The Ultimate Baby Shower Registry Check List Series:
Series I: Feeding Items
Series II: Sleeping Items
Series III: Carrying and Playing Gear
Series IV: Cleansing, Caring and Clothing Essentials
Series V: For mom and the nursery
Welcome back to the Ultimate Baby Shower Registry Checklist Series. In this series, we present baby sleeping necessities. If you have read some of my older posts, you know my son Lennox was, and still is, an awful sleeper. I tried anything and everything to get this child to sleep. He would not give us longer than two hour stretches until he was 7 months old! That’s when we threw in the towel and decided to sleep train him. His sleep has improved; however, he still protests sleep at every opportunity.
Thanks to Lennox’s poor sleep, I tried a lot of items. These items—along with basic sleeping necessities for your baby’s sleep—are what worked best for us and are listed below. Enjoy, and don’t forget to subscribe to our e-mailing list for your free Ultimate Baby Shower Registry Printable.
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This list includes all the essentials that you will need for the first year with your baby. Take note that the exact items that are linked in this post are items that I, or my friends, have had and LOVED. It is important always to do your research to see which things will work best for your Family. Thanks for reading and enjoy =)
Fisher Price Rock ‘n’ Play $$ This is one of my favorite items ever. It is not recommended for sleep due to it’s incline, however it was the only way Lennox would sleep comfortably due to his reflux. It also has some pretty cool features; vibration and auto rock to lull your baby to sleep.
Pack ‘n’ Play and or Bassinet $$$ We skipped the bassinet because we were gifted a Pack ‘n’ Play. I didn’t see the point of having both items, plus a crib, in a tiny apartment. Nonetheless,, I have heard great things about the Halo Bassinest. The Pack ‘n’ play is great for transitioning to the crib. Before Lennox was 4 months old (when I planned to transition him to his own room) we put him to sleep in the pack ‘n’ play in our room so he could get used to a flat surface. Prior to his crib and pack ‘n’ play, he slept swaddled in his Rock ‘n’ Play, next to our bed. Sleep in a rock -n- play IS NOT RECOMMENDED BY AAP. Please see the American Academy of Pediatrics to see guidelines for safe sleep practices.
DockATot $$$ I really wanted the DockATot after seeing great results from some of the girls in my mommy group, but I could not justify spending the money on it. However, maybe I would have gotten a nice surprise if I would have added it to my registry.
3 months +
Waterproof Crib Mattress $$+ Waterproof is key here because your baby will most likely have countless blowouts and spit up sessions.
Crib Sheets 2-3 pairs. $
Fleece Crib Sheets $ These sheets are amazing! They are so soft. Since your baby is not supposed to sleep with any blankets or stuffed animals, it provides a sense of peace knowing your baby is warmer and cozier.
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White Noise Machine $ I am listening to our white noise machine as I type while my 20 month toddler snoozes away. Oh, white noise, what would I have done with out you? This is a must have on your registry. I didn’t add it because I thought I could just use my phone, however, your phone dies, and gets messages and snaps, and…you get the gist, or you will when your baby wakes up as soon as the white noise stops! Also, add a portable white noise machine for when you go out and about.
Pacifiers: Phillips Avent Soothie, Mam Glow in the Dark Pacifier $ Its always good to have different pacifiers because you never know which one your baby will take, or if she will take one at all! Lennox took to the Phillips Avent Soothie and I’m not sure why we didn’t buy him a Wubanubb until he was 6 months but they are life changing.
Infant Optics Baby Monitor $$$ Expensive monitor, but worth it. It is easy to install, it has great signal reach, and the camera moves so you can watch all around your baby’s room.
Vicks Starry Night Cool Humidifier $ This humidifier has two functions. It’s diffuses cool air to help prevent your baby from getting sick, or helps with her cold. It also serves as a night light by projecting starts onto the ceiling.
Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother $ Lennox loved this soother and until he was one year it helped him fall asleep. Once he turned one, it became a distraction. Nonetheless, he still loves it and plays with it all the time.
Muslin Swaddle Blankets $ These blankets are soft and have plenty of room to swaddle your baby for months. They are also great for cool weather, can be used as a nursing cover, or in my case as a spit up cover.
Swaddleme $ These are essential for quick swaddling. Lennox also had a harder time breaking out of these than the Muslin Swaddle blankets.
Love to Dream Swaddle Up $ Another convenient way to swaddle your baby with a zipper.
Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suit $ I never had this sleep suit but I really wanted it, but I could not justify spending the money on it. This is a swaddle transition suit which adds weight and pressure to aid your baby’s sleep. It also helps calm their startle reflex which Lennox had really bad. After graduating from swaddles, the only way Lennox could sleep was on his belly, which is not recommended by AAP. Having this suit might have helped him be a better back sleeper.
Footie Pajamas with a ZIPPER $ I personally do not recommend adding a lot of clothes to your registry. Clothes are something you can buy yourself and choose your own style. Also, you’re. going to receive way too many clothes regardless, especially if you’re having a girl. Sorry. However, footie pajamas are a must, in all sizes. My son is 20 months and we still love our footie pjs, especially in the winter. *Note: Some articles of clothing are too hard to resist, but if you can, steer clear from buttons and snaps at all costs. They are SO inconvenient.