The highlight of the weekend was not binge watching House of Cards, going to trivia night with friends, or even setting up the new crib (well, that was a close one) - oh no, it was finally finishing our baby registry! You guys. Making that thing was no joke. For a seriously inexperienced baby person like myself, I had no idea what I was doing or heck, what most of this stuff even was. To say I was overwhelmed to begin with would be an epic understatement.
But, after a lot lot lot of research (this book was a life saver), reading practically every Amazon review out there and consulting plenty of mom friends, this is what I've come up with. I figured today I'd share WHY I picked some of these items and plan on writing a follow up post later this year about if I'm still happy with my decisions. And please, feel free to weigh in - tell me if something sucks or if there is something that you loved that I neeeed to add. Okay, here we go!
Why I'm Excited: Sleek design, the most lightweight one I tested out (only 7.7 pounds!), True Lock installation to ease the pain of clicking the seat into the base, Dream Drape canopy shade to protect baby from rain/sun/people ;) and checks all the safety requirements.
Why I'm Excited: Everyone raves about the Bumbo so I knew it was a must have and I love that this one comes with a tray so that it can be used during meal time, too. Being honest though, I decided to go with the multi seat (over the original Bumbo) because I cannot find a high chair that I like. It's the one big thing missing from my registry still so feel free to throw any recommendations my way. I figure this will get us through in the mean time!
Why I'm Excited: Because everyone says this is what baby sleeps in at the beginning! A great price with a neutral design, the seat pad is machine washable, plugs into the wall so you can avoid the battery suck, and is light enough (8 pounds) that I can move it around the house.
Why I'm Excited: 4 different carrier positions for baby, super easy to put on and the straps are comfortable and don't dig into your skin - per us trying it on in the store, of course. I really wasn't sure if I would be into baby wearing, but the idea is really growing on me. Having the ability to be hands free to at least get stuff done around the house (hey, maybe even blog) will be nice! I also registered for the Boba Classic Wrap.
Why I'm Excited: Aden and Anais products have always been my go to gifts for baby showers so I'm excited to have some of their cute stuff around my own house now! Love how soft and well made everything is. I registered for A&A swaddles, burp cloths, bibs, crib sheets, you name it.
Why I'm Excited: You mean why I'm obsessed. I love this thing. It's lightweight, you can fold it up in one easy motion, the attractive design, adjustable handlebar, and rides so so smoothly were all features that sold me. We also registered for the adapter to be able to click our Nuna car seat into the frame.
Why I'm Excited: If my baby is anything like me, she will not be able to sleep in silence! I have a fan going all night, every night, 365 days a year. I love that this sound machine has a two speed motor so there are plenty of different sound variations and that it's small enough for easy travel.
Why I'm Excited: Large color screen with infrared night vision, two way communication to baby's room, PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) feature to allow you to scan the entire room, displays room temperature and able to connect to up to 4 camera's for multiple rooms. SO many mom's recommended Motorola brand so I feel confident with this decision, despite there being a million choices.
Why I'm Excited: I'm all about ease and I love that this one opens/closes with one simple step, then you can throw it in the portable travel bag which will be great for traveling to see our families. It also comes with a removable bassinet so that's another sleep option for her when she's a newborn.
Why I'm Excited: It's super soft (looks way comfier than the plastic ones) and super small, perfect for our smaller kitchen sink and for storage purposes. I have NO IDEA what tub to get for when she out grows this though - suggestions?
Why I'm Excited: Fits almost all brands of bottles, heats up bottles quickly and later can be used for warming baby food. However, I want to use this sparingly (I say this now) to hopefully avoid a picky baby that only takes warm bottles. Same with a wipe warmer, do I really need one of those??
Why I'm Excited: 5 different motion options, bluetooth enabled so you can control with your phone, adjustable seat recline and of course, it's actually cute. I've heard nothing but good things about this from pretty much everyone! Another question: do I still need a swing, too or will just this work?
Why I'm Excited: You can use regular trash bags!! So excited about this- no need to buy special diaper pail trash bags ala the Diaper Genie. I also think it's a lot better looking than the DG personally. I went with white, but it comes in lots of fun colors. Also easy to open with a sliding top.
Why I'm Excited: This guy automatically steams and purees food all in one with the touch of a button. It's BPA free and can be thrown in the dishwasher: win win. I can't wait to try and make my own baby food! I also registered for these freezer trays that seem to be super popular.
Why I'm Excited: Due to a medication I take, I am not allowed to breastfeed. Since I'll be straight formula for the beginning, I think this splurge will be worth it. It's basically a mini Keurig for baby bottles! With just a push of a button, you can prepare a bubble-free bottle in seconds. Especially perfect for the middle of the night ;)
Why I'm Excited: Because it's adorable? Ha no, I think this will be nice for baby to just chill on. Love that it's lightweight so it can be moved easily throughout the house and that you can just wipe the easy clean material down if it gets dirty.
Why I'm Excited: Another must have you'll find on everyone's baby registry. Perfect drying spot for all those little bottle accessories. It comes in green or white, two different sizes and it's BPA free. I also registered for the twig drying rack which sits right in the lawn (that was such a weird sentence).
Why I'm Excited: 12 pockets! It's a stylish bag that seems big enough to hold everything. Love that you can wear it with the straps (that are also perfect for hanging on a stroller) or as a crossbody. It's stylish and the black means that it will go with everything - and that Nick won't mind being seen with it. I also registered for the Skip Hop Pronto Changing Station that fits perfectly in the bag.
Okay, whew, that was a lot. Obviously there are a million more things on my registry, but these were the biggest pieces that I put the most effort into researching, so hopefully this helps out some other soon-to-be moms! And like I said, feel free to send any recommendations/advice my way, I'm all ears!