Create a Kick Ass Baby Registry!

First of all, congratulations!!!  If you are here, you are probably expecting a little one in the near future.  Whether this is your first, or your fifth, hopefully you can find something useful.  Why, you ask, would someone with five kids EVER need a baby registry???  Well, the great thing is that you can get a “completion discount” on items on your list through many different registry stores.  If there are things that you need for that little one, add them to the list and put in a large order as you get closer to baby’s arrival.

This is the actual list that I used for my baby registry. We did not find out Baby Bear’s gender in advance, so everything is gender neutral.  Most of the items listed have different variations if you are looking for specific colors or patterns.  

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I chose to do my registry through Amazon just because of the convenience of having almost everything in one place.  And Amazon offers welcome box with awesome samples, a really great completion discount and bonus products.  

After lots of advice from friends and family, I tried to think beyond the first few months home with baby and add things that I new I would need as my little one got older.  Especially if you are having a baby shower, its great to suggest things to friends and family that you may need down the road.  

In all honesty, there are very few things that you NEED to safely care for a newborn baby.  A car seat, somewhere to sleep, something to wear, some diapers, and a way to feed them.  If you want to be a completely minimal mama, go for it!  More power to you!!  But if you are interested in the “nice to haves” as well as the “need to haves” then keep reading!

Baby Registry List

Clothes

You are going to get LOTS of clothes no matter what you actually ask for on your registry.  I wouldn’t even bother putting any on there, unless there is something really specific you would like.  

One big thing to keep in mind is that babies don’t always fit into newborn clothes when they are born!  Some are smaller, some are bigger!  So if you do ask for clothes, or buy some yourself (because, lets be honest, its hard to resist!) make sure you get some in larger sizes.  I promise, your little one will be just as cute wearing 3 month, 6 month, or 9 month clothes, and they will probably be able to wear them for longer!

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Sleeping

SNIGLAR Crib – Ikea: We decided to go with a pretty basic crib.   One thing that was important to me was that it was solid wood and not painted in something that would be harmful to Baby Bear if he were to chew it….which happens.  Surprisingly, Ikea makes a crib that is solid wood, not painted, and incredibly affordable.  One feature that it does NOT have is the ability to convert to a toddler bed. But our thought was that by the time Baby Bear graduates to a toddler bed, we would like to have a second child. So this crib would get passed down to the next baby and Baby Bear would get his own, brand new toddler bed.

SNIGLAR Crib IKEA The bed base can be placed at two different heights.

Milliard Hypoallergenic Baby Crib Mattress or Toddler Bed Mattress with Waterproof Cover: most cribs do not come with a mattress.  So you need to add one of those to your list.  The most important feature is that its the right size for the crib you buy.  It should fit snuggly so that there aren’t any gaps that could be dangerous for baby.Milliard Hypoallergenic Baby Crib Mattress or Toddler Bed Mattress with Waterproof Cover - 27.5

Sleep Sacks

Sleeps sacks are the next step up from a swaddle blanket.  They keep your little one tucked in nice and tight.  I never though I would need them….I mean, I’m a pediatric nurse!  I swaddle babies all-the-time!  But let me tell you, Velcro will be better than my swaddles 100% of the time. Most babies LOVE the feeling of being nice and tight, just like they were in mama’s belly.  And a snug, comfy baby is much more likely to sleep than an uncomfortable baby.  Reason enough?  Here are a few different sizes that can be used as baby gets bigger.  Also be mindful of the type of fabric because some are better for cold weather and others are better for warmer weather. 

    1. Ziggy Baby Swaddle Blanket, Adjustable Infant Baby Wrap, Soft Cotton in Ultra Grey
    2. Halo Sleepsack 100% Cotton Swaddle, Heather Gray, Small
    3. HALO Sleepsack Plush Dot Velboa Swaddle Newborn Silver
    4. SwaddleMe Original Swaddle 3-PK, Mountaineer, Large

Swaddle Blanket, Adjustable Infant Baby Wrap Set by Ziggy Baby, 3 Pack Soft Cotton in GreyHALO SleepSack Plush Dot Velboa Swaddle Newborn Silver

Feeding

I chose (and was fortunate enough to be able to) breastfeed Baby Bear.  With that said, whether I  breastfed or bottle feed, I still really love this system.  You pump right into the storage bags and can attach a nipple without having to transfer anything.  Its easy, convenient, and can grow with baby from milk/formula to pureed foods. 

