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If you’re a pregnant mom or perhaps the loving friend of a pregnant mom preparing for a new baby, please don’t be afraid to ask others for help.
Babies have a lot of needs, and luckily for us, it’s socially acceptable to ask others to provide those needs. It’s called a baby registry. And if you’re averse to the idea of having to lug gifts from your baby shower venue to your home, it’s called an Amazon baby registry.
Sure, you’ll need a crib, stroller and car seat, but you’ll also need low-cost items like pacifiers, onesies and bottles.
So here are 10 Amazon baby registry must-haves under $60:
Philips Avent Super Soothie pacifiers
My heroes were tiny, but I loved them the same. They quieted my baby’s endless refrain. A couple of sucks and less sleep I was missing. How my house went to hell when my pacifiers went missing.
I’m a sucker for fashion-forward baby accessories, so this beaded pacifier clip won me over easily. It’s made of silicone, works perfectly for keeping up with pacifiers during travel and doubled as a teething ring for my son when he was teething.
I decided I didn’t need bottles because the lady leading my breastfeeding instructional said they can cause nipple confusion. When the baby was born, I decided to ignore her because we obviously need bottles. Honeycomb mom Jessica Hawkins recommended the Life Factory glass bottles. Although, they’re about $17 a pop for 9-ounce bottles, the lids can be changed to convert the bottles to sippy cups later. You could also go the cheaper route and convert mason jars to glass bottles for less than $5 a pop.
If you go to any playgroup, children’s museum or library storytime, you will definitely see the Munchkin Miracle 360 sippy cup and for good reason. The brand boasts a shape that aids in dental development and an automatic sealing system that eliminates spills. If you have a toddler that likes to throw cups, a splash of liquid might still escape the cups, but a splash is definitely better than 8 to 10 ounces of milk. Skip the smaller cups, and add the 10-ounce and 14-ounce versions to your Amazon baby registry. They don’t disappoint.
Items such as a car charger to pump on the go and breast milk storage bags didn’t rev up much division in the ranks of Honeycomb moms, so do get those. But I’m the only one who used Freemie cups before the tried and true Medela pumping bras. I lost an essential piece to one of the cups, and made the switch to a bra to save money. I have to say using the cups was easier than changing my bra multiple times a day. Just follow the first-use instructions, stick them in your bra and enjoy. Sydnea and Honeycomb mom Sacandice Burnett, however, live by the bras. Sydnea has more than one pumping bra, so she wears hers all day. That’s a major key. Also, it may be worth a call to your insurer to see if your company will cover a hands-free, cord-free pump like this $480 one. This seems like a dream. But if you can’t afford to make the dream a reality, these Motif pumps are suitable alternatives and covered by many insurers.
Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Sling N Seat baby bath
The Blooming bath is a popular sink insert, but ringing out those thick petals can get old, and using it on Donovan as a newborn would have taken one person to hold him and one to wash his 7-pound body. There are few two-person jobs in my house, so my mom got this Fisher-Price tub. The infant net allowed me to bathe him by myself. You can attach the whole tub to the sink divider or put it in the bathroom tub, and it’s only about $35.
Everyone’s baby is different, but I’m willing to bet that they all grow and they all spit up. So be sure to ask for clothes for ages 10 months and up, and request a ridiculous number of spit-up cloths and waterproof bibs in solid colors.
Get plain white onesies too in short and long-sleeve options. With all the fashionable prints and accessories others will buy your baby, having neutral onesies in the mix will make throwing together a cute outfit that much easier. Don’t forget the Dreft, detergent, to wash it all in.
There’s a little company that goes by the name of Robeez, and let me tell you. They make the most adorable soft-bottom shoes, and they run great sales on Amazon. They’ve become staples in our house because the shoes fit like socks and my son doesn’t snatch them off. They’re also super easy to get on in a pinch, but you will want some hard-bottom shoes in the mix too when your little one is walking on wet or concrete surfaces.
You may be able to get away with a lidded trashcan when your baby’s a newborn, but you’ll definitely want an actual diaper pail by the time she starts eating solid foods, Sydnea said. I use the Dekor pail, which is just under $40, and I finally found some off-brand disposable bags to use with it. So I’m giving this one two thumbs up. I will say the larger storage capacity than the popular Diaper Genie attracted me initially, but it’s not really a necessity. You won’t want to keep stinky diapers stored until it’s full anyway. Jerusha said she loves her Diaper Genie, which is also just under $40.
“We use the off-brand, and cat liter bags,” Jerusha said. “Apparently there’s a Genie for cats. They all fit and are cheaper.”