Thursday, July 23, 2009

Registry Help

Dan and I are going to BRU to register right after our big ultrasound. In preparation, I have been reading Baby Bargains, doing tons of online research, asking my mama friends, etc. But I thought I would ask all of you to see if you can offer any suggestions on the following items. I'd love to know what you currently have or have registered for in these three categories:

1. Car seat- We are considering the Britax Marathon for our convertible car seat
2. Stroller- Most people wont be able to help but we want one that accepts two infant seats, looking at the Kolcraft Contours or the Graco Duo-glider
3. Bottles- I plan to BF but also want to pump and use bottles. I have no idea on this category

And then is there any "Must Have" items? Any items that are a total waste of money?

I really, really appreciate everyones' opinions. These are the items I am kinda stuck on, so I could use some help.

I also heard this poem on the radio the other day and I liked it. It was written by a Confederate soldier and, to me, it gives a different perspective to take when God doesn't answer our prayer exactly how we desire. I don't know, I just liked it and wanted to share:

The Blessing of Unanswered Prayers

I asked for strength that I might achieve;
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health that I might do greater things;
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches that I might be happy;
I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power that I might have the praise of men;
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life;
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I had asked for,
but eveything that I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered;
I am, among all men, most richly blessed.

- Unknown Confederate Soldier


Jenn said...

I like Dr. Brown's bottles. I have the medela pump. You will need a boppy whether you BF or bottle feed. It comes in handy with tummy time, sitting up, anything really. I also recommend getting a swaddleme blanket. It helps you to swaddle the baby and has velcro to hold it down. I really like our summer video monitors. It is nice to be able to see what is going on when she is crying, if she really needs me, etc. Um, that is what I can think of for now.

Eris1995 said...

Carseat: I think a Britax Marathon is a great idea for a Convertible carseat. We have the Graco Snugride for the infant carseat. It was one of the lighter carseats and got good ratings.

Stroller: Well I only know about single strollers but I love my baby jogger city mini. They make a double in it and they have a carseat attachment so I would think you could attach two carseats but I'm not 100% sure. I couldn't live w/o the snap & go in the beginning and I know they make a double one. Very easy, light and convienant in the beginning.

Bottles: Your babies will let you know what they like and don't like. I would recommend getting a couple different types and then test them out. For bf'ing wide nipples are the best. I've used Breastflow, Avent & playtex ventaire.

Must Haves: Humm, where to start. There are so many must haves depending on the stage - but I'll give you the NB must haves since that's what you have to deal with first.
Swing -we also have a bouncer that he loves but that wasn't a must have until a couple months
Large swaddle blankets -you'll probably get a bunch at your shower
Brestfriend pillow -I think they make a double one
thick hooded towels -I love the ones by carters
Baby monitor - we have the FP privacy one. I didn't think we'd need one since we have a small house, but it comes in handy when showering our outside.
Footed PJ's
Moby/Ergo/Bjorn - some baby wearing item (we have the Hotsling but Mason doesn't like it)

That's all I can think of now, but I'm sure more things will come to mind. Stalk the items on my baby registry - I love just about everything we got.

Good luck!

mtendere said...

Sounds like you've done your research. Everyone has told me to register for several different types of bottles/nipples because you don't know what your baby will like, so that's what we did. We'll see how it works out.

We're waiting on the convertible car seats until our LO gets older so that we can benefit from any new safety features in the next round, but if you're hoping someone will help you out, I can understand why you'd want them on your registry. Preparing for 2 must be quite a challenge!

Have fun at the u/s. I'l be looking forward to the update.

Jesse and Mandy Peterson said...

I did a lot of research before I registered for my items. However, I limited myself to only researching and registering for what was actually in the local stores.

For a car seat and stroller, we chose the Baby Trend Flex-Loc carseat and matching stroller. It seemed to be rated pretty highly in safety and ease of use. It was also pretty reasonably affordable at about $200 for both together. I've heard fantastic things about the Britax Marathon. It just wasn't the style or price I was going for. Nor did it have the stroller to go with it like I wanted.

