Baby Registry: Bottles and Essentials?

Alyce - posted on 01/18/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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We just started our baby registry and have a couple questions: of those who have used bottles, which ones do you prefer? Is there a particular brand that would work better for babies who also breast feed? Because of my work schedule, I'd need to do both.



Secondly, what "essential" items would people recommend including besides basics like a crib, stroller, infant car seat, high chair, layette (clothes), diapers, and linens? I'm especially interested in hearing about anything that you've found useful that wouldn't necessarily appear on, say, the Babies R Us recommended list of essentials.



Thanks in advance!

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One thing that was helpful for us was registering for several different sizes of clothing, so that we didn't end up with all teensy stuff. We also use a small high chair that straps into a dining room chair more often than we use a large one. It's portable and easier to clean. As far as bottles, we used the Dr. Brown's bottles because our son had some pretty severe gas problems. Receiving blankets are great, but once babies get bigger they start to outgrow them-so a few child-size blankets are helpful as well. Register for bath gift sets. My son is 9 months old and we haven't yet had to buy soap or lotion for him. A good breastpump will be useful for you if you're going to express for your baby while you're at work. Also register for some care sets-the ones with nail clippers, thermometer, etc. in them. Also register for some nursing pads and nipple cream if you'll be nursing. Also register for a tummy mat and a bouncer/swing.



One of the best things I did was took my niece, who has a son exactly a year older than mine, with me to register. She'd just been through it and was still going through it (the baby stage, that is), and helped me pick and choose between lots of things when it got overwhelming.

Shay - posted on 01/18/2010

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I've never breastfeed but we use the Tommee Tippee closer to nature bottles and I'm pretty impressed with them.

As for other 'essential' items I'd recommend getting a warm blanket or rug for your little one to play on/for tummy time, cloths for burping and, if your little one seems to keep kicking off their blankets when they're asleep, you could get a 'sleepbag.'

Krista - posted on 01/18/2010

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I second Kellyn's suggestion about the Kiddopotamus Swaddle Me. It was SOOOO much better than trying to swaddle with a blanket. Get two of them, for when one is in the wash. And yes, definitely lots of receiving blankets -- they have a multitude of different uses. A baby bathtub is definitely helpful. A Bumbo is also great for that lengthy period of time when the baby can hold his head up, but can't sit up by himself yet (but desperately wants to). Some people don't like Jolly Jumpers, but we adore ours -- no matter how bad a mood Sam is in, the Jolly Jumper cheers him up. Plus, because it's so small, it's nice and portable to bring to a friend or relative's house.

For the stroller, get one of those plastic stroller wind covers -- they're handy.

Also register for sleepers in larger sizes. Babies grow so fast, and you'll be getting a ton of stuff in newborn sizes, which your baby will probably only wear once or twice before outgrowing it. Don't register for little outfits -- you'll rarely use them.

I like the Playtex drop-ins -- my son prefers the nipple on them to any other kind. The Medela ones are too long for him.

Amanda - posted on 01/18/2010

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Dr. Brown bottles are the best I think.... They are more expensive then the others but they are good for babies

Kelly - posted on 01/18/2010

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We love using Tommee Tippee CLOSER TO NATURE bottles. I also tried a anti-colic Nuk bottle and Avent bottles, but felt the most confident that the Closer to nature bottles were working best with breastfeeding.

I've loved:
+the Tommee Tippee nappy bin,
+a microwave steriliser (easy and quick),
+avent electronic bottle warmer (if you don't want to use the microwave),
+on-the-go bottle warmer (for when you're out - click for chemical reaction... tho it takes a while to heat bigger bottles, and boil to reset),
+a baby gym (with hanging rattles) has entertained my daughter LOTS,
+agreed bout baby gro/sleeping bags (so baby can't kick sheets off),
+a thick rug/blanket to take with you to lay on the floors (for baby to sit on) when you're out,
+a hanging storage shelving-system (to make the most of the cupboard)
+baby sunscreen
+cloths for possible spew

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Alyce - posted on 01/18/2010

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Thank you, everyone, for the many wonderful suggestions. The best thing is that a lot of these are smaller items, so that there's a range of prices on our registry, not just expensive items that only people like my parents will probably get.

