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Did you ever think that creating a baby registry can be so overwhelming?
It wasn’t until I created one that I was faced with a gazillion of products to select from.
Baby gear? Clothes? Diapers? Health? Bath tubs?
Okay. I need all of those. But which one’s???
There were so many to select from and I started adding almost everything that was listed.
But then, I would get tired of adding so much items that I was missing the IMPORTANT ones. The things that I really needed.
So how do we know which ones we need? The ones that you will actually use for your little one?
If you’re a first time mom like I am, you would find yourself lost.
Because there is NO instruction book to tell you what you should have and what you really could care less for.
And plus, I wanted to consider my family and friends’ budget. So of course, a majority of my registry had items that were affordable but were also a necessity.
So it you’re facing this little “crisis” (as I call it) and don’t know where to start. It’s okay!
I’ve compiled a list for you to get started!
Here are 15 Items You Should Add to Your Registry
(for less than $50.00):
1. Baby Nail Clipper
If you haven’t already purchased one, I suggest you adding a baby nail clipper to your registry.
I know that I was using the nail clipper almost every other day because my little one’s nails were growing so fast!
Honestly, I’m not sure what I would do without it.
2. Snot Sucker
This is one of those things where you don’t think you need it (because most likely you’ll be receiving a free bulb syringe from the hospital) but let me you in on a secret: the Snot Sucker is going to be your BEST FRIEND.
I was really holding it off thinking I can just use the bulb syringe until I caved in. The syringe took waaaaay too long to get any mucus out. By the time I was done, I was already exhausted.
And I tell ya what. When I decided to buy one, it was the best decision ever.
Not sure what it is?
It’s basically a small tube connected to another big plastic tube with a filter inside that you can use to “suck” out the mucus. I know. Believe me. The concept is scary and…disgusting.
But hey! It works! It’s light weight and easy to use. Simplicity!
3. Baby Monitor
If you’re the type of person who likes to get up and do things around the house, I suggest you adding in a baby monitor to your registry.
It’ll be suuuper useful when you have guests over or if you’ll be clinking and clonking dishes in the kitchen but do not want your little one to wake up.
We all know how it can be when you spend so much time putting your little one to sleep only to have him or her wake up because of one door squeak! Grrrr…
One of my favorites is VTtech’s Baby Monitor.
4. Bottle Rack
We all need THE RACK. A designated all-in-one place for bottles, nipples, breast pump accessories, you name it! Anything that needs to be washed and dried.
This is placed by my kitchen sink and stays there all day long with bottles hanging. I’d be pretty lost without it.
If you go without one, I’m pretty sure you’ll be squeezing in a small place on the kitchen counter to dry those accessories.
Your friends and family can find this for less than $15 at your local store.
Personally, I love and suggest the Munchkin Bottle Drying Rack.
5. Zip Front Sleep N Play Onesies
If you’re new to all of this Mama, you’re going to love the Zip Front Sleep N Play Onesies!
These are the easy slip-on-and-zip-up outfits that will save you time and anxiety (from the fear of breaking your precious newborn, of course).
I had a lot of the baby bodysuits and the first time I tried it on my little one, my heart almost stopped. Like literally.
I was too afraid I was going to break her!
It’s a good thing I’ve done it repetitively and now and I feel like a professional 🙂
BUT! I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who went through this and I really hoped that someone DID tell me about it because If I knew ahead of time, I would be adding all those zip-up onesies to my registry. Lesson learned.
6. Baby Bath Tub
This is one of the many essential items you should definitely add.
When your baby arrives, you’ll be so glad that you have a bath tub in the closet, ready to go, that you don’t even have to run to the store!
You’ll be able bathe your baby as soon as his/her umbilical cord stump falls off. My little one took about 2 weeks.
If you’re super picky about finding the right bath tub, I personally recommend this one.
I bought it to replace a previous tub I used and I’m totally enchanted. It’s my bath-time life saver!
7. Infant Hooded Bath Towels
Okay. If you’re going to be adding a bath tub, might as well add a bath towel! A HOODED one.
I never really cared about a specific bath towel for my little one because I always thought I’d be using my regular towels. But I tell you what.
