Lisa: Baby Registry
Recently, I helped a friend & my sister complete their baby registry & remembered how challenging it is to register for your first baby!
Here are some tips that I learned & shared with them as we combated the overwhelming feeling you get as you maneuver through the baby superstores!
Baby Bottles: A co-worker shared with me to get one of each bottle style because it all depends on what your baby prefers. For example, Molly only liked Philips Avent BPA Free Bottles & Born Free BPA Free Wide Neck Bottles, so we bought more of these bottles with the gift certificates we received after we determined which ones were her favorite.
Breastfeeding Items: For breastpumps, look for double pumps so you can pump on both sides at once (this is a time saver!). The hospital that delivered Molly recommended the Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump. I liked this one, but there are ones that also allow you to pump hands free, like the Medela Freestyle Breast Pump. If you get a pump that isn’t hands free then you can use a Hands-Free Breast Pump Bra which works just as good, but takes a few more minutes to get organized . Also, from personal experience, I recommend Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads, but there are also non-disposable options (check out the product reviews for reviews by Holly on a couple other brands).
Diaper Bags: My personal favorite (& most of my mommy friends will probably agree) is the Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Diaper Bag. You can beat a diaper bag that provides style for mommy & functionality for baby!
Strollers: There are SO many! My suggestion is read online reviews of the strollers to see what other moms & dads think of the product. Also, if you are looking for a jogging stroller & are going to be using it for exercise, such as running or jogging, MAKE SURE IT IS TRULY A JOGGER! We looked at so many jogging strollers in the store & when we went to their websites saw fine print saying they aren’t recommended for jogging…hmmmm…that sounds like they need to change the name, but I guess that’s just me! You can try to find a store in your area that you can test different jogging or higher strollers. For example, in Orange County, CA, we have OC Tykes where you can actually rent one of their strollers for the day or talk to actual experts on the features of the strollers…genius!
Swings: One tip, if you don’t want to change batteries constantly, find a swing that has the option to plug into an outlet. Who wants a swing to poop out mid-nap time!? Like, the Fisher Price My Little Lamb Cradle n Swing.
Baby Monitors: Most brands are going to do the job. I prefer a video monitor because I always wanted to check on what she was doing & the video monitor allowed me to do that without 1) waking her up & 2) getting out of bed! Also, it helped me better understand her sleep habits, even now at almost 16 months because I could observe her as she woke up in the middle of the night or during naps.
These are all areas we found the most challenging, although there are SO many more things you could register for! I didn’t make any car seat recommendations because I’m not a safety expert, but my tip is, make sure the infant seat is lightweight & that you can use one hand to get it in & out of the base or stroller.
I hope these tips help make your registering experience a little less overwhelming!
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