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Are you expecting and need guidance on what baby items to buy or add to your baby registry? You’ve come to the right place!
Whether you are expecting or know someone who is expecting, I’d like to say congratulations!
Parenthood is such an incredible journey, not everyone is blessed with. Those of you that are blessed, hold on tight to those little ones as long as you can.
I am a mother of 6 that includes: 2 boys (ages 19 and 4), a little girl (age 2) and 3 angel babies. We also recently welcomed a granddaughter who is turning 6 months old. Yup, you read that correctly!
Through my pregnancies, I’ve used and tested numerous baby products so I thought I’d share my idea of what to include on your baby registry list. A friend of mine who recently welcomed her baby boy asked me to create her baby registry. It was like I was pregnant all over again. The best feeling ever.
All your baby needs is a warm safe place to sleep, food, clean clothes, and a clean diaper. Everyone’s budget and views on what a baby needs vary so please don’t feel pressured to buy anything.
The Amazon Baby Registry offers a 10% completion discount so it’s worth signing up, plus you get a free welcome box. Who doesn’t like free? If you join Amazon Family your discount jumps to 15% plus you can get 20% off diaper subscriptions.
- Crib (You won’t need a crib for at least the first 4-6 months)
- Bassinet / Co-Sleeper
- Changing Table (if space is limited, I would suggest putting a changing pad on top of a dresser)
- Rocking Chair / Glider (best investment I made)
- Baby Monitor
- Area Rug (nonessential)
- Changing Pad
- Changing Pad Covers (2–3)
- Crib Mattress
- Fitted Crib Sheets (2-3)
- Lamp (nonessential)
- Sound Machine (this is a lifesaver)
- SleepSack (this is perfect for baby feeling secure like the womb)
- Baby Hangers
- Dresser Dividers (to keep those cute tiny clothes organized)
- Diaper Pail (because who is going to take out a poopy diaper at midnight)
Other Big Item Essentials
- Rock ‘n’ Play
- High Chair (not for at least first 5-6 months)
- Exersaucer (not for at least first 5-6 months)
- Playard / Pack ‘n’ Play (this non-toxic travel crib is perfect for vacations, sitters and grandma’s house)
On The Go Essentials
- Car Seat (I prefer a convertible seat as it is cost effective)
- Baby Carrier (I love my Ergobaby carrier and used it for both my kids)
- Baby Wrap
- Hand Sanitizer and Wipes (for after changing diapers)
- Diaper Bag
- Mirror (essential for keeping an eye on your little one)
- Sunshade for Car Window (I’ve tried several sunshades and most of them ended up breaking, melting or didn’t provide full coverage)
We originally purchased the Graco Keyfit30 car seat but ended up replacing it with the Graco 4Ever 4-in-1 convertible car seat after dealing with non-stop crying during car rides. It gave me so much anxiety hearing my newborn baby scream an entire car ride.
I typically used the Boba baby wrap when we were out and about for ease. Christian also loved it and would sleep so it wasn’t necessary to have an infant car seat.
When I first laid eyes on the JuJuBe diaper backpack, I wanted it. A girl knows what she wants, right? It is a bit pricey, but worth the investment. I’ve had mine for the last 4 years and it’s still going strong. I recently found a similar more affordable diaper backpack option, the Kyreen Diaper Bag.
- Disposable Diapers (1 box of newborn, 2 boxes size 1)
- Baby Wipes (I love the Babyganics fragrance free face, hand & baby wipes, all purpose use)
- Diaper Cream
- Cloth Diapers (if going this route, 20-25)
- Cloth Diaper Covers (10)
- Cloth Diaper-Friendly Cream
- Cloth Diaper Wet Bags (2)
- Cloth Diaper Sprayer
With my first baby, I used Huggies because that was the “better” brand. Of course, that was over 19 years ago and things have changed since then. With my second baby, I used Pampers in the beginning then switched to an all natural diaper and wipes, Babyganics after learning about all of the chemicals in diapers.
- Nipple Cream (must have for the first few days)
- Nursing Pads
- Nursing Pillow (I found that this style had the best support compared to the original Boppy)
- Nursing Bras (I’ve tried many nursing bras over the last 4 years of my nursing career, you want to invest in this area)
- Burp Cloths (I received these Burt’s Bees burp cloths as a gift and are hands down the softest and most absorbent)
- Nursing Cover
My breastfeeding experience
I’ve been nursing for the past 4 years and I’ve had my fair share of nursing experience. Thank goodness I had positive experiences.
With my oldest son, I was a teen-mom at 14 years old and didn’t have the necessary support and knowledge about breastfeeding.
I had the best nursing experience with my middle child, except for about a week or so after leaving the hospital. I was new to nursing and didn’t have all the tricks down. God bless lactation consultants and the football hold!
With my youngest, everything went smoothly, except she wasn’t gaining enough weight in the beginning so I had to supplement with formula. It was upsetting needing to supplement but a relief knowing that she was getting enough food. She ended up just being my petite little girl.
I would highly recommend investing in some good nursing bras. You’ll want no underwires for the beginning, as they can affect your milk supply and they tend to be uncomfortable anyway. You’ll also want sleep nursing bras so you don’t wake up to a puddle in the middle of the night. Trust me it happens.
I used a muslin blanket when needed to cover up but mostly didn’t use anything. I typically layered my clothes with a tank top or wore nursing shirts, showing minimal skin.
- Breast Pump
- Breast Pump Bag
- Breastmilk Storage Bags
- Breastmilk Storage for the Fridge and Freezer
- Breastmilk Storage on the go
- Breastmilk Saver
- Bottles and Nipples (6-8)
- Bottle Brush
- Bottle Drying Rack
- Burp Cloths
If Formula Feeding:
When it comes to bottles and formula I would suggest not buying a lot of the same brand as your baby may not like them. Sometimes you need to try different brands before finding the perfect one for your baby.
I have used pacifiers for all 3 of my kids both boys didn’t use their past 3-6 months. We are still trying to wean my daughter from hers. I’ve tried several brands including the soothie. My babies preferred the MAM newborn pacifier. It the perfect size and to stay in place better.
- Onesies (6-8)
- Pants (6-8)
- Sweaters (3-4)
- Jacket (1-2, depending on weather)
- Footed PJs (6-8)
- Beanies (2-3)
- Socks (8-10)
- Bibs (6-8)
- Mittens (4-6)
- Muslin Blankets (3-4, perfect lightweight nursing cover)
- Blankets (2-3)
Health and Bath Essentials
- Owlet Smart Sock Baby Monitor
- First-Aid Kit (this kit has the best nail clippers)
- Nail Clippers
- Nose Frida
- Hair Brush
- Baby Soap
- Baby Lotion
- Baby Bathtub
Baby Toy Essentials
I hope you have benefited from my registry list. Are there any must have items you can’t live without? If so, please do share.