A Minimalist Baby Registry
As soon as we found out that we were expecting #yourmodernbaby, I was excited but also overwhelmed at all of the gear that babies supposedly need. There are toys and bounceroos and all kinds of things that I A. had never even heard of and B. had no idea what they even did.
Our house is just under 1300sf and the nursery is about 120sf, so we knew that we didn't want a lot of "stuff" for the baby. Just the bare necessities. But we also wanted the best of the best for our budget. Enter my Type A spreadsheet loving personality.
I researched every type of stroller that ever existed and even watched an hour long youtube video comparing 15 different diaper brands. I know. I'm a crazy person. But doing this allowed me to feel confident in the fact that each product we will use with out little one was hand selected for a reason. Also, with us both being designers obviously the products we chose had to be not only functional but also beautiful. The aisles and aisles at Babies R' Us (RIP) give me hives with all of the patterns and colors and lights and noises and overstimulation. I get it. Babies need lots of color and need to be stimulated, but in moderation.
* UPDATE * Rather than having multiple posts with our 3 month, 6 month, 12 month, etc. updates, I have decided to compile all of our go to baby items here on the original registry post. As we use or don't use items I will add or remove them as need be with updates on our experiences with each under the descriptions.
Seventh Generation Coconut Care Diaper Cream | Since I have incredibly sensitive skin we want to use all natural baby products on our little one. We love that this is made with coconut oil and doesn't smell like feet.
UPDATE: This stuff doesn't work. At least on Olivia. Her sensitive skin could only be tamed by Boudreaux's Butt Paste Diaper Cream unfortunately. BUT because it works so well we hardly have to use it at all, so I don't feel as bad. We have even used it on her neck when she would have raw patches under all of her rolls, and all the irritation is always gone within 24 hours.
Honest Co. Diapers | I know I know we shouldn't stick to one brand when choosing diapers because all babies are different and blah blah blah. Well as I mentioned earlier I watched an hour long video testing several diapers and Honest passed all the big guys with flying colors. We also wanted to go the organic route because I have super sensitive skin (so maybe baby will too) and we just couldn't fathom contributing to the already overflowing landfills. Also, these guys have a subscription service. Diapers delivered to our door? Sign me up! But if for some reason our baby is 100% anti-Honest Co. then we will exchange them for another brand. We have left all diapers in their original boxes just in case. But really. How cute are these patterns?
UPDATE: You know everyone gave us so much flack for our organic wipes and diapers, but let me be the first to say this. We used the provided Huggies diapers and wipes in the hospital and Olivia immediately had a rash and lots of redness. When we got home and switched to our Honest Co. Diapers and wipes, she never had a rash again. These diapers fit great and she barely has blowouts (now that I actually know what those leg cuffs are for ugh), and the patterns are so cute. Plus we love that they are chemical free and biodegradable. I also love that the wipes and diapers come in a subscription straight to your door. We're still using up what was gifted to us, but I'm very excited about using that service. No late night diaper runs for us!
Ubbi Diaper Pail | This guy came highly recommended because it keeps the stink out and it's oh so pretty. It comes in a zillion colors but we love all things white and sleek.
UPDATE: It holds a ton of diapers and it's super easy to take the bags in and out. Most importantly, its metal rather than plastic which definitely helps to keeps the smell out. And bugs. Old house problems.
Ubbi Wipes Dispenser | This was not on our original registry, but we purchased one around 6 months and holy cow is this a game changer. I seriously thought that wipes dispensers were for bougie people who didn't want to see the ugly wipes packaging. Little did I know how difficult wipes are to remove from their packaging without removing 5 at once. This dispenser has a weight that holds down all of the wipes dispensing one at a time like magic. Love it. Never looking back. Now I just need a travel one.
Logan + Lenora Portable Changing Mat | This thing is so great. It's wipable, folds down really small to easily fit in the diaper bag, and doesn't have any extra bells and whistles. It also comes in several different cute patterns. We even plant to use it in the public restroom baby changer things because ew.
UPDATE: still love it, would buy it for all new mommies it's that great.
Summer Infant Contoured Changing Pad | This changing pad is pretty straight forward and simple. It's wipeable and we use it with these cute covers that we have in three different colors along with these liners.
