Eight babies in, I have learned a lot about what NOT to buy for baby. Here are my tips!
*Invest in a good, comfortable baby carrier (or two) I chose the Moby Wrap because of the variety of positions you can wrap baby in and the fact that you can use it from birth up to 35 pounds. We also have a Hot Sling that I use regularly when we are out and about. Don’t buy a carrier because of name recognition. I was given a front, backpack style carrier and found it to be extremely uncomfortable (not to mention the risk of hip dysplacia…look it up!). Our local birth center will occasionally host a baby wearing night where you can come and try on several styles of carriers to see which is most comfortable for you. Check and see if you can find something like that in your area! You won’t regret it.
*Nurseries are over rated I have to be honest here. I’m a minimalist at heart and didn’t put a ton of effort into our son’s nursery before he was born. We did have his crib set up with a changing table. But the truth is that our babies are next to our bed for the first six months of their lives. If you’re planning on having baby in your room, don’t stress about the nursery. Baby won’t be mad at you because his crib isn’t set up yet or because his walls aren’t painted the right color.
* He will have outgrown those newborn clothes by next week I know they are so cute and tiny, but you will hardly get any use out of them (unless you have a premie). Register for bigger sizes. People who don’t look at your registry are going to gravitate to the small sizes so go ahead and register for the big ones, even up to the 12 month size. That will get you to his first birthday party!
* Go gender neutral as much as possible I know every little girl has to have her bows and every little boy needs his baseball hat, but there are so many things that you can buy in neutral colors. Do it! Then you have less to buy next time around.
* The person who invented baby sleepers that snap all the way up and down was not a parent Get the zippers. You’ll thank me later.
* Diapers, diapers, diapers Boring present? Yes. But they are so expensive and are a never ending expense (if you go with disposables). Even cloth diapering mommies can register for diapers! Register for several sizes, again focusing on the bigger sizes. Newborn diapers lasted us for about two weeks before we had to move up to the next size (again, except for the two premies that we have cared for). I will say that I have found that our babies have spent the most time in size 3 diapers, so stock up on those. For a cloth mommy, build your supply through registering for diapers, liners, cloth wipes, laundry detergent and all other diapering supplies.
* Standard sized receiving blankets won’t swaddle my big toe They’re just not big enough. Find some extra big ones or have someone make you some large, lightweight blankets that you can use for swaddling and beyond. (I love these blankets for swaddling in Texas heat: http://www.adenandanais.com/. You can get them at Target).
* You really don’t need 15 bottles of baby lotion…or baby powder…or diaper cream I can count the number of times I have used baby lotion on my babies on one hand. I don’t like how it makes them smell and they really don’t need it, as long as they are not bathed too much or with harsh chemicals. Coconut oil can be used as an all natural moisturizer if needed. If your baby gets a diaper rash, then you can worry about the diaper cream. Don’t register for a ton of cream just because Aunt Sally said it’s the best. If there comes a time when you do need it, go to Kroger and get some. Register for the things you know you will need!’
* Register for good quality nursing bras and tanks These are so expensive but can make a HUGE difference in how you feel day in and day out. Find a brand you love and register. Make sure to get professional help with sizing, as these items can be tricky to size before baby gets here.