Ultimate Guide to Baby Registry Must Haves – What to Register for and Why

Ultimate Guide to Baby Registry Must Haves – What to Register for and Why

Baby registry must haves – I remember the headache I had walking thru the aisles with my Target scanner trying to figure out what the hell I was suppose to need for a baby. Let’s face it. Registering for your baby registry quite possibly can induce a panic attack. It was that moment as I zapped condoms (as a joke) that I realized that I had NO idea what I was getting into. 

Baby Registry Must Haves

To help reduce some of the pre-baby stress, I’ve create the ultimate guide to baby registry must haves in hopes to help prevent that pregnancy panic attack when registering. My sister recently gave birth to my sweet nephew so in a way I feel like I am totally back in the baby game, getting to know all of the new products again. But as you will see from my baby registry must haves list – not everything is new! Somethings are tried and true.

What to register for - Baby Registry Must HavesAlso to note, I so wish this existed when I was pregnant. AMAZON has a baby registry! Rather than having to drag your pregnant butt (I mean that endearingly, been there 4 times!) to the store to zap, zap, zap – you can just create an Amazon Baby Registry. Believe me, as someone who attended or mailed a LOT of baby gifts, an online baby registry at the store I shop most at would be a God send. 

First things first, make sure you have your Amazon Baby Registry created and now all you have to do is add in these suggested items to your registry! Let’s get started on your baby registry must haves list!

Arlo Baby Smart Monitor

Netgear has dove into the security camera market. We have a Arlo video surveillance system for our house, that we’ve used daily since setting it up over a year ago. So when Netgear asked if we would be interested in reviewing their new Arlo Baby Smart Monitor, we jumped at the chance knowing that many of our readers are parents. 

ARLO BABY MONITOR CAMERAHere is what you need to know about the Arlo Baby Smart Monitor: 

  • 1080p HD Quality – (GREAT quality video!) You can view live or recorded videos in awesome detail and color
  • 2-Way Talk – You can talk to your baby from anywhere and hear them, too! 
  • Advanced Night Vision – Because newborns require 24 hour surveillance, the Arlo Baby Smart Monitor gives you near-invisible infrared LEDs, that let you see your baby clearly, even in the dark!
  • Instant Smart Alerts – Set alerts when ever there is motion or sound – even set air quality notifications! The smart alert notifications are sent to your smartphone.
  • Free 7-day Cloud Storage – You can be review, download and share recorded moments for an entire week
  • Control remotely–  The multi-colored night light, music player, temperature, humidity & VOCs air sensors are all controlled from the Arlo app
  • Built-in rechargeable battery – Go wireless with your baby monitor for up to 6 hours (or up to 3 hours with night vision.) This allows you to monitor your baby, wherever you go! This also allows your camera still work, in the event of a power outage. 
  • Learn more about the camera

Diapers

Diapers because, people – you have NO idea how many diapers you will need with a baby. With our first child, we received a generous amount of diapers of various sizes at 2 different baby showers. We thought we had it made. Nope. Our daughter needed diapers the second week. Don’t even get me started on how many diapers are went thru with our boys. Each of our 3 boys had the ability to fountain (pee all over us anytime their penis felt air.) Each of our kids stayed in size 3 the longest amount of time. While you do want to make sure the diapers fit your kid – it’s a LOT easier to use a larger diaper on a baby than a smaller diapers. Also to note, if your baby’s diaper is leaking or exploding often – they may be in the wrong size diaper.

As far as name brand, that is up to you. As newborns, we always used Pamper Swaddlers. They are very cushy to the touch. We then used Luvs diapers size 2-5. Then when we were potty training (and we still have a bed wetter, so are still using at night) Huggies Pull-ups. 

Baby Wipes

While my youngest child is 5-years-old, wipes are still a staple in our house. Like diapers, you cannot have enough wipes. These things will wipe everything from butts to boogers and occasionally will bathe your child. Don’t judge, I can’t tell you how many times my babies were covered in goo and needed a good cleaning but we were no where near a sink. 

As far as name brands go, you will need to find what works best for you and your baby. Our favorite baby wipes were Huggies One and Done refreshing baby wipes. They smell amazing and when you have a child that stinks – you want something that smells amazing. 

