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Old 06-14-2006, 12:57 PM   #1
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What’s really necessary for a baby registry?

The baby is due in early October and the baby shower will be next month. I simply refuse to fly across the country to see my family when I will feel like the human equivalent to Fudgy the Whale closer to the due date. Right now, I’m so confused as to what is really needed during the first year and the more I look on-line, the more confused I get. You can get “babies’ first everything” to a bottle warmer to burping pads/blankets (and if the baby is going to be spewing on them, why are they so cute?) to expensive “systems” to duplicates for both the house and car. I just want to cry!

Okay moms and dads of wee little ones and experienced moms and dads, aunts and uncles, grandmas and grandpas, sitters, nannies, etc. I need your help! What do I need to ensure the baby will be adequately comfortable without an apartment full of STUFF and that I will not be sending Trevor out to the store three times a day? Also, any books that you recommend or don’t recommend would be helpful and all advice is appreciated. Additionally, I need advice on bottle feeding (medically, the natural way is not an option at this time). Again, books, advice, tips, types of bottles/systems recommendations are all welcome.


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Baby Bjorn baby carrier is very helpful. You can carry baby around and actually do things. I had a few different kinds but the Bjorn was the most useful and comfortable and you can have baby face you or face out.

For baby formula don't be afraid of the powder. It is way easier to prepare than I ever expected. No need for the liquid.


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Here's what I can remember:

All the fancy crap for the crib with the bumper pads and all.....total waste of money as you aren't actually supposed to use them due to a higher risk of SIDS. So I had beautiful bumper pads that cost around $100 bucks that were never used.

Also I only used my changing table for the first couple of months after that I always changed my kids on the floor as it was easier and there was no risk of falling. So in my opinion the changing station was a big waste of money. Better to buy a nice piece of furniture that can be used throughout the childs life.

I also rarely used bibs but my kids were both breastfed and rarely spit up so it might be different with bottle feeding.

The highchair you won't need for awhile but they're expensive so it's cool if you can put it on your registry and get someone to buy it. The real fancy ones with lots of detail and carved wood are beautiful but impossible to clean. Remember there will be food in every little nook and cranny the highchair has so really think of "cleaning ease" when picking one out.

The toys I used most were the swing, the exersaucer, and the playmats they lay on the floor with toys overhead. Bouncy seats are wonderful too.

I used tons of blankets so get alot of those that wash easy and make sure you have really light weight ones.

When my babies were infants they wore hats alot......my mother insisted on it. My daughter however had tons of outfits that came with that goofy headband with the bow. I never used those.

I never used the mittens they sell to keep them from scratching their face....I just made sure to keep their nails short.

You do need a baby bath for the first few months as it's much easier than trying to bath them in the tub unless you plan on bathing with the baby everythime you bath him/her.

My babies never like baby shoes so while they are adorable don't buy too many newborn shoes.....they're generally too heavy for the babies feet. They however loved and always used the baby slippers and slipper socks.

Also I gave up on the diaper pail rather quickly. All my diapers went right outside to the trash. Otherwise the nursery smells like a diaper pail.....yeck!

I liked the baby mobile over the crib.....not sure if the babies cared one way or another but I'd say get one.

My son loved the kick piano that you could tie at one end of the crib and it would play music whenever his feet kicked it. My daughter never kicked it or showed any interest in it ever.

Books....you need lots of books. Reading to your child everyday is soooo important even when they don't understand anything it sets up their love of reading right from the get go. So get lots of books. Books you'll be interested in reading and then some of those fabric and plastic books the babies can chew on.....which they will.

Clothes and diapers are obviously great gifts but it's impossible to say for how long or during what season the baby will be using what size so don't get too many or some will go to waste. My babies had clothes they never wore because by the time they were the right size it was the wrong season and so forth.

I like the baby towels with the hoods and I used them alot with my infants.

I also used a baby carrier alot even in the house so try some on and see which one you like best.

