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My Baby Registry

I hope you enjoy my Baby Registry! It covers the preliminary decisions we've made for baby gear, clothing, feeding, nursery, bath, health, toys, diapering, and ideas for mom. Our goal was to try to stay somewhat minimal and also toxic material-free, where possible. I hope you enjoy! I'll be sure to keep this list updated with personal experience after she arrives (expected January 13, 2018).

Pregnancy (and I'm sure parenthood) is a LOT like building a muscle. Slowly, over time, you build your weighty “a dependent life is directly impacted” decision-making muscle. Pregnancy starts off with mini decisions that FEEL like big ones. Just like a workout, those decisions get bigger and more important as your muscle to make them strengthens. My biggest, “oh my gosh I'm sore” decision making muscle exercise in my 1st and 2nd trimesters revolved around this registry. Goodness gracious, I had a LOT to learn and (what felt like) endless decisions to make.

Are we going to cloth diaper? If so, when and with what? 

How much does organic matter? 

Which companies can we trust? 

What ARE the US safety standards compared to products made elsewhere? 

Where is a reasonable stance (for us) between eco-friendly and practical products?

etc.

After reading more manuals and reviews than I can count, I finally started to chip away at our baby registry. I put SO MUCH thought into this registry (in the spirit of complete honesty) really because I wanted my husband to have the resource should anything ever happen to me. I hope that comes across how I intend. It's not that I *expect* anything bad to happen, but on the off-chance, I'd rather him have a list of answered questions and resources so he's not left wondering what I would or would not have voted for our baby girl.

Our registry or list of “pre-decisions” is a whittled-down list of baby stuff options from the OCEAN of products available on the market right now. Of course, all we really need are each other, a baby, good health (praise), something to cover her bottom, something to cover her body, and something to cart her around in the car. So much of the rest can be seen as extra or nice-to-haves, which is exactly our perspective. I'm a maximizer at heart. I want to maximize efficiencies as much as possible. Surrounding ourselves with what we need, what makes the most sense with regard to safe-for-baby materials, and what will help us guide this little human through her first precious years of life.

I hope you find my registry helpful and that it empowers you as you whittle-down the endless list of baby stuff options out there. If you're feeling overwhelmed, know that you are NOT alone. Research until you're happy, make a decision that resonates with YOU, and move on to your next to-do. We can always call an audible down the line when we learn (with experience) what will serve our individual little ones best.

Note for my TRULY minimalist friends: I've BOLDED the items below that I would consider absolutely essential. The non-bolded items are all nice-to-haves. I plan to revisit this list with updates in the future as we've got more practice using everything!

Where I registered: I registered on Baby List! It's a neat service that allows you to link to (essentially) any website. This way, you're not juggling multiple lists and can have a little more freedom as you find products from other small shops.

