Outside of diapers and wipes, it’s easy to get confused about what to add to your baby registry, especially with the many baby items available.  Besides, when babies are born they do not need much besides milk, a clean onesie, and dry diaper, but then there are those things that simplify the chaos of becoming a new parent. To make things a little easier for you, I’ve created this list of the Top 5 Items You Need to Add to Your Baby Registry.

 

Related: Baby Registry Checklist: Essentials for Baby – First Three Months

 

1. Breast Pump

 I had both a manual and electric pump, and for me, the electric pump, the Medela Pump In Style Advanced was a lifesaver once my milk came in a few days after giving birth.  It allowed me to pump out and save the excess milk my daughter didn’t consume during feeding, thus preventing me from suffering from painful, engorged breasts.  Manual pumps just took too much time.

 
Health Insurance Providers are now required to provide breast pumps to women after giving birth.  Check with your health insurance to see which breast pump is covered.  Read here for more information: https://www.healthcare.gov/what-are-my-breastfeeding-benefits/

 

2. Infant Car Seat

Hospitals do not allow you to leave with your new bundle of joy without a car seat. If you’re in the market for an affordable and safe car seat check out the Chico Keyfit 30, which is similar to the Maxi-Cosi Mico Max. If you would prefer a car seat that grows with your baby, a convertible all-in-one like the Maxi-Cosi Pria or Maxi-Cosi Magellan 5-in1 is a great choice.

 

3. Co-Sleeper

Co-Sleepers are the perfect space-saving bassinet that allows you to have your baby close without having them in the bed with you.  It’s great for nursing moms, too since it helps facilitate the bond between mom and baby, as well as help,  maintain milk supply due to the ease of the baby being able to nurse at night. Plus, we moms get more rest.

 

4. Infant Car Seat Carrier

Car seats are heavy by itself, and then add an almost 8 lb baby to that equation – not fun! An Infant Car Seat Carrier, like the Baby Trend Snap-n-Go. It was something that saved my arms whenever I traveled to the doctor or parked a long way from wherever we had to go.

 

5.  Baby Carrier

I own an Ergobaby Carrier and a LILLEbaby Carrier. Owning a baby carrier was one of the best decisions I’ve made. It allowed me to comfortably wear my daughter while I got things done around the house. I was also able to discreetly nurse her in the carrier, too.  During vacation, my daughter practically lived in the carrier vs the stroller because she liked being held, and most of all I felt she was safer and I didn’t have to worry about chasing her around on a cruise ship, or even through the streets.
 
The Ergobaby Carrier positions the baby in a sitting position unlike other carriers like the Bjorn, which are considered “crotch danglers, and can lead to serious health issues further down the line if used regularly.   Plus, the Ergobaby is easy on the back, too!  I can go on, and on about why you need to add the Ergobaby carrier to your registry, but take my word for it… you need one!

 

What items do you think you need to add to your baby registry?

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Kim is a 30 something Brooklyn, NY native, currently enjoying Long Island suburban life with her husband and 8-year-old daughter, Chloe as they await the arrival of her sister in February 2020. She not only works full-time and is a freelance makeup artist, but also shares her love for the things that she finds beautiful: her love of family, travel, cars, and makeup and skincare on Beauty and the Bump NYC. In addition to that, she is a writer for A Girl's Guide to Cars. Now, if that wasn’t enough, she also took on the role of class parent for her daughter's 3rd-grade class. These are all tough jobs, but somehow, she gets it all done with style, grace, and of course, beauty.