“Do you have a baby registry?”

The arrival of my son is right around the corner, and I’ve been asked this question by several family members and friends. Creating a baby registry can be exciting, overwhelming, and fun all at the same time as there are so many things to consider.

“What do I need?”

“Is this necessary?”

“Will I really use that?

So, as you create your registry I have another question for you. Have you added items for yourself?

When I was pregnant with my first son, everything on my registry was specific to the baby other than a few nursing items. But this time around we are blessed and have tons of clothes and gadgets my toddler has outgrown; therefore, I have taken a different approach.

In conjunction with my baby registry I’ve added several items I like to refer to as my Mama Registry. These are things I purchased on my own during my first pregnancy because I didn’t think others would be interested since they weren’t for the baby.

Whether this is your first, second, or third pregnancy I would encourage you to include items you may need or would like to use after your baby arrives. If you need a few ideas I’ve got you covered.

Check out some of my must have, favorite, or wish list items below.

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Postpartum Care

The time frame after you have a baby has several names from the fourth trimester, postpartum period, and postpartum recovery period. So, what do you need to make your recovery easier.

Well, I’m a huge advocate for the not so cute items needed to create a postpartum care kit. I included peri bottles, LARGE pads, tucks, perineal spray, cleansing wipes, acetaminophen, and a wash cloth which I kept housed in cute little baskets in every bathroom for easy access.

In addition to these items I will be adding reusable cooling packs to the mix which will be stored in the freezer since they have to remain cool.

If you’re delivering at a hospital you will receive some of these items during your stay. I took everything home, but was grateful for the kits I created in advance.

peri-bottle | pads | tucks | perineal spray | reusable cooling packs

Nursing items

If nursing is your feeding method of choice I have a few items to will make your life easier. I mixed nipple cream with coconut oil, wore nursing pads daily, and fell in love with my nursing bras and tanks.

Since, I planned to return to work I added a pumping bra which is a game changer because you to have access to your hands. You’ll appreciate having free hands.

nipple cream | disposable nursing pads | reusable nursing pads | nursing bra | nursing tank | pumping bra

Clothes

Initially I didn’t have any intentions to add clothes to my registry, but I figured, “what the heck.” My clothing ranges from not so sexy underwear, shape wear, belly wraps, to functional but cute tops made for nursing.

high waist underwear | shape wear | belly wrap | nursing tank tops | nursing tops

Books

Supporting your mental wellness is on the top of my list. If you’re not swamped with childbirth education, labor & delivery, or lactation classes I highly recommend adding resources created to support your mental wellness during pregnancy & postpartum. When Baby Brings the Blues and When Postpartum Packs a Punch are novels and great to read prior to giving birth in order to educate yourself on perinatal mood & anxiety disorders. Whereas Breathe Mama Breathe, Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts, and Awake at 3AM are short, digestible, colorful, and action oriented books which provide tools to improve your mental health while you’re in the thick of hormonal changes, sleep deprivation, a healing body, and swamped with all the other changes accompanied with integrating a new baby into your family.

Breathe Mama Breath | Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts | Awake at 3AM

When Baby Brings the Blues | When Postpartum Packs a Punch

Postpartum care, nursing clothes, books, and high waisted underwear may not be as cute as onesies, stuffed animals, or blankets, but it doesn’t make them any less important. So, go ahead and shoot your shot by adding these to your registry, gifting these to an expecting mama, or purchasing a gift card specifically for her.

Some of my favorite items to gift expecting mamas are books, postpartum care items, or gift cards.

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