BABY GEAR

  • Cybex Cloud Q Infant Car Seat – I probably did the more research on car seats than anything else, mostly because the options are vast. I loved this seat because of the added safety features and the fact that it will lay flat (when not clicked into the car seat base) so that baby can sleep on the go in a reclined position.
  • Cybex Priam Fram with All Terrain Wheels – this is our main stroller base and it's awesome! Very minimalistic and easy to use. It will work with our carseat and the clip-in stroller seat below.
  • Cybex Priam 2-in-1 Light Seat – this is the stroller seat we got for walking use around the neighborhood trail or for when she outgrows her infant car seat. It clicks into the same base above and converts from a bassinet into a toddler-friendly seat. Note you can grab both the Priam Frame (all terrain) and the Lux Seat as a discounted package HERE.
  • Nuna Rava Convertible Car Seat – my sister-in-law recommended that I go ahead and register for a convertible car seat off the bat. We'll use this when she outgrows the infant seat.
  • Brica Seat Guardian – this simple product was on the wish list of my hubby. It goes onto the car's seat BEFORE the car seat base. It helps to protect the car's seat from wear seen by the car seat base, dropped food, and kicking feet. We have ours installed and, so far, I'm really glad we have it!
  • Lotus Bassinet Kit + Crib Bundle – this is our version of a “pack n' play” for those who are familiar. It folds up SMALL (you can wear it as a backpack) and has awesome features as it transitions from a bassinet to a true crib. The side unzips so that babies can crawl in/out (of the crib option) or so that moms can lay down and comfortably nurse.
  • Fisher-Price Swing – just about every parent we know has one of these swings and loves them! They will rock baby and provide entertainment while you (mom or dad) have your hands free for a moment.
  • Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play –  this found its way onto our list because it's small, travel-friendly, and could potentially soothe baby if other options aren't working. I know a few infants who sleep in their rock n' plays and others who had no interest. We'll see what baby girl wants!
  • BabyBjorn Bouncer in Organic Cotton – this is the seat we plan to bring with us to the gym! Baby can self-sooth and grow with this seat into toddlerhood.
  • Highchair – Stokke Tripp Trapp ($$$) is the main highchair we decided on for our house. We love that it will convert as she continues to grow. We've also heard wonderful reviews from other parents about how easy they are to clean (spray them down and you're done). If the Tripp Trapp is out of scope, check out THIS ONE ($) from iKea. I've heard good things about it as well.
  • Highchair Attachments – if you go for the Stokke, make sure you register for a Tray, Baby Set, and Cushion.
  • HALO Swivel Bassinet – we haven't officially decided on our sleeping plans, but this is already set up in our bedroom. We also got this Newborn Insert and these Organic Cotton Fitted Sheets (2 of them). I like this bassinet because it will actually fit over the bed a bit so she can be really close to me. One side also collapses (when you want it to) so that I can easily reach in and grab her for feeding.
  • Snuggle Me Organic Baby Bed – this came highly recommended by friends who chose to co-sleep! I love the materials used to make this bed. It's great for newborn to 6 months.
  • DockATot Deluxe+ – this also came highly recommended! Though I think the Snuggle Me Organic would be ideal for those wanting to co-sleep, this DockATot is loved for being a portable crib and lounger for baby. We'll likely use ours in the living room or for when we travel and want a safe space to place her (with observation, of course). We also opted for the DockATot Toy Arch, Toy Set, Transport Bag, and Cover (to help make cleanup/washing even easier).
  • Inglesina Fast Table Chair – this is also known as a “lobster” chair. I did a good amount of research digging into chairs that will clean easily AND that will fit on a thicker (3″) table. This one fit the bill! It comes in a number of colors and we plan on this being our main chair when we go to my parents each week.

Note: I would consider *some* kind of sleeper that you can keep in your bedroom as essential (would be bolded) while your little one is a newborn and not quite ready for their crib. I didn't bold the bassinet or the snuggle-me organic above, because you could reasonably choose one or the other 

CARRIERS

My carrier game plan is to try several! I know that some are best for tiny babies and other great for when they're a bit older. These are the ones I included in my registry:

  • Ergobaby Carrier – I really wanted this carrier for Austin (my husband). All our friends say that this is the most dude-friendly carrier and it comes with an infant insert.
  • Sakura Bloom Ring Carrier – I know some folks who absolutely love the ring carrier! I'm excited to give it a try.
  • Baby K'tan Carrier – a few of my friends were frustrated by the wrap carriers and preferred this one. It secures in place with fewer steps, but offers a similar soft/secure carry.
  • Solly Baby – I just adore these wraps and have a couple of them on hand for baby!

SWADDLES & BLANKETS

Like the carriers, I wanted to have several options on hand so we can figure out what works best for our little one!

CLOTHING

If your friends and family are like mine, the majority of your baby gifts will be adorable pieces of clothing! As such, I really only registered for everyday basics.