Swaddle Blankets

I know there is a lot going around about not swaddling your child, but if we hadn’t swaddled our babies, I am not sure how we would have survived. Seriously, swaddling was a God send to help mellow them out and put them in a quiet zone. 

swaddle blanketsWe purchased a good swaddle wrap blanket to use at home. Then we also bought several large muslin swaddle blankets to use wherever. 

Feeding Baby

Continuing on as we go thru the baby registry must haves – let’s talk feeding baby. Oh yes, the baby will need to be fed so might as well add a few items for feeding the baby to the baby registry. 

Bottles

Every baby will have their preference in regards to bottles – our babies all used Dr. Brown bottles.  

Pacifiers

These Philips AventBPA Free Soothie Pacifier were our favorite pacifiers. No matter which ones we tried with any of the 4 kids, the soothie pacifier won them over.

These pacifiers are also like the pacifiers the hospital gave us. 

Baby Feeding Utensils

You can never have enough baby spoons! These are affordable add-ons to your shower registry as well. 

Baby Fresh Food Feeders

These little things are a pain in the butt to clean, but I will say that the kids loved them. Here’s what you do. You can put fruit or other foods into the fresh food feeder.

This nifty gadget features a net that prevents large chunks of food that the baby can’t quite eat yet, helping reduce the risk of choking. 

Breast Pump

If you have health insurance, thanks to Obamacare – you should be eligible for a free breast pump. Make sure to check as this will save you hundreds! Here is the breast pump I recommend purchasing. The Sonata Medela Breast Pump is small, quiet and it’s technology allows you to track your pumping sessions. That’s right – breastfeeding has gone high tech.  

Grass Drying Rack

The grass drying rack is not only cute, it’s completely functional!

After washing bottles, spoons, nipples, pacifiers and what have you – just throw them on this adorable drying rack that sits on your counter. With our last child, we had one of these for his bathroom since most of the bottles were washed in there. 

Burp Rags

Burp rags come in all shapes and sizes. While I did make sure to register for a few cute burp rags, because nothing makes spit-up better to clean-up than a cute burp rag – make sure to register for some plain ones too! 

Bibs

My favorite bibs were nothing fancy. At each of my baby showers, the attendees decorated bibs and those are always ones I used.

Now I DO adore the bib bandanas

Baby Bouncer

Parents, you are going to need a break from holding that baby. But where do you put baby? In a bouncer! I can’t even with how many hours my infants spent in the bouncer. While of course, that baby will be snuggled in your arms the majority of the time – you will love the bouncer and so will baby. 

My favorite new bouncer is the Fisher-Price Moonlight Meadow Deluxe Bouncer. I bought this one for my little nephew. It was easy to put together and offers a plush seat for baby. Don’t worry, all pads are removable for easy washing (and you will have to wash it, oh lawdy!)

Infant Car Seat

Another on of our baby registry must haves recommendations is an infant car seat. 

infant car seat is a baby registry list must haveDid you know the hospital won’t release you from the hospital if you do not have an infant car seat? I am not sure if this is true in every state, but it is in Texas. Make sure you have your infant car seat!

If you have more than one vehicle, you will want to make sure to purchase an extra infant carrier base for your car. Add this to your baby registry list! 

Snap and Go Stroller

I want this to be the ULTIMATE GUIDE to baby registry must haves – so, I am going to keep it real with my thoughts on these things. While we did purchase a infant car seat and stroller combination the first time around, I am not sure I would do that again if we had a baby. Why? Let’s chat. If you find a KILLER deal, buy it but in all honesty the stroller that comes with the stroller combos usually are bulky and suck.

Here is what we did with the last few kids that was awesome. We bought the infant car seat and then a Snap and Go infant seat stroller. Why? I cannot tell you what a pain in the butt the large strollers that typically come with infant stroller combos are! The last thing you need as a new mom is to have to haul around a big stroller, lug it out of the car and set it up. The Snap and Go infant stroller is so easy and light-weight. Sure its not fancy, but guys fancy isn’t what you need to be worried about as a new parent. Don’t stress about shiny and pretty – focus on function. (As someone who loves fashion over function that hurts me to write, but I am getting real here! Somethings are worth function over fashion – SOME!) 

Believe me, if you have used a bulky stroller – you will adore the Snap and Go. It totally lives up to it’s name. 

