@carries2018 that is the piano floor mat I've been eyeing!As far as the convertible car seat, I love the idea of only buying 1 CS but we are registering for an infant car seat (purposefully one that is lightweight) with an attachment to our stroller so we can just pull the CS out and let baby keep sleeping if we need to. I know that it means buying 2 car seats and we may change our tune if we have a 2nd, but we've counted the costs and decided we want the option that the convertible CS doesn't afford us. We don't intend to keep baby in the CS all the time, but just want the extra time when we need it. Am I wildly overestimating the value of that option?@natleilynn yes I'll bump that thread, you had a wicked good list there!
I LOVE the Tommee Tippee rubber bibs. Love them. Less laundry and can just wash or rinse them after use. Didn't register for a video monitor but got one and love it. I like how I can see if he's awake awake and crying vs. Crying/whimpering in his sleep. Don't register for blankets, clothes, regular bibs, bath soaps/lotions. Those seem to be the go-to items to buy when people didn't know what to buy or didn't buy off the registry. We used our PNP a lot traveling. Our whole family lives out of town and wetravel every June. We used the Bobby pillow more for propping up and tummy time than we did for actual nursing.I would register for things for when the baby gets older and becomes a toddler. We did cups, sippy cups, toddler forks/spoons, plates, bowels, etc. Everyone will be so excited to get you baby stuff for the shower and when the baby arrives, these are good ideas for less things you will need as they grow. Ok, that's all I can think of for now!
We bought the Chico key fit and still use it for our 27 month old and still going strong. She is only 25lbs so dad carries her if she is the car seat; we are keeping her rear facing as long as possible. If she is not in the car seat then we put her in the bottom part of the stroller and let her ride chariot style. SNIP
What did you love? I was pregnant
with spring babies , but loved the BeBand ( belly band). Being I will be bigger through summer this
time I just plan on wearing longer tank tops and maxi skirts etc.
What would you skip this time around?
I felt a pillow is unnecessary. Some love it and need it. I did not. Two extra
regular pillows ( one betwee. My knees and one under my belly) was fine for me.
What would you save on? Again,
What would you splurge on? Good
prenatal vitamins and really good water bottles like a Yeti. Something to keep
water ice cold long. Being pregnant will make you hot and dehydrate easier.
Being extra pregnant though summer will make you even worse. Stay hydrated well
What was your "unicorn"
pregnancy/baby item? Nothing here for pregnancy. But for baby , a white noise
machine! Life saver.
Were there any specific keepsake
items you have come to cherish? Baby book! The ones I used with my girls had a
pregnancy section. Using apps is all fun and everything. But nothing compares
to having a hand written book to look back on with your babes.
What did you love?
Pregnancy: Body pillow for sleeping. Made the world of a difference later
on in pregnancy.
Baby: Swing! It was honestly a lifesaver when making supper and things
like that. Also, muslin swaddle blankets and sleepsacks; and my Tula!
What did you buy/receive that you would you skip this time around?
Pregnancy: Honestly, pregnancy books. I didn't really read them and
enjoyed learning from other moms more.
Baby: Hands down, the change table. I have only ever used it maybe
What would you save on (e.g. buy used or the choose the cheaper available
Pregnancy: MATERNITY CLOTHES. There are so many consignment shops near
me that I didn't realise sold maternity clothes. I spent TOO much money on a
Baby: Bassinet. We had the Halo Bassinest. It was great, but if your
baby is tall it won't last long. Our DS outgrew it in 2 months and with a
299.99 (plus tax) price tag here, it wasn't worth it.
What would you splurge on?
Pregnancy: If this counts, maternity photos. We didn't do any!
Otherwise, there isn't much. I didn't really buy a whole lot during my
pregnancy for me. Lots of treats from DavidsTea!
Baby: A Medela breast pump. I was pressured into formula feeding (don't
ask, long, bitter story lol). This time around I am committed to breastfeeding
and am not going to let anyone pressure me otherwise.
What was your "unicorn" pregnancy/baby item? TULA. DS loved
it, and it was a great way to get him to nap/get stuff done around the house.
