Building my baby registry was one of the most overwhelming tasks while I was pregnant. If you’re a new mom or spaced out second (third, fourth, or fifth) time mom you may be experiencing the same thing. Here are a few baby registry tips, I wish I knew while I was building my registry that I quickly learned after my baby was born.
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Say It With Me….Options
- Give yourself options when possible
Building a registry is all about options and I didn’t know that in the beginning. I thought I had to know what I wanted and what my baby needed right then and there but what most people don’t tell you is that you don’t know until you know. Some things you’ll never use, some things you’ll need two of. A lot of things will be trial and error with your tiny tot so it’s important to provide yourself with options galore.
I thought I knew for sure what brand of soap and lotion, I was going to use with JT. To my surprise, about a month after he was born, his sensitive skin began to reveal itself. I went through at least 5 different brands and just as many doctor visits before I found a brand that was actually compatible with his skin. There was no way I could have foreseen what type of soaps and lotions would irritate my baby’s skin or what would have the right ingredients to keep him moisturized and I could not find out until I tried different kinds. Babies have sensitive skin, some more than others. You may love Aveeno, but that does not mean your baby’s skin will. For this reason, I seriously recommend collecting samples and small bottles of soaps and lotions before your tiny tot is born to go through your own trial and error once they arrive (they only need little dots of soap anyway). Once you determine, the brand that works for them, then rack up. You can get samples for free from your OB, the store you register with, or included with another item you purchase. Stack ’em up and store ’em away. It will save you money and bathroom cabinet space. (JT’s dermatologist recommended The National Eczema Association for product sensitivity ratings and that’s how we decided on the Mustela Stelatopia Cleanser and Mustela Stelatopia Moisturizing Cream for him. It literally worked wonders for his skin and we still use it to this day.)
Similar to the lotions and soaps, you won’t know which brand of diapers and wipes you prefer until you start using them. On top of the possibility of your little bundle of love having sensitive skin, different brands may fit your baby better at different stages of his life (aka your baby may piss out of certain brands). My sister hates Luvs, because the only time my nephew pees out of his diaper he has on Luvs. JT on the other hand, peed out of many a Pamper or Huggy, when he was smaller, but does just fine with them now and never had an issue with Luvs. Who knows? I think every baby is bound to destroy a onesie or three with some poo or pee eventually, no matter the brand.
One final note about diapers:
When you get the variety of different diaper brands and sizes, leave as many as possible in the boxes and packaging. I know you want to nest and set up your nursery, but even if you have the right brand for your baby, you may have too many of the wrong size. You won’t know how fast your baby is going to grow until she is here so keep them in the boxes in case you need to exchange them when you find you don’t actually need 8 boxes of size 1 diapers. You also won’t know what size your baby will be when he or she starts being on the move and mover diapers will fit better (They actually work! I thought they were a scam until JT switched over.)
For all my breastfeeding mamas:
Keeping It Clean
4. Don’t be afraid to go a little wash cloth crazy. After some time your baby will add baths onto his/her everyday schedule and if you’re super anal like me, you might want to use a different rag for his face and his body and a new rag everyday. You can also use rags to wipe off their gums and tongues for early oral care. Anddd you can wet and freeze rags in ziplock bags for your bambino to suck on when they’re teething (literal lifesaver). Bottom line, you can hardly have too many wash rags even though they’re not usually a big highlight for registries. They’re itty bitty so they don’t take up too much space and you’ll be able throw out the old and tattered ones when they get ratty.
And don’t forget the cotton balls…
In the hospital, they will probably show you how to bathe your little bundle of love and they will most likely use cotton balls to clean his face and ears. For the first 3-4 months, I used cotton balls to freshen up JT’s face, ears, and neck among other rolls (everybody wants a chubby baby, nobody wants to keep his rolls clean). They made my life and the cleaning process so much easier. All you’ll probably need is one big bag of cotton balls so you don’t have to put it on the registry, but they’ll definitely come in handy to have in stock.