Setting up for your Amazon Baby Registry can be such a fun and exciting task, but it can also get incredibly overwhelming in the blink of an eye.
When I started my registry, I was so overwhelmed with all the baby stuff!
There’s cribs, swings, bottles, diaper bags, blankets, swaddlers, toys, diapers, sheets, burp cloths, high chairs, car seats, strollers, changing tables, pacifiers, mattresses, thermometers, thermometers, baby books, outlet covers, monitors…are you overwhelmed yet?
Seriously, how on earth can such a tiny human require so much stuff!?!
If you’re looking to buy a present for an expecting family, it can also be hard to know exactly what to get, especially if they don’t have a registry set up.
To help make your life a little easier, here is a list of my top 12 favorite baby items that I use, and recommend you add to your registry.
Before we get started, I have a little disclaimer for you.
Now that that’s out of the way, are you ready for my 12 favorite registry items?
1. Hands Free Bra*
A good hands free nursing/pumping bra is pretty much essential in my book. I fell in love with the “It’s Back! Classic Pump & Nurse Nursing Bra with built-in Hands-Free Pumping Bra and adjustable back clasp” (I know, long name…).
When I was in the NICU, the lactation consultants told me to make sure to wear bras with no underwire, and to get a hands free bra. They had suggested getting some cheap sports bras and cutting slits over the nipple part of the bra. I tried that…it did not work for me.
Not to get graphic or anything, but any time I wore the bra, I had some serious issues with my nips poking out of the hole, even when I used nursing pads. Thanks but that’s a hard no for me. Plus, all the cheap sports bras are the kind that you have to pull over your head, and who has the time for that? I much prefer clasp bras.
I had other nursing bras that weren’t hands free, but it’s kind of a pain to sit there holding these pump flanges to your chest, twiddling your thumbs, except you can’t even twiddle your thumb because your hands ate preoccupied holding flanges to your chest! It makes for a very boring 30 minutes, let me just say. Plus, if you move your hand just wrong, you lose suction or milk can dribble out…it’s just not fun.
Anyway, I had this bra on my registry but since Kaden came early and we didn’t get to have a baby shower, I decided to go ahead and spend the money and buy one for myself. I loved it instantly!
The Amazon page has pictures that will probably explain the set-up better, but basically, you can put the flange between these pieces of fabric (that don’t let your nips poke out willy nilly!) and it’s held securely against your breast, or the fabric is stretchy enough that you can pull it down completely and comfortably to nurse!
Win-win if you ask me.
I ended up ordering two of these babies before I realized I couldn’t continue breastfeeding and started to dry up.
While I was in the NICU, I didn’t have to think much about nursing pads, breastmilk bags, nipple cream, or really any products I’d need related to breastfeeding and pumping, because they provided me with everything I needed.
After Kaden was discharged and we came home, I realized, I needed to buy all this stuff on my own!
The cost of disposable nursing pads probably isn’t very expensive, but they’re usually bulky and not very comfortable. I mean, it’s a pad you put in your bra, after all.
I decided that investing in some washable and reusable nursing pads would be more cost-effective in the long run, and more comfortable.
Again, I had to give up breastfeeding sooner than I wanted to, but I was definitely right in the comfort aspect. The Bamboobies washable nursing pads are so stinking soft, and so easy to just throw in the washer and dryer. They’re also thinner than the traditional disposable nursing pad, and they can hold quite a bit of leakage!
I might have invested in some kind of a breastmilk saver, like the Milkies Milk-Saver Breast Milk Collector Storage*, but again…I had to dry up sooner than I wanted to, so I didn’t get to try those out. If you try them out, let me know what you think!
I wish I could be the perfect housewife and always have the dishes done, but that’s just not me. Enter, the baby bathtub!
Again, from my NICU days, when it was bath day, the nurses basically used a plastic tub with a sling draped across it. That way, the babies were cradled in the water and it was a lot easier to control them, versus a free, slippery, screaming (in some cases) baby.