Looks like I'm definitely going to look into adding a boppy pillow and plenty of burp cloths and receiving blankets, as well as the many other great suggestions. This has been extremely helpful.

Ellen - posted on 01/18/2010

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I loved the playtex nursers for my son I breast and bottle fed also! Dont for get diapers and wipes and in mulipul sizes they go through the first few sizes so quick! I had tons of newborn and size ones left over that my son couldn't use! Also meds like infant tylenol and gas relief drops! And don't for get baby proofing items such as outlet covers and cubbord locks! It may seem like it will be awhile but it comes faster than exspeted!

Kellyn - posted on 01/18/2010

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Oh yeah, last thing I LOVED was the Kiddopotamus Swaddle Me. They are much easier and more secure than just receiving blankets.

Kellyn - posted on 01/18/2010

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I personally like the Avent bottles. I have only nursed my daughter, but I give her juice in a bottle. The Gerber ones are okay, but they leak quite a bit. The Avent ones don't leak, as far as I have seen. I also like the Avent bottles because they have different nipples for different aged babies. Some nipples only have two holes for a two month old, some have more or less, etc.



As for essentials, if you plan on nursing your baby at night, I would recommend getting a co-sleeper of some kind. We got one that is part of a pack-and-play so that it's 3-in-1: a co-sleeper, a bassinet, and a play yard.



http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp...



This link is to the pack and play that we got. It's a girl print, but I'm sure they have one for boys. The reason I liked this one was because it had the extra co-sleeper. Most of the others didn't.



I would also recommend getting a Boppy. They are great. You can lay the baby on the Boppy itself, or you can put it around you and just use it as support for your arms when you're nursing, or just for naps. I did both. And I still use it all the time.



I also like the Diaper Champ. It's like the Diaper Genie, only easier to use. But that's only if you use disposable diapers.



I live in Colorado, so a gentle lotion is essential for my baby. Her elbows get kind of dry if I don't put moisturizer on her every night. Along those lines is also a humidifier. Just make sure you clean it often, otherwise mold could get in and cause more problems than it could solve. And a nasal aspirator and saline works really well for unclogging stuffy noses.



And if you don't feel comfortable clipping your baby's nails (I didn't for a couple of months), I would get some little nail files.



Lastly, this is definitely not "essential" but I would recommend getting a good collection of books or something (I did cross stitching some) to do while nursing. Some babies, like mine, nursed for 15-30 minutes on each side. Now she eats quick, but she used to take her sweet time. And that was just fine with me, I just needed something to do. The Kindle would be a good investment if you like reading.



Anyway, those are some of our essentials! Hope that helps!

C. - posted on 01/18/2010

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Ok, I used the Playtex Drop-Ins, which are wonderful! They really helped with my son's gas. And I used the Avent bottles (also loved them), Soothie (hated it) and the off brand bottles (the really cheap ones that are still BPA free.. they actually work really well!)



Now, for the essentials.. I would recommend a thermometer (I have the ear and pacifier thermometers as well as the oral. My son didn't like the pacifier one, just the ear so far). Nail clippers AND scissors! The scissors help get the very corners of the nail on an infant, which is where they tend to get scratches from even with clipped nails. Infant Tylenol, Mylicon Infant gas drops (just in case).. Baby wipes, baby powder, diaper bag (they can be expensive, so I would put one on your registry so if anyone wanted to get you one they know what type you like), diaper burp cloths are the best- they are a lot thicker than a normal burp cloth, so it has less of a chance of soaking through to your clothes, teethers (there is a Raz Baby Raz Berry teething pacifier that IS on the Babies'R'Us site and in-store.. I know you didn't want anything necessarily from there, but it really helps!), the little animals w/ a small blanket attached are really good, crib sets since they can be expensive, diaper pail (I used the Diaper Genie II, but the Diaper Genie Elite is WAY better since it's completely hands-free), bassinet since it's small and can probably fit in your bedroom in the first few months- it makes it a lot easier, bouncers, playmats, infant sleep positioner, first aid kit, bath supplies (baby wash, shampoo, lotion, massage gel, etc.), Desitin Creamy works really well and fairly inexpensive, baby-proofing supplies if you are going to use them (outlet covers, table corner covers, door knob covers, cabinet/drawer locks, etc), comb/brush set, infant gum cleanser and infant gum brush, safety swabs for their ears, medicine sets so you have several different medicine droppers/spoons, Orajel, Infant vitamins if you plan on giving your baby vitamins (Enfamil makes some drops- they smell and taste nasty according to my son, but if you can get your baby to take them they work well), Boogie wipes- made especially for babies and young children for runny noses and contains saline to keep their nose from drying out, bottle coolers are very handy, bottle warmers, bottle covers if you are going to use glass bottles, bottle brushes, baby monitor, nasal aspirator, Johnson's baby relief kit is really good but not recommended for babies under 6 months, bath toys, hooded bath towels, washcloths, sunblock, pacifier sanitizers are great if you are somewhere with no sink in sight (although to be honest I just did it old school and put it in my mouth to clean it).. I can't think of anymore but I think I gave you a pretty good idea of some items.. Oh, and one more thing.. PUT SOME STUFF ON THE REGISTRY THAT'S JUST FOR YOU!!!! Like a candle and some lotion or something. New moms need a little something too :) Congratulations and good luck! I hope this helped!

