The best things come in tiny little packages with 10 fingers and 10 toes! It just so happens that with your tiny bundle of joy comes the need for a few (okay, maybe more than a few) essential items to help make life a little easier. While the prospect of registering and picking out all the items that are going to suit your growing family can be very exciting, we know that it can also be a little daunting at times.
But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! We teamed up with our BMTB (Best-Mom-To-Be), Love It or List It Vancouver’s Jillian Harris to create a registry that will leave you excited and confident that your registry is full of favourite baby essentials, guaranteed to making parenting a little bit easier to save you more time for baby love.
Infant Car seat: Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP 4-35
This infant car seat flaunts safety. With a minimum weight requirement starting at just 4lbs and going up to 35lbs or 32”, you’re guaranteed to get a lot of use out of this seat. Packed with safety features from base installation to seat design, Peg Perego has outdone themselves in their goal of keeping your precious cargo safe while on the move.
Stroller: Bugaboo Buffalo
Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam…Go where no stroller has ever gone before with this all-terrain performance stroller. Bigger wheels, bigger basket, bigger seat; from infancy to toddler, the Buffalo offers multiple options to keep your babe riding comfortably. Designed for every bump, be-it in life’s concrete jungles or the rugged outback, the Bugaboo Buffalo will glide over any terrain.
Baby Chair: 4Moms MamaRoo
We all know of the typical “bounce & sway” motion, used commonly to keep baby happy (or asleep). 4Mom’s MamaRoo has you covered and gives you a break! This sleek, moving chair keeps baby comfortable and content with its five calming motions and sounds. The best part? When baby gets fussy, simply change the speed and motion conveniently from your phone or tablet with the 4Moms mobile app!
Nasal Aspirator: Fridababy Nosefrida
The common cold is a friend to no one, and is especially heart wrenching to watching little noses battle colds and congestion. Fridababy “nose” what they were doing when they brought us the NoseFrida Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator. Electric aspirators can be scary for little noses but the NoseFrida lets you do the sucking, controlling the amount of suction applied without having to put anything inside their nose. We know is sounds gross, but trust us when we say it is 100% hygienic with its included filters and that it works!
Carrier: Lillebaby – All Seasons
The adventure does not need to stop when baby comes along, so go ahead, take the road less traveled – and don’t worry about having to bring a stroller along. Lillebaby’s All Seasons carrier gives you a reason to keep on with your adventure, hands-free! This carrier is full of functionality, designed to keep you and baby comfortable in any position. Try it out, you’ll love it.
Swaddles: Little Unicorn Cotton Muslin
Mamas everywhere know the importance of having versatile and multi-purpose pieces on hand. These beautiful Little Unicorn swaddles are great to use for swaddling babe, nursing covers, burp cloths and much more! They are super breathable, extra soft and they come in adorable, must-have trendy patterns too!
Lactation Assistance: Booby Boons
Let’s face it – breastfeeding is not always a walk in the park, especially when you feel like you’re not making milk enough to support little ones needs. If you’re looking to boost your milk production, what better way than delicious cookies!? Stork & Dove’s Booby Boons use the combination of nutritional yeast, oats & flax to help mama naturally boost milk production. These yummy cookies are gluten-free, soy-free, contain non-GMO ingredients, and come in two delicious flavors!
Change Pad: Nook Pebble
Changing time isn’t always the …. cleanest part of your day, but what if we told you that Nook’s Pebble change pad can help to control the mess with its all-natural eucalyptus cover that is stain-resistant, waterproof, removable AND washable! Did we mention it is made out of non-toxic, hypoallergenic, organic materials?
Travel Playard: Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light
Travelling with a little one can get overwhelming sometimes. How does a person so small require so many (bulky and heavy) things! Thankfully, Baby Bjorn makes getting around with little one much easier and WAY lighter. The Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light is a lightweight, ultra-breathable, travel crib with a soft and comfy mattress. It that takes seconds to set up and take down, which means you can spend less energy fussing, and more time enjoying your time away! And best of all, the fabric is removable and washable! Make sure to take the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib on your next adventure!
Breastpump: Medela Freestyle
Calling all busy moms! (Who are we kidding, all mommas are busy!) If you’re a woman on the move with a breastfed babe, the Medela Freestyle Breast Pump may be just what you’re looking for. This double-electric pump features a rechargeable battery and lightweight motor which makes pumping on the go a breeze. The Freestyle allows you to customize your experience with a memory feature, adjustable suction and strength for your comfort. This pump can also be used hands-free! Medela has so many different accessories to add to your pumping and feeding routine that take some of the stress and discomfort out of breastfeeding. Keep scrolling to find out how you can win a Medela Breastfeeding Initiation Kit valued at over $125!
We love these tried and tested, mom-approved products and hope you will to! While there are endless options for products to suit each family, be confident in knowing that you will find the right combination for your growing family.
Looking for more items to add to your registry? Check out Jillian’s full registry here.
Want to win a prize pack from one of Jillian’s favourite brands? Login to the rafflecopter below, answer the question “What has been your biggest challenge or fear around breastfeeding?” Leave a comment that you answered and you will be entered to win a Breastfeeding Initiation Kit from Medela! This contest will run from Friday, August 5th to Monday, August 8th at 11:59pm EST. Contest Rules and Regulations.
