Baby Needs What?!

My husband and I spent the good part of Sunday afternoon “registering” for the baby yesterday.

I guess you could have looked at the fact that we couldn’t even FIND the registry desk as some sort of omen that we were two clueless first-time parents, but a nice Babies ‘R’ Us employee pointed out the massive sign that said “Register Here,” and my husband and I were ready to start scanning.

The woman at the desk was cheerful, and she handed us a questionnaire to complete. It was pretty basic stuff (names of the registrants, addresses, phone number, etc.) until we got to the Grandparents section. There was only enough room for two sets of grandparents. I know that most kids only have four grandparents, but our baby’s extra special cos she’s got SIX. (Think – Divorces and remarriages.) When my husband and I pointed this small fact out, the woman at the desk didn’t really know how to respond.

“Just pick out the best ones, and write those ones down!” She said cheerily.

Right. Ok….?

We scribbled down all of the grandparents names and handed over the form. The registration lady clicked on her keyboard a bit and then handed us a scanner.

“You’re all set. Here’s a list to get your started.”

I looked at the notebook, er “list,” and peered at my husband. “Well, let’s get scanning.” I said.

Naturally, the first item on the list was a crib. “Well, what’s the difference between this one and that one?” My husband asked me, pointing to two separate cribs.

I shrugged. “Well, a lot of things.” (NOTE: Truth be told, I didn’t have a clue what the differences between the two cribs were, other than the fact that one was white and one was cherry wood).

As we meandered around the store, stopping to investigate all of the so-called necessities our baby would need, I began to feel more and more overwhelmed. Everything on the list came with at least 10 different options. And all the while, my husband kept looking at me as if I was supposed to know why we needed one kind of stroller over another. (Although I’m pretty sure I convinced him that we needed the one we registered for because it had built in speakers for an MP3 player.)

Ironically, we did end up scanning quite a few items…Even if the best reason we could think of was that we liked the color.

I’m not due for a few more months, so I’m asking YOU, CluelessMe Blog readers, for some advice. What the heck does a baby really need?

About Nikki Flores is written by Nikki Flores, a clueless girl who lives in Littleton, Colorado and blogs about how clueless she really is when it comes to life's crazy adventures. She writes in an honest, open, and sometimes witty voice. In other words, she keeps it real, raw, and completely relatable.
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4 Responses to Baby Needs What?!

  1. Ann Padberg Luke says:

    Hi! I totally understand. And try figureing out what you need for twins! I ended up getting a book – I highly recommend cause it was a BIG help. It was called baby bargins. It rated cribs, high chairs, car seats… just about everything even babies r us, target, buy buy baby, etc.
    Anyways I checked out your registry and had a few suggestions.
    sheets, get a few 2-3, you can get bedding sets, but know that the bumper pads are not recommended till they are older due to suffocating issues (seems like everything has these issues… )
    Blankets – receiving blankets are really good for when they are young and just roll them up on either side of them, to keep them on their side. Other blankets are good for cuddling.
    Bottles – not sure if you plan on exclusively BFing, but if Haki wants to feed, and I saw you had a drying rack… we have the dr. Browns which were recommended. They have a lot of parts, but work well.
    bath tub – you can use the sink, but the tub makes things a little easier.
    humidifier – cool mist, not sure why it needs to be cool mist but thats what the doc said.
    I saw you have the convertible car seat on there, it last longer, but just consider, everytime you take her out of the car you will be likely waking her up and won’t have the carseat to carry her. Its a good option, but there are downsides to both a infant seat and the convertible kind – something for you two to talk about.
    lol you will need more than 2 bibs. I would say get at least 6. We have a lot more, but then we go thru twice as many… 🙂
    Hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions 🙂

  2. Nikki Flores says:


    Thanks for sharing your thoughts…It will definitely be a BIG help! You’re awesome!

    Oh, and FYI – Some of the items you suggested I add to the registry are on my Amazon one. (I guess I should have mentioned that we registered there too.)


  3. Niki Russell-Scalish says:

    Hi Nikki-Saw your post…here are a couple things that we loved…you will find they want you to buy a million things for baby, some of which you will never use and others that are awesome! Boppy pillow-loved it and used it all the time; Sheet savers I think is what they are called…they are the tie down things that go over the crib sheet…good if you have a spitting up baby or a leaky diaper! It was a whole lot easier to change that in the middle of the night than the whole sheet! Video monitor-saved a lot of trips down the hall…when my little guy was just talking in his crib with his eyes closed! Totally agree with Ann…lots of bibs…a lot less laundry that way!

  4. Your post totally cracked me up. My kids have five grandparents (one divorce, one remarriage), so I totally relate. And that scanner – LOL – just having it in your hand makes you want to scan stuff. Which I’m sure the registry people know, which is why they give it to us!

    As for what you need…. It all depends on whether you breast or bottle feed, cosleep or crib sleep, cloth diaper or disposable diaper, sling or stroller… or some combination of all of the above. In my experience, what you actually NEED is far less than we think – and certainly less that the BRU people want us to think! (I wrote a post a few weeks ago called “Baby on a Budget” that you might enjoy!)

    B’sha’ah Tovah!

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