Hi mamas and mamas-to-be (again)!
Here is Part 2 of my baby registry blog post, which includes many more of the essential items in the feeding, nursing, bathing, and diapering categories. As always, let me know if you have any questions at all.
Bottles – I’ve had multiple friends recommend the Comotomo bottles as their favorite but I’ve also heard that babies can be picky when it comes to bottles, so it’s best to have a few different options to try and then you can buy more of whichever one they like.
High chair – We went back and forth on whether to get a cheaper high chair or invest in an expensive one, and we decided to go with the IKEA Antilop chair for now. We can always upgrade if we decide we need to. Plus, you can get all kinds of cute customizable accessories for the IKEA chair!
Bottle drying rack – There are so many options out there for this, so it’s really a matter of preference here. We wanted one we could push up against a corner in the kitchen and have it be inconspicuous.
Baby food storage jars – I am a fan of glass over plastic whenever possible and I liked the variety of colors in this pack.
Suction food mat – This suctions right on to the high chair tray, and is hard for babies to peel off and drop on the ground.
Bibs – I got cloth drool bibs which are SO cute, as well as a couple of waterproof bibs for when we start introducing solids foods and things get messy.
Burp Cloths – Apparently you need way more burp cloths than you could ever imagine, so I put 16 on my registry. These muslin burp cloths came highly recommended.
On-the-go high chair – This is not an absolute necessity, but if you’re going to be traveling, going out to eat often, or have a small space that doesn’t have room for a full sized high chair then this would be a good thing to have.
Nipple cream – I’m trying to use mostly organic, non-toxic products and the Earth Mama brand seems to fit that bill very well.
Breast pump(s) – Another very contentious topic that I think at the end of the day is up to personal preference. You should definitely check your insurance (aeroflow.com is a good way to do that) to see if they will cover one. I think I have decided once and for all to go with the double Elvie pump. It’s an investment but I know I am going to appreciate not being tied to a pump that either has to be plugged into the wall or prevents me from moving around the house while using. I promise to update you on my thoughts!
Milk supply storage bags / freezer storage – If you plan to send your kid to daycare or be apart from them at all, then it’s probably smart to build up a freezer stash of milk.
Haaka pump – You put this pump on your other boob when you’re breastfeeding, and it can catch a ton of milk that would otherwise go to waste!
Breastfeeding pillow – This is to keep the baby in the best position during breast feeding and to save your back from constantly being hunched over.
Hand pump – This is something I want to have on hand in case my battery-operated pump isn’t charged. I have also heard it is a lifesaver when you are weaning!
Changing pad, waterproof pads, and covers – These are self-explanatory. The most important thing I found is that you’re going to want multiple waterproof pads and covers, because they get dirty very easily as you might imagine.
Diapers – Similar to bottles, certain diapers will fit better on different babies. I registered for Honest brand (because let’s be honest, their prints are adorable) and Andy Pandy. I got the newborn size up to 6 months or so.
Diaper balm/baby powder – Sticking with the non-toxic theme here, Earth Mama makes a diaper balm that has great reviews and Era-Organics has a dusting powder that came recommended to me. I registered for small packages of both so that I can try them out.
Diaper pail – I wanted one with a footstep opener, so this one seems like a great choice! I also registered for extra trash bags.
Wipes – I wanted to try Honest wipes and WaterWipes. I went with unscented for both since newborn skin can be extra sensitive, but we may be adjusting that for future orders.
On-the-go diaper bag dispenser – We have this hooked on our leash for our dog, so we figured it would be nice to have one for the baby too! When you’re on the road or not near a trash can and must do a diaper change, it will be nice to not to have a handy system to keep the smell contained.
Bath kneeler + elbow rest – I realized when I was DIY’ing my dresser in my garage how nice it would be to have a knee pad, so I started looking them up and they’re perfect for bath time!
Gentle body wash – Again, I am going with Earth Mama brand which has great reviews!
Washcloths – We registered for a pack of 30 of these.
Baby towels – I mean, have you ever seen anything cuter!?! One of my good friends got a few different brands and said these were the softest ones she tried, so I’m just getting these.
Baby bathtub + rinse cup – If you plan to bathe in a bath (opposed to a large sink – which you would still probably want some type of sink insert for), it’s important to have a baby bath. This one grows with your baby from newborn to infant stage which I loved!