Nasiba Adilova’s tips for creating a baby registry
Building your baby registry should be fun, not stressful! Here, our co-founder takes the panic out of your decision-making, and explains exactly what you need (and what you don’t!)
If you’re getting ready for your baby shower, congratulations!
Being pregnant is such an exciting time. There is so much to plan and consider, and there are so many possibilities that come with the addition of welcoming a new baby. Which is why curating your baby registry is so important – there are lots of things you’ll need when your precious baby comes home with you, and for first-time mamas (and even second and third!), the choices can be quite overwhelming.
Personally, I want to choose items for my baby that I know will be high-quality and stand the test of time. I’m a big believer in buying ethically, and part of this is buying from suppliers who use sustainable, natural materials that will outlast their cheaper counterparts. But also, I want to buy products that are safe, and this means choosing natural, organic materials that are free of nasty chemicals and toxins that may potentially harm our little ones. Of course, this isn’t always possible, but I try to make it my aim as often as I can.
In terms of setting up your registry, I suggest doing so two months before your baby shower, to give everyone lots of time to shop. Remember to include a mix of price points – your closer family and friends will naturally want to spend more, but some guests won’t be able to splurge.
The items I’ve listed below are a good basic blueprint for what you’ll need right away – pretty much from the first day you bring your baby home. They include information on investment items like strollers and car seats and cribs, but also products like swaddles and onesies (which, believe me, you’ll need quite a few of!). My advice is to not get too carried away – you don’t need to register for a toddler bike or a bed; that will all come later, and believe me, you’ll have enough extra stuff in your house that you won’t want to add anything unnecessarily!
Finally, if you don’t know where to register, look no further! The Tot – of course! – has you covered. Every item has been personally chosen by mamas just like myself, so you know that they’re safe, beautiful and of course, things that you actually need!
Here are my top picks for your Baby Registry
Feeding is (obviously!) something that happens from day one with your baby, so it’s important that you have the right equipment from the start. Even if you plan on breastfeeding, there are still things that you will need. I’m a big believer in buying non-toxic, BPA- and phthalate-free feeding equipment – I want to make sure (as much as possible, anyway) that anything that goes into my baby’s mouth is safe and hygienic. These are the bottles, pumps and other bits and pieces I swear by.
- Medela Freestyle Breast Pump (Deluxe Set)
- Natursutten Glass Baby Bottles
- Boon Lawn Countertop Drying Rack
- Ergobaby Natural Curve Nursing Pillow
- Little Unicorn Cotton Muslin Burp Cloth
- Dr Brown’s Deluxe Bottle Sterilizer
For most of us, this is the category we put the most thought into – and it’s easy to see why! With so many options on the market for cribs, bassinets and everything in between, it can be quite overwhelming. For me, the Dockatot is a must. Its safety is unparalleled, and I love that the material is hypoallergenic – perfect for baby’s sensitive skin! Make sure you register for at least two Halo Organic Sleepsack Swaddles – not only are they beautiful, they really do help your baby get to sleep, as does the Baby Shusher. You can quote me on that!
- Dockatot Deluxe Dock
- Halo Bassinet Premiere Swivel Sleeper
- Moba Moses Basket
- Moba Organic Blanket
- Woombie Organic Old-Fashioned Air Wrap
- Little Unicorn Organic Cotton Muslin Swaddle
- Halo Organic Sleepsack Swaddle
- Baby Shusher
- Nook Sleep Systems Pebble Pure Mattress
- Under the Nile Fitted Crib Sheet in Bag
- Novela Crib (this genius piece actually turns into a little reading nook once your tot has moved into a toddler bed!)
Ah, diapering – the fun part, right? As difficult as it may be to believe, there are some products out there that make changing diapers that little bit easier – I swear it! And seeing as though you’ll be changing diapers for at least 18 months, and possibly even longer, it does pay to get the right equipment from the very beginning. Here are my picks.
If you’re anything like me, bathing your baby will quickly become the highlight of your day – seeing your little one’s feet kick and play in the warm water is just such a joy. Plus, bathtime is a signal for them to relax and get ready for bed, which is nice for us mamas, too! Safety is key during bath time, which is why I love the 4Moms Infant Tub, which takes all the guesswork out of the bath’s temperature for you.
- Boon Collapsible Bath
- Milkbarn Hooded Towel – Whale
- Milkbarn Bath Booties – Hummingbird
- Just Born Organic Elephant Washcloths – 4 pack
- Zoe Organics Deluxe Baby Gift Set
Now this is the really fun part! I’ll admit, buying baby clothes is something of an obsession for me. For starters, they’re just so darn cute – it’s impossible to resist! But apart from the obvious adorable factor, I also like to know that my little ones are wearing safer materials that won’t harm their sensitive skin, without toxic chemicals. All the products below have my personal tick of approval!
During those first few months in particular, you’ll want to be as close to your baby as possible. Buying a good-quality carrier is a must – this will help you carry your baby securely and safely, so you can spend time together and also run errands, hands-free! A bouncer is also a great idea – babies love them and they allow you to put your baby down safely if you need to move to the next room for a short time.
- Ergobaby Four Position 360 Carrier – Cool Air
- Baby K’tan Organic Baby Carrier
- Nuna Leaf Curv Bouncer
Aside from where your tot will sleep, your stroller will be your most personal shopping choice. With so many on the market, it would be impossible for me to recommend one to you that entirely fits your needs, without knowing what those needs are! My one piece of advice is to think really carefully about how you will use your stroller. Do you need a stroller with a capsule attachment? Do you need one with all-terrain wheels? Do you plan on jogging with your baby? Do you have another baby to fit in? A stroller is a big investment, so it really pays to do your homework and buy the right one. Luckily, The Tot has you covered. You can read our advice on getting the right stroller – and car seat – for you right here.
While most of us will be focussed on big ticket items like the crib and stroller, don’t forget that your baby will want to play, too! What’s more, this is how your baby learns – by using their imagination, stimulating their senses and pushing their boundaries. Here are my favourite early childhood toys.
- Finn and Emma Play Gym
- Nook Sleep System Lilypad Playmat
- Petit Pehr Mobile Merry Go Round
- Estella Organic Milk and Cookie Rattle Gift Set
- Maileg Mr Leek Rattle
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