When I imagined being pregnant, I thought it would be a time of pure joy and cute baby bumps. Instead I was met with morning sickness that I would say felt more like having the flu with a hangover every day for 3 months. God bless all pregnant women everywhere.
Now that I'm feeling a little bit better in my second trimester, I figured I would start our baby registry for people already asking. But then I was completely overwhelmed with so.much.stuff. So I took to instagram to ask all my mom friends for their go-to registry items that they actually used as well as what they got and didn't use. With all their suggestions, I made categories and tallied when multiple people suggested the same item. Here are the most common suggestions:
We plan on having more than one child so I asked for strollers that can be converted to hold multiple kids.
The winner with the most suggestions was the Baby Jogger City Select. There is a 2019 version soon to be released if you have a little bit of time. The stroller with the second most suggestions was the UPPAbaby Vista.
Baby carriers really come down to preference for both you and baby. There are three types of carriers - wraps, ring slings, and front carrier. A couple of favorite brands were mentioned multiple times. The Ergobaby 360 was the most popular. I also really love Sakura Bloom Scout carriers. So many people love the Solly Baby wraps - they have so many different textiles to fit your own style. And then lastly are the ring slings by Wildbird.
Every single person suggested the Nuna Pipa Carseat so that's a no brainer.
Breastfeeding, Bottles + Binkies
I got so many recommendations for the Haakaa Manu Breast pump to catch any leakage from the opposite side than the baby is on.
I've also heard so many great things about the My Brest Friend for a nursing pillow rather than the Boppy.
And if you need bottles, people seem to love the Lifefactory Bottles.
Frances ended up loving the Comotomo bottles.
As for pacifiers (or as I call them, binkies) there are a few different options. I'm a fan of the Natursutten Orthodontic pacifier. Others suggested the BIBS pacifier, which has so,so,so many color options. And lastly, if you are worried about losing them, you can get the Wubbanubs.
Bath Time + Diapering
There were many recommendations for the Puj Tub.
Baskets, Beds, and Bouncers
For the first months of baby's life, you'll want some sort of bassinet to have close to your bed for nighttime feeds. Everyone loves the Moses Basket for both functionality and look. You can easily take it from room to room during the day and also get the stand for it in your room.
So many people suggested either the Dock-a-tot or the Snuggle Me Organic. You can even place them inside the basket for extra comfort. The Snuggle Me Organic has so many color options for whatever matches your decor!
EDITED: We ended up getting the Charlie Crane Rocker and we love it because it isn't an eyesore and baby also really loves it.
And if you have a grandma who wants to spoil you (or you really value your sleep - I raise my hand), the SNOO is worth the investment (or you can even rent it!)
If you travel regularly, you'll want a bed that you can transport. A few people suggested the Lotus Travel Crib along with its shade and mosquito net. And lastly, a baby bumbo is great when baby starts sitting. I find the classic blue to be very ugly so I found one that is a little easier on the eyes...
Swaddles and Sleep Sacks
Here I'll plug our baby swaddles! We get so many messages of how they are the most soft and their favorite swaddles to use. In addition to muslin swaddle blankets, you'll also need sleep sacks. People suggested the Halo Sleepsack Swaddle, the Woolino Sleepsack and the Miracle Blanket. Don't forget to check out our All Saints 8-layer Quilt for that extra warmth.
We ended up buying and LOVING the Ollie Swaddle for sleep times.
Register for plenty of your basics because you need a lot of backups while the others are being washed. Regular Gerber Cloth Diapers can be used for so many things - thick burp clothes, a place to lay the baby down to change a diaper, wipe drool, etc. And then your classic Carter's white onesies, of course.
We also signed up for the Lovevery toy subscription and wish I'd known about it sooner. The toys are so beautifully made and they give you so many tips of how to play with baby for developmental growth! This link will give you $20 off your first box.
What else would you add to a new mom's registry?