Quick Tips & Sleep Registry Must Haves!
Baby is on the way, and there are SO many things to prepare. One of the most important, is where baby will sleep when they arrive. We think it is great idea to have the baby close by at least for the first few months, if not longer. I used a pack-n-play with a built in changing table like this one from Graco. This pack-n-play was a life saver. I loved having Zephyr right next to my bed. It saved me the trips down the hall while breast feeding every couple of hours (sometimes more.) It was also great to have the changing table right there, so we didn't have to change him in our bed, which avoided the unwanted messes!
Baby Zephyr moved to his own crib at 5 months old. Even though he was just in the next room, I used a Motorola Baby Monitor, which I can not live without! This monitor is amazing because it is something you can use for years. It is moderately priced, but well worth the money! It has a thermostat sensor, moving camera and even has the option to play lullabies to your baby as they sleep and a built in microphone for you to talk to your child as he gets older.
The first five months flew by so quickly and I'm so glad I prepared ahead of time. One of the greatest tips I recieved was from Bump Club and Beyond. Check out our #QuickTipTuesday video below!
When setting up your registry, it's never a bad idea to ask for multiple items like sheets, changing table covers and waterproof liners. One of the big things I went back and forth with for SO long was whether or not to buy the $300+ mattress that is completely breathable. So many infants die from SIDS or not being able to breath if they roll over on their tummies. I was so scared of this. After much debate, I ended up going with a "regular" mattress. I talked to a lot of people. My advice is that if you can afford it and the price is not an issue, go ahead and get the breathable mattress! Like this one from Newton Baby . However, if you only have the money to spend on other necessities I think you will be fine with a regular mattress. (I would invest in the baby monitor to be able to keep a close eye on baby at all other times.)
Every babies needs are different and you will figure them out as you go. Below is a list of registry MUST HAVES that have saved both of us at Mom Together many sleepless nights!!!
1) Swaddles!!!! We love Swaddle Me by Summer Infant AND Ziggy Baby!!!! Ziggy Baby's new black and white collection is to die for. We have not tried their muslin blankets, but they look amazing. Keep in mind when you are buying swaddles... the time of year. My son was born in December, we automatically thought, COLD WINTER so we bought everything super thick. The fist night we brought him home we had the heater pumped and had him wrapped in a super thick swaddle. He was screaming, red and sweating. I was panicking, thinking OMG you have a fever. Turns out, he was just hot. haha. My son always sleep very hot. (Thats why I loved Ziggy's swaddles.) They are thin so you can dress them in pajamas and the swaddle won't make them uncomfortable. To be safe you may want to get a thick and think one. However, we only used the thin ones and we used A LOT of them.
2) Footed Pajamas - Not only are these super cute, but they are super functional as well. We love Carter's brand because they also come with the fold-over mittens (built in to the onsie - GENIUS!) This is great for newborns who have not learned to keep their claws off their face. It's also a hassle to try to keep little socks on their wiggly feet. So the footed pajamas are a must have! Keep in mind if you are not the most patient while in your sleep deprived state, you may want to invest in pj's that have a zipper instead of the 101 snaps you have to snap to get the thing back on after each of the 80 diaper changes you will be doing each night. (Slight sarcasm, but it sure does feel like that!)
3) Baby Monitor - A definite must have even if you live in a tiny house (like I do.) There are so many on the market. Some are darn near robots and can do some pretty incredible things. I decided to go with the Motorola MBP33S Digital Color Wireless Video Monitor which retails for about $100 This monitor is amazing because it is something you can use for years. It is moderately priced, but well worth the money! It has a thermostat sensor, moving camera and even has the option to play lullabies to your baby as they sleep and a built in microphone for you to talk to your child as he gets older.
4) A crib - If you plan on having your baby sleep on their own at some point, you can't skip this one. This was another thing I shopped forever for. I wanted to make sure I got the right one. Especially with a big ticket item you want to get what you pay for and cribs are expensive. I ended up going with the Babyletto Mercer 3-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Rail and I absolutely love it. The extra storage was a big selling point, as well as being able to convert it to a toddler bed. There were some cribs that would convert all the way into a twin sized bed but I thought, by that point I will probably have another kid (who can use this crib) or my son will want a Superman bed and I will have to deliver.
5) Crib Bumpers! This was something I didn't purchase at first because I had heard so many thing about babies suffocating on them. I now regret not buying them after the million pacifiers thrown on the floor. In the dark, with a crying baby finding the lost Paci is a game you don't want to play. A scary thing also happened when my son learned to roll over. His legs got caught in between the crib rails and he could not roll back over. He was panicking, so scary! I was excited when I found breathable crib bumpers. Best of both worlds. There are lots on the market. They are definitely not as cute as the regular padded bumpers that match all bedding sets, but they serve their purpose.
6) Sound Machine - Most people assume that when baby is sleeping it must stay completely quiet when in fact it's just the opposite. Baby has spent 9 months inside your stomach where the sound of your beating heart is like a constant playing vacuum cleaner. That is why a sound machine is a must! We love this adorable Owl by Skip Hop. It has an array of sounds and lullabies including a natural beating heart sound. It's belly lights up to double as a night light AND the cutest part is that it projects stars and a moon onto your ceiling for baby to drive off into sweet dream land. My son is almost 6 months and we have not gone a night without this.
7) Pack - N - Play!!! Another thing we debated over for so long was WHERE WILL HE SLEEP WHEN HE COMES HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL!? First thought... a bassinet! Well bassinets are great, but they grow out of them SO quickly. I was told by my sister in law to get a pack-n-play and it's the best decision we ever made. We used every bit of that for the first 5 months and best thing yet is that we will be able to use it for at least a couple of years for travel or play outside etc. If you do get one, invest in the one that has the extra add-ons like a built in bassinet and changing table. We were able to use the tiny bassinet when he was brand new. It kept him secure and cozy. There is even a vibrating option, night light and white noise/music player. The changing table was so clutch! Trust me you do not want to change them in your bed or you could be changing sheets in the middle of the night as well. Once the outgrow the bassinet, there are two crib size options. A higher one to make bending over and picking them up easier on your back. As well as a lower option for when they start sitting/climbing on things.
8) Multiple Sets of Sheets! Yes multiple, and we recommend layering them with the waterproof liners. Two... or even three sets at a time. If there is a blow out in the middle of the night or if your kid is sick and is throwing up, the LAST thing you want to do in the middle of the night is wait for a load of laundry to be done to put your kid back to sleep. Just peel off the dirty sheet and waterproof liner to reveal the next set of clean sheets #momwin The sheets pictured above are from
9) Waterproof mattress liners - We also recommend getting a few sets of these. You don't have to go off and spend the crazy amounts. I did invest in one organic/breathable one. However, the others I have are just regular and work just fine. This is a must have, especially once you start experiencing all of the blowouts #momlife