What to ask for for the baby?

Danielle - posted on 11/24/2011 ( 19 moms have responded )

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Hey ladies, so I'm a first time mommy to be and I know kinda what I need for the baby but when I start looking at the stores to plan my registry I hit a wall and forget all the knowledge I have (been shopping for multiple friends and family members). What I have so far doesn't look like much or even everything that the baby needs. So I thought I would ask the experienced mothers, what do I ask for on my registry for the baby without seeming like I want everyone to buy everything and without asking for the most expensive things?
I plan on buying the crib myself as well as the stroller/carseat combo myself with the fathers help unless of course my dad/family wants to help with that. Any suggestions will help, also I am planning to breast feed and I asked for plenty of bottles and a few sippy cups and I plan to use cloth diapers after baby is out of newborns.

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Ashley - posted on 11/24/2011

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Lots of recieving blankets... I used mine for everything from burp cloth to pee blocker to a light blanket. They were my everything blanket. You may also want a good baby swing to give your back a break. A good few nursing bras since you plan to BF (my cousin got me GC to a mat store that sold them) I didn't get a change table but I asked for a contoured change pad that I put on a dresser. Hmmm... I really can't think of anything else, oh a wrap carrier it is the only thing I am asking for this time around (my 3rd)
Good Luck with your baby and I hope you get everything you need! and I hope other moms give you other loves that they used
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Kellie - posted on 11/24/2011

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Babies don't really need much 'stuff'. Forget Walkers. Exersaucers, Swings, Jolly Jumpers etc etc avoid these things as they restrict the baby's movement and that's not what you want, it *can/may* cause problems down the track.

I'd be asking for clothes, Singlets (you can NEVER have enough singlets!) Nappies (even the cloth ones you plan on using), Muslin Wraps, a couple of Grow Bags (I think, and I'm assuming you're American, you call them Halo's?) It's a sleeping bag for the baby to zip up in, saved my life as my daughter HATED being wrapped but kept waking cold 'cause she was kicking her blankets off. We got a Grow Bag and Problem Solved :)

You could even put A Breast Pump on the list if people wanted to chip in together, as they can be expensive, but handy to have. Um Dummies/Pacifiers if you plan on using them, a port-a-cot, books, CD's of nice baby Mozart type music, baby blankets, oh I dunno what else! maybe some things your baby can grow with.

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Danielle - posted on 01/04/2012

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A HIGHCHAIR!!! Omg no wonder I thought I was missing something! Lol I completely forgot about the highchair.
Currently I have blankets, towels a bouncer a swing the car seat/stroller combo, a few outfits but it's hard finding neutral, pacies and I think the playpen... I know I put a lot of things on my walmart wish list until I could put them on my registry and just need to clear up what's actually on my registry now. Lol I can't believe I forgot that one, I know for some things that are big items and are for older aged babies I may ask for gift cards just to save space since I'll have limited room for storage for the first 3 or 4 months.

Brianna - posted on 01/04/2012

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put expensive and non expensive things on the regerstry some people like to all get together and by u a big item. things a first time mom should have on regrestry are
-playpen
-highchair
-stroller
- baby swing
-bouncer chair
- joly jumper
- clothes
- blankets
- wash cloths
-towels
-diapers
- pacifiers
-toys
ect

Katherine - posted on 01/03/2012

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We have 2 cats and it's been wonderful with the pets...the base is large enough and weight that it can't be pushed over easily...well worth the money spent!!! and my son liked it more then the regular swings....more cocooned and mama like

Rebekah - posted on 01/03/2012

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This is a list that I made of brand specific extras for a friend:

Baby K'tan Baby Carrier: It's worn like the Moby or Sleepy wrap, but it does not require any actual wrapping. I like to call it the, "wrap for dummies."

Fisher Price Sleep N' Play Rocker: This is the only little rocking/bouncy chair that I've seen that's also approved for sleeping. It folds flat. It's high enough to keep nosey pets out. And it has a safer incline than the typical bouncy chair that doesn't make their heads slouch. My baby sleeps in it every night and plays happily in it on occasions during the day.