Clothing

Let’s talk clothes. Here’s the deal – especially if you have a girl – PEOPLE LOVE TO BUY BABY CLOTHES. I too fall into this trap. I mean, when you find a baby shirt that says #1 AUNT – I have to buy that for my nephew, right? But let’s get real about what you REALLY need in regards to day-to-day for baby. 

So as we are talking about baby registry must haves, make sure you register for things that you like as most people do use the registry when buying gifts!

baby kimono shirtsWhite Kimono Shirts

I absolutely love the simple white Kimono shirts. My fourth child wore my first child’s kimono shirts because they are non-gender specific and last. They are cute and easy to get on and off.

Sleepers / Pajamas

Sleepers are magical, especially as your littles grow! 

Sleepers - Baby Registry Must HavesOnesies

I have a love/hate relationship with onesies. On one hand, they are ugly unitards. On the other hand, they are handy and convenient. 

Baby Mittens

We had to use baby mittens with our first child as she would constantly scratch at her face! No matter how short we cut her nails, they grew quick. 

Baby Socks

Register for a few pairs of baby socks, but from one parent to another, we rarely wore socks because when we did THEY ALWAYS FELL OFF our babies’ feet!

Baby Carrier

Baby wearing was a must as a work at home mama. The first 2 kids, I sported a Baby Bjorn. With the last 2 kids, I wore a baby wrap carrier. Whichever works best for you – use it! These are great to find on Facebook sales groups. They are easy to wash and baby wearing is a great way to bond with baby. 

Bedside Sleeper

I recently gave my sister several crib sheets. I told her they were old but when you are needing clean sheets in the middle of the night, it doesn’t matter what the crib sheets look like! She laughed and said my nephew hadn’t slept in his crib yet. OH HOW I FORGET! He is only 3 months, so he is sleeping next to mama and daddy in the bedside sleeper. 

While we are so excited to get a crib for the baby’s nursery, chances are he won’t be using that crib much – at least not in the first 6 months. 

Find a good bedside sleeper so that you can comfortably co-sleep. We had 16 months between the last 2 kids, so we had a kid in-between us and then a baby in the bedside sleeper. 

We used the Fisher Price Portable Bassinet (was called something else when our littlest was a baby.) It looked similar to this. This is also what my sister uses. It’s light-weight, so she brings this to the office. 

Baby Bathing Essentials

The last thing I am going to recommend for this baby registry must haves list is baby bath stuff. Here are the baby bath items I suggest registering for:Baby Bath Rubber Duck TubDuck Baby Bath – all 4 of our kids used the duck baby bath! As soon as the baby can sit up your child can use this. We used this until they were around 18 months old and it’s super affordable. 
Baby Magic – I love their bath products, call me old school but that smell just says NEWBORN! 

Johnson’s Baby Head-to-Toe Disposable Washcloths – These are too pricey for me to use everyday, plus they do create waste – BUT – buy a pack and keep these in your purse. I can’t tell you how great these are for when your child craps all over himself (it WILL happen) OR when traveling. These disposable washcloths definitely fall into our baby registry must haves list

Munchkin White Hot Safety Bath Ducky – This adorable rubber ducky doesn’t just work as a bath toy – it also alerts you when the water is too hot by revealing the word HOT on the bottom of the duck.

Make sure to register for your Amazon Baby Gift Registry!

Well, there you have it. Your ultimate guide to baby registry must haves. I hope this guide gives you some good ideas when you are registering for your baby shower or baby gifts. Congrats on your new baby!

5 BEST iPad Cases for Kids

5 BEST iPad Cases for Kids

best ipad cases for kidsLooking for an iPad case that will work well with kids?  We have 2 iPads for our 2 toddlers and we learned early on that in order for them to be able to play with the iPads, we would need to invest in nice iPad case.  If you are in the market for an iPad case for kids or for toddlers – here are a few that we recommend.

Updated: April 25, 2014

Check out these 5 Great iPad Cases for Kids:

Otterbox Defender iPad Case

ipad defender caseIf you are looking for the best in the defense for you iPad, go with the Otterbox Defender.

One of the features that I appreciate about this case is the built-in screen protector. I had purchased a separate screen protector and had it on the device. When we upgraded to the newer iPad, I didn’t worry about the screen protector film, this case protected the device enough.

