It’s amazing how many fun and useful things have been added to the world of Baby Registry in the short 3 years since I registered for things Cohen. The first go-round, I decided to forgo the countless lists of registry must-haves online and ask my best friends who have kids for help. They knew exactly what I’d need and what the other lists would have on them, but I’d never use. If you’re registering for your first pregnancy, I suggest doing the same thing. Your friends know you better than anyone and they’ll know not only what was a true necessity for them, but things you’ll actually put to good use.
I wasn’t going to have a Baby Shower for my second pregnancy. But, my BFF is a ridic party planner and looks for any and every reason to throw together a fun shindig, and she’s not one to take no for an answer, so Baby Shower for #2 is happening. Besides, I’ve spent the majority of my pregnancy in sweats and laying around the house, so I figured a little time out with my girlfriends doting on me in a cute dress may be fun! I also wasn’t going to put together a formal registry…but then I got to thinking that when you’re invited to something, especially something like Baby Shower where gifts are given more on a ‘necessity’ basis than just fun, I’d go ahead and throw a short list together. ((And admit it, opening gifts is fun – even when it’s a breast pump)).
We received the TRUE necessities when I registered for my first pregnancy with Cohen and because we’re having another boy, which really cut the list down because I don’t have to have new things based on gender color, which I told myself I wouldn’t do if in fact we found out we were having a girl, but of course I would anyway. So this list is just the basics – things that are either new in the world of baby must-haves and things that either get worn out or destroyed with the first kid (i.e. ANYTHING white that you ditched because all of the spit up and poop stains aren’t a good look).
So here’s my list of ‘Round 2 Baby Essentials’:
1) Fisher Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper
This isn’t really a ‘necessity’ per say, but definitely HIGHLY recommended! We received one of these with Cohen – and when I opened it, knowing I had never seen one before and that I definitely didn’t register for it, I figured it would go in the ‘thanks for the gift, it’s still in the box, in the closet’ pile. However, this thing was a LIFESAVER. Cohen lived in this thing from the night we brought him home until he finally outgrew it. It was awesome to have it beside the bed at night when I was breastfeeding and I drug it all over the house for nap time, or just for him to hang out in. It’s lightweight and folds up for easy travel. We still have the first one, but that was one of the first models and they’ve improved a few things, so the old one is being sent to Grammy’s house and we’re registering for a brand spanking new one for home. Seriously, if this is your 1st, 2nd or 10th (God bless you), register for one of these…and thank me later.
2) Breastfeeding Supplies
I’m crossing my fingers that breastfeeding this time around goes as smoothly for me as it did before. I decided to breastfeed and pump a few times a day so that the Hubs could handle a few feedings and give me time to rest. This time I’ll have a 3yo running around, so this is definitely the plan again. Because of repeatedly cleaning and steaming or because of the oils in breast milk, some of my storage containers from before needed to be replaced. Besides, this is something you can never really have too much of (especially if you’re planning on freezing some).
Even if you saved bottles from your first pregnancy, in going through all of the things I had boxed up to use for my next pregnancy, I realized that although they had all been steamed and sterilized, the oils from breast milk had left a weird residue on some of them. Plus, I used the Dr. Brown’s bottles because they reduced colic, and because there are a few separate pieces to each bottle (some of which got lost in the shuffle), I only had a few complete ‘sets’.
4) Bottle Steam Sterilizer
If they had these genius inventions when Cohen was a baby, I don’t remember them. I used to soak all of his bottles in a sink full of hot water, but that didn’t save me from having to individually scrub each one by hand. The thought of just putting all of the bottles and their included odds and ends in one thing and just being able to ‘set it and forget it’ is awesome.
5) Bottle Brushes
Even if you have a bottle sterilizer like I just mentioned, you’ll still need to ‘quick clean’ a million bottles a day, so you’ll need a ton of these.
6) Meslin Swaddle Blankets
When I had Cohen, the swaddle wraps were all the rage. I got a ton of them and they seemed like a good idea in theory, until the 5th night in a row that my swaddled baby wriggled an arm or leg out of it. Sometimes I’d go in and he was out of the entire thing. Plus, you needed different sizes as the baby grows. So this time around, we’re going with the ultra-soft and lightweight meslin swaddle blankets. These are really big and can be doubled up for smaller babies, so they’ll grow with your baby. Plus, the lightweight fabric is really breathable and super easy to work into the swaddle style.
7) Infinity Nursing Scarf
This may be my new favorite thing. When I had Cohen I had this apron-like nursing cover that I used mayyyyybe once, but wasn’t terribly soft and just seemed bulky and awkward. So when I saw a girlfriend open one of these at her baby shower, I knew I had to register for one as well! The best part is they can be used for a nursing cover, car seat cover, stroller cover, or even a swaddle blanket – ALL IN ONE! Plus, they’re SUPER soft and fashionable…W-I-N-N-I-N-G!
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8) Milkies Milk Saver
This. Is. Brilliant. I was a breast milk making CHAMP my first time around (and praying it’s the same way this time!), but I never really gave thought to all of the milk filling up a breast pad. This was another new thing I saw gifted at a friend’s baby shower and knew I had to register for as well. You just put one of these babies into the non-nursing side of your bra when you breastfeed and it collects the milk from that breast that is usually wasted when your milk lets down. I’ve read the reviews and some moms say that they’ve gotten an entire feeding in a day from the leaked milk that they’re able to use from the Milk Saver. Again – brilliant.
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9) Bathtime Stuff
We all know baby’s are little puke and poop CHAMPS, so they require a lot of getting clean. I always seemed to never have enough hooded towels and washcloths, and most of them are made from pretty thin fabric (which became shredded and not worth keeping for another baby), so you won’t regret registering for new ones. It’s also a good idea (especially if your first child(ren) is younger and still using baby shampoo/conditioner/wash) to register for that since you really can’t ever have enough and it’s sure to be put to good use.
10) Diapers & Wipes
There’s no need to explain why you’ll need NEW diapers and wipes for your 2nd pregnancy. Just register for them…and A LOT of them. Size 1 and 2 diapers are used the most, and newborn diapers are quickly outgrown, so make sure that 1s and 2s are high in quantity on your list. Also, remember that you can exchange unopened boxes for different sizes at most stores.
So, welcome the idea that your fun-loving friends have for showering you a second time and put together a registry! There are a million things out there to make your life as a mommy easier, these are just a few of mine. We’re all in this together, so make sure to comment with your favorites!!