When it comes time to register for a new baby there are many things to consider: What store? How many diapers do I need? Should we buy these things now, or wait? What carrier is best for us? How do I even use that carrier?! SO much energy and love go into preparing the home for a new arrival that we often neglect to consider what we need to so that  we are ready for baby. Here’s a quick list of a few things to add to your registry that will help you be a happier, healthier parent:

Clothing

Now that your nursery drawers are full of baby socks and swaddles, check your drawers for a couple pairs of comfy, stretchy pajamas. If you plan to nurse, make sure you buy pajamas that are nursing friendly and at least one nursing bra. Comfortable clothing is important for both you and your baby as you try to maximize the sleep you get.

Relaxation and body care

No matter what type of birth experience you have it’s important that you take the time to care for yourself so that your body can heal and recover. When you are shopping for your baby’s bath time soaps, grab a nice bottle of soothing body wash of your own. If you use essential oils consider registering for lavender oil to encourage sleep, ylang ylang and lime to help combat post-partum depression and peppermint to give you an extra boost of energy.

Its is also important that you have what you need for perineal care. Stock up on tucks, sitz bath spray,  maxi pads and cortisone cream. Having taken the time to collect these items for yourself before baby comes will help you feel comfortable when you return home.

Diaper bag

Choosing a diaper bag is really more for you than baby. When you’re trying to decide what bag to get, consider your needs because this bag will be your home away from home. Look for a bag that has many pouches and compartments to keep things organized and easy to find. Make sure your bag has a couple zipper pockets. These pockets will be where you safetly store everything that’s in your purse. Try carrying the bag before you buy it. Make sure the strap is comfortable, that it stays on your shoulder easily and that it is easy maneuver in. Check out this list of the top-rated  diaper bags for 2017.

Food

The first couple of weeks with a new baby are an adjustment but if you make sure your refrigerator is just as prepared as your nursery, the transition will be  lightened significantly. Buy yourself many grab and go snacks that are nutrient dense like pro-bars or lara bars and cut fresh fruits and veggies. You’ll thank yourself when you get hungry and don’t have the time or energy (or free hands) to prepare a meal. (Tip: Set some of these snacks and a water bottle by your rocking chair in your nursery for easy, late-night  snacking.)

As the birth of your baby nears, take some time to thank yourself for the hard work your body has done of growing and sustaining the life inside you. When you’re registering for your baby and you’ve got that scanner in hand, don’t forget that it is just as much for you as is it for baby and be sure to add these items to your list!

Alise Durkota
Alise Durkota
Alise is a mother of two who loves the slow, small town life. She is a teacher turned stay at home mom who loves cooking, her husband, going on long neighborhood walks, just about any baked good (with coffee) and playing with her children. She has a passion for all things childhood development, teaching, and learning.