The Defender line by Otterbox is awesome. It’s built for defense. While this case is bulky, your iPad will be protected and you can worry a little less about your digital investment. We have a Defender on one of our toddlers iPads and had another on an older iPad that we sold.

Purchase the Otterbox Defender iPad Case

Griffin Survivor Case

Griffin iPad Case for KidsI wasn’t sure how the Griffin Survivor case would match up to the Otterbox Defender. We had purchased our second iPad and were needing a case. I decided to try out the Griffin. It had come recommended by another mom and it was cheaper than the Otterbox Defender. I went for it and we still have a protected iPad! The case works great, is very similar in protection to the Defender – would definitely recommend it.

The Survivor iPad case comes with a built-in screen protector like the Defender.

Purchase the Griffin Survivor Case

 

Lifeproof ipad Case

lifeproof ipad case for kidsWhile I haven’t used the Lifeproof iPad case, I am sure it will impress. I recently switched my iPad case from an Otterbox iPhone Defender case to the Lifeproof case and WOW, this thing is impressive!  I talked with the team at CES this past year and saw this case first hand. It is super nice!

If I was a bath person, or had a pool – I would totally invest in one of these. The Lifeproof iPad case, like the Lifeproof iPhone case is WATERPROOF! And in addition to waterproof is drop proof, you can drop the iPad and no harm done to your tablet. Lifeproof even sales a Lifeproof Life Jacket to keep your device afloat in the pool.

Purchase the Lifeproof iPad Case

 

Speck Products iGuy

speck iguy iPad case

If you are looking for less protection and more personality with a case, , check out the iGuy from Speck. The iGuy is an iPad accessory perfect for kids. This freestanding foam case comes in various sizes to fit the various iPad versions.

The iGuy is easy to hold, lightweight and he can stand on his own two feet!

Purchase the iGuy

 

Big Grips Frame

big grips ipad frameBig Grips Frame was designed specifically for kids!  This frame is made of a soft, squishy and easy to grab foam that’s perfect for little hands.  The squishy foam is made to help cushion a fall, should your kids ever HAPPEN to drop your iPad (I am sure that’s NEVER happened!).

One of my good friends swears by this iPad case. My toddlers are a little too destructive for me to feel that the iPad would be safe with this case, but you never know! Her child’s iPad has yet to be damaged!  I would recommend a screen protector film if you do opt for this case.

Also Big Grips offers a Big Grips Stand – which will let your iPad stand up! Perfect if your little ones watch movies on your device.

Purchase the Big Grips Frame

Do you have an iPad case that you prefer for kids?

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How to Get Rid of Cradle Cap

How to Get Rid of Cradle Cap

Looking for the best way to get rid of cradle cap? This was not on my list of to do’s to blog about until my daughter had a freak out moment while holding our baby, Zeke. She thought something was seriously wrong with him when noticing the yellow scales on his head.

Our 5-month-old has cradle cap. It’s perfectly normal and absolutely disgusting. I would say his case of cradle cap is pretty severe as it’s even in his eyebrows. 

Get Rid of Baby Cradle Cap

What is Cradle Cap

Before you freak out when these weird yellowish patches show up on your child, let’s talk about cradle cap, what it is and why you shouldn’t freak out. Doctors call it infantile seborrheic dermatitis, it’s very common, it isn’t cute but it is totally harmless.

Cradle cap usually shows up in the first few months of life and can clean up on its own in about six to 12 months. (Though some babies do have it for longer.) 

You may notice it not just on your baby’s head. It can show up around your baby’s ears or eyebrows, on his eyelids, or even in his armpits and other creases.

 

What Causes Cradle Cap?

The cause is unknown. But we do know that cradle cap is not caused by poor hygiene or allergies. Cradle cap isn’t contagious. And it probably doesn’t bother your baby at all (but I remember how much it bothered me!  If it gets severe, it might itch. 

Get rid of Cradle Cap

Okay digital moms, if you are a new mom wanting to know – what is cradle cap? Here is what I am going to how you to treat cradle cap. Just know this is perfectly normal. It’s not harmful to your baby, it’s just well UGLY.

How Do You Get Rid of Cradle Cap

Here is a video showing you exactly how to get rid of baby cradle cap and get rid of it for good (or at least a few weeks).