As for a stroller that accepts 2 infant seats, I have no idea.

Bottles- I too want to breastfeed, but wanted the option to pump and bottle-feed if I needed to. I chose the First Years brand of bottles, the Breastflow version. The nipples come in two sections, like a normal bottle nipple and then a nipple inside of it. The shape and texture of them are supposed to mimic the shape of the mom's nipple. And the flow of milk that comes out of them is supposed to be similar to that of the breast. They are marketed to be ideal for switching back and forth without confusing your baby. You can also upgrade to different stages of nipples as your babies get older. And, they fit the First Years pump that I bought.

Speaking of the pump, Medela is supposed to be the absolute best, but can run you up to $200+ for just the pump. I chose First Years because it was much more affordable.

People vary on their ideas of must haves and luxeries. For instance, you could just change your baby on the floor or ottoman rather than having a whole changing table. You could also feed your baby from their carseat rather than having a separate bouncy chair or highchair for them. You could use a normal shoulder bag rather than a diaper bag. You can have fewer sheets and changing pads and just wash them more frequently.

For me, though, I decided to go ahead and go with anything that I thought could make my life easier. I do have a changing table, but I bought one that was actually a whole hutch so that it would grow with my baby as he gets older. I got a bouncy seat for the vibrating option and the portability. I opted to not get a swing, though, since I had the bouncy seat and it is more portable. I also chose not to get a fancy play yard since I could just put the baby in his crib when he took naps or change him wherever. My mom just got a cheap one that can stay at her house when she babysits. And I just got a free one given to me that I will use if needed. I got a diaper bag because it came with a changing pad and was insulated for bottles and had pockets specifically for baby items. And I figured that having about 3 sheets and changing pads would allow me to wash some while the others were being used without putting so much wear and tear on just one.

Those are just a few examples. I'll learn really quickly what mistakes I made. One final thing to add, though, is that every baby is different. Therefore, one person's waste (like a vibrating chair or sling carrier) is another one's lifesaver. You'll find what your babies like or don't, and what makes like easier for you personally to care for them.

Hope this helps.

Oh, one last thought: I've heard that swaddling your baby is an amazing tool. Especially during the first three months of their lives, babies want to feel very secure and held tightly because they experienced that for 10 months already. There are blankets made especially for this, one being The Miracle Blanket and another just being called SwaddleMe. While I think that people may be right about swaddling soothing your baby, I don't know that it's necessary to buy a blanket specifically for it. (I may be wrong) Instead, you can buy larger receiving blankets and learn how to wrap them in a way that swaddles your baby to get the same affect.

Ok. That's all I have for now...

Alicea (mnbride1013) said...

I bought 3 different kinds of bottles - the 8 oz, 4 oz and the Platex disposables. I have yet to see which one is going to fit best for Kyle, but I also plan to BF and pump. The bottles are for when Chris feeds him or my parents, his parents, etc.

I researched on both Baby Bargains and Consumer Reports. Especially when it came to the safety items like car seat, crib, etc. I ended up buying the Chicco travel system because of the high reviews on both sites.

Good luck with registering - it's a lot of fun!!

Eris1995 said...

So as if my last post wasn't long enough I thought of a few more things.

Aquaphor- I use it for everything. Dry skin, diaper rash prevention.

Desitin Original- works wonders on a diaper rash

Itzbeen timer- people either love it or hate it and I love it. I didn't get it until Mason was 2 months old and wish I had it sooner. It kept me a little more sane so I knew how long it had been since he last ate, slept, got changed. It also has a nightlight for middle of the night awakenings so you don't have to turn the bright light on. Oh and it has a reminder for left or right boob.

