Sunday, October 4, 2009

Baby Registry Essentials!

Below is a list of BABY SHOWER REGISTRY Must Haves. For all my mommies to be and baby shower planners... check out this list below and ensure you have the essentials for Baby's Arrival!
  • Diapers: Whether you're going the re-usable or disposable route, you'll need plenty on hand.
  • Burp cloths (fabric diapers can also double as burp cloths).
  • Disposable wipes. Diaper rash cream
  • Diaper pail
  • Diaper bag: Make sure it hangs well from your stroller handlebars.
  • Baby monitor
  • 1 or 2 pacifiers, if you want to use them. Be sure to get ones labeled "newborn."
  • Portable crib, commonly known as a Pack 'n Play, for when you visit the grandparents.
  • Co-sleeper. It's so nice to just reach over to nurse your baby at night. But you can easily substitute the portable crib if it's easier.
  • 6 bottles, including nipples: Make sure you buy nipples for newborns.
  • Bottle brush
  • Breast pump: Go for the fancy automatic double pump if you're going back to work.
  • Breastfeeding pillow
  • Nursing pads
  • Lanolin lotion for sore nipples
  • Breast milk freezer bags or storage cups
  • Thermometer. The rectal kind.
  • Nasal bulb syringe for clearing stuffy noses
  • Baby nail clipper
  • Alcohol swabs and bandages
  • Infant bath tub
  • Baby shampoo and cleanser
  • Baby lotion
  • 2 to 3 hooded towels that let you swaddle baby post-bath
  • Crib
  • ExerSaucer. You won't use it for a few months, but once your baby hits 4 or 5 months, it will blow his little mind.
  • Swing or bouncy seat. The movement makes almost all babies very, very sleepy.
  • Activity mat (also called the baby gym)
  • Mobile for the crib: Think music, lights and movement. We like ones you can turn off remotely.
  • Crib bumper
  • 2 to 3 fitted crib sheets
  • 2 waterproof mattress pads
  • 2 or 3 changing pad covers
  • A rear-facing infant car seat with base. If you have two cars, you'll need a second base.
  • Baby carrier and/or sling
  • Stroller: Baby won't sit up for a few months, so you'll need a Snap 'n Go, a travel system or a model in which baby can fully recline.
  • A "take-me-home" outfit. Look for a set that's cute for photos, but practical (something warm for winter or light for summer).
  • 6 to 8 onesies, half short sleeve and half long sleeve. Choose kimono styles that don't pull over baby's head to cut down on screams.
  • 5 pairs of pants
  • 6 to 8 sleepers (aka coveralls) with built-in footies, or rompers if it's spring or summer
  • 5 to 6 sleeping gowns, which snap5 to 6 sleeping gowns, which snap, zip, or cinch closed at the bottom, making late-night diaper changes a breeze.
  • At least 3 sleeping gowns should have built-in mittens to cover fast-growing baby fingernails and avoid scratches on smooth baby skin.
  • 1 to 3 sweater cardigans or zip hoodies, depending on the season
  • 1 snowsuit or winter bunting (for winter babies)
  • 1 to 2 pairs of mittens if they aren't included in the snowsuit (for winter babies)
  • 8 pairs of booties or socks
  • 4 to 6 hats, including at least one sun hat
  • 4 to 6 receiving blankets. One should be soft and thick enough to be a blankie contender; two should be thin enough for your diaper bag.
  • 4 to 6 bibs. At least two should be waterproof. Once baby starts solids, you'll need something you can just hose off.
  • Velcro swaddle. This crucial miracle item may be the key to peace in your household.
  • Sleep sac, for when baby outgrows the swaddle or sleep gowns, but is still too young for a blanket in the crib.

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