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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Shopping Help: My Amazon Baby Registry

People keep asking if we have the baby’s room all set up and if I’m in nesting mode. My response? We haven’t bought a single thing yet.

I’m typically a planner, but with some things I’m oddly relaxed. You’d think for something huge like, oh, I don't know, a BABY, I’d feel the need to make sure everything is set.  But, noooope.

That said, it’s not like we are totally gonna fly by the seat of our pants. Last year 10 of our closest married couple friends had babies within 4 months of each other.  And I mean our closest friends, not just 10 couples that we kind of know. (Though there were plenty of those too!  And plenty more babies that were born later that year after that 4 month period!)  Quite a lot of babies entered our lives all at once, and we got to experience a smorgasbord of different parenting styles with newborns, baby temperaments, and new baby needs all at the same time.

We’ve been getting parenting advice and loooong lists of our friends' baby registries up the wazoo, but the reality is that we don't like having a lot of crap in our house.  So I’ve been taking the common recommendations from everyone and sloooowly adding them to our baby registry.  That...and I'm pretty much copying all of Grace Patton's baby necessities lists that she's been pumping out lately.  As much as I love my friends, they're giving us recs off of their first child.  But Grace?  Four kids under 5 years old. That’s a mom who knows what’s tried and true across multiple babies!

I've been building our list through Amazon's Baby Registry.  Here's the start of ours with much more to be added, especially as the baby shower approaches.  Still doing tons of research on the bigger items like cribs, carseats, carriers, strollers, and all that good stuff.  But ohhhh don't worry...we have received plenty of opinions on all of those things!

And if you don't use Amazon's registries, you need to.  First of all, Amazon has everything.  So...obviously.  But in case that's not enough for you, I can't stress how useful it is to read other people's reviews on items.  Whether you are getting no advice and don't know what's going on or whether you're bombarded by your 10 couple friends (but really x2 people per couple, so 20 people) who are eager to throw opinions your way, it's helpful to see that 900 people reviewed an item and it got a whopping 4.5 stars.  And thirdly, you can actually add items to your Amazon registry that aren't even on Amazon using their plugin.  That makes it a no-brainer for us to use for everything--Christmas and birthday wish lists, and now of course our baby registry.




Since there's already a ton of commentary on all of these on Amazon I won't bother adding my own.  Especially since I haven't used any of them on our own kid yet.  (I've seen many of them in action on other kids though!)  But you should definitely read what reviewers have to say about them all.  So helpful!

If you're curious to see what else is on our list or what else we add to it in the future, you can check it out here.  And if you wanna build your own baby registry, create one here or click the icon below!




I was compensated to write about Amazon by ShopSense.  All opinions are mine, and Amazon is something I would promote regardless.  For more info on PMT's sponsorship philosophies see disclosure page.

36 comments:

  1. My LO is almost 7 months and one of the things I regret requesting too many of is swaddlers / swaddling blankets. After the first week she HATED to be swaddled, and here I had all these blankets and swaddlers. I loved the Harmony pump when I was on maternity leave, and my insurance covered a nice Medela double electric for when I went back to work. If you are looking for solid food feeders I recommend the KidsMe silicone feeder (http://www.amazon.com/Kidsme-Food-Feeder-Essential-Set/dp/B005KWNBYK) rather than the mesh ones, easy to clean and sanitize, come with hard covers so you can fill them and then put them in the fridge or the diaper bag for when you need them, my daughter loves them! One other tip, don't buy too many of one bottle to start! I bought the Dr Brown's glass bottles and just thought that those would be my bottles, haha, I didn't realize it wouldn't be up to me! I must have bought 4 or 5 kinds of bottles before my LO would take one consistently. Also clothes are the go-to gift for people to buy for you, we didn't find out the sex so luckily people didn't get us much beforehand, but once she was born we were inundated with little girls clothes, it was insane. These were not people who had access to my registry, just coworkers and neighbors wanting to congratulate us, so I would just say put enough clothes on there to get through the first week without doing laundry and then weight for the closetfuls to roll in! We are the same as you as we don't like a bunch of crap around the house, I had carefully curated my Amazon registry and if you are at all a planner / control freak (guilty!) it can be frustrating. Have fun!