**Update: This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Flora C, you are the winner of the Medela Breastfeeding Initiation Kit. Thank you to all who entered!
Baby Showers are the absolute best! Period. I can’t think of a better tradition than friends and family gathering around to celebrate a new life, while making sure the parents-to-be are as prepared as possible for the task. The expression “it takes a village” is true every step of the way, and it starts with the baby shower.
With each of my three babies, my list of true essentials became smaller and smaller. There are some things you’ll use daily and feel like you couldn’t survive without; and other things you’ll never unwrap and will re-gift as soon as possible. My job is to help you discern between the two.
My first recommendation is, don’t register for clothing! You will get clothing anyway. People love to buy clothing for new babies. You’ll have more than you need, and baby will be most comfortable in pyjamas or sleepers anyway, so keep their wardrobe simple. For clothing, 8-10 one-piece sleepers are all you need for the first three months as far as I’m concerned. Sure, it’s hilarious and adorable to put babies in cardigans and suspenders, but really, let’s focus on what we NEED, ok?
Gear + Linens + Diapers – Clothing = Baby Registry Success!
Stroller: This is probably the most expensive baby item you’ll own, so definitely put some thought into it. Are you a runner? Consider jogging capabilities. Do you plan on having more children within a couple of years? You’ll want a stroller that can grow with your family. Are you petit? You’ll want a light weight stroller you can manoeuvre.
Strollers can run you upwards of $1,000 but consider that a high quality stroller will also have re-sale value when you’re done with it. And keep in mind that while most baby items are out of a job in a matter of months, your stroller will be used until your youngest is around five years old. If you plan to use your stroller often, they’re worth the investment!
Car Seat: Unlike a stroller, these aren’t really optional. Even if you don’t drive often, you can’t drive at all without a car seat – including the rare times you may rent a car or when traveling. An infant car seat is good for six years in Canada, whereas convertible car seats (that last from infancy to booster) tend to be 10 years. Also unlike strollers, it is recommended to never purchase a car seat second hand as the history of car accidents would be unknown. Thus, they’re a baby registry essential.
Baby Carrier: These are one of the most popular items on any registry and it’s no wonder why. Baby carriers provide parents with mobility while giving baby comfort and contact. Make sure you visit the store and try on different carriers before you decide on one for your registry. Have both parents try the carrier, too! Some carriers are more comfortable for certain body types, so you need to try them all. Also make sure both parents are confident putting on and taking off the carrier. If it’s too confusing, you probably won’t use it, so make sure you register for one that you feel good about!
Furniture: I’m a firm believer that babies don’t need much, and this extends to their nursery. I suggest buying furniture that will grow with them and easily match different decor in your home. Consider if the baby will be sharing a bedroom right away, or in the future, and the gender of current or future siblings. Our three kids still all share a bedroom, and we have both genders represented in the room, so neutral is always my rule of thumb.
If your budget allows, I recommend having a fixed crib as well as a travel crib/playard. The crib is their stationary bed that’s always at home, but the travel crib can travel with your family and pop up in mom and dad’s room when needed. If I had to choose between the two though, I’d be sure to have a playard as they’re much more versatile and affordable. Make sure you choose one with a bassinet insert for the newborn months!
Linens: One thing is for sure, babies known how to go through linens! Laundry will be the first chore you notice doubling, nay, tripling when baby arrives. While clothes may be superfluous, you can never have enough linens!
- 2-3 crib sheets (like these)
- 2-3 pack-and-play sheets (like these)
- 10+ receiving blankets (love these and these)
- 10+ bibs (great for catching spit up!)
- 3+ zip-up or Velcro swaddles (these are my favourite, and work like a charm!)
- Sleep sacks, for after the newborn stage (these are cute!)
Diapers: There’s nothing else I can think of that baby will need 10x a day, every day! Diapers are the most essential or any baby registry. They make a great gift because they’re always useful, never out of style, and available anywhere.
We used these cloth diapers and loved them, but I also always had disposables on hand for traveling, over nights, baby sitters, and the newborn days. There are some great chemical free diapers on the market these days, so you really can’t go wrong with either style of diaper. Buying cloth diapers can be a large upfront cost, so they should definitely be on your registry. Even if you are gifted just a couple of diapers it’s a tremendous help! I love giving my friends the Honest Diaper Bundles as a shower gift because they include wipes, too. Perfect gift!
Things to avoid: When making your registry, avoid anything gender specific. You may be having a girl, but what if your next baby is a boy? We tend to focus on the present, but if you’re anything like me, you could get a surprise a few months after your baby is born, and all of the pink frilly things are suddenly out of a job.
I also try to stick with baby items that serve multiple purposes, for multiple stages. Muslin swaddles are a great example of this – I used them to swaddle, to shield the sun in the stroller, and they make perfect light weight blankets in the summer.
Like clothes, toys and books aren’t the best baby shower gifts, either. The parents-to-be need so much just to get them through the initial six months, so as cute as those wooden blocks or that famous Dr. Seuss title is, if it’s not useful or needed in the baby stage, wait and give them at a 1st birthday party instead.
Emily is a Montreal-based writer and blogger, but most importantly, a mom of three littles (age five and under). She geeks out over cloth diapers, lattes, and will do just about anything to travel. You can find her on Instagram @emmorrice where she profusely overgrams pictures of her meals, kids and city.
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