What To Register For

We know that some people (in our lives at least) don’t like to buy off of registries. The boxes of un-needed and un-wanted home goods we donated right after our wedding is testament to that. We also watched my sister-in-law receive duplicates and triplicates of baby stuff she already owned at her baby showers. Everyone wants to give that special blanket that becomes “blankie”. However, our hope is that if we give our baby shower guests enough option, most will be able to find something on our list that feels personal for them to give.

We looked at endless online lists of what you need for baby, asked friends for their favourite items, and tried to think ahead to what we would need in our house in particular. Once we were happy with our first attempt at a registry, we sent it around to our friends and family who recently had babies and asked them to give us feedback. What we ended up with is below.

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We also threw a baby gate and a bumbo floor seat on the list, but I didn’t know what category to stick them in. I hope this list can be helpful to anyone looking to create or pad their registry! Here’s to not getting a lot of crap we don’t need, and getting all the useful crap we really want!

13 thoughts on “What To Register For”

  1. That looks like a good list! The only thing I would add is one of those reclining, bouncy seats for little babies. It’s nice to have the baby up at an incline so they can see around a little bit instead of always flat on their back.

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  2. I think you have a great list. I second what kayrosey said–a bouncer seat was a must-have lifesaver for us. We bought it when she was about 3 mos old, and I wished I’d done it sooner. We had the Fisher Price Deluxe Monkey Bouncer and C freaking LOVED it. Also, based on my personal experience, I recommend having a few different styles of pacifiers. C refused to take the hospital style ones, and one night we tried (no joke) 8 different kinds of pacifiers out of sheer desperation until we found one that she liked. Then I bought a half dozen of them. LOL Also on bottles… you may have already thought of this, but make sure your bottle warmer is also compatible with other kinds of bottles just in case the baby ends up hating (or struggling with) Dr Brown’s. I feel like we never have enough wash cloths–and make sure the ones you pick are good, decent sized ones and not the cheap sets that the baby stores sell. Some of those are AWFUL. (Same with the bath towels, actually. Beware.) My favorite are the Aden & Anais wash cloths.

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    1. Thanks! We have two bouncy seats that have been handed down to us but I was trying to pass them off on the grandparents because I didn’t want more clutter in the house. However, I have been getting this advice from a few people lately, and that in fact I might even want one on each floor of the house… So maybe we will keep them for now. Also thanks for the tip on the wash cloths. As long as people are buying the stuff for us, we might as well ask for the nice stuff!

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      1. Yeah, we had one on each floor of the house and it was really nice. It does seem like a lot of clutter, and I won’t lie I was happy when we packed away all of the giant baby stuff, but all those baby contraptions were totally worth it at the time. Plus, it’s all out for less than a year which is like no time at all in the long run!

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      1. My sister in law gave me a couple packs of cloths after her baby shower because she said she got several packs and didn’t need that many… She might regret giving us half of hers!

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  3. My sister is all about a “nursing cover” which I prefer to call nursing apron :). It makes the whole process so comfortable for her, and she can see baby while nursing in any situation. Don’t know if it would be up your alley, but thought I would mention it.

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  4. Sounds like a great list – very comprehensive! It’s so smart to ask for toys and books- I think people assume that you don’t want/need them, but you need them at least as much as the gazillion blankets and receiving blankets that you’ll inevitably receive!

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  5. Deffo a bouncer and loads of muslins! Also, I’d lose the just in case formula, too easy to grab in the middle of the night and damage your breastfeeding relationship! Plus, if you don’t need it it will go to waste 🙂

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