Bundle Me for the car-seat: I LOVE the one I have. I don't have to worry about bundling him up or finding a blanket.

Snap n' go stroller with separate car-seat: I have a travel system (car-seat w/ matching stroller) and I curse it daily. The stroller part is just massive, and by the time my kids were out of the infant carrier car-seat (that snapped on it), I put them in light umbrella stroller.

My kids loved a Jumperoo. It's exactly like an exersaucer, but has springs and allows the kid to jump too. My daughter probably would have been content in an exsersaucer, but for my son it was a must-have.

Bebe Au Lait Hooter Hider: The cheap ones are no better than a blanket

Danielle - posted on 01/03/2012

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I was looking at one of those but since I have my dogs around that just looked like it would tip over way too easily. Plus I didn't want to ask for a 200 dollar swing when I wasn't familiar with the brand and there weren't many reviews. I think I'm going to ask for the snugabug one from graco but of course if someone wants to spend more on me and baby and get us something like that then sweet!

Teresa - posted on 11/25/2011

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I didn't ask for anything, I just know that the gift cards were VERY appreciated no matter the amount.

Danielle - posted on 11/25/2011

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Vicki they have face ones that are saline solutions... But I understand now.. :)
Cool thank you Teresa, did you ask for specific amounts for gift cards or just said gift cards?

Teresa - posted on 11/25/2011

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Diapers and gift cards. Gift cards are the best because they come in handy when you need them and only you will know what you really need. We got ALOT of cute outfits and blankets for our first. We even took some back, but diapers and gift cards were precious to us.

Vicki - posted on 11/25/2011

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Not sure what they are called in the US? Flannels or face washers here. Small square of towelling used for cleaning faces? I personally don't like using commercial baby wipes for faces and hands, or even bums because of the harsh chemicals, try wiping those on a paper cut and see how much it stings! Since you end up doing so much laundry with a baby anyway chucking face washers in the machine I found easier (and cheaper!)

I chose slings to coordinate with me rather than the baby but there are plenty of neutral ones :) Good luck with it all! I know it can be overwhelming, when you visit a shop they try to convince you you need everything under the sun.

Danielle - posted on 11/25/2011

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Thank you ladies.
For Vicki I plan on having bottles at the ready for expressing between feedings/optimizing production as well as for the father to feed after the first 2 months are done with. Also what do you mean by face washers? The baby wipes that are for face and hands?
As for the blanket comments I'm due April 20th and I'm in Illinois so it's still pretty chilly until about the first week of May. I've been looking at all the different blankets out in the stores and it is so annoying, you got them where they are really thick and really thin. I never seem to find an in between.. Go figure. I was thinking about putting a baby sling on my registry but have to decide which one myself and the father like enough to wear, plus getting a more neutral one since we aren't finding out the sex of the baby until birth... I think this is what makes it difficult for me because stores such at having neutral items.

Vicki - posted on 11/24/2011

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Lots of face washers, I used them to mop up the many spit-ups rather than tissues. A sling or wrap I found invaluable, a stretchy wrap like a hugabub is easy for a newborn. If you are planning on breastfeeding you only need bottles if you are going back to work soon and need to express, otherwise don't bother. Vouchers for clothes for you! I had to buy new jeans as I took a few months to fit into my old ones and the maternity ones were too big. Some new shirts that are easy to breastfeed in help lots.

Rather than registry stuff I appreciated people brining meals around and my Mum doing laundry. Way more helpful than cute expensive stuff that often doesn't get used.

Kellie - posted on 11/24/2011

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Oh they have different 'togs' meaning Summer/Winter and in between thickness, Rayne has been sleeping in a Grow Bag since she was like, oh I dunno, 2 months old? she's 12 months now :)

Ashley - posted on 11/24/2011

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ooh and I agree witgh Kellie if you have a winter baby a snug blanket to sleep in (think caterpillar lol) is a must have to keep baby warm

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