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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These are so cool and even have grades (i.e. Grade 1) so you can use them for a loooong time.
When they are newborns it stops the 'click' from the door (they can sleep through fire trucks but a closing door with wake them right up for some reason). When they are older it stops little fingers from getting caught in the door.
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 effing 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.
Mirrors are a little dicey because some people feel they can become a projectile in a crash (just to let you know) but I loved having a shatter proof mirror in the back seat so I could see what they were up to. It also kept them rear facing longer and I felt that balanced my safety risks.
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"
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
Dryer balls are a great organic and a chemical-free way to dry all those baby clothes. (They are awesome to throw too.)
iPlay makes the best sun hats because they tie so the little monkeys can't chuck it... and they will try to chuck it.
These are amazing, soft, comfy booties that get incredible ratings (for good reason) and I'm pissed that they don't come in my size!
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.
I just love Bravado nursing bras. They are comfortable and don't give you uniboob.
If you're going to be doing some serious pumping then it's worth investing in a good breast pump. Double check to see what your insurance will cover though.
These nursing tanks are awesome. They aren't bulky and attached right to your nursing bra or regular bra, plus, they are lovely and long!
If you plan on nursing, reusable nursing pads are awesome and these really work.
These look like regular old scissors but these are certified food-safe and are free of BPA, Lead, PVC, Phthalates, and Formaldehyde. They even have a handy cap to toss in your diaper bag. Great idea if you plan on going the baby-led weaning route.
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.
Even if you aren't cloth diapering I recommend getting a couple of wet bags. Up-the-back shits are inevitable so you may as well be prepared.
Diaper Dabbler is beyond brilliant because there really is no 'right' disposable diaper, there's just one that's right for you. Test 'em out before you invest in an entire box.
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 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
Listen, I don't know if these will always work but have some on hand because if they work they are a godsend.
This seems completely gross until you have a baby that can't breathe and then this is the best idea on the planet. Plus, it's made in Sweden and everybody knows that only good stuff comes from Sweden.
Toys & Books
This is a good book for the what-the-hell-do-I-do? moments.
If anyone in your family has a rubber allergy, Zeta Zebra is a nice alternative to Sophie the Giraffe.
BPA-Free - Latex Free
Sock monkey baby crinkle toy? Yes please!
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)
I feel like this would be fucking wicked when you have a baby. You're always trying to reach a glass of water or a remote pinned under a sleeping infant.
If you get this crock pot I'll be super jealous. This along with freezer meals would be a godsend.
Is it tacky to register for wine? I'm too drunk to care ;)
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.