Baby Registry: 10 Items You Might Overlook

March 18, 2014

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When you have a new baby you never know what you’re going to need till you need it. There is so much to consider from clothing to nursery furniture to all-things-diapers that you might overlook some of the more “off the beaten path” items. Plus they grow up so fast – you might be thinking all newborn thoughts from the get-go, but they’ll be toddlers before you know it!

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Looking back on my experience, here are 10 things I have a feeling you might forget to add to your baby registry, especially if you’re a first time mom. Even if you don’t receive these as gifts (people find the cutest outfits!) at least you’ll have one master list to use to stock your nursery before the baby arrives.

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1. Night lights. You’ll be up all night and guess what? It’s really dark! Get one for your baby’s room and one for the bathroom too.

2. Paci clips. If you’re going to use a paci, you’ll want to use a clip as well. Those darn things fall out all the time!

3. BOB car seat adapter. I didn’t think we’d need this. I was wrong. Long after Mazen was given the go-ahead to ride in the BOB without it (walking only), I still put him in the car seat adapter to keep him extra warm and so he could look at me while we strolled.

4. Sippy Cups (a few different kinds). A great gift for a new mom is a handful of different kinds of sippy cups (including your favorite). Of course the second Mazen was ready for water I didn’t have a single cup at home. I ran out to buy a few different kinds. These OXO Tot cups with a straw are our favorite.

5. Pajamas beyond newborn size. Pajamas are the number one clothing item that I am always running to Target to get. Your baby grows up so fast, it’s hard to think beyond the newborn stage of clothing needs! We love these 4-piece sets that are mix and match by Carter’s.

6. Toiletries and medicines. Another “you don’t know you need it until you need it RIGHTNOW!” Think nose saline solution, Boogie wipes, a Nose frida and baby Tylenol.

7. Video monitor. I thought I could live without one before I had a baby. I was wrong again. I’ll sing the praises of my video monitor till the cows come home. It was great to see Mazen’s chest breathing as a newborn and it’s nice to see if he’s standing or reading a book in his crib now.

8. Crib rail covers. We have both the fleece kind and the chewy kind. Both have been great – no more tooth marks!

9. Swaddle wraps or a Miracle Blanket. I thought we’d be able to swaddle Mazen with the lovely muslin blankets we received. We have used those every day since his birth but never for swaddling! For swaddling we needed something stronger – the Summer Infant Swaddlemes and the Miracle Blankets were the best.

10. A baby gate. Because before you know it, your little bundle of joy is going to be running to the stairs!

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katie March 18, 2014 at 8:03 am

Great list! # 3 was a huge hit for us too! :) Love that BOB!

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2 Bonnie Brown March 18, 2014 at 8:44 am

Great post!
I’m not a mother (not sure if I ever will be) but as a member of society who does go to things like baby showers this post was great. It is nice to be able to pick up gifts that aren’t the same as everyone else.
Have a great day!

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3 Lilly June 10, 2014 at 4:02 am

Sleep sack makes for a great and useful baby shower items. This is our no. 1 items for baby showers and its so good to receive a thank you note with lovely comments. Our favorite pick is http://www.babydeedee.com. They are amazing and already used these cute sleep bags for both my DSs. :)

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4 Ali March 18, 2014 at 9:44 am

I loved the BOB stroller adapter! We wouldn’t have lived without in the first couple months!

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5 Katie March 18, 2014 at 10:12 am

I just bought a baby shower gift from Target and got a video monitor, good to know I was on the right idea!

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6 Leah March 18, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Don’t have any kids, but these are also great suggestions for shower gifts! Especially little practical things that aren’t as cutesy so therefore people might not get, like pacifier clips

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7 Abby March 18, 2014 at 5:45 pm

As a mom of 2 little ones, 3 years and 18 months I only need/needed 4 of those 10 items. It’s amazing how much stuff is out there that you think you need but really don’t. I remember when our little one’s closet was brimming with clothes before she even arrived and my husband said, “it’s amazing how much American babies have!”

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8 KERF March 18, 2014 at 7:41 pm

4 out of 10 is more than nothing though!

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9 MinnieB March 19, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Ahhh…. I really think it should be illegal to sell pacis without a clip… sometimes pacis are only good for 2 seconds without a clip! Once on the ground it is all over…

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10 Zima March 20, 2014 at 1:07 pm

Yes, yes, and yes! While I didn’t use ALL the items on your list (he never took to a paci, we don’t use a BOB and we haven’t needed a baby get), I can’t stress enough your #6. Babies and boogie’s totally go hand in hand. I swear I tell everyone who will listen about the Nose Frida…

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11 Lisa @bitesforbabies March 21, 2014 at 7:18 am

My mom just bought me some Boogie Wipes….and they work like a charm! Both kids are sick right now so I’m going through the like it’s nobody’s business..but no dry, cracked noses in this house!

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12 Laurie March 23, 2014 at 7:50 am

Just wanted to say that I am so grateful for your blog!! I have been reading it the past 5 months. We had our third baby in Oct. You forget so much about the infant stage and it is wonderful that you have shared your journey!!

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13 MinnieB March 23, 2014 at 9:36 pm

Just wanted to share the must-have toiletries and medicines for my daughter. They were ‘tooth tissues’ and teething powder (I liked the Weleda one in yellow box.) What did you use to help Mazen through difficult teething days? Teething was one of the hardest parenting stages for me… Chloe had cut all four of her bottom incisors at the same time and got blood blisters that would pop and make her look like a little vampire….! It was really freaky and cute at the same time!

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14 Rachel April 4, 2014 at 10:36 pm

Curtains with blackout panels for the nursery! Wonderful for daytime napping.

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15 Becky April 10, 2014 at 10:44 am

This is a great post! I remember thinking to myself that Boogie Wipes seemed silly and unnecessary prior to Lucy. Then I experienced my first stage-4 meltdown when attempting to wipe her nose with a kleenex! And my how quickly we realized we needed bigger sleepers…

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16 Lilly June 10, 2014 at 3:58 am

Another great list. Paci clips is a good inclusion :)

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