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1 Thing I Wish I Had Researched Before Creating My Baby Registry


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1 Thing I Wish I Had Researched Before Creating My Baby Registry

I, Nicole Stephanie Borland, am a research queen down to my core. What do I mean by that? Well, before I buy anything from a newborn crib to standard toilet paper – I research. I research quality, cost, comparable substitutions; I read reviews by buyers and on big-time product research websites. Needless to say, it can get a bit excessive and take up way too much of my time. But, in hindsight, it gives me a lot of info to stand on when making recommendations. So for me to say there’s something I wish I had researched before making my baby registry– that’s a pretty bold statement. I curated a registry that fell somewhere in between minimalist mama and extravagantly excessive. The perfect middle ground. But what was that one thing I missed?

What type of learning environment and opportunities for development do I want to create for my precious little man?

That’s it! Now you might be asking me, “How in the world does that even matter when it comes to a baby registry?” Well I’m glad you asked! Now that Kaiden is 9 months old – and I started looking into the subject of learning styles and methods of teaching – I’m having to switch out his toys, rearrange his routine and I’m even considering redoing his nursery to fall in line with what I believe to be most effective way of inspiring his development.

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For me, the Montessori approach is the learning style I’ve chosen because I firmly believe every child should be encouraged to explore what peaks their attention. In a nutshell, the goal of Montessori is to develop a life-long love of learning, and not focus on the digestion of facts or the importance of a skill.

Now you might not agree with the particular learning style I’ve chosen (which is totally ok) but the point is that you still want to know what kind of developmental environment you want for your kiddo since that will determine the types of toys and other products you register for.

What Would’ve Changed?

Well – we could really adjust everything from the crib to the toys to the books I registered for. However, since the purpose of this post is not to tell you what to buy, but rather peak your interest in the importance of choosing a learning and development style for your child – here are just a few examples, based off Montessori-style principles:

1. Encouraging Sensory Exploration & Tactile Development

Infantino Textured Multi-ball set 

Find Infantino Textured Ball for Baby Registry here

PlanToys Hammer Balls

Find Plan Toy Hammer Ball Set for Baby Registry here

2. Developing a Love for Music & the use of instruments

Even if babies can’t play with or use these functionally right away – watching adults enjoy them and hearing the sounds made inspires them to do the same.

Wooden Percussion Musical Egg Shakers

Find Wooden Musical Egg Shakers for Baby Registry here

Drum City Book

Find Drum City Book for Baby Registry here

Hape Toy’s Wooden Ukulele

Find Hape Toys Wooden Ukulele for Baby Registry Here

Halilit Toddler Tambourine

Find Halilit Tambourine Set for Baby Registry here


3. Peaking a child’s interest in nature

I absolutely LOVE Grimm’s “Elements of Nature” toys – they come in various sizes and can be used both individually and together to inspire your child’s love of nature.

Grimm’s 6-Piece Rainbow Stacker – Elements of Nature: AIR

Find Grimm's 6-piece Rainbow Stacker for Baby Registry here

Grimm’s Large Stone Caves – Elements of Nature: EARTH

Find Grimm's Large Stone Caves for Baby Registry here

Grimm’s Large Fire Flames – Elements of Nature: FIRE

Find Grimm's Large Fire flames for Baby Registry here

Grimm’s Large Water Waves – Elements of Nature: WATER

Find Grimm's Large Water Waves for Baby Registry here

OR get them all in one!

Find Grimm's Large Four Elements Building Blocks for Baby Registry here


4. Inspiring Creative Building & Developing Balance

Moss Pebbles Wooden Stacking Stones

Find Moss Pebbles Wooden Stacking Stones for Baby Registry here

Plan Toys Water Blocks

Find Plan Toys Water Blocks for Baby Registry Here


Drop a comment and let me know what you guys think!

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