Dawn - posted on 01/18/2010

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get some baby sleeping bags - they are much better then blankets as they can't kick them off and get cold or slip under them and over heat. i've used them from day 1 and now at 8 months still use them.

Ericka - posted on 01/18/2010

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I prefer the playtex vent air bottles with the wide nipples they work wonderful especially if you plan on breastfeeding and pumping. They have different nipples than regular bottles that are shaped more like a breast, and they also prevent a lot of air from getting in the babies tummy.My daughter spit up a lot less with the vent air bottles than with the regular ones. I would suggest tons of receiving blankets they really come in handy. Also a boppy pillow they are great for breast feeding and when your baby is a couple months old he or she can use it to sit up with. My daughter who is 2 1/2 months and also loves her swing she'll sit in it for hours at a time.

Kimberly - posted on 01/18/2010

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I used a brand called medella, I spent some money and bought a breast pump from that particular brand, and it worked amazing, as for the bottles they are essential for either formula or breast milk. my daughter came by surprise, we didnt have anything ready, so judging from that, besides everything you listed, i loved using a baby bjorn, or sling. a nursing pillow is also very nessecary, and of course tons of sleepers, and burping blankets, (they come in handy for everything).

Rebecca - posted on 01/18/2010

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I prefered to use the platex type of bottle. The ones that you can put the bags in. The air comes right out of them and there is way less gas for the baby.

The item that really saved me was her baby bouce chair. It coverts from a baby chair all the way until a toddler. My daughter did not like the swing at all. They only way I could put her down for the first few months was in her chair. It straps the baby into it so they cant roll away. Also the breastfeeding pillow. Lifesaver. Not only was it great for feeding baby but my daughter didnt like to fall asleep or stay a sleep by herself so I would lie her in the pillow and she would sleep. It was like somebody was holding her and it gave her the comfort she needed and I was able to sleep! There is also snuggies you can carry the baby in it and do the work around the house or babys landry(cuz there will be lots lol). There are also the swaddling blanckets that I wished I had. My daughter use to kick out of every blanket that I wrapped her in but with this one there is a "pocket" to stick baby in and then wrap them in.

Stephanie - posted on 01/18/2010

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I never breastfed but loved the playtex Ventaire bottles. They were VERY nice. I personally loved the diaper genie because it definitely traps the scent. Depending on when you have your baby...those things that stretch over the carseat (sort of like a blanket) to keep the cold out are nice. I liked the mirror to put in the car because I always wanted to see my little guy in the back. We got a bunch of cloth diapers which I was VERY grateful for because our son threw up A LOT and they are large & thick. We found regular burp clothes to be pretty tiny. Swaddler was a definite necessity when our son was young. He slept sooooo soundly with that thing on. Ok just one final thing. We had one of those light/sound things to attach to the crib.

Jamie - posted on 01/18/2010

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I used traditional bottles and liked them just fine, although my sister is using playtex nursers and loves them, I think they probably do help keep a little more of the air out of the babies tummy and they are definitely more sanitary.



Make sure you have ALOT of receiving blankets, you will find that you use them for everything (burping, swaddling, cleaning up, etc..) and a boppy pillow, my sister uses one for my nephew and it is fantastic!

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