Pregnant Chicken's Kick Ass Registry
Everything in my registry (for my fake baby, Flick of course) assumes that I'm starting from scratch again but with the knowledge I have now.
I'm not suggesting you buy all of it (obviously) but I wanted to point out the products that I really love and how they are helpful.
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Okay, this is the one I had and it went off when my husband picked up my son and forgot to turn it off and I nearly busted through the wall like the fucking Kool Aid man. That said, it certainly works and if you're paranoid about SIDS like I was, it may give you a little peace of mind.
I like video monitors because you can see what's going on with the noise. Now this is the fanciest of the bunch and the ones with fewer bells and whistles are less expensive.
Any baby that needs to transition out of swaddling will love this little sleep suit because it's heavy enough to muffle their reflexive startles that tend to wake them up.
This sleeper/chair get up is like a portable second set of hands. It folds down flat so it's great for travel too.
Register for muslin swaddlers. They have a million uses and you can't have too many of them.
Heed my words when I say "get a damn sound machine" This one gets amazing ratings and is a nursery staple for a gabillion parents.
These are great swaddlers because they are idiot proof and super cozy.
I can't tell you how lovely this sucker is.
It takes you from spit ups to toddler pees and it organic to boot.
A little pricey but when you factor in that you'll use it for years, it's worth every penny.
I expect to use this under my own ass when I'm in the old age home one day.
This doesn't look like much (especially considering the price tag) but it is a FABULOUS bouncer. It bounces from the weight of your baby (not batteries) and your baby is quite upright to combat reflux, etc.
The bassinest is a great way to keep your baby close to you without having them right in the bed. It is sturdy as all hell (no tipping) and is great to have tucked right up to your bed.
I LOVE the click tight technology Britax came out with. No fiddling with anchors or sitting on it to secure, the seat lifts up and you secure it with the seat belt. AND it has the Quick-Adjust, No-Rethread Harness. As close as you're going to get to "idiot proof"
There are a billion choices when it comes to baby wearing but you can't go wrong with a Moby wrap.
I know you can get umbrella strollers for like 30 bucks but I really think you get what you pay for in this category and I used mine A LOT. Honestly, if you live somewhere warm you could totally get away with a carrier and a great umbrella stroller and skip the big stroller altogether.
Okay, I'm trying to narrow down my stroller choices and it's HARD to find a stroller to be all things to all people. This stroller system from Graco is another one that will suit many people's needs. Plus, for $220 you get a stroller AND an infant car seat.
The B-Agile would be my next choice as a good stroller system for most people. It's less expensive than the Vista but is still a damn good stroller.
If you can't stand the idea of stroller shopping and you're okay with investing in something, I would recommend the Vista. It's tried and true and can accommodate a second seat if you have more than one baby to tote around. It's a beautiful stroller that will be suitable to a wide variety of people.
Clothes & Accessories
This is a teether that's attached to a rockin' neckerchief so it doesn't get dropped or lost. Plus, the bib portion soaks up all that teething drool.
Not only are these sock adorable, they stay on teeny feet.
I used to think scratch mittens were stupid until I saw the damage newborn talons can do to their perfect, little faces. I love these ones because they don't come off like those stupid mini bags that they typically sell. You only really need one pair.
Get a billion of these. They work for wrapping them up, burp clothes, change pads, barf wipers, nursing tarps and sun shields.
Is it weird to register for a breast pump? Nah, fuck it. They are expensive and when you need a good one, you need a good one.
Dr. Brown's makes awesome bottles. I love these glass ones – old school, easy to clean style.
I love these bottles. They are soft and boob-like.
Yep, I can get excited about a bottle brush. This one rocks.
Bibs are surprisingly personal so I would try to grab a few kinds to see what works for you. I liked these cheap and cheerful ones.
If you plan on cloth diapering be sure to register for some. Not only is it a great way to score some pricey diapers, it's a nice way to let everyone know that they can skip the Pampers.
When in doubt ask for diapers.
When you first see the price tag on this you are blown away with how expensive a diaper pail can be, but this is before you realize how blown away you can be by the smell of baby shit. It doesn't look like much but it works and it's worth it.
Nursery & Decor
If you decide to step it up on the crib, I highly recommend a convertible crib that coverts to a full size bed down the road.
Health & Safety
Toys & Books
Kids love this psycho looking toy. It has a ton of developmental benefits and has become a staple of baby toys.
This is becoming a baby staple fast. You better have one.
It Takes a Village (Help & Favors)
For the Parent(s)
Okay, maybe it's weird to have a bra on your registry but these guys carry the BEST nursing bras ever. I actually called the lady that owns this store in a hysterical froth because I needed a nursing bra after I had my son and she sent my husband home with this. (God bless him for picking it up). It is the most comfortable thing ever.