Making a baby registry is a total pain in the ass. There are so many varying opinions about what you really need and don't need - it's just confusing. Also, babies are different. One baby loves a swing, the next baby hates it. It's really hard to tell what you are going to need - especially when you are a first time mom.
We thought long and hard about a few thing all moms could use. At least you'll have some basics to build your list around.
1. Onesie 3-Packs, $9.99
I firmly stand behind my "don't register for baby clothes" rule, except when it comes to these onesies. You go through so many of these with a new baby, it's great to have a bunch of cheap, comfortable ones. The Gerber or Carter's three packs are great and affordable.
2. Muslin Swaddle Blanket 4-Pack, $49.95
Some parents swaddle, some don't - but these wraps are great either way. The fabric is light and they're easy to bunch up and throw in your purse. Good for pediatric appointments (it's always freezing in the doc's office) and also as a sunshade over your stroller.
3. Bouncer Seat/ Swing/ Somewhere To Put The Baby, $25
There will come a time when it will occur to you that you need somewhere to put the baby down. It's impossible to hold a baby 24-hours a day, and you probably won't always want to resort to a crib. A bouncer, a swing - somewhere you can strap your baby in and rest assured they are comfortable is a necessity.
4. Fitted Crib Sheets, $12.99
Forego the fancy bedding sets. All you really need is a bunch of fitted crib sheets. Your child will probably be wetting through a diaper on some occasions - best to have a stash available so you don't have to worry about laundry all the time.
5. Insulated Bottle Bag, $14.99
Whether you breastfeed or bottle feed, you will almost certainly have situations where you are transporting milk. These insulated bags are great.
6. Diaper Genie, $19.99
This is one of those items that people sometimes insist is not necessary - but I still go with a firm "yes." Yes, you want the Diaper Genie. It's nice to a have a place that contains the god-awful smell that you will be shocked your beautiful bundle of joy can produce.
7. Diaper Bag/ Organizer, $44
This is another item that people either love or hate. Personally, I think diaper bags are generally too large and ugly. I always ended up shoving the few items I needed into my purse. Which is why I really wish I had known about something called the Quint Carryall earlier. I was sent one last week as a sample - and it's a revelation. It's small, has several pockets for holding bottle and such, and makes it easy to find stuff in your purse if you decide against a diaper bag. It's a little pricey, but if you hate lugging a diaper bag around like I do, it's worth it.
8. Cloth Diapers, $12
Cloth diapers double as the best burp cloths around, so even if you plan on using disposable diapers, register for some of these.
9. Baby Carrier, $50
You don't have to wear your baby every day or consider yourself a "baby wearer" to need one of these. These are great for any situation where you may want to be hands free. Carriers are great when you are at the mall, at outdoor events that are a little crowded - and they are even great to use around the house to get your baby to sleep. Babies plus carrier equals nap time.
10. Breastfeeding Pillow, $29
Some people think they are a waste of money, but I loved my Boppy. There are plenty of other brands out there, but the Boppy still lives on our couch and I'm not even breastfeeding anymore. It's great for sitting on when you get home from the hospital, obviously great for breastfeeding, and your older children will probably love lounging on it.