Creating my baby registry was one of the most overwhelming experiences in the whole baby process for me. There is so much to consider. You’re not just picking out the pretty china pattern or the cool coffee maker, like you did when you registered for your wedding. You have to think about what you might really need, safety ratings, brands, prices, the list goes on.
Armed with my Baby Bargains book and a spreadsheet I compiled after polling my mama friends, I thought I was prepared. Oh how wrong I was. Even after all the prep work I did, I still had to curate my registry online for several weeks after registering in the store. And still I registered for stuff we never ended up using.
From my experience, here are 10 things that you don’t need to add to your baby registry (save the money for diapers, you’ll definitely need those!):
1. Nasal Aspirator– Your hospital will give you one that, I promise you, works a thousand times better than the dinky ones that come in those kits.
2. Car Seat Head Support– Most infant car seats come with plenty of padding. Once our daughter was in her car seat (a Graco SnugRide 35), there wasn’t enough room for the head support thing.
3. Baby Rearview Mirror– Since babies have to stay rear-facing now until the age of 2, the only thing you’re going to see in an extra rearview mirror is the back of the car seat. If you want a mirror, I’d recommend getting one that attaches to the seat in front of your baby so, when they’re a little bigger, they can see themselves and you can see them in the reflection from your car’s rearview mirror.
4. Baby Food Maker and Trays– If you have a food processor and some plain old ice cube trays, you can make your own baby food just fine. If you have the room in your kitchen to store another appliance, go for it, but it’s not a necessity.
5. Newborn Shoes– For the most part, your baby is going to be in one-piece outfits with footies, so he won’t need shoes. This was a bummer for me because we had so many cute shoes (hello baby Sperry Topsiders!), but my daughter spent her first 12 weeks in a Pavlik Harness for hip dysplasia, which meant absolutely no shoes or pants! Even healthy babies, though, usually wear the one-piece footie things in the beginning.
6. A Swing, a Jumperoo, a Walker, a Bouncer, AND a Lounger– Chances are, your baby is going to have a preference for where she wants to hang out. Many babies never take to swings, and some are just as happy on the floor or propped up on a Boppy as they would be on a newborn lounger. Unless you have one heck of a storage area or a dedicated playroom, I’d pick just a couple of these to start with. For us, the bouncer was a Godsend when our daughter came down with croup (she had to sleep in it all night), and the Jumperoo provided her endless entertainment in our kitchen while we cooked.
7. Tons of Sippy Cups– It’s ok to add a couple, but don’t go overboard. If your baby is like mine, he might jump over sippy cups altogether and go straight to straw cups. Then you’ll be stuck with a boat load of sippy cups, like me, and still have to go buy the other kind.
8. Portable Baby Changing Station– Unless you plan on forgoing a diaper bag altogether, I would leave this off your registry. Most diaper bags come with ample pockets and storage areas as well as a waterproof changing pad.
9. Sleep Positioner– The FDA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission have both released statements warning of the suffocation risks that sleep positioners pose. They aren’t necessary and they aren’t safe, so better to just avoid them altogether.
10. Wipe Warmer– Bottom line is that it’s just not necessary. Your baby wipes shouldn’t be that cold if your house is a normal temperature, and it’s not like you’re going to lug a wipe warmer around everywhere you go.
Mamas, anything else you would add to the list?