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0:17 Feeding Items, 3:15 Diapering Items, 5:00 Do’s and Don’ts of the Registry, 5:43 Nursery Items, 7:47 Everything Else for the Nursery
Whether you’re breastfeeding, formula feeding, or a combination of the two…here is a list of the essentials you’ll need for feeding baby!
For the full list of everything you’ll need on your baby registry, make sure you grab that printable here.
real moms’ advice for feeding
Let’s see what these real moms recommend you get for the feeding section of your baby registry! These are their must have items!
Medela Quick-steam bags (for sanitizing breast pump supplies & bottles in the microwave)
Medela Quick-Clean Steam Bags are a must-have for cleaning breast pump accessories, bottles and pacifiers. I always felt that my supplies were especially clean after steaming them.
Amber is the creator of Mom Unqualified, a parenting and lifestyle blog offering parenting tips and words of encouragement for parents with young children.
One of my favorite items from my baby registry was the Kiinde milk storage starter kit. This is the BEST milk storage / feeding system. One of the most amazing things about it is that it can be used for breast milk, for formula, and even for purées foods once baby grows out of bottle feeding. There are three different nipples (slow, medium, and fast flow). And clean up is a breeze...you just recycle the used bags! Bonus- my insurance covered the bags as “breast pump accessories”.
I’m Natalie from This Little Mama Bear. Pediatric nurse turned stay at home mama. Finding the happiness in motherhood and the adventure in everyday life.
3. Pumping bra
A hands-free pumping bra and a NoseFrida are two things I didn’t have on my registry, but wish I did! A new mommy friend of mine has raved about both items and how they’ve made life as a new mom so much easier.
Kristine is a homeschooling mom to four kids and wife to a computer geek. She blogs at smartlivingmama.com, where she helps encourage other overwhelmed moms.
The My Brest Friend Original Nursing Posture Pillow is a must-have for the baby registry! Recommended by my lactation consultant, this breastfeeding pillow provides the much-needed back support breastfeeding moms need while nursing their newborns. No more back pain! The straps allow the pillow to fit snuggly against the wearer so that you can adjust positions easily without worrying about the pillow slipping. The pillow is also easy to clean – mine survived many milk spit-ups and blow-outs. I love this pillow so much that I gifted it to my breastfeeding mom friends!
Betty is the blogger behind www.mombrite.com. She loves to help moms with parenting, breastfeeding, pregnancy, and other motherhood related topics!
Whether you’re cloth diapering, or going the disposable route, here are some of the essentials you should put on your baby registry.
Newborn cloth diapers
do’s & don’ts of the baby registry
5. do Get a Diaper Sampler package
A Diaper Sampler Package! How do any of us know which diaper brand will work for our new baby without trying them out?! Store brand, name brand, eco-friendly...there are so many to choose from. Trying a Sampler Package was the best thing I did as a new Mom, quickly and easily finding the right diaper for my little one.
Julie Siewert is the Chief Mom-in-charge at Diaper Dabbler.
6. Don’t register for a crib
This might sound funny, but I really wish we hadn't registered for a baby crib! Our little ones ended up in our bed, then moved on to a big bed. It really was a waste of money for our family! $300 worth of diapers would have been a better investment.
Kale is a blogger, mother, wife, teacher, friend, and child of the one true King. Kale married her exact opposite, Steak.
7. don’t register for too much
My #1 tip for creating a baby registry is to NOT register for too much stuff. Not only do you need to consider how much space you have, but you don’t want to waste money. It’s probably inevitable that you will end up with a few things you don’t use. But, you want to avoid purchasing pricey baby gear that you don’t use. So, check out the baby registry checklists online from the moms who have been there. Follow their tips and you should end up with a near perfect baby registry.
Jeanne shares baby registry, sleeping, and feeding tips for babies, toddlers, and twins on her blog Have Twins First.
8. Do get hand-me-downs & reuse things
First of all, BE PRACTICAL. Not everything has to be brand new, hand-me-downs are great life savers too! As much as possible, prioritize your baby's long-term needs as they grow up fast, also consider that not everyone's willing or will be able to afford the fancy/ expensive items for you. And lastly, don't feel pressured to include every baby item you think you 'might need' as some might end up not being used. Six months after birth, I'm still unable to use the bottle warmer and the wipes warmer, I have no idea why I got them!
Mai is a hands-on mom of two beautiful girls in her thirty’s. In this blog she shares about many of her random musings on motherhood — as it has given her a different perspective in life. A beautiful yet complex journey and not for the faint of heart. Follow her and her random musings here at cheerfulnomads.net.
