Baby Registry Must Haves

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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!

Baby Transportation

  • 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


Baby Play


Nursing/Bottle Feeding

  • 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
  • Bibs
  • 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


  • 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 


Other Baby Care and Safety items

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
  • Blankets

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?