UPDATE: I don't know why I thought something with changeable covers was a good idea. You have to change them All. The. Time. Had I known this I would have definitely opted for a rubber changing pad like a Keekaroo or the Hatch Baby Grow Changing Pad + Scale which would also allow us to track our baby's weight, and is synced to an app on your phone. This would have been SO helpful in Olivias first couple of weeks when we were unknowingly underfeeding her. I guess the price tags scared me, but honestly with the changing pad, covers, and liners it ends up being the same but with more headache.
Baggu Dirty Bags | We plan to use these for dirty diapers, dirty clothes, bibs, basically anything we don't want to touch clean things in the diaper bag. They are washable and easily fold up small when empty.
UPDATE: Still love these. They are awesome. Also pro tip: If there isn't a trashcan nearby when you're changing a diaper (or even if there is) put the dirty diaper in a dog poo bag and tie it up to lock in the stink and prevent it from getting on anything (or stinking up the joint).
Honest Co. Baby Wipes | This was another hour long youtube video where I watched a mommy demo several different brands of wipes and technically these came in second place behind Water Wipes, but I read that Water Wipes dry out over time, and Honest lasts until you open them. This way we were able to stock up on wipes as I know you just blow through them.
UPDATE: We received Honest, Seventh Generation, and Parasol Co. wipes and have since tried all three brands. The Seventh Gen wipes would always come out five at a time, and they just felt kind of soapy. The Parasol Co. wipes are super super soft and smell like cucumbers and aloe but are much more expensive. The Honest wipes are thinner (which I love), and are super strong and have a nice texture on them that make them feel more like a washcloth. I'd be happy using either Honest or Parasol.
Mamaroo Infant Seat | Every baby needs something that they can bounce in, sway in, or sleep in, when mama needs to get some things done around the house. This Mamaroo is seriously the coolest. It has five different motorized motions to choose from along with several different white noise sounds to soothe baby. You can also hook up your phone and play your own music.
UPDATE: For the first 3 months Olivia hated this thing. She could care less about the movement, and the white noise options aren't what she's into (shout out to her BFF the vacuum), and aren't loud enough. Now she loves it. I don't really put her in it too much now that she is more mobile and wanting to roll around. She actually hulked out and ripped the mobile right off the stand a few weeks ago, so I had to remove that part before she hurt herself lol. It's nice to corral her in though when I'm doing things and can't keep an eye on her 100% of the time.
Skiphop Explore Activity Center | We bought this for her when she was about 3 months old and haven't looked back since. We try to limit her time to about 40min a day in it as it's not going to teach her to roll over or to sit up. But it does improve her hand eye coordination and motor skills. She also just loves "standing" and she has already mastered all of the activities on it. I can even say "pop your owl" and she will look at me, smile, and then spin around and punch the leaf to make the owl pop up. When she first started using her activity center we were having to prop it up with books, but her little legs have grown enough that she can freestand in it now and she loves to maniac dance for us when she gets really excited.
Wood Play Gym + Toys | This is probably my favorite item in the nursery. I know that baby gear can tend to be a eyesore so I searched high and low for a simple and clean minimalist baby gym. I also love that this folds up when not in use so it doesn't take up a lot of space.
UPDATE: Olivia could care less about this beautiful toy. I was so disappointed until I came across the Lovevery Baby Gym. I literally cannot say enough about this product. Rather than me rambling on and on about how amazing it is you should just watch this video, which is what won me over. The best part about it is that it comes with a booklet with ways to use each part of the gym and it's activity zones for each month for your baby's first year. Olivia didn't care anything about toys or grasping until we got this thing and literally the next day she was obsessed with the mobile on her Mamaroo and essentially broke it not soon after. I give most of the credit of her rolling over so soon to this thing. She started enjoying tummy time rather than crying, and she has improved her motor skills tenfold. I just love that it grows with her as she gets bigger and more mobile, and then turns into a cute little tent! I seriously cannot recommend this product enough it is incredible. The same company started a monthly subscription of developmental toys that follow the same guidelines as this gym. I wish I would have known about it sooner and I seriously would have exclusively used their toys, they are just that good. Also, I love that everything is made of organic materials and FSC certified wood and it's colorful but not insanely distracting. Just a beautiful color pallete of watercolored patterns and textures. I plan to dedicate an entire blog post to this product because it is just that good.