9. Don’t ask for too many clothes!
People are going to give you clothes no matter what. Even if you already have an older child of the same gender, even if you specifically ask them not to, people just can't help themselves. Seeing as they're going to get you clothes anyway, it's risky to put too many clothes on your registry because newborns grow so fast! When our youngest was born, we had a hard time getting her to wear all her gifted outfits once before she grew out of them.
Liz is a wife, mom, blogger, coder/unabashed digital nerd, PhD student/huge psychology geek, workout masochist, and occasional human being. She founded The Stay Sane Mom after marrying into the role of 'stepmom' to a preteen and shortly thereafter having her first bio kid. Her goal is to provide tools and support to help other capable, sleep-deprived, soul-hungry moms master their domains so they have the time and energy to be more than just 'mom'.
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Here is a list, more or less, of the essentials you’ll use in your nursery. Again if you want the full list of everything you could possibly need…if comes in this pack of the prepare for baby printables!
Changing pad covers
Water-proof changing pad protectors
Mattress for bassinet
Sheets for bassinet
more tips for the baby registry from real moms
9. Get a co-sleeper
One item that I wish I would've added to my registry was a co-sleeper. Most moms don't intend to co-sleep, until they're having to get up and breastfeed and change diapers all night. And no matter how tired you are you can't sleep because you just want to keep checking on them, it's SO much easier to have them close to you. A co-sleeper allows them to be right next to you, and it's safer than bed sharing!
My name's McKayla, and I run a blog on all things Motherhood & Marriage. My goal is to share my experiences, as well as experiences from other mothers and wives to give women real life advice, to help them get answers to their questions!
10. ollie the owl
Ollie the Owl – Light and Sound Sleep Aid. 4 sound and 3 volume settings, a night light and the most incredible feature: the cry sensor. This little plush owl will continue to make noise for 20 minutes, shutting off by itself. The sensor will detect if baby stirs and the noise will resume, settling baby back to sleep, without any action from mum. Also great for new mums getting back to sleep after night feeds – white noise works for everyone.
Veronika Veale is a first time stay at home mum helping others make sense of motherhood through her love of writing. Learn more at www.wifemumworkplay.com
11. where you should register—
I wish I had registered on Amazon because everyone uses Amazon nowadays. I didn't get to have a baby shower, so Amazon would have been pretty easy for everyone. However, I highly recommend registering at a store you shop at a lot.
I frequent Target quite often, and they have just about everything I would need; this would be a great place to register or Walmart. It also makes it easy and convenient if you have to return something you won't have to make a special trip.
Valerie is a former teacher and current stay-at-home-mom. She started A Peach in the Queen City with women, moms, moms to be, and new moms in mind.
everything else for your registry
Baby wearing wrap
First aid kit
White noise machine
real moms share! their favorite baby registy item
12. even if it feels wierd, make a registry!
Initially, I was hesitant to make a Baby Registry as it felt like I was giving an obligation to people to buy me gifts. However, my Boss Lady urged me to do one and explained how it can help me. I’m glad I made one and I did not regret it since I almost got everything I wanted and needed based on the list. I picked most of my items from Amazon and customized my registry with a message from the "My Desires" App and this was how I got the link to share to my co-workers.
MamaBuzz is a Mom and Baby Lifestyle blog where Mom Life keeps buzzing with Mom and Baby activities, Early childhood learning ideas, Family Adventures, and Life Inspiration.
13. Receiving blankets
Receiving blankets were my most used item when I registered. I wound up using them as burp clothes, to keep tiny feet warm and to pick up dribble after he nursed. I had been gifted, kindly, a whole bunch of burp clothes and found I barely used them compared to receiving blankets. I so did not need the crib, he never wanted to rest in it and it mainly took up space next to my bed. Sometimes less is more.
Rose Kelly runs the popular YouTube Channel The Wholesome Feed and writes romance novels for other busy moms.
14. get an organic mattress
An organic GOTS certified crib mattress is a must due to the fact that there are flame retardants and other harmful chemicals in conventional mattresses. A baby is most susceptible to the harmful effects from exposure through inhalation. These harmful effects can include developmental issues and even cancer. You can find a Naturepedic on Amazon, but there are many other GOTS certified brands. Because a newborn spends the majority of their day with their nose mere inches away from their mattress, this is a purchase that is worth the extra cost.
Julie is a green living mom blogger with a background in Environmental Health. She lives in Omaha, NE, with her husband and two young daughters.
Tell us in the comments sections below…what is your #1 must-have registry item??