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  2. Totally unsolicited advice, but it's worth registering for several small packages of different bottles and pacifiers. Each kid seems to have a strong preference and it can be super different.

    Also, the double electric pump is totally worth the price and one of the AHA provisions is an electric pump.

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  3. I love my boon grass drying rack and the tomee tippee bottles! i would also recommend getting some bigger bottles (like 6 oz bottles) because your baby will start to eat more, fast! i started with small ones & went out the next day and bought bigger ones! also, get a bunch so you're not constantly doing dishes! and i love love my medela breast pump but i would definitely recommend an electronic! your arms are going to be way too tired to go manual, and it takes a lot longer too :( okay sorry- this was way long. but hopefully it's helpful!! :)

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  4. Ahhh I want to say so much and give you advice of what else you need and what's worked for us but ahhhh, I will refrain! =]

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  5. Chelsie CalvertTuesday, May 06, 2014

    I'd go for the electric pump too. The last thing you want to do when you have to pump is extra work. Trust me, I hand pumped in a bathroom at work while trying to keep my eyes open and not let my arms get too tired.

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  6. Amanda LindseyTuesday, May 06, 2014

    I'm expecting also and it's absolutely CRAZY the amount of stuff people thing babies need! We're trying to be minimalist in what we ask for, and my mom commented on how our registry is all boring practical things. LOL
    We started with an Amazon registry, but ended up using Baby List (babyli.st) because it lets you add items from any website you want, including amazon. This way we could include things from small natural baby stores and sites. Yea for supporting small businesses!

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  7. I have received so much unsolicited advice after having 5 kids under 7 (twins on the end), so I figure I can give some that is tried and true. Don't waste your time or $ on a hand pump! Such a pain - literally and figuratively! LOVE my Aden cotton swaddle blankets and my Boon drying rack. My #1 item is a Boon (spoon for feeding on the go). I got it through Amazon, and it is my lifesaver! As far as fashion goes, Nordstrom carries some v-neck Caslon shirts that are shirred on the sides. AMAZING before, during and after pregnancy! They are so long, so you can wear them during the first half of your pregnancy, but they are so forgiving for the months after while you slim down. Check them out!

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  8. Amen on the too much stuff everywhere! We went with this approach, we'll get it if we need it :) We got a bouncer for our shower, then about 2 weeks after baby was here, I realized...hey if he spits up on the bouncer and I'm washing it I have no where to put it, perhaps we should get a swing. So we just bought as necessary. :) Are you going to tell us a name before or do we have to wait?

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  9. That's great, Amanda! Like I mentioned, you can add items to Amazon's registry from any website as well, including the small stores and sites. :)

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  10. When it comes to the bigger items , please try them out in person rather than relying on written reviews. Is the stroller truly easy for YOU to collapse? Does that swing take up more space than you want it to? Will that high chair fit at your table?

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  11. Love the a&a blankets! We use them for swaddling, blankets, nursing cover, sun shade, etc. I have the hand pump too. I know people are saying it's better just to get an electric, but I liked it, especially since I don't use it regularly. But! You should check with your insurance about getting a free electric pump! It's part of the preventative services if you have Kaiser. And I think other insurances do it too. They told us about it after my delivery, but maybe you can find out beforehand?

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  12. Word. We went through so many pacifiers with my second b/c I just assumed she'd love the same ones her older brother had. Nope.

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  13. We're in the same boat! I'm 20 weeks and people keep asking me if I've bought stuff yet, or planned a nursery and I just have been unmotivated! I hear there is a nesting bug that will kick in and change things :-)
    I already started an Amazon registry as well, but glad for any more recommendations I can get! Thanks for sharing.

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  14. I buy Sophies for all my friends when they are having babies! She's the best! Haha. I have 2 friends due a week apart from each other this summer and they both got Sophies (and some clothes) and then I am taking over teaching someone's class while they are on maternity leave, and I got her a mustache-printed pacifier clip from etsy! I love baby shopping. Hahaha.

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  15. Love Sophie and Carter's onesies! Sophie is the best teether (my 9 month old is rarely without his) and Carter's onesies wash so well. Also, just wanted to second the recommendation for a double electric pump. As a SAHM, I only use mine a couple times a week, but it makes the experience much more convenient and efficient.