DIAPERING

Though I do plan to share a dedicated post on our actual experience, our initial thoughts are to lean on disposable while she's a newborn and then we'll transition to cloth (all-in-ones) when she's about 10 pounds. We will then reconsider our stance once she starts to walk as there are some emerging studies correlating healthy hip development with diaper bulk. Stay tuned!

  • Smart One 3.1 by SmartBottoms – these are just the all-in-ones (AIO) we've settled on but there are a BUNCH of options out there. We also have some Thirsties All-in-Ones.
  • Bambo Nature Disposable Diapers – I registered for a set in newborn (size 1) in addition to a stock of sizes 2 and 3.
  • Water Wipes – these will be our primary wipes as the ingredients are most simple and benign!
  • Honest Wipes – we plan to have these on hand if we decide that we want to employ a wipe with a bit more scrubbing power.
  • Wet Bag Roll from OH BABY! – we plan to keep these on us for wrapping up our used diapers and dirty cloths while out.
  • Gerber 3-Ply Prefold Cloth Diapers – though we don't anticipate using these to diaper our daughter, I do want them as burp cloths.
  • Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail – after a bunch of research on diaper pails, this is where we landed! Their reviews tout that they really lock in any odors and are easy to use. We actually got 2 of them so that one could be for our laundered diapers (cloth) and the other for wipes/trash or used disposables.
  • A Diaper Bag for Mom (this is the one I have ($), but this one ($$$) is also neat!)
  • A Diaper Bag for Dad

BATH

TOYS / ENTERTAINMENT

HEALTH, SAFETY, & SKIN

  • Primally Pure Baby Powder – though we haven't decided if we're going to use a powder at all, this is the talc-free kind we're keeping on hand just in case. Note also that this Primally Pure Baby Kit is a great gift option for safer skincare conscious expectant parents.
  • Beautycounter Baby – for safer options for a Calming Diaper Rash Cream, Daily Protective Balm, and Baby Oil. This “Ultimate Baby Collection” is a great option for a gift as it even includes a great diaper bag!
  • Natural Baby Brush & Comb Set – I like that this one also includes a cradle cap brush.
  • Baby Toothbrush – though we won't use it for a little while, I want to have these on hand.
  • BioGaia ProTectis Drops with Vitamin D – I know moms who will add a drop to their nipples before breast feeding as a way to administer to their infant. I need to do a bit more research on frequency we'll administer, but I have them on hand for the time being.
  • Fridababy Nail Clipper Set – the emery board I'll take with us to the hospital to help gently trim her newborn nails.
  • Fridababy NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator – this is a replacement for the classic bulb and every parent I know swears by this gadget. Just make sure you don't run out of filters! 😉
  • Digital Thermometer – we opted for a classic thermometer so that the temperature would be more accurate (vs. a forehead thermometer).
  • Badger Baby Balm – to have on hand if we need it!
  • Babyganics Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer – we'll keep this on hand in diaper bags and around the house for use, especially when we have visitors who want to hold our newborn. 
  • Fragrance-Free Laundry Detergent – in some irony, finding a truly squeaky-clean detergent is tricky. Most contain some kind of additive that I would be less than excited about applying directly to my skin. Most of what we wash our clothes in washes off …save for fragrances, which can transfer to the skin. If you find a fragrance-free detergent you like, I'm of the “it's close enough” mindset – but you choose what's right for you! Biokleen and Babyganics are a couple options that are readily available. If you'd like a “cleaner” version that requires a bit of work to use, I recommend Branch Basics (the concentrate + oxygen boost). 

