Having a baby is expensive. Even just buying the bare minimum that you need can be enough to make you wonder how it’s possible that something so tiny can need so. much. stuff. (Click here to get my FREE printable baby registry checklist!) Still, there are a few things I didn’t register for that I wish I had, just to help cut down on the cost we would have to take on.
There are 10 things I wish I registered for, but didn’t, and each picture is a link so you can check them out. These would also be great gift ideas for anyone you know who is expecting a baby, but make sure you check their registry first!
The Sleep Sheep – this thing. Honestly, I might use it for me once Graham stops needing it. It’s a sound machine with several settings that it SO key to drowning out outside noises so the baby can sleep. We didn’t start out with it, but we realized quickly that we wanted it.
Sleep sacks/swaddle sacks – just a couple at first, to see if the baby likes them. They’re SO much easier than swaddling with a blanket.
An aural thermometer – you can use one from the start to see if you need to call in the cavalry (aka the rectal thermometer, ugh). It saves frustration and discomfort for the baby to know if you need to really check their temperature in the first place.
A nursing cover – I thought I would just use blankets when I nursed in public, but they’re so much more difficult to keep on, especially once the baby wants to pull on everything. Nursing covers are so much nicer to use.
A backpack-style diaper bag – for trips to Disney and just around town, it’s nice to have the option of a backpack to keep both arms free.
A portable high chair – Whether we’re going to visit the grandparents or just don’t want to have a giant clunky highchair taking up space in our dining room, this thing has come in handy so many times.
Washable nursing pads – I didn’t register for them because I felt weird asking someone else to buy me something for anything under the “bathing suit zone” category. But they’re not cheap when you need a bunch!
Exersaucer – one of the best gifts we ended up getting. Jon’s parents bought it for Graham on one of their visits and he loved it, even up until about a month ago!
Toys – for some reason, I didn’t really think to register for toys. I thought we would get enough toys without registering, but we actually didn’t. It’s nice to have a solid base to start from, so things like blocks, balls, walkers, stuffed animals, etc. would be important.
Muslin blankets – they’re so versatile and lightweight (which is super key for Florida), but they’re a bit pricier than your average baby blanket.
A couple of my best friends are both pregnant right now and one of them has asked me to help her register, so be on the lookout in the next couple of weeks for my list of registry essentials! It will be a free download, so make sure you check that out and share it with your friends who are mommies-to-be!
This post was inspired by the Mom Explores Book Club book this week: A Baby Is Born by Melanie Zanoza Bartelme. It’s a sweet little board book about all kinds of babies and it would be a great addition to a library you’re building for your little one.
Is there anything you didn’t register for that you wish you had? I’d love to know what it is, so make sure you share in the comments!
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