When I went looking for a baby tub of my own, I knew I wanted something with a sling insert. This particular tub from The First Years has a removable sling, and can be used until baby is 25 pounds. It has little notches so you can set it in your sink, or you can put it in the tub, or even…I don’t know, the bathroom vanity/counter if you have a big enough space. There’s also a drainage hole with a cute little whale plug and a handy space for your shampoo, soap, wash rags, and other bath time necessities!
P.S. The tub also comes in pink!
I’m sure you’re already aware of this, but babies go through a lot of diapers.
If your baby is strictly on breastmilk, the diapers might not stink that bad, but my little guy is strictly on formula now and good gravy do those diapers smell awful! I didn’t want to stink up my house with dirty diapers festering in my kitchen trash can. I knew a diaper genie was a must for me.
I am so glad I have one! It’s so much easier to toss the diaper in and lock the smell away, then empty out the diaper genie once every so often, rather than run out to the garbage cans outside every time there is a poopy diaper.
Sure, running back and forth like that would get me more steps in for the day, but I have a 3 month old baby, and I’m exhausted enough as it is. Plus, it’s summertime in Oklahoma, which means you step outside and melt all over the sidewalk. I’m a wimp in the summer, so any excuse I can get to avoid being in the heat for more than a mad-dash to the car is great in my book.
If you don’t want the diaper genie, or you’re out and about with nowhere to toss a nasty diaper, have no fear, disposable diaper sacks are here!
These diaper sacks have a baby powder scent to them, and they’re awesome at locking away dirty diaper smell.
I imagine they could also double as puppy poop bags, and while I have not used them as such yet, I just might in the future if I’m out walking my pup and she decides to answer the call of nature on someone’s lawn.
In case you can’t tell…I’m not a fan of stinky.
6. Diaper Backpack*
A diaper bag is kind of like a woman’s purse or wallet. There are probably a billion different styles, and every woman has her own preference on what style is best.
I happen to really like backpack style diaper bags.
My husband and I bought a Fisher-Price diaper backpack. It has tabs to mark where to put the diapers and pacifier, an insulated pocket for bottles, an easy access wipes holder, and awesome little clip straps so you can clip the bag on to your stroller, or the arm of a hospital chair so it doesn’t have to be on the floor. There’s also a nifty little changing pad tucked away inside so you can have some kind of barrier between baby’s booty and whatever surface is your changing table for this particular diaper change.
If you bottle feed, you probably feel like you’re always standing at the sink washing bottle parts. If you’re like me and use Dr. Brown’s Bottles* because your Little has bad reflux, you’re probably sick of hand washing the (what feels like) millions of parts.
Enter, the Quick Load Dishwasher Basket! Just toss your dirty bottle pieces and dropped pacifiers in the basket, put it in the top rack of your dishwasher, and you’re good to go!
Just make sure you leave at least one bottle out and ready to use in case Baby wakes up starving and needs a bottle.
Before bed, I always make up 3-4 bottles and store them in the fridge so that when Kaden wakes me up in the middle of the night hungry, I don’t have to deal with measuring out the water and formula. I just grab a premade bottle from the fridge and toss it in my awesome Munchkin Digital Bottle Warmer.
What my husband and I love about this bottle warmer, is that it has a water reservoir that makes sure you’re using the right amount of water (yeay for less measuring!) to warm the bottle, and the digital timer remembers the last time you used, unless it gets unplugged. Since the bottles I make up at night are all the same amount, it’s so nice to just drop a bottle in, press “on” and then “start” without needing to measure out the water or tinker with how long to put the bottles in for. We pretty much have it figured out how long a bottle needs to go in for, depending on the ounceage (is that a word? Ounceage? Oh well, it’s my blog, I’m using it.) of said bottle.