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  16. I agree, less is more! An electric pump is a must, you won't have the time or energy for a hand pump! Don't stock up on too many of one kind of bottle. With my second I must have tried 6 different bottles before I found one he would take! I also agree that you will need to try out the bigger items in person and even wait after baby is born. My first hated her swing, so with my son I never bought one until he had tried one out at a friend's house and loved it.

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  17. Great items Audrey. I would just suggest having more than one size for those carter onesies. You never know how big your little miss will be! It's better to have ones that fit her comfortable. Plus, they wear and wash so nicely, you'll be reaching for them more than anything.



    Maria

    cmntsblog.blogspot.com

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  18. you will die if you all have is hand pump. you need an electric one... no joke! loves!

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  19. Ok, so here's my advice (since you don't already have enough! ha)! My only child is about to turn 1 year old. The best advice I was given was - "Do whatever works for you & your baby". It's so simple, but you have so many opinions flying at you and it's so easy to feel like a failure for not doing every little thing you've been told you should or should not be doing. Let that soak in! :)


    Also, I've never been an anxious person and I've realized that is my post-partum "issue". I never had depression, only felt overwhelmed with pushy people around me. However, listening to news stories where something happens to a pregnant woman or a child now terrifies me and puts me in tears. Do NOT let yourself go there! It's such a thief of the joy you feel in parenthood.


    Enjoy every stage! Even a year after our son's birth, we are still obsessed with every thing he does. Such personality and joy children bring.


    Congratulations to you and your hubby! :)


    Leah
    www.remixingme.blogspot.com

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  20. Christene EdenfieldTuesday, May 06, 2014

    I'm sure you've had this recommended to you already, but I didn't see it in the comments so I'm just gonna add it. I LOVED LOVED the Fisher Price Rock and Play. We used it in place of a bassinet until my little guy was three months old. He slept so well from the very beginning, we're talking like 8 hours at two weeks. I'm not sure it was completely thanks to this, but I know he never slept that good when he was just put in his crib a couple of other times. Seriously look it up. I think I got the recommendation from http://www.lucieslist.com/5-sleeping/.

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  21. Dannette DelamatterWednesday, May 07, 2014

    I love to find more modern mamas following the "less is more" approach! I've tried to so hard to go that route and I wouldn't trade the less stress from less stuff feeling for anything!

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  22. Thanks for the recommendation! I'm due at the end of June, so these will be great!

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  23. I can tell you right now that the mesh feeders are the BEST!! They were perfect when both my babies were teething. We put ice, frozen (and fresh) fruit and veggies. And since it was cold, it soothed their gums. It was easy to wash too, I just put them inside out to wash and let them air dry. Hope that helps.

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  24. Hi Audrey! I'm 20 weeks along and I've loved following you during your pregnancy as well. I just wanted to mention one of the best features of the Amazon registry - the advice team!! My friend told me about it or else I never would have known. You can send an invitation out to your friends/family for them to comment on items on your registry or to make suggestions for you. I was totally lost with my registry and I got so much good info from my advice team! And surprisingly enough, they learned from each other too! Such a great feature that doesn't get promoted enough.

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  25. Hey there, I'd strongly recommend skipping the giraffe. The German journal Öko Test recently tested it (among many other baby toys) and found quite high level of toxins in the plastic, so high that Sophie should not be allowed to be sold under German law. "The November 2011 issue of German consumer magazine Öko-Test reported that Sophie the Giraffe should not be sold in Germany due to a violation of statutory limit values for nitrosatable substances. The test found 0.781 mg/kg, while the German Bedarfsgegenständeverordnung (BedGgstV) consumer food and product standard provides for a limit of 0.1 mg/kg."

