It’s easy to feel overwhelmed as a first-time Mom when adding gifts to your baby registry. What do I need for my baby? What is helpful to have or completely unnecessary?
There are SO MANY items that you will need or want for your new baby.
This list should help. You can use this as you’re filling in your baby registry.
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A baby registry is a list of items that new parents would like to get for their baby. Many friends and family will buy gifts from that registry list. It also can help parents stay organized with what they need to purchase for their baby.
Universal baby registries are a very popular option right now. A universal baby registry (like Babylist, MyRegistry or Blueprint) allows parents to register for anything they want, from any store. Sites like Target or Amazon are both store-specific AND universal, so you can register for items at that store or from any other website.
Some parents want unique baby items or want to patronize small businesses. Universal baby registries allow parents to add gifts from Etsy or other specialty websites to their registry.
All babies are different, just as all parents are. What one family recommends, another doesn’t. Here are my suggestions:
Infant car seat travel system with stroller
Infant car seat base (one for each vehicle)
Convertible car seat
Umbrella stroller (lightweight and easy to use)
Baby carrier for infant (ring sling, Baby K’tan or similar)
Baby carrier for bigger baby (Ergo, Tula or similar)
Car seat canopy or cover
Car seat bunting (for cold weather climates)
Back seat car mirror
Large clip/hook for carrying (similar to this)
Crib sheets (get multiples, you don’t want to have to do laundry in the middle of the night)
Changing pad covers (get multiples, or you’ll be doing laundry all the time)
Bassinet/nest sleeper/co-sleeper or similar sleep situation for early infancy
Glider/rocking chair with ottoman
White noise/sound soother
Play yard/pack n play
Child proofing items (electrical plugs, door locks, etc.)
Diapers (check out this Diaper Sampler Package before picking which brand you want to register for)
Diaper caddy/basket/diaper and accessory storage for changing table
Diaper genie or garbage for nursery
Diaper disposal bags
Portable changing pad
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Some of these items are specific to breastfeeding or formula feeding. Make sure to feed your baby. You can choose to register for items for whichever feeding method(s) you prefer.
Breast pump (if your insurance does not cover this)
Feeding pillow (Boppy or similar)
Burp clothes or cloth diapers
Countertop drying rack/bottle rack
Portable table chair
Bowls and utensils
Baby bath tub
Bath toy organizer
Nose Frida (or alternate nasal aspirator)
First aid kit (a baby version or regular household version)
Baby medication (Tylenol etc. You don’t want to be without it when you suddenly need it)
Stand up/chair activity center
Bodysuits/onesies (a mix of long sleeve and short sleeve, depending on season and weather)
Sleepers/Sleep and Play/Cotton footie pajamas
Baby hats and mittens
Baby shoes/crib shoes
Bows/headbands (for girls)
Milestone blanket or cards for photos
Swaddle or props for newborn photos
Registering before baby arrives is the fun part. Let loose, add all your favorites. Before baby arrives, don’t forget to go back through your registry and decide what else you need before the big day. Some things can wait until you need them (you won’t need sippy cups ready before baby is due, but you will need diapers).
Have any other suggestions? I’d love to add them to the list! Comment below.