We all know that setting up your baby registry can be an overwhelming task. As first time parents, how can you be expected to know what you need and what products are best? I’ve been involved with the baby product industry for over 10 years, so at this point, I’m familiar with what is out there, but if you’re starting from square one getting ready for a new baby, you’re going to feel like you’ve got a lot of catching up to do.
My #1 advice to you is to keep it simple. I’ve seen lots of recommended registry lists over the years, but you do NOT need everything on any of those lists. Making things modern includes keeping things minimal, so I believe in getting only what you really need and no more.
The first thing you’ll need is a car seat. You’re not going to be able to drive home from the hospital without it. Even if you have a home birth, be ready with the car seat at least by the time you get out for baby’s first check up! If you only want to buy one car seat, you can start off with a convertible car seat. If you want to carry the baby in and out of the car in their seat, if they’re sleeping, for example, you’ll start off with an infant car seat and then move up to a convertible car seat.
Pictured: Britax B-SAFE 35 Infant Car Seat
The next thing you must have is diapers. You can use disposables or choose cloth diapering. We don’t talk about cloth diapering here on the blog since I didn’t do it and don’t know much about it, but Babylist has a great guide to get you started and help you understand how it all works and what you need to know to make a great choice for cloth diapering.
Pictured: BumGenius All-in-One Cloth Diaper
Once baby is home and dry, they’re going to need a place to sleep. If you’re co-sleeping, this isn’t going to require any additional purchase, but you can choose a bassinet or travel bed for room sharing and nap time, or a crib for when you decide to have baby sleep in the nursery.
Pictured: Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper
To help baby sleep and keep them comforted, I recommend swaddling. There are lots of different types of swaddles, from simple muslin blankets, to specially designed zipper or velcro models. Pick what works best and makes sense to you, then try it out to see if it works for baby. Once you find something you both love, stock up on a few.
Pictured: Classic Swaddles from Aden + Anais
The next thing you may want to consider for your newborn is a bath. You could skip the infant tub by showering or going into the bath with your baby, but unless you’re willing to do this every time until baby is ready to sit up on their own, there are lots of different bathtub options specially designed to make both you and baby comfortable for an enjoyable bath time.
Pictured: Puj Tub
So, to sum it all up, in order of importance, my newborn registry list would include:
A handful of items are all you’ll need right off the bat to get started with your precious newborn. Babylist has put together a series of really great “Best of Guides” that include the top picks of thousands of parents to help you make a great choice in any of these categories. You can add your favorite products to your Babylist Baby Registry.
Thanks to Babylist for sponsoring this informative series. Next week, in part 2, we’ll share the most important pieces to help you prepare the nursery!
If I have to think of brands with modern bath toys, Boon is among the top on a very short list.
Jellies, suction cup creatures that stick to the tub, wall and each other,
Boon, the light up diver,
Tones, musical bath boats that hook together,
and my favorite, Cogs, which stick to the wall and spin when water is poured on them.
I bet you can’t wait for bath time!
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Skip Hop is a must-see at the ABC Kids Expo and their big showstopper this year was the Uplift Baby Bouncer.
It’s a comfortable, modern baby lounger with the unique height adjusting feature. It adjusts from regular floor height up to sofa level to let you more easily interact with baby wherever you’re most comfortable. Coming in the spring/summer 2016.
Skip Hop’s Arch Activity Gym has lots of cool features like a sound activated dancing fox and a secret pocket for your phone behind the mirror where you can take photos or videos of baby playing!
You can already find these new baby toys for sale…
… as well as these Take-along Kids Nightlights.
There are also a number of great new bath toys that are part of the zoo collection.
Finally, these High Line Totes are a chic new bags that will join an already wonderfully diverse diaper bag lineup.
Keep an eye out for all the new stuff!
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We’re going to spend this week talking about our favorite categories in the Cribsies since it’s the last week to vote. Founded by StrollerTraffic.com, the Cribsie Awards select and honor the best baby brands and products. Nominations are in, the finalists have been selected and there’s still time to select your favorites as the best for 2015.
My first favorite award in the Nursery category is “Easiest Infant Tub“.
The nominees are:
Puj Tub – Soft Infant Bath
Boon Naked Collapsible Baby Bathtub
Fisher-Price Bath Center, Rainforest or Fisher-Price Bath Tub, Rainforest Friends (not sure since the name says one thing and the photo shows another.
4Moms Infant Tub
My least favorite is the Fisher-Price Rainforest Bath. I think their 4-in-1 Sling ‘n Seat Tub would be a better choice.