Supplies for Cradle Cap Removal

Treating Cradle Cap

  • Use the washcloth and baby oil to saturate baby’s head (not too much, just enough to thoroughly cover – watch out for the eyes).
  • Leave the baby oil on baby’s scalp for 10-15 minutes.
  • Use the toothbrush to gently scrub the scalp and brush out the flakes and scales.
  • THROW away the toothbrush (nasty, gross and yuck)
  • Wet a washcloth with warm water and place on your baby’s head for a few minutes.
  • Use the washcloth to rub off the baby oil.

Typically after a few weeks of treatments, cradle cap will subside. If left untreated, cradle cap typically disappears by the age of 1.

Update: We did one good treatment, as seen in the video – and about 90% of the cradle cap went away!

Did your baby have cradle cap? How did you treat it?

Baby and the iPad App Uzu

Baby and the iPad App Uzu

So when I set this in front of my 4 month old, I totally didn’t mean to create an app review – but he was so mesmerized – I had to video. Izaiah is 4 months in this video.

What is the Uzu App?

Uzu is…. A Kinetic Multitouch Particle Visualizer

Uhm. Okay but WHAT IS UZU. Uzu, originally an iPad app – now available for the iPhone – is an app that produces amazing color and patterns – you can control by touching various parts of the screen.


As you can see – little Iza is absolutely fascinated. When he touches the screen the colors burst like fireworks and then he let’s go and they fizzle out.  This keeps his attention for more second than I can  and then he screams. He’s 4 months old in this – so i’d like to think that this is a winner, considering he doesn’t hold a rattle for longer than 5 seconds.

I have to agree with a lot of people out there, this app is absolutely stunning. On our ride home from Austin a few weekends ago, I gave this app to the older kids to keep quiet. It did it’s job – so not only is it fascinating to this 31-year old mom – the 4 month old, the 5-year old, the 7-year old – and my husband all love this app.

I’m not sure if this is on the iPad demos at the Apple store – if not – this app rightfully deserves a place on them.

Uzu recently won iTunes App of the Week and held the #2 app spot for a week!

Here are the deets on purchasing the Uzu apps:

  • The Uzu iPad app – 99 cents
  • Little Uzu iPhone app or iPod Touch app – 99 cents

From the Uzu Creator –>

Description of the iPad Uzu App

Technically speaking, Uzu is a kinetic multitouch particle visualizer. Really it’s a sort-of math-physics-art-toy for anyone who ever loved spirographs, fireworks, planetariums, lava lamps, light sabers, pen lasers, tesla coils, christmas lights, or graphing calculators.

Points of light will shoot across the screen and fly to your command, twirling in a vortex of color and motion. Freeze and move Uzu in 3d space while contorting spirographic curves with your fingers. Uzu lets you quickly switch between 10 different modes of real-time animation by simply changing the number of touches you’re using. You can spend countless hours discovering the many unique ways of playing and interacting with Uzu.

Uzu is very happy when multiple people touch it. Uzu loves parties, children, music, cats, and pubs – although not necessarily in that order. Uzu has many plans for the future, but Uzu would like to hang out with you now if that’s cool.

****** 10 MODES OF CONTROL *******

0 Touch: Brownian motion and boundary wrap
1 Touch: emanate and radiate
2 Touch: pinch attraction and boundary bounce
3 Touch: tri-point vortex
4 Touch: quad-point inverted vortex
5 Touch: 3d freeze and translate
6 Touch: 3d oscillating mass
7 Touch: 3d tri-arm spiral
8 Touch: 3d warp and inverted translate
9 Touch: 9 springy space ribbons
10 Touch: change color and particle size

Top 5 Technology Must Haves for Babies

Top 5 Technology Must Haves for Babies

Top 5 Technology Must Have For Babies
My wee little one, is growing. He’s already 4 months and has melted our hearts. Wow. How time flies. In the time between #2 and this last kiddo, there were 5 years. In those 5 years, many great gadgets were created with the baby in mind.

