10 Items to Skip on Your Baby Registry

10 Items to Skip on Your Baby Registry

Creating our baby registry was one of my favorite milestones of the pregnancy. Yes, feeling kicks for the first time was amazing. But the baby registry? So much fun to go shopping with my Hubby and let him go full Han Solo with the blaster registry gun. It’s also easy to go overboard and register for things you don’t actually need, or that you shouldn’t even buy.

After registering for and over-receiving/over-buying items, I can tell you first hand what you do and do not need to waste time registering for. Here are 10 items to skip when you’re creating your baby registry.  

10 Items to Skip on Your Baby Registry

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Car Seat Accessories

Though squishy and adorable, these accessories are unnecessary and actual decrease the safety and effectiveness of your car seat. In the event of a crash, these accessories could void the warranty on your car seat. These could be anything from infant headrests, shoulder straps, custom fabric covers, and even toys that attach to the straps or carry handle.

Clothing

Seriously… don’t bother registering for ANY clothing. You will get a TON of it. Also, just a little FYI from someone who’s worked retail: clothing is seasonal, and will often not be around/available for purchase in the span of when you are registering for items and when you have your baby shower. Unless you want something that is extremely specific or custom made, I recommend skipping any clothing additions to your registry.

Crib Accessories

Again, squishy and adorable, but unnecessary and could cause more harm than good. Skip the crib bumpers, pillows and additional padding. Infants can roll over a lot sooner than you expect, and bumpers can be a suffocation hazard if baby rolls into one while sleeping. All you need is a couple of fitted sheets and you are good to go.

Walkers

Once thought to help babies learn to walk more quickly, walkers have actually been shown to do more harm than good when it comes to lower body alignment and proper walking. Plus, kiddo could take a tumble down the stairs if he’s not properly supervised. Your baby has everything he needs to learn how to walk on his own. No accessory needed for this milestone.10 Items to Skip on Your Registry Visual

Food Processor

Yes, making homemade baby food is a more efficient and economical way to introduce your little one to solids, but a baby specific food processor isn’t necessary. This is especially true if you already own a “grown-up” food processor or high power blender like a Ninja or a Vitamix.

If you really want to go the homemade baby food route, get a Ninja or a Vitamix system because a) it’s better quality than the “baby” brands and b) you can make margaritas in them which is basically priceless after you become a parent.

Baby Bathing Cloths & Towels

What if I told you that babies could be washed with normal wash cloths? Mind. Blown. Right? It’s not something you need, but someone will probably end up getting them for you anyway. Same thing with the hooded towels. Super cute, but you can get by with the towels you already have. OR… ooh, yes, brilliant idea right here: you could register for some luxe grown up towels for your bad self, ‘cause you just gave birth and you freaking deserve them.

I kind of wish I would have thought of this sooner… BRB, heading to Target.

Books & Toys

You’re gonna get a bunch of books. I promise. Unless you’re hoping for something specific, skip the baby book aisle during your registry excursion. Same thing as books, people are going to get you toys. And honestly, you will have more stuffed animals than you know what to do with.

Wipe Warmer

Seems like a great idea, and I’m sure it feels phenomenal compared to a cold wipe on the bottom. But what happens when you’re at Target and you have to change a diaper? Sorry but I’m pretty sure you’re not going to be carrying a wipe warmer in your diaper bag, hoping there’s an outlet for your warmer in the Target bathroom so your babe doesn’t have to feel the icy chill of a *gasp* room temperature diaper wipe.

If anything, keep the warmer for yourself for postpartum vagina recovery. It’s like a spa experience every time you wipe. Haha aahaha ahhh… Not really. It still hurts like hell.

Bassinet

Okay kind of weird, I know, but hear me out on this one. You can get the same effect as a bassinet with many of the play yards that are now available. For example, I registered for the Chicco Lullago Bassinet because I knew I would be driving to my parents house quite frequently during the winter, and I wanted something that was portable and easy to breakdown for travel. But I also registered for the Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard Snuggle Suite XL, which has an infant sleeper, bouncer, and diaper changing station.

