When it finally registered in my brain that I was going to be a mother, I started to wonder about everything I needed. I actually had no idea. What do babies absolutely need? What brand of products are the best? How are first time mothers suppose to know this kind of stuff!? I relied heavily on the internet and my mom. The internet actually made it kind of hard. A big piece of advice for all you mothers-to-be : stay away from Instagram. Instagram is so awesome, but filled with SO many things that no baby actually needs. The internet in general is filled with that. Your best bet is probably to ask your mother, aunt, or grandmother. They raised us (and others) with much less than we have available to us now. I had a request for some advice/information about what to register for while expecting, so here are some of the necessary things that you should register for!
P.s. – you do NOT need a wipe warmer.
DIAPERS. My advice with this one is to find a brand that you feel comfortable with. Ask your friends that have kids. Don’t rely on reviews from the internet – there are too many. We decided to go with Pampers Swaddlers and almost 8 months in, we haven’t looked back. I like them because they seem to hold more, for longer. They also are more expandable when putting them on, which covers more area. There are things that I will go the cheaper route with, but so far I haven’t done that with diapers. I am a big believer in “you get what you pay for.” I’m sure the off brand of Pampers are great, but I haven’t explored that route yet.
WIPES. My brand preference for these has changed a little bit. I originally was using Pampers wipes but once I used Huggies wipes, I switched. In my opinion, the Pampers wipes dried up quicker than Huggies. Huggies stayed moist (sorry for using that word), and I didn’t have to use as many in a poopy situation. Since Quinn didn’t have any skin irritations or reactions to wipes, we tried out the Target brand of Huggies wipes and we got a LOT of wipes for a cheaper price, they should last a while. My only negative thing about the Target brand is that they are a lot thinner so sometimes I have to use more. Again, that goes with “you get what you pay for.” We will most likely switch back to Huggies for the quality of the wipes. Sidenote: The cucumber kind smells amazing! Also, sorry for saying Huggies 6 times. 7.
DIAPER PAIL. This is important. We have the Playtex Diaper Genie and it is a savior. It holds around 270 diapers, which is disgusting to think about. The bag somehow keeps the smell from escaping and once you throw it away, you won’t smell it again. You have to buy the bag refills but they are inexpensive and last anywhere from 3-4 weeks. It would probably last a lesser amount of time in the beginning if you’re home all the time, but once they go to daycare (if they do), the bags will start to last longer. Also, the bags don’t have to be the Playtex brand. Target saved the day once again and came out with their own brand that fits the Diaper Genie, for a more affordable price.
BOON COUNTERTOP BOTTLE DRYING RACK. I am obsessed with this product. It literally looks like grass, made for drying baby accessories. The “grass” blades make it easy to stick bottles or accessories of any shape and size. It’s a two piece item which makes it super easy to wash. The bottom part is a tray that collects the excess water. It’s also great because it’s square and looks modern. I’ve seen it in green and clear, we have the clear one. It looks a lot nicer, in my opinion, than a regular drying rack! We got ours from Suite Child in Kearney, NE. Suite Child is one of my favorite baby boutiques that I’ve discovered so far. They have an endless amount of products, all of them are adorable and useful. EXPECTING MAMAS: YOU CAN REGISTER AT THEIR STORE!
Sidenote: Boon also makes a lot of really cool baby toys!
NOSE FRIDA. If you’re not familiar with a Nose Frida, you are about to be grossed out. DON’T BE! It is a little snot sucker that you can control the pressure on…with your mouth. I’m not kidding. It’s just a tube that has a little filter in it that prevents the snot and/or germs from getting in your mouth. I know this sounds absolutely disgusting, but this thing works so much better than a regular snot sucker! It’s a completely natural product, but more importantly it’s a doctor recommended, SAFE product for both you and your sweet babe. I never would have tried this if the doctors at Children’s Hospital wouldn’t have given us one to try out! It’s also super easy to wash. 10/10.