Whether you a digital mom on her 3rd kid, a first time mom, or a tech dad – check out these goodies. These also serve as great baby gifts – or put them on your baby registry:

Technology for Babies

Here are my top 5 Technology Must Haves for Babies

5. A Web Enabled Baby Monitor

BEst baby Monitor 2010

After searching for the ultimate baby monitor – we chose the Bambino Wireless Internet Baby Monitor. This monitor has a great reception, connects to my computer and who would of thunk… a baby monitor iPhone app – SOLD! We purchased out Bambino baby monitor at Amazon for $129 – it’s now $99! Not too shabby.

4. A Crib MP3 Player

Crib MP3 Player

Our family loves music. The only music we can play, is Rock Band on the PS3 – but we can listen all day! Music has been a key in raising our children. With this handy dandy crib MP3 player, your baby can close his eyes and drift to sleep. We have the Rockabye Baby Lullaby Renditions of the Beatles on our little ones crib MP3 player.

3. A Wipe Warmer

Wipe Warmer

Your baby’s butt deserves the best. Treat your baby’s booty to nice warm wipes via a Prince Lionheart Wipe Warmer. Sure, you may roll your eyes, but just think – you always want to give your kids what you don’t have – and I bet you unless you are younger than a 2nd grader – your butt was NOT wiped by warm wipes. Your mom slapped wash cloths on your behind to do the cleaning. For $19.99 it’s worth putting on your registry. We had a warmer with our 1st and 2nd and this is the best wipe warmer we have come across. It’s very easy to maintain and the wipes are not too hot.

2. TextHook Stroller Smartphone Holder

TextHook Stroller Smartphone Holder

Working off those baby pounds? I hear ya sister. That cute little 7lb 6oz baby didn’t take all it’s weight with him when departing my body. He forgot about 40 lbs. So walking leaves you in an awkward situation on where to put your phone. So put your new iPhone 4G or any other smartphone into this brilliantly designed stroller phone holder – made for your stroller. The Texthook Stroller Smartphone Holder is sure to keep you occupied while hitting the concrete with the bambino!

1. A Good DSLR Camera

Digital SLR Camera for Baby

A good DSLR Camera will create a whole new experience for your child. This is the first child that I’ve owned a DSLR at birth. My poor 3rd child has retina burn out from the photos i’ve taken of him I personally own a Canon 40D – which I absolutely love. If I were purchasing new today, I would definately take a look at the Canon EOS Rebel T1i. It’s priced right at $699 – HALF of what the 40D cost me! The Canon Rebel Tl1 boasts 15.1 MP, a 3-Inch LCD and you can get bundled with a EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens. To top all of that off – the Rebel Tli offers HD video. Yep, you can get those darling goo goo gah gahs in 1920 x 1080 resolution.

In all seriousness, the photos you can capture via a DSLR are priceless. We haven’t thrown money at a portrait studio with this kid, we’re able to create our own experiences, not staged every day that are priceless and well shot. Thank you Canon 40D! (I have since upgraded to a Canon 60D)

 

Best Toy for the Digital Baby

Best Toy for the Digital Baby

Looking for the best toy for your little digital baby? I’m’ sharing what our little guy is absolutely loving.

Wooden Toy iPhone

Somehow our little Izaiah is already 14 weeks. He loves his Bumbo. He smiles and is just so stinking cute. I am back to work, and adjusting to life as a working mom to 3 kids. Thank God for my husband and thank God that Izaiah is learning to keep him self-occupied for short amounts of time.

Izaiah’s newest thing is playing – which entails grabbing an object and shaking it like crazy, and then thinking about sticking it in his mouth.

I found this and I had to share this with you. I definitely think it’s the best toy for your digital baby. My poor kid is bound to grow up digitized. I found this toy and my heart skipped a beat.

iPhone 4B (4 baby)

 

This is a wooden toy iPhone with a laminate screen. The wood is very lightweight and smooth. This way the kid can chew all he wants on it and then throw it across the room without hurting someone (well I guess it would be slobbery!). I love that this is a digital product gone analog. How META! 

Like mommy, like son right? Of course, an iPhone obsessed mom would give her digital baby an iPhone, well wooden. We can talk about getting him a real iPhone in 12 or so years. Until then kid, enjoy this wooden iPhone. 

If you are looking for a cute baby gift for parents that are iPhone fanatics, or if you just want your baby to have all the toys the cool digital kids have – check out the wooden iPhone.

This is the toy that I am loving right now! Do you have a toy that your baby absolutely loves? We would love to hear about it! Post it in the comments!