What to Register for: The Ultimate Baby Registry List

by Julie Siewert May 30, 2020

What to Register for: The Ultimate Baby Registry List

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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Why use a baby registry?

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:


On the go gear

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

Stroller organizer

Large clip/hook for carrying (similar to this)



Nursery and at-home gear


Crib mattress

Crib sheets (get multiples, you don’t want to have to do laundry in the middle of the night)


Baby blanket(s)

Swaddle blankets

Changing table/dresser

Changing pad

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

Baby monitor


Baby hangers

Baby swing

Play yard/pack n play

Baby gate(s)


Child proofing items (electrical plugs, door locks, etc.)




Diapers (check out this Diaper Sampler Package before picking which brand you want to register for)

Baby Wipes

Diaper caddy/basket/diaper and accessory storage for changing table

Diaper cream

Diaper genie or garbage for nursery

Diaper disposal bags

Diaper bag

Portable changing pad


 Multiple brands Diaper Samples in a gift box with Gift Card

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A Diaper Sampler Package from Diaper Dabbler gives new parents the ability to try a variety of diaper brands in one box side-by-side. 



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)

Breastmilk bags

Nursing cover

Feeding pillow (Boppy or similar)



Bottle warmer

Burp clothes or cloth diapers

Countertop drying rack/bottle rack

Bottle brush

High chair

Portable table chair


Bowls and utensils




Baby bath tub

Baby wash

Baby lotion

Bath toys

Bath toy organizer

Hooded towels




Health and Safety




Nail clippers

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)



Fun and learning

Play gym

Stand up/chair activity center



Stroller toys





Bodysuits/onesies (a mix of long sleeve and short sleeve, depending on season and weather)

Sleep gown

Sleepers/Sleep and Play/Cotton footie pajamas


Sleep Sacks

Baby hats and mittens


Baby shoes/crib shoes

Bows/headbands (for girls)



Just for Mom

Parenting books

Baby book

Nursing-friendly clothing/bras

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.

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