So, which baby bath are you voting for? Any of your favorites that didn’t make the finals?
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With color changing LED, the thermometer shows whether the bath water is too hot, too cold, or just right. It features a suction cup for hanging when not in use.
To celebrate the launch of the new Moby Floating Bath Thermometer, Skip Hop is giving away a Moby bath collection (including the Floating Bath Thermometer, Spout Cover and Bath Rinser) to one of our loyal readers.
You can enter to win all three via the rafflecopter app below. This sweepstakes is open to US resident over the age of 18. It starts right now and ends January 19th, 2015 at 12:01 am EDT.
Thanks to our friends at Skip Hop for this fun giveaway and good luck to you!
There were not a whole lot of new innovations in the world of baby bathing products at the ABC Kids Expo this year, but here’s the best of what WAS new and different this year…
Boon probably has the most modern collection of bathing products and a great variety of bath toys. They have a number of new products for 2015. First is the Soak tub. If the Naked doesn’t work for you, then you might be interested in Soak. Its innovation is the mesh base that works for a newborn in one position and when flipped around, works better for older babies.
A number of new toys will make bath time more fun. Sadly, my boys have moved on to showers. They’re missing out on these great new choices from boon! Cast is a cute fishing game.
Marco is a little diver.
And Pipes stick to the wall and have water flow from one to another. I’D play with those!
Finally, the Frog Pod is being updated with a wider, less detailed design.
Stokke has the Flexibath under its umbrella of products and now you can get it in more colors.
Prince Lionheart is coming out with some bath grips and this tic tac toe game should be fun.
Did I miss anything?
Congratulations to Katie from Puj on the arrival of sweet little Liberty!
This makes it a great day to let you know about Puj’s new Infant Gift Set, which includes a Puj Tub, Nubs and my favorite, the Hug towel for $85. This is really gift perfection.
In honor of Liberty’s birth, you can get 10% off and free shipping until Friday, 11/14 with code: LIBERTYFAITH10.
And if you’re past the newborn stage, take a look at the Big Hug. It’s my favorite product that I haven’t told you about yet and my 4 year old is obsessed with his. In fact, my son was very upset last night because his Big Hug was in the laundry and he had to make do with an ordinary towel.
I love that he can use it on his own, dry himself off and then hang it on a hook by its rubber tab. This has been life-changing! The name “Big Hug” really describes this towel perfectly. All the kids have to do is hang the hood on their heads, tuck their hands in and give themselves a hug. Presto! They’re wrapped up and cozy.
We’ve been using the Big Hug for 8 months straight now and it still looks as good as new.
By way of disclosure, I was lucky to be a Big Hug product tester so I received one from Puj to review. But really I just wanted to be one of the first to have one! I would have bought it anyway.
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In addition to the bath items from Skip Hop, I noticed a few other cool bath items on the floor at the ABC Kids Expo 2013.
Brica debuted a whole new bath line with a complete range of products.
… and Super Spout Cover with Rinse Cup, you can enjoy a matching set of all the baby bath necessities from Brica.
For all you fans of the Blooming Bath, they’re introducing a new green color flower…
… some washcloth accessories, and this monster version.
OXO showed a new bath toy bin…
… as well as this simple but useful toilet seat cover. I would have preferred this over the Diego printed seat we used!
Boon‘s bath toys are always among my favorites and these new ones are great additions. There’s the Ray drain cover, some 3D foam shapes, Fleet stack-and-pour boats and a foam puzzle.
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As usual, Skip Hop has a plethora of items to add to their impressive lineup in the coming year. Here are just a few of my favorites.
The Giraffe Safari Wood Toy Collection is full of fun and affordable baby gifts. It includes the Crocodile Xylophone ($25), Nest & Play Blocks ($20), Stacking Animal Blocks ($15), Fold & Play Book ($10), Peek & Play Giraffe ($10), Spin & Play Rhino ($10), and the Flip & Play Turtle ($10).
These are already available on the Skip Hop website.
If you thought Skip Hop’s bath collection was already complete, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. They’ll be adding two new essentials. The Waterfall Rinser keeps sudsy water out of sensitive eyes and the Floating Bath Thermometer features a digital readout to ensure the perfect temperature in your tub.
Skip Hop’s Playspot has a new color scheme. The yellow and gray is a great new addition that will suit so many more modern nurseries and play spaces. In the photo, you can see one other addition to the Playspot line and that is the Funspot! Three inserts turn the Playspot into a spot for tummy time fun.
And your other tummy time option is Treetop Tummy Time Mat. As far as tummy time mats go, this one is pretty cute.