3 Items You MUST Have on Your Baby Registry
There are so, so many things that we’re told should go on our baby registry. But what are the ‘must have items on your baby registry?’ Here are the ones I can’t live without!
𝙍𝙚𝙘𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙡𝙮, 𝙖 𝙣𝙚𝙬 𝙢𝙤𝙢 𝙖𝙨𝙠𝙚𝙙 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙗𝙖𝙗𝙮 𝙧𝙚𝙜𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙮. 𝙄 𝙖𝙡𝙬𝙖𝙮𝙨 𝙥𝙪𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙖𝙢𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙧𝙚𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙨 𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙤𝙥 𝙤𝙛 𝙢𝙮 𝙡𝙞𝙨𝙩.
There are so many great items that you’ll probably want on your registry, and it can be hard to wade through what’s important, what’s a want or need, what you’ll actually use, and what’s just a gimmick. (Pssst: if you need some ideas of things to buy a mama after the baby is born, check out this list.)
Here’s the interesting thing about my take on the ‘3 things most important things you need on your registry:’ they’re all centered around sleep. Because, guess what mama? When your baby/toddler/kid sleeps well, 𝘴𝘰 𝘥𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶. And well rested families are generally happier families.
𝘗𝘭𝘶𝘴, 𝘸𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘭𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 3 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘊𝘢𝘮. That’s the reason I’m writing this post: 3 years in, and all of these things are still being used in our home. To me, that means they’re solid investments and worth your time and money!
So here’s my top 3 Things You MUST Have on Your Registry
You guys, we had a baby monitor/camera from the time Cam was born until a month ago that was 𝘢𝘸𝘧𝘶𝘭. It froze all the time, it wouldn’t connect so when he was crying we couldn’t pull it up. The app was terrible – I couldn’t have anything else open on my phone or it wouldn’t load. And you had to pay a monthly fee to be able to access the app/camera when you we’re away from home. We kept saying we were going to get a new one, but for some reason we never did.
But @lollipopbabycamera gifted us their baby camera and after a month of using, I can say it is 𝘢𝘸𝘦𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦! The picture and sound quality are fantastic, it never loses connection and I have peace of mind. I love being able to see if/when Cam was awake and moving around that we didn’t hear.
Some of my favorite features of the Lollipop Camera (and the reasons it is on my ‘3 Things You MUST have on your baby registry):
- the color (we got the teal one to match Cam’s room)
- the design – it looks like a lollipop and is bendable so you can twist it around the crib.
- the functionality (the most important) – I never, ever have a problem with the video feed connecting
- the ability to see how often Cam was awake – every time it hears noises, it records for a short time. So when I hear him at 7 am, I can look and see if he really just woke up, or if he’s been awake for a while.
Invest in a good quality sound machine and use it from day one with your baby. We even had ours on in our room when Cam was really little and slept in there.
And don’t change it once your little one is used to it. Little kids get used to the sound, whether you use the white noise setting or the ocean setting or the falling rain setting. Seriously, y’all, I’ve turned down more than one (paid!) collab for sound machines because we’ve had ours since Cam was a baby and he recognizes the sound. He uses the ocean water sound; we tried the whale sound (because Andrew liked it) but the whales talking kept making me thing he was crying, so that got nixed fast!
Ours is portable, hangs on the door or pack and play, stands up, and it can be plugged in to charge or run on it’s battery.
I buy this for every every mom at every baby shower I go to; that’s how much I believe in this thing. My mom actually bought it for us on a whim, and we had no idea how much we would love it. It hooks on the crib and has 3 options: dim light, sound, or light + sound options. There’s a remote that works from around a doorway so you can turn it on without your babe seeing you. And when they’re old enough to sit up, they can hit the star and turn it on themselves. It has been the 𝗸𝗲𝘆 to Cam self soothing. Seriously. (Pro tip: Stock up on C batteries. You don’t want to run out, and it does go through batteries relatively fast. 100% worth it though.)
What are your must have baby registry items when someone asks for your recommendations? Things you can’t live without? And what’s not worth the money to you?