November 2017 Moms

Baby Registry

This thread is specifically to discuss what we're thinking of putting on our registries and any questions we may have for other FTMs or STMs+. STMs+ please feel free to jump in with opinions, we FTMs can use all the help we can get! On my end this will be a one time thread because I like the idea of all the information in one place, but if you disagree or think it's getting too hectic, please feel free to start another.

Some jumping off points:
-Basic registry items
-Best places to register
-How much of each item to register for (i.e. diapers, wipes, diaper cream)
-Good brands of strollers/car seats/cribs/bassinets
-Opinions on Huggies vs Pampers vs Honest vs cloth diapers
-Options of breast pumps
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  • @DuchessOfCambridge thanks for starting this!!!



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  • @kschref is this something we could have stickied? Unless others disagree that there should only be one thread?
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    I think one thread would be great. 
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  • @BumpCaitlin @BumpAdmin @BumpTara can we get this thread stickied please?
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    Sure. :) Can we sticky this please. @BumpTara @BumpCaitlin @BumpAdmin
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  • *snip*

    Also, PLEASE do your research on car seat safety. No aftermarket accessories are safe, so those cute little strap covers that look like teddy bears are a no go. Know this before you start shopping so you're not tempted. Nothing should be between the baby and the seat (like blankets, car seat covers). And especially since we'll be having cold weather babies, dressing them in thin layers (think fleece) is safe, where puffy jackets and snow suits are not. 
    @elsieisamoocow I'm so unprepared!! I didn't think a puffy coat in a car seat for a winter baby would be a bad thing! Is it a suffocating hazard or something? I have heard from other mom friends that the US has bad infant safety standards compared to Europe so if you're buying a car seat you should go European.

    @gipfish @elsieisamoocow @ugoglencoco thank you so much ladies, this is an amazing amount of information. The Uppababy seems to be a favorite here!


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    This was free a few months ago. Once you start a registry and buy an item worth $10, it shipped free of charge. Not sure if that's still the case. 
    https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Family-Baby-Registry-Welcome/dp/B00N1NBOV2

    This guy's reviews are well-known. 
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    If you don't have FB, here is his page.
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    @DuchessOfCambridge Wearing a puffycoat means the straps are too loose, and the baby could fly out in a car accident. If you take them out without the car seat, you put the jacket on then.

    Something like this is safer.  And these are good for when they are older:

    It's funny how it's the little things in life that mean the most...not where you live, or what you drive, or the price tag on your clothes... There's no dollar sign on a piece of mind, this I've come to know! *ZBB*


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    @DuchessOfCambridge the reason for no puffy coats is because in an accident the air in the puffy coat could decompress and leave the straps too loose. Plus it just being puffy leaves too much room between strap/baby in the first place. Don't worry, it seems all like so much stuff you just have to choose what's right for you and you'll get the hang of it all  :)

