I’ve received so many questions and interest in my baby registry, and I completely understand! Nor sure where to start, what to add, how to create one? I’ve been there. Before I created my own registry, I reached out to my mama friends on IG to inquire about items they would recommend and also ones they would pass on. The feedback I received was so helpful-I created a blog post HERE about it.
From the day I found out I was pregnant, I started my research. I googled everything from “The Best Baby Bottles” to ” Comparing Baby Swings”- I got my list started through Babylist which was so helpful and easy to use. I really loved that everything could be tracked and organized in one space. You can also compare prices between stores!
With the help of my mama friends on IG, my life experience as an older sister to 5 siblings, being a nanny, working in daycare, an aunt to two cutie gals, and not too mention my family and friends- I felt pretty prepared with what I had on my registry. I’m not one to go overboard, but I also can’t say I’m minimalistic- I really like to keep it to the essentials, so I would say I’m somewhere in between. I know even as prepared as I THINK I am, I’m sure there are things I probably missed or even didn’t need, heyyyy, I’m just a first time mom after all. Although, I do feel like I’ve started off on the right foot. Every parent, every child, and every need is different-each price range and budget is different as well. There are so many amazing options available now that can meet your need and budget! This post is just meant as inspiration for your own. Researching other blog posts was so helpful for me, and I hope this is helpful for you.
My Top Baby Must Haves:
Stroller/Carseat: After much research, I landed on getting the UppaBaby Cruz stroller and the UppaBaby Mesa car seat. I had used the Cruz stroller nanny and just loved how it preformed. I love that the car seat simply clicks into the stroller and that the stroller also has a variety of options for attachments. For us, it was the best option for versatility and it’s simple to use. I also loved that you could simply remove and wash most the fabrics.
Bassinet: Of course the two options I was between when it came to bassinets were the Halo and the Snoo. There are so many other ones out there depending on your price range, so please don’t think these are the only two options. I decided on the Halo. I loved the swivel motion and that I could add it directly next to my bed while getting the baby out of it with ease.
Baby Lounger: I went back and forth between the DockATot and Snuggle Me Organic-I ended up adding the Snuggle Me Organic because of how it hugged baby when laying in it, super easy to wash, plus it just looked so soft and cozy. I also loved that it is a family owned business. It was also aesthetically more my style. I highly recommend doing your own research on loungers to see what might work best for you and baby. I think loungers are just great in general for portable resting as a newborn without the fear of them rolling out.
I also added the boppy pillow. I wanted to try this as a nursing pillow but also it’s great for tummy time, sitting and lounging with the head up.
Baby Swing: Babies LOVE their swings. It’s soothing, and comforting for them. After hearing so many AMAZING things about the 4moms mamaRoo-I decided I wanted to try it for myself! I loved the multiple motions and speeds to choose from-all the while you can control it from your phone. So if you need to have your two hands for a moment, you can do so and also be able to change the settings from your phone if needed.
Diaper Bag: This was totally a personal decision, but I wanted the Fawn Design backpack since before I was pregnant, I was just using this as an excuse to get it. A backpack seemed like a better option for me as I wanted the ease of having my hands available and not worry about the bag falling off my shoulder or being too heavy and uncomfortable on one side of my body. It just seemed more functional to me. I chose Fawn Design because I loved the stylish appearance while being able to fit all I needed to in it. There are so many really awesome diaper bags out there though, even on Amazon! I highly suggest finding one that might best suit your needs and style!
Zipper Swaddles: I heard it over and over-zipper and velcro swaddles are the way to go. It just makes life easier. I wanted to try the Happiest Baby Sleepea swaddle , the Love To Dream swaddle and I also added a couple of the SwaddleMe swaddles– some babies love to be swaddled and some don’t and some only like certain ones. So, I don’t think it’s a bad idea to register for different ones.
Sound Machine: A sound machine can be very soothing to a baby. I researched these and decided on the Hatch Baby Rest sound machine for it’s many functions including the night light and time to rise feature. Again, there are so many simple, portable, and even high end sound machines so it’s best to research ones that would best work for you!