Baby books- I read everything about registering and pregnancy but I didn't ready anything about when baby is actually here and had to do major catch up when I was sleep deprived. I would recommend "The Happiest Baby on the Block" and "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child". I didn't read a breastfeeding book, but wish I did.

kiddopotamus posh pouch- It's a carseat cover that goes over the infant seat.
It was a lifesaver in the winter.
It also helps deter strangers from reaching for your LO since they can only see the head. People like to touch hands and feet.
Playmat- Mason loved his playmat once he was 5 weeks up until he started rolling all over the place and would roll off of it.

OK I think I'm done now :)

Scullyhoyy said...

1) The first year they are in infant carseats, the one's you carry. I love my graco one!
When Catherine was ready over age 1 & 20 lbs, I switched to a Britax roundabout. (I have a smaller backseat) Joe has the marathon in his car & it's great. It has gotten awesome safety ratings.

2) Stroller, I just got a Graco duo-glider for when the new one get's here. I love it, super easy to manuver, & doesn't take up anymore room then the single stroller.

3) I used & plan to use again the Playtex drop ins. Super easy as far as cleaning. Great for not having a ton of air bubbles etc... These have been perfected over the years. My aunts used this kind way back when. I am a big fan of them & you can sign up online & they send you coupons.

Umm one thing I couldn't live without would be the dribble bibs from Carters. They rock!! They never soak through & you can get a bunch at at the Carters store 3 for $10. You can save so much money at Carters, I would never buy any baby clothes at BRU they jack the price up.

Ava and the Trips said...

I really like Dr. Brown's bottles and that is what we used with the trips. I have heard great things about the Britax car seats, but we don't use them. We have a mix mash of car seats. As far as the stroller goes, my brother and sil who have twins have the graco and like it.

Shanny said...

I have no input, but thanks for asking advice... I'll be looking up this post to read them in the near future (hopefully).

The poem is beautiful!

jbwife said...

I'm so excited for you. I hope you & Dan have fun without too much stress :)

From one twin mama to another:

We use the Graco DuoGlider and love it. I took the boys out in it today shopping and it turns so easily. I have no problems using it all by myself.
We got the Graco Snugride to match the Graco DuoGlider and I love those too.
We are using Dr. Brown's and like those. They were recommended by almost all of my mommy friends.
I didn't realize there was a twin breastfeeding pillow so I got the Boppy and honestly, it works just fine for us.
For us, we got a portable swing that sits low to the ground so I can sit on the ground between the boys and give them both attention at the same time. Works well.

My one piece of advice, from what I've learned over the past month...
in the hospital I used a Medela hospital grade pump. I purchased the Medela Pump in Style instead of renting the hospital grade. I wish we would've rented or purchased the hospital grade. For twins, it really just worked better. The pump in style works fine, but I can definitely tell a difference in the two pumps. We could still rent a hospital grade, but since we spent enough money on the pump in style, I'm just going to continue to use it.

We got quite a few kiddopotamus swaddlers thinking tiny twins would like to be swaddled, but our boys don't. They seemed restless in the swaddlers and when we stopped using them, they seemed more content.

I don't know it all of course, but since I'm still learning what works and not for twins, you can always ask me anything and I'll let you know how it's going for us. That may or may not help :)

Jen said...

We used Playdex drop-ins and Avent and liked both.
I highly recommend the ultimate crib seat. It saved me on many late night sheet changes.
Go test drive the strollers in store and see what will fit in your trunk the best.
Skip hop diaper bags are amazing.

BabyBurns said...

We use Dr Brown's bottles. Lots of parts to clean, though, and you'll have double!! Maybe get 2 spinning dry racks.

You definitely need a comfy bouncy chair. We had the Boppy Lounger. It was the only reason I could do ANYTHING the first few weeks...then of course she started sleeping in it all night for awhile, love that thing!

Same thing with the swing, get a swing! She didn't love either of those the first 2 weeks, but once she took to them, it was great!

