What You Should Really Register For

First-time moms, I know you’re not going to listen to me. I know you’re going to register for that pricey, bulky jogger stroller that you’ll never use, but humor me, please? Here’s my “pie in the sky” list. If we could register for what we really needed, this would be it. (Send this to your relatives as a hint).

What You Should Actually Register For:

1. Infant Motrin and Tylenol by the boat load. During the teething months (actually years), you go through this stuff like The View goes through hosts (who’s even on that show these days?)

2. A Postpartum Doula. Seriously, people. Hire someone, a professional, to come help you. Yes, your mom will be helpful, but she has to go home, at some point.

3. A cleaning lady. Those first few months, moving clothes over from the washer to the dryer is a triumph.

4. DIAPERS (in more than just newborn size) AND WIPES.

A throne of diapers!

A throne of diapers!

5. Grocery gift cards.

6. Money for your healthcare savings account.

7. Massage gift certificates. Breastfeeding and holding a baby 24/7 messes up your back. I’ve got permanent arthritis in my wrist from bouncing Mae. Moms need to take care of their bodies during those first few months.

8. An entire freezer of ready-to-go crockpot meals.

9. Netflix and HBO subscriptions to provide entertainment while you shush, hush, bounce, and pray your baby to sleep. (I watched every episode of The Game of Thrones without ever actually hearing anyone’s voice. Thank you, closed captions).

game of thrones

10. Amazon.com gift cards. How did women mother before Amazon? I think I received a package at least once a week during Mae’s newborn months. This is especially helpful if you live in a town without a Target!

So I know you are going to register for that wipe warmer, but maybe you can ask some of your close friends and family to get you what you really need. You won’t regret it.

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