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My Amazon Registry Checklist – And What I’ve Actually Used

There are all sorts of baby registry checklists on Pinterest and each site has their own checklist. I ended up registering at Amazon, Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby, and Target. I used each site’s checklist, and since I’m the type of person who can’t look at list without checking off every single thing, I registered for everything each list said I needed whether I thought I needed it or not. So here is my Amazon registry checklist for and what I’ve actually used.

Disclaimer: I may get a commission on any link you use to purchase, but I won’t recommend something I haven’t already used and loved myself.

Disclaimer 2.0: This is my first affiliate linked post. I worked very hard and long on it trying to get all the links right and making sure they all worked. And I am O. Ver. It. So I just have to be done with editing it, at least for now. There are definitely some formatting issues. So if looking at that kind of thing makes your eyes bleed, consider yourself warned. If you do decide to continue on because you couldn’t care less about formatting, please know that you are my favorite.

  • Carriers/Strollers/Travel Systems

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    Graco FastAction Fold Click Connect Travel System Stroller

    This is one of those things I think you should do a lot of research on for yourself. I consulted several consumer reports and mom’s blogs and parent websites and decided that, for us, the Graco FastAction Fold Click Connect Travel System was the best option. The base was super easy to install in my car, but, if you have two cars or little one is going for a ride with the grandparents, the car seat can be safely (and easily) strapped in using the vehicle’s seat belts. The car seat quite literally (and, again, easily) snaps into both the base and the stroller, and the stroller can be folded down with one hand by simply pulling a strap. And all the components are exceptionally light. My only complaints are that I wish the stroller handles were a little bit longer so that I could add a storage sleeve and that the mesh basket underneath had an elastic rim so I could more easily shove my overstuffed diaper bag.

  • Playard

Cosco Funsport Play Yard

We got this Cosco Funsport Play Yard. Full disclosure: I have not even opened this up. My little hasn’t yet needed it. But it’s just a basic playard. You can find a fancier one here that I hear is amazing, but I didn’t feel like we needed all those bells and whistles. I just wanted something that could keep the little rapscallion out of trouble if I needed to turn my back for 5 seconds.

  • Bathtub

    Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Sling N Seat Tub 

    My little guy is not a fan, but I really like this Fisher Price 4-in-1 Sling N Seat Tub. We’re still using the newborn sling, but the sling can be removed for a “gentle reclined” position for a slightly more submerged bathing experience. There’s a “Sit-Me-Up” support insert which can be removed when baby gets a handle on unsupported sitting. It also comes with a handy gentle rinser which makes the whole experience a little less traumatic for everyone.

  • Tub Toys

    White Hot Safety Duck Bath ToyWhite Hot Safety Duck Bath Toy 

    I was really concerned about being able to tell if the bath water was the right temperature for the baby. My parents used to just stick their elbow in the water to check the temperature, but I like my bath and shower really hot, like turn-my-skin-a-little-pink hot (Yes, I know that’s not entirely good for my skin, but it relaxes me both physically or emotionally, so I don’t really care).  So I registered for this cute little duck to help me figure it out.

  • Lotion/Shampoo 

Aveeno Baby Mommy & Me Gift Set, Baby Skin Care Products

We got this whole gift set, which is fantastic. But after the terror screamfest that bath time can sometimes be, a soothing rub down with Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort in lavender vanilla is the miracle attitude adjuster that makes the rest of our post bath routine quick and pleasant.

  • Towels 

3 Sprouts Hooded Towel, Chicken, Cream

I’m honestly obsessed with this 3 Sprouts Chicken Towel. It’s so cute on my little guy, even when he’s screaming his face off, which he usually is when using this towel. I just recently saw that they have a hippopotamus one too, which I did not see when registering but will probably buy now that I know it exists.

  •  Diaper bag 

Fisher-Price Fastfinder Black Tote Bag

When they first found out we were pregnant, my day and his wife gave of this fantastic Fisher-Price Fastfinder Black Tote Bag. It has all the pockets and separate sections I require. I loved it. And then last month, as an anniversary present, my husband bought me a beautiful MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Tote. My problem is I can’t carry my big gorgeous purse AND my diaper bag AND my kid. It’s too much, too many bags. My purse is nice and big, and I can carry a small envelope bag with the essentials – a couple of diapers, wipes, travel size diaper rash cream, and an extra pacifier – but not everything my child needs for an extended trip into the world beyond my house. So I end up just throwing some chapstick and my wallet into my nice, sensible diaper bag and leaving my classic, leather Michael Kors at home. As it’s not exactly practical to buy a second diaper bag, I’ll just dream of this PacaPod Firenze. Maybe for baby #2… PacaPod Firenze

We love our Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail in Chevron. It fits perfectly in our nursery, both physically and aesthetically. And, most importantly, it’s steel so it holds in odors, even when my husband forgets to close it.