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    Amazon in amazing for baby registries and also for diapers.  Their completion discount is 15% I believe.  Maybe even 20.  Plus Prime.  Winner.  Typically you can get a huge box of Pampers diapers with a coupon and subscribe & save for about $23. I cancel the subscription after I receive the box and go restart it to clip the coupon again.  I didn't have to buy diapers for my little guy until he was about 9 months old.  We had a box of newborns, one box of size ones, 2 boxes of size two, and 3 of size three's on hand before he was born.  We also bought every brand imaginable.   We mainly use Pampers Baby Dry now because he is a heavy night wetter.  We used Huggies, Up and Up, and Luv's with no problem though.    
    I found Lucieslist.com to be so helpful when making my registry.  She gives you economical, middle of the road, and high end options for almost every piece of baby equipment manufactured according to user reviews and safety.  Check it out!
    I did a ton of research on infant seats and ended up with the Chicco Keyfit.  It was worth every penny.  I do not think you can go wrong with it.
    As far as breast pumps go, I got a Medela free from my Insurance.  I hated it.  I wound up purchasing a Spectra S2 and loved it.  I wish I would have opted for it when making my insurance selection as it was a free option at the time.  It is much quieter and it didn't tear my nipples up.
    For me, the diaper wipe warmer, bottle warmer, diaper genie, baby socks (his feet were covered by sleepers), and changing pad were a waste of money and didn't get any use.
    I religiously used my Ergo carrier, Aden & Anais swaddles and dream blankets, and Halo sleep sacks.  We also got our money's worth out of the Mamaroo and our swing when he got bigger.   We also bought the $20 Ikea Antelope high chair.  It is hard plastic so we could just hose it down when he is finished eating.  We did baby led weaning for Henry and meals times were MESSY.  Not having to clean fabric was priceless.  Plus how can you beat a $20 high chair?!?
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  • @DuchessOfCambridge My understanding is that puffy coats do not allow you to fasten the five-point-harness securely enough. You THINK it's tight, but it really isn't, and during the force of impact during a collision, that puffy down coat will totally compress and the baby can move very violently and be hurt.
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  • @DuchessOfCambridge I was such a nerd going through that book. I had a highlighter and those post-it flag tab things. Such. A. Nerd. I love baby products :lol:
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  • I am going to need this book and post-it notes and highlighters. Game on. @elsieisamoocow @DuchessOfCambridge ;



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  • @kschref I've been tentatively reading about cloth diapering. What types of cloth diapers did you use? Is a toilet attachment a must-have for rinsing diapers before washing? How absorbent are they compared to disposables?

    I'm looking into it for a few reasons, including the overall cost of disposable diapers, the environmental impact, and the fact that I live in a semi-rural area with once-weekly trash pick up. That's a friggin lot of diapers to be hoarding for a whole week, urgh. I'm not easily deterred by difficulty/complexity, so if there's a bit of a learning curve, I'm okay with that. What I'm most interested in is how well they hold up :) Thanks!
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    @Tourmalily - We were lucky enough when we started that a friend gave us their stash and we were able to try out everything.  What ended up working best for us in the early stages were Green Mountain Diapers.  We used prefolds folded into an "angel fold" with a Bummis cover.  Sometimes would add a soaker or two.  Later, we ended up using Twinkie Tush Diapers and the Green Mountain Cloth-eez.  Also a fan of Buncha Farmers Stain Stick, Bac Out, and Rockin' Green Detergent in terms of cleaning supplies and we do have diaper sprayers on one toilet downstairs and one upstairs.  There is a bit of a learning curve for sure - mostly finding what works right for your baby and how much of a "super soaker" they are will determine some things - also what you're willing to do in terms of laundry, lol.

    My favorite resources are: 
    https://mother-ease.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Motherease-Guide-to-Cloth-Diaper-ebook.pdf
    http://dirtydiaperlaundry.com/cloth-diaper-information/
    http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com - lots of good information on how to choose size for different babies, washing instructions, etc.  They also have Cloth-Eez diapers which are made from prefolds but already in a diaper shape.  We had a TON of these.

    Also, there are really good sales on Black Friday.  I always cleaned up online.  I did use disposables for the first few days in the hospital because of meconium poops, but after that they did really well in cloth.

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  • @Tourmalily I love the Charlie Banana cloth diapers and the g-diaper system cloth diapers. DD was small so I was suspicious of the Charlie Bananas but once she outgrew NB size they were a dream, she is 13 months, wearing 12 month size and they still fit with room to grow. The G-diapers are a hybrid system so we can use biodegradable inserts for travel or whatever or put cloth inserts in for everyday wear. The down side to the Gs are that they are sized so you have to have a stash in each size which can get pricey.

