A good friend of mine is pregnant and was telling me about her afternoon of choosing items for her baby registry. She sounded tired. I vividly remember being about 6 months pregnant wandering around the baby store with my husband trying to figure out what to put on our registry. It didn’t take long for us to feel completely overwhelmed. It wasn’t as easy as choosing blue or pink. Not only were there so many different baby products to choose from, but also a huge selection of brands, each with different features and designs.
As a mom of two little ones now, I definitely have opinions on what you really need when your bundle of joy arrives. It would have been helpful to have talked to someone with “experience” before registering. Moms really do know best.
So, if you are about to embark on the daunting task of creating your baby registry, take it from a mom. Here are my Top 10 Registry Must Haves.
- Diapers and wipes – Whether you choose cloth or disposable, you can never have too many. Add several sizes to your registry so you’ll always be ready when you need the next size. Trust me – you want people to buy as many of these for you as possible. They cost a lot and there is no doubt you will use them!
- Nursing pads – When you’re breastfeeding, and even in the first few weeks after your baby is born if you decide to bottle feed, you’re bound to experience leakage – and usually at really inopportune times: in the supermarket or when your father-in-law is visiting. Nursing pads are a convenient, comfortable way to protect your clothes and avoid embarrassing situations. Available in different types and thickness, I like the thin pads because they are comfortable and easy to bring spares with me to change when necessary. Plus, they also work well as make-up pads in a pinch.
- Burping cloths – Babies are not neat and spit up happens – often. Really, really often. The thicker the better when it comes to burping cloths. You really can’t have too many of these tucked away in your diaper bag, around the house, in the car – everywhere. Did I tell you babies spit up often?
- Nursing pillow – In the first few months, feeding your baby may seem like a non-stop activity but it is also a great time for you and baby to bond. A nursing pillow with removable, washable cover can help lift baby closer to your breast or at an easier position for bottle-feeding. And, it was perfect when my husband hurt his back a few months ago and needed a “soft seat.”
- Sterilizer – I think I can honestly say that the seemingly endless chore of keeping bottles and nipples clean is worse than changing diapers. Sterilizer's make my life easier, especially since I like to disinfect regularly. You’ll soon realize your kitchen décor will be overtaken by empty baby bottles instead of wine bottles (well, maybe).
- Diaper bag – While fashion is great, functionality is best when it comes to a diaper bag. You’ll be hauling a lot with a little one in tow now. Look for a bag that has a wide, roomy main compartment plus several pockets for bottles and a fold out changing pad. The best part of my diaper bag is the insulated zipper pocket I can put an ice pack in to keep bottles and sippy cups cold. It’s also a good idea to get one that daddy won’t be embarrassed to carry. (I find they usually shy away from pink and frilly.)
- Pacifiers – I know, there is great debate on whether to use pacifiers or not. The choice is completely up to you, but consider this: newborns use their natural sucking instinct not only for eating but also as a way to self soothe. That’s where the binky, paci or whatever you decide to call your pacifier comes in. If you’re worried about dental development then NUK® Orthodontic Pacifiers are for you. There is actually science behind their unique shape, and they come in super cute styles. I actually have all the fun colors and designs so I can match them to my daughter’s outfits everyday.
- Bottles – Even if you’re breastfeeding, you need bottles. Every mom knows by now that bottles have to be BPA free. Another important factor that you may not think about is the nipple. Check out the NUK® Bottles with Perfect Fit™. It actually looks different than all the others – the opening for the hole is placed on the top side of the nipple rather than in the center. This mimics the shape of a breast when breastfeeding – they say this is best for your baby’s oral development. But to be honest, my favorite thing about them is the designs.
And, finally, my number #1 registry item…
- A fast and efficient breast pump. Not only is this something that you will use frequently – it is a higher priced item that you will appreciate getting as gift. Let’s face it, there are times you’ll need to pump rather than nurse and when you do you’ll want it to be fast, comfortable and simple. Since I’m still nursing my daughter, I have to pump at work and the NUK® Single Electric breast pump is perfect. I am able to express quickly and easily during the day and then store it in the NUK® Seal ‘n Go storage bags – so don’t forget to add some to your list, too!
Now take a deep breath and hit the store! As long as you have the essentials you’ll be ready for baby to come.