These lists are everywhere. Magazines, blogs, bathroom stalls. OK, not really bathroom stalls. That’s just gross.
But lately, I’ve had several new-mommy-to-be-friends ask me what they should register for. So here’s my short list:
1. When it comes to diapers, I prefer Pampers. I haven’t tried all the other brands, but the Swaddlers and Cruisers have been fairly leak/blow-out proof for us, so we’re big fans. This is a common consensus amongst my fellow mamas as well.
2. I love sleepers. For those of you who don’t have babies, those are the little footy pajama things. In an air conditioned house, my babies are happy indoors in those even in the summer. And I prefer the zipper to snaps — it’s easier for those 3 a.m. diaper changes.
3. Bath time is a tricky one: My Mom has one of these yellow sponge-bed things that she bathes the babies in the sink with (but she has bigger sinks than me). I use this bath chair for when they’re young, and this whale bathtub for when they get a bit older. The chair cradles their little bodies perfectly and works from newborn until they’re sitting up. Once they’re sitting up, they can be like Jonas in the big whale. Soon enough they’ll be splashing about in the big boy tub.
4. Speaking of splashing about in the big boy tub, I have this rubber ducky spout cover to prevent little man from bonking his head. It’s also a cute decoration for the kiddy tub.
5. And now, moving on to towels. Hoody towels are not a must-have, but they’re nice. Plus, they make for super cute pics. Hello, little guy!
6. The Bumbo chair is all the rage these days. Little Miss Kate is already sitting in hers and it helps build neck strength and can also double as a high chair.
7. Keeping with funny words that start with “B,” the Boppy pillow is a definite must-have for the nursing mom. It fits around your waist like a little baby shelf or serves as a nice prop pillow for the little one to rest upon.
8. The Boppy bouncer is also a family favorite. Both of the babies have used it and it’s the perfect anywhere-seat when holding them is not an option.
9. Instead of a formal bassinet, we use a bedside Pack-n-Play in our house. Not only are these little “baby-cages” (as a friends’ husband cheekily coined them) super convenient for trips to the grandparents, but they come with a bassinet and diaper changing function to use as baby grows.
10. When it comes to carseats, there are tons of opinions, ratings and reviews. But here’s my two-cents: once your baby grows into his “big boy” seat, get a carseat with cup holders. These little pockets serve as nice Goldfish, sippy cup or toy holders and are a great distraction when on the road.
11. The best burp clothes are simple cloth diapers. White, thick and durable, these utilitarian diapers aren’t just for tushies.
12. And speaking of wipes, we just use Target brand. I’m sure there are tons of opinions on the best, but Target works for us.
13. Then there’s the play mat. Great for tummy time and for toy-time, floor mats with dangly objects are great for stimulating your little ones.
14. Not a necessity, this jumper makes for fun playtime and building leg strength.
15.When it comes to diaper bags, I like big ones that I can stuff a bunch of stuff in. But that’s just me. I also like washable (or wipe-downable) mats that fit into the bag easily for diaper-changing on the go.
16. And don’t forget about Mommy. New Moms need love to, so pamper your postpartum mamas with comfy pants, a water bottle – or my favorite nursing bra (also comfy to sleep in!) And if we want to talk breast pumps here, go with the double. It’s more money, but saves a lot of time.
Did I miss anything?