Posts Tagged 'Baby Registry'

April 12, 2013


As I said in my Reflections on Blogging post, I am going to try and write more on my blog. I’ve been pretty good about adding my photography clients and monthly updates of my kiddos, but I have a lot of other ideas I would like to share with the blogging world! So first up is a post I wish I would’ve read when I was pregnant with Peyton and had to register. I had no idea what I was doing, and luckily I got some advice from a lot of mommy friends on what their favorite “can’t live without it” products were. Many of those products have in turn become MY favorites, and I can’t get through a day without using most of them! So here are my top-ten “must have” baby products to add to your registry!

rock n playFisher Price Rock-n-Play Sleeper

This thing has been a LIFESAVER for us with both kids! Instead of getting a bassinet or setting up a bulky pack-n-play in our room, we simply had the baby sleep in this next to our bed until they made the transition to their crib. It is elevated, so it will keep baby happy even if reflux becomes an issue. It is about the size of a bouncy seat, so it doesn’t take up much space when it’s out. It also easily folds up and can be stored out of sight in a few seconds. It is higher than a bouncy seat, so you can reach the baby from bed. The cover comes off pretty easily to wash, but I also usually line it with a receiving blanket just in case baby spits up or has a blowout. Peyton slept in this for only three weeks, but Aiden slept in it for 3 1/2 months (he easily could’ve slept in it longer…we just decided to give him the boot from our room!). Once the baby has transitioned to their own room, we still use this often as a bouncy seat. Overall, this is the item I most recommend to new moms if I notice it isn’t on their registry. Hence why it’s at the top of the list!

swaddleHalo Swaddle Sleep Sack

I suggest any sleep sack or swaddle blanket, but I personally like the Halo ones. I also know a lot of people that swear by the Aden and Anais blankets. I love the one pictured above because it’s pretty foolproof. Simply zip baby in the sack, put their arms down, and wrap them up with the velcroed flaps. It even has directions with pictures on it just in case! Peyton did super well in this – it kept her still and she slept great when swaddled. Mr. Aiden is a bit more of an escape artist and doesn’t stay swaddled the entire night. He likes his arm up by his face too much! Nonetheless, these have helped us get a few extra hours of sleep since baby wasn’t woken up by his/her arms flailing around. When registering, I would just get one in a newborn size to see if your baby will like it. No need to stock up on multiple in every size just yet! You can always run out and buy more once you know it works for your peanut.

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Homedics Sound Machine

I recommend getting a sound machine for your little one. There is a two part benefit. One, the baby will like listening to it, as they are used to hearing the sounds of amniotic fluid and your heart beating while inside you. I usually put ours on “rain” for this reason, but I know a lot of other people’s babies like “white noise.” Two, this will help drown out other sounds that may be going on in your home that would wake the baby (dogs barking, other kids being loud, the TV, etc.). We use the Homedics one pictured above, but it has been harder to find. (I think they have a newer one out, that my friend says she doesn’t like as well as this model). I found this one on Amazon, so that may be your best bet!




Gowns or Zip Up PJ’s

Okay, this may sound like a no-brainer, but hear me out. When I bought PJ’s for Peyton, I bought whatever looked cute and didn’t think much of it. When shopping for Aiden, I ONLY purchased newborn PJ’s that were either gowns or zip-up’s. Why? I HATED doing snap PJ’s at night with Peyton! When you’re up in the middle of the night, it can be tricky (and time consuming) to match all those silly snaps up. Gowns were the easiest…no feet to even have to put back! But I like the zip-up ones for winter because baby’s feet stay warm. Just something to think about when looking for cute PJ’s or Sleep and Play outfits! 🙂


Fisher Price Snugabunny Swing

I know there will be some people that say their kids didn’t like the swing and it was a waste of money. That may, in fact, be true for you. However, both my kids LOVED their swing and we got every penny out of it! If you know of a swing that you could borrow from someone, I would recommend doing that at first to make sure your baby likes it. If they do, I’d be willing to shell out the big bucks for a good one! We have this, the Fisher Price Snugabunny swing. We chose this one mainly because it plugs in. Many swings run on batteries, and for the amount we used ours, we would’ve constantly been changing them! It is super comfy, can rock back and forth or side to side, and for some reason both my kids have loved the little birds and mirror at the top. We have gotten many naps out of both kids thanks to this swing!

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Lorex Baby Video Monitor

I don’t know what I’d do without our video monitor. Actually, I got a taste of it when our handset broke a few weeks ago and I had to wait for a new one to be delivered. I’m sure had we started with just a typical sound monitor, I wouldn’t know any different. However, after getting used to the benefits of a video one, I can’t go back to just a sound one! I have learned through our video monitor that Peyton doesn’t fall asleep right away. She’ll usually lay awake or play quietly in her crib. If I couldn’t see her, I would think she was sleeping! I love knowing when she has really fallen asleep and exactly how long of a nap she took. Also, she tends to throw out her baby and blankie at some point after I put her down. She will cry and not go to sleep easily if she doesn’t have them. I only go back in her room to give her back the baby and blankie. If I see that she’s crying but still has those in her crib, I don’t go in. This was also the case when she was a baby. If she was crying and I could see a problem that I needed to fix, I would go in to her right away. If she was just fussing to fuss, I would stay out and let her self-soothe. This has helped create the great sleeper that she is today! The other reason I love this monitor? Well, we just transitioned Aiden into his crib in his room. He slept so well in there, typically for 7-8 hour stretches! The video monitor provides me peace of mind when I am NOT sleeping because I am worried about how quiet and still he is! (If you are already a mom, you totally know this feeling! “Is he still breathing? Is he alive?!”) I stare at the monitor and think to myself, “Please breathe…please breathe!” I can see his little chest rise and fall sometimes, or he’ll wiggle his legs around, and I can give a sigh of relief. No need to go into his room to check on him to ease my fears. 🙂