Graco Bumper Jumper | I honestly had no interest in baby gear like this because it takes up space, BUT once I saw other babies having so much fun in this thing I just knew Olivia would love it. We take it down after each use so that it doesn't block any doorways of our very small house, and it collapses down pretty small which is great. There are several versions of this same product out there, but I found the Graco one to be the least ugly lol. We try to limit her time to about 20min a day because it kind of wears her out and it's not going to help her crawl or walk, it's just a fun treat.
Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair | Obviously this chair is beautiful and a designers dream. But it's also super functional and will last from now until adulthood (or future bambinos). This chair adjusts as the child grows and allows them to sit with us at the table during mealtimes. We also have the tray and baby seat too.
UPDATE: While we've only been using this for about a week, it is so great. Super easy to wipe down, and looks beautiful with our breakfast table. We originally registered for the cushion, but soon returned it once we realized how hard it was to take on and off and no one wants to clean any more fabric than they already have to when food is involved. Olivia sits on her diaper anyway she doesn't need a cushion lol.
Beaba Cutlery Pack | We just bought these and started using them this week, but so far I'm liking them. They are small with chunky handles which will be easy for her to grip, and I love that they have matching forks too for later.
Boon Orb Bottle Warmer | This guy is super user friendly with one button to push and simple instructions on how to heat bottles of various sizes or liquid types. You can even use it to heat baby food as your little one gets older. Plus I love how simple and clean the design is. It isn't a huge eyesore sitting on our kitchen counter.
UPDATE: My only issue with this is that we can literally use the exact same amount of water to heat the exact same amount of milk and it will either be way too hot or still pretty cold. Very rare is it just right. But we just put the bottle under some cold water and it calms back down, but its kind of a pain. I wonder if it's because we use glass bottles? I haven't used it yet to heat up her baby food, but I'll report back!
Boppy Nursing Pillow | This is a cult favorite. It is a nursing pillow, can be used for tummy time, helps baby sit up, and lounge. I love that it has a waterproof liner as well to help make clean ups a breeze.
UPDATE: It does none of those things. It is a glorified pillow. I used a sofa throw pillow for the first few feedings because I hated the Boppy so much. They had a My Brest Friend nursing pillow at our Lactation Center and after using it once I was instantly hooked. It clips around you and can adjust to your waist size, and it gives Olivia a nice firm platform to lay on while she nurses. The cover zips off easily to wash too. Derek makes fun of me because it looks like I'm selling concessions at a baseball game or something haha. Breastmilk! Get your Breastmilk! What's funny is that I almost registered for the brest friend but everyone was like noooo the Bobby is bae. Save your sanity and skip the Boppy.
Boon Grass Bottle Drying Rack | We have several friends who use this stylish drying rack and swear by it. It's also just really fun and super easy to clean.
UPDATE: This. Is. Everything. Especially at the very beginning when I was having to pump after every feeding to build up my supply. It corrals all of the pump parts, bottles, everything! Also it's super easy to clean. Although now that I found this skinnier version, I wish we would have gone that route because it would fit nicely behind the sink, rather than taking up counter space. I also wish I would have gotten it in white, but I didn't even know that was an option at the time.
Gerber Gauze Prefold Diapers (AKA our Burp Cloths) | So these are actually cloth prefold diapers, but they make great inexpensive burp cloths as well. We registered for three packs of these and they are so soft and easy to just toss in a bag for spit up emergencies.
UPDATE: Okay yes, these are actually cloth diapers, but they make incredibly absorbent burp cloths. My only complaint is that we didn't ask for more. Skip the fancy burp cloths that will inevitably be covered in spit up upon contact. We probably go through 5 of these a day easily. Especially in the early days.
Ball Baby Food Jars | We just bought these and started using them this week and absolutely love them. Yes you can get the cutesy baby jars marketed for babies, but I really like the minimalist design of these 4oz jars, and they are much cheaper than the others. Also these fit perfectly in our Boon Bottle Warmer.
OXO Tot Roll Up Bibs | I love how simple and clean the design of these are. There are so many silicone bibs with food pockets out there, but these seemed to be the most attractive to me.
UPDATE: We haven't used these yet but will report back.
