Awesome baby items (that I wish I’d registered for)

awesome baby items, baby items to register for

Girls! So many of my friends are pregnant. It’s baby season over here and I am beyond thrilled!

I was never much of a baby person until I had one of my own. No, seriously. I was super awkward around babies. No idea how to hold them or interact with them. Don’t worry if you’re like this too, within a few days with your new little one you’ll be a seasoned pro.
When I was pregnant I tried to absorb as much information as I could from my friends but it was overwhelming. 

After having my baby and buying numerous items that are now gathering dust because (go here for my list of items you should NOT register for) I ended up not needing them I had this brilliant idea to tell you about cool items that I wish I had registered for, either because I ended up buying them for myself or because I’m still secretly wishing I’d gotten them. Seriously, this will save you so much time & anguish!

 Don’t get caught without a thermometer. We ordered ours the first day we brought Bridget home. We got this fancy one that reads forehead and tympanic (ear) temperatures. This will give you peace of mind that first time your little one feels warm. 

 I got the Choome set that comes with the reusable food pouches and 2 valves, if you don’t need the reusable packs you can just get the valves here

I actually bought these a few weeks ago and use them all the time! They’re super easy to use, just stick them on your squeeze packet and baby is ready to eat, and they’re about 99% mess free. Still requires some supervision. They also come with extra reusable packets so you can buy the Gerber fruit or veggie tubs and spoon them into the packets.
My friend told me about these Choomee starter spoons, which promote feeding independence. I also found these Boon spoons which are great for babies are who are just starting on pureed foods and need some help, they hold up to 3 ounces of baby food and are super easy to clean!
Baby food freezer tray by WeeSprout are awesome for freezing homemade baby food, then you can transfer them into the reusable pouches and feed to your little one later
I’ve recently ordered this bath spout cover. My little one has outgrown her baby bath tub (I highly recommend this one here) and we’ve gone full tub baby! I’ve hit myself on the spout before and saw stars it was so painful! So I’m super fearful of my little bub smacking her head on the spout too. I additionally ordered the tear-free waterfall rinser, shhh don’t tell Mr. Pepper. 
Speaking of bath tubs, what about all those toys? Where do they go after you’ve dried off your bub, this bath tub toy organizer is the perfect solution. 
Also, I know most moms go into this wanting to breastfeed, I was one of them. I pumped for a few weeks and got a lot of use out of this pumping bra. I would attach my pump and then pull the bra pieces over the shield to keep them in place and just watch tv, eat, read whatever I wanted. Even though I was still attached to my pump like a milking cow, at least I was a hands free one. 

Sizing tip, they run a tad big. I got a large because my breasts were giant and even it was still a tiny bit too big, I would’ve done great with a medium. Also, if you are breastfeeding and are all set with your pump, I recommend getting this handheld pump too. Had to use this a few times when I didn’t want to lug around my big pump because I wasn’t going to be gone from my house too long but damn-wasn’t-I-happy-I-had-this-pump-in-my-bag. Lifesaver…or shall I say breastsaver.
Now I know this a baby gate doesn’t look awesome or fun or anything that you’d consider putting on your registry, but trust me. When your baby starts to crawl around and you pull this out you will say “this is awesome”.  And if you don’t have one you will immediately get in your car and drive out to buy a baby gate. My brother calls this our pig pen because we have it arranged in a pen shape so our little one can crawl around and not get herself in trouble. We got ours off of Craigslist when Bridget was already crawling around and pulling books off bookshelves and glasses full of wine off end tables. I wish I’d had the foresight to have registered for these before hand. 
I’ve sung the praises of the Nose-Frida before you can read about why I love it here.
Bridget was pretty colicky the first couple of weeks. I remember when she was 2 years old, Mr. Pepper had to fly to Seattle to pick up our car that had arrived from Hawaii and I was left alone with her. She cried all night long. I tried everything, I sang, I walked, danced, swayed side to side.. I finally did the “baby bicycle” move for a while until she finally relieved gas. I wish I’d had this guy handy because it would’ve saved me and Bridget many tears that night.

My daughter is now 11 months old and we still use this Leachco Podster. It is simply the most used baby item we received that we didn’t register for. As a newborn we would let her take naps in it, it was handy to lay her in it in our bathroom so I could take a quick bath and keep an eye on her. Currently we still use it when its feeding time. We’ll place her in it and hand her a bottle and within a few minutes she is out like a light. 

I never got the hang of swaddling my daughter, in fact I was terrible at it.Luckily our hospital gifted us a Halo Sleepsack which I used nightly. Making swaddling a cinch, seriously without this I may have gone crazy because swaddling did not come easy to me. This allowed me to get my baby to sleep faster, which meant I got to go back to sleep sooner. Win-win. Depending on when your child is born you may want to go with the micro fleece if you’re in a colder climate, or 100% cotton if you happen to have a summer time babe

Hope these suggestions are helpful!

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