Milk – Kiinde

  1. Kiinde Breast Milk Storage Twist Starter Kit
  2. Kiinde medium and fast flow nipples
  3. Kiinde spoon, spout, and funnel if you are considering making your own baby food.

Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner, North Park, Blue: I had a lot of tailbone pain after delivery.  I used this pillow more as a cushion for my bum than for a positioner for Baby Bear!  Still, GREAT to have. But I do know lots of mamas who would bring their Boppy with them everywhere to make nursing more comfortable.  Its also great for grandma or Papa Bear to use to snuggle baby and not have their arms fall asleep  😉

Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner, North Park, Blue

Breast pump and accessories:  Talk to your insurance company.  Most likely, a pump is covered!  And you may also be eligible for supplies as well as the actual pump.  I was able to get all of my Kiinde storage bags (which can be used with formula or pureed foods too!) for free through my insurance.  Its worth asking!

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Solid Foods

OXO Tot Sprout Chair with Tray Cover:  a nice, solid high chair is going to be a long term fixture in your house.  So get something you like, that isn’t going to be a pain in the butt to clean, and that fits in the room where you plan on feeding baby.

Bumbo Multi Seat in Cool Grey: We actually asked for two of these.  One is on a counter height chair in the kitchen so that when I am cooking, Baby Bear can sit with me at our island without being in his high chair in another room.  The second one we put in our Airstream.  We can plop Baby Bear in the seat and put him on top of the a picnic table while we are out camping which is super helpful.  Another use that a fellow mama mentioned to me was to keep a second one in your car for when you go to restaurants that don’t have high chairs (or if the high chair is just too yucky to use!)

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BABYBJORN Soft Bib: Catches EVERYTHING and the  firmer plastic material makes it harder for Baby Bear to attempt to rip off.

Safari Disposable Placemats for Table Top: I was a waitress back in my day.  And I remember cleaning up the table after a family of little ones left.  It was always COVERED in who knows what, no matter how mindful the family was.  These placemats are great because they just stick to the table and then you can pull them off, wrap them up, and toss the whole thing.  Aside from clean up, its nice to know that the surface you are putting your little one’s food on is actually clean and not covered in chemicals.  

NatureBond Baby Food Feeder/Fruit Feeder Pacifier:  These have been a LIFE SAVER for Baby Bear when he is teething.  I usually put in frozen mango, but you can use ice cubes, frozen breastmilk, or other fruits/veggies.  The silicone is nice because you can pop it in the dishwasher afterwards.

NatureBond Baby Food Feeder/Fruit Feeder Pacifier (2 Pack) - Infant Teething Toy Teether in Appetite Stimulating Colors | Bonus Includes All Sizes Silicone Sacs (Sunshine Orange and Lemonade Yellow)

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Cups

Munchkin Miracle 360 Sippy Cup (10 oz)  and Trainer Cup (7 oz)

Munchkin Miracle 360 Sippy Cup, Green, 10 Ounce, 2 Count          Munchkin Miracle 360 Trainer Cup, Green, 7 Ounce, 2 Count

Bowls, plates, and silverware

Munchkin Stay Put Suction Bowls

Munchkin Stay Put Suction Bowl, 3 Count

Babiere Silicone Toddler Plate: The suction cup has saved us many a tossed plate!

BPA Free Soft-Tip First Stage Silicone Infant Spoons: These really are the best for new eaters because of the super soft silicone.

BEST Baby Spoons BPA Free Soft-Tip First Stage Silicone Infant Spoons Baby Training Gift Set 5 pack

Gerber Graduates Kiddy Spoons and Forks

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Diapering

One of the biggest decisions to make about diaper is whether to use disposable or cloth.  I NEVER though I would be a cloth diaper mama, but I have learned a lot about them and actually decided to part time cloth diaper once Baby Bear got to about 6 months.  Check out my post Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Cloth Diapering.  If you decided to go the disposable diaper route, there are lots of blog posts about building a diaper stash before baby is born.  I would be hesitant to do that because you may not be stashing what works best for your baby!  I found that Baby Bear got a horrible rash with several different brands of diapers.  So it took a bit of trial and error before we found what worked best. Luckily, I didn’t have hundreds of diapers in a closet somewhere that he might never have used!

Munchkin Waterproof Changing Pad Liners: These are great to throw on top of your changing pad (over the sheet) so that if it gets messy, you can just switch it out instead of taking the whole sheet off.  They are also great to keep in your diaper bag in case you need to change your little one on someone’s rug or couch.  We got two sets of these as well and keep them stashed all over!

