The must-have’s list of baby gear for your baby registry.
Having a baby, while exciting, can be overwhelming. There’s so much that bombards you during pregnancy whether it’s what you should or shouldn’t be eating to labour and delivery advice. One of the things I found most overwhelming when I was pregnant with my first baby was what to buy for my baby. I was extremely lucky to have been thrown multiple showers and I received a lot of baby stuff. My baby registry was extensive and well researched and I got a lot of use out many of the items I received. However, after two babies I’m able to evaluate which items we really needed, which I enjoyed using and why. These are my suggestions for baby gear (the big ticket items). You can also check out my post on everything you need for baby.
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Baby gear essentials
The plain truth is your baby doesn’t really that much stuff as they’re not going to be doing much besides eating, sleeping and pooping for the first few months of their lives. However, here are some items I would consider the essentials.
I’ll be honest and say I didn’t use my baby carrier as much with my first baby as I did with my second. This was partly because she spat up A LOT and I always ended covered in sour milk. However, I got enough use out of it with her to consider it an essential item. With the arrival of my son my baby carrier has seen much more use as I put him in it all the time. It’s the perfect thing for when you have a fussy baby and you really need your hands-free. I own both an Ergo Original and a Beco Gemini and love them both for different reasons.
Some of the features I love about my ergo carrier are the zippered pouch where I can store my wallet and key and the sun hood. I also have an additional rain cover which is essential if you’re like me, live in Vancouver, and take long walks in the rain. I didn’t like using the infant insert as I found it bulky and complicated. However, my babies only needed to use that for about the first three months. The Ergo Original also doesn’t allow your baby to face out while on the front. Since I’ve had my babies Ergo has designed several new carriers. Their new Omni 360 baby carrier is able to be used without an infant insert, allows your baby to face outwards while on the front. It’s very likely that if I have another baby (a matter currently under debate) I might be adding the Omni 360 to my list of items to purchase for baby.
While the Beco is missing the zippered pouch and sun hood it has two features which I adore. The first is that it can be used from birth without any insert. When you’re just getting used to handling a newborn you do want things to be as simple and easy as possible. The second is it allows me to wear my baby face out on the front. This is a genius way of entertaining a teething baby – pop them in the carrier and give them a front row seat to your making supper. Apparently, my son finds nothing quite as exciting as me peeling carrots.
Unless you don’t own a car this one is a given. There are a wide range of car seats with excellent safety ratings available. The one thing I will mention is to look for a lightweight one. Car seats are bulky to lug around and they only get heavier and heavier as your baby grows. We choose this one as it was one of the lighter ones and I don’t have any complaints about it.
It’s incredible how much I have used my stroller over the past four years. On a pay per use basis, you really will be getting your money’s worth on this one. There are a few points you need to consider when choosing a stroller.
- What kinds of activities will you be using the stroller for? Walking? Shopping?
- How many kids will be using the stroller?
- Is the stroller compatible with the car seat you have chosen?
- Will the stroller fit in your car?
I ended getting the Uppbaby Vista and I highly recommend it. It’s been a great fit for our family and has been used all all weathers and situations from city shopping to serving as a baby crib in a sheep field for a farm wedding.
We often walk to our local grocery store and I can store so many groceries in the lower basket. It’s also grown with our family. I don’t have the rumble seat but I do have a piggyback board for my three-year-old. This allows me to take both kids on very long walks. If my daughter gets tired she can always jump into the piggyback board for a ride. As well, it’s been an amazing addition when going into stores as it means both kids are contained on the stroller while I do my shopping.
When our babies were small we ended up using the bassinet option as a crib in our room. The Vista is one of the only strollers which has a bassinet certified safe for overnight sleep. We used this stand to hold it and bought the laundry bag insert as well. Our baby has moved into his own crib and the stand is serving as our laundry hampers in our bedroom!
PishPosh baby currently has their 2017 UppaBaby strollers at 20% off which is a great deal!
Your baby is going to need someplace safe to sleep. As I mentioned above we used the bassinet from our stroller for the first six months while our babies slept in our room. They also had a crib in their room which I would use a nap time.
Babies are slippery little creatures and while it’s possible to bath a baby in your tub, a baby bath makes the job so much easier. I personally loved our bath with its recline. It meant that I didn’t have to support my babies and was able to have a hand free at all times. I also loved the fact that is adapted as he grew and this feature meant we were able to use it for longer.
Optional Baby Gear
A play mat is wonderful when your baby is non-mobile but they will outgrow it by about 8 months. I loved mine for tummy time (I bought this one) but it’s not an essential item.
Neither of my kids took to their bouncy chair but I have friends who swear by theirs.
Our baby swing was a godsend for the first few months of our baby’s lives. It was able to calm them down during those horrible witching hours when they would otherwise be crying until they were blue in the face. That being said they are large and expensive so it didn’t make my cut of essential items. If you can afford one and you have space I would suggest buying one. Just keep in mind that you’re only going to be using it for a few months.
This is another item that is big and expensive. We got rid of the one we used with our daughter and bought a foldable one for our son. Our place has limited space and the ability to fold it away at night was a priority for us. As with the swing, this is an item that is large, expensive and will only be used for a short period of time. That being said having one allowed me to have a happy entertained baby and let me grab a coffee or get something done while they were enjoying a bounce.
Amazon Baby Registery
Did you know that Amazon has a baby registry program? They offer 90-day returns, a universal registry, free shipping and a 10% registry completion discount.