I spent a TON of time researching baby gear in my second trimester. I looked at blogs, read articles and perused friends, friends of friends and acquaintances registries looking for items they all had in common. Although I consulted with the husband on my picks, he pretty much deferred to me since I was doing the research. In all honesty neither of us have ever used this kind of gear before so it kind of felts like a guessing game when picking items to register for. In the end I am pretty pleased with what we chose. But honestly, who would have thought such a tiny little person would “need” SOOO much stuff?!
For the purposes of this post, let’s just take the baby basics/big ticket items off the table, okay? So diaper, wipes, stroller and car seat are “given” must have items for newborns. Given my research, to date, below is what I think we will need for Jellybean …
1 - Boppy Pillow – It is rare to find a baby registry that doesn’t have a boppy pillow on it. Most of my friends who have breastfed swear by it and say the pillow makes it so much easier to support the baby. I was fortunate enough to get a hand-me-over boppy from a friend. I purchased a new and crazy soft cover from Pottery Barn.
2 - Sophie Giraffe – This teether seems to be all the rage as of late. All the babies being strolled down the street have one sitting next to them. I swear it shows up on every Google search for “must have” baby items. While we can’t call the giraffe Sophie, because that is our dog’s name, we are now the proud owners of a “Sophie” giraffe teether.
3 - Thermometer - As a first time mom I’m confident I will be concerned Jellybean is sick. I expect this thermometer will help keep my mind at ease in the coming months.
4 - Swaddle Pod - I like that they have a zipper … place the baby in the pod and zip-her-up … no messing around with trying to do the traditional swaddle for bedtime.
5 - Soothie Pacifier – Have come highly recommended on blogs and from friends alike. We received a couple from some friends who just had a baby girl back in October. They said these pacifiers were a must!
6 - Receiving / Swaddle Blankets – It feels like this item is a given.
7 – Bouncing Chair - The bouncy chair seems to be interchangeable with a swing. My friend is kind enough to lend us her son’s swing so I registered for the bouncy chair. I figure we can put Jellybean in both and let her decide which she likes best.
8 – NoseFrida® Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator – New and veteran mommies alike rave about this product. I guess it is better than the “ball” nasal aspirators. At my friend’s shower a couple weeks ago a mom said she always gives the snotsucker as part of her shower gift. I figured it is certainly worth a try therefore we purchased one.
My plan is to update my must have list once Jellybean arrive and I actually start using these products. It should be interesting to see what I thought we needed versus what we actually need.
What baby gear/item do you wish you had registered for and/or purchased prior to bringing the little bundle of joy home from the hospital? What am I missing?