Were there any specific keepsake items you have come to cherish? We had
a blanket made out of clothing from our DS's first year. It is so sweet. We
also over-did it with professional photos of my DS. But looking back it's nice
to see how he's changed and grown. Plus our friend is the photographer and we
get huge discounts. We also did monthly pictures with this super cute
chalkboard made by Pearhead.
ETA: another thing to splurge on is a stroller. We loved our Britax B
Agile. We started with a Baby Trend and hated it. It was so wobbly and awful.
We are also going to make sure to invest in a good double stroller. We will
have 2 under 2, so it's important to us!
I'm here to share my wisdom and knowledge! Ha...in all seriousness
though, we had a similar thread in my first BMB that was a lifesaver to me as a
FTM. So FTMs, definitely take note!
What did you love?
Pregnancy: My body pillow! I had horrible hip pain in my last
pregnancy. I thought body pillows were big and dumb. DH surprised me with the
Snoogle. I was mad at him for spending the $$ at first, but I love that damn
thing. It helped with my hip pain immensely.
Baby: So many things! I love the SwaddleMe wraps/swaddles. For the life
of me I couldn't get a tight swaddle with those Muslin blankets everyone loves
(especially in a sleep deprived fog at 3am), but I'm a champ when it comes to
velcro. DD also has a white noise machine/stuffed animal (Gentle Giraffe) that
she has slept with from day 1 pretty much. I also love those pacifiers with the
stuffed animal attached (Wubanub is one brand but there are several). Those are
great for while in the car seat or swing. It the pacifier drops out of their
mouth the stuffed animal keeps it there.
Pregnancy: Pregnancy books...I never read more than a chapter or two. I
also bought a doppler last time but I could live without it.
Baby: Muslin swaddle blankets for reasons mentioned above lol. People
love them but I ended up just using them as receiving blankets/burp rags. I
also got SO MANY random blankets from people. No one needs that many baby
blankets. I also have a Bumbo seat that we only used occasionally. I know there
is controversy on using those anyway.
What would you save on (e.g. buy used or the choose the cheaper
Pregnancy: Can't think of anything right this second.....if I think of
something I'll come back and edit.
Baby: Honestly, clothes. I've come to love those big children's
consignment sales. Babies and toddlers grow so fast I refuse to pay full price
for anything unless it's a special occasion!
Pregnancy: The only "pregnancy splurge" I had was we hired a
cleaning lady to come and DEEP CLEAN our house one day a few weeks before my
due date. It was so nice to have a clean house that I didn't have to clean. I
mean, she even cleaned the inside of our fridge and oven. I think I've decided
this pregnancy we need to splurge on this once a trimester lol.
Baby: The crib. Splurge on the convertible crib. Once DD started
climbing out of the crib it was so nice to just switch it into the toddler bed
instead of having to go out and buy something else on a whim. It eventually
turns into a full bed so I imagine it's something we'll have for a looooong
time. I wanted to be cheap (I'm frugal by nature) and get a super simple crib
but I'm glad we didn't.
What was your "unicorn" pregnancy/baby item? I SWEAR by the
"Zip a Dee Zip" slumber sacks. You use them after you can no longer
safely swaddle. DD slept in her "Zippy's" from 3 months until she was
a year and a half.
Were there any specific keepsake items you have come to cherish? Not
really any items...I just wish I would have taken more videos of DD as a baby!
I love looking back on her videos and wish I had more of just the random
I feel like this could get lengthy...
What did you love?Pregnancy: Body Pillow is obvious, I guess the one thing I got during my first that I loved were my essential oils. Especially in the third trimester. It really helped relieve aches and pains and then when it was go time it really helped relax me. I used the clary sage during induction and had a quick delivery. My doctor and nurses all loved that I diffused the room and it smelt so lovely.Baby: I was gifted this little divider caddy. We use it to this day. I filled it with diapers wipes and other essentials and could just carry it from room to room instead of having to get up to go to the nursery to change diapers. Also the rock n' play aka RNP was a life saver the first month. It's all DD would sleep in.What did you buy/receive that you would you skip this time around?Pregnancy: I know this has already been talked about but I didn't like the belly bands to help hold pants up. I never could get it to work right and it would keep rolling up on me. Waste of money. Baby: Wipe Warmer. Such a waste. I hardly used it and when we did the wipes would be dried out. What would you save on (e.g. buy used or the choose the cheaper available option)?Pregnancy: maternity clothes, booksBaby: We purchased our swing. Items were practically brand new and had all the instructions and cords. We just gave it a good wash and saved over half. Same thing with clothes. Especially the little ones. What would you splurge on?Pregnancy: Anything to make you comfortable.Baby: Pictures, monitor, breast pump (get the good one but check with your insurance, I got a free Madela through them.)Bonus Q's:What was your "unicorn" pregnancy/baby item? TULA. I didn't get one last pregnancy because I was gifted another carrier. This time I am getting a Tula. Were there any specific keepsake items you have come to cherish? no not really
Pregnancy: a body pillow, comfy lounge clothes
Baby: Those swaddle me things that wrap baby up like a cocoon. A coffee
cup carrier attachment for the stroller if it doesn't come with one.
