I’ll start with one of the simplest and most enjoyable on the list: Create a baby registry.
My suggestion (and what we’re using this time around) for an online registry is Amazon. You can add any item (normally for a better price) from Amazon or there’s also an option to add items from other websites and stores, which is awesome. For in-store registries, Target, Babies R Us, and Buy Buy Baby are pretty standard.
Our registry is fairly short and sweet considering we have a toddler (daughter) whose baby items we saved, and we purposely kept most of our major baby items gender neutral as we were shopping and registering for our first. The plus side is, since it is our second time around, I can include some suggestions from experience in this post that I think every first-time mom needs, along with some unique, fun ideas as well.
And since this is our first boy, feel free to comment below with your helpful ideas and favorites for baby boy items!
Registry Items Every First-Time Mom Needs:
- Jogging stroller–I say this because, in my opinion, a jogging stroller is the most versatile. If you have a jogging stroller, you won’t need to worry about purchasing any of the other types of strollers because this will cover all your bases.
- Bouncy seat–These bring comfort, sleep, relief and are just a great overall item to have for baby. I’ve found bouncy seats with vibration work best, but I’m sure swings or music work just as well for others.
- Diapers–Whether disposable or re-usable, it seems a lot of moms forget to include this on their registry. The more diapers, the better, because they’re expensive and buying/using them won’t end for a couple years. So, stock up!
- Pacifier clips–I hear a lot of moms complain about constantly losing pacifiers. We used pacifier clips from day one, and I can proudly say we have never lost a pacifier. They’re a good investment, for sure.
- Car seat–Of course, you have to have a car seat to even leave the hospital. It’s also good to include a couple higher-priced items on your registry because someone might want to get them for you or a group of people might want to go-in on a bigger item that you can really use.
- Swaddles–Life savers for us. At first, we didn’t use them too often, but eventually they were a must. They stopped our daughter from waking herself up with her arms and legs or cutting herself with her nails, and she slept so much sounder in general.
- Baby carrier/sling–If you want to function throughout the day, hands-free, these make it ten times easier. So nice. Personally, I prefer a sling because it’s more intimate, but both are great.
- Pacifiers, bottles, wipes, burping blankets, butt cream, lotion, bathing items–Of course, don’t forget the essentials!
- Pack n’ Play–We found one with a newborn insert included and used it next to our bed when our baby slept in our room the first three months. Then, as she got older, we used it to set her in to play for a while so she couldn’t always crawl off. And we’ve always and are still able to use it every time we travel. It’s come in handy and has also been an extremely versatile item for us.
Note: For breastfeeding moms, a lot of times pumps and breastfeeding supplies are covered (at least partially) by insurance. So, ask about it at the hospital or call your insurance carrier!
Clever and Unique Registry Items:
- If you’re having a baby shower, have people bring books instead of cards or put gifts in baskets/storage boxes instead of wrapping paper/bags.
- Subscriptions–We registered for a year’s worth of Citrus Lane, which is a different package of toys, books, goodies and essentials delivered monthly. It’s a fun gift that keeps on giving and continues to provide you with new items and fun things for baby.
- For a shower, have a diaper cake instead of a cake–Cake only lasts a few minutes, but you can always use diapers!
- A mom and baby class–Register for a mom/baby swim class or yoga class; it can be 1 class, a month’s worth or a year’s worth. Regardless, it’s a fun, unique experience to include.
- Newborn photography session–This is a unique, personal one to consider registering for. A lot of times someone will know a photographer or likes to support a photographer-friend, so this gift ends up benefiting the gifter as well.
The Countdown List:
1. Create the segment “Countdown to Oliver” and make list
2. Make a hospital bag
3. Create a baby registry
4. Prepare the baby’s space
5. Set-up pediatrician visits and appointments
6. Install the carseat
7. Have a pampering day
8. Prepare birthing plan
9. Wash shower curtains, rugs and sheets
10. *Reader’s idea*
11. Finish an art project
12. Finish a book
13. Create an exercise regimen for the final 4 weeks
14. Take a sewing class and make something for the newest babe
15. Have a special mom and daughter day with Ella
16. (Re)organize files and paperwork
17. Finalize plans with the OB
18. Prepare for visiting family
19. Cleaning day
20. *Reader’s idea*
21. Meal prep (frozen meals)
22. Write a letter to the new baby
23. Prepare announcements to send out after birth
24. Date night
25. Invest in post baby clothes
26. Clean pumping and feeding items
27. Take a class
28. Clean the carpets and floors
29. Stock up on toiletries, diapers and groceries
30. *Reader’s idea*