I love both of these products, but the Pack ‘n Play has a much longer use-expectancy than the bassinet. We’ll probably use the bassinet for 4-6 months, tops. The Pack ‘n Play is MUCH more economical in the long run, and it’s just as portable as the Lullago (as long as you don’t bring the changing station and bouncer).

 

Did I miss anything? Which items do you wish you would have skipped on your registry?

As the founder of Mama Brilliance, Megan is an avid writer, reader, and self-professed coffee snob. You can find her in northern Minnesota with her family, exploring the great outdoors and dreaming of breakfast food.
Baby Registry Road Map: Which Registry is Right for You?

Baby Registry Road Map: Which Registry is Right for You?

Bun in the oven? Super exciting. Creating a baby registry? Also super exciting! Getting ready for baby means pulling together a list of all the items you will need to get you started on the road to brilliant parenting. Baby registries are awesome because they allow you to keep a running list of all the items you will need, AND friends and family have access to it so they can help you out with baby item procurement!

With all of the baby registry options to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? Should you stick to just one registry? Or are multiple registries in your future? Only you can know which registry will be right for you and your growing family, but I’ve compiled a few of my favorite options to help you narrow down your search. Let’s dive into the baby registry roadmap!

Baby Registry Road Map: Which Registry is Right for You?

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Babylist

Don’t want to limit yourself to just one registry? Don’t! Babylist was designed with just that concept in mind. The creators realized that there are many registry options to choose from, and trying to pick a single option could be stressful for moms-to-be. Babylist combines the concepts of a universal registry with a few other goodies.

Baby List Logo

Here are a few of the features:

  • Add anything from any store to your registry.
  • Add other registries to your Babylist registry.
  • Chrome extension for easy registry add-ons.
  • Help & Favors registry options for things like cooking, cleaning, or walking the dog.
  • Cash Funds for just about anything. Think: doulas, housekeeping help, childcare, etc.
  • Mobile app for on-the-go registry additions.
  • A customer support team that can’t be beat.

The Cash Funds option is one of my favorite aspects of Babylist. Being able to register for a Doula Fund or a Babysitter Fund is priceless in my opinion. I also love that you can register for help and favors. This is especially helpful for friends and family who want to help you get everything you need for your new baby, but might not be able to contribute financially. They can sign up to help out with meals, laundry and other housework, or even just stop in to help out with the little one so you can catch some extra Zzzs. ‘Cause you know you’re gonna need it.

Target

I love you Target. And I know you love Target too, good reader. In fact, I would be willing to bet a pretty penny that one of the first things you thought after you found out you were pregnant was, “I wonder when I can start my Target registry…”.

Yes?

Thought so. That’s why we are friends. Target is a great place to register for baby items because they have quality products, and a pretty good selection to choose from.

Here are a few of the features:

  • 15% Off coupon to stock up on baby items.
  • Universal registry to add items from other websites.
  • Gift tracking, to see who gave you which items. Plus, it helps you track whether or not you sent a Thank You to the gift giver.
  • Robust checklist to get your registry-building skills warmed up.
  • Group Gifting option for gift-givers to contribute towards larger items.
  • Registry app with barcode scanner for easy additions. Super helpful for if you see an item in store that you love, but don’t want to waddle your pregnant-self all the way back up to the service desk to get a registry scanner.

Target also offers a Welcome Packet in store when you register. If you register online you’ll probably get a little coupon book in the mail that lets you know how to get the Welcome Packet, and maybe even a giftcard for creating a new registry. I received the coupon for the giftcard, but these promotions are changing all the time. If you’re reading this a few months from the publish date you might get something different!

Babies R Us

Ah, Babies R Us: the one-stop-shop for all things baby. Babies R Us is one of the most formidable baby supply stores on the planet. Their registry program is also pretty amazing. I love that there are so many helpful features for new parents, such as a consultation with a Babies R Us associate and in-store classes.

