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Congratulations on your baby-to-come! Seriously, I am SO excited for you! Entering into motherhood is exciting, nerve-wracking, scary, overwhelming, and amazing. Burt mostly exciting and amazing. As you prepare for baby, one thing everyone will ask you is "Where are you registered?!" especially if you will be pregnant over holidays or birthdays. In all three of my pregnancies I was pregnant over the holidays so having my registry created (I only made one for my first pregnancy) was really helpful for us and our family. Make for much less returning and giving away for you 😉.
Before we get to what you need on your registry, let's chat about where to create your registry. My husband and I registered at both Target and Buy Buy Baby/Bed Bath & Beyond during our first pregnancy. I loved creating the registry at Buy Buy Baby, we had registered there for our wedding so we know working with them would be awesome. They have employees who specifically help with registries and they will walk you through the entire store telling you what you need on your registry and they can give you details on all of the brands, it was super helpful for us as overwhelmed soon-to-be parents. Target wasn't as helpful in creating our registry but their stuff is super adorable. There are a ton of options for creating your registry, here are just a few of the options:
- Blueprint Registry
- Buy Buy Baby
When you create your registry, it's okay to add on the "unnecessary" items or the more extravagant items because you never know what someone will want to buy you. The checklist that I have put together for you consists of all the necessary, must-have items. As we get ready for baby #3, these are the items I am going to make sure we have ready for her because her big brothers definitely destroyed a few of the essential items. At the end of the post, be sure to sign up for the free resource library so you can grab your printable checklist!
Baby Registry Checklist
For the nursery
- CRIB + MATTRESS
This is a pretty obvious one but important not to forget! The crib that both of our boys used is the SUNDVIK crib from Ikea and transitions into the first stage of a toddler bed. It's inexpensive and it's lasted through two crazy boys, the only reason Baby Audrey is getting a new crib is because Daniel will still be using his crib as the first stage toddler bed (he will only be 21 months when Audrey is born).
- BASSINET OR CO-SLEEPER
You will need something for baby to sleep in when it's not in it's crib or for when it's fussing and the crib just isn't "good enough." 😉 Our pack 'n play actually has a newborn bassinet insert so the first week or two at home, our babies have always slept in that in our room since getting up from bed is rough for me after a c-section.
Another obvious one that you don't want to forget. [affiliate link] Check out the bedding pictured, here.
- CHANGING TABLE WITH CHANGING PAD
With my first I honestly didn't use the changing table much after the first month or two but I did use it more with the second. But it really is easier to just plop them on a blanket on the floor to change them quickly.
When preparing for our first baby, I was convinced I would be fine without a rocking chair/glider. But after my c-section my husband was adamant that we have a rocking chair so that I could have more support sitting up while nursing. And he was right. Our rocker is in rough shape now (two toddlers can wreck havoc on a rocker because they find it hilarious to rock it as hard and fast as possible) so I plan on getting a super comfy one before Baby Audrey arrives.
A video monitor isn't necessary, as long as you can hear them that's what's important, but a video monitor does give you a little more peace, especially if you have postpartum depression. We're on the hunt for a new monitor this time so if you have any video monitor recommendations, let me know in the comments section! [affiliate link] Check out the monitor pictured, here.
- BABY PROOFING SUPPLIES
Yes, you won't need these until baby is crawling but it's always good to have them ready and since you know you will need them in the future, it's good to put them on the registry.
Register for a stroller that works with your car seat and can be used from infant to toddler. [affiliate link] Check out the stroller pictured, here.
- INFANT CAR SEAT
You can't take baby home from the hospital without a car seat!
- CAR SEAT PROTECTOR
Keep the seats of your car safe from spills and getting marked up by the car seat by using a car seat protector under the car seat.
- PACK 'N PLAY
A must-have so baby can sleep or play anywhere.
- BACKSEAT MIRROR
Keep tabs on baby, even in the car, with a shatter-proof mirror that you place on the seat headrest, facing baby.
- DIAPER BAG
I'm on the look out for a backpack diaper bag this time, with three kids I need all my hands free. I recommend making sure that your diaper bag either comes with a travel changing pad or you get one that fits in your diaper bag.
- BABY CARRIER/WRAP
Get two or more different brands because you and baby may like some brands better than others. Better yet, ask friends to let you check out the carriers and wraps they use so you can decide what you want to add to your registry.
- PLAY MAT/ACTIVITY GYM
You don't need anything crazy, just something to keep baby entertained during play time and belly time.
- SHOPPING CART COVER
Keep germs at baby by using a shopping cart cover once baby is able to sit up in the car.
