Your parents are going to think you have lost your mind or are doing it all wrong plenty of times. It will start with the baby registry must haves you insist are necessary.
Their response will be “well back in my day you slept in a dresser drawer and look, you turned out fine”. While it’s true that humans have been raising babies for thousands of years without all these fancy items, it’s often worth it to spend a little money to make your life easier or help you get more sleep.
In this post, I highlight nine items that sure, you could live without (if you like to do things the hard way or if you don’t like sleep), but will certainly make your life either more fun or easier.
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Baby Registry Must Haves: The Shopping Cart Hammock
I think it is so funny how many moms I talk to who they weren’t prepared for how hard it is to shop. It’s like everyone gives you lots of cute (and I mean cute!) onesies at your baby shower, says congratulations and not a single word on, oh that’s right, how hard it is!
I mean seriously some advice would have been nice. Well, if you are expecting and reading this, then here is my advice. FIGURE out how you are going to do errands.
You can’t push a cart AND a stroller.
The car seat can go into the shopping cart, but it will take up ALL the room.
You could wear the baby in a carrier, which does work, but it can be tricky to bend to get items. I have done pliés in aisles before just to get things off the bottom shelf. And just wait until they reach that “I have awake time now and I want to see everything going on” phase that hits between 2-3 months. Then they don’t want to be in the carrier unless they are asleep, which of course they never are when you want them to be.
While the Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock might seem over the top, you will not only use it, but it will become an absolute necessity. Especially when you also have a toddler who rides in the cart.
Baby Registry Must Haves: A Mini Projector
Buying a mini projector may just be the lifesaver you need. These soothe babies in their sleep and also operate as a night light. You can purchase many of these in a portable form which means it can go with you anywhere from road trips to hotel rooms. Most mini projectors work on 20-minute intervals with music and star projections. They come with multiple modes of sound and light and have stand and touch sensors.
Mini projectors are the new way of soothing your baby in this day and age, the revision to counting sheep. For many babies, projectors are precisely the level of stimulation that gets them to sleep. And moreover, they KEEP them asleep. Having a baby projector helps improve the imagination and sensory skills of babies as well with the constant lights, sounds, and visuals that cross over the room before they drift off to sleep.
Mini projectors are all the rage in 2019, and you can find them online ranging all different prices, shapes, and sizes. Some have popular cartoon character forms; others have crib mobiles attached to them. Yet others have remotes and even monitors. There is a mini projector that will perfectly fit the needs of you and your baby out there, no doubt.
Baby Registry Must Haves: White Noise Machines
The last thing you want is for baby to wake after all that hard work of getting your little one to sleep. Baby L I swear had supersonic hearing and could hear any noise in the house. The result: an awake baby. I mean, we even had a pattern on how to walk up the stairs to not make them creak. The white noise machine will mask noises allowing baby to sleep through anything more easily. We still always skipped the third step on our stairs just in case ” />
Baby Registry Must Haves: Mamaroo
Maybe some people get fortunate and never have a colic baby. AS for the rest of us, there is the Mamaroo. Yes, I did actually need a swing that has a car setting. I can remember many nights where that was the only thing that would put Baby L to sleep. Car setting on high with the white noise machine going in the background.
Baby Registry Must Haves: Lactation Massager
Lactation massagers are little tools that new moms swear by. Clogged milk ducts hurt a ton and can even lead to mastitis if nothing is done about them. That means having a gentle vibrator to break through is a life saver. Another great perk of these massagers is the way they help the milk to flow better. Emptying faster means a greater supply of milk.
The next great perk of this is the reduction it has on your breasts becoming engorged. Good milk flow helps breasts never to become so full that there is swelling. A gentle massage can be the thing that keeps you from needing antibiotics or from the pain of unhealthy flow.
Breastfeeding is a beautiful thing and very desirable by new moms, but it comes with so many potential issues that these issues can take away from having a good breastfeeding experience. Moms who have suffered in this way created these products. There are so many in the market now that are specifically for this new mom community. They range from all different colors, shapes, and sizes. Everyone has a preference, so shop the market and see which is best for you!
Baby Registry Must Haves: The Wubanub
The real issue here is that pacifiers aren’t cute. Attach a cute little stuff animal to one, and wow they are adorable. Besides the fact that you are partly buying this because you can’t wait to pick out which animal is on your baby’s Wubanub, it is actually pretty smart.
Baby will have something to hold onto meaning they will be able to put the pacifier back into their mouth as they get older. Additionally, the attached stuffed animal can become their lovey. They will associate holding the animal while they use their pacifier. Sucking on a pacifier just like sucking on a breast soothes a baby, and therefore they will associate the animal with comfort. As a baby gets older, it could really help with sleep.
What do you do when the time comes to ditch the pacifier? Take the animal off and allow your child to keep the animal as a lovey.
Baby Registry Must Haves: 2-in-1 Diaper Bag
When the baby comes, your purse will automatically get replaced with the diaper bag. Everyone will tell you that this is now your most vital bag to bring with you everywhere. Leaving the house will be an unsuccessful event without this bag. You will find yourself keeping the fully stocked diaper bag at the top of the list of necessities, and your purse will drop down to the bottom.
As a mom, your needs get pushed aside time and time again and are replaced with your babies needs. But what if you could have the best of both worlds? What if you could keep your bag in tow full of hand sanitizer, lip balm, gum, headphones, wallet, period essentials, pens, and all the other adult things you currently carry with you everywhere, and merge them into a bag full of diapers, wipes, toys, teethers, pacifiers, and booger suckers. What if you could do this in a stylish and organized way?