Video monitors can be kind of pricey,  but I really would recommend one. We have the Lorex, and I like it because it came with two cameras. We were crazy and decided to have two kiddos under two, so we needed both! The handset can show either room, or you can set it to alternate between the two cameras every 5-10 seconds. You can see and hear each room, which I really like. I was a little bummed about the handset breaking (we are actually on our THIRD). I don’t know if I would do that particular brand again because of this, but I really do like the features it offers. Plus, it is one of the more reasonably priced ones out there. Lorex or not, I would highly recommend investing in a video monitor!PShigh chairs

Fisher Price Space Saver High Chair

& Healthy Care Deluxe Booster Seat

I would recommend getting one of each of these. We use the Space Saver high chair at our house instead of a full-blown high chair. Since our house is on the smaller side, we just attached it to one of our kitchen table chairs and it doesn’t take up any extra room. It has all the features of a regular high chair – it is comfortable, has a cover that is easy to take off and throw in the wash, and can be reclined when baby is first ready to try out a high chair. When the child is older, you can decide not to use the tray, and they can sit at the table on the chair part. We keep the healthy care booster seat in our car and use it when we go out to eat. It is great because it can go on any chair (even at high top tables!), and it has a strap that makes it easy to carry with you. I feel way more comfortable offering Peyton food on the tray that I know I have cleaned than I would her eating and playing on a germy restaurant table. Plus, it is impossible for Peyton to escape from…she has gotten quite good and wriggling her way out of restaurant high chairs when we have used them! We always get compliments on this seat when we are out, and I really credit it as to why Peyton is typically well-behaved out in public.bibs

Green Sprouts Waterproof DripDrop Bibs

These are the ONLY bibs I use when my kids are infants. I had bought some other “cute” bibs with Peyton, but never used them once I got used to these. They have a foam rim at the top that catches milk dribble (and drool) so that it doesn’t get their shirts wet. Or, in the case of my chunky boy, milk doesn’t get stuck in the rolls of his neck. HA! They aren’t too big or super absorbant, so if baby spits up a lot you’re going to need a spare on-hand. They are sold in packs of 3, and I would recommend getting at least 3 sets of these if you don’t want to have to do laundry all the time. Not too much more to say about these…just that they are great bibs!stroller

Travel System Stroller and Car Seat

We got the Chicco car seat, base, and stroller, and overall I love them. The car seat is super easy to snap into the base and the stroller. It has great safety ratings, and my kids have both loved sleeping in the car seat. I would recommend getting a travel system because it is so nice to keep baby in one place while you’re out running errands. If they fall asleep in the car, you can snap the whole shebang into the stroller and be on your way. Likewise, if they fall asleep while walking the mall, you can transfer them to the car without a peep. My ONLY complaint with the Chicco brand is that the car seat doesn’t fit into many brands of double strollers. You’re stuck pretty much buying the Chicco double stroller, which is kinda big and doesn’t offer a sit-and-stand feature. Some of the higher-end double strollers have an attachment you can buy to make them compatible with the Chicco, but I just wasn’t willing to shell out the big bucks. If I had to do it over again, I would look into the Graco brand travel systems. My friend has one, and has been happy with all the pieces. They have a lot of great double stroller options, where the seats can turn, have two kids sitting in seats, or it also converts to a sit-and-stand. Just something to consider!Picture 035

Belly Bandit

Okay, so #10 isn’t for baby…it’s for MOM! I bought the Belly Bandit from Becoming Mom (Cincinnati, OH) when I was pregnant with Peyton. It promised to help shrink your belly down to it’s pre-baby size faster. If you know me, you know that I had to get into a WEDDING DRESS only TWO MONTHS after having Peyton. Um, can we say pressure?! So I bought this in hopes that it’d help. I chose to get the Bamboo version (a little more expensive) because it is safe to wear if you have a C-section. I luckily didn’t need a C-section, but I figured it’d be good to have just in case. You never know what is going to happen on D-Day! It kind of looks like a back brace – a long piece of fabric with velcro. You put it around your belly and wear it from delivery on. Personally, I don’t usually put mine on until Day 2 in the hospital, but that is just me. I wore mine religiously all day, and even slept in it, for about 2 weeks. After that, I would take it off if we went out somewhere, and would try to remember to wear it when hanging around the house. It really helped shrink my belly back! Of course I don’t think my stomach will EVER look the way it did before babies (can we say “Hello Stretchmarks?!”), but it certainly helped. I was able to fit in my dress with room to spare! I of course wore it again after Aiden was born, and was again happy with the results. So do yourself a favor, and invest in this product for YOU!  You can see my full-term baby belly (second pregnancy) and my belly 3 weeks post-delivery below. 🙂


Did you find this post helpful? Please comment below! Also let me know YOUR favorite “must have” baby item if you didn’t see it on here. Let’s help some new mommies-to-be with their registries! 🙂

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