My Complete Baby Registry
Registering for a wedding can be overwhelming; but the stress is like “what plates do I want.” Registering for a baby is no joke. Babies need so many things, and if you are a first time mom you most likely have no idea what those things are. 🙂
The issue is you then start asking people their opinion 😉 I switched the infant carseat on my registry like six times. And the problem is what works for some doesn’t work for others. So all of the suggestions can either be super helpful or really overwhelming!
So below is my complete baby registry! Not to give you my opinion or anything. 😉 I honestly have no idea if what I picked will need to be changed once the little guy gets here. But I’ve done my research and asked a bunch of people, and this is what I came up with that best fits my personal style and city-esqe lifestyle. I also included my guidelines for making the baby registry process as fun and stress free as possible! *and note! I added in some commentary for items I wouldn’t recommend now that I’ve tried them.
1. Research a good checklist to get you started. I stalked this one by Lauren Conrad.
2. Start you registry on Babylist.com. That way you can pull items from anywhere you want!
3. Keep your registry private and just start adding things. Add multiples of certain items if you aren’t sure, you can always delete.
4. Research the things that are most important to you. It could be “best bpa-free bottles” or “best high chair for an apartment,” just don’t kill yourself researching every little thing unless that’s something you’re totally into.
5. Ask your friends! Just keep in mind that what works for some won’t work for others. I tried to stick to the friends of mine that have the most similar style/lifestyle to makes things a bit easier.
6. When in doubt, you can just return it and buy something else! NBD.
I chose the Restoration Hardware Jameson Conversion crib that converts into a toddler bed and later into a twin bed. I’m obsessed with the style, and the little guy will get his use out of this one.
People swear by the Halo Bassinet and that’s what I went with! To be able to swivel him over me and lift him out easily without having to physically get up will be so nice. 🙂 *Luca didn’t like this initially. We had him sleeping in the Rock’n Play which then got recalled. Oops. But after about two months we transitioned him into the Halo and it was great until his crib! I
My bedding also came from Restoration Hardware. This included crib skirt, sheets, and a quilt. I also added a few swaddle blanket options like this from Aden + Anais swaddling cloths.
Hamper and Storage Bins.
I went with the Rutherford matching hamper and storage bin set.
The Ubbi Diaper Pail is really sleek looking. I got it in white from Pottery Barn.
Ever stalk a mom on the street to see what stroller she was pushing? I ended up choosing the Uppa Baby Vista with leather detailing because it’s just so gorgeous. Again, I personally justified splurging more on the items that I (or our caregivers) will be using every day for years. I also went with the Mountain Buggy Nano Stroller for a lighter travel stroller when he’s a bit bigger. *LOVE my Uppa Baby. Worth every penny. Don’t love the Mountain Buggy Nano. I am getting something else for baby number two!
This was one of the hardest things for me to settle on. I ended up biting the bullet and putting the Nuna PIPA Lite LX infant carseat and base on my registry and now I am so glad I did. It’s really expensive for a car seat (especially one he will grow out of), but it is SO light! And I needed something I can easily lift and carry. It’s also really safe, and easy to install in your car. *So this car seat is light until you put a baby in it, and then it’s heavy just like the rest of them! It also doesn’t come with slots to slide a car seatbelt through so you always need to use the base. So I can’t just put it in an Uber. I would recommend a cheaper, but still very safe carseat. Not sure this was worth the money.
7am seems to the the brand that everyone has on the streets of NYC. I am going with Le Sac Igloo for the carseat and stroller, and Polar Warm Muffs for my hands. 🙂 *NEED! Especially if you are in the city and walk everywhere. Love this brand.
Baby Carrier or Wrap
I picked the Ergo Baby after lots of people told me they loved it. I don’t have a wrap yet and would love suggestions! *This is too big for me! It literally takes up my whole body. For Lou it’s great. I am going to go with the smaller/simpler Ergo Baby next time!
I don’t have a ton of space (apartment life) so there was going to either be a bouncer or a swing. Not both. I chose the Skip Hop Uplift Multi-Level Bouncer because I can raise it to be higher or lower. That way when I am working on the computer I can raise it up to my height and hang with him while I type. 🙂 *This was my biggest regret! Don’t pick this one. It’s SO heavy. So you can’t easily move it around which is kind of the point. The ability to bring it up and down is also kind of useless in my opinion.
Play Mat/Activity Gym
I love this one from Pottery Barn! It’s so sweet. I also registered for the DockATot that I am super excited about. It’s a spot for him to lounge safely, and also comes with a toy arch option! *The play mat matched my apartment beautifully, but I am not sure how much stimulation it actually provided haha. I’d probably pick something else! DockATot is totally worth it,
Why are diaper bags the worst? I got two Totesavvy inserts (one regular size and one mini) that will turn my Louis Vuitton Never Full bag into a diaper bag. It will be perfect for when I want to run out and still look cute. I also registered for this Freshly Picked backpack which will be easy to carry when I am running errands and also need to push a stroller. *Obsessed with my Totesavvy! Use it way more often than my Freshly Picked backpack.
Dr. Brown’s bottles are supposed to be amazing, but anyone that I talked to said they are so annoying to clean! I ended up adding the Avent glass bottles and I’ll see how they work out. I also added the Boon Lawn and Twig drying rack set.
I picked the Natursutten pacifiers because they are made from 100 percent natural rubber, and are free from any harmful chemicals. I also added these ChewBeads that are also BPA free. *We ended up getting the Mam pacifiers which he liked way better. Still BPA-free. I’d have a few options!
I always recommend that Stokke Tripp Trapp chair to my clients (I’m a speech pathologist!), so this was an easy one for me to pick. What I’ve learned from my feeding trainings and from working with OT’s is that it is so important for the baby/child to have proper ergonomic support while eating. This includes their feet being supported and their body alignment being at a 90 degree angle. What I also love about this chair is that the foot rest is adjustable so it grows with your child! Plus it will line up perfectly with my white bar stool. 🙂 *LOVE everything about this highchair!
If you plan on breastfeeding, get your pump through your insurance for free! Then I registered for the Kiinde Breast Milk Storage Twist Gift Set to get me started.
I started with the Puj Infant Tub because it’s small and collapses flat (which is easy to store!), but ended up switching to the Boon “Soak” 3-Stage Bathtub which has a color changing temperature gauge that I like and he will be able to use for much longer.
There are so many cute ones out there, pick what you like! I registered for these from Aden + Anais.
I went with the Nest Camera that I will be able to sync to our phones and iPad. That way I can keep an eye on him if I am in any room in my apartment, or make sure he’s happy while I’m at work. 🙂 *Ended up using this as our “nanny cam” and bought the Infant Optics monitor which we love! It actually works.
I like the sleek look of this Crane cool mist humidifier.
The two sound machines that people recommend were by Hatch and Marpac. I might end up getting both (please sleep baby, I beg you). However I went with the Hatch on my registry because again I like how I can control it from my phone. There is also a lighting aspect that is great for nighttime nursing. *Hatch has been great and being able to control it with your phone is a big perk!
I added some basics onto my registry, as well as a few other clothing options to set the tone for my style. 🙂 Burts Bee’s, H&M, and Zara have super cute options. That way if people want to buy clothes, they have an idea of what I like!
And my shower dress is from HATCH Collection!