My Registry Must Haves

Twin Registry Must Haves

 

Expecting twins can be a little overwhelming.  On top of that, they’re my first babies and so I’m totally clueless.  After talking with my sister-in-law who has an 18-month-old and doing research via other blogs, I knew there were some items I ‘had to have’ and some items that were just wants and some that are a total shot in the dark.

Knowing that my family is throwing me a shower and that everyone is so excited for us, I knew everyone would want to help out.  I tried to find safe, stylish items that were also affordable.  With some things – I’m talking to you stroller and car seat manufacturer’s – there is no ‘inexpensive’ option.  And obviously, you wouldn’t want to skimp on either of those items since they need to be super safe for babies.

Here is what I came up with for my twin registry must haves.

1.  Cloth Diapers – while I know this isn’t a good option for everyone, I will be a stay at home mom and it’ll be easier for me to throw in a load of laundry than to pack up two babies and drive to the store every time I run out. After much research, I’ve chosen Bumgenius 4.0 all-in-one diapers (both newborn and one-size diapers). I want the newborn diapers since our babies will likely be smaller at birth and stay small a little bit longer than singleton babies.

2.  Bumbos – I’ve heard mixed reviews on the bumbo seats from other moms.  Some love them and depend on them and others haven’t found much use for them.  I plan to use them so that I can take a shower (and just put the babies in their seats on the floor outside my glass shower), while the babies are taking baths but not quite stable enough to sit up on their own the entire time, and when mommy just needs to have her hands free.

3.  My Brest Friend Nursing Pillow – this particular nursing pillow can be used when tandem feeding twins, which is what I plan to do more often than not.  The quicker I can get them both fed and back to sleep, the more sleep I can get!  (or at least that’s what I’m hoping for)

4.  Baby Jogger City Mini Double – this stroller is a side-by-side, which some people don’t like, but I do.  It’s the ‘mini’ version so it fits through a standard size door.  It also folds really easily.  After test driving strollers when we were like 3 days pregnant, or something like that, we knew we needed something compact, lightweight and easy to maneuver since I’ll likely be using it a lot on my own.  And as far as strollers go, while I had sticker shock, it’s one of the most affordable, highly-rated, double strollers around.  The other thing to consider is that because this stroller is compact, it cannot accommodate two car seats at the same time.  They do sell compact prams for infants to lay flat in the stroller.

5.  Changing Pad – this changing pad is a little on the pricey side, however, it doesn’t need a cover and easily cleans.  It’s been used in hospitals and doctors offices and gets really great reviews.  Being a slight germaphobe, knowing I can just lysol off any poop blow-outs instead of having to wash a cover and worry that the poop germs already made their home inside my foam changing pad, will help me sleep at night.

6.  Bottles – I chose this bottle option, even though I’m planning to do a lot of breast feeding, it’ll be helpful to have someone else be able to feed them every now and then.  This bottle is designed to imitate the ‘real deal’ and it’s sold at Target, so it’s for me!

7.  Crib – cribs can get so expensive.  Do I love the look of a really pricey Restoration Hardware crib?  Sure I do, but I just simply cannot justify it.  Then after doing research on multiple blogs, I kept seeing this super simple, wooden crib and found that it’s from Ikea!  It’s very affordable, can be adjusted to two levels, one side comes off to turn into a toddler bed and fits regular crib sized mattresses.  These were generously gifted to me from my mom, and because she’s concerned our babies won’t know what colors are – because I LOVE neutrals – we are working on a little project to add color to the crib rungs/spindles to get this sort of look only without this kind of price tag.

8.  Rock n’ Play – this is an item that my sister-in-law received at her shower.  It wasn’t something she registered for and initially we thought it would be something she wouldn’t use, and then my littlest nephew was born.  He slept in this at the beginning as he wasn’t quite ready for the big, wide world of his crib just yet and he slept in this when he travelled.  She told me it was one of the items I ‘must’ get.

9.  Baby Book – for all our memories and keepsakes.   I stumbled upon this one at Anthropologie and thought it was really cute.

10.  Teething necklace – I’m not real comfortable with the idea of teething necklaces for my babies to wear.  I just fear it breaking and them choking on the little pieces, but that doesn’t mean that mommy can’t wear a necklace that the babies can play with and chew on.

11.  Baby Monitor – when it comes to a baby monitor, at first, I wasn’t going to get anything fancy.  Their room is right across the hall from ours.  After watching my nephew a few times, I found myself just staring at the little screen watching him sleep, checking to make sure he was still breathing and just taking in all of the cuteness.  Then we found this monitor, which can zoom and pan the room.  It comes with a second camera (and you can add up to four) for if/when the babies move into separate rooms.  It is pricey, but not a whole lot more than some of the single camera monitors.

12.  Noise Machine – I chose the Baby Shusher because it’s gotten really great reviews.  It can sit on a dresser top, next to a crib, can be thrown in a stroller or next to the car seat.

13.  Car Seats – this can be one of the most overwhelming items to do research on. There are so many brands and options, newborn car seats, convertible car seats, the list goes on.  For me, I wanted a convertible car seat that could fit tiny babies (this one goes as low as 4lbs) and will convert all the way up into a booster seat when the kids are older.  So I will only need one car seat per child, forever, period, that’s it.  Also, Maxi Cosi is said to have lightweight car seats compared to some others that can get really, really heavy.  Since I’ll have two, this is important.

14.  4 Moms Rockaroo Baby Swing – There are a ton of baby swings out there, but this one is all the rage.  It gets really great reviews, and even though this is the lower model, I think it will help me out just fine.

