Is it okay to put items for me on my baby registry? If so, what will I need? Getting the Right Gear

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While registering for onesies, a stroller, and all the other important items you'll need for your baby, you may also be wondering if it's appropriate to request items that are really more for you. Here are experts' and moms' tips on the proper etiquette here -- and which items you'll want to include for yourself, if you feel comfortable doing it. 

Ask for Items to Make Life Easier

"Yes, it's a good idea to register for things you'll need. As a new mom, you'll want more sleep, time to yourself, and help. You can register for gift cards for Spafinder, meal delivery services, and your favorite coffee (since sleep is just tough to get when you've got a new baby).

"Now's also the time to register for an instant pot (an electric pressure cooker) for quick, tasty meals. I also love [shirts with a pouch to hold your baby]. You can pair one with a drapey cardigan in winter and...

"Yes, it's a good idea to register for things you'll need. As a new mom, you'll want more sleep, time to yourself, and help. You can register for gift cards for Spafinder, meal delivery services, and your favorite coffee (since sleep is just tough to get when you've got a new baby).

"Now's also the time to register for an instant pot (an electric pressure cooker) for quick, tasty meals. I also love [shirts with a pouch to hold your baby]. You can pair one with a drapey cardigan in winter and just make it your uniform for the first six weeks or so. It allows you to easily wear your baby." -- Sandra Gordon, founder of BabyProductsMom.com

Make Your Home More Comfortable

"Yes, it's great for a new mom to register for things for herself! When thinking about the nursery, new moms often think of all the things for baby, but she should also think about space for herself, especially if she is breastfeeding. New moms should register for items to make them comfortable while in the nursery. There are some sites where you can actually register for gifts that will make your life as a new mom a touch easier, so you can focus on taking care of baby, such as meal...

"Yes, it's great for a new mom to register for things for herself! When thinking about the nursery, new moms often think of all the things for baby, but she should also think about space for herself, especially if she is breastfeeding. New moms should register for items to make them comfortable while in the nursery. There are some sites where you can actually register for gifts that will make your life as a new mom a touch easier, so you can focus on taking care of baby, such as meal delivery and home cleaning." -- Julie McCaffrey, chief baby planner and owner at BabyNav Baby Planners

Definitely Get Lanolin

"Lanolin nipple cream is great! It is such a relief for sore nipples, but I also used it as a lip balm and for dry skin. Register for it -- but only if you're not embarrassed to register for nipple cream!"

Nursing Supplies for Mom

"Of course you can register for yourself! Your friends and family want to pamper Mommy, as well. If you plan on breastfeeding, you could ask for nursing tank tops, breast pads, and nipple cream. Other than that, every mom needs dry shampoo -- say good-bye to showering every day!"

The Diaper Bag Is for You

"Sure! You'll need a decent diaper bag or backpack that you're comfortable using and a pair of comfy slippers for home."

Go Stylish & Comfy

"You totally can register for yourself. Hello, you just had a baby; you deserve a treat!! If you are planning on nursing, why not register for some cute nursing-friendly tops and/or scarfs? Or maybe you need comfy pj's since you know you will be too busy to bother getting dressed for the day while taking care of a newborn. I lived in pj's for days!" 

Don't Get Too Personal on Your Registry

"Register for any nursing supplies, like a pump (though you can get that free through insurance), nursing pads, etc., or bottle supplies you'll need as a mom. But I don't think you should register for things like night pads for recovery, medicine for you, or bras."
 

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