Sound too good to be true? Well, it isn’t! There are tons of stores that sell purse/diaper bag duos that are pretty, have wonderful compartment space, and take care of your needs and your babies needs at the same time. These 2-in-1 items are an exceptional tool to put on your registry!
Baby Registry Must Haves: Nose Sucker
These might seem gross or over the top but trust me, you want one. And you won’t care about how gross the idea of sucking snot out of a nose is when your baby can’t breathe. Babies are nose breathers and must breathe through their nose to nurse (or take a bottle). Your life will be miserable until you help baby get some relief. Save yourself the midnight run to the store when the baby has their first cold, and buy one before they arrive.
Now I have a toddler who likes to copy everything I do with our new baby with her Minnie Mouse doll. I guess I must use the nose sucker a lot because Minnie needs her nose sucked a lot.
Baby Registry Must Haves: Travel Chair
Traveling with children can be fun and exciting, but it can also be stressful. Having a safe place to put them in is essential, especially when it comes to mealtime. There are tons of travel high chairs out there, but the best ones have certain features that you will want. Some of these are portability, coziness, and security.
Some are multi-functional with straps that secure crossways. Others are excellent seats for more than just eating, but also for entertainment or simply having somewhere to put the baby out in public that is safe, instead of holding him or her. You will want to look for seat pads that are machine washable. Having a pad that is easy to clean is a must because they get filthy. There are also hanging chairs that fasten onto table chairs that will save you.
They are very portable and easy to store. On top of that, the way they are set up will make sure that the arms don’t leave marks on the table. The only catch with these chairs is making sure you follow the exact weight. Inflatable chairs are another great invention. With these, you can store the chair anywhere and then have a good spot with straps for your child that can be set up on any standard table chair.
Baby Registry Must Haves: DockATot
While my dog might think it looks like a dog bed, this bed is pretty awesome. You will find out in the first few days home that you always need a place to put the baby. It is impossible to have a swing follow you around everywhere you go, but this is easy to lift and carry. We use the DockATot for diaper changes, taking showers, playing and sleeping.
Baby Registry Must Haves: The Baby Nail File Set
Who doesn’t love a manicure?
While some might think that getting a full-on nail set for baby is over the top, you will have so much more luck with a nail file than nail clippers. Also, the risk of cutting the baby is not worth it. It is surprisingly scary how much a little nail clipper cut will bleed.
If you absolutely need to use a nail clipper, turn it upside down. It is so much easier to use on someone else if it is upside down.
Baby Registry Must Haves: The Magic Merlin Sleepsuit
First comes the uterus, then comes the swaddle, then comes the Magic Merlin Sleepsuit. Your baby was snug as a bug in your uterus. After birth, you find out how wonderful the swaddle is and how much your little burrito loves be so cozy. Unfortunately, when they start to roll, you have to ditch the swaddle.
Going from the tight swaddle to the giant openness of a crib is a sure way to have a horrible week, or even month, of sleep. However, your world won’t end because a mom invented the Magic Merlin Sleepsuit. Your child will literally be sleeping in a marshmallow. You might even want to get it just to take pictures of your baby in it. Nothing will give you a better laugh, and yes, your parents are going to think you have lost your mind on this one.
Baby Registry Must Haves: Secures for Baby Toys
Everyone knows toys are a great distraction for babies, so you will want to make sure you have a way to secure them to whatever they are strapped into. Everyone wants to buy you toys, but they are useless if they constantly fall (or are thrown) on the floor. The purpose is defeated of a good distraction if you are picking them up and giving them back every 20 seconds. These secure straps can be attached to the stroller, car seat, restaurant and home high chairs, baby holders, and anything else they are sitting in.
Teethers, plush toys, pacifiers, and any other toys or items for your baby with a way to hoop a strap inside can be secured with these. You can customize color schemes with these straps while securing your babies favorite toys. Most straps come in a variety of colors and are under $10 for multiples. Toy straps are truly a gift for parents, so putting these on your registry will really be beneficial in the end. On top of that, they are very cheap, and that allows someone who can’t afford a big gift the opportunity to buy you something purposeful as well as affordable.
The Bottom Line of Baby Registry Must Haves
If it helps you get more sleep or helps you get through the day with less crying and a happier baby, then it’s worth it. It doesn’t matter if people judge you. Your baby needs a happy mama.
So get the hammock to go on your grocery cart to make buying food easier. That way when the checkout line is unbearably long, you can rock the grocery chart as a makeshift swing. (I still rock my grocery cart even without a baby in it out of habit).
Get any and all strange outfits to help baby sleep. I mean it’s either that or spending a crazy amount on coffee. If you are still pregnant, have I mentioned you might want to sleep AS MUCH AS YOU CAN.
Lastly, remember in all of the chaos that is new motherhood, it won’t last forever. I know in the thick of it, it can seem like that but your baby will grow up, and before you know it, those first words of mama will turn into mommy and then mom.
Remember when you are ready to pull your hair out to just enjoy that baby and those 3 AM smiles.
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Trina Fitzgerald is a wife, mom, and blogger. She is the co-author of the Week-by-Week Bump Smart Course, the Nesting Planner and the Breastfeeding Handbook. She attributes her success at breastfeeding her own children with working with lactation consultants in the hospital in the early stages and on a weekly basis afterwards. By writing at MomSmartNotHard, she educates mamas-to-be on all things pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. Read more about Trina.