There are a few things that every mom is excited for before the birth of her baby.
Few things are more exciting than picking out colors and a theme for the baby’s nursery. I love the modern look of just a simple color scheme of gold and pink for a little girl, or blue and lime green for a little boy. There’s also the little woodsmen theme with moose and bear silhouettes and a TON of red and black plaid. I’ve seen some precious painted murals of fairy trees, or mermaid treasure coves for little girls.
Then there’s picking out a name. What if it’s a girl? or a boy? Will he be a junior, or the third? Will she have your grandmother’s name? Should the baby have a name that combines both mom and dad’s name? Naming them something that gives homage to the time, place, or significant event surrounding their, ehhrrrrr, conception is fun. You definitely want a strong, remember-able name; something that won’t get them picked on their entire life. And take it from someone who never found their name on anything at a theme park, different can be a good AND bad thing.
Lastly, there’s the baby shower. The last celebration for the mother before everything thereafter becomes about the baby. Let’s face it, once the baby arrives, the mom is chopped liver. Ok, ok, maybe that’s a little melodramatic, but really, it’s all about the baby. Hopefully, your friend or family member does an awesome job of coming up with the decor, menu, and games. But the whole purpose behind a baby shower is for the mother to get showered with gifts for the baby to relieve some of the expensive burden of bringing and maintaining another life into this world.
After having three beautiful babies, and baby showers, I’ve become somewhat of a self proclaimed expert on the subject. There’s a few things that people will know that you need. Diapers, wipes, and clothes. Most people will buy diapers and clothes in various styles and sizes, so don’t waste your time registering for those. If you receive too much or not enough of a certain size or style of diaper, or if you simply don’t like the brand, you can always exchange them. The same goes for clothes. If you receive multiple of a certain outfit, just exchange them later. The following is a list of things that I definitely think are worth registering for so that your friends and family know exactly what to spend their money on.
- Bottles- I used Avent bottles for my girls. I breast fed, and the nipple on the Avent bottles was closer to the natural shape and size of the breast and caused less nipple confusion for my girls. The bottle shape itself is very ergonomical and fits the hand well. I loved the wide mouth on the bottles, it really made pouring breast milk, and water and formula in the bottle with one hand while bouncing a baby on your hip, a lot easier. It also had a vent built into the nipple which kept me from having to remove the bottle from the baby’s mouth to vent during the most inopportune times. A lot of my mom friends liked the Dr. Brown’s bottles because of the vent as well.
- Bottle warmer- I never had a bottle warmer, but I really, REALLY, wish I had. It would have made things so much easier during those mid-night and early morning feedings. Some warmers that I’ve seen great reviews on are Dr. Brown’s Deluxe Bottle Warmer , Kiinde Kozii Bottle Warmer and Breast Milk Warmer, and Tommee Tippee Travel Bottle and Food Warmer.
- Wipe Warmer- I highly recommend registering for a wipe warmer, and if you dont get one at your shower, BUY one yourself. Spend the money. Just do it. I mean, imagine being half asleep and waking to go pee. You relieve yourself, reach over and get tissue to wipe yourself, and it’s cold and wet. You would instantly be fully awake and probably a little cranky, right? Same goes for your little cherub. Now, if you reached over and had a warm, comforting wipe to wipe your tooshie with you would feel much better, right? They do too. Sometimes you can even get away with an entire diaper change without disturbing your sleeping beauty too much.
- Boppy– This pillow will be your savior. It’s super helpful in holding the baby’s weight while you bottle or breast feed your baby. If you happen to have a c-section (bless your heart), you really need one of these. It relieves pressure off of your stomach while holding your baby. It can also be used later to elevate the baby in a semi-sitting position. They come in many different covers so that you can keep them switched out and washed.
- Car seat and stroller combo- This is something great to put on your registry because many times, co-workers or ladies at the church may want to go in together to get you a big gift. There’s soooo many to choose from. They come in many styles and colors, so registering for the set that you like will take a lot of the guess work out for your guests. Make sure to check the reviews and make sure there aren’t any recalls on the set you pick out. A set that transitions as the child grows is ideal. The best places to go to register for this big ticket item is Amazon, Wal-Mart, Babies-R-Us, or Target.
- Formula dispenser- These are life savers for when you are traveling with your baby. Avent, Munchkin , and Nuby are some of my favorites.
- Diaper bag-You need to register for a diaper bag that comes with a large bag, and a smaller travel bag. The travel bag will come in handy for the average run to the grocery store, the park, or Target. The large diaper bag is for daycare or longer trips where you will need several changes of clothes, and extra diapers, wipes, and formula. Make sure the bag is easily cleanable. Cotton bags are much harder to wipe down.
Now, there’s a few things not to waste your time on. This is either because people are going to buy them for you anyway or because they’re worthless.
- Diapers- Like I said above, people are going to buy you the brand and size that they want to. Most places like Wal-Mart and Target realize this and allow for exchanges. My two favorite brands are HUGGIES and Pampers . I know they’re a little more expensive, but they really do hold up better. I wish that the Honest Brand diapers would have been around when I had my kids. If anyone has any feedback for me, please post it here in the comments so that other moms can get a fair idea of that brand. You may also have to try different brands on your baby because, just like with our underwear, different styles will fit each child differently, regardless of what the diaper companies may tell you.
- Pacifiers- Love them or hate them, no baby shower would be complete without about a dozen of these. Just save your time and don’t register for them. If you receive some, just return or exchange them.
- Burping diapers- This is another thing that people are probably going to get you regardless of what you want. They come in different sizes and patterns but I recommend the cheap, white burping clothes. The clothes are going to be puked on over, and over, and over again. Save your sanity and buy the white ones that you can just throw in the washing machine and bleach the heck out of.
- Blankets- You will probably get a couple dozen blankets and receiving cloths. Living in south Georgia, I rarely had a need for thick blankets. The receiving blankets however, they went everywhere with us, and in multiples. They are great for throwing down when you need to change your baby, blocking a spring breeze from the baby’s stroller or car seat, a make shift burp cloth, and a cover up for when you’re breast feeding. This is something that people will buy you because they’re cheap and cute.
- Toys- Unless there is something that you just really, really have your heart set on for your little one, chances are you’re going to get enough stuffed toys, rattles, and chew toys to last the baby until it’s fifth birthday.
I could really go on and on with this list….it brings back such fond memories. But, I guess it’s your turn now. If you are a veteran parent like me, what are some things that you recommend picking or leaving out of your list? Or, if this is your first rodeo, what are somethings that you really have your heart set on and why? Comment below!
Until next time, xoxoxo