Monday, May 27, 2013

{Registering for Baby Schartz: We Need Your Help!}

Alright guys, we need your help! I've comprised a list of all the things that we have registered for, to date. We realize that there may still be things that we need to add. These were just some of the big and obvious items that we knew we needed. These are also the ones that I have spend countless hours researching. Even though I did my share of research, registering was still a chore. I still left feeling a bit overwhelmed and like we missed a million things. So the point of this post is to show you what we've already registered for, that way you can tell us your opinions of these products, what worked for you, what didn't and anything that we might have missed. Or even things that aren't a necessity. 

I do want to point two things out and you'll notice as you read on, but we do want to try cloth diapers and I want to give every effort to breastfeed, for as long as possible. I am of course open to your tips and opinions on these two topics as well. I've done research on both subjects, but of course I still feel a bit intimidated. So bring it on, give me everything you guys have!
Here goes...
1. Boppy 2. Medela Pump in Style Advanced 3. Bum Genius Diaper Sprayer 4. Nursing gel pads 5.Medela Breastmilk Feeding Set 6. Bum Genius cloth diapers and inserts.
Questions for this section:
1. Do you still need a diaper pail for cloth diapers? 
2. About how many cloth diapers are recommended? 
3. The obvious, am I missing anything?
1. Britax B-Agile Stroller 2. Itzy-Ritzy cart and high chair cover 3. Britax Chaperone Infant Car Seat 4. Summer Baby Touch Advanced Baby Monitor
Questions for this section:
1. Does anyone recommend a particular baby monitor. All of my research led me to this one, but I just want to be sure to get a good one.
2. Am I missing anything? Will there be travel gear that is an absolute necessity/life saver?
1. Boon High Chair 2. Aden and Anais Swaddle Blankets 3. Avent Soothie Pacifiers 4. Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder 5. Fisher Price Booster High Chair
Questions for this section:
1. Ok here's one of our big questions for this section, we're debating between a regular stand up high chair and a booster high chair. Kory likes the idea of the booster high chair because it travels well and takes up less room(anywhere you may be). I mean, I don't see why the booster high chair would be negative, but hey we're new at this. Any opinions? Anyone out there prefer one or the other or have experience with the boosters?
2. Is anyone out there anti-pacifier? I'm just wondering if we should attempt to not use them or if that's just complete madness. :)

1. 4moms Breeze Playard 2. 4moms Mamaroo Baby Swing 3. Evenflo Exersaucer 4. Bumbo 5. 4moms Clean Water Tub 6. Skiphop Whale Water Spout 7. Summer Changing Pad 8. Sealy Waterproof Crib Mattress 9. HoMedics SoundSpa 10. Ergo Bundle of Joy Baby Carrier

I believe that wraps it up. I know there is probably a lot missing. There are some things that we already have and didn't want to register for since we have them, BUT there are definitely things that we are just plain missing! Maybe we think we don't need them or maybe we haven't thought of them. I would really, TRULY appreciate any advice, tips or adjustments you guys can offer. I'm open to all ideas and opinions! If you'd like to respond please leave a comment here on the blog, on my Facebook page, on Love Like Johnny and June's Facebook page or email me at!
Melissa Loren and Kory :)

**As we are getting a lovely and tremendous response to this post, I thought I would edit it just a little. I posted it just last night and already we are getting an outpouring of love from it. I thought I would help by making a list of items that are not on here but that we DO already have/DID register for! :)

Activity mat
Diaper bag 
Burp cloths
Car seat cover


  1. Great list! Especially all of the nursing and diapering items. You do need a diaper pail or a wet bag - something to store them until wash day. We prefer the planetwise wetbags!

    A lot of that you won't need until later, so you could always wait to see if you feel like you "need" it before spending the money on it. A lot of it can also be purchased from a consignment shop - especially bouncers, bumbos, activity centers, etc.

    We bought the cheapest monitor on the block and it worked just fine. I know a lot of parents like the video one, though. A booster is great but they will outgrow it at a certain point. At 18 months, your baby will be too big for it, but too small for a regular chair, so the high chair works great. Or a taller chair that can push up against the table. If you breastfeed, you shouldn't give your baby a pacifier until they have figured out how to latch. Even then, he/she may not want one. Ingrid never took one! We always bathed the girls with us in the shower or the tub. Was more fun and seemed safer, both girls loved it too.

    If you babywear, you may not even need a stroller. I think Ingrid has been in a stroller just a handful of times. You for sure covered the essentials here! I've heard that mamaroo thing is AMAZING!

