Hopefully someone you know will throw you a baby shower. If not, I don’t see the harm in throwing your own.
I have several posts about what you need for baby at specific ages. You can ask for it all or focus on what you will need in the beginning.
I know that baby stuff is cute and you would love to go on a major shopping spree for new stuff. If you are blessed financially, then by all means, go for it. But for most of us, buying used or borrowing from a friend is helpful.
I would find a friend who has a child of the same gender. Ask if you can borrow their clothes. Babies grow quickly and rarely wear out their clothes. That way you can focus your registry on items you really need.
Note : Target and Babies R Us have a great policy in that if you have a registry from their store, you can return any baby item you receive and get gift card credit. This works even on items you did not register for. So when I received massive amounts of cute clothes that I didn’t need, I brought them back and then bought my car seat.
What do I think you really need for baby?
A place to sleep. Can be a crib or Fisher-Price Newborn Rock ‘n Play Sleeper
A comfortable place to breastfeed or bottle feed. I got a Swivel Glider from a friend.
A place for baby’s clothes. We bought a dresser at a yard sale.
A place for baby’s laundry.
A place to change baby’s diapers. Can be a changing table or a changing pad on the dresser or on the floor.
A bookshelf is nice too.
Note : It is nice for things to match, but that can get expensive. Just get what you can afford. You can always paint it to match like I did.
You can read about my favorite breastfeeding items
Cloth bibs with snaps or velcro
Pacifier. Clarissa would take them randomly at six months and then again at ten months.
Breast pump. Your insurance company should at least help to cover the cost. You can read about the benefits of pumping.
Munchkin Two Snack Catchers, Blue and Orange
Mesh Food Feeder
Top 100 Baby Purees
Fisher-Price Space Saver High Chair Once Clarissa was about three months, she was frustrated because she wasn’t at the table with us. Once we started putting her in here at mealtime, she was much happier because she could see everything.
A place for baby’s bath. We just used the sink until she outgrew it and then moved her to the big tub.
Towels and wash cloths. You can always use yours.
Toys when they about six months
Baby shampoo or body wash. I say or because if you read the ingredients, they are typically the same!
Car seat. I went to a baby Expo before Clarissa was born. They said that every car seat on the market has to pass certain standards, so get what you can afford. I will say that we started with Graco Snugride Classic Connect Infant Car Seat, but after a few months, she felt confined and we ended up with Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Car Seat, which she still loves. Also, if you have more than one car, I recommend buying a base for each car. Makes life easier.During winter our Car Seat Cover was extremely helpful in keeping baby warm during car trips.
Shopping Cart Cover
Diapers and wipes. If you are interested, you can read about how and why I use cloth diapers.
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