15 Must Have Items for Your Baby Registry
Making a baby registry can be overwhelming when you’re a first time mom, it’s hard to know what things you really need versus what things you can live without, and what you’ll need right away for taking home your newborn (also check out my top 15 items for new mommies!). Baby items can be super expensive, especially when new, so check with family and close friends for items that they might be getting rid of, such as a crib, high chair, and especially clothing that can save you time and money, and help you focus your baby registries on the items that you actually need.
My favorite place to create a baby registry is here on Amazon, because they carry tons of different brands so you can find just what you are looking for, are generally very competitively priced, and you can check out user reviews before you add things to your list. Plus, anyone who can’t make it to your shower but still wants to send you a gift can do so easily through your baby registry, which is super fantastic. I always recommend adding a few big ticket items that people can go in on as a group, as well as less expensive items, so that everyone who comes to your baby shower can feel like they can get you something that they can afford. You also want to be sure to add some fun items to your list that people will get a kick out of buying for you. Everyone loves to ooo and ahhh over things, so make sure to give the people what they want! 😉
1. Car Seat
A car seat is the first thing you’ll absolutely need to get your baby home from the hospital, and it’s better to get these new because they have expiration dates, and you always want to make sure you have a seat that is up to current codes and has not been through an accident before. This is the car seat we have, and I love that it has grown with my daughter to expand as she gets taller and gives her more space for her legs. *Note, this is a convertible carseat, and is meant to stay put in your car. If you’d prefer an infant carrier to come out with your newborn, I’d recommend this one.
Strollers can be super expensive, but totally worth it because they’ll stick with you over the course of the next few years and go wherever you go. I LOVE this BOB stroller because it can handle bumps, maneuvers with ease and is super easy to fold down and store. Plus, it has a canopy that goes all the way over my kiddo to block out the light when she falls asleep when we are out and about, and this has proven to be very useful when we are out all day long so she can still get in some nap time.
3. High Chair
It may seem to you like it will be ages before your baby will be eating real food and needing a high chair, but it’ll be here sooner than you think! Some doctors recommend you start feeding baby solid food at 4 months to help avoid food allergies. Trust me, it flies by! You will want a high chair that is easy clean-up, has wheels to move around (you never know how much you’ll need this feature until you don’t have it!), and something that they can grow into such as a convertible booster seat when they get older is a bonus.
4. Car Backseat Organizer
This is a great way to keep all the stuff you need for your baby within easy reach while on the go. I use my backseat organizer to store extra diapers, wipes, sunscreen, books, toys, snacks, hand sanitizer, water, binkies… pretty much anything you could need to keep you and baby happy and comfortable while riding in the car.
5. Diapers & Wipes
You cannot possibly imagine how many diapers you will be changing in your first few weeks of motherhood! My daughter started out in newborn size, but outgrew them super quickly, so definitely do yourself the favor of registering for a couple of different sizes. I went with the same brand my hospital used, Pampers Swaddlers, for when she was small, and we tried out a few different brands along the way until we found what worked for us.
My daughter got this wonderfully soft and warm blanket from her great auntie and it quickly became her most favorite snuggle companion. You will need several blankets to keep on hand as they definitely get spit up on, dragged around, and just generally dirty and will need to be in regular rotation while getting washed.
Crib sheets and mattress covers are another thing that you will want to register for several sets of. I love these sheets for a boys or a girls room, and this mattress cover zips right off for a super easy change for when your little one has accidents during the night.
***Although they are cute, make sure you are skipping the urge to register for crib bumpers on your baby’s crib as they increase the risk of SIDS.
8. Nursery care kit
I am so glad that I registered for this nursery care kit because it is such a complete set of stuff that you’ll start using right away, and we have used everything in it over and over again. I especially love the nail clippers which are super easy to use on tiny fingers, and the little finger brush was a big help when getting started caring for my little one’s teeth.
9. Bath supplies
I was so scared of giving my fragile little newborn a bath that I didn’t bathe her for a month after we brought her home from the hospital! My daughter’s pediatrician recommended this Aveeno Bath set of gentle shampoos and lotions to use on her delicate skin.
For my baby shower, I sent along a little note in my invitations that asked my guests to bring their favorite childhood book instead of a card, and sign the inside of it with a note for my daughter. It was a great success, and we wound up having a full library of treasured keepsakes from loved ones for her. I started reading my baby from day one, and now that she is a toddler, she LOVES to read! Her favorite books have always been touch and feel books, and anything with a mirror in it. 🙂
11. Diaper Pail
I love my diaper pail because it has a foot pedal on the bottom to keep your hands free during changing. It is also great at reducing the smell (trust me, you do not want to smell the competition!) and you can use the refill liners, or your usual kitchen garbage bags fit perfectly as well.
12. Diaper bag
The best thing to look for in a diaper bag is storage and organization, so you have space for all of your diapers, a spare outfit, binkies, etc. I personally love outside pockets to keep everything handy like bottles and wipes, and this diaper bag has great space for both!
13. Bottle Warmer
We don’t have a microwave, so getting a bottle warmer was a must for us. I personally like the steam option better anyways, as it heats the milk more evenly, and keeps all those good nutrients right where your baby needs them. This is the quick steam bottle warmer I use, and I love that it has a basket for the bottle so you can remove it without burning your fingers.
14. Bottles & Bottle Brush
It goes without saying that you’ll be needing lots of bottles for baby. I preferred to hand wash all of my bottles versus sticking them in the dishwasher because I wanted to make sure they were getting cleaned properly, so this bottle brush came in very handy for me, and with it’s handy suction cup bottom, it was always at the sink where I needed it.
I used our pack-n-play a lot when our baby was small, and now that she’s a toddler we still use it as a portable crib for her whenever we spend the night away from home. When my daughter was still in the sitting/crawling stage, I would bring her outside with me and put her in the pack-n-play while I was working in the yard, take it with us to the park, beach, etc. We’ve gotten a lot of use out of this thing, and the built in changing table is super convenient!
Make sure your list includes some fun things for you and baby to enjoy together! I especially love dressing my daughter up, and so I included lots of hair bows, some fun sunglasses, and cute little dresses! If you’re into music or sports or comic books, maybe add some decor for your nursery that will pass your passion on down to your little one! This is an exciting stage in your life, be sure to have fun with it!
Have something that you’d add to my list? Let me know in the comments below!