Baby Registry Checklist

Baby Registry Checklist

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Dream List of Baby Registry gift ideas recommended by parents and caregivers. Since both parents can add items to a Baby Registry on DreamList and you can request more than products as gifts, this list goes deeper than usual baby registry lists. Have no shame and steal these. Got ideas? Email [email protected] and we'll feature them here.


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For new parents sleep means sanity.

Young parents may be told their sleep will suffer in the first few months of a baby's arrival, but you don't realise what that means unless you've lacked contiguous sleep for months at a time. Newborns put all of your senses on high alert. Whether you feel sleepy or not, over time the brain starts playing tricks on you and loved ones. You become irritable, and due to the high alert, even a small perceived indiscretion by loved ones can lead to a fight. This is a testing period for the relationships of new parents and gifts that reduce that stress get remembered far more than another cute baby outfit.


Meaningful gifts worth more than money in the first 6 months:

GLORIOUS, QUIET SLEEPING-IN COUPON

The giver, stealthily volunteers to take all noisiness to the park or the Zoo for a morning.

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BABYSITTING COUPON

The giver, bravely volunteers to be entertained by the little ones for x hours.


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AMAZON PRIME AS A GIFT

Not having to drive to stores for baby necessities due to Amazon's free 2-day delivery and getting more entertainment options is good for the parent's sanity. Don't hesitate to get one if they don't have it. You can still expand their current plan if they do, but introducing someone to a cool new thing can be more memorable than paying a bill for some families (Check their DreamList or ask them to create one).


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Baby products recommended by parents for better sleep:

Snuza Hero Baby Movement Monitor

SIDS can happen any time in the first year. No gadget can guarantee safety, but this one helped keep our sanity. Keep this sensor on the diaper during sleep and if the baby stops breathing for more than 20 seconds the sensor wakes him and alarms you. You may get some false alarms if the diaper is loose, but a few false alarms beat a life-saving catch any day. Huge peace of mind for parents.


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Fisher-Price Auto Rock 'n Play Sleeper, Aqua Stone

This rocks automatically for 30min to 6 hours and plays tunes to put the baby to sleep when you are struggling to sleep or he is crying. Saved our sanity on many nights in the first 2-3 months.


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SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper

We used this in our bed for the first couple of weeks when the newborn got home - allows you to see if the baby is ok and comfort him/her by just opening your eyes instead of getting up.


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AcuRite 00613 Indoor Humidity Monitor

If you don't control the temperature in the baby room they will wake up more often at night sweaty or cold. If you don't control humidity and it gets dry - they will wake up with sore throats and coughing.


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HALO SleepSack Winter Weight

Pick the one you need based on baby size. Our baby slept the longest in San Fran winters with a cotton pajama and one of these on him. Best sleep came from steady bottom temperature in the house as well. If you have a thermostat, set it to not go below a certain temperature that works for you at night. If the baby doesn't get cold, it sleeps longer.


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Carter's Baby Boys' Cotton Sleep and Play Footed Pajama

This type of sleeper is what we used the most every day and night in the first 6 months. Newborns hate cold and if you cover their feet they sleep happily and cry less. Get 6 or so of every size. There are thick and thin cotton versions. The buttons are better than zippers because you can check diaper without waking baby. Zippers also scrunch making tummy time uncomfortable.


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Baby gifts meaningful long-term

Some families chose to start investment plans for little ones as early as possible, so the power of compounding can work for them in the years to come. Unlike other baby registries, which get abandoned after the baby arrives, a DreamList baby registry evolves into a wish list for the little one you can use on birthdays, holidays, and special occasions for life. Go ahead and dream big, your family deserves it.


529 Plan for College

You can set up a plan with your preferred provider and link the contribution to your DreamList. Starting with the Baby Registry, and on every special occasion, friends and family can put small ammounts to your little one's long-term college savings.


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Baby products that make family travel and adventures a little easier


Chicco KeyFit 30 Zip Air Infant Car Seat - Ventata

This was the most used infant car seat I've seen among friends. Get the AIR version (not on Amazon) - much less sweat-inducing. You can attach it to most strollers directly or via attachments. Get a second base if you have more than one car.


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Graco Pack 'n Play Playard with Change 'n Carry Portable Changing Pad, Manor

Pick whatever attachments you want - we never used the changing table but the bassinet setup stayed next to our bed for the first 6 weeks before the baby went to his own room.


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Baby Jogger City Mini GT Stroller - Teal/Gray

A super light stroller that can also go on gravel and is the most compact we could find for public transport. Joggers are hard to carry in car or busses and smaller plastic wheels tear up and are hard to move as well. This one also closes with a one hand-pull (We have impressed many airplane cargo workers with that one during gate check.)


