Our Registry: Gear

5 Dec

While I’m not a mom (yet), I have done many hours of research on the best items to have on a baby registry. I thought I’d share what’s on ours (and what’s not), in case any of you need some help getting yours together one day. We are registered at Babies “R” Us and Amazon.com.

Let’s start with the most researched baby registry items: Gear!

I’ve blogged about this before, but it’s worth repeating. Every time I think I might like another stroller better, I find another awesome review of this one and my choice is confirmed. I was actually registered of the black one with the red sunshade, but I realized this one with the patterned interior is $100 cheaper, so I immediately switched the color. My husband’s grandmother has already told us we’re getting this for Christmas!! I can’t wait.
I don’t NEED a car seat that matches the stroller, but it gets great reviews and it isn’t too expensive, so why not? I’ve also registered for an extra base so we can easily go from car to car without re-installing.

I know some people say to skip the infant car seat and just get one of these, but I know how convenient it is to transfer a sleeping baby from car to stroller to house with the infant one (I have a 10 year old brother, remember?), so I want both. This one we’ll save for when he grows out of the infant seat – by they way, when does that happen? Six months? A year? I can’t remember. I originally registered for this car seat in all black, but it’s no longer available, so grey it is.

We already have the Ikea Antilop highchair, but I saw this on MODG and thought it would be nice to have for traveling. I like the dark, neutral color and compact design.
A mommy friend told me to get a pack ‘n play with bassinet attachment to use right after the baby is born instead of a separate bassinet. I’m all about saving money and space, so I think it’s going to work great for us. It also matches our bedroom perfectly!
Designer diaper bags aren’t my thing. I want something that’s going to last forever, hold all I need it to, and something my husband won’t feel uncomfortable carrying. I like messenger style bags to keep my hands free and the skip hop ones all come with cool stroller attachments.
I was registered for this popular baby carrier until my sister in law gave us the exact same one! She rarely used it, so it’s in great condition and I’m so happy we get to try it out! I do need a tutorial on how to wear it, though…
I can’t wait to try this sucker out. Jenna from That Wife did a great how-to video on this and I’m excited to use it with our little guy. It seems like the easiest way to go shopping with a cart, travel, or anything else where you need two hands. Plus, I’ve read that babies who are carried in slings like this cry less.

What do you think of our gear choices? Anything we forgot?

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8 Responses to “Our Registry: Gear”

  1. Erika December 5, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    I like your list! That looks like a cool stroller. I thought I wanted/needed a second carseat base, but I really didn't. The base is not difficult to install with the LATCH system, and we rarely move it anyway. If it ends up being an added expense for you, I wouldn't worry about that one!I would also say that you shouldn't get too hooked on the idea of using any of your gear the way you thought you would. I had major guilt about my purchases for Oliver, because sometimes things just aren't as useful as I imagined they would be. With Maya, I just figure that if she's happy and I'm happy, so be it. We can always give away our purchases to someone else or resell them!Oh, and my babies were out of the infant car seat (22 pound limit) at 5 months and 7 months, but I have big babies. 🙂

  2. Michelle December 5, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    Carter grew out of his infant carseat around 1, and I agree, it is so much more convenient to be able to pop them out of the car (sleeping) in their car seat. I think I shed a tear when we had to install the big boy car seat because I knew we were going to be able to do that. It's such a pain to have to wake him to put him in the stroller every time he falls asleep in the car (which is all the time).

  3. Angela December 5, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

    Have you ever used a baby bjorn carrier? If not, I would highly recommend trying it out before you buy it. I hate the thing. It's extremely uncomfortable and pretty complicated. Plus, it doesn't support the baby very well, especially if he falls asleep in it. I highly recommend an Ergo carrier, a Mei Tai, an Onbuhimo, a ring sling, etc. 🙂 The only thing I don't like about your stroller choice is that it has a TINY basket. Taking that stroller to the mall and trying to stow any purchases would be complicated it seems. Maybe it's just the picture though! Other than that (and the fact that it doesn't have cup holders for parent(s) or baby, I think it is so cool looking!!! :-)xo,A

  4. Amy December 5, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    @Angela Didn't I say my sister in law gave us her BabyBjorn? We're not buying it. And since it was free, I'm not going to register for another one. If we hate the Bjorn, we'll deal with it later. I have a feeling I'll use the Moby more, anyway.

  5. Amy December 5, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    @Erika Good to know about the base! I acutally tried to register for an additional one, but couldn't find it.

  6. Angela December 6, 2011 at 3:46 am #

    I misread! I thought it said you were given A popular baby carrier not THIS. OOPS. You guys may love it! I hope so! Free is always awesome! The Moby is awesome for the first few months, for sure! :-)xo,A

  7. Mrs. Troyer December 6, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    Our little squirt is 21 months along and just today I started working on our registries. Thanks SO much for posting this today!

  8. Katherine December 7, 2011 at 11:56 pm #

    I dislike the bjorn- i fell in love with our sleepy wrap and eventually moved on to the ergo. My daughter LOVED the ergo! We used it so much more for trips to the market, walking the beach… Then i learned about http://www.meitaibaby.com/ and http://www.pognaeusa.com/?utm_source=DS&utm_medium=all&utm_campaign=AFDS&utm_nooverride=1Both of which i would have loved to have used/tried.

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