    I tell DH that the diaper sprayer is a must. It wasn't a big deal when she was BF but once she started solids I was thankful for it. My hands don't have to go in the toilet and poop water as long as I don't drop the diaper in. Spraypal, basically a cover for spraying, is nice as it protects from sprayback, but I wouldn't call it a must.
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    @kschref I plan to cloth diaper to help afford being a SAHM. I've done lots of research already but more opinions/experience is always better. I originally wanted to go with only pockets or AIOs but it seems like GMD flats and covers is the cheapest and can get the best fit for little ones. I know we'll use some disposables, especially in the beginning, but since we're starting with LO1 and plan to use them for future babies too, I have no problem getting NB sized cloth diapers


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    @slaven - So, I know lots of people that use pockets and AIOs with great success and no complaints.  My only issue with them was that my son had super sensitive skin for about the first 9 months.  Some days I would put him in a prefold without a cover because he had to have something that breathed very easily.  He did need to be changed more, but wasn't peeing the amount he does as a toddler now for sure, lol.  So I was really glad to have that separation of diaper and cover for his rougher days.  The good thing with flats too is that if you get small ones for a NB, then later you can fold them up and use them as a doubler for a bigger baby so you can get constant use out of them even past the newborn stage.
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    @kschref Thanks for the advice on using a newborn prefold as a doubler! I don't think I've heard/thought of that. 

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  • Awesome @elsieisamoocow !! I was just putting some stuff on my amazon wish list and a new nose Frida was one but I'll check this out too!
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  • Random note - If anyone is already shopping, Aden and Anais is on Zulily today and they have pretty good deals!
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  • @kissthesky32 I'm trying not to buy anything until after we move but I told DH these blankets are on sale and he is pushing me to get one if I want to. There are too many options! What's the best kind? The classic? The cozy? The soft? The silky soft?
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  • This seems so bizzare....registering for baby items. I must come from a different culture or background....different country definitely. Here even wedding registries seem tacky. A baby registry just seems beyond the pale. 

    I think if someone wanted to buy me a gift that i knew was a big ticket item i would politely decline. I dunno..... seems so odd.

    Or am I just old fashioned?
  • @c+mpeachey it definitely could be a culture thing, I'd be surprised if someone I knew wasn't having a shower and even more surprised if they didn't have a registry. It's viewed as helping out the new parents since a baby is such a big expense and a registry avoids them getting things they don't need or want.

    As far as big ticket items go, it's generally close family members such as parents who get those which I would have no trouble accepting because they're my parents and they want to do it. PP also mentioned that you get a discount off any items you buy on your registry after the baby is born for a certain amount of time so you can put things on there you don't think you will receive but want to buy later for cheaper!

    I don't think it's tacky unless the parents-to-be flat out say they expect gifts. Gifts are generally the point of baby showers, but not required.
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  • This seems so bizzare....registering for baby items. I must come from a different culture or background....different country definitely. Here even wedding registries seem tacky. A baby registry just seems beyond the pale. 

    I think if someone wanted to buy me a gift that i knew was a big ticket item i would politely decline. I dunno..... seems so odd.

    Or am I just old fashioned?
    Where are you from? I wouldn't consider you "old fashioned" if it's just something your country/culture doesn't do. The baby registry conversation isn't weird for Americans. It's quite normal. 
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  • @DuchessOfCambridge - I love pretty much all of their stuff, so this is a hard question! The Dream blankets are thicker, soft, and pretty big. They work well as a blanket to lay on the floor to put the baby on or as a blanket for a toddler. The Classic Swaddle are what I have a bunch of and use for everything from swaddling, to keeping sun out of the stroller, to laying in the grass. I've never used any of the silky soft ones, so have no idea about those.
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    It took them about three days I think to sticky the last thread - they'll get to it eventually I think, lol.  :)
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  • @ElizabethSchuyler Im in Australia. Baby showers here arent a massive thing either. Becoming more popular then when i had my first 10 years ago! But still not expected. I suppose its all just so different. I have been to a few showers and they all said "please no gifts" on the invites. Those that brought gifts anyhow put them in a seperate room to be opened in private later. Not during the party. 

    Well i like the differences.....makes reading these posts fun. :) 
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