As far as pumping goes, you must get the hands free pump bra ( Pumping was awful before I got my hands on this. I either had to pump one breast at a time, or do both with no hands free at all- it sucked! Get it now and take it with you to the hospital...that thing is invaluable!

Good luck!!

Samantha said...

Registering can be overwhelming, can't it? You're doing great though, researching online and asking other people! That's exactly what I did. :)

We have the Graco SnugRide for the infant carseat, but we'll be getting a Britax Marathon for a convertible one once Brayden gets older. I have a friend with 2 kids and she has one for each of them and highly recommended it.

We have the Graco Metrolite stroller that accepts the infant seat, so I definitely favor that brand because of how easy it is to manuever, so I'd check out the duo style in that brand.

I've heard that Dr. Brown's bottles are the way to go! They are the best ones out there to reduce gas and any digestive issues. Everyone I know recommends them.

Hope that helps!

Erin said...

I have purchased every swaddle blanket on the market (Swaddle me, kiddopadamous, etc) and hands down, the winner is the Miracle Blanket. They aren't sold at BRU, but I found one at a local baby boutique. As soon as we started using it, my LO started STTN.

Also, I love the Boppy for general purposes of her learning to sit, but for breastfeeding, the winner is MyBrestFriend (weird name!) and all my twin mommy friends say it is the only pillow that works for feeding twins at the same time. HTH!

craftlady said...

Hey Shannon, Sorry I can't really help with specifics and to be honest I didn't read through all the comments, but oddly enough I just saw copwife post on my local baord yesterday and she had a link in her siggy to a MoM stroller bio. I'm not sure if you've come across this or not, but here's the link..

HTH :)

Danse said...

For a stroller, we're borrowing the double snap n go - you may want to look into that. We were all about the kolcraft one until we figured out it wouldn't fit in my trunk. (FWIW, we're getting the BOB revolution for when they outgrow the infant seats).

For bottles, per baby bargains, Dr. Browns helps to reduce nipple confusion if you're BFing and I know a few people that like them. They're harder to clean that some, but that's what we've got on our list.

HTH a bit. Happy registering!

Danse said...

PS - the miracle blanket is sold at BRU, it's on my registry (maybe online only?)

Also, I bought the moby wrap on baby steals and it can be used with twins - it's way more secure feeling than I thought it would be.

We're also all about the britax marathons. We're doing the graco snugride for infant seats (not the 32's because they weigh more and really I think I'll have enough to carry ;o)

Ps - if you care, you can leave a comment with your email addy (I can delete if after I see it if you want) and I can send you a link to my registry if you think that would be helpful. Or you can PM via the nest (just give me a heads up because I'm terrible at checking them).

E said...

Ok, here's my contribution:

Dr. Brown's bottles are awesome but a pain in the butt to clean.

If I had to do the swaddling blanket thing all over again I would have skipped receiving blankets and gone right to the Swaddleme, you can get them really tight and don't have to unhook the arms for a diaper change. Then I would have gotten a few Aden & Anais blankets because they're larger (great for floor time) and they are so light you can use them to block out the sun in the car.

I don't know that I would have gone right to the convertible carseat. With the infant ones you can get extra bases and just pop them in and out of both cars, you have to install and uninstall the convertible ones.

I would get a good, strong pump. If I had to do it over again I would have spent the extra money and gotten the Freestyle for hands free pumping.

My can't live withouts:

lap pads, we use them all the time to protect from pee and poop. Also, if the babies have diaper rash a great way to clear it up is to take off their diapers for an hour or so, you can put their booties on the lap pads and not worry about it.

burp cloths, again we use them for everything

a good baby carrier, you can wear one and hold the other if they're both fussy

bouncy seat, Lyla has been in love with her bouncy from day one. It's the only way I shower and in the beginning it was the only place she'd sleep well. She's never really been into the swing but I think she'd marry her bouncy (all babies are different on this one, SIL's son hated them both)

vaseline: it sounds dumb but it is the best at protecting from diaper rash, we have a tub

Boppy: I know not everyone is a fan but I love mine and still use it for feedings.

drawer organizers: we got them at IKEA and I swear it makes life so much easier, baby clothes are a little hard to figure out how to fold

an 8 second rectal thermometer

I'll add to my list if I think of anything else but Baby Bargains was my registering Bible.

