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What Should Be on a Baby Registry List
Let’s face it: one of the things you worry about most when you’re pregnant is what should be on your baby registry list. There are so many things you think your baby will need! Diapers, wipes, clothes, toys, pacifiers…the list just goes on and on.
But what really should be on your baby registry list?
While vacuuming my living room carpet for the umpteenth time after my toddler crushed crackers into it, I began to think of the things I wished I added to my list. Here’s what I came up with:
- A good, quality vacuum. Remember my toddler? Yeah, babies and toddlers like to throw food. When it’s the dry, crunchy kind that lands on a carpet or rug, you’ll want a great vacuum to get all the crumbs. And let’s not forget the cobwebs in the corners that you’ve been neglecting since baby was born…
- A quality broom and pail. More crumbs, just different floors.
- Insulated coffee mug. You may think you’re going to have a nice hot cup of coffee as soon as you pour it, but that baby has other ideas. An insulated coffee mug or cup will keep your coffee warm as you get distracted by the baby all day long.
- Plunger. Kids put things in toilets. I mean anything. And just wait until you reach potty training! C’mon, Mom! That isn’t too much toilet paper in there, is it?
- Paper towels/ reusable rags. Babies are messy. Don’t you remember that being in the parenting contract you signed when baby was born? You’re going to need a plethora of paper towels or reusable rags on hand AT ALL TIMES. I’m not kidding. I have paper towels for those messes that you couldn’t even imagine carrying to the washing machine or even putting in the washing machine (imagine a 24 hour stomach virus…that’s a lot of upchucking..) and I have those white Gerber cloth diapers to use as my reusable rags. Before the cloth diapers were rags, they were awesome as burping cloths and spur of the moment diaper changing pads. Now, being well used, they’re perfect for cleaning up less-than-gross toddler messes. They’re even great for washing/waxing the car. No kidding!
- Disinfectant wipes. When a stomach bug or everyday grime is in the house, you’re going to want a quick and easy way to disinfect everything. Disinfectant wipes are perfect to grab, clean, and toss when you’re done. If you’re concerned about chemicals, they make botanical ones too.
- An extra diaper bag. I almost always had two diaper bags packed. One was for everyday use, and the other was kept in the car, ready to go in case of emergencies.
- Five laundry baskets. These will not be used by your clothes, no way. These are for your baby’s clothes. Babies can go through several outfits a day. But no worries, it slows down to 2-3 outfits a day once they’re toddlers. Plus, laundry baskets make great toys for toddlers as you’re folding that laundry (with your parental supervision, of course..).
- First aid kit. Once babies start to toddle, they’re going to get all kinds of boo boos. It’s a great idea to have a first aid kit handy, filled with band aids and antibiotic ointment.
- Back brace. Before having a baby, practice holding a child by carrying around a 10 lb bag of potatoes. Hold that bag for about 15 minutes to 2 hours, rocking it, holding it on your hip, etc. How does that back feel? I betcha you’re sore, right? Now substitute that bag of potatoes with a wiggly, squirmy toddler, or a baby who refuses to be put down. Back brace, check!
- Baby carriers for all sizes. Most of the time when you get a baby carrier, sling, or wrap at your baby shower, it’s made just for little babies. What about when the baby grows but you still want to babywear in order to get stuff done? Add baby carriers for toddlers to your list, as well as for newborns. (Note: many carriers can be used from 7lbs-45lbs, but some can not be worn as long. Check the weight limits when adding them to your list.)
- A Go Pro attached to a helmet. Toddlers, people. Toddlers toddle aimlessly at times, walking into any possible corner or sharp edge they could find. Just ask any toddler. What happens when they’re toddling around with your keys or other important, necessary item? Yeah, you’re going to want that Go Pro to see where they’ve been. It’s a 2-in-1 gift, really.
If you already have kids, I hope this made you chuckle! If you don’t already have kids, here’s a more practical list for you, sent in from my awesome Facebook fans who are all experienced parents (or soon-to-be!):
- Courtney: Lots and lots of bibs to catch all that baby drool. A nursing pillow because I couldn’t imagine life without one.
- Michelle: Pee pads to put under your sheets for spit up in bed incidents…Seriously… But also 12 onesies and 6 sleepers/footies, 3 pants in newbown, 0-3, 3-6, 6-9, and 9-12 months. Forget the regular clothes
- Chrysten: Raspberry teether. We should have bought stock in them.
- Vicki: Waterproof cover for your bed, especially if you decide to bed share! Cleaning sheets is easy but good luck washing your mattress!
- Miriam: A large play mat. Our play gym is too small to promote rolling or scooting so a larger play mat has been a necessity.
- Kristen: Lots of Pacifiers. Since mommy seems to lose every single one. And baby stain remover for the gallons of baby poop you will be cleaning off baby’s clothes.
- Tasha: A wubbanub. .. because losing pacifiers sucks. Another wubbanub… because losing pacifiers sucks…
- Ashley: A video monitor so you aren’t paranoid and walking back and forth wondering if your baby is stuck in the slats of the crib or if they are face down in the mattress..
- Lara: Cloth Diapers – more than diapers – multi-useful tool to block baby boy peeing on you during diaper changes, makes great clean up tool as well.
- Stephanie J.: Yes to the vacuum and baby sound canceling ear covers for when they decide that the vacuum is the scariest thing ever. But seriously a Boba wrap….love mine (and I agree!!)
- Corinne: Zipper onesies, baby butt paste, lanolin, baby socks, wipes, multiple water proof changing pads, baby carrier car seat base, stroller, pack and play with bassinet feature . I would be lost without all these items
- Shannon: Angel care monitor
- Amy: Booster seat/travel high chair that hooks to any chair
- Jamie: How about a 10,001 binkies since it seems every child either throws it away or loses it.
- Karina: Gallons of spot carpet cleaner…because SOMETHING is gonna get spilled, whether drinks or the child.
- Valerie: Curtains for our front windows so i wouldn’t have to worry about people looking into our living room while I was breastfeeding
- Jessica: Bamboobies and gallons of lanolin if you’re breastfeeding! 100 sleepers because they’re the only outfit I wanted to put my newborn in because they’re easy, cleaning service.
- Dianne: Zip up blanket sleepers. Because pulling a regular shirt or onesie over that wobbly baby head for the first time is terrifying.
- Erin: Cloth diapers for burping duty. And drool wiping. (Told ya!)
- Stephanie G: I found the Boppy pillow was super useful for breastfeeding… I would put it around my waist and it would help prop the baby up… Also would put the baby in the middle to help prop them up before they were able to sit up.
What great suggestions, don’t you think? What would you add to the list?
Have fun! Feel free to share with all of your expecting friends!