Also see splurges, below.
Pregnancy: I can't really think of anything here.
Baby: so many things. A bumbo chair. DD used the boppy pillow a couple
times to lounge in, but it was not helpful for breastfeeding. A bouncer - I
think you only need one of these types of things, whether it be a mamaroo,
swing, etc. Jeans (DD had a pair in 0-3 months, which she never wore, and to
this day at almost 3 has not worn a pair of real jeans). We also never used our
pack n play - both sets of parents had them at their houses, so if you're
traveling a lot that would be the exception.
Pregnancy: Maternity clothes. I bought so much expensive stuff that I
only wore a few times. Obviously, you need a couple of good staples. I found
that with my style - I wear a lot of loose fitting tops and dresses, I was able
to wear a lot of regular clothes through my entire pregnancy. Borrow from
friends, and if you need to buy a lot of stuff, go cheaper - old navy is
awesome for this.
Baby: All the equipment - swings, rock n play, etc. I was such a snob
about this with DD, I wanted everything brand new and in the right colors,
etc., even though my best friend had her DD about 6 mos earlier and was willing
to give us all her stuff. Take everything you can get - you have no idea what
baby will like. DD really wasn't in to the swing, so buying new was a waste for
us. Also, clothes!
Pregnancy: these are more for mama after baby, but... good nursing
bras, earth mama angel baby nipple butter, a nice diaper bag
Baby: A good wrap for baby wearing (I had a solly wrap with DD which I
loved) and Aden and anais muslin swaddle blankets
What was your "unicorn" pregnancy/baby item? I bought so many
cute little knit stuffed animals, dolls, etc. which cost outrageous amounts of
money. Totally unnecessary, but I loved them, and still do.
Were there any specific keepsake items you have come to cherish? The
stuffed animals noted above.
This is going to be so different for everyone but here's mine.
Baby: Bamboo A&A muslin blankets (SO soft). Rocknplay. Swaddleme
sacks with the velcro.
Baby: Swing - we got a hand-me-down and it just took up space, used
maybe twice. A fancy wrap - my son hated it and the Beco carrier was so much
easier. Shoes - just don't bother with
shoes on an infant.
What would you save on (e.g. buy used or the cheaper available)?
Pregnancy: Maternity clothes
Baby: Changing table. Packnplay. I got a fancy Euro brand packnplay that
cost twice as much as the basic version and that was unnecessary.
Pregnancy: Can't think of anything right now.
Baby: A really comfy rocking chair for nursing -- so worth it. Two
nursing pillows, one for the bedroom and one for the downstairs/living room.
Diaper bag maybe? I hated mine and ended up not really using it, but maybe if I
splurged on one that fit my style better I would have used it longer.
What was your "unicorn" pregnancy/baby item? Wubbanub
Were there any specific keepsake items you have come to cherish? Well,
I got the presidential new baby greeting which I pasted in his baby book...
won't be doing that this time around. Our real keepsakes are all the handmade
blankets and sweaters we got from family.
Pregnancy: Yoga pants lol. But apparently I shouldn't have skipped the
pregnancy pillow the first time around. Definitely thinking I'll be ordering
Baby: Boppy, Nose Frida, Coconut oil
Pregnancy: Too many maternity clothes. I'll just get a few staple
pieces this time around. I think a lot of my LuLaRoe is going to work through
Baby: Wipe warmer (I returned the one I was given with DD), changing
table (we didn't have one with DD either),
What would you save on (e.g. buy used or choose the cheaper available
Pregnancy: Maternity clothes for sure. Old Navy ALWAYS has a sale lol.
