Baby Registry Thread!
Great idea! There is so much "stuff" that DH and I looked at, but I was like "I don't think we really need that." For my twins, I am thinking, cribs, dressers, changing table, car seats, double stroller, baby monitor, sleep sacks, sheets, crib mattresses, cloth diapers, diaper pail, and high chairs. My sister already purchased me a double breast feeding pillow and I have getting a scad of second hand clothes coming my way that I need to sort into NB, 0-3, 3-6, 6-9, and 9-12 to make sure I have sufficient clothing for them.
Anything else that would be considered "vital" that I haven't listed?
Lilac, I would suggestion a swing! Only one of my babies didn't like their swing. I am big on baby wearing, but it sure is nice to have a place to put the baby when Mama needs some alone time!
Here is my wish list. This is for baby number 4.
Yep, it's mostly baby carriers and cloth diapers. Everything else I have been slowly collecting from thrift stores.
Babies grow so fast! I can't bring myself to buy much "brand new" :)
Well, if I find out its a boy, I'm going to the thift shop and going nuts on sweet baby boy numbers. If its a gorl, I will spend some time sorting. But Lilac, I'd second Owl- swings and/or bouncy chairs are really nice when you need them. My DD wouldn't let herself be put down, mostly, but when she did it was to the swing. I imagine with two you are going to need a minute or so of two hands sometimes! I'm not expecting a shower or anything this time- is that usually only for a first baby? But, all of our parents are divorced, and all but one are remarried, and we have the only grandkids on both sides, so far- so, we never want for gifts and visitors bearing diapers, outfits, etc. Plus my dad's wife owns a preschool, so any equipment we need she can almost always find from a parent whose kids are outgrown it. I honestly don't think I have bought a single thing so far (oh, except for organic cotton and rubber crib and bassinet mattresses), which is a huge blessing, but it would be fun to pick stuff myself sometimes!
First off, I need baby clothes. I haven't picked any out online, because I like to buy clothes in person.
We also need to buy some more seats for our Suburban, so it will seat ten.
On my Etsy shopping list:
- A water ring sling for taking the baby in the shower Already bought
- A gauze woven wrap. I know this one is sold, but I'm hoping she'll get more of that fabric.
- A cute onesie (ok, just one)
- A cute little doll with the baby's birth announcement embroidered on it (so I'll have to order that after the birth)
- A grey background, a coral cheesecloth, and some cute "monthly" stickers for baby photos
On my Amazon wish list:
- A convertible car seat, because I don't want to carry around 15 lbs. worth of plastic baby bucket all over the place.
- A stroller, even though I really doubt I'll use it much. With my other babies, I only used my stroller when walking around the neighborhood, and I plan to use my wrap for that. But DH insists we need it.
- A really cool Pack 'n' Play, with an infant napper, a changing table, a bassinet, storage shelves, and speakers so you can plug in your phone and play music for the baby. All completely unnecessary, but I want it! I've never had any of it except the bassinet before.
- Little things like baby soap and diaper rash cream
- A diaper genie, which I've never had before.
- A diaper genie portable dispenser with plastic bags for disposing of diapers on the go. Never had one of these before, but it's under $4, and sounds cool.
- A baby gate. The kind with a door in it, so my older kids won't climb over it, because they're always wrecking baby gates by climbing over them.
- Some things for myself for the birth, like a birth ball, a nightgown to wear instead of the hospital gown, and tank tops for easy nursing after.
I'm making more of a shopping list also since I don't expect a shower, but I made an Amazon wishlist in case anyone says they want to get us something :)
-crib (as much as I support co-sleeping and want to do it, I never slept very well with my DD in my bed. I woke up every time she even slightly shifted so for my sake we need a crib)
-car seats (I want this one: http://www.amazon.com/Diono-Radian-Convertible-Seat-Shadow/dp/B005MQRAAK/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=YBYQ0KAZ226M&coliid=I3DT3QBAAXR3J1 I'm thinking it will actually be narrow enough to fit in my current car with a booster seat plus my DD...I really don't want to buy a new car since mine is paid off!)
-clothes (I'm making some and will hit up thrift stores for the rest)
-cloth diapers (making these-I have enough material to make diapers for quadruplets!)
