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As an “experienced mom,” you would think that it would be easier to decide what to put on a registry for baby number 3. Well, with all of the new baby gear, items, and accessories, it’s been more difficult than ever. To get past the complexity of creating a baby registry, I went straight to Target.com, and created a brand new baby registry. I focused on some of my favorite items that carried us through newborn stage and up until each baby’s 1st birthday.
These were a must-have with each of our two kids, and I know that they’ll come in handy with our new little boy. While we don’t cloth diaper, we have always stocked up on pre-fold cloth diapers to use for burp clothes, cleaning up baby food and more. I was excited to add the Gerber pre-fold cloth diapers to my Target baby registry since I know we will need tons of them.
Diaper bag for Dad
It seems mom can always find a chic diaper bag to tote around, whether she get’s an actual bag meant for baby’s needs, or a big handbag that just happens to have lots of compartments. But what about Dad? I learned early on, that even though we had a son, with all “boy” themed baby items, my husband didn’t want to carry around a powder blue bag that looked too much like a purse. I have a husband that loves to grab a baby bag, and the kids, and go (God bless him). So, if I can find a cool diaper bag that he won’t mind carrying around, I’ll get more chances for a break. This camouflage Diaper Dude diaper bag is so cool, and has ample compartments on the outside and inside. Since it will be in use for at least 2 years, a 60 dollar investment seems miniscule.
If there ever was a favorite of all baby gear, mine would be the exersaucer. Each of our children had an exersaucer and we all immediately fell in love with it. It works the baby’s brain as well as their developing legs. They kick, coo and giggle. How can you not love an instructional toy that causes that? We also loved that it was easy to fold down, so it could be taken to grandma’s house every sunday.
Although I didn’t get to nurse for as long as I wanted, we loved our Boppy. I enjoyed that they had different washable slipcovers, and the shape of the Boppy worked better for my frame when it came to breastfeeding. The Boppy also ended up becoming a lovey for each of our kids, possibly because it smelled like mom, but mostly because it was comfortable. Our little boy will definitely get his own to love on.
Can you ever have too many onesies? Of course not. I can’t even imagine the amount of onesies we purchased for our last two children. This is actually one of my favorite gifts to give a mom as a shower gift. I always give them in different sizes, to last for the first year of the baby’s life. Babies pretty much live in onesies during their first year, and we’ll be stocking up on them, for sure.
Speaking of loveys, also known as loved-on toys or blankets, my little one will need one of his own. Loveys have gotten us out of many baby meltdowns and tough situations, so I’m looking forward to our 3rd kiddo bonding with one. I love Melissa & Doug items, so this Longfellow Dragon spoke to me immediately. This baby is already fiery and funny (he stuck his tongue out at the doctor during his sonogram), so I think he’ll love on this cute stuffed animal until he’s much older. Heck, my 8 year old still has his lovey, a stuffed brown teddy bear that has been repeatedly sewn up.
Need more ideas on essential baby items for your registry? Take a look at BabyCenter’s “Your Baby Registry” Pinterest Board.