Recently, I wrote about how when your child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, it’s almost like magically gaining another child to care for. To recap: Diabetes is a lot of work, almost akin to having an extra mouth to feed, both logistically and from the standpoint of how much “stuff” it requires. So wouldn’t it be nice if you could register for all that stuff, just like you can when you’re expecting a new baby?

Here’s what I would put on my registry for the brand-new bundle of joy that is diabetes. It’s a list I’ve put together after years of managing diabetes, and while the registry itself is fantasy, the items on it are real-life products that can make life better for a family with a child with type 1.

This registry doesn’t include the basics, the most essential parts of diabetes management. Those would certainly include insulin, syringes, pumps, a CGM (continuous glucose monitor) system, testing kits, test strips, and all the bits and pieces that really do the day-to-day work of keeping kids with diabetes safe and healthy. Instead, this is a registry of practical items that a parent, wanting to gear up after the new arrival of “that other kid,” could obtain to make life a little sweeter:

Carb Counting:

A good food scale

Easy-to-use, well-marked measuring cups

Prepackaged healthy snacks

A good carb-counting app

Low-Blood-Sugar Supplies:

Small juice boxes in favorite flavors

Glucose tabs

Favorite candy in small packages

High-Blood-Sugar Supplies:

Sugar-free ice pops

Cheese sticks

Raw veggies

Pickles

Strawberries

Carb-free squeeze-in drink flavors

A nice water bottle

For Dosage Changes:

A small, cute notebook, OR…

A notetaking app

Tech Supplies:

A charging station, either purchased or DIY

A portable charger for phones, pumps, meters, and CGM receiver

For Pump Site/CGM Sensor Changes:

A favorite toy to hold

Books or coloring books

Fun games or apps on a smartphone or tablet

Clothing:

A soft pack or belt for holding pumps, CGMs, and phones

Pajamas with pockets (for the same)

Clips for pumps or phones

On the Go:

A bag to hold all supplies together

A dry bag for water sports to hold gear that can’t get wet

Embellishing Tech:

An almost-bulletproof phone case

Decorations for pumps or CGM sensors

Fancy-looking meter cases (or make your own, like Kim did!)

These are some of the things that make our life with diabetes easier to manage and sweeten it just a little bit!

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the “typical” experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.

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