Shell said...

in my breast feeding class the Lactation cons. said to find slow dripping bottles. She said lots say they are but are not. She said fill them with water turn them upside down and make sure they don't drip. She said get a nipple that looks like yours (wide base to mimmic areola and the size of the actual nipple should be what you look like). They say this will provide less "nipple confusion" I just loved that advise to I thought I'd pass it along.

Molly said...

I haven't had a test-run on any of my items, but I appreciate you asking for feedback because it proved helpful for me too!

Lindsey said...

I'm a huge fan of Dr. Brown's bottles, they rock. They have more pieces to wash but since you'll be mostly bf that isn't as big of a deal. Definitely a boppy, those things rock. Tons and tons of burp rags :)
A good baby monitor, I can't tell you how many nights I wished for a video monitor. They are spendy but I bet they are worth it. I end up getting up and checking on Bria, it would be so much easier if we had a video monitor. And Soothies are the best pacifiers, stock up!

Mrs. Hammer said...

Britax was rated the best car seat for saftey in the US. All the rest showed babies being thrown at out at 65 m/hr which is standard freeway m/hr. Apparently they only test at 35 m/hr and consumer reports was poo pooed for testing at a higher speed. But it sold me. That's the brand I'd get.

Danse said...

Also - things not on the registry that are helpful - the ez2 nurse twin pillow for both BFing and bottle feeding both at once. I ordered one (still waiting on it).

Amy Fandrei said...

We have the Britax Boulevard for Evan. I think any Britax is a great seat so you really can't go wrong.

Can't help you with the stroller. :) I will say that we have the Chicco Trevi that accepts and infant seat and I saw that they recently put out a double stroller version. We love Chicco products and they are highly rated on consumer reports.

We registered for several types of bottles. We had some Playtex Vent Air, the ones with the liners, and Avent. The nice thing about the Avent bottles is that when we had to add a little rice cereal to Evan's bottles, even the slow flow Avent nipple let the formula/rice through without any problems.

Must have items - a sling, especially when you have two! The sling rider is nice for when they are little but you should look for a ring sling or a wrap. And front carriers. The Baby Bjorn made a huge difference for us in being able to shop.

Can't wait to see what you pick out!

Anonymous said...

We have several different convertible carseats - and the ones I absolutely LOVE are the Britax Marathons. I think you definitely pay for what you get in this area. They are super easy to transfer from car to car, and look incredibly comfortable for my boys. Close second is Graco Nataulis (sp? sorry!) - but this is not a rear-facing seat, so if your kids are bigger, and outgrow their infant seats before age 1 (both of mine did), they won't be able to use this seat right away...

check out

she often times writes about Britax deals if you're buying them yourselves. But WORTH.EVERY.PENNY, honest!

I have a double stroller for my boys (18 mos apart), the Combi side by side twin savvy. VERY happy with it (light, easy to maneuver, the boys don't argue over who gets to sit in front, etc), but it doesn't fit infant seats.

We liked the Playtex bottles w/ disposable liners ~ not the Drop Ins, but the regular old plastic bag liners. But my boys were picky, and preferred the boob.

Medela Pump In Style double electric breastpump is AWESOME! Again, worth.every.penny! I tried a single electric, and it was not as effecient, and much more time consuming. I imagine it wouldn't work for twins ~ there is not enough time in the day or night! Check with your insurance - if your doc writes a Rx, you might be able to get some or most of it covered.

Waste of space, time, money (for me, anyway!) = Diaper champ. You can just as easily throw the diapers in the trash can, you will empty it just as often, and despite what others might say, I found it to be very stinky! Esp w/ solid food eating, and toddler diapers, EW.

