You find out you're pregnant, you get really excited, a few months later you go to register for gifts and necessities, you walk into Target or Buy Buy Baby with your list, you feel instantly overwhelmed!
Has this happened to anyone else??
It happened to us and, judging by things my other pregnant friends have said, this happens to almost everyone. So, here I am to share my list of "must-haves" in hopes that someone will stumble across it and go into the whole registering process with a little more ammo!
Halo Sleepsack Swaddle
I didn't know about these until our hospital sent us home with one. Oh my GOSH, I am so glad they did. I can swaddle little A man pretty well in a blanket, but at some point an arm always comes loose and then he wakes up screaming. Our third night home, we opened the package from the hospital and gave this a try. We never went back to blankets, and I sent Jared to the store the next day to buy another one! It is awesome, he sleeps in it every night and I'm pretty sure he loves it as much as we do!
Diaper Genie and refills
This was kind of a no-brainer when we were registering, but I had no idea just how much we would love it! There is no stinky diaper smell coming from Anderson's room because of this wonderful little thing. We keep it right beside his dresser where we change diapers and just toss them right in. If you are using disposable diapers, this is a must!
Obviously this item is subjective, you have to use what works best for your baby. For us, Nuk is where it's at! He only takes a paci when he's going down for a nap and at bedtime. He usually spits it out mid-sleep, but these are wonderful! The hospital sent us home with an Avent Soothie and he never took to it. We got a free Nuk when we registered at Target and he never had any issues with it at all. Nuk also makes bottles with the same kind of nipple! We haven't bought any yet, but we might try them out in the future.
We have million of blankets that I love, but as soon as Anderson was about two weeks old, they were too small to swaddle him tight enough. I went searching to see if you could buy the kind of blankets they use at the hospital, because those are huge and soft and awesome! I found them in packs of three here on Ebay. They sell large swaddle blankets in stores, but we love these the best.
Boudreaux's Butt Paste
A friend told me to use this with every diaper change, even before any signs of diaper rash showed up. Thank goodness she did, because so far we haven't had to deal with that! This stuff is awesome and we lovingly refer to it as "crap spackle" in our house! :)
Register for lots and lots of it!
I know this probably goes without saying, but you will got through what seems like (and probably is) millions of these. REGISTER FOR THEM. It may sound boring, but you will use these more than anything else! Pampers Swaddlers are the brand we absolutely love. Again, every baby is different so this was another trial and error experience.
Pre-folded cloth diapers
We use these for burp cloths and they're awesome! Super absorbent, very inexpensive and they hold up to a lot of washing!
Lanolin *if you're breastfeeding
I cannot stress this enough. Don't ask questions - just buy it in bulk and use it like your life depends on it, because for the first month it pretty much does! Lansinoh is my favorite brand.
Nursing Pads *if you're breastfeeding
I've tried three different brands and believe it or not my favorite are the Walgreens brand called Well Beginnings.
Yes, there are plenty of other things we use, but these have become the things we would have a tough time doing without - our daily go-to's!
What are some things you found you couldn't live without once you brought baby home? I love to hear how everyone's items are different!