Baby: Swings, bouncers, you can usually find them basically brand new
on resale pages. Please don't buy a used carseat though!
Pregnancy: I'm guessing a pregnancy pillow, which I didn't last time.
By the time I NEEDED it, I was too far along to justify it in my mind lol.
Baby: Carseat, Comfy nursing chair (we started out with a glider and
ended up buying a nice recliner when DD was about a week old, it is the most
comfortable chair ever lol), a nice baby carrier (loved our lillebaby with my
daughter, but I have a feeling this baby will be worn way more!)
What was your "unicorn" pregnancy/baby item? A nice camera! I
didn't get mine until DD was 2, but I so wish I would have had it sooner.
Were there any specific keepsake items you have come to cherish? Photos
are what I cherish the most, thus the nice camera.
Pregnancy: maternity jeans, not the full panel type, the ones with
elastic waistband. And a body pillow, or at least a second king sized pillow to
put under the belly and in between the knees (thankfully dont need it yet)
Baby: BOPPYYYY, and swing, and rock and play
Pregnancy: I'm drawing a blank on this one at the moment...
Baby: Bumbo seat, the zillion blankets you'll inevitably get as gifts,
Pregnancy: maternity clothes. I've learned to buy non maternity items
that work w and wthout the bump (except maternity jeans and leggings, SO comfy
and worth it)
Baby: any gadget or contraption. A gently used swing, bouncer, rock and
play, pack and play, etc is welcome in my book. They use it for such a short
period of time anyways!
Pregnancy: belly cream? FOOD!!!! yes. FOOD
Baby: monitor, car seat, stroller, carrier, and diaper bag (AKA
anything you will use on the regular and for an extended period of time)
What was your "unicorn" pregnancy/baby item? My current
stroller. Still love it 4+ yrs later
Were there any specific keepsake items you have come to cherish? The
monthaversary pictures I took of each of my girls. They can be a pain to keep
up with, but looking back, it's totally worth it
ETA: for vaginal delivery mammas: a peri bottle for rinsing and these
amazing, comfortable, super absorbent pads
Pregnancy: body pillow! Wearing all my summer dresses with a pregnant
belly:) Yoga pants
What would I skip?
Most of these items I did skip
with my first pregnancy at the suggestion from other moms I knew and the others
were gifts that I didn't think were necessary.
Change table: I attached the
change pad to the top of the dresser, saving room in the bedroom and money in
the bank I use the top drawer of the dresser to store all of the diapers and
Baby bath: I had one but really it's not necessary. They are so wobbly
and slippery in the bathtub anyway you're supporting their knock most of the
time in the bath isn't that long so you could likely do this in small bin. My son is almost a year and a half and he
sits in a laundry basket simply to contain him and his bath toys clothes by
Too many newborn outfits: they really just need sleepers for a long
Highchair: use the Bumbo seat
until he was enough to set up better and then we put him in a booster seat that
attached to one of our kitchen chairs which essentially is the same thing as
sitting up high chair. Saved us a lot of space in our small kitchen
What would you save money on?
I buy all used clothes for my
son. There are so many used clothing stores and thrift shops that have large
children's actions. In addition, in my city there are three different Facebook
pages typically designed for swapping and trading baby clothes . They were
everything for such a short amount of time that it's totally not worth it to
pay full price.
Actually the only items that I
paid full price for where his car seat and his stroller. For safety purposes
obviously and also I walk for an hour or two every single day so I knew that I
needed a really good quality stroller. Otherwise are used many of the same type
of sources I mentioned above to get playpen, babybath, booster seat, swing,
Bumbo chair, babybtoys etc.
I haven't read responses yet but I want to play
Pregnancy: Food Hahahaha
Baby: Moby wrap for baby wearing. Saved my life because LO was a velcro
baby for a good 10months
Pregnancy: Body maternity pillow - ridiculously huge. I found it better
to use a couple normal pillows and tucked it where needed.
Baby: Cot sized doona covers. I never used a doona for LO1 until he was
older and by that stage we used a single bed.
Pregnancy: You can find lots of maternity friendly clothing at cheaper
stores. Avoid the online stores that are purely maternity. They are expensive.