I’m not going to tell you which diapers to use. That’s another of those trial-and-error-use-what-works-best-for-you type of things. I will tell you that we like Pampers and Huggies for different reasons. My son was 9 lbs 3 oz when he was born. Our second night in the hospital the nurse came in to change his diaper and told us he was too big for the Newborn size Pampers and she brought us the next size up. The Pampers size 1 still seemed big on him, the Huggies size 1 fit him a lot better, but Pampers cannot be beaten in terms of absorption and odor control.

  • Steam Sterilizer 

Philips Avent Steam Sterilizer

An oldie but a goody, the Philips Avent Steam Sterilizer is all you need.

I love my Spectra Baby Breast Pump. It is light, quiet, and has a massage mode to stimulate “let down”. I do not, however, love the bottles that come with it. The flow is too fast. My baby sucks the milk right down, gets gas, and then doesn’t want to get back on the breast because it’s harder work than the bottles. I usually just use them for pumping and storing. Avent 4 oz bottles fit this pump and I much prefer them for feeding.

  • Bottles

Dr. Brown’s Narrow Feeder Set

The Avent bottles I mention above are great. I also really like my Dr. Brown’s bottles. They have a vent system that provides a flow similar to breastfeeding and also reduces feeding problems like colic and gas. If you’d like to try a variety of different bottles, this First Foods Baby Bottles starter pack has a lot of great options so you can figure out which brand you and your baby like best.

Like our playard, we haven’t even opened up our high chair’s box. The baby’s still too young to need it, and he’s being exclusively breastfed anyway. But, in a month or so, when we start on solids he’s going to need it. And, as we lack enough space for to even accommodate all of our dining room chairs (a few are in storage), we opted for this Fisher Price SpaceSaver. It fits on a regular chair, has two height positions, reclines, and the tray can be removed to turn it into a toddler booster seat.

We received a few different kinds of pacifiers, but the only ones my boy likes are these Avent Soothies. He loves them so much that when they fall out of his mouth, it ruins his life. So, to solve that problem, we started using this Wubbanub. It’s a little plush animal attached to a Soothie pacifier. Their feet are slightly weighted so if he’s laying on his back and spits it out, it won’t go flying. We’ve zipped it into his onesie. I’ve wedged it between my chest and his when I rock him. Anything to keep it in, or at least near, his mouth. The best part is, even though he’s not yet grabbing things, he’s figured out that he can use his crossed arms to nudge it back towards his mouth when it does fall out. So bonus developmental educational toy!

Our absolute favorite blankets are these Tippy & Toes 100%  Organic Muslin Cotton Swaddle Blankets. I received them at my baby shower, but I love them so much I ordered two more. They’re large, so swaddling is easy, they’re very light so perfect for a covering in warmer weather, they work great as a nursing cover, and the designs are just pretty! And they get softer with every wash! They are my new go-to baby shower gift.

  • Bedding

The Peanut Shell Uptown Giraffe Bedding Set

We went gender neutral for our nursery, even though we knew we were having a boy. We wanted something that easily transitioned as he grew or if we decide to have another one in a couple of years. I knew I wanted to do a lot of grays with spots of aqua or mint. The Peanut Shell Uptown Giraffe 4 piece bedding set was exactly what I was looking for. They have a ton of accessories that go with it including this lamp and this cute wall art.

We have this entire Fisher-Price Snugapuppy Collection and I swear by it. The bouncer vibrates and is perfect for propping him up in front of me while I try to get some writing done. The Cradle ‘n Swing has a mobile, a mirror, plays music or nature sounds, and three different positions. The sleeper is the perfect height to go at the side of my bed. It vibrates and, if he stirs a bit at night, I can drowsily reach down and give him a little rock and he settles right down. We even have this Snugapuppy Vibrations Soother which works well when we are on the go, or when he’s in the swing (which does not vibrate).

Something else my son isn’t quite ready to use, but we love this Skip Hop And More Baby’s View 3-stage Activity Center. It grows with baby from 4 months to toddler.The middle seat swivels so you child can turn 360 degrees to play with any of the toys on the tray. You can eventually remove the middle seat to turn the center into a table for your toddler.

The Infantino Twist and Fold Activity Gym is our favorite place for tummy time. I prop my son up on the pillow and he just stares at himself in the peek-a-boo mirror. When tummy time has been tolerated for as long as possible, we flip him over and he likes to “talk” to the hanging animals or stare at the mobile.

Expecting Better by Emily Oster is the best pregnancy book you can read. I wish I had read this earlier in my pregnancy, like immediately upon finding out I was pregnant. Ms. Oster is an economist who wasn’t satisfied with the standard “You can’t eat/drink/do that while pregnant; it’s not safe”. She wanted to know what made it forbidden or unsafe. So she poured over all sorts of scientific studies and breaks down the data for those of us not scientifically inclined. She even summarizes all the data at the end of each chapter in case you can’t be bothered don’t have the time to read it all the way through.

We love our Summer Infant Sure Sight 2.0. The picture is pretty clear, it’s super easy to set up, the camera is light so it’s not a big deal to move it to whichever room the baby is currently sleeping in. It’s got a night light, night vision, and a zoom function. For the price, it’s a pretty great basic little video monitor.

 

 

 

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