Lifefactory Glass Bottles | We got these in two different sizes for now and when baby is able to drink more. They have sippy cup converters which will make these glass bottles last us a while. They also have caps to prevent spills when not in use (in sippy cup mode). They come in really fun colors and the silicone can be easily removed for washing.
UPDATE: We love that they can transfer from cold to hot easily since they are glass (and BPA free!) and also the silicone sleeve makes them easy to grip. They have a traditional nipple rather than a more "realistic" one which made me a little nervous, but she's never really had any issues with nipple confusion. I also love that they can convert to sippy cups as she gets older.
Bumkins Silicone Grip Dish | The tray on our high chair is rather small so it limited the types of plates and bowls we could use. I love how simple these silicone divided dishes are and they have a large suction on the bottom so that baby doesn't throw it across the room.
UPDATE: We haven't used these yet, but will report back.
Love To Dream Swaddle | This. Is. Everything. I truly believe this is the reason she is sleeping 8-10 hours straight a night. When we first put her in her crib during sleep training she flailed a lot and her legs would get caught in between the crib rails which freaked us out. I started looking into sleep sack options and read great things about the LTD Swaddle. It hugs her tummy tight, encloses her legs in a sack, and forces her arms up by her face for self soothing.
UPDATE: We have since switched her to the LTD 50/50 Transition Swaddle, which took a couple days for her to adjust to, but now she loves it because she can easily roll over and use her arms if she needs to. But I would still recommend both of these products to anyone. It is my gift to all new mamas. It works that well.
Velcro Swaddles | It turned out Olivia was a little Houdini when it came to escaping from swaddles. She could bust out of any swaddle and any tightness. Even velcro swaddles eventually.
UPDATE: Bbefore we knew about the LTD Swaddle these were a lifesaver. We stopped using them for her at bedtime, but they are great when she's extra fussy to calm her down for a feeding during the first three months. And we don't have to worry about a bunch of extra fabric bunching up around her face as she wiggles her way out.
UPDATE: after 6 months of almost 24/7 use the app started crashing a lot which turned the noise off and woke her up. So we finally found an actual sound machine with a noise similar enough to a vacuum (it's "dohm 3" incase your baby is also addicted to vacuums). We just LOVE it. It has 16 different sounds and a timer, but we just let it play all night long. It also has a meditative melody ("calm") which I use when she's feisty while nursing.
Spearmint Love Swaddles | I am obsessed with these whimsical muslin swaddles. They are nice and big and oh so soft but thin and airy which is perfect for living in South Texas. Also. Bison and Narwhals? Come on. We also have this guy. SO cute.
UPDATE: So this one is actually sort of a yes and no. We love having a variety of blankets for her especially since she was born in the middle of winter. However, she is a ninja when it comes to busting out of swaddles, so we actually never really used her muslin swaddle blankets for their intended purpose. We ended up using the ugly flannel striped blankets that the hospital gave us, and these velcro guys. I think that the flannel provided more friction because it definitely took her a little longer to break out of those. But she still would. Also, since she never slept in her crib for the first 10 weeks we only really swaddled her during feedings when she was out of control, or when we held her as she slept. Anytime she was on a flat surface in a swaddle she would somehow flip onto her side which totally freaked us out. We're thinking she'g going to be a gymnast. Or a wrestler.
AngelCare Motion Detection Monitor | We're actually pretty excited about this one. I've heard from several mommy bloggers out there that this motion detection monitor gives such peace of mind when trying to get that much needed sleep. There is a wireless motion detecting pad underneath the mattress that will sound an alarm on the monitor if the baby stops moving for more than 20 seconds. It is so sensitive that it can detect breathing through a mattress. Crazy. The idea though is that it's supposed to help you not constantly worry if your baby is still breathing as it sleeps. It also has a camera and color display so that you can creepily watch your baby from a healthy distance.
UPDATE: Olivia ended up being such a wiggle worm that she was constantly rolling off the pad and setting off the alarm so we ended up deactivating the sensor pad. Had we known this we would have just registered for the Angelcare Monitor (without sensor pad) Either way the video display is great! It is very clear to the point where even at night in her pitch black room we can see if she is breathing. It also has the option to talk to her, which we haven't used yet because I think it would scare the living daylights out of her.