Here are a few of the features:

  • 10% Cash-back through the Endless Earnings program.
  • 1:1 Registry consultation with a Babies R Us consultant.
  • Classes and events held in-store regularly for new parents.
  • 10% Completion discount for the items you’ll need to complete your baby-ready checklist.
  • 1-year return policy on all items.
  • Mobile registry via the Babies R Us app.
  • Price match guarantee.
  • Free shipping on all purchases of $29 or more.

My favorite aspect of the Babies R Us registry program is definitely the Endless Earnings program. You get 10% back on everything that is purchased from your registry; including items that you purchase. About 10-12 weeks after your baby’s due date, Babies R Us will send you an e-gift card with the appropriate amount to your email. This is super helpful for picking up any new items you might need for your growing bundle of joy. Think: bigger diaper sizes, a few new clothes, or maybe a special splurge item that you didn’t receive at your shower. Treat yo’self!

Baby Registry by Amazon

Oh yes friends. Even Amazon has a registry option. Baby Registry by Amazon is a phenomenal universal registry. You have access to register for literally everything and anything that can be sold on Amazon. If you’re thinking that might be overwhelming to sift through, Amazon has actually made it pretty easy to hone in on baby-centric items for your registry.

Baby Registry by Amazon

Here are a few of the features:

  • A universal registry that can add items from any website.
  • Over 270,000 items to choose from.
  • 90-day return policy.
  • Mobile registry via the Amazon App.
  • 10% Completion discount for the items you’ll need to complete your baby-ready checklist.
  • Increased savings and bonuses for Prime members; i.e. 20% off diaper subscriptions. Cha-Ching.

 

If you’re already an Amazon Prime member, a registry on Amazon is practically a no brainer. And if you’ve been on the fence about a Prime Membership, now’s the time to get that gravy train a-rolling. The discounts are significant, and they make it super easy to get everything that you need for your new arrival.

More Options

The number of baby registries is, like, a lot, and I honestly didn’t want to overwhelm you with a ton of other options. Especially because I personally didn’t use any other registry options during my pregnancy.

However, I know that there are more options, and that some moms might want a quick run down of a few other choices. So just for you, mama, here are a few other good options worth checking out:

 

Which registries did you use when you were expecting?

As the founder of Mama Brilliance, Megan is an avid writer, reader, and self-professed coffee snob. You can find her in northern Minnesota with her family, exploring the great outdoors and dreaming of breakfast food.
The Most Loved Pregnancy Pillows

The Most Loved Pregnancy Pillows

 

Sleeping while pregnant is an interesting conundrum. For many women, getting enough quality sleep can be a challenge while pregnant. Pregnancy pillows can be a huge help for pregnant ladies who crave a better sleep cycle. Pregnancy pillows help to support your back, hips, and growing belly throughout the pregnancy, and honestly, they’re amazing. Once you have one you’ll wonder why you ever thought you could live without one.

Pregnancy pillows come in a few different shapes and sizes, and not all pillows are created equally. Let’s take a look at a few types of pillows and why they are the most loved options for pregnant women everywhere.

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hiccapop Pregnancy Wedge

A nice compact option, the hiccapop Pregnancy Wedge was recommended to me by a friend, and I haven’t turned back since. Full disclaimer: this pillow is my favorite of all time. I wanted something that could provide enough support where I needed it, and still let me feel like I could share a bed comfortably with my husband. And at less than $25, it was hard to beat from a budgeting perspective.

I loved that this pillow was a bit more modular than some of the traditional pregnancy pillow options. You can use it for support underneath your back or belly, or between your knees for lower back support while side sleeping. It’s also great if you need a bit more low back support while you’re driving or binging Parks & Rec for the 8th time. Hashtag: Knope 2020.

Plus, the fact that it’s so portable makes it easier for traveling. I mentioned it in this blog too, but I literally wanted to buy one of these for my bedroom, my couch, and my car.