I will warn you though, the one downside to this particular bottle warmer is that it can get nasty buildup if you don’t use filtered/distilled water. I don’t know how many of you use a Keurig, but you know how sometimes you have to descale the Keurig and get rid of the gunk? Yeah, this bottle warmer requires that too. My husband told me it’s not hard to do (I haven’t had to do it yet).
Kaden came home from the NICU with some serious reflux problems. He’s on medicine for his reflux, and if he sleeps flat, he’s constantly spitting up and gagging and dry heaving and it’s awful.
I got a Pack ‘N Play with a bassinet attachment from my mom, and it’s been great. We have our pack ‘n play angled up on the hearth of our fireplace so he can sleep when we’re in the living room, and we’re still abiding by our doctor’s safe sleep rules (we’ve talked with our pediatrician and she is content with his sleeping arrangements in his Pack ‘n Play. I suggest talking to your own pediatrician though, before doing the same thing with your Little. Each baby and situation is different).
The Pack ‘n Play is also awesome because it takes like 3 seconds to take down, and maybe like 10 seconds to put together. That means we can take it wherever we need to, without hauling around his massive crib, which very much so is not happening. His crib is huge; it’s not budging.
10. Baby K’Tan Carrier*
I have always loved the idea of babywearing. It’s so much easier than carrying around that incredibly heavy car seat (seriously the car seat weighs more than my kid, and it’s super awkward to carry around without hitting it on everything!) and it’s a lot more snuggly!
I have a beautiful woven wrap that I love and plan to use the heck out of, but not right now. Did I mention that it’s currently summertime in Oklahoma, which means it’s freaking hot? The wrap has way too much fabric for Kaden and me to be comfortable.
Enter, the Baby K’Tan Carrier! The particular model I have, is the Active* style, which is more breathable and is made of a moisture-wicking material. Let me tell you now, I love it so much. It’s so simple to get Kaden in and out of, he feels secure against me, and he sleeps great in it.
As I type this blog, listening to my Modern Instrumental Pandora Channel, I have Kaden snug as a bug in his K’Tan Carrier. My poor lovebug has his first cold, and all he wants is snuggles from his mommy. Well this mommy has stuff to do around the house and blogs to type, so babywearing for the win!
11. Glider Swing
I think more baby swings are starting to take the “glider” approach instead of the traditional swing style, which I like!
I like the glider style of swings, because they seem more “realistic” to me. I say “realistic”, meaning that it’s a movement I can do, and often do, while holding my baby. I can glide back and forth or front to back, but I don’t easily do all the dipping and up and down movements like a more traditional swing does. Plus, I’ve seen babies that don’t like the little fall with each swinging movement, and the glider doesn’t have that little drop.
12. Video Baby Monitor*
My husband and I knew we wanted a baby monitor that came with a video option, as I think most parents do these days.
My sister actually recommended this specific baby monitor to us after she and her husband bought it for my niece. They liked the fact that it does not require WiFi, so it can’t be hacked in to that way.
You can also control the camera using the handheld monitor to rotate the camera or zoom in and out, or to talk back to your baby, or to change or turn off the light on the camera. The monitor will also display the temperature in the corner, which is a neat feature, so you know your baby isn’t in a room that’s become too hot or too cold.
Another little perk I like about this monitor is that while the video will “time out” after so long and the screen will go black, you can tap on the “video” button to wake it back up. The audio will stay on the entire time though, and this monitor has a good reach! If my son is napping in the living room and I sneak away to my computer, I can sometimes hear my music or keyboard strokes coming through the monitor!
Plus, the monitor has a nice little kickstand so I can set it on my desk and watch Kaden easier.
Hopefully my list of things I love and use(d) every day will help you in setting up your registry, or purchasing baby stuff for a loved one.
My last recommendation, is that you make sure you have Amazon Prime*. The free two-day shipping has been a godsend for me when I realize I don’t have everything I need for Kaden.
If you don’t already have a Prime account, you’d better hurry and sign up, because Prime Day starts July 16th at 2pm CST, and I’d hate for you to miss out on all the deals they’ll be offering!