Baby Lo is officially one. Momma Bear Ashli is officially exhausted. No one mentioned that while the whole sleep thing does get better, the whole “tired” phase, yeah, not so much. When I was pregnant with Baby Lo, I was one of about eight other Mommas-To-Be’s that were expecting all within a one to two month window. Over the past year we have relied upon each other for confirmation that our baby’s rash is just that, a rash; we have vented over our fair share of frustrations which include husbands that turn into hibernating bears in the middle of the night (how can they sleep through that cry, how?) and have called, texted or private messaged each other over everything from “How do you soothe teething pain?” to “What brand of baby monitor are you using?”
One thing I found over the past year is that Momma’s are your greatest source of information and support. Looking back over the past year and the questions pondered, I realized if I could help future Mommas-To-Be it would be in the Baby Registry department. I did enough research in the beginning that you would have thought I was going back to college for another degree. Then add on a year of product testing. I feel like I got ya!
So here it is, my Ultimate Baby Registry Checklist. A lot of love, tears, spit-up and sleepless nights went into this list. Please feel to print, share, etc. I am here to share my experience with you. Many of these items you do not need waiting for when baby makes their arrival. Some are more essential once baby hits milestones. But after one year, I have found all of these items on this list to be well worth the money.Let’s dig a little deeper. I organized the list for you to help with shopping. Out of the multiple categories listed above, here are some of my MUST HAVES (so important that I capitalized MUST HAVES for you. Now I did it twice!) within each category. These are some of my favorite items among the list.
I will continue to update this list as time goes on. I would love to hear from you. What items are missing? What items would be on your Ultimate Baby Registry Checklist?
And, to new Momma’s-To-Be, do not be overwhelmed. This list may seem daunting, but I promise you baby shopping is fun and you too will determine what you need or want and soon once the little bundle of joy is here, you will really know what it is that you cannot live without! Besides, that sweet little baby.