Munchkin Waterproof Changing Pad Liners, 3 Count

Summer Infant Contoured Changing Pad: We just used a repurposed short dresser as a changing table with this on top and it works great!

Summer Infant Contoured Changing Pad

Boudreaux’s Butt Paste Diaper Rash Ointment: Best diaper cream ever!

Boudreaux's Butt Paste Diaper Rash Ointment | Maximum Strength | 4 Oz

Ubbi Diaper Pail, Gray: Great  because you can use ANY regular trash bag!  

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Linens

Prefold Cloth Diapers – 12 Pack – Unbleached Premium Cotton: Even before I became a crunchy, part-time cloth diapering Mama, I new the value of a good refold diaper.  These things are the most amazing burp cloths!!!  Trust me on this one.

Prefold Cloth Diapers - 12 Pack - Unbleached Premium Cotton, Pre-Washed, Fits Newborn Babies to Toddlers (10-30 lbs), Multi-Use

Lulujo Bamboo Muslin Swaddle Blankets: These are by far the softest swaddle blankets I have come across.  They are a nice size too.  I use mine for everything from swaddling, to covering the car seat, to using as a nursing cover (tie two ends together in a not and put over your head…ta-da!  Instant cover!)High In The Sky

Sheets

Ely’s & Co. Kid’s Waterproof Pack n Play Sheets and Changing Pad Covers: These are great because they are waterproof!  So no need to worry about a separate mattress protector for the Pack n Play.  And I found that the changing pad sheets also fit great on our bassinet mattress!

Ely's & Co. Kid's Waterproof Pack n Play Portable Mini Crib Sheet with Mattress Pad Cover Protection, White and Grey Chevron and Polka Dots (2 Pack)

Waterproof Crib Mattress Protector Pad Protector: Get TWO of these!  When you make your crib, layer one pad protector, one sheet, another pad protector, another sheet.  So if there are middle of the night accidents, just strip off one layer and you have a fresh layer waiting for you underneath.

Ultra Soft Waterproof Crib Mattress Protector Pad from Bamboo Rayon Fiber by Margaux & May - Fitted Quilted Mattress Protector Pad for Your Crib. High Absorbency and Stain Protection Baby Cover

Cotton Fitted Crib Sheet: This is where you can have some fun if you know the gender of your baby or have a specific theme in mind.  Just make sure you are getting 100% cotton!

Washcloths and Towels

Cotton Washcloths

Bamboo Baby Soft Organic Washcloth Towels for Babies

Hooded  Towel for Infant and Toddler: I have found that lots of baby towels become too small really fast!  This one is a nice size that your little one can grow into.

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Travel

Tula Ergonomic Carrier: When I was pregnant, I saw a mama on a plane with 6 kids and she had this carrier. I  thought to myself, after 6 kids, this lady has to know what’s up!  And it worked.  I am in LOVE with my Tula Carrier!!!  It is so comfortable.  And I wear Baby Bear A LOT!  There are so many adorable prints too.  If you have any intention of baby wearing at all, make sure you find one you like. 

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Deuter Kid Comfort 2 Framed Hiking Child Carrier: This might not be something that many people would need.  But we love to be outside.  And we love to go hiking.  So for us, this was a must have.  Baby Bear coming along wasn’t going to be a reason to not get outside and on the trail.  And having a nice, solid, comfortable backpack to use was essential. 

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BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light (Pack N Play): Great for trips to see the grandparents.  Equally great to set up on the beach under an umbrella to keep Baby Bear contained!  What I love about this one is that its super light weight and easy to put together.

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Stroller and Accessories

Baby Jogger City Select Stroller: There was LOTS of discussions about what stroller to get.  I mean, aside from the car seat, this probably gets the most use out of ANY of our baby gear!  It is on the heavier side, but we liked the idea of having a stroller that would be ready for all of our adventures, and would be able to convert to a double stroller when a second baby bear comes along. There are so many configurations of the seats which I really love.  Its easy to use.  The basket is HUGE.  And we have taken it on all sorts of terrain without any problem at all!

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Baby Jogger City Select Single Child Tray: Hangry baby = short walk.  Bring snacks with you!!

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Stroller Organizer: One downside to the City Select Stroller is that it does not have any type of organizer for Mama.  But this is a quick fix that hold everything we need!

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Baby Jogger City Select Carry Bag: If you are planning on flying with your stroller at all, I highly recommend a travel bag!  This one is super convenient because there are spots for all of the pieces of the stroller and it is big enough to accommodate two seats (when we get to that point!). Our stroller is one of our bigger baby investments, so we wanted to make sure it stays protected when we travel with it.