Crib | The crib just makes the room don't you think? We wanted something a little mid-century but classic and timeless in a natural wood finish. This way it will last for future babies down the road. This particular crib also converts to a toddler bed with a shorter removable railing, and then a daybed as they get older. It was also really easy to put together. We also registered for 4 sets of crib sheets in gender neutral patterns so that they would also work for future babies.
UPDATE: Now that this guy is finally seeing some action, we just love it. It's sleek and modern, and can easily grow with Olivia. I'm sure I'll have more to say in future updates after we lower it and eventually convert it to a big kid bed. I also just love how minimalist it is and I don't see it looking trendy or outdated for future babies.
Crib Mattress | We wanted something organic but not ridiculously expensive, which led us straight to this guy. It also has a built-in waterproof cover which is everything.
UPDATE: This mattress is great! It is super easy to wipe down if she spits up (or worse) and really lightweight.
Honest Co. Overnight Diapers | We kind of thought these were just a marketing scam, but they are definitely worth the hype. Ever since putting Olivia in the overnight diapers at night she no longer wakes for night feedings. Magic. They feel a lot different when they are full, they still feel soft rather than hard so I think that's what helps keep her comfortable and dry.
Hooded Bath Towels + Washcloths | These towels are so great for bath time, even if we aren't washing her hair. They are nice and big and soft and we can bundle her up nice and snug. My only complaint is that we didn't ask for more. We bathe her every night so we now have three to rotate out so we aren't doing laundry every single day. We probably have 10-15 washcloths. Each bath requires two washcloths (one on her tummy to stay warm, and one for scrubbing). So we definitely go through these very quickly as well.
UPDATE: I do kind of wish we would have just registered for simple white ones like these and these so that they matched our bathroom, but eh. We'll probably end up replacing at least the towels sooner than later because the animal ears are already falling apart.
Skip Hop Moby Bath Rinser | How cute is this? It has a handle and a waterfall spout to make bathtime much easier (and more fun!)
UPDATE: Right now we just use a cup since we're still bating her in the kitchen sink, but this is so much more practical. We'll probably switch to it once we transition from the sink to the bathtub.
Honest Co. Shampoo + Lotion | As I mentioned earlier we plan to use all natural products with baby in case they have my sensitive skin. I just love the way these products smell and you can also bundle them into your diaper subscription if you wish.
UPDATE: We received these along with Burts Bees shampoo and lotion and I have to say that I prefer the smell of the Honest ones. I'm very particular about lotion and I love that this one isn't greasy or sticky and dries really quickly.
Oil & Carol Boat Teether | These are so fun for bath time, and I love their simple design.
UPDATE: we haven't used these yet as we're still sink bathing, but I'll report back.
Brush + Comb Set | The brush and comb set we use isn't available anymore (RIP Babies R US), but if we had to buy them now I would definitely go this route. Again, I love the simple timeless design and the fact that they are all natural.
Baby Emery Boards | I am really terrified of the idea of cutting my baby's finger while clipping her nails so I've decided to go the nail file route. I know it's a lot more tedious but at least she won't bleed on my watch.
UPDATE: Nail files are worthless. Babies nails grow SO fast (thanks prenatal vitamins) and they are so soft I just felt like they were bending when I tried to file the. I read incredible reviews on the Fridababy Nail Care Set and holy cow this thing is amazing. They make it (probably) impossible to cut your baby's fingers. There is a little view window so that you can see exactly what you are cutting. The blades not only taper but they also overlap so that you can quickly cut their nails without worrying about lining things up perfectly since babies are so wiggly. It also comes with a curved nail file which is great when you have those little sharp corners. Now Olivia just quietly sits there while I clip her nails.
Pacifier | We don't plan to use pacifiers until after baby has been exclusively breastfeeding (fingers crossed) for several months, but once they start to transition to bottles these organic pacies are what we will be using. I love how timeless and simple they are, they look exactly like the paci I used back when I was a baby. It's name was binky.
UPDATE: Olivia could care less about pacifiers. You're not fooling her! She will just use it more as a teether than anything and has decided to suck on her two fingers instead.
Boon Naked Bathtub | Did I mention we have a super small house? We wanted a baby bath that could collapse down when not in use. This also collapses on an angle so that you can prop baby up depending on your bathing needs.
