Baby number two could be here any day now.
I’m hoping she’s done baking close to her due date because we happen to have this gargantuan to-do list that doesn’t seem to be budging much, no matter how much we get done. Mark off one item, remember two new things to add to the list.
I printed it, and it’s two full pages long. Example: We still need to find a pediatrician. Eek.
One reason it’s slow-going is the 5-year gap between Abby and this new little one. A 5-year gap that included a divorce, followed by a massive unloading of all the baby must haves I still had from Abby because I didn’t think I’d have any more kids – and I certainly didn’t have room in my little apartment to store it all just in case.
The good news: I get a fresh start. The stuff that sucked last time – no need to use it again to save money.
The bad news: I’m re-researching EVERYTHING. I love me some research, but it’s taking a while.
The good news for you: Below I’m sharing the cream of the crop from my research so you can beef up your own baby registry. Happy nesting!
By the way, if you haven’t started your registry yet, I loved the Amazon baby registry. You can add any product from any site, plus it’s super easy to share it with friends and family.
1. An Expensive Thermometer
Those $10 and $15 jobbies from the big baby stores? They suck. When your baby has a fever and you’re frantically checking her temperature every quarter hour, hoping it dips back down and you don’t have to take her to the hospital – those cheap little buggers will conspire against you. One minute, you’ll take her temperature, and it will come out 103.9 – and the next minute it will be 101.1. And it will take FOREVER to read a temp.
Even the fancy new forehead thermometers have mixed reviews.
So what should you add to your baby registry? Some healthcare professionals say an ear temperature can be more accurate than oral (which is influenced by eating, drinking, and breathing), temple or underarm (which measures skin temperature not body temperature), or rectal measurements (because rectal temperature lags behind core body temperature).
My Pick: Braun Ear Thermometer
2. Nail Scissors
Forget those medieval torture devices they call “baby nail clippers.” You’ll end up accidentally snipping your baby’s delicate skin, and what will appear to be BUCKETS of blood will pour out of the tiniest of cuts.
My Pick: Piyo Piyo Baby Nail Scissors
3. Pretty Burp Cloths
Last time, I didn’t realize the burp cloths I’d picked out – boring prefold diapers – would be my fashion accessory 24-7.
Now I know better.
You’ll have those things thrown over your shoulder the vast majority of the time, so pick something that won’t make YOU feel like barfing if you catch a glimpse of yourself in the hallway mirror.
Bonus for the brand I’m using this go-round: They double as bibs later on when baby’s ready for solid foods.
My Pick: aden + anais Burpy Bib
4. A Non-Toxic Nursing Pillow
Your baby will nurse a ton in the early weeks, so he’s going to be on your nursing pillow A LOT. Eating and breathing, and sometimes even sleeping after that delicious milk coma sets in.
The problem with most nursing pillows you’ll find in the store is that they’re made of polyurethane foam, which is typically treated with flame retardants because the material is so flammable. Flame retardants are nasty stuff – they can cause abnormal brain development in children and lead to learning problems.
Why chance it with something your baby will use so often? My favorite below is a little pricey, but oh so worth it.
5. An Easy-On/Easy-Off Baby Carrier
In the first three months (aka the fourth trimester), your baby will probably sleep best when he’s next to you. But assuming you’re somewhat caught up on sleep, you’ll probably want to get things done around the house – like wash the mountain of dishes piled up in your kitchen, fold the laundry you seem to be doing once a day because your little bundle of joy is in reality a little sack of spit-up, or check Facebook to see all the fun things your friends are doing without you.
I found that I was more likely to use a baby carrier if it was easy and quick to put on and take off. I loved the Moby, but it wasn’t quick enough to put on. By the time I got it wrapped around my body and tied up the ends, Abby was annoyed and not so sleepy anymore.
My Pick: Baby K’tan Baby Carrier
6. A Nose-Sucking Device
You’ll need a reliable way to suck the snot out of your sweet baby’s nose. Gross, yes. But when your baby can’t breathe due to snot blockage, scary will win out out over gross.
The hospital might give you a plastic blue bulb syringe to take home with you.
Free is good. But what’s not good is how you can never quite get those bulbs cleaned out after the first few uses. Check out these surprising photos of the inside of a blue bulb that was cleaned properly after every use.
I’m skipping the blue bulb altogether this time.
7. A Baby Hammock
When you’re pregnant, your baby is gently rocked all throughout the day while you go about your merry way. At night is typically when she’s most active – if you’re not going to move for her, she’ll get the job done herself.
Then when she’s born, we put her on an immobile, flat surface and expect her to sleep.
Especially in the first few months, baby will sleep best with a little gentle movement. The beauty of a baby hammock is that if your little one stirs a bit during her sleep, the hammock will gently rock her back to sleep.
This is a pricey item, but the parents I’ve heard from have RAVED about it. Their babies slept through the night right out of the gate! Plus, later on you can convert it to a comfy seat that works until your child is 50 lbs.
Check out Baby Must Haves: 25+ Surprising Essentials for Baby’s First Year for more tips on which baby gear you’ll need. Then follow my Pinterest board Bundle of Joy for all things baby-related.
What baby gear do you recommend? Leave a comment below to share your tips!