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The Montessori baby registry: ages 0-6 months

For a lot of parents, the first child brings so much excitement and the urge to buy everything for their little bundle(s) of joy can be a fun experience. I knew going into it that I didn't need everything that I wanted for my son but it was an exciting part of pregnancy for me. Not to mention, I watched way too many Youtubers that told me how much I needed an item, when in fact I didn't.


But now in this economy!? More and more families are looking for ways to save. Between my pregnancy experience, Montessori education and DONA postpartum doula courses, I was able to come up with a list of items that I feel are the most important and helpful. I also added a list of extras that may or may not be needed, as well as a Montessori items list. You can go through the quick bullet points and/or more detailed explanations to some of the items. Please note that these are my opinions and everyone's experience varies.



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Nursing

  • Nursing tank or shirt - Tanks, especially those with bra padding are great for easy access but also for those who feel less comfortable walking around in a bra when guest come over.

  • Burp clothes - the larger burp cloths (like a small swaddle blanket) are great for better coverage.

  • Breast pump - I am on the fence with this one. I was told by a lactation consult to massage the breast first and then hand pump if that doesn't work, as these mimic natural feeding the most. However, for a person going back to work or has an endless milk supply, I think the pumps can be useful.

  • Soothing nipple pads - oils and creams normally do not help with chafing, drying or nipple pain in the long run. There are few creams that are safer but your milk is actually a natural aide. The silverette or gel pads can be the most helpful for healing and soothing.

Feeding

Nursery

Diapering/Bath

Clothing




I am sure there are many extras that people swear by and some that I forgot to mention.




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Feeding

Child size table and chairs with sides - to encourage and teach children to eat at a table and develop independence, it is suggested that the child sit in an actual sit at a table their size. If you are up to it, you can have dinner with them at the little table as well. Once your child is able to sit up, it's still important to give them a chair that supports them from the back and sides.

Helper tower/stand - this is actually more for a child who can stand on their own, but I added it anyways as they tend to be a bit expensive, especially for the safer options. So if you can get this thrifted or gifted then that would be amazing! The helper towers allow a child to stand at counter height safely so they can observe or help you in the kitchen. For smaller kids, I personally like ones that are a bit more narrow and have a safety bar. If you feel comfortable and your child can stand on your own, a chair can work just as well.

Nursery


Again, I may have missed some items. There are some that I intentionally left out because it's not Montessori aligned or my opinions on them varied If you'd like a list of items that I don't recommend or have reservations about, let me know!


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