UPDATE: While we love this bathtub, it is a little too slippery for our wiggly baby. I'm more excited about using it when she is older and its in the flat position rather than inclined. We've been using this Angelcare Bath Support which is perfect because it stops her little bottom from sliding and holds her in place really well so that we can use two hands to bathe her. I love that it has a rubber mesh backing so that she isn't sitting in dirty water too. Plus it's super inexpensive which is great since we'll only be using it for the first six months.
Solly Baby Wrap | I'm all about being hands free and I just love how simple and soft these Solly Baby Wraps are. They come in a bunch of different patterns and can adjust with baby's needs as they grow. All the cool moms have one.
UPDATE: I love love love our Solly wrap. She loves cuddling up close and falling asleep, and I love being hands free while she naps. I used to wear it around the house to get things done, but now that she's in her crib for naps we mostly just use it on outings when the stroller is too much. Baby wearing is where it's at.
4moms Breeze Playard | I was totally against having a "pack n' play" because I thought of it as baby jail haha. Plus we were really trying to keep the baby items to a minimum.
UPDATE: Now that we have such a regimented sleeping routine we bought this so that she has a portable crib when we travel. This is actually last year's model that we scored on Amazon because we love the full sized bassinet (which they don't make anymore womp). The new model has a split bassinet + changing station, which is great, but having such a long baby she would have already outgrown them. It is SO easy to open and close with literally the push of a button and you're done. I also plan to have her play in it sometimes when she gets a little bigger so I won't have to worry about her getting into something she shouldn't if I'm working or cooking. Also I really love how simple the design is and how much visibility it has, so I don't have to worry about Olivia wedging herself in a corner where she can't breathe.
Aden + Anais Stroller Blanket | Since our little one will be arriving in the middle of winter we want to make sure we have some thicker blanket options too other than the swaddles. I love how soft and simple this stroller blanket is and I know it will grow with them as they get older.
UPDATE: I still love this blanket. We aren't using it much right now but plan to again as the fall and winter approaches.
Copper Pearl Multi-use Cover | This is such a versatile piece of fabric. It can be a nursing cover, car seat cover, shopping cart insert, high chair cover, and scarf! We are germaphobes when it comes to public shopping carts and high chairs so I'm pretty excited that I can just throw this guy in the wash and know that baby survived another day of gross non-hand-washers.
UPDATE: This is a lifesaver. So far we've only used it as a carseat cover and nursing cover. It blocks the wind and sun in the carseat when attached to the stroller. It also keeps the overly invasive strangers from touching my baby lol.
Mark & Graham Diaper Bag | We wanted something gender neutral for this as well since we would both be carrying it at any given time. I loved the idea of a waxed canvas tote that didn't necessarily look like a diaper bag, but still had all of the organization and washability of one. Also, it's orange on the inside which is just so fun.
UPDATE: We absolutely love this. It is so versatile, it holds a TON, and its neutral enough for Derek to carry too. Plus the backpack option is an added bonus. It's lined in a waterproof material with lots of pockets and compartments. It is a little big though sometimes, and it makes me wish we had a smaller version like this for quick outings where we just need some diapers and a change of clothes.
Evenflo Stroller + Car Seat | We opted for a 3-in-1 model for our transportation needs. I knew that I wanted a stroller that had a bassinet option for when baby is still really small. So I did a TON of research on every stroller known to mankind within our budget. I made a handy spreadsheet highlighting the pros and cons of each (naturally) and had this one picked in my head without telling Derek which model I chose. Then we went to Babies R Us to try out different models in person and Derek picked this one. Hands down. So clearly it was a no brainer for us. We love how easy it is to collapse and snap the bassinet or car seat options into the stroller base. It's super lightweight for easy transportation, and the car seat checked all of the right safety boxes.
UPDATE: This stroller is SO easy to assemble and disassemble, and it's not too heavy either. It looks nice, it has a cute bassinet option (which is her least favorite despite how bad I want her to look like a cute little French baby). You can literally open the whole contraption with the push of a button. I also love that the bassinet converts into a toddler seat for the stroller that will grow with her.
HABA Flower Teether | I actually bought this for her when she was about two months old and she is obsessed with all of the different textures and colors. It such a great simple sensory toy.
UPDATE: Still obsessed.
