Hi hello salaam! LONG time no see, hear, write, all of the above! I don’t remember what our last blog post was about let alone when I wrote it, but what I do know is a lot has changed since then!
Your girl got married, moved back home, stopped traveling because of covid and because of #responsibilities (sigh), and most recently just gave birth! – you’re basically all caught up now lol
I have many feels about many of those life changes and could ramble for ages on them, but this post has a purpose which I promised myself I would not sway from.
This post is all about baby registry tips, must-haves, whatever you want to call it, but all things baby prep!
Before I hit you up with this slightly comprehensive list, I do want to say that it is massively overwhelming if you’re having your first baby and don’t know where to start in terms of schtuff. There is SO much out there and the world makes you feel like you need it all but you really don’t (even though your mama already told you this, listen to her lol she’s right!) I remember walking into Buybuy Baby for the first time and it was like woah. Retreat retreat lol shelves upon shelves of baby bottles and strollers and feeding things and its definitely a psychi thing because it makes you want to buy all the pretty pastel colored silicone feeding suction plates even though your baby isn’t going to start eating from it for another 6ish months lolol but you get my drift yes?!
I am forever grateful that God allowed my sisters to have babies before me because I don’t think I would be able to help them with all this if I had gone first. They were my go-to’s (and still are!) before purchasing anything baby related or adding it to my registry, and I also had a chance to see the item in its practical state which helped immensely. Yes, Youtube videos and blogs were also my friends during my ‘research’ and a combination of the two sources resulted in the list below which were items I added onto our baby registry.
Instead of signing up (and limiting) myself to items from only one source ie. only creating a registry on amazon or anyplace else, I would highly highly recommend creating your registry on the site myregistry.com . It basically allows you to sync multiple registries onto one platform and that becomes the ‘master list’ if you will. We had created registries on Amazon, Chapters Indigo, and Snuggle Bugz and then synced them onto MyRegistry. The site also allows you to add any items from other sites too where you may not have the option of creating a registry!
In terms of ‘perks’ for creating a registry, to be honest I didn’t come across anything appealing nor did I claim what was offered. I think the Amazon US site offers/offered a nice little welcome bundle package, but the Canadian one offered a little toy or something to claim which I was like meh no need, and Chapters Indigo offered a baby memory book thing if there was a $50 spend, but reviews I read claimed it wasn’t all that so we skipped that too lol I had my eye on another baby book from Etsy anyways so I wasn’t too fussed!
Okay onto the items themselves! Hand on heart I can say nothing I had on our list was a waste or something we haven’t used yet/aren’t going to use yet due to her just being so small still lol I’ve organized the list into ‘must haves’ and ‘nice to haves’ solely based on how it worked for us so take from it what you will! ie. some people don’t feel a diaper pail is a must have and prefer using a regular garbage bin – totally okay if that works for you but we felt it was a must for us. If you ever have any specific questions about any items please please send me DM or email or whatever and I’d love to give you more of my 2cents on it!
Also including the brands we went with for some of the items and although brands don’t always matter, I’m just sharing what’s working well for us that we like! It’s been almost 2 months since Noura (oh yes, we had a baby girl and named her Noura!) so we have a little bit of a feel of what we’ve liked and not so much liked. For example I didn’t like the bath towel we had got for her so invested (yes that’s the right word lolol) in a LoulouLollipop one for her ($50 for a baby towel is ridiculous I think!), BUT it stays soft after we put it in the wash and is large enough to wrap her in it and doesn’t shed on her and actually dries her so it’s a win for us! Ultimately the number one golden rule is to always always is to do what works well for your baby and you so you make the final call!
Okay the list(s) !!!!
It might sound like a lot lol but I’d like to think these are just the basics – for us anyways haha but we literally use a majority of what’s listed on the daily and I’m so grateful that none of what anyone got for us was a waste or not practical!
Tips I would give you now that you have the list:
– stick to only one quantity of the item because you won’t know if you’ll need more/less until baby comes (ie. put only one pack of pacifiers because you might not even use a pacifier with your baby because they don’t need one)
-have your registry completed and sent out in your second trimester so as things start coming to the house you can organize your space. You might be super pregnant and exhausted to do anything come third trimester so give yourself ample time
-I would highly recommend this little guy here ; with all the packages coming in, it’s an easy way to protect your personal info without the hassle of ripping off labels or crossing it out with a sharpie each time lol
-don’t forget your thank you’s! Keep track of packages as they come in and who they’re from (you can usually tell who’s got you what from the online registry itself and/or your item might come with a note), but keep a list so you can personalize thank you cards! *I’d also suggest getting thank you cards sent out before baby comes because you really won’t have time to sit and write during those first few weeks!
Hoping this comes in handy even just a little bit for any new mamas wondering where to start, or anyone wanting to gift a mama something for her new bundle of joy! Again, these are just some of our favorites and what works for us but I’d love to know your faves too! Let me know in the comments if there’s something I’m missing or have to have to try! xoxo