The scoop on everything you really need to keep baby happy + healthy—and everything you don’t.
A mobile walker.
walkers usually look like a table on wheels that baby sits inside. Babes
who spend too much time cruising around in mobile walkers learn to crawl and
walk slower than other children.
Plus, walkers on wheels pose serious
dangers to your little one's safety. In fact, the AAP has even
recommended a ban on mobile walkers.
Trust me, baby will be mobile before
you know it—and there's no need to hurry things along!
A breastfeeding cover.
news! It is 2016 and breastfeeding is something no mama needs to hide!
Breastfeeding covers only seem to get in the way. Plus, they don't allow easy
eye contact between you and your darling babe.
In the U.S., 49 states legally
protect a mother's right to breastfeed in public (get on the ball, Idaho!).
is a challenging and brag-worthy accomplishment, and something to feel proud of.
The first time you accidentally leave your nursing cover at home, you will feel
such sweet freedom, you may never look back.
A glider and ottoman.
glider may be a nice addition to baby's nursery, but it is by no means a
necessity. You probably won't use it as much as you think, especially if you
already have a go-to seat in the house.
Plus, in your sleep deprived state, you
may begin to rely a little too much on the glider as a means of rocking baby to
may hinder baby from learning to fall asleep independently at bedtime.
A comfy-cozy baby carrier.
you are wondering how you might care for your baby while doing laundry, washing
dishes, grocery shopping, or answering e-mails, you may want to invest in a
second set of arms. If those are out of stock, a baby carrier or wrap may be a
Choose one that is comfortable for both you and your little
one. I love the ErgoBaby because it can support children up to 33 pounds while
evenly distributing the weight for maximum comfort (and snuggles)! Plus, the
360 offers four possible carrying positions, including an ergonomic
For a newborn, I also like the Moby Wrap, which offers a womb-like experience
for your babe (but doesn't feel quite as supportive or comfortable as baby gets
So, what are the top 5 registry items I've discovered I could have lived without?
A fancy high chair.
high chairs offer a cushy experience for baby. But, padding can make high chairs annoyingly difficult to clean.
Plus, a simple high chair that slides right up to the dining
table may encourage more interaction at mealtimes, facilitating
language development and healthy eating.
For an easy-to-clean (and dirt
cheap) solution, I love the Antilop chair
might be shocked at the number of these things you receive at your baby shower.
If you run out of uses, cut them into smaller squares and use them as wash
cloths for baby's messy eating habits.
A straightjacket…err, swaddle.
Swaddles aren't for every baby, just like coffee isn't for
every new mama. Some babes might resist at the beginning, but many will
ultimately succumb to the magic of the swaddle.
Research shows that swaddling
your babe can improve
sleep quality and possibly reduce the risk of SIDS. Plus, swaddling soothes baby by
mimicking the close confines of the womb and prevents that pesky startle
So, which swaddles are best for keeping your little Houdini bundled
up tight? If you have a true escape artist on your hands, I highly recommend
Blanket (otherwise known as the gift of sleep) and the Halo
With a few of these on your baby registry, you may just
get enough sleep in that first month with your newborn to write those baby
shower thank you cards.
I am the first to admit it: There are a few downsides of
Peeing every 15 minutes, sleeping (or not sleeping) on your back,
and the insatiable craving for chocolate ?.
When these annoyances start
to get you down, spend a little time pondering one of the best upsides of
pregnancy—your baby registry!
It can be fun to create a dream list of every
possible gadget baby might need until college graduation. (And if you ask your
nearest baby boutique, they will tell you it's completely necessary, too!)
Of course, there are a few things you really
need to ensure that baby is happy + healthy—and a few you don't.
In my experience as both a SAHM and working mom, these are the top 5 baby registry items that I have found to be indispensable for keeping baby (and mama) calm and content.
A fun-ctional diaper bag.
it is a comfortable backpack
or a coveted designer
baby bag, you will want a convenient storage option for all of baby's
on-the-go gear. There are countless options out there.
How do you begin your
search? First, make sure it is something your partner would be willing to
sport. I love the gender-neutral stripes and hidden bottle pockets on the Skip
Hop Duo in French Stripe.
Most importantly, opt for a moderate-size bag.
With a newborn, it doesn't matter how oversized the bag, you will inevitably
fill it to the brim with baby “essentials"...you know, like four extra pairs of
baby socks, 7 pacifiers, and a baby swimsuit for any spontaneous November swimming
escapades. For a lighter option, I love the Ju-Ju-Be Be Light.
A high-quality video monitor.
Modern baby monitors are a far cry from the old one-way
walkie talkies of yesteryear. These days, some of the coolest monitors
offer 1080p streaming video on your Smartphone, among a plethora of other
Especially for nervous new mamas, a video monitor will provide
reassurance whenever you think you hear baby making even the slightest peep…or (gasp)
not making enough noise.
It may even score you a few extra zzz's if you don't
need to leave your bed to check on baby.
A quality video monitor will provide different
benefits throughout infancy and childhood, including when baby is going through
a dreaded sleep regression, learning to stand in the crib, and transitioning to
A top-notch stroller.
I'm not saying that you need to invest in the most expensive or prestigious
make. (But, if you are looking to cash in your IRA, Bugaboo is just the
beginning…There is even a new limited edition Mamas & Papas Urbo²
in rose gold!)
If you are looking for features to make your new life as a mama
just a little easier (without the blingy price tag), there are several fabulous
strollers I recommend. The Uppababy
Vista is reversible, comes with a bassinet, has a huge canopy and storage
basket, can be folded with the seat attached, and converts to a double—a true
selling point for cost-conscious mamas considering a second bundle of joy in
For lightweight options under $300, I like the Britax
B-Agile and Baby
Jogger City Mini.
This handy comparison
chart from BabyGearLab highlights the best features of this year's
strollers to help you find the perfect wheels for your babe.