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  26. I TOTALLY agree with your recommendation of the Miracle Blanket!!!! Our son (now two years old) really needed to be swaddled the first several months in order to calm down (he was very colic-y too, which was overwhelming). We tried ALL the swaddling blankets, and I do mean all of them. Before trying the Miracle Blanket, we tried the Halo and Summer swaddling blankets, including the velcro swaddling blankets. I was horrified to find him one morning having pulled the Halo velcro swaddling blanket up over his face, but still secured into it because he couldn't break out of it to get away. That one went into the trash immediately. Same with the Summer swaddling velcro blanket. He was strong from the day he was born and would constantly pull these blankets up over his face. And I couldn't get the hang of regular swaddling blankets. Then we found the Miracle Blanket. After reading the instructions a few times, it became easy to get him swaddled up. The best part? No velcro. And, he only came out of the blanket maybe once or twice. When that happened, he completely broke out of it, and rolled away from the blanket. So there was no worry that he was trapped. The Miracle Blanket was one of my favorite baby items. Major peace of mind. I would also highly recommend the Angel Care Monitor. Also big peace of mind during the first year when I worried about SIDS and breathing troubles. We got the deluxe version. Exellent purchase. Congrats on your baby girl, Audrey! I love your blog, and belting my dresses completely changed many of my outfits for the better. Thank you for all of your advice and hard work to help someone like me know how to work my wardrobe!

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  27. You really don't need as much as everyone says and since every baby is different some things just may not be "necessary".

    For us the couldn't live without item was the Baby Bjorn. With it I could finally get things done, hands free, and he was happy and content. When they aren't happy unless they are held but the dishes/whatever still needs to get done it was such a help. And, the Baby Bjorn is the most comfortable/easy to use out of the wraps/carriers I tried. I wish I had it from the beginning.

    Actually now that the little man is too big for it I can sell you mine if you are interested, super cheap compared to new. christymlee at gmail

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  28. The book "Baby Bargains" was a life-saver for us. It covers all the different baby necessities and why one product is better/worse than another. Worth every penny and it even has a money-back guarantee! I give it to all my pregnant friends.

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  29. I have to echo the previous advice: DOUBLE ELECTRIC PUMP!!! So worth the money. You won't regret it! If I may, it's like the difference between walking and riding in a car.

    I encourage you to avoid the pacifier. I truly believe they're just not necessary. I can't speak for colic babies, but I never used a passy on my kids. It was one less thing to keep up with and to break them from later on. Kids constantly drop them and you have worry about washing them off. Your kid cries for a reason - he's hungry, he's wet, he wants to be held. I spend a lot of time in an underprivileged foreign country where they don't use them at all. Some of the quietest kids ever! And most likely it's because the kids are kept close to their moms. The mothers make a make-shift Baby Bjorn out of their bed sheets. They've been in your belly for 9 mos! They need to be held a lot. I didn't hold my first one a lot cuz I was behind the camera too much. I held and snuggled with my second one as much as I wanted (or he needed) and I don't regret it one bit. I regret not holding my first one more!


    Congrats to you and your hubby! =)

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  30. Get a Boba wrap! My baby loved the closeness when she was fussy. And I second the Rock and Play!

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  31. A Nosefrida is a must!! It's the baby gift I give everyone now. In addition to that, I'd echo a double electric pump is the way to go and definitely get some kind of structured baby carrier on there. I love the Ergo because it couldn't be simpler to use and lasts through toddlerhood.

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  32. Your insurance should provide a free electric pump. It's part of the Affordable Care Act. Call them & ask what your options are!

    Also, Grace Patton's oldest child is only 3!! So, 4 kids in 3.5 years!

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  33. Ditto the Nosefrida!

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  34. Audrey, the one and only thing I would recommend to you is the Baby Bargains book. If you don't already have it, please consider getting it soon. I used mine relentlessly when I was pregnant with both baby #1 and #2. It is especially helpful when you are selecting big ticket items. They have already combed through customer reviews, consumer reports and safety ratings. And it helps you figure out what you need and will work for YOU. Which is way different than me telling you how much I love my particular crib, car seat, stroller, whatevermabobber. Xoxo

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  35. I haven't read far enough back to realize how far along you are, but I am 20 weeks and feeling the same - I've bought one thing (personally) and have not yet seriously started our registry. My husband has been adding some things to an Amazon list to get us going, because he's been reading Baby Bargains (which I see someone else recommended too). I'm like you though - kind of in shock that I haven't been super planned and organized with this. I think part of it is that I can't believe how quickly it's gone by! I know the rest of the time is going to fly so I better get on the ball!

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