i have been pretty timid about creating a new registry, hugely because i had created it three months out from isaac's baby shower, but was rendered irrelevant a month before the shower because of his early arrival. this time i waited till i was a month away from this shower to even send out the link.
last year, as stated in my project layout: nursery post, we received the staple furnishings that went into isaac's room. you would think that i would know what is essential by now, but i am still overwhelmed by what i should be getting for this baby. i scoured the internet. everyone has an opinion. in the end, the lists are either excessive or not applicable to my region.
i decided to follow my heart.
i found a pretty rudimentary list and started with that. bed. check. carseat. check. clothes. kinda checked. i had no bottles, diapers, no nursing pillows. i was pretty bare bones. i had no idea of quantity--what would get me through the first month at least. after a quick assessment of everything i had, i jotted down a few helpful reference points.
location. most essential items are not seasonally based (bottles, carseat, stroller, etc.). clothes, however, are. i live in humid florida near swamps and endangered birds, and know that most suggested items would prove obsolete within a few weeks. plus baby is set to arrive at the start of summer so i am being extra mindful of what i need for the july through october summer vibes.
lifestyle. i am a sucker for cute baby clothes and easily clicked away when i was pregnant with isaac. however, after a registry overload, i had to ask myself was baby ever going to wear this stuff? further more, did i want to be responsible for so much laundry? i hate excess so this was a firm no. i do laundry once a week and barely have time to be folding my own.
i thought about the amount of spit ups, blow outs, and other leaky accidents baby might have in a day. minor spit ups (in my opinion) don't constitute an immediate change (unless its straight puke), but leaks and blow outs do, so i calculated about two changes a day. this means roughly about three outfits. multiplied that by seven. twenty-one outfits for each size group: 0-3m, 4-6m, 6-9m, and 9-12m. yes, lawd! i was sticking to just 21 outfits a month.
timeline. for this pregnancy, i wrote down all the months in the first year starting with my due date and then wrote next to them the temperature descriptions (hot, warm, cool, cold), as well as how old baby would be. with my parameters in check, i could now press go.
weapon of choice
top priority for me as a graphic designer is simplicity and organization, so to see white space and not a ton of flashing images on a registry site makes me so full inside. i decided to stick with babylist again this year because of its flexibility to incorporate multiple storefronts into one registry.
i can set up a babylist button much like i would the pinterest button adding items i want in my registry from any site. assuming that my baby shower guests only buy stuff from the registry, babylist will supply a list of all of the guests' gifts along with their addresses so that i can mail them their thank you's without fretting that i forgot to write down who got me the bouncy chair.
simple. and right about now, i need so much simplicity.
baby wardrobe capsule for the first year
1 sun hat
7 white sleeveless onesies
7 white short sleeve onesies
3 long sleeve onesies
7 long sleeve onesies
7 white short sleeve onesies
2 light sweaters
2 pairs of shorts
5 long sleeve onesies
5 white short sleeve tops
3 pairs of pants
3 pairs of socks
3 pairs of shorts
2 pairs of pants
1 sun hat
1 bathing suit
2 pairs of shoes
7 short sleeves tops
5 short sleeves onesies
this just made my life far less complicated. because the gender will be a surprise, i steered clear of gender specific clothing without sacrificing color (seriously why does everyone seem to think that black and white are the only alternatives to pink and blue?)
i cannot wait to apply this to the other categories on my list. i am sure all the experienced mums are laughing at my idealized goals. i may too once this baby comes, but for now, i think this is good enough. hopefully this is helpful to other expectant mamas out there. let me know how you created your baby registry!
babylist was not a sponsor of this post (but hopefully some day they will be!). my opinions about the use of their site is based on my actual experience with using them when i was pregnant with isaac. also, if you are looking for pretty gender neutral clothing, h&m is a gold mine.