Don’t miss putting these baby registry items on your list! These are often missed but must have baby registry gifts.
Now that my boys are getting a little older, I realize that I missed out on quite a few registry items that would have come in really handy right now. I posed this question to my VIP Facebook group and they had a lot of good suggestions as well. Here are things you should definitely think about adding to your baby registry if you haven’t already! And if all else fails, many of these would make great first birthday gifts as well!
I’m not sure why it didn’t occur to me to put items on my registry that would come in handy after our boys were out of the baby bathtub. Maybe I thought they’d be in that tiny bathtub forever. Alas, they quickly moved to our big tub, so we could bathe them at the same time. And it only took one bath for me to run out and buy a bath kneeler. Tile floors are NOT kind to the knees! I love this bath kneeler — it’s cushy and has a handy strap to hang it up to dry (babies are splashy).
A bathtub mat was another thing that never occurred to me to register for. The store had approximately eleventy billion bathtub mats, so I picked this one based on size alone — it covers most of the bottom of our tub, which is important when bathing two squirmy babies, and it has suction cups that stick to the bottom of the tub. The mat keeps the babies from slip-sliding around (babies are slippery).
Many people put a sound machine on their registry, but I didn’t. I’d read a few studies about sound machines and thought we’d try sleeping the boys without one. It worked for a while, but we hit a rough patch with their sleeping around three months. My inlaws brought over a wireless bluetooth speaker and an iPod Nano for us, along with a giftcard to iTunes. I ended up buying two Rockababy albums — U2 and the Beatles. We play these albums every night as they go to sleep — it’s part of our bedtime routine and it works really well for us.
Several friends also recommended the Sleep Sheep sound machine, which is a great option as well.
While we were in tiny baby clothes for a long time (our boys came home from the hospital in preemie clothes!), I had several friends who talked about how their babies were in 6-month onesies at three weeks old. If you’re registering for clothes, make sure to throw some larger sizes on there. Plus it’s fun to pull out new clothes as your baby moves up in sizes.
Holy crap, I love love love these mats! You may have read that we’re doing Baby-Led Weaning with the boys, which is both freakin’ amazing and freakin’ messy. Just recently I bought these mats, which have a built-in tray. The boys can’t pick them up, but are learning to eat food out of a dish. And somehow they are way less messy with the mats than they were when food was directly on the table. Do yourself a favor and put a Happy Mat on your registry!
We had two baby carriers on our registry (Lillebabies, which we LOVE), but this was the number one thing that my friends said the wish they’d registered for. A baby carrier is amazing for walking a cranky baby to sleep, for taking a nice walk or hike, or doing some shopping without having to drag a carseat into a store. A must-have! (And a tip — if baby doesn’t like the carrier at first, just keep trying. It took a while for our boys to get used to them, but given some time they loved being carried.)
While I am a total advocate for breastfeeding (I really need to write about my breastfeeding journey one of these days), if you have a feeling that formula feeding is in your future get a Baby Brezza. It’s basically a Keurig for formula. Put the formula in the top, fill the reservoir on the side with water, and in less than 10 seconds the Baby Brezza spits out a warm, mixed bottle. It sounds like a luxury, but seriously, it was an absolute lifesaver with two hungry babies.
Buggy Bench: Amazon
If you have more than one small kiddo (twins or two kids close in age), going to the store can be a pain. How do you sit two kids without one of those giant beast car carts? Enter the Buggy Bench. It’s a quick little extra seat that straps into the basket on any shopping cart and allows you to take single-seat cart and turn it into a double seat. It has been the perfect solution for out twins, and moms are constantly asking me where I got it. Plus it folds flat and just lives in the trunk for quick access.
Kids get sick. It sucks. While taking a rectal temperature is the best way to get a true reading, having another method can help you decide whether or not to put your kid (and you!) through a rectal measurement. This infrared thermometer gives a read-out in less than a second and also works great as kids get older.
I ended up with a lot of teethers, but I realized that having one I could string around my neck while we were out and about was a great option. I got mine from the cute Vintage Honey Shop, but there are lots of cute options other places online.
Of course there are endless items you can put on a registry, but these are ten that my friends and I all missed the first time around. Hopefully you can learn from our mistakes and get these on the registry to begin with! What did you wish you’d put on your registry list?
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