Must Haves for Your Baby Registry

Nothing is more fun and overwhelming that creating a baby registry.

Our overall theme here at Virginia is for Doulas is to help families experience support and the feeling of ease and comfort that comes with it. We are carrying that over to baby registries and hope to make your experience a little easier!

Start with your parenting style, will baby go in a crib right away? A Bassinet? Do you plan to bed share? What are the AAPs recommendations on infant sleep? Do you plan to breastfeed, bottle feed, or a mix of both? Will you be staying home or returning to work after 6 weeks? The answer to these questions help determine what goes on your registry. Minimalism is okay when it comes to your registry, so if that is your plan, below is our list of must haves!

Monitoring Baby

  • Our clients and Postpartum & Infant Care Doulas have worked with the Owlet baby monitor. It is reliable, easy to use and gives parents peace of mind that their little one is breathing all during the night.
  • If you are looking for a visual monitor, our favorite is the Nanit Baby Monitor.  Some parents prefer a visual of their baby while some focus on Pulse Oxygen. Whatever your needs, there is a fit for you.

Sleeping Baby

  • Our absolute favorite for co-sleeping is the Arms Reach Co-Sleeper, you can get a beautiful stained wooden one or fabric, whatever will match your room best. This keeps baby close, safe, but not so close that you dont sleep either!
  • Going for In the bed? Keep baby in the bed and separate them from you with a bumper to ensure safe sleep with the DockATot, highly recommended by our staff and several of our clients. They find it convenient and a way to keep baby safe while also attaining more sleep for parents.
  • And of course, the good old fashioned, baby crib. Not to worry you can have an adorable crib that matches your baby's nursery theme and still have baby sleeping safe and sound in their own space.

Carrying Baby

  • Strollers, strollers will save your life on long outings. They will give you space to put your bags and carry your food and drink while also easily carrying your baby. We dont have a personal favorite because some work for running and activities and some are simply for strolling, but check out this list of the top 5 2017 strollers for parents. 
  • Soft Structured Carriers vs Wraps... The battle begins. Everywhere people will be telling you what worked best for them and why, but what will work best for you? Do you prefer ease and snap ability? Go for a SSC like the Boba4G carrier or an Ergo. There are lots of different styles, any one that works for you will do. If you're into keeping baby really close to you, consider a Ring Sling or a Wrap, such as NatiBaby or Moby or Storchenweite woven wrap.

Feeding Baby

After Baby Support

  • Check out our Postpartum Planning Blog on the best ways to prepare for life after baby arrives. We spend a lot of time focusing on baby and the arrival, but parents need to adjust as well. Put Postpartum & Infant Care Doula hours on your registry for optimal overnight support, breastfeeding support, postpartum planning and actions that help you reach your parenting goals.