- DIAPERS (ALL SIZES)
Yes, ALL SIZES of diapers. Baby will grow quickly and seemingly overnight so you will need the next size diapers on hand. And if you can get your friends and family to buy the diapers for you, that saves you some money down the line. [affiliate link] Check out the diapers pictured, here.
Add a few different brands because baby could end up having a sensitive bottom so you'll want to have a few brands to try, if that's the case.
- DIAPER RASH CREAM
There are lots of diaper rash cream options out there. Generally, I've found that the worse the diaper rash, the thicker the cream you need. If you want an all-natural option, Young Living has a great diaper cream for babies or you can simply use coconut oil.
- DIAPER TRASH CAN + TRASH BAGS
Trust me, you need this. The older they get, the smellier their diapers get.
The baby basics! Register for all different sizes and designs. Don't forget to take into account the season you will be in for each size (i.e. if they will be 6 months in December, you'll want to register for size 6-month, long sleeve onesies). [affiliate link] Check out the onesies pictured, here.
Again, register for all different sizes and designs.
- SOCKS AND/OR BOOTIES
Again, register for all different sizes and designs and don't forget to take season into account.
Even if baby is born in the middle of the summer, eventually the seasons will change so register for jackets and coats in other sizes.
- SWADDLING BLANKETS
Even if baby isn't a fan of being swaddled, my first wasn't, swaddling blankets are awesome for laying them on for tummy time and even for using as nursing covers.
- SLEEP SACK
I have personally never used one but many people swear by them and it's worth having different sized sleep sacks on hand.
Even if you are planning on breastfeeding, you will need some bottles on hand to use for pumped milk and just in case breastfeeding is a struggle, it's good to have a back up on hand.
- BOTTLE DRYING RACK
Help your bottles and pieces dry completely and cleanly by using a special drying rack. [affiliate link] Check out the drying grass pictured, here.
- BREAST PUMP
Health insurance companies are required to supply you with a breast pump but often they only cover the bare minimum, a manual pump. That's what mine does. No thank you. If that's the case for you, register for the one you want.
- NURSING PILLOW
This will help you hold baby in more comfortable positions while nursing or bottle feeding. Don't forget to take it to the hospital with you!
- NURSING BREAST PADS
Mama is gonna leak. I recommend getting disposable ones as they do a better job of preventing the milk leaks from going through your clothes.
- BURP CLOTHS
You can never have enough burp cloths. #butseriously
- HIGH CHAIR
Yes, baby won't need this until much later but they will eventually need it so add it to your registry.
- SIPPY CUPS
Sippy cups are also something baby won't need until much later but you may as well add them to the registry so you don't have to buy them later.
- BREASTMILK FREEZER BAGS
You will need these for freezing pumped breast milk.
bathing + health
- INFANT TUB
Register for an infant tub that has a newborn sling so you can bathe baby as a newborn. Although I tend to just do sponge baths when they are still really little.
- BATHTUB SPOUT COVER
You won't need this until baby is out of the infant tub but again, it's always good to have things like this on hand.
- HOODED TOWELS
Register for a few different sizes because they are adorable and help keep baby warm!
Like burp cloths, you can never have enough washcloths. [affiliate link] Check out the washcloths pictured, here.
- BABY LOTION, SHAMPOO, + BODY WASH
Register for a few different brands in case baby's skin is extra sensitive. [affiliate link] Check out the lotion pictured, here.
- COOL-MIST HUMIDIFIER
When the air is dry or when baby has a stuffy nose, a humidifier will be a huge help. It needs to be cool-mist so that baby's room doesn't get too warm.
For infants, the only way to get a truly accurate temperature is by using a rectal thermometer. We absolutely love the [affiliate link] Kinsa Smart Stick Digital Thermometer, it works rectally, orally, and under the arm.
- FIRST-AID KIT + INFANT MEDICINES
Keep bandaids, ointments, and infant Tylenol on hand for emergencies.
Trust me, grab a few different brands because many babies are very picky about which pacifiers they will take and you don't want to be scrambling for a pacifier. Our first would take literally any pacifier, while our second only takes the [affiliate link] Philips Avent Soothie Pacifiers.
You can grab the printable version of the checklist in the resource library. If you're already signed up for the library, the password to access it is at the bottom of every email I send you. If you don't have access to the library, sign up using the form below and once your email is confirmed, you will receive instructions for accessing the library.
Let me know where you make your baby registry and what your experience was like by leaving a comment, below. And tell me which registry item you are most excited for!