If you are a new mama or mama to be, you are probably in the throes of getting everything ready for that precious new baby that is about to enter your life and change your world. As a first time mom, starting my registry was the most daunting and overwhelming task that I could think of.
I remember just walking down the baby isle in Target, thinking what have I gotten myself into? Everything for baby is a whole new world and I had no idea what anything was for! Why would I ever need a rock ‘n play? What the heck is a Bunbo? And how many clothes do I need?
Everything seemed way to overwhelming to my pregnant self to handle. I turned to friends and Pinterest for some much needed advice and guidance. Now that I am on the other side, I am happy to share what I found worked for me, what I needed and more importantly what I didn’t need.
Personally I registered at Target and Amazon and was very happy with that decision. I registered at Target because they have a lot of great things for a baby and most people have a Target close to them. I also registered on Amazon because there were a few specific things that I wanted that I knew I could get on Amazon. Plus there are more and more people with Amazon Prime that would prefer to do most of their shopping on Amazon
Without further ado, here is my comprehensive list for a Baby Registry!
- Car seat (I have Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 – works great but hard to get the base out of the car. We got an extra base so we could easily put him in my car or Aaron’s)
- Stroller- I have a BOB Stroller. It’s a running stroller but really smooth and a great stroller for all scenarios.
- Bob Carseat Attachment for Stroller (or transportation system)
- Baby wearing – I have a Baby Wrap
and a Hard shell carrier. I recommend getting both – the wrap is excellent for a newborn and the hard shell carrier is great for an older baby and toddler.
- Back Seat Mirror
- Rock ‘n Play
- Crib with Crib Mattress and at least 2 fitted sheets
- Pack ‘n Play– we used this with the bassinet as a bassinet when our son was sleeping in our room
- Sound Machine
- HALO SleepSack Swaddlers (2-4)
- Wearable Blanket (2-4)
- Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit– This was a lifesaver in our transition out the swaddle
- Activity Jumper/span>
- Doorway Bumper Jumper
- Baby Bouncer Seat
- Bumbo Floor Seat
- Activity Mat
- Baby Push Walker
- Board Books
- Baby Aspen Bedtime Blessings Lamb Lovie Blanket, White
- Breast Pump – Check with your insurance, you will most likely get one through your insurance. I recommend a double electric. I used the Ameda, but have heard great things about the Medala
- Milk Storage Bags
- My Brest Friend Original Nursing Pillow– this was my favorite and helped so much in the beginning
- Boppy Nursing Pillow
- Nursing cover – get a couple different kinds so you can see what you like. I have a scarf and Udder Covers
- Nipple Cream
- Disposable Nursing Pads – I liked disposable pads
- Bottles – I got a sampler pack of a few different kinds to try to see if my baby had a preference. How many you need depends on if you are bottle feeding and how often you plan to bottle feed. I found that I was ok with getting a four pack of 4 oz. bottles and a four pack of 8 oz. bottles. I recommend trying both the Avent Bottles and Tommee Tippee Bottles
- Burp cloths – the Gerber Cloth Diapers are the best burp cloths
- Bottle Warmer – I did not use this with breastfeeding so I can’t recommend one
- Bottle and Nipple Brush
- Nursing Bras
Feeding for when Baby gets older
- High chair – We use a Spacesaver High Chair and it saves a lot of space since we can put it on a normal kitchen table
- Booster Seat
- Sippy cups – I liked this onefor when I first introduced a cup, and Munchkin Miracle 360 Trainer Cupthis one for later on. The Lollaland Lollacup is another one I have heard great things about.
- Snack Catchers – These are a lifesaver when we are out and about
- Baby Silverware
- Suction Bowl and regular bowls
- Diaper Caddy
- Diapers – register for a few different kinds in different sizes to see what you like. Keep the receipts if you get these ahead of time in case your baby outgrows a certain size before you use up those diapers.
- Changing Pad
- Changing Pad Cover
- Diaper Genie and refills
- Butt Paste – If nothing else this is an awesome toy and distractor while I am changing diapers!
If you are considering cloth diapering – see my post for more information on how to cloth diaper easily and on a budget
- Cloth Diaper Cover (I would recommend 3-6)
- Cloth Diaper Prefolds (I recommend getting 2 dozen of these)
- Snappi Cloth Diaper Fasteners – you might not need this if you are going to just fold the prefold and lay it in the cover.
- Dry Bag
- Wash cloths
- Infant tub with sling
- Bath toys
- Bath soap – Burt’s Bees Baby Bee was really good with a newborn – other soaps gave my son a rash
- Brush and comb
- Baby Nail Clippers
Other Baby Care and Safety items
- Baby monitor- Motorola video monitor is great
- Pacifiers – my son only liked MAM Pacifiers but we also got WubbaNubs and he liked those to play with as well
Clothing – I honestly wouldn’t recommend registering for a lot of clothing and blankets. Typically people will buy what they want to buy and I had plenty of clothes without needing to register for any at all. If you want a list, I would go with the following suggestions
- Onesies 10-14
- Pants – 5-7
- Sweaters/sweatshirts – 2-3
- Socks – 5-7 pairs
- Sleepers/Footie Pajamas – 5-7
Also, remember to buy clothing for baby as he or she grows, they grow quickly!
What are some of the must haves that you found?