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Getting What You Want From a Baby Shower

As your pregnancy progresses, it's time to start thinking about registering for baby items and your baby shower.

Getting organized and putting together a well-planned registry can make the difference between getting the right baby gifts and having to take a lot of things to the return counter.

Items for the Baby Registry

You'll want to register for a mix of items: some bigger and more expensive like strollers, mid-range items such as bouncy seats and mobiles, and smaller things including bottle racks and brushes. Some items that many new moms recommend for registries include:

  • Big-ticket items including strollers, swings, baby monitors, and portable playpens
  • Diaper bag
  • Baby slings or wrap carriers
  • Baby bathtub and bath accessories
  • A “snap-and-go” type of stroller that's light and folds easily and that you can just pop into the car seat
  • Nursing pillow
  • Bouncy seat
  • A white noise machine (some look like sheep or other cute animals)
  • Swaddle blankets
  • Portable, folding changing pads
  • Formula dispenser for feeding on the go, and a dishwasher container for washing bottle parts and pacifiers
  • Accessories including baby nail clippers, digital thermometer, baby wipes, and burp cloths
  • Mesh feeders. These handy things look like extra-large pacifiers and come with a screw-off net. You put a chunk of solid food, such as an avocado or peach, inside and screw the top back on, and babies who aren't yet ready for solid foods can suck to their heart's content and enjoy the taste.

Items to Buy Yourself

Unless you have very generous friends or family that you trust to help you buy exactly what you want in plenty of time, you should probably buy these items yourself:

  • Crib and nursery furniture
  • Car seat. Something this important to your baby's safety should be something you pick out and bring home with plenty of time to spare before you're due. You can't leave the hospital without it! Iif you opt to put this on the register, make sure you list the particular make and model you want.)
  • Breast pump and other breastfeeding products, such as nipple shields. Many people just feel weird about buying someone else's breast pump.

Items You May Want to Wait On

  • Bottles. You will almost certainly need at least a few bottles. Formula-feeding moms need plenty, and most breastfeeding moms pump at least sometimes. But what kind of bottle? Baby's preferences can be very tricky! Rather than registering for the complete bottle set, wait until you see how baby feeds in the hospital and go from there. You may also want to get a few different bottles/nipples for your baby to try.)
  • Bottle warmer. Some babies demand warmed-up milk, others don't care. Often, if you start your baby out without doing the warming thing, they'll never know the difference. Breast fed babies tend to know right away.

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