When I received several infant hooded towels as a gift, I was in Wonderland.
The reason why I say that is because these special towels are super soft and fluffy for a newborn’s skin. And if my baby is specially cared for, that’s all that matters. Plus! There’s a hood just for drying your little one’s hair! If he or she has hair 🙂
8. Car seat cover
Have you ever wondered whether a car seat cover is necessary or not?
Well, let me tell you this. IT IS!
I was going to have my little one during the fall and it was that time of the year where the cold wind chills kept hanging around.
I DIDN’T want my newborn to get sick nor DID I WANT her to be cold.
So I prepared myself. I added that car seat cover to the registry.
9. Car seat strap cover
Sometimes I feel like it’s not expressed enough that a car seat strap cover is an important accessory.
When I brought my newborn home, she didn’t have a car seat strap cover. I saw that the straps were brushed up against her precious little skin and wondered why I didn’t think about adding it to my registry. It’s only less than $10!
Sighs. Another lesson learned. I ended up buying one shortly after.
10. Burp cloths/Bibs
Okay, so you know for sure that you’ll be expecting your little one to burp and spit up right? Yes, I do too!
Don’t forget to add this item to your registry. Add more than one item of it!
Okay. Just add all of them!
I live and breathe burp cloths and bibs ever since Day 1. I have it on my bed. I have it in the living room. On the counter. On the sofa. Everywhere!
You never know when your little one will spit up so you’ll want to keep it handy and in sight!
Oh. And the burp cloths are not only handy for spit ups but also for when they’ll be teething soon. Can you imagine all the bubbles/saliva he or she will be having on his/her mouth? It can pile up quite a puddle.
And this is when your bib or burp cloth comes in.
11. Diapers + Baby Wipes
Diapers. Diapers. Diapers.
Are you planning to use cloth diapers or disposable diapers? Whichever one it is, you’ll need diapers anyways.
They can be pricey and yes they ARE pricey but if you have it on your registry, you’ll be saving yourself some good bucks!
Stock’em. Store’em. And NEVER think that a few boxes of diapers that you received as a gift is enough. Because IT’S NOT.
You’ll need more than you think.
Okay. Baby wipes go hand-in-hand with diapers. You’ll need a good few boxes of wipes, which will last longer than diapers. But hey, the more you have the better!
12. Baby Thermometer
A newborn is vulnerable to viruses and sickness. That’s why it’s important to be extra cautious with what you expose them to (in terms of exposing them to the wind or to an unhealthy environment).
Also, when your little one goes through their routine doctor appointments, be prepared because have no doubt, he or she will be getting shots for the first couple of appointments!
And when they receive these shots, they might get a fever.
Although not every little one will be getting the fever after these “shots”, you can always rest assure that you will have a device to help you monitor their temperature.
That’s why it’s always good to have a baby thermometer.
A rectal thermometer is most recommended for infants.
Just remember that if your little one has a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, you should get him or her in with the Doctor.
13. Baby Shampoo/Body Wash
Back to No. 6.
If you need a bath tub, you’ll need baby shampoo and body wash.
Add them all together Mama!
Stock it up as well if you can!
Personally, I recommend the Lavender Baby Wash by Johnson & Johnson. It smells amazingly good and it will help soothe your baby to sleep.
14. Backpack Diaper Bag
Remember how you used a backpack in high school and it was okay to carry a lot of stuff?
Well, same concept here.
You’ll be packing A LOT of stuff for your baby. You’ll need his/her blankets, diapers, wipes, bottles, formula, etc!
It’s easy to carry. And spacious to use.
Even I have one!
Make it one of the important items to add to your registry!
15. Baby Blankets + Receiving Blankets
Okay, all-time my fave. Blankets. It can never be enough. You’ll be using one blanket and putting it in the laundry next!
So add baby blankets to the list! And a good variety of them!
You’ll want a clean one each time so the more you have, the less you’ll be worried about laundry 🙂
On one note, receiving blankets are a must! It helps you in so many different ways. Swaddling? Putting baby to sleep? Wrapping him/her from the cold? Okay. You get it. It can be everything!
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