat? But Sarah, I’m not planning on using cloth diapers! HA, me either! And that’s ok, because cloth diapers make the absolute BEST burp cloths. They are extremely absorbent (obviously) and a breeze to find in a pile of laundry. Hallelujah! Not to mention they are white and don’t have to be separated by color before washing. Easy and effective, must-have baby items don’t get any better than that.
Nursing Pillow – I actually have two nursing pillows: this waterproof, My Brest Friend, and a Boppy.
I found the Brest Friend a major stress reducer for the first 3 months or so. Now that Harley is bigger and heavier (and I’m much more confident), the Boppy is my go-to choice.
Breastfeeding wasn’t the easy-peasy walk in the park I imagined, but the right tools actually made this vital (and sometimes stressful) routine a joy.
Diaper Pail – This is an absolute MUST. I can’t imagine how often my Diaper Genie saved me from having to empty a trashcan to prevent unwelcome odors from taking over Harley’s room. The Diaper Genie has replaceable carbon filters that assist in odor prevention. The custom bags and built-in bag cutter make emptying the pail a cinch. This item is a no brainer for your registry.
Bouncer – I actually left this item off my baby registry at first, but found myself extremely thankful someone gifted one to us anyway. Our bouncer has seen so much use. It keeps Harley safe and occupied while I’m cooking, cleaning, showering, etc. And it’s easy to move around the house. I’m a big fan of Winnie the Pooh, too. It’s gender-neutral and has primary colors, which experts say are the first colors babies are able to see. In keeping with the research, the bouncer’s two hanging toys were the first toys Harley showed interest in.
Pack-and-Play – This is another item you will use every single day. We keep our Pack-and-Play set up and use it as a handy place to set Harley down, let her nap, change her diaper, etc. It’s also easy to pack up and haul around as a portable crib. It’s well worth the investment.
Rock ‘n Play – Kudos to the inventor of the Rock ‘n Play! This is another item I chose not to register for thinking it was too similar to a bouncer or swing. I wanted to keep our baby gear down to a minimum, but caved and purchased a Rock ’n Play at the last minute before Harley was born. THANK GOODNESS! I used mine for absolutely EVERYTHING those first few weeks. Harley slept next to my bed in it, napped in it, and basically followed me around the house in it. We didn’t move her to her crib until she was about 2 and a half months old. So, while I don’t recommend the Deluxe version since you won’t use it for long, I highly recommend having one on hand for the first couple months.
There you go, mommas! Leave a comment below if you found this information helpful, or if you have any registry tips for other new moms out there. Have fun shopping!