A Crunchy Baby Registry: 34 Things You NEED (or should make) Before Baby Comes
What do I need before baby gets here? If you’re like me, you’re a worrier. And nothing gives you cause for worry like being pregnant. That nesting hormonal stuff kicks in and the anxiety starts, unless you have enough money to run out and buy everything you might need. But for most people that’s not the case. This baby registry for slightly crunchy moms is here to help.
Perhaps you have had a reversal of fortunes, maybe you have a surprise pregnancy that wasn’t in the budget. You could be a super bargain hunter, or want to minimize your consumerism. You might follow the principles of simple living, or just want to educate yourself and make intentional decisions about your baby. Or you have less anxiety when you are prepared. Regardless you can be ready for a new baby without spending a ton of money.
There are some things you really should have before the baby comes. Shopping is not something you will have a lot of time for after baby arrives. Although with the power of the hyperwebs you can do a lot nowadays. When I started having babies we had to shop uphill both ways, in a snowstorm, with no shoes… Nah, we had internet shopping back then, I just didn’t have any money.
Regardless, if you know Murphy’s Law (anything that can go wrong, will go wrong), you know that if you are prepared for the unexpected everything will be fine. If you have a preemie you will need some special things, but if you have an earlie this list should cover the basics.
This list is the minimum you should have in place. I tried to keep spending down while keeping the comfort of both baby and parents in mind. Once you have this list you can relax, all other needs can be addressed as you have time. If you are blessed with family and friends you should get many of these items at your baby shower. Many things you can make.
Go window shopping at Babies R Us and a used baby stuff store to get a feel for the colors and styles that are out there, and the prices. Take a look at the different features of each item so you have an idea of what you want.
Once you know what you want you can start looking for good stuff cheap. You can look online and compare deals and look for discount codes. Look on Craigslist or eBay for cheap used or new items. Join your local Freecycle group. Check yard and rummage sales. Post wanted ads on the local buy/sell Facebook group. Let the ladies of your church know you are looking for used baby items. There are many sources for the things you need while keeping spending to a minimum.
- This list includes:
- Random helpful tips from a mother of four, ages newborn to 14
- Patterns for homemade alternatives. Patterns tend to be easy sewing patterns with lots of pictures, if it’s more than sew a straight line I need pictures. There aren’t any crochet or knit patterns because I have carpal tunnel, that stuff hurts me.
- Recipes for “green” options. Some recipes are green and all natural, some just have less stuff you can’t pronounce, some are cheaper. Recipes tend to be simple without ingredients too far off the mainstream. I tried to keep ingredients to things you could get at a whole foods store, grocery store, or a big box store.
*I refer to babies as girls, the last three of my four were girls. No offense to boy babies everywhere, or the parents who shop for them. Replace with your favorite pronoun accordingly.
What do I really NEED before baby gets here?
Baby lotion (lavender)
Try this goo: coconut oil
You may get this at the baby shower. You need this for baby rubs. Why lavender, you say? Have you smelled that stuff? It smells GOOD. You can get a tiny lavender essential oil from eBay for under $3, and since it only takes a few drops it will last a while.
Try this goo: liquid castile soap
You may get this at the baby shower. Yes, again with the lavender. You can just wash a newborn with water, they don’t really need soap. They don’t roll around in the dirt, or smell when they sweat. So this is just to smell her head later and say “Mmmmm.”
Used for a burping cloth, swaddling, warmth, changing diapers in weird places, shade, nursing cover… You need a bunch of these. When I had kid #1 there were tons of these in thrift stores, but for kid #4 I couldn’t find any at yard sales or thrift stores (one of the drawbacks of a May baby is few yard sales). I just got a nice sheet with clouds on it at the thrift store and cut it up.
Waterproof fitted mattress pad
You can get a giant waterproof flannel pad for your bed, but I found that these slid around under my sheets and bunched up and make me crazy. When you’re leaking from the bottom and the top, and so is the kid, your will be grateful for this. I keep a towel under us for the first month at least, as well as this pad.