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Car Seat and Accessories

Britax B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seat: At this time, this was one of the best, safest infant seats on the market.  Be sure to do your homework.  Check for recalls.  And get something that you and your family feel comfortable with.  Also, if you want your infant seat to fit with your stroller, make sure there are appropriate adapters to make them work together.  

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Britax Infant Car Seat Base: We got a base for both of our vehicles so it was easy to click the infant seat into either car. (one comes with the seat so you only need one additional base)

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JJ Cole Urban Bundleme: Living in New England in the winter made this a must have!  Baby Bear was so warm and snuggly without having any bulky clothing on.  Remember the seat belts will not fit appropriately if baby’s clothing is too thick in the car seat.  Try to keep baby dressed in a thinner layer under the buckles and add blankets (or a cover like this!!) to keep them warm.

Britax B-Covered All-Weather Infant Car Seat Cover: When Baby Bear was about 4 months old, we drove cross country and visited several national parks.  There were several days of rain and snow but that didn’t stop us from being outside!  We tucked Baby Bear into his seat (attached to the stroller), snuggled him into the BundleMe, and put this cover on top.  He was INVINCIBLE to all inclement weather and we were able to explore in confidence that he was warm and dry.

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Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat: Your little one will eventually outgrow the infant seat and need to move on to a convertible car seat.  Same rules apply here.  Make sure you are getting something that is safe and the best fit for your vehicle and your family.  We only got one,  but will probably be buying a second soon so that Baby Bear has a seat ready to go in both of our vehicles. 

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Britax Back Seat Mirror: Not essential, but with babies rear facing for a minimum of 2 year, its nice to be able to look back and see what they are up to.

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ZOHZO Car Seat Travel Bag: Like the stroller bag, this is really only necessary if you plan on traveling (by air) with your car seat.  This bag is really nice because it has backpack straps on it which makes the car seat sooo easy to carry!  You can read about how I carried all of this gear by myself when I traveled solo with baby bear.

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Diaper Bag

Backpack: Getting a cute diaper bag seems to be one of those rites of passage for Mama’s-to-be.  I felt that way too. I even bought a couple…that I ended up returning…because what worked best for us was a regular old backpack!  Papa Bear happens to be a collector of backpacks so we have about three for every possible purpose.  In fact, I bought this particular backpack many years ago for myself and Papa Bear bought the exact same one just because he liked it, wanted his own, and didn’t want to share with me.  Shortly after Baby Bear was born, this became our diaper bag because its comfortable for either of us to carry and it holds everything that we need. Want some help or direction setting up the perfect diaper bag for any occasion?

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Play

Pretty much everything in this category is a “nice to have” item and really may not be the right thing for you and your family.  But we found all of these helpful for Baby Bear.

Fisher-Price Baby’s Bouncer: Life saver for our trip cross country!!  We could put Baby Bear in here to lounge, bounce, or play with a toy (all with supervision!) and he was a happy camper!

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Lamaze Freddie The Firefly: This one seems to be one of those toys that everyone gets, and for good reason because the little ones seem to love it!  We had it clipped onto Baby Bear’s car seat while we had him at a restaurant.  A mom came over to me and said, we have that exact same car seat and that exact same toy and my husband freaked out a little when he saw it over here at your table!

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Chewy Q: Such a great little toy to have when teeth are coming in.  Its easy to toss in your diaper bag.  And they feel great on those sore little gums!

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Fisher-Price Groove & Glow BeatBo: This little guy was a gift from some friends who have a son about 5 months older than our Baby Bear.  It was a hit for her little one and has saved my life on more occasions than one!  

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Pacifiers

There is lots of back and forth about pacifiers for babies.  But in my experience, I have found they are helpful for a time and certainly worth introducing.  We never had any problem with “nipple confusion” and Baby Bear decided to give up his pacifier around 4 months all by himself.  The thing is, babies can be very picky about what kind of pacifiers they like.  Thats why I have several listed here.  Get a few different styles to see what works and what doesn’t, because you may get to a point, when your little one is screaming, that you would be willing to try ANYTHING!  

Baby Pacifier Paci Clip Strap Clips: Use this for your pacifiers or any other small toy that your little one might toss on the ground (like the Chewy Q!)

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Health & Hygiene

Pure Enrichment MistAire Silver Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier: Having a humidifier running at night is a great way to help little ones with those stuffy noses.

