Saturday, January 27, 2018

baby registering! from one new mommy to the next!

first comes baby, then comes bump, then comes nesting. registering. preparing all the things!! when it came to getting exactly what we needed i was  o v e r w h e l m e d ! there is just so much stuff out there in babyland and i had no clue about so much of it! and for the record, as long as you have a plentiful (!!) stash of diapers, milk, clothing, love and patience, you are going to be alright!! pretty sure all the grandmothers, great grandmothers, great-great, etc! are shaking their heads in agreeance. but humor me a little ;)  i really wanted to be as prepared as i could but i also didn't want to be wasteful with what we bought or added to our baby registry. (but maybe a few things! like the dollhouse or lamb rocker in ansley's room, they are just sooo sweet!) one of my good girlfriends is now pregnant (yay!) and felt just as overwhelmed so i tried to put together my own list of what i thought might be helpful and i thought i'd share it here too! i know a million of these lists exist (because i read them too!!) but i tried my best to go through my average day with ansley and really note items that we used daily. of course, there are many more you could add but hey, you gotta start somewhere! :)

[so for newborns... ]

change baby's diaper! wooo!

  • the brest friend was super helpful especially in the beginning/what am i doing stage
  • burp clothes galore - they are really in every corner of our house
  • nipple cream because breastfeeding!! geez, it was painful in the beginning! (but it gets better i promise!)
  • bamboobies - washable nursing pads to prevent leaking! these are great and i used them everyday until my milk regulated

pump if you are engored or want to stock up on milk!

feeding a bottle?

nap time! woo hoo! 
  • halo sleepsack swaddle in newborn size (we moved to a size small when ans was about 3 months and no longer swaddled her arms since she was starting to roll)
  • simple mitten cuff onesies. mittens that stay on and protect their perfect little faces, amen!
  • philips avent soothie pacifers - it was a joyous day when we discovered the paci ;) 
  • mom's on call book, 0-6 months - this book was recommended to me by almost all the mommy's i know. it helps with feeding and nap time/sleep schedules to get your baby to sleep through the night. i'm not sure if its the schedules or the way ansley is wired or a little bit of both but she's been a sleepin' through the night for quite some time now so we will happily take it!  (you can start as early as 2 weeks. but we waited until 4 weeks. we attempted to start earlier but really that was just laughable)
  • sound machine for white noise during naps and bedtime  
  • the nest security camera to keep a watchful eye!! we initially bought the motorola baby monitor but ended up returning. we found we didn't really need the hand held monitor since our phones are always with us and it had some trouble picking up our internet. the nest has been great and is easy to install

wash and dry all your crap! :)

bath time!
  • boon bathtub,  i know there are so many out there, but this one works great and is super affordable

let's go somewhere!

need to put baby down? 

  • whatever works for you & baby! ansley slept in the uppa baby bassinet until we transitioned to crib. 

hand sanitizer, all day errrrday!

aaand !! take all the pictures! and videos! shower! coffee! soak in these moments!! you got this mama! xoxox!

ps. this list does not include the obvious like oh lets see, diapers, crib, changing table, etc but rest assured... if you forget something, amazon prime to the rescue!!!

pps. this post is brought to you by nap time and COFFEE! :)