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Blog: Registering for my Registry…Part 1

BABY REG logo09Who knew that babies needed so many things? Do they really, or am I just being sucked into the ever changing and inventive world of baby retail?

To be honest…I don’t know…Nemo is my first baby and I have no nieces or nephews – yet – (my sister-in-law is due 4 months after me) and my youngest cousin is 10!

And so it began, the daunting task of registering for my baby shower. This was my first time ‘registering’ for something, due to the fact that I’m Italian and our tradition is to give a ‘boosta’ (which is money in a card) for weddings, so I didn’t have to register anywhere for gifts. But for Italian baby showers, there really isn’t a set-in-stone tradition, so I decided to register at Babies“R”Us.

Since I’m a ‘list’ type of girl, I needed some sort of general guideline and lucky for me, Babies“R”Us had a ‘must-have’ registry checklist on their website www.babiesrus.ca, so I printed it off and away I went.

To take advantage of some one-on-one associate help and guidance, I scheduled a registry appointment at my nearest store. In the days leading up to the appointment, I used the checklist as a guide to help me navigate the massive online world of ‘baby necessities’. I call it that because it’s easy to get overwhelmed with products, info, advice, forums, etc, so my intentions were that my registry was going to include what I thought were the ‘bare necessities’ of ‘baby necessities’. Yeah, good luck to me!

I’ve listed categories and sub-categories below to help you with your registry checklist, as well as explained some of my choices and rationale. Since I’ve tried to make the list as helpful as possible, I have divided this Registry blog into two parts:

Part 1 is below and includes: Nursery, Clothing/Layette, Home and Travel.

Part 2 is in the next blog and includes: Breastfeeding, Bottle Feeding, Bath, Infant Care and Baby Play.

Enjoy!

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Nursery

Crib

I opted for the Baby Cache Windsor Crib. It converts from a crib, to a toddler bed, to a day bed and finally to a full size bed. I thought this was the best investment as it would grow with my baby.

Change Table

Instead of going with the furniture piece that was actually branded a change table, I registered for the 6 drawer matching dresser to the above crib, then registered for the Babies“R”Us Contour Changing Pad, which will help double the dresser as my change table.

Mattress

I went with a Sealy mattress that had coils. I did a bit of research, but recommend you look into what you’d prefer. I knew I wanted coils instead of a foam core, because I want my little one to have the same type of support as we have as adults, and, my thinking was that if he/she peed through the bedding, the foam would probably absorb it…and that grossed me out. To avoid issues like that however, you can also register for the Sealy stain protection crib mattress pad.

Glider with Ottoman

This was a last minute decision for me, as my family room is quite close to my nursery, so the La-Z-Boy in there would work just fine…until company comes over and hockey playoffs are on! Soooo, I decided on the Shermag Harrington Swivel Glider and Ottoman Combo because it not only had a smooth and quiet rocking motion, but it swivelled (which is a useful feature not a lot of them have) and came with the ottoman. Remember to think about the space you have in your nursery and what additional features you’d like – for example, do you want it to recline? Do you want a specific fabric colour?

Crib Bedding/Blankets

It was difficult to find owl themed bedding that had the aqua colours I wanted, so this was left off my registry…and so my hunt continues.

When choosing bedding, you can choose separate pieces or purchase pre-packaged sets that include items like the comforter, crib sheet, dust ruffle, change pad cover, musical mobile and sometimes wearable blankets.

Diaper Pail

Crib Mobile

Lamp

Monitor

There are many monitors to choose from and it may seem overwhelming. Again I urge you to do what I did – make a list of the features you definitely need to have for your monitor- this way you may not be swayed by the vast array of extra features that’ll present themselves when doing your research.

I knew I needed the following features: video touch screen, 2 way communication, adjustable volume, night vision, a good range, a wall mount and tilt/zoom control. So I ended up registering for the Summer Infant Touchscreen 3.5” Digital Video Monitor.

Other features that you may add to your need list are: recharging dock base, additional cameras, an app to sync to your phone, etc.

 Clothing/Layette

Onesies/Sleepers

Think about not only adding newborn sized onesies and sleepers to your registry, but 3 and 6 month ones too. Remember, most newborn clothing fits babies up to 8 pounds, so depending on the size of the baby, he/she may already be out of newborn sizes by the time they’re born.

IMPORTANT NOTE: I’ve asked shower guests to provide gift receipts (so that returns/exchanges are easier) and I won’t be taking the tags off of any additional clothing, just in case Nemo is over 8 pounds!

Caps/Scratch Mittens

Socks

Bibs

I only registered for bibs that had plastic on the back as I’ve heard from other moms that the ones with only cloth soak right through and get clothing wet quite quickly.

Receiving Blankets

Receiving blankets are important, but I registered for these two products instead:

A SwaddleMe offers an easier alternative to swaddling baby, rather than trying to figure it out via a YouTube video!

A SleepSack is basically a wearable blanket that has no sleeves and zips up the front. It eliminates the need for loose blankets in the crib and it eases my mind that I won’t have to worry about anything accidentally going over baby Nemo’s face.

Home

Bassinet

I didn’t register for one, but bassinet’s are great, as they keep baby close to you and are convenient for night time feeds. Having your baby sleep in his/her crib from the time you bring them home is ideal…but…for babies that haven’t distinguished night from day yet, or for mama’s who just went through cesarian’s, bassinets are the way to go.

Playard (otherwise known as a Play Pen)

There are many options here, and I go back to my suggestion of making a list of what you need in a playard and what exactly you’ll be using it for.

After writing my list down and realizing that I’d be transporting the playard quite a bit between the grandparents’ houses, I decided on a Graco. Many conversations with other moms eluded to the fact that Graco’s were the easiest to set-up, collapse and transport.

Ask yourself:

  • Will it always be set up in your home?
  • Will you be using it as a change table or a napper on the main floor of your home?
  • Will it constantly be transported from one home to another
  • Do you need it to have a mobile, music, sounds and lights?

All relevant questions, because you’ll want the one most suited to your lifestyle. I, for example, didn’t need the extra change station or bassinet, nor did I want music or sound. I just needed a basic version, so I opted for the: Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard with Newborn Napper Caraway. Yes, you will see that it comes with the change station and bassinet, but I’ll be removing those.

High Chair

This really isn’t an item that you’ll need until you decide to start feeding your baby solids and my plan right now is to wait until 6 months…however…many of my friends have put their 4-5 month old babies in a highchair, just to have them occupied while they’re in the kitchen cooking. My list for this item included something that had a gender neutral colour, wheels, a tray I could remove with one hand, a 5 point harness strap, and most importantly an open chair once the tray is removed. You’ll notice many high chairs have a middle portion that the child straddles, or even sometimes a tray that can’t be removed. I didn’t want these, as it would be like trying to navigate your child into a swing every time they sat down. No thanks. I ended up registering for the: Graco DuoDiner High Chair.

Travel

Car Seat & Accessories and Stroller & Accessories

View my previous blog for tips when looking for strollers and travel systems. As mentioned there, I registered for the Babies“R”Us Exclusive Graco Modes Click Connect Travel System.

Baby Carrier

What will work best for your lifestyle? Look for carriers that wrap around you, or ones that have side, back or front baby wearing options.

Diaper Bag

Car Accessories

These include things like the Brica Baby In-Sight Mirror (which I like because you can see baby’s face while driving), roller shades or seat savers.

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Check out my next blog called ‘Registering for my Registry…Part 2’ for additional baby categories and helpful tips.

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