After putting together a rather extensive registry list with three different stores, I thought I would be set for my first child. However, I found that I ended up getting a lot of small, useless items that I could have purchased on my own if I ever found myself in need of them. I would have much rather had everyone pitch in and have received the few, more expensive necessities.
Pack n’ Play
The Pack n’ Play is an indispensable tool in our household. We keep it set up in the living room so that I can use it as a bassinet when I am cleaning or cooking. It’s a good idea to have a sleeping place for baby in the main areas of the house and the Pack n’ Play makes this possible.
The base is installed in your car so you can just snap the car seat in and out without having to deal with the seat belt every time. Make sure you get a base that is adjustable and, if possible, invest in multiple bases if you will be using multiple cars.
The amount of comfort a new mother can take in being able to hear her new baby breathe next to her is well worth the cost of the bassinet itself. The co-sleeper is also a great option, especially for breastfeeding mothers if you don’t mind not sleeping right next to your partner.
You will be told time and time again that you do not need a changing table, that you will never use it. However, being able to dress a baby or change a diaper that’s at waist height is a definite advantage. As convenient as the floor may be to change a diaper, it will wreak havoc on your back after a while.
Inevitably, someone will offer you her old breast pump. Many women go with this option and it can be very tempting as it is very economical. However, I am going to suggest that you spend the money and invest in your own. Not only does giving someone your old breastpump void the warranty, it is actually dangerous. If the pumping mechanism becomes dysfunctional it can do serious damage to your nipples and breasts and you will risk losing your ability to breastfeed.