Baby Shower Registries & Gifts

In case you didn’t know already, I LOVE babies and almost as much as I love babies, I LOVE baby showers!! I love decorating for them, picking out gifts for them – I find them to be the sweetest way to welcome a new babe and to honor a beautiful mama! Some of the most common questions I am asked is “what is the best gift to give someone at a baby shower” or “what should I put on my registry”, or even “what do I not need to put on my registry”. Soooo, let me tell you my thoughts on this! We are ONLY tackling baby shower gifts today, throwing a shower will be its own post!

First up: baby registries – what you need and what you don’t need. Remember, this is all my opinion, sooo you might agree (or not) and that’s okay! TELL ME about it in the comments – I’d LOVE to hear what you think should be added or taken away! Also, this is by no means an inclusive list – simply my “must haves” and things I got that I didn’t need. Common items (bottles, toys, etc.) are NOT on my lists, please still get those!

What you NEED:
Swaddles – that fit snugglyOllie Swaddle

  • These are a MUST have to help your little babe adjust to life (and sleep) outside of the womb – let me tell you, all of our girls have been AMAZING sleepers and I’m convinced it’s at least partially because of these. This swaddle comes in a variety of colors and is adjustable for your babe (and it’s velcro – sooo easy to use). This was the only swaddle we could find that consistently stayed in place and was easy to use during middle of the night diaper changes. It is also a swaddle you can use with both arms in, one arm out or both arms out!

Sound machine – that plays continuouslyHatch or Rohm

  • Honestly, ANY sound machine will do, as long as you can put it on white noise and it will continuously play, these are just the two that we have! I personally love the Hatch because it becomes an okay to wake clock when they’re older AND you can control it all from your phone. We use this feature a TON not only with our toddler but also with the twins to turn up the sound machine volume if they start fussing or there is a lot of noise in our home.

Sleep sacksNested Bean Sleep Sacks

  • We love the Nested Bean Sleep Sacks for once your babe is out of the swaddle. These sleep sacks are so soft and cozy. The best part is that they have a little weight to the chest of the swaddle to make your babe feel comforted at night.

Nail Trimmer – this one is a lifesaver – Baby Nail Trimmer

  • Cutting baby nails is one of my biggest fears! They have the tiniest, flimsiest nails EVER. This trimmer works like a dremel for dogs, so NO cutting involved and it has different attachments based on baby’s age! It’s fantastic!

What is SO NICE to have, but probably (or definitely) not a need:
Bottle Sterilizer and Dryer – this thing is amazing, but super bougey – Baby Brezza

  • Cleaning bottles and drying them for the next day is a BIG time consumer, especially if you work outside the home. The fact that this thing DRIED the bottles made this process super quick and easy. If you are looking for a time saver, you found it!

Baby Tub – for infants, use THIS and for when babe can sit up, use THIS

  • These bathtubs were lifesavers for us, we loved the flower when she was itty bitty because we could adjust the petals to support her as needed and now we are using the blow-up bathtub! Addie loves it, it saves water and is just so cute!

What I do not THINK you need on your registry:

  • Wipe warmer – we have one and never used it
  • Mittens to keep them from scratching their face – they still scratch their face and the onesies with built-in mittens seem to work better
  • Baby clothes – EVERYONE buys these whether you register or not

For my breastfeeding mamas, ADD these items:

  • Hakaa pump it will collect milk on the breast the infant is not currently feeding on and saves everything you would leak!
  • Microwave sterilizing bagsmakes the cleaning process sooo much easier and takes way less time

If you are a guest at a baby shower and are wondering what to bring for your gift, consider these gift combos! {NOTE: for all gift baskets, put the gift in a cute basket the mama can use for storage and use a blanket to support the items instead of tissue paper! }
Gift Basket #1 (the gift of sleep):

  • Muslin blankets – I love the aden & anais ones
  • Swaddle – remember, any that will fit snugly will do – I recommend the Ollie
  • Pajamas – we love these
  • Lovey – we were given this one, and it was embroidered with Addie’s name (THANK YOU Aunt Amber!)

Gift Basket #2 (the gift of food):

  • Bottles – this one can be tricky, because all babes are different, but we used the Avent bottles with no troubles – be sure to check the mama’s registry to see if she has a preference for bottles
  • Utensilsthese are Addie’s favorites to use
  • Plates and Bowls – we love these bowls and these plates that stick to the tray so Addie can’t throw them on the floor

Gift Basket #3 (the gift of fun):

  • Play mat – we have this Skip Hop one and we loved the size and all of the colors and textures on it, but I’ve also heard wonderful things about the Lovevery one
  • Light up toys – here are some of our favorites
  • High contrast toys
  • Books – you guys knew this was coming, right?! I mean I AM a book lady! Check out these infant and toddler books!

Thanks for reading all of the way to the end!! I appreciate you!! PLEASE drop comments about what you think I should add (or subtract) to my lists! What did you like? What did you not like?! I wanna know!
Until next time,

xoxo, Lo

2 thoughts on “Baby Shower Registries & Gifts

  1. Ooh! A moby wrap for little and a Tula for once they hit 25ish pounds! These are my life savers, and also my favorite thing – I’ve considered another baby JUST so I can wear them! 😆

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    1. Yes, carriers are sooo great for mamas on the go! I used a Tula with Ad and absolutely loved it! Now of course I’m onto twin carriers 🤪


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