Bright Starts Bunny Bites Teething Set | We bought her this set for Easter and this carrot is her entire world. She is slowly gravitating to the beet and bunny, but it's all about the carrot. I joke that it's because it has four nipples on the top of it lol. She prefers this over a pacifier any day. We actually have it attached to her main pacifier clip and thats what we clip onto her carseat, Solly wrap, everything. It's her very best friend.
UPDATE: Still BFFs. I wish that the carrot was sold separately because I would gift it to every baby I know.
Wood Turtle Teether | We both grew up with classic wooden toys and I just love how simple they are. People always say that babies will play with the box the toy came in so why add more fuss and stimulation? Less is more in my opinion. Plus they are super easy to clean, and will last for future babies down the road to enjoy.
Art for Baby Book | I want our baby to be interested in books from an early age, and not just any books. Books with a purpose. I love that this book uses famous black and white art pieces as a high contrast book for babies. So clever!
UPDATE: Olivia loves this book she will stare at each page and wooo with delight. I plan to do a whole post on our book collection that I'm quite proud of.
Ikea Duktig Plush Vegetable Basket | We registered for this along with the matching fruit basket. I love the simple soft fruits and veggies that they can enjoy as a baby and then play pretend with as a toddler.
UPDATE: You guessed it. She loves the carrots ha!
West Elm Baby Bear Thumbie | I bought this for her on a whim so that she'd have a cuddly friend in her carseat with her and she just LOVES him. We call him Mr. Bear.
Ikea Mula Stacking Cups | I had my mom pick these up during her latest Ikea trip, and Olivia just loves them. They are so inexpensive but pack a punch with creative games. You can build things, hide smaller cups inside larger ones, and she loves to grab them and bang them on things. And throw them across the room lol.
Gender Neutral Clothing | I just love these simple kimono style onesies. They are super gender neutral but could go either way with the right pants or headband. They are really soft and inexpensive too. We also love these long sleeved H&M Kimono Bodysuits. I personally hate how gender divided baby clothing is. "Mommy's little heartbreaker" "Daddy's little slugger" ugh. I like to stick to outfits with simple patterns and colors that aren't so themey.
UPDATE: I was under the impression that I was going to take Olivia out on lots of outings and dress her in cute outfits. Let's face it. You don't really go anywhere for the first three months other than pediatrician appointments and Target when you're feeling brave. Also, when I would put her in cute outfits she would immediately spit up on them (or worse). So many of the outfits people got for us she never even got to wear because she outgrew them for the season. Onesies are where it's at. We have about 10-15 in each size range and it has been perfect, especially when she goes through five by 9am.
Zip-Up Footie Pajamas | With baby arriving at the end of January it will still be pretty cold out so we've registered for a couple of sets of footie pajamas with cuffed sleeves to avoid scratches.
Update: We loved her footie pajamas because they were easy to take on and off and they kept her warm. I'm sure we were being super lazy, but it was so much easier to just put her in these everyday rather than dirtying a bunch of little outfits with pants during the colder months. Plus, when she was really small she haaaated getting dressed and undressed and these were super easy because they don't go over her head. We have so many little baby pants we thought we'd pair with onesies but never did, it was pajamas all the way.
Linen Bonnet | Even if babies have a full head of hear their heads still need to be protected from the sun's harmful UV rays. And who doesn't love a baby in a bonnet?
UPDATE: Olivia hates the sun more than anything else in this world and this bonnet is a lifesaver. it ties nicely under her chin so she can't pull it off, and it's reversible which makes it go with just about every outfit she has.
Sunnies | As I just mentioned Olivia hates the sun. We didn't even think about that before she arrived. We went through a couple kinds of sunglasses but these are the only ones she can keep on her face. The arms are rubbery so they stick to her head better and she loves not having to squint. They have a bunch of cute boy ones too.
And disclaimer. I know that I've never been a mother before, I know that I've never even really held a baby before, and you may have oodles of opinions of what works and doesn't work for YOUR baby, and I could be totally wrong about all of these items. But I feel pretty good knowing that I did the leg work to at least give us a starting point for OUR baby. I definitley plan on doing a follow up post in 6 months to a year where I'll discuss what did and didn't end up working for us.
UPDATE: I'm pretty proud overall with the products we chose and what worked / didn't work with Olivia.
To see everything else we registered for check out our Babylist.