BEDDING and OTHER ITEMS
Plastic Infant/Child Hangers- you'll need at least 2 packs of these...and save all of your "pants" hangers that come on the clothes you get- you'll reuse those too
Flat Quilted Crib Pad - you'll need at least 2 and the flat ones work better than the fitted b/c they shrink when you wash them and the fitted will end up not fitting right
Crib Sheets- I'd register for at least 2 but no more than 4- you'll always have at least one clean one when you need it...usually at some ungodly hour ;-)
Plush/Heavy Blanket- At least one- works well cold mornings and evenings going to and from car/buildings/etc
Receiving Blankets- At least 4- you'll use these alot when he is super small
Contour Changing Pad- it works better than the flat ones- don't ask me why- it just does
Contour Changing Pad covers- you'll need at least 2- by there very name it should be obvious why you'll always want a clean spare - these come in all colors so find something that matches your theme
Hamper- this really comes in handy for keeping his clothes separate the first year b/c you'll want to wash all of your baby's clothes in separate baby safe detergent
Swaddle Me Adjustable Wrap- basically the impossible to duplicate burrito wrapping they do at the hospital made easy- good for the first month or two
Sleep Positioner - needed for the first few months to keep baby sleeping on stomach (until he can hold his head up well on his own
Crib Wedge - if anyone is prone to allergies or sinus issues this is useful b/c your baby will prob be as well- goes under mattress to slightly elevate it
****** You'll also want some sort of basket that will go on the changing table to put diapers, wipes and ointment it- The decorative rectangular ones at Target work well.
Onesies- I used onesies alot as undershirts when she was younger. The absolute best ones are the Carters brand- they are SUPER soft- you'll love them! I'd ask for one pack of 6 in each size they have.
Gowns- You'll really like these for the first month or so- I'd ask for 4
Sleepers- You'll need these for all sizes- at least 4 of each sizes again, Carters are the softest.
As for breast-feeding- if you are planning to go back to work, I HIGHLY recommend the
Medela Pump In Style Advanced BreastPump- it is very pricey ($280+) but TOTALLY worth it. Probably the BEST investment that we made. I used mine religiously for 11 months. I actually still have it as this is the one item I'm holding until I am positive we won't have more.
Milk Storage bags- one large box should do you Johnson & Johnson Nursing Pads- these fit better than any other brand that I tried (Lansinoh, Avent)
Nursing bras in the next 2 sizes- the size you are wearing at the end of your pregnancy will be a size too small after birth and by the time your milk is really coming in you'll be up at least one more size over time you'll go back to the before milk (after birth) size. The Motherhood Maternity nursing bras are the most comfortable.
BIG TICKET ITEMS
Infant Seat with 2 bases- Do not buy used! Also having two bases for the seat to snap into makes life so much easier for you and your husband if you are sharing baby duties! All brands make the extra bases for usually around $40. Remember that expensive is not always safer too! We did a lot of research before buying an infant seat. At the time , the Graco Snug Ride Seat ranked in the top two safest. Read my review here.
Stroller- I recommend the Graco SnugRider Infant Carseat Frame (BabiesRUs) - at $60 it's affordable and practical. Plus it's lightweight for new moms to easily lift in and out. When your infant outgrows the infant seat, get a fancy pants umbrella stroller like this one: Chicco Capri Stroller (BabiesRUs).
Convertible car Seat- Again do your research- you want a 5 point harness and preferably to hold up to 50 pounds forward facing. Register for two (one for each car) If someone buys at least one off your registry you'll only have to come out of pocket for the other one. In this instance, the great ones aren't cheap. (Britax Marathon $280 or Alpha Omega Elite $190)
There are some other things that you may or may not need...it will really depend on your babies likes and dislikes. Some you will think you need, some others will tell you that you must have. My advice would be not to spend full price on these items. There are tons of great local consignment sales (see local sale dates) where you can get the items listed below for half price or less. They carefully screen all items before accepting them for sale, so they are all in great to good condition as well.
Highchair - a tradition high chair that reclines is great, these work well also: Fisher-Price Space Saver High Chair
Swing- I bought one at a consignment sale for 1/2 price. My daughter hated it, but I was able to sell it for what I bought it for.
Fisher Price Papasan seat- more secure than bouncy seat, but serves the same purpose
Fisher Price Jumperoo- Ok, this one another GREAT purchase- she LOVED this thing, every kid I have ever known who has had one LOVED it- they are all over the consignment sales for 1/2 the price. read my review here.
Baby Bjorn Infant Carrier- this is one thing in which brand most definitely makes a difference! We tried 3 other bands of carriers before the Baby Bjorn. This was comfortable for both Jason and I. Our little one loved it as well. Can be used for bitty infants to snuggle against your chest or for bigger infants to ride front facing. My hubby really liked this one because he could carry her easily. (Great for walking or weekend outings where stroller is not practical) They are quite pricey ($70+), but you can find them on craigslist or via consignment for reasonable prices.
Bumbo Seat- Didn't think this was as great as it was talked up to be. You can find them at the consignments though. We ended up taking ours back (We used it primarily at restaurants) and getting a Chicco Hook-on Chair, which is AWESOME!
One more item that I cannot recommend enough is the
OxiClean Baby Stain Soaker- Register for the BIGGEST tub of this you can find (Babies R Us) It works WONDERS! You can read my review of this here
Baby washing detergent - 2 bottles- Purex Baby smells better than Dreft, but either will work fine. Some people don't wash separately, but I have sensitive skin and assumed my baby might as well. Two bottles should last you quite a while.
Again, this list is just what worked (or didn't work for me) If you would like a copy of this list in its entirety, please email me.