Putting together a baby registry as a first-time parent is trial-and-error at its finest. How does one know what a tiny human needs if you’ve never had one before? How can you know what you’re going to need postpartum if it’s still months away?
The short answer: You don’t. You guess and check and ask your mama friends what they recommend and then, when that tiny human finally arrives and their needs (and yours, too) become apparent, you overnight ship the things you missed.
While pregnant, I shared my registry guide for first-time parents. Now, seven weeks into parenthood, here are six things I’d add to that list.
01. Multi-Purpose Cleaning Machine // Listen, I stand by my decision to purchase neutral-colored furniture. I love our white glider and light gray couch. The reason why I stand by that decision after two months of spit up, blowouts, and spilled milk? This thing.
02. Portable Night-Light // We keep our sound machine/night-light in our room right now because that’s where our little guy sleeps for the timebeing. For midnight diaper changes in the nursery, we’ve found this touch-activated portable nightlight to be much better than bright overhead lights or lamps that need to be switched on.
03. Extra-Large Water Bottle // File “uncontrollable thirst” under the list of postpartum symptoms no one told me about. The only one more thirsty than my baby during feeding time is me, so I’ve been sipping from this 30 oz leak-proof bottle 24/7.
04. Stain Remover Spray // Because our furniture isn’t the only thing that’s seen spit up and blowouts since our little guy arrived. Our white sheets are—miraculously—still white after a less-than-fun 2 am diaper incident thanks to this stuff.
05. Comfy Robe // Between the postpartum diapers and constant feedings, I’ve avoided putting on “real clothes” for most of the past seven weeks. Instead, I’ve been living in the robe that came in this new mama gift set that was gifted to me. It’s soft, stretchy, cozy…pretty much everything my postpartum body wants.
06. A Goes-With-Everything Hat // My early postpartum days have been a sweet blur of feeding, diapering, and snuggles. Styling my hair rarely (read: never) feels like a priority, so I don this hat daily instead.
Veteran parents + parents in the trenches: I want to hear from you! What are some things you’d put on your first-time registry if you could go back and make it again?