FEEDING

NURSERY

  • Crib! Considering the amount of time our little one will spend in the crib, we wanted to make sure that we have one made with minimal toxins. We ultimately decided on this Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Crib ($$) that comes with the toddler conversion kit. The Oeuf Sparrow ($$$) was also on our list. If those two are out of the question, check to see if iKea brought back the Sniglar crib. It's at around the $100 mark and is (supposedly) made with unfinished beech. Unfortunately at the time of my writing this, it's not available in their online store.
  • Crib Mattress – we got the pure core non-toxic Babyletto mattress ($$) that comes with a dry waterproof cover, but this Oeuf Organic ($$$) is a good option, too!
  • Hanging Clothing Dividers – these help us organize all the sweet clothing gifts baby received!
  • Baby-Size Hangers
  • Hatch Baby Rest Night Light & Sound Machine – like so many gadgets, we may or may not use this, depending on the needs of our little one …but we're grateful to have it on hand. I like that it pairs with our phones and that we can have it emit yellow-toned lights at night (blue lights stimulate cortisol).
  • Nest Cam Indoor Security Camera – we're planning on this camera for our primary baby monitor! We also ordered a couple Fire HD 8 Tablets so that we can run them as a dedicated monitor (vs. having to log into the app on our phone). Note that the Fires need to be “side loaded” to work how we're planning. This camera will be installed permanently in the nursery.
  • Samsung Wisenet Baby Monitor – we're also going to make use of this monitor for whenever we want to keep an eye on our daughter when she's not in the nursery: like when she's napping in the bassinet in our bedroom or when we're traveling to see family.
  • Oeuf Organic Crib Sheets – I got the advice to register for 3 crib sheets, which is what I did!
  • Additional Soft Crib Sheets – I know I'm going to be glad to have these on hand!
  • Basic Organic HALO Bassinet Sheet – for use while she's in a bassinet, before we transfer her to her crib.
  • Hamper – I like to have two hampers so I can pre-separate light and dark clothes.
  • Oeuf Eco-Friendly Chaning Pad – this one fits our dresser/changing table perfectly and I love that it's made without toxic materials.
  • Oeuf Organic Changing Pad Cover
  • Wool Moisture Barrier for Crib, Bassinet (if you have one of this size), and Changing Table – I've heard rave reviews about this exact wool barrier by Holy Lamb Organics!

FOR MOM

VISUAL BABY REGISTRY

For those of you who prefer a visual shop, here's a clickable version of my baby registry! Note that this does not include all the products mentioned above, just the ones I could find with the program I use to bring you these handy boutiques. I hope you find it helpful!

   

18 Responses to “My Baby Registry”

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    Meaghanposted January 7, 2018 at 9:10 am

    This list is amazing! As a mom to a one year old, I have two suggestions (for what they’re worth). First, I liked the Burt’s Bees burp clothes better than cloth diapers – they’re thicker and really catch all the baby spit up that will be coming your way shortly 🙂 so if you have a really spitty baby, check them out! Second, we also use the Nest cam as our baby monitor. We love it BUT if your internet goes out, it also goes out and your device will shut down, closing the app. Therefore we also have a sound-only monitor (we have the cheap v-tech one) as back-up so that we never have to worry about missing him. We also take this one with us when we travel – it’s super light and as he’s gotten older we worry less and less about being able to see him.

    Good luck with your delivery and the newborn stage! As someone who had to have a c-section due to a breech baby (not my original plan…), I love your flexible attitude to all of this! It’s so important to be able to go with the flow. The newborn stage is so hard but so precious and it goes by so fast. Enjoy your time off!

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      Cassyposted January 17, 2018 at 12:45 pm

      Thank you!

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    Lindsayposted January 7, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Love this! I’m not having kids yet but plan to in the next year or two and have already began my research so we have an idea of how much to save for our first baby. We plan to do all organic clothes at first too. How long are you planning to use organic clothes/blankets for? I haven’t done too much research but at the moment am thinking only organic clothes for at least the first 6 months of life.

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      Cassyposted January 17, 2018 at 12:45 pm

      Same! First 6 months for sure, then I’m sure I’ll give into other cute things 😉

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    Kahlieposted January 7, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    As a mom to a 13 month old, you’ve seriously done SUCH a good job with this!!! You’ve got tons of amazing things on here, but the Ollie swaddle, dockatot, and nose frida are some of our favorites – you will LOVE them. Sending you lots of love and good vibes for a safe and easy delivery! 🙂

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      Cassyposted January 17, 2018 at 12:44 pm

      Thank you so much!!

