Oh the power of that little scan gun when it comes to filling your baby registry! You walk into your favorite baby store, after a few minutes they hand you an electronic scanning gun, and you get to go crazy… and if it is your first child, that is what you will do! How do I know? Because that is exactly what I did!
We selected two, or three, of everything. One version that we really wanted, another version that we kinda liked, and a third that we knew was affordable for family feeling crunched. We thought we were being thoughtful – our family and friends thought they were going to lose their minds! They didn’t know what to buy because we provided them with too many options.
Five pregnancies later, I think I have this baby registry thing down to the best baby registry ideas and what to skip over completely; because you know that list you are given… is bologna! Please read it and deviate from it often.
The following is a list of some of my favorite baby products to add to your baby registry. There are a handful on this list that are non negotiable – you need it, please be sure to add it to you list! I have marked them with a “*” for you and provided my explanation under the product description.
Baby Registry Must-Haves and Nice-to-Haves!
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Includes quilt fitted sheet and crib skirt orange and grey orbs in ikat pattern grey and white velvet alligator embossed orange. Fitted sheet elasticized all around; Crib skirt has 17″ drop. Machine wash separate, delicate cycle, cold water, tumble dry low/line dry.
(coordinating to above set)
100% cotton yellow dot fabric makes a stylish and bright cover for baby’s changing pad. The cover is fully elasticized for a secure fit that won’t slip. Coordinating Changing Pad Cover to Swizzle Bedding Set.
The Contoured Changing Pad is designed to offer baby ultimate comfort and offer parents easy cleaning. This pad measures 32″ x 16″ x 4″ and fits almost any change table or dresser. Its high walls help prevent baby from rolling too far in either direction. A safety belt attaches over baby’s mid-section and a security strap keeps the pad attached to the furniture. The top vinyl is PEVA and phthalate/PVC free, and double layered for maximum durability.
Pack of four 100% cotton muslin swaddling blankets. aden and anais wraps are the ultimate in breathability and softness. The fabric’s light, open weave allows a baby’s body temperature to regulate itself naturally in order to prevent overheating, so that a swaddled baby stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It is gentle on baby’s skin and durable for everyday use, as the more you wash it, the softer it gets. aden and anais wraps are a generous size, measuring 47″ x 47″, so that new and seasoned moms alike can swaddle babies of all sizes with ease. In addition to the common use as a swaddling wrap, aden and anais wraps are versatile, useful as burp cloths, nursing shields, stroller covers to protect from sun, cold, wind or insects, portable crib sheets, stroller and car seat liners, tummy time blankets, change table covers, and more.
*Aden+Anais Swaddle blankets are light and easy to use. I have several in my blanket collection and they are my favorites.
Classic Rock: This is the sound that started it all. Our classic formula is great for cloth diapers and regular clothes. So use it on everything! This formula is designed for those with middle of the road water, not too soft and not too hard. When in doubt start with classic rock! Available in several yummy fragrances and unscented!
The Playtex VentAire Advanced Wide Bottle Newborn Gift Set includes an innovative bottle design with a unique venting system that reduces gas, colic, and spit-ups. The VentAire bottle system uses Natural Shape wide nipples that promote latch-on and are designed to closely mimic breastfeeding. Plus, the angled bottle promotes a semi-upright feeding position for the baby that helps prevent ear infections. The gift set includes five wide bottles, extra nipples (slow and fast flow), extra bottle caps, and extra vent disks.
*If you plan to bottle feed, I highly recommend the VentAire collection. They dramatically reduce gas and are beyond easy to clean! Check our review for the Playtex Variety Pack.
Distributed in hospitals, NICU and well-baby units nationwide.. Made wth a Soothie™ medical grade, latex free pacifier. BPA, PVC and Phthalate Free. The durable one-piece construction means no germs hiding between cracks so the pacifier stays cleaner. WubbaNub™ functions as one! Patented design prevents pacifier from being lost, dropped or even forgotten! Carefully calculated weight and size of plush animal keeps the WubbaNub™ near baby’s mouth, whether lying on side or back, the car seat, sling or stroller. Plush animal makes it easy for baby to grasp and manipulate the pacifier. Easy to clean: place in washing machine with baby’s laundry, gentle cycle in mesh laundry bag. Allow to air dry.
*Even if you aren’t a pacifier person, you will want a few WubbaNubs. None of my children were pacifier babies but loved their WubbaNubs.
Tuck Philips AVENT washable nursing pads into your bra to keep yourself protected against unexpected leaks between feedings. A layer of soft cotton presses against your skin, and decorative floral lace offers a no-slip surface to keep the pad in place inside your bra. The absorbent core locks moisture away from the skin, holding it inside the leak-proof liner to maintain your comfort. These pads can be machine washed and dried inside the provided laundry bag.