Playpens....I had two...one for our house and one for when we went to someone elses house. Neither of them were ever used!!!!! Total waste of money in my opinion. They're really only useful when the baby is on the move and once they're on the move I never had the heart to cage them up. However I know some parents use them alot. Maybe they just weren't for me.
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I'm not a mom, but when my sister had babies and fed formula, she never heated her bottles. She just used room temp water which made it much easier when she was on the go.

A bouncy seat is a must have!

They sell dresser top changing pads for when they are tiny, so when they get older you still have a functional dresser.

A lot of my friends like the sleep bags.
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Diapers diapers diapers LOL. Baby wipes are a must as well. Diapers are so confusing nowadays. My son is 22 today and when he was a baby diapers weren't complicated.
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I remember what my parents bought/had when my sister was born:

- they had lots of simple baby shirts (like tiny white Hanes or whatever with simple designs). So around the house the baby is clothed, but they can be thrown in the washer and replaced quickly without ruining a nice piece of clothing.

- I think this would be important, especially since the due date is in October and it is getting colder, are "footie pajamas" to sleep in at night (you know, the full body, fleece, body suit).

- My parents had a baby wipe warmer. Its not a neccesity, but it was easy to hook up and it kept the baby wipes warm.

- Lots of baby socks too keep the babies feet warm.

- a baby thermometer

and that's all I can think of that hasn't already been mentioned

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From the experiences with my nephew:

A big diaper bag.
Bottles, plenty of bottles. As bad as it sounds, you'll lose them or break them.
Diaper changing pad
plenty of burp rags.
Baby holder thingy (lol, not sure on the name but you can strap it around yourself)
Rocking chair (if you don't have one)
Stroller that has the detachable pumpkin seat which turns into a regular stroller and car seat.
High chair
Lots and lots of onesies
Hats for winter months
Bath towel with the head thing attached
Don't get all into the cutesy clothes. At that age they will go through several outfits a day if they are having issues with the formula/milk. Hunter would throw up every time he ate. And I don't mean just spitting up either. He went through 6 different formulas until they could find one that did not upset his stomach.
Baby monitors
Diaper Genie

That's all I can think of. If I repeated anything that was said above, sorry.
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If I repeated anything that was said above, sorry.
Please, repeat away!! If it's really needed, I need to know

As bad as it sounds, you'll lose them or break them.
8O I'll take your word for it.

Rocking chair (if you don't have one)
Oddly enough Trevor came with one!

Please, all advice is welcome along with book recommendations and anything that I should avoid!

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I'll ask Mandi about the books. I know she received tons of them from her sister and she read every single one of them.

Register for a couple sets of sheets. She was washing them all the time and it's easier just to have 3 or 4 sets.

Blankets, get a couple of those. It's nice to have one in the car, one in his/her bedroom, one in the living room, and one in diaper bag. It sounds like a lot but you never know when you'll need/want one.

I agree about the changing table, doesn't seem worth it. Sure it keeps things together, but you'll never use it after the first few weeks. When you smell a poopy diaper you'll just change him/her wherever you are at. lol

Mandy keeps two diaper bags. One she leaves in her car at all times. It contains diapers, wipes, extra clothes, binkies, etc. The other she carries with her whenever she goes places with him and has the usual (a few diapers, wipes, one set of clothes, bottle, formula, water). If she ever runs out of diapers or forgot to grab an extra onesie, she can just run to the car. You can use anything, doesn't have to be a diaper bag but that's just what she used.

For smaller registry items scan some binkies (you'll go through many of those), bottles, extra nipples, formula bags, teething rings, and bottle washer.

Skip on toys until you get to know what your child likes. Some are universally good (like the saucer, bouncer, etc) but others are not. My nephew had this bouncer that hung in the doorway. It didn't look safe but it was. You basically just clamp it at the top of the doorway and put him in the seat. I used it all the time when I was cleaning or doing the laundry. I could keep an eye on him and he was having fun.

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