Tuesday, July 30, 2013

top five: things new moms really want

Anyone who has tried to create a registry at Babies R Us knows that store is a totally terrifying place. When I was pregnant with Lorelei and Jason and I decided to register there, we had to plan an exit strategy for when his eyes started to pop out of his head. (I think it took about 50 minutes - luckily, I had made a list ahead of time so we could just run around the store with that price gun.)

But despite the aisles and aisles of pink and blue fluffy baby "must-haves" screaming "BUY ME!" you won't find anything you actually need for your new baby in a big box store. I'm not having a baby shower, but if I were, here's my top five list of what I would register for if only I could:

1. A freezer's worth of Trader Joe's everything. Barring TJ's, delicious meals prepared by loving friends and family, especially beyond the first two weeks post-birth. I can only handle frozen burritos and pizza so many times before I might start crying. Oh, wait - I'm already crying. Hormones!

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2. A maid. Okay, maybe not a live-in - but maybe two or three appointments during the first two months to do things like scrub the floors, sanitize the bathrooms, and anything else I'm not going to have time to get to. Which is everything.

3. A playdate for my older child that doesn't involve me. Come to my house and spend an hour tearing apart our playroom with my daughter and your child(ren) while I feed the baby and take a nap or a shower. Alternately, hold my screaming newborn for an hour while I get a chance to play with my toddler so she remembers who I am.

4. Gift certificates and subscriptions to Netflix, Hulu Plus, audible.com, iTunes, amazon.com, and anything else I can use on my iWhatever to stay informed, educated, and entertained during marathon nursing sessions. My brain is going to turn into mush anyway, but I might as well go down fighting.

5. A wet nurse. Or 6-pack abs. Surprise me.


  1. Can I please have all of those things even if I'm not having a baby. An "I'm not having a baby" shower? Please add professional organizer to my registry.

  2. I'm fairly certain I can help you out with a couple of those things! Though I'm still hoping for the six-pack abs myself ;)

  3. If I have a third child, you better believe I'll be sharing this with all my family and friends when they ask what I need for the new baby. I wish we lived in the same general area so I could bring you a postpartum meal or two!

  4. I'm having number two at the beginning of January, and have seriously been considering asking for a cleaning service for Christmas!

  5. If my kid is five, can I still want all of these things? : )