Pregnancy Pillow from Lavish Home

An amazing full-body option, the Full Body Maternity Pillow with Contoured U-Shape is pretty much the Rolls Royce of pregnancy pillows. I mean look at this thing!!!!

To be honest, I would probably buy one of these even if I wasn’t pregnant. The U-Shape is great for total-body support for back, belly, and knees. I also love that this pillow makes rolling over an easy transition. No more trying to move my traditional body pillow side-to-side as I roll over underneath the covers. Ridiculous.

The Contoured U-Shape pillow is also going to be great for nursing, because baby can rest comfortably on the pillow while you support your neck, back and knees. Plus, once baby is big enough, you know she’s going to love snuggling in this thing too. Who wouldn’t?!?

Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow

I love this pillow for a couple of reasons. The first of which: Snoogle is an awesome word, and I’m kind of obsessed with it. Secondly, the Snoogle Total Body Pillow is a bit more flexible for taller ladies like myself. It’s a bit longer and can be adjusted a bit more easily for leg length than some of the other pillows I shopped for.

It’s also a nice option if you’re looking for something that is lightweight. Weighing in at just over 3lbs, the Snoogle is easier to move around in bed or around the house if you decide to bring it with you to the sofa for a Netflix sesh.

The Snoogle also boasts assistance with minimizing heartburn and assisting with easier breathing while sleeping by keeping your head propped up at an ideal angle. While I haven’t experienced any pregnancy induced heartburn so far, I know that many moms-to-be struggle with crazy heartburn symptoms, I thought this might be worth mentioning to help my sistahs out.

Have you tried any of these pillows? Which was your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

As the founder of Mama Brilliance, Megan is an avid writer, reader, and self-professed coffee snob. You can find her in northern Minnesota with her family, exploring the great outdoors and dreaming of breakfast food.
7 Weird Items You Might Need During Pregnancy

7 Weird Items You Might Need During Pregnancy

In my humble and pregnant opinion, pregnancy is a weird time. And you might need some weird things around the house to keep you comfortable and sane during your 40 week human-building journey. Typically, most pregnancy lists cover things like pregnancy pillows and belly braces. But I’m a practical lady, and I want things that I will use past pregnancy. So without any further ado, here is my list of 7 weird items you might need/want during pregnancy.

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Keurig

Let’s get this list started out right. Coffeeeeee. 

Personally, I feel like this is something you should have regardless of if you are pregnant or not, but pregnancy is a great reason to get yourself a Keurig brewer. Why is that, you ask? For starters, many women try to cut back on caffeine when they’re pregnant. A single-cup coffee maker can help you better keep track of how many cups of coffee you are consuming in a day, as opposed to a 12-cup coffee pot.

Also, it’s easier to keep clean. Just throw away the pod when you’re done brewing, and you’re done with clean up.

Keurig K55 Single Serve Programmable K-Cup Pod CoffeeMaker, Black

If you’re looking to minimize environmental impact there are many distributors that now use biodegradable pods for brewing! Win-win!

Carpal Tunnel Compression Gloves

Weird, I know, but compression gloves were a must for me. During pregnancy, progesterone causes your ligaments to loosen a bit to get your pelvis ready for delivery. Unfortunately, progesterone doesn’t discriminate, and tends to affect ALL of your ligaments: hands included.

I started feeling carpal tunnel symptoms around just around month 7, and I have to say I was glad that I had these gloves on hand from my hardcore gaming days. I’m on my computer doing a lot of typing almost every day, and these compression gloves helped a TON with minimizing the soreness from carpal tunnel during pregnancy.

Arthritis Gloves by Vive

Also, these were nice because they were very light-weight for my 3rd trimester summer.

Extender Arm

Full disclosure: you’ll need to have a good sense of humor if you get one of these, and you’ll need to be able to laugh at yourself. Because it is a little bit freaking hilarious. But hey, you gotta do what you gotta do.

