My Favorite Book for Expecting Parents:   Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality by Laura Jana MD and Jennifer Shu MD   (Two mom/pediatricians give practical information for expecting parents that reads easily and does not feel like a textbook.  Full of helpful, real-life hints on everything from breastfeeding to sleep.)

Thing That Needs to Be on Your Registry: 

My hippie wife’s answer: 

  • Sling or moby wrap (Made a world of difference for our difficult sleeper and made it so we didn’t feel trapped in the house; I used it way more than my Bjorn – we can discuss the details of recent baby sling safety concerns). 

My answers:  

  • Sleep sack swaddle-wearable blankets or a few good swaddling blankets (I thought the sleep sack swaddler was fool proof and you didn’t have to go to pediatric residency or nursing school to be able to get a good quality swaddle.  If you have faith in your swaddle ability, a good big swaddle blanket works as well)
  • Caffeine (Why doesn’t Babies “R” Us sell coffee?)  
  • The real practical life things are the most helpful:
    • Diapers
    • Wipies
    • Baby shampoo/soap (if you have a family history of eczema, I recommend staying away for the old Johnson and Johnson we grew up with and buying Aveno (also made by J&J) or some other brand as these tend to be less drying.)
    • Good lightweight pack ‘n’ play (How cool is this thing? The GoCrib)

Things Currently on Your Registry That You Should Take Off or Return:

  • Baby sleep positioner (Although the Nap Nanny looks like an awesome baby la-z-boy, newborns don’t roll over and when they are old enough to roll over, it’s no longer a SIDS risk)
  • Wipey warmer (Seriously people, seriously?  Does a wipey being warm make the experience of your butt being wiped that much better? Also, by 1 month in, you will be changing your baby anywhere you are in the house – not traveling back to a certain room to find a wipey at just the right temperature)
  • Crib bumper (Parents often fear that their children will be bashing their heads into the rails of the crib – most kids don’t. And if they do, they will find a way around the bumper.  Bumpers are possibly a SIDS risk, and when your kids are 2 years old, they will use the bumper as a step to launch themselves out of their crib).

Parents who have already done this, what was the most important thing on your registry and what was on there that you never used?