-burp cloths and blankets and swaddlers...all that stuff
-baby scale of some kind...we're UCing so I want to be able to weigh the baby after birth
I really want to get a pack n' play with the changer and napper. Our house is two stories with all the bedrooms on the second level and I really don't want to be going up and down the stairs 20 times a day with the baby. And, we'll need somewhere for baby to sleep when we travel. As it is right now, when we visit family we barely have a place to sleep ourselves (literally-my mom has this horribly uncomfortable full size bed...DP is 6'2" and weighs 250lbs, that bed is almost too small for just him! His parents have a futon...) So, a couple valid reasons, but DP thinks it's pointless and doesn't think we need it and that'll be a waste of money (from the guy who probably spends at least twice the cost of one on coffee and eating out each month!) Actually, we got in an argument about this last night....him saying we don't really "need" it. I said we really don't "need" anything except some clothes, diapers, and a car seat. Everything else is really falls in the "nice to have" category. I'll win in the end ;)
I think I probably want to have a bouncer or swing too, not sure which.
Another thing on the want side is a glider rocker but that will probably only get one if one of the granparents buys it or I find it at a thrift store.
I think that's about it for now. Maybe reading and looking at some other lists will remind me of something else I "need", lol!
I loved my Bright Starts portable/table top swing- so quiet and folds up too. I don't like the amount of space the big swings take up, plus I could put that one on the dining table while I cooked. I hate the new bouncers, they are noisy! I have an old-school one where the baby can bounce itself, no batteries. It's small and perfect to put baby in while I'm in the shower and can peek out of the curtain to see him. I got mine for $5 at a garage sale.
I let grandparents get pack n plays to keep at their house; they're cheap used on craigslist or even not too bad new.
We have a radian convertible carseat and it's great. It's really tall so rear-facing it's a bit in the way of other kids who have to climb under it to get to their seats in our van, but it really lasts until they move to a booster because they are so tall. They don't have a tall base though so once it's forward facing it's easy for kids to climb into it themselves.
Since we gave everything away after Devon, I've been collecting things here and there since I found out I was pregnant. So I've accumulated diaper covers, a cosleeper bed, and enough 0-6 mo clothes, blankets. I still need a few things:
newborn cloth diapers (I buy extra so I have them as burp clothes too)
6 mo clothes (he'll be in those by 3 mos!)
umbrella type stroller, still undecided about what to get...hoping maybe my mom will get that for us!
Michelle, I like that pack n play...I added it to my wishlist in case someone wants to buy it for me :) DP still says he doesn't see the point in getting one-he said we can just change the baby on the floor....I think he's in for a rude awakening, lol! I hated doing that when my DD was a baby and I was only 20! We're both in our 30's now and he's had a really messed up back since he was in a car accident a few months ago.He said he doesn't care if we get one but he won't use...Yeah, I'll let you know how long that lasts, lol!
I was perusing Craigslist yesterday and found a lot of nice looking cribs with mattresses for around $100-150 and pack n' plays for $20 and up. This kind of eases some of my stress at the thought of having to buy everything for baby. The only thing I insist on buying brand new is a car seat (I just don't trust buying one from a complete stranger.) But that's something we can probably get the grandparents to buy.
Jenny, nice to hear a review from a "real" person on the car seat :) I have a Suzuki SX4 which is a fairly small car. The car seat will probably end up being in the middle and the older girls will have to sit on either side (plus, I think they'll fight about who gets sit next to baby if not!) The biggest issue we're looking at is that the younger one still has a few years in a booster and I'm not sure if a booster and car seat will fit in my back seat.
Here's my registry: http://www.amazon.com/registry/baby/ZGW4OCEKYZV3
Is it awful I'm hoping someone throws me a sprinkle? I've thrown several for second babies and this is my fourth and I've never had anything after my initial baby shower my first pregnancy.
I'm trying to decide if I'd rather have a video monitor or a movement monitor. My baby's are always crummy sleepers and I'm tempted to get the movement monitor so I can let the baby sleep on her tummy...
I've got mostly baby carriers and cloth diapers in mine. Also a carseat (took me hours of research to figure out what might work with my little car) and a pack and play thing for a safe place to stash the baby if needed. I don't expect to need much stuff. My dad, who does a lot of woodworking, may make me a sidecar type crib, but if that doesn't come through I can get something on Craigslist or just straight-up bedshare. My mom has gone on a massive garage sale binge since we found out the gender, and she says she's collected enough clothes that my baby will need to change outfits several times a day for the first few months lol. I do hope someone will throw me a shower though, since I don't have much of anything and the things I do need are going to be a bit expensive.
yep, thats my experience with showers, too. you don't get really useful or expensive things, you get huge amounts of cute outfits and even more bibs. Now...carseats! Shoot! We had a hand-me-down infant one, but I am SURE its out of date, and I don't want to use it. My 2 year old is 30lbs, so I am wondering if we could move her into a booster and put the new baby in her better carseat, but maybe thats not a good idea for her. hmm. I can only imagine how much mess two carseats can generate!