BOPPY. The boppy is changing lives, one baby at a time. This pillow is no ordinary pillow. Breastfeeding mothers – this is a MUST for you. It’s a curved pillow that’s shaped to fit around your stomach while holding/feeding the baby. The boppy makes it so much easier to hold the baby in a position that’s comfortable for you both. It’s also made to use for tummy time and to prop the baby. I personally liked using ours the most when Quinn was learning to sit up. I could put it around her and I knew if she tipped over, she would have a soft landing. They make so many different pillow cases for these, in pretty much any design. Target, Wal-Mart, etc. all have them, but if you are an Etsy fan, be sure to search boppy covers and you will have a hay day!
Quinn propped up on her Boppy!
PACK N’ PLAY. I really didn’t care if I had one of not, but I am really glad we got one. Now that Quinn is on the go and pulling herself up, I am especially happy to have one. It’s great for traveling or if a friend is watching the baby that doesn’t have kids of their own! I don’t think I need to provide much description here but I highly recommend a pack n’ play.
BIBS. I don’t think I really registered for many of these. They’re like bobby pins. I feel like whenever I need one, I can’t find one, and whenever I don’t need one, they are EVERYWHERE. Ha. Stock up on these so you always have a clean one, especially when you need to pack some with you! Same with burp rags!
HEALTHCARE/SAFETY KIT. This is something you don’t really think of but I use ours all the time. It’s a little travel size bag with a nose sucker (replace with Nose Frida), fingernail clippers, baby files, a thermometer, and a brush. It’s so helpful, easy to store & also easy to take on the go!
BABY BATH. We received our baby bath from a friend and I love it. It’s really nice to be able to put the baby bath in the normal bathtub. It makes things a lot easier and it holds the baby. The seat can be adjusted to have them laying more or sitting up more. We’ve used ours since Quinn was an itty bitty baby to now, at 8 months!
I promise she actually does enjoy bathtime!
BOTTLES & PACIFIERS. Bottles and pacifiers are two things that you have to have trial and error with. All babies are completely different when it comes to what they like to drink out of it and if they like pacifiers. My daughter doesn’t like pacifiers, so I haven’t had to use them at all. Bottles we’ve tried a few different kinds. She hasn’t had any latching issues either. My preference for bottles is the Playtex VentAire bottles. They are curved and have a little blue part (no idea what its called) that helps to prevent extra air from getting in while they’re drinking. They are also super easy to clean and take part/put together. Again, that is my own preference, every baby will take a bottle differently, so you just have to get a few at first to see what they like!
CAR SEAT COVER – I didn’t think I needed one of these but after having to carry around Quinn in the cold, I treasure mine. Milk Snob is a brand/company that I came across on Instagram that I have fallen in love with. The covers are made by a mother who wanted something more versatile for her own baby. If you check out the website, you’ll see that it can be used as a car seat cover, a nursing cover, a stroller cover, A SCARF, and even a grocery cart lining for the baby to sit in. The Milk Snob covers have a breathable fabric so it’s not going to trap excess heat in their. Not only do they do the job, but they are also SO cute and fashionable. These are great for trendy mothers who care about the looks of their baby items, but want something that is easy to use. Did I mention you can use it as a scarf!?
ROCK N PLAY – This product by Fischer Price was recommended to us by some of our good friends who had recently had a baby. We used the heck out of ours. It’s perfect for the newborn that isn’t quite ready for a crib or their own bedroom yet. Better yet, it’s super easy to fold up and very lightweight. The Rock N’ Play is a vibrating sleeper AND playtime rocker that holds up to 25 lbs. It’s also nice because the fabric is removable if you want/need to wash it. The incline of the rocker makes it comfortable for the baby to sleep in, and the vibrating is just a bonus. Do they make this in adult size or..?
LANOLIN – Lanolin is a nipple cream that is most commonly used for breastfeeding mothers. I don’t breastfeed, but I still use this product a LOT. Quinn has teeth popping in, which means she is drooling a LOT. With it being cold, her cheeks and chin started getting chapped. Lanolin is a great product for a chapped face, especially the mouth area because it not only helps soothe, but it is perfectly fine if it gets in their mouths.So before you get rid of all the extra cream you may get, think ahead to those winter months!
I’m sure I missed some necessities, but these are the first ones that came to my mind! I hope this was helpful to all of you expecting mothers, and even those of you that already have babies!