Where did you register?
Amazon.com and then added things that weren't on amazon off other sites and compliled them onto Myregistry.com
When did you register?
I'm not sure--but probably around 20ish weeks? I did it over a period of time after doing lots of research rather than all at once. That's one of the perks of registering online.
Big Ticket Baby Gear:
Car Seat (infant and/or convertible):
We used the Graco Snugride. It was okay, didn't love it (very basic, inexpensive, safe).
Stroller (of any variety):
TBH, we didn't use a stroller much until he was about 6 months+ See baby carrier.
I think we have the Basset baby cape cod (or something like that)? I really like it. It's fairly easy to assemble, and very sturdy. It's a 4 in 1.
We just used a comfy old rocking chair, however it's wearing out, and I think I'll be investing in a real glider this pg.
Baby Monitor/Video monitor:
The one we have is a POS. We'll be getting a video monitor for #2.
Fisher Price Space Saver FTW. Seriously. Very easy to travel with, easy to clean, and we don't have tons of space, so it's great. Highly recommended.
Swing/Bouncy Seat/Vibrating Seat:
We got a "Sassy" jungle bouncy/vibrating seat and borrowed a fisher price swing from a friend.
Co-sleeper, Pack n Play, Bassinett or other Sleeping Place:
Pack 'n' plays are essential. We have the Graco type with the changing station and the newborn napper. I was really glad to have both.
For the newborn phase: Moby (or something similar--K'tan, sleepywrap, etc). Don't be afraid. There's a learning curve, but I'm telling you--if you have a colicky baby, this thing will probably save your life! Also, we have a maya wrap which we love. That was better for quick in/out of the store type trips.
For 3 months+: Ergobaby carrier hands down. It's front or back carry, and is really easy on the back.
BEWARE OF CROTCH DANGLERS! Seriously. Stay away. Research infant hip development. Those things are not good for babies or parents.
Breast Pump (if used):
I have two--Medela Pump In Style Advanced, and the Lansinoh Affinity. I'd say they perform equally as far as comfort and output. For reference, I went back to work FT at 8 weeks PP and pumped 2-3 times daily for 10 months. The breakdown:
Medela: Pros--fairly quiet, easily adjusted, replacement parts very easy to come by. Cons--open system (research open vs closed system breast pumps. This is a must), No individual speed/strength adjustment, a little loud, Expensive (I think they run $279?), heavy.
Lansinoh: Pros--Just as good at getting milk (if not better) than the medela for less than half the price ($105 on amazon), individual speed/suction strength dials, Lightweight and compact, the flanges have a nice silicone edge (makes a better seal), closed system.
Cons--fairly loud, Has a bit of a learning curve (at least for me).
Breast Feeding Pillows/Supplies (if used):
I liked the breastfriend pillow.
Breast Feeding Comfort Items (breast pads, creams, etc):
pure lanolin (I preferred Lansinoh), nursing pads (Lansinoh, again, hands down), Soothies (these are like....gel things that you stick on sore nips. For the best relief, chill 'em in the fridge first). Booby Tubes from earth mama angel baby. These are flax-seed filled ice/heat packs perfectly shaped to your breast. MUCH better than frozen peas. I love that they're re usable and cen be used hot or cold.
Nursing bras, tanks, clothing sources:
I got the target nursing tanks, but honestly, don't care for them much. I'll be upgrading with baby #2.
Bottles (if used):
we used the cheap-o evenflo glass 4 oz bottles with Dr. Brown's nipples. Thankfully DS was never picky about his bottles/nips. I really shy away from plastic, even if it's BPA free. Glass is so much easier to clean (and they're really tough. We've never had one break, even with lots of abuse. They make silicone sleeves you can buy for them too if you're worried).
Bottle Warmer (if used):
We swore we'd never use one, but when DS was refusing to eat more than 1 oz of BM out of a bottle, a friend picked us up the Munchkin bottle warmer. It's great. I love that you can sterilize things with it too.
Health and Safety
Soap, Babywash Shampoo:
Burt's Bees baby wash. Smells so good, and is low in chemicals. Fairly reasonable.
DS developed Eczema, so vaseline was a serious life saver. I also like the Aveeno Lavender (it may be lavender vanilla even) lotion.
We got a Summer Infant tub that came with an attachable stool/platform at BRU. It had the infant sling, and worked up until recently when DS decided to start trying to climb out of it and faceplanted. It worked.
Linens (Towels, washcloths, crib sheets: how many did you need?):
Towels--hooded towels (try to stay away from those thin gerber ones. They're not terribly warm/absorbent)--we have 5 and have never run out.
Washcloths--one pack. We didn't use them much. We actually switched over to a sea sponge bc of DS's sensitive skin.
Swaddle blankets--we only had like...one good swaddling blanket. I think you need 3-4. I will be getting the Aden + Anais ones this time.
Crib sheets--3 or 4. Also, those pads that go under the sheet aren't a bad idea.
"I could not have lived without _____":
The moby wrap for sure.
"I wish I hadn't wasted money on _______"
Newborn size "dress up" clothes. We bought this "button up" onesie. While it was cute, it was a PITA, and DS didn't seem comfortable, so he wore it for about 15 minutes. Also, newborn sized non-stretchy pants. His CDs were SO big then that his big butt didn't fit!
"I wish I had bought more ______"
sleepers. Seriously, those were awesome. I have a feeling that they will be essential with winter babies.
Also, I wish I had a few more diaper covers. We had 4, but could have used 6. Newborn EBF poo is explosive!
"I didn't need as many ______ as I thought"
Can't think of anything.
What items are unnecessary to have on the registry, bc people will buy them for you anyway?
What will BRU try to tell you that you "need" but you really don't?
I'm not sure! I've never asked anyone for help with my registry. Seriously look into CDing. Diapers are super expensive (about $100 per month). Modern CDs are user friendly, cute, trim, and reliable. So I guess I'd say--disposable diapers!
What are the must-have items for the first 2-3 weeks home with baby?
Colic calm (this is the gripe water I have experience with and recommend) for upset tummies, gas drops, the number of a recommended lactation consultant (if you plan on BFing). Honestly, babies don't *need* much.
Don't forget about mom! What should a new mom have on hand for her personal comfort following delivery?
Don't laugh too hard--but depends. Honestly, I didn't want to ruin my undies, and they're easy to pop an ice pack/frozen diaper into for a sore bottom.
a Few newborn diapers with witch hazel poured into them and frozen. They feel heavenly on those swollen nether regions.
Tucks pads--many women get hemmorhoids during delivery.
Colace--stool softener--that first poop is really scary, and constipation is even scarier!
A water bottle--you'll need to drink lots of water, esp with BFing.
Good help. Enlist help from friends and family ahead of time if possible! Sign people up to bring meals, do laundry, dishes, etc.
If you could give one key piece of advice regarding "baby stuff," what would it be?
Don't be afraid to buy used or borrow from family/friends. So many things will be outgrown very quickly, and baby stuff is expensive! Babies really don't need lots of high tech, expensive stuff!