*NOTE: All babies are different. Some babies LOVE the Halo Bassinet, mine didn’t. Some babies love being swaddled, mine did not. Some babies even like to sleep… mine does not. Register for what YOU think YOU want your child to have. Just keep in mind they will probably hate/won’t use or need half of it.
As far as WHERE to register: Babylist seemed like a good idea but I did not at all enjoy my experience with them. Returns were a nightmare, shipping took forever, and I really wish I had just registered locally. My advice: register at Target, Amazon, and a locally owned baby shop. Mostly, register somewhere you can RETURN allllllll the stuff your tiny human doesn’t use.
Here’s what we ACTUALLY use/needed/wish we’d registered for:
- The basic Rock ‘n’ Play: I cannot preach enough about how life-changing this thing has been. It is literally the ONLY thing he will sleep in other than our arms. We love this one for night sleep because, well, it’s the one we had first! But now it’s the only thing we use in our room… there isn’t as much fabric/cushion as the “fancy” one so I, personally, feel like it’s slightly safer to use as our bassinet, and it prevents us from constantly moving it back and forth between our bedroom and the living room.
- With that being said, the “fancy” Rock ‘n’ Play is magical! We have two because this one was a hand-me-down but in the middle of the night, when your VERY LOUD baby decides to boycott sleep, the light show on this thing is nothing short of a miracle. Turn that automatic rocker on, pop open the umbrella, press the light button and you’ve just bought yourself up to an hour of sleep. YOU’RE WELCOME. If you only get one… get the fancy one!
- An activity gym: this Skip Hop one is great for tummy time, staring at the light show, and it just looks cute. I highly recommend an activity gym with lights AND music… it’s like a baby entertainment center.
- Pajamas with foldover hands: we did not have ANY of these and ended up buying a ton once we got home from the hospital. (Thank you Target pick up!) Footie pajamas are also wonderful but the gowns are super helpful for mid-night diaper changes, by the time I found these amazing knotted gowns from Lou Lou & Company Hudson was too big for them. But I would have LOVED to had them!!!
- Smart changing pad: I thought I’d be obsessed with getting my pre-baby body back after giving birth… and I was so very wrong. The only weight I care about is the babies! And for those worrier moms wondering if their baby is gaining enough weight — this changing pad has a scale in it and it’s super easy to wipe clean.
- Non-fancy burp cloths: I know these say they are cloth diapers but they are amazing for everything. You literally clean milk spit up with it so does it doesn’t need to cost a ton and have a pretty print on it. IT’S A RAG, don’t get fancy with it.
- Baby washcloths and hooded towels: again, something you don’t need to spend a fortune on but you REALLY DO NEED 1000 baby washcloths because you use about 20 per bath. Or I do at least. Because I watched a YouTube video on how to bathe my child and I’m a insane.
- Different kinds of bottles/pacifiers
- Make sure you have diapers and wipes but don’t get too many because they may not be the size you expect them to be. Hudson skipped newborn diapers completely and we had them organized and stored all over our house and didn’t get to use any of them.
- Swaddle to take him home in: I’m mildly obsessed with all things Copper Pearl so this ultra-luxe swaddle is the perfect “take home” blanket and swaddle. Go ahead and buy the hat too… just in case they have a cone head.
- Fridababy set: we have not used any of this yet but everyone swears buy it.
- Shusher: this is pretty darn nifty and when you get sick of trying to shush your child it is super hand.
If you plan on breastfeeding you’ll want to check out this list (coming soon).
And here’s what YOU will need when you get home from the hospital (also coming soon).