15.  Play Mat – there are a million play mats out there for babies as well.  I wanted one that wasn’t extra loud or bright and that I could add toys to and fit both babies underneath (at least at the beginning).  Ikea won again!

16.  Diaper Bag – this is another place where options are vast, ranging from designer to affordable, stylish to basic, leather to canvas, bright to neutral, tote vs. cross body vs. backpack and so many more.  Of course I was really attracted to a leather version that converted from a tote, to a cross body bag and to a backpack but spending $200+ seemed kind of ridiculous.  I found this one, at Target, and I love the color of the bag and love the color of the inside and changing pad.  I don’t need designer, I just need it to hold diapers, a change of clothes and some bottles and toys.

Those are my must haves, but trust me when I say I have so much more on my registry.  There are so many little things that are needed that you forget about until you have to put a registry together.  One more note about my registry is that I decided to have it through BabyList and not register at any actual stores.  So far, I haven’t heard any complaints about this and it allows me to add things from any website making it easier on me to not have to settle.  It also shows where the item is the lowest price so that anyone being so generous as to buy us something can get the very best deal!

Sorry that this post is so long!  After the babies are born I’ll be sure to do an update to let you know about which items I actually use most often and if there’s any I would forgo if I could do it all over.

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New Year’s Resolutions

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Most other blogs covered their New Year’s resolutions already, but it’s still January so I figured what the heck.  When I thought, at the end of last year, what my goals were for 2015 only one word came to mind: survive.  2014 was quite the year.  It was filled with struggle, disappointment, dark days, hope, tears and overwhelming happiness.  As we look ahead, I know this year is going to be the most difficult I’ve experienced yet.  We need to survive the rest of this pregnancy, which has taken a bit of a scary turn, but hopefully my damn cervix stays shut.  We need to survive labor and delivery, in whatever form it comes.  We need to survive new parenthood and twin babies.  We need to survive becoming a one-income family with 6 mouths to feed (counting the pups).  So above all else, we just need to survive.

On top of that, there are definitely a few other things I’d like to accomplish.  I’ve been an obsessive planner my whole life.  Though when looking back, little to none of those ‘life plans’ ever worked out the way I expected.  I want to take a step back from planning and just let life happen.  This is going to be hard for me.  I almost want to plan out how to not plan.  You see?  I’m obsessed.

Another goal is to simplify.  I’ve been trying to declutter my house since before the end of the year.  We have boxes of old papers, old trinkets and a bunch of other junk that we moved into the house with and some we’ve acquired since living here.  I want it all gone.  Zero extra clutter, but it’s fricken impossible!  I’m trying my best and will soon be moving on to our closets, getting a mail/bill system set up, the nursery and organizing the office even more than I already have.  I’ve been decluttering digitally too.  I have been unsubscribing from the majority of emails that come through.  It’s weird to check your email in the morning and see nothing new, but it’s refreshing.

One last resolution is to ‘let it go’.  I realize that song is so last year, but the meaning is something I should’ve figured out a long time ago.  I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my day – nothing illegal but educationally, financially, career wise, with relationships and friendships.  There’s nothing I can do to change any of that, but it haunts me constantly.  I get really down on myself for not knowing better, or for knowing better and making the mistakes anyway or for not thinking things through.  It’s time I let that all go.  It isn’t helping me to dwell on the past.

This is a lofty list of resolutions for me, especially to take on in the biggest year of my life so far.  I’ve always been one to do everything all at once, so here’s to taking it all on in 2015!

p.s. these photos are from Lauren Fair Photography from our engagement shoot back in 2012 (we were engaged on NYE inside the Tiffany & Co. in Atlantic City so we recreated NYE for our shoot).

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Nursery Design Inspiration

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1. Crib | 2. Print | 3. Crib Sheet | 4. Wall Decals | 5. Lantern | 6. Nightlight | 7. Curtain Tie Backs | 8. Mobile | 9. Fox Blanket | 10. Deer Hook | 11. Rug | 12. Polar Bear Teether

After browsing through my pinterest board for nursery inspiration, I discovered that I am gravitating towards designs that include woodland animals.  I think it could be made to work for a boy or a girl with the right paint colors and details.  Here are some of my favorite items that I’ve found so far.  This crib is from Ikea and a great price point.  I like the idea of using art prints for the nursery that aren’t decidedly ‘baby’.  This crib sheet is from Dwell Studio and is part of their woodland collection.  I like the idea of doing some sort of accent wall behind the crib and thought these pine tree decals could work nicely.  You can order them in multiple colors including metallics.  How cute would this little lantern table lamp look?  If that’s not your style, what about this bunny nightlight?  These antler tie backs are again, not baby items, but I think could tie the theme together really well.  I had a hard time finding mobiles that I liked after a quick google search, but this one seems woodsy and whimsical.  What does the fox say?  I truly have no idea what the fox says or where that came from, but I like this fox blanket for an accent.  Orange is one of my favorite colors (outside of grey).  To add another touch of whimsy, what about hanging a white deer above the crib or somewhere else in the room. If you have a little girl, you could hang necklaces or scarves from it or add a little tiara.  This sheepskin run from Ikea might be a fun texture to use for tummy time.  It’s from Ikea and would add a nice little lodge feel to the nursery, not to mention it’s soft and cuddly.  Finally, this polar bear teether from Bannor Toys is hand made in the USA.

What are some of your favorite nursery ideas?

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