This simple and discreet, yet stylish nursing cover helps mama feel at ease breast feeding in any environment. Rigid neckline allows easy baby viewing while the extended fabric sides give additional privacy. Easily adjusted neck straps taking it on and off is a breeze. Side pocket to keep items handy. Small, matching, zippered storage bag included.
Signature Style, two-sided slipcover designed to fit any Boppy Infant Feeding and Support Pillow (sold separately). The fashionable two-sided design features a luxuriously soft minky fabric with coordinating piping. This ultra luxe slipcover keeps the Boppy pillow fresh. Zips on and off easily for machine washing. Moms have voted the Boppy Pillow America’s favorite; make sure yours is always fresh and clean by having a few slipcovers on hand.
Includes: digital thermometer with case, brush & comb set, cradle cap comb, nasal aspirator, bottle medicine dispenser, toothbrush, nail clippers, 5 probe covers, 5 emery boards, 5 alcohol wipes, emergency contact card, & travel case.
Keep track of baby’s necessities in style with the JJ Cole collections satchel bag. The spacious interior includes multiple organizational compartments while the exterior offers easily-accessible open and zippered pockets. The Satchel includes 7 exterior pockets and 4 interior pockets and a convenient bottle pocket, providing plenty of space for everything you need along the way. The padded shoulder strap is removable to fit your own unique style and needs. The Satchel includes grips stroller attachments and a coordinating changing pad. Dimensions: 18″ height x 12″ width x 7″ depth. Weight: 1.6 pounds. (Available in Green Arbor, Navy Arbor, Stone Arbor, and Charcoal Infinity.)
From sensitive, wet bottoms and messy fingers, to sticky countertops and gunked-up toys, this wipe is ultra-versatile and can do it all. The Honest Company’s wipes are hypoallergenic, chlorine-free, sustainable, and made from plant-based materials ensuring your baby is safe and not exposed to any harsh or synthetic chemicals. Started by Golden Globe-nominated actress, Jessica Alba, and the former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World, Christopher Gavigan, The Honest Company provides safe, eco-friendly, beautiful, convenient, and affordable products for your children.
*Don’t knock cloth diapers until you give them a try! These are not your grandma’s cloth diapers! If nothing else, buy six and keep them as a backup.
The award-winning Boba 3g soft-structured carrier is designed to adapt, so you can better enjoy the adventure. From infancy through toddlerhood, the Boba 3g carrier moves with you and your baby. Packed with thoughtful features, like multiple adjustments for a perfect fit, front and back carry options, convenient pockets for on-the-the go storage, infant conversion with extra head support, and removable sleeping hood and foot straps. Wherever you go, Boba grows with you. Tweet is the original Boba carrier print and, product of our 2010 spoonflower design contest. Winner dennis bennet’s nature-themed design has been a customer favorite.
Stroll BIG. Travel LIGHT. The Neuvo™ Travel System from Chicco® includes the #1 rated KeyFit® 30 Infant Car Seat. Stay safer longer with the KeyFit® 30 infant car seat accommodating infants from 4 to 30 lbs.
Stroller features multiple-position, reclining seat with 5-pt harness | Lightweight, yet sturdy aluminum frame, with convenient compact fold | Stroller features parent and child cup holders, large storage basket, and adjustable canopy with peek-a-boo window | The all-wheel suspension with front locking swivels provide an extra-smooth ride | Includes the #1-rated KeyFit® Infant Car Seat & Base | Carrier shell is lined with EPS energy-absorbing foam | Vehicle base features spring-loaded adjustment foot with easy-to-read bubble level guides on both sides of base and centrally located, one-pull LATCH tightening for easy and secure installation | Conforms to FMVSS 213. Usage: from 4-30lbs., newborn insert from 4-11lbs.
#1 Rated Playard in America! The Chicco Lullaby LX Playard is perfect for your child’s playtime or nap time. The Lullaby LX Playard comes with a thickly padded, quilted mattress that can be removed for easy machine washing. To meet the needs of smaller babies, the Lullaby LX includes a bassinet with an elevated changing table. The Lullaby LX also has a toy gym with plush toys that can be used on the bassinet or as a playmat.
To help your child sleep, the Lullaby LX is equipped with electronics that feature music, vibration, and a nightlight. The Lullaby LX even includes a remote control that allows you to adjust the electronics from a distance.
Features Include: Thickly padded, quilted mattress and bassinet | Toy gym for use on the bassinet or as a playmat | Electronics with remote control that feature music, vibration, and nightlight | Machine-washable mattress | Push-button fold and travel bag |Bassinet: use up to 15 lbs | Changing Table: use up to 25 lbs | Playard: use up to 30 lbs
This baby registry list will help you narrow down your choices and really make sure you get the items you actually need. That way, when your bundle of joy comes along, you’re not stuck with 500 receiving blankets and no diapers!