Diaper Genie: Diaper genie, diaper pail there’s a couple of these to look into as well. I wasn’t as concerned with this, but knew that having some kind of diaper genie would be essential. I went with the Playtex Diaper Genie because I liked that I could just step to open instead of having to use my hands as some do and it was relatively budget friendly.
Baby Monitor: This was a tough one to settle on. In fact, it took us till the last second to decide what we were going to do. Again, these come in a variety of price ranges and I would look into what you may feel comfortable with. Wifi was something we were wanting, but it’s not the case for many mamas. Because we already have a smart home run by Google, we went with a Google Nest camera and the Google Nest Hub Max-this essentially is not a baby monitor per say. It’s basically a security camera system. We already have a Nest camera so we are familiar with how it works. Also, this is quite the rig, so if you are looking for something simple and easy to use, you may want to look into actual baby monitors. We were also VERY interested in the Owlet and even added it to my registry as well.
Changing Pad: I think a changing pad is an essential, at least it was for my registry. I knew I wanted something I could just wipe clean- that’s why I went with the Skip Hop changing pad. It’s waterproof and will not absorb liquids or smells.
Other Items To Register For That You May Not Think Of:
Baby Bath Supplies: I wouldn’t recommend going over board on the soap/lotion maybe just find one or two you want to try out. You don’t know if your baby could have sensitive skin to certain ingredients or scents. I also added baby washcloths and a hooded towel. Neither are essential, but are nice to have. The one thing I would recommend you put on your registry is a baby bath. I registered for the Angelcare based on reviews and that I could just sit it in my own bath tub, it doesn’t slip and the water just flows through it.
Crib Mattress: There’s a lot to choose from when it comes to crib a mattress. Some can get super pricey! So pick something that will fit your crib, and will also fit your budget. I personally wanted something that I could wash, breathable and was water resistant. We ended up choosing the Graco Premium Foam Crib because it had everything I was looking for, plus amazing reviews!
Health & Safety Items: I added just a few baby health and safety essentials to our registry. Sometimes, guests/friends/family can group a lot of these little things into a gift basket which makes it fun. Things like a nasal aspirator, finger nail filers/clippers, gripe water and diaper cream were things I added. I highly recommend finding things you would feel comfortable with using on baby. So many LOVE the nosefrida, but to be honest, I just couldn’t pull myself to want to use it. There’s so many products on the market you can try! ** You can also add in a thermometer (they kept selling out while I was pregnant due to the pandemic, so I ended up not being able to add the one I wanted to the registry)
Bottles & Feeding Supplies: For me, I wanted to have a couple of different bottles for baby Roe. Mainly because I didn’t know what might work best for him. So, I didn’t invest in a whole set, rather, a couple of different options. I personally used Medela, Comotomo, and Dr Browns bottles as a nanny and so I had a couple of those on my registry. I’m really excited about trying out the Comotomo ones though after hearing so many great things about the transition from breast to bottle which is the main reason why I got them. Of course, you may want to add the drying rack and bottle cleaning brushes. These also make great group gifts. We got the Boon Lawn which I used so many times and has great reviews-but again there are other options depending on your personal budget and needs!
Baby Carrier: I wanted a carrier that I could also pass over to Jacob to use when needed. Many mamas opt for baby wraps for baby wearing! I just opted to get a carrier in a neutral color, that I could trust to keep baby safe, and would be comfortable to wear. I got the BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier Mini which is perfect for the early months when you want to keep baby near you, but also want those two hands.
A couple other registry recommendations:
Look to see where you can get your registry freebies. They include things like bottles, sample products to try, pacifiers and so much more! I know Babylist, Amazon, Noobie Box, and Buy Buy Baby all have a welcome/pregnancy box of goodies!
If you have two vehicles, I would recommend getting a carseat base for each, that way you don’t have to constantly move the entire system when you go to put baby in a different car.
Add some clothes on the registry. Not only will your friends and family want to purchase baby clothes, but this will give them a good sense of what your style is! I didn’t add to many, because in general, they will just buy you clothes!
Don’t be afraid to add toys, books, or even things for the nursery!
Add a couple of items for now and later! Unfortunately, they don’t stay a newborn forever. Add a couple of essentials you may need for the newborn stage and as they grow!