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    Melposted January 7, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    Congratulations on your little one!

    we love bambo nature, water wipes, and aden and anais swaddle blankets as well (they make great nursing covers)!

    re: baby monitors, they are high in EMFs, so that’s why we used ours minimally and then actually decided to get rid of it early on in my 2nd son’s life (https://www.nontoxicliving.tips/blog/emf-exposures-from-baby-monitors-solutions);

    also, babyganics detergent is rated “F” on ewg.org (https://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/5003-Babyganics3xLaundryDetergentFragranceFree#.WlLuMpM-dBw) due to skin allergies/irritations and developmental/reproductive toxicity. We’ve had to go through a lot of research for our sons who have skin issues. Would recommend Molly’s Suds or Country Save, but not sure which other detergents would be best if you cloth diaper.
    All the best to you and your family.

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    Holly R.posted January 8, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    The choices are endless aren’t they!? I have a one year old and you have just about all of our “must haves” on your list! I’m also an avid researcher, haha! I will say that there are a number of things that we got and didn’t care for, wouldn’t purchase again. Which created buyers guilt and a lot of extra stuff. (expensive stuff too, ugh!) Once your babe is here and you are going through the stages can also be the best time to know just what to get and what YOUR baby needs. If I were to add something to your list, I highly recommend the Fisher Price Sit Me Up, we used it in our kitchen for probably 6 months (that’s a long time in “baby time”) and it was a life saver!

    We have the Halo bassinet, rock & play, pack & play, but the one that we absolutely LOVED for sleep….dockatot!

    You are going to be a fantastic Mama, can’t wait to see pics of your little bundle!

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      Cassyposted January 17, 2018 at 12:44 pm

      Thank you so much!

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    Amandaposted January 8, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this! Super helpful as I am going through the same process (due in May!) I’ve spent the most time thinking about the mattress since baby will spend so much time there. I’m curious if you considered, or if anyone has experience with, the Newton mattress: https://www.newtonbaby.com/products/newton-crib-mattress

    Best of luck!

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    Kaciposted January 12, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    I have just loved following along with you throughout your pregnancy. It is such an amazing time! I have a 16 month old and our second is on the way (coming this June!). I love your list and am thrilled to see that many of the items are the same as we requested/purchased with our first. If I could recommend one item, the Love to Dream Swaddle was a game changer for us. My daughter loved it! It gives your baby the ability to self soothe because the arms are swaddled in the up position. Can’t wait for your precious little one to arrive!
    https://lovetodream.com/swaddle-up-organic/

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      Liliposted January 15, 2018 at 7:07 pm

      Seconding this comment— the love to dream swaddles were the ONLY ones that worked for us because little guy could suck on his hand through the fabric and help self soothe. I’ve actually recommended them to a ton of new mama friends and they’ve only ever gotten rave reviews!

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      Cassyposted January 17, 2018 at 12:12 pm

      Awesome! I’ll look into it!

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      Cassyposted January 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

      Thank you!

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    Brittanyposted January 12, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    I use and love Molly Suds unscented laundry detergent. It’s great stuff!

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      Cassyposted January 17, 2018 at 12:36 pm

      Awesome!

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    Karenposted January 15, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Hi there, I wish you luck with the birth of you daughter, you’re going to be a fantastic Mama to your little Cricket. 🙂

    I do have a question about the Organic Milk formula, just like you, I want my husband to feel good that he can provide for our daughter when I am not around. Especially since I will be going back to work soon.

    What made you decide on this formula? Do you know someone with personal experience from using this formula? Did you go by reviews and rating?

    Thanks for your registry as this was so helpful!

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      Cassyposted January 17, 2018 at 12:15 pm

      I know people with personal experience, it matched what I want nutritionally, and the reviews were the final nail!

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