    Ergo is AMAZING. Still wearing Ingrid in it now. And yes, those Aden and Anais sleep things are great. I would suggest a bassinet or co-sleeper for your room for the first few weeks/months.

    EEEK! So exciting!

  2. You definitely will want nursing tanks/bras and a nursing cover to make nursing more discreet. I type this as I nurse in the middle of the night--thank god for smart phones. You will want a car seat cover. Kind of like a sleeping bag that slips over the carseat to keep baby safe from the elements. Well, at least here in WI, that is a necessity. I also didn't see my most favorite and used baby item ever on there. Three kids in and I swear by a bouncy chair. It has to be the kind you can bounce too. I bounce it with my foot and the kiddos are out cold. It is one of their favorite place to hang out and you can move it anywhere. Lastly, we were recently turned on to the miracle blanket & we really love it. That about sums it up. Happy registering! Oh wait--one more thing. I didn't see the activity play mat. That along with the jumper is always a big hit as they get older. I also don't recall a diaper bag.

  3. I wish we wouldn't have wasted money on a high chair, we STILL use the booster at 3 The Fisher Price space saver reclines for smaller kids too.

    I also would recommend you buy some sort of a baby carrier, it is so much easier than a stroller in a lot of situations. I love the stroller you chose, we have the City micro, it is similar and I love love love it.

    You might want a bouncer seat, and a rock n play. I have heard they are like magic...

    It's very exciting!!

  4. sound machine, definite yes! We kept things simple at our house--a booster seat that attached to the chair was all we ever had. For strollers we traveled a lot and bought a lightweight snap-in car seat stroller than bought a maclaren for 6mo+. We love our maclaren stroller and have had it for 6 years. You might want to check into Once Upon a Child in a nice area and get your exersaucer/swing there. Or check craigslist. THey are used for such a short time and are often in really good condition. Oh and for pumps, if you are going back to work you probably need that pump. But if you are planning to stay home I'd get a smaller single pump.

  5. Simple is better. You really don't ned much for the baby.
    As far as cloth diapering...12 should be enough but you'll have to wash every day probably. I think I have about 24 for Liam...and maybe 18 for Isabel. And get a planetwise wetbag to store them.
    For breastfeeding...maybe a nursing cover?? Unless you're cool with nursing in public without one.

    I like to keep it simple with the stroller too. I like using just a plain old umbrella stroller but obviously they have to be a little older for you to use maybe 4 or 5 months.

  6. Hello there!

    You are so organized!!! Look at you go! After nursing Quinn, and cloth diapering, I would love to answer any questions you may have in the future. We use bum genius 4.0's in the snap closures and love them. My husband built our diaper sprayer for about 1/4 of what the bum genius one costs....I'm sure he'd be happy to share that info with Kory if you all want to tackle that :-)

    On nursing, I would agree that you need nursing tanks and bras. They make life way easier. At the beginning of nursing also, you will want to grab some nursing rings (not sure of their real name), but they're like round gel packs that can be warmed for during nursing, and cooled for afterwards. You won't use them for long, but boy will you be glad you had them on hand! We used the Medela pump in style and I totally was in love. Pumping was really hard for me, and even though I was only out of the house part-time, I found it essential to be as comfortable as possible. We bought pacifiers just in case, but kept them sealed up to be returned, as Quinn never used one.

    In regards to the high chair/booster seat, I wish we had both! There have been so many times that we could you either one, especially since Quinn is such a busy lady.

    I wouldn't recommend spending a ton of money on a monitor (they are so expensive)! We spent about $50 on a brand new one with sound, light, and a speaker we can talk back into Quinn's room with. At a later date, we bought a used video monitor and we never use it. With the sound only, I can relax so much easier without constantly opening my eyes to check the video feed. It allows me to keep my sanity :-)

    You have such a great start on all of this. Keep in mind that you can always pick things up if you discover you'd need them, and also to keep in mind that clothes are one of the largest expenses, and babies grow out of them in the blink of an eye (literally!). You're going to do lovely!

    1. By the way, ^ This is my comment under an old blog name. I got my profile all fixed up now :-)

  7. I would highly recommend an Ergo performance! With Missouri summers, the performance fabric is much more breathable. I found the regular Ergo got hot very fast.

    I also love Bamboobies nursing pads and Bravado nursing tanks!

  8. I would highly recommend an Ergo performance! With Missouri summers, the performance fabric is much more breathable. I found the regular Ergo got hot very fast.

    I also love Bamboobies nursing pads and Bravado nursing tanks!

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