Let’s face it, when you sit down in your 3rd trimester, you pretty much don’t want to get up. Ever. And bending over to pick something up off of the floor? Forget it.

Reacher Grabber by VIVE – Rotating Grip – 32″ Extra Long Handy Mobility Aid

It’s super cliche, but an extended grabber arm can be a huge help. Drop your phone? Use your grabber. Need something off of the top shelf of the cupboard? Forget the step stool; grabber to the rescue!

Epsom Salts

Your body is changing, and you will be sore. Epsom salts are a lifesaver. Especially if you are trying to manage pregnancy pain without OTC meds. Soaking in an epsom salt bath is a) super relaxing and b) amazingly helpful for easing soreness. I probably took an epsom salt bath every single day in my 1st trimester. My sciatica was a beast, and I had headaches almost daily. Epsom salt soaks took the edge off and helped me function a bit more like a normal human being.

Epsoak Epsom Salt Magnesium Sulfate USP, 19.75lbs Bulk Bag

You can get epsom salts at just about any pharmacy, but I fell in love with these salts because they are high quality and unscented. Plus you can buy these salts in bulk… which is nice when you’re going through them like crazy.

Wedge Pillow

Pregnancy pillows might not be a “weird” item to procure when you’re pregnant, but most of them are gigantic and take up the entire bed. Which is nice if you have a king-sized bed and no one else to sleep next to. But if you need some extra belly support and still feel like sleeping in the same bed as your partner, you might want to consider a wedge pillow.

My friend recommended the Hiccapop pillow, and it has been life changing. This pillow is portable, and super modular. You can use it under your belly, between your knees, or under your back. You can also use it for better lumbar support when you’re driving or relaxing on the couch.

hiccapop Pregnancy Pillow Wedge for Maternity

This pillow will legit turn into a security item for your pregnancy and you will want to bring it everywhere. Honestly, I wanted one for my bedroom, my couch, and my car… but I said, “No, Megan. Settle down. You can get by with just one.”

Built-in-Bra tops

Boobs. Argh. Boobs during pregnancy. ARRRRGGHHHHH.

So. Annoying. Seriously. They grow like the Grinch’s heart when you’re pregnant. Some ladies might be able to go braless, but if you’re anything like me, you’re going to need some extra support. But you don’t want anything too constricting. Underwires are for chumps.

Tops with a built-in-bra can give you just a bit of support without tying you down like Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry. Seriously, my breasts are ridiculous right now, and it’s just not comfortable to have them running around all free-range and stuff.

iLoveSIA 3PACK/2PACK Womens Seamless Nursing Bra Bralette

I loved these camisoles from iLoveSIA. They were comfy, and perfect for lounging around the house without feeling like I was completely on display. Plus, you can purchase an option for a nursing tank that you can use after delivery! Boom! 2-for-1.

Cell Phone Tripod

Selfies are cute and all, but what about bumpies? Bumpdates can be difficult to capture by yourself without the help of a full length mirror or Mr. Fantastic arms. The solution? A tripod and remote shutter release for your phone!

Seriously, I wish I would have thought of this when I was first pregnant. I’ve become a bit of a camera snob, and thought the only way to take decent bumpdates was with my DSLR, but I hated leaving it set up in my kitchen every week with my dogs that would inevitably knock it over; resulting in death to camera.

Acuvar 50″ Inch Aluminum Camera Tripod with Universal Smartphone Mount + Bluetooth Wireless Remote Control Camera Shutter for Smartphones

Just set the tripod up on a table with your phone, and click the remote shutter to take a bump-selfie without a bunch of fuss! So much easier, and much more portable. Can you say travel bumpdates? Yes.

 

Do you have any weird items that were a must-have for your pregnancy? Share them with me in the comments below!

As the founder of Mama Brilliance, Megan is an avid writer, reader, and self-professed coffee snob. You can find her in northern Minnesota with her family, exploring the great outdoors and dreaming of breakfast food.