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JJ Cole Urban Bundleme Neptune Toddler

Perfect for rainy and cold days - wraps the baby nicely in a stroller. There is a smaller version for a carseat. Water proof.


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THE GADGET FOR VIRTUAL "BABYSITTING" BY UNCLES, AUNTS, AND GRANDPARENTS

What a perfect gift for a baby shower! I call it a win-win-parents-nap solution. (Jokes aside, do not leave children unattended with a video phone, but do allow them to spend more time with family members you love.) My little one learned so many facial tricks from his cousin 6000 miles away. Life is short.


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Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub

Excellent for bathing during travel and soft for fun water play after 4 months.


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Infantino Peek and Pull Jittery Pal

It rattles when you pull it and babies love the chewing part. Great way to get baby to reach and grab.


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Infantino Hug and Tug Musical Giraffe

Babies HATE red lights - this toy plays a nice chime for 90 seconds when you pull it - pull it at traffic lights and you get less crying in the car.


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Gifts for a new mom


Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner, Luxe Chevron Whales/Gray

Handy for nursing, play, etc.


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Spectra S1 Breast Pump

Breast pumps are usually covered by health insurance providers - we wouldn't recommend buying one as a gift unlesss the mom has requested it. Moms are raving about this pump for its portability (moms need to pump wherever they are - in the car, on an airplane, at work) and hospital-grade suction.


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Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter, 6.5 Ounces

Got stretch marks only in places where i didn't use this.


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Lansinoh Stay Dry Nursing Pads Medium 36 Each


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Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags, 50 Count (Pack of 3)


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Educational or plain fun baby toys loved by parents


Baby Einstein Play Gym, Nautical Friends

Very important for tummy time in the first year. The baby won't notice the toys for the first 2 months but the music flashing star at the top keeps them interested and gets them to move hands and feet.


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First 100 Words Board book – May 10, 2011

Indeed, those were the first 100 words our little one learned to recognize. The book works.


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WubbaNub (tm) DRAGON Pacifier!

Fun, and the little one can hold it in, unlike pacifiers that stand alone.


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Lamaze Peek-A-Boo Forest

The book makes crinkly noises so it becomes baby's first toy before baby can appreciate colors,...


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KF Baby Cloth Book Value Pack [Set of 2] - Baby Animals, Counting Fun

The Baby Animals cloth counting book has a lot of favorite interactive elements.


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Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo

Baby loves it and plays with the toys after he can hold his head steady - 5months +


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Old Macdonald: A Hand-Puppet Board Book (Little Scholastic) Board book – July 1, 2007

Our little one loved the singing and visuals that came with this toy. Excellent for quality time togetherfo.


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Vulli Sophie la Girafe

When the baby starts teething at 3-4 months this will be a relief.


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Tiny Love Musical Stack and Ball Game, Yellow Elephant

Our little one loved the elephant head and the rattle balls as early as 4 months.


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Getting the home baby-ready


Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical Lens

The best camera we've seen for night-time observation. You can hear the faintest baby breathing sounds with the camera being 5 feet away.


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Taking Care of Your Child, Ninth Edition: A Parent's Illustrated Guide to Complete Medical Care Paperback – July 7, 2015

Handy to know when to call the pediatrician.


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Exergen Temporal Scan Forehead Artery Baby Thermometer Tat-2000c Scanner

The best baby thermometer on the market - used by pediatricians, fast, and relatively accurate.


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Dr. Brown's Bottle Warmer

This bottle warmer works well and the timer is crucial. In 3 minutes a 5 oz bottle from the fridge is baby-ready.


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Born Free BPA-Free Decorated Bottle Gift Set

Plastic bottles emit stuff and we don't trust them. This glass bottle set has brushes that work really well for washing any bottle. Parents may need to experiment with different sets until they find one that is well suited for their baby.


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iBaby Wi-Fi Wireless Digital Baby Video Camera with Night Vision and Music Player

Great so you can watch the little one play if you are away at work via your iPhone.


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Bumbo Floor Seat, Blue

Useful when the baby starts learning to sit at 4-5 months. Once-size fits all, so some babies use it more than others. Ideally, try it will little one before you buy.


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Crib Size SureGuard Mattress Protector - 100% Waterproof, Hypoallergenic - Premium Fitted Cotton Terry Cover - 10 Year Warranty

Keeps your mattress dry and any mites or allergy triggers stay sealed inside.


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