I also am SO glad I didn't spend money on crib bedding sets (we got ours gently used & free from friends) b/c while they are super cute, we didn't use anything except the fitted sheets in the crib. We have never used the quilt to this day, and I didn't even use the bumpers w/ my second son.

And I'm sure you've already gotten many opinions, but here's my own 2 cents/assvice, to take or leave =) :
you can truly get by with just the "basics" for a baby ~ diapers & wipes, a few sleepers, onesies, food (whether that be formula or breastmilk), and a place to sleep.

Enjoy your big U/S, and most importantly, those babies!! :)


Megan said...

I don't know about the carseat, but I've seen and heard a lot of good feed back on the Graco lines of things.
as for the bottles, I like the drop ins because they are so quick and easy and for a late night feeding (should you pump and use that) you don't have to worry about a clean bottle, you just drop in a liner, grab a clean nipple and you are ready. I also like the bottles with the tilted neck because they reduce gas.
as for any other must haves, I've been told a boppy or breastfriend pillow, a swing (if you can find one that plays music and vibrates, you are in the good) and a sling or bjorn to wear the babies. Obviously you will need 2, but it would be a world of help. All I can think of for now dearie. Good luck!

Britt said...

You don't know me, but (and try to follow this...ha) one of my good friends cousin is Samantha and she is a follower of your blog. She's pregnant and is having a boy, Brayden. I like to browse through blogs that other people follow and yours is fascinating!

As a mommy myself, I thought I would share some ideas and tips, not that you're lacking any with all the responses you've had to this post.

Swaddles- At first I thought it would be silly to have the retail made SwaddleMe. I swaddled my baby dolls my entire life, why would I need a little piece of velcro, right? Hmmm, well that piece of velcro is a pretty amazing thing that has allowed me to sleep longer nights!! I'm a big fan of the SwaddleMe and highly recommend it!!

Bottles & Pumps- I started out BFing and did it for about 4 weeks, but then went to formula. I pumped so my husband could feed our son. We got the Medela pump, but honestly we could've bought another brand to save some money. I suggest checking with your insurance company though because some cover the cost of car seats and/or breast pumps.
We use the Avent bottles which have been nice for our baby boy, but terrible for me. They leak!!! And if you don't line the nipple up right with the screwy base thingy you're going to have milk everywhere when you shake it. I would choose another brand with a wide base nipple.

Car Seats & Strollers & Convertible Car Seats: We have the Graco Nouvelle Travel System. I love my stroller and the infant seat. My son is 5 1/2 months and at his 4 month appt weighed 17.8 lbs and was 26 1/2 inches. I say this because he has already outgrown his infant seat and is now in the Graco My Ride 65 convertible car seat. I would suggest looking at the infant seats that hold more weight and length. Our infant seat goes up to 22lbs and 29".

Some must haves are:
- Boppy

- A good chair and foot rest for BFing

- Snapped, footed PJs (With the snapped vs zipper sleepers if you change a diaper in the middle of the night you don't have to completely open them up and make them cold in turn waking them completely. With the snaps you only have to do a few at the feet and one at the waist.)

- Some sort of musical mobile thing to put on a crib, but not just with a remote so you can start it up again if they stir in the middle of the night. I love ours! We have the Fisher Price projector/mobile/sound machine.

- Some comfort fit breast shields for pumping (if you get the Medela pump). I started out using the shields that come with the pump, but found them hurting me when I pumped. We found some shields that flex to your skin and aren't such solid hard plastic.

- Some sort of carrier

- A swing that does both back and forth and side to side motions (I also got a used travel swing at Once Upon A Child for $20 that I leave at my parents house)

- A bouncy seat

Some forget me nots:
- Travel wipe warmer
- Sleep positioner

Hmmmm, can't think of anything else! :)

Alex Pablate said...

Well, you can read this review