Baby: Baby monitor, the cot (but get a new mattress if you are unsure),
Pregnancy: Good quality maternity bras. Get 100% cotton, and treat
yourself to a pretty looking one as well.
Baby: Good quality pram that's easy to pack and unpack. Highly
recommend the Citi Mini GT.
What was your "unicorn" pregnancy/baby item? Moby wrap, and
Were there any specific keepsake items you have come to cherish? I
bought a keepsake item off ebay to make little hand and feet moulds and it's my
favourite keepsake. Oh and don't let your DH throw out LO's tiny little
hopsital bands. My heart still twinges that he threw them away.
Pregnancy: Bath seat. The last month I got winded standing in the
shower so this time around I will be using a bath seat early and often.
Baby: SwaddleMe Pods. Basically a swaddle that zips closed. It has no
arm or leg holes and looks like a cocoon. I can't even believe I tried other
things. This time around I'm just going to buy a bunch of these for sleeping.
Pregnancy: Knitted baby blankets. I never used a single one. Other ones
I had were much softer.
Baby: Bumbo. I didn't use it. There is no point and you can't put it up
high because its dangerous. I just used the swing, the bouncer, or even the
Pregnancy: I'd definitely buy used maternity clothes.
Baby: I would never buy another bedding set. I was too terrified to use
the bumper and never used the big bulky comforter that came with it. All you
need are sheets and mattress protectors and I learned to layer the bed for
quick changes in the night. Mattress protector, then sheet, then protector then
sheet, etc for as many as I had clean and would fit. Then when he puked, peed,
pooped or spit up on the sheets in the night I could just pull the top sheet
and mattress pad off and keep it moving.
I'd also buy used kids clothes. They grow so fast.
Pregnancy: It doesn't have to be expensive but I'd go on lots of dates
Baby: A good stroller. I'd recommend actually trying them out. We had a Britax B Agile which I loved.
What was your "unicorn" pregnancy/baby item? I really wanted
an Ergo and I also bought the infant insert. I used the heck out of it.
Were there any specific keepsake items you have come to cherish? Pictures
Pregnancy: I am joining the others who recommended the Snoogle. It's
awesome. I even traveled with it!
Baby: The Boppy pillow was a life saver. We had 2 covers in case one
was smelly or if baby spit up all over it. (Btw the waterproof cover doesn't
really work. Pillow still smells like milk.)
Pregnancy: Any scented belly creams. I can only do unscented (Cetaphil
cream in the tub is my fave.)
Baby: any sort of fancy outfits, shoes with any purpose other than
Baby: If we get any more big equipment (like a swing), we'll look at
used first for sure. Or maybe borrow something to try before you buy.
Baby: A high quality rocker. We actually splurged and got a pillowy
Lazyboy recliner for the nursery. It was the best decision we made in preparing
for first baby's arrival.
What was your "unicorn" pregnancy/baby item?
I have several: Two books (Healthy sleep habits happy child & Solve
your child's sleep problems), swaddles, the Magic Merlin suit to transition out
of the swaddles, white noise machine
Were there any specific keepsake items you have come to cherish? A
real, handwritten baby book
Pregnancy: maternity skinny jeans and leggings
Baby: those long nightgowns with the bands on the bottom. For a
newborn, they were a lifesaver for middle of the night diaper changes. Plus, it
almost acted as a double swaddle since it holds them in tight.
Baby: bumbo seat and swing. She hated both and we never used them.
Space taker! I would suggest keeping the tags on the swing, so it can be
returned if need be. Not all babies like the same thing.
Baby: possibly, pack n play? I don't think getting a brand new one was
necessary for us. We used the changing station on it more so than the actual
play area. It was only useful a handful of times.
Pregnancy: prenatal massages. Those were heaven as I got bigger.
Baby: a&d ointment! I used it every diaper change and she never
once had diaper rash. Also, baby carrier. Loved it! So did she. Lots of white
snap shirts! So much easier than bottom snaps! Especially when spit up is
happening a lot in the beginning. Diaper Jeannie!!!!!!!
a regular pillow for nursing! I used it so much! I didn't like the
boppy for nursing. Ice pack trays for making baby food. It was so much better
tasting and so easy to do!