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The Quintessential Baby Registry List
Creating a baby registry is exciting and intimidating all in one! Where to begin? Well, start with the basics and then go from there based on your needs and preferences. It’s completely up to you. A new trend with baby registries is registering on Amazon.com or simply asking for Amazon gift cards. As a side note, if you have an Amazon Prime Account, you can join Amazon Mom for free and get extra savings. The baby registry list below is simply a guideline. Everyone is different and may not want or need some of the products listed. You should use this list as more of a comprehensive a la cart guide that covers “must haves” as well as “nice to haves”. Don’t worry if you are not registered with Amazon.com as you should be able to find similar baby products in stores that offer baby registries. Keep the receipts for all of the items purchased so that you can return items that you didn’t like or simply didn’t end up using it. Happy registering! The Complete List:
- Baby Bath Tub
- Baby Bath Products Set (wash, lotion, rash cream, ear swabs, powder, etc.)
- Muslin Blankets
- Diaper Bag
- Wipe Clutch
- Changing Pad and Covers
- Baby Medicine (gas drops, baby Tylenol, allergy medicine, etc.)
- Stroller and Car Seat (Travel System or separate)
- Car Seat Cover
- Diaper Pail and Extra Bags
- Baby Swing
- Baby Seat
- Crib and Crib Sheets
- Baby Carrier
- Play Mat
- Baby Care Kit (i.e. nail clippers, snot sucker, thermometer, syringe, brush, etc.)
- Nursing Products Set (i.e. lanolin, disposable nursing pads, breastmilk storage bags, etc.)
- Nursing Pillow
- Bottle/s (air vented)
- Bottle Drying Rack
- Bottle Warmer
- Bottle Brushes
Read below for examples of each!
1. Baby Washcloths The more you can find in a pack the better. Once you tally up how many you use in the day, from bath time, to eye goobers, you’ll be glad you have more than less of these washcloths.
Featured: Luvable Friends Washcloths, 24 Count
2. Baby Bathtub Try finding a tub that your baby can grow with. A bath support works for those first sponge baths and transitions nicely into a tub. A tub that can hang on a hook is a great space saver.
3. Baby Bath Products A set like this has some of those old time favorites and makes it easier for your friends and family to purchase all at once. Featured: Johnson’s Bathtime Essentials Gift Set
4. Muslin Swaddle Blankets Muslin swaddles are all really popular right now and for good reason too. They are a light breathable fabric and yet can be extremely warm. The large square size of the blankets are perfect for swaddling.
6. Diaper Bag There are so many diaper bags to choose from but picking your favorite and adding it to your gift registry will ensure you get the one you want. You’ll want to find one that is durable enough to last through a few kids (if that is your plan). They even have diaper bags out there made specifically for Dads!
7. Wipe Clutch As the name implies, these baby wipes are enclosed in a clutch with a wrist band. Sometimes it’s just easier to put your clutch on your wrist, grab a diaper and your baby, and head off to the changing room without the bulky diaper bag.
Featured: Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipes Clutch
8. Changing Pad and Covers
You don’t have to be too picky when it comes to changing pads but if you have a changing table you might as well put it on the registry. Just make sure the pad has a safety belt for your baby. If you want to purchase a changing cover, I would recommend buying multiple covers as it never fails that when the diapers come off, it triggers an unwelcome accident!
9. Baby Medicine Kit You don’t really think about medicine until your baby is sick. Having a kit like this on hand will really save you and your baby some tears. If you prefer a natural set, there are plenty of all-natural remedies that are also available.
Featured: Little Remedies New Parents Survival Kit
10. Stroller and Car seat You should consider getting a stroller and car seat combo to save yourself time and money. Look for what is called a “Travel System.” Travel Systems click together to make a more comfortable ride for younger babies. If you are the jogging type, search for Jogger Travel Systems.
11. Car Seat Cover Car seat covers are good for keeping the wind out of your baby’s face, limiting over stimulation, and keeping your baby warm. If your baby is due in the colder months, you should opt for a fitted fleece cover which can keep your baby a bit more warm and toasty!
Featured: Cozy Cover – Pink Quilt
12. Diaper Pail and Extra Bags The best diaper pails are the ones that have a twist down feature. This feature limits most (if not all) odor from the bag as you push the diaper down. Put some extra bags on you registry as well as you will be amazed at how quickly you go through the first set!
13. Baby Swing Look for swings with multiple options such as rocking, bouncing, etc. You never know which one your baby will prefer! Many swing sets can transition from being a swing to becoming a portable bouncer that you can move around the house.
14. Baby Seat There are plenty of great baby seats to choose from but only a few grow with your child. Some actually have an insert for babies that you can remove to fit toddlers and a tray that stores conveniently in the bottom.
15. Crib and Crib Sheets Have you ever heard of a mini crib? If you’re tight for space, a mini crib is just the trick as most are lightweight, affordable, have an adjustable height, and can convert into a toddler bed. Not to mention that they can be so cute! Depending on the size, you may have the option to cozy the mini crib right up to your bedside for the first few months. Just make sure to buy “mini” crib sheets as well!
Featured: Davinci Kalani Mini Crib, White
16. Baby Carrier Baby carriers are a great option for freeing your hands and getting some extra snuggle time in with your baby. Carriers range from wraps to backpacks. Some backpacks are all-in-one and allow your baby to face forward, backwards, and then graduate to your back.
17. Play Mat Why not add it? Your baby will grow so fast that you will wish you had put one of these play mats on your registry! There are many fun colors and patterns to choose from and some even come with a tummy time pillow.
Featured: O Ball Play-O-Lot Activity Gym
18. Baby Care Kit A baby care kit is a great way to keep all those baby sized things together in one little clutch! While you will get the most use out of the nail clippers and bulb syringe (for stuffy noses), you will be surprised by how much you use the other stuff that is included in the set.
Featured: Summer Infant Complete Nursery Care Kit
19. Breastfeeding/Nursing Products Searching for gift sets in general is a simple option for registries. This nursing set is a great starter pack for moms that plan to breastfeed and includes nipple cream, disposable nursing pads, and breast milk storage bags.
Featured: Lansinoh Nursing Gift Set
20. Nursing Pillow Nursing pillows are just that: they are pillows to prop the baby up while you nurse so that your arms don’t get tired. However, you can also use this pillow to prop up your baby when they’re learning to sit up!
21. Air Vented Bottles I am so glad that more companies are creating bottles with air valves. Removing air bubbles from milk causes less gas in your baby, which makes for a happier and less fussy baby!
Featured: Munchkin Latch Spinning Drying Rack
23. Bottle Warmer Gone are the days of a hungry baby waiting for their bottle that is warming up under the tap. When feeding time comes, warming up milk is a breeze and muchsafer than a microwave! Also can be used to warm up baby food.
Featured: Munchkin High Speed Bottle Warmer
24. Bottle Brushes If you plan to pump or bottle feed your baby, request several of these! Just like any dish sponge, it will meet get dirty and/or fall apart faster than you would like. Many also have nipple brushes that you pull out from the handle.
Featured: Baby Bottle and Nipple Brush
25. Pacifier I recommend you buy several of these as you will need one in the diaper bag, a couple in the nursery, one in the car, etc. You can’t go wrong with plenty of pacifiers on hand, especially if your baby is a binky baby. Glow in the dark pacifiers are great for the late night game of “where did the binky go?!”