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Hygiene

Safety 1st Stock Up for Baby Kit and extra Safety 1st Fold Up Nail Clipper: Starter kit that has all sorts of things that you would want to have on hand for baby’s health and hygiene.  Little nails grow fast.  Even though the starter kit has a set of nail clippers, its not a bad idea to get a few extras and stash them around.  I like to clip Baby Bear’s nails while he is nursing because he tends to be the most still then!

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Baby Banana Infant Training Toothbrush and Toothpaste: Baby Bear LOOOVES teeth brushing with his very own tooth brush and this tasty trainer toothpaste.

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Bath Time

Skip Hop Moby Bath Spout Cover: Stops head bonks at bath time!

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Honest Shampoo & Body Wash: Gentle on baby’s skin and smells amazing!

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Medicine Cabinet

Infants’ Tylenol Acetaminophen: You want to have some Tylenol on hand for teething, fevers, general fussiness/discomfort.  Make sure you talk to your doctors about the appropriate dose for your little one.

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Fridababy NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator: Have you seen these?  Or heard of it?  The idea is kind of gross, but it works sooooo well!  And in reality, its not gross at all.  Babies only know how to breathe out of their noses, so if they are clogged up, the poor little ones can’t breathe!!  Sucking out that junk will make for a much more comfortable baby.

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Moisturizing nose wipes by Fridababy: I got a sample of these wipes with my NoseFrida aspirator, and the marketing work!  I loved them, and bought a pack.  Now I keep them on hand all of the time.  They are soothing and gentle.

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NoseFrida Saline Nasal Spray: Give a little squirt of this before you try to use the NoseFrida aspirator.  The saline will help loosen any of those stuck boogers and make for a much more successful process.  

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Metene Medical Forehead and Ear Thermometer: Ear and forehead thermometers tend to not be as accurate as underarm or rectal thermometers, but it is sooo much faster and less invasive.  I usually use this first and if I am concerned about a reading, I will go to my regular digital thermometer.

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Digital Medical Thermometer: This thermometer takes longer than the forehead and ear thermometer, but I usually get a more consistent reading.  It also takes up less space, so this is usually what I pack in the diaper bag when we travel.

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Safety

Hello Baby Wireless Video Baby Monitor: This isn’t your fanciest baby monitor.  There are lots of others on the market that have more feathers.  But I have found that it does everything that I want it to do. 

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Dreambaby Outlet Plugs:  You will need these eventually, I promise.

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Cabinet Locks

Babies loooove to get into things they aren’t supposed to.  I have found it pretty fascinating that Baby Bear is literally drawn to anything dangerous in our house.  Its like he has a 6th sense for it!  So keeping cabinets and drawers closed is essential.  Here are two different styles.  We use both!

As far as drawers go, keep in mind that the contents of the drawers may not be that bad, but if baby were to open the drawer and climb into it, would that piece of furniture tip over onto him?  

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For Mama

Mama, you are going through some craaaaazzzzy body changes right now, and believe it or not, its not over once your little one is born.  Don’t forget about yourself when you make your registry.  Here are some things that I found helpful:

iLoveSIA Womens Full Bust Nursing Bra: Baby Bear is 10 months old and I still wear these 90% of the time!  They are super comfortable.  And even as someone who rarely fits in S/M/L type clothing (like bathing suits), these fit me well.

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CYZ Women’s Basic Stretch Cotton Knit Pajama: Got myself some nice comfy PJ bottoms for the first few weeks postpartum.  You are going to want comfy things!!

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Nursing Tanks

Really nice to wear around the house for the first few weeks when you are nursing all-the-time.  After that, these make a great base layer to wear under a normal shirt.

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Pads

Lansinoh Stay Dry Disposable Nursing Pads: I found that the disposable pads were best in the beginning.  Mind you, the “beginning? for some may be the first 6 months, for others it may only be a month.  You will only know once you start nursing.  I still like to use the disposable pads if I know its going to be a long time between nursing sessions and I am out in public.  Because leaking in public is just plain embarrassing!

Lansinoh Stay Dry Disposable Nursing Pads, 100 Count (Pack of 2)

TL Care Nursing Pads Made with Organic Cotton: When I don’t use the disposable pads, I use these reusable pads.  Reusable pads are generally less absorbent than disposable, but they feel a lot nicer against your skin.

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Wrap up

See!  I wasn’t kidding about this list having EVERYTHING you could want or need for both your baby and your toddler!  Like I said, you certainly do not NEED all of this stuff.  But a lot of it is really nice to have.  And I personally have and use every item on here (or have used it in Baby Bear’s first year of life).  Hopefully this gave you some ideas and recommendations.  Congratulations again!

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