The Ultimate Guide to Creating Your Baby Registry
Becoming a parent for the first time is overwhelming enough – you have to start planning and making decisions that will now be for your whole family versus just yourself, or you and a partner.
Next comes the millions of “things” that a baby could need… pacifiers, cribs, diapers, creams, toys – the list goes on and on! I wanted to help out all of you that may be feeling stuck in a rut on getting that baby registry started, or maybe don’t even know where to begin.
Like a wedding registry, you can register for baby items at multiple stores. After researching, we decided to register with Babylist.com as it allowed us to register there, and also add items from external places (Target, Amazon, Crate + Barrel) onto the same spot for everyone to look at.
Another thing I really appreciated with Babylist is that it helps guide you through each section and what items are top registered and/or recommended.
The categories in the registry themselves also act as a sort of checklist for you – making sure that you have at least a few items listed in the main categories.
Research + Reviews
This is a step that I found crucial in giving myself the peace of mind that I was finding options for our babe that were going to be safe, long-lasting, and functional.
Luckily, I have so many great resources through our family and friends that have helped guide me through creating our baby registry. I say this time and time again, but without those people, I would have been so lost in where to start.
I had a few friends give me their take on strollers, car seats, and other misc. must-have items. It was fun to hear why they were suggesting certain items, and also be sure to note that every baby is different and will like different things.
Of course, I also had to check out Morgan’s favorite things for Ellie girl. She always has the best fashion, and hair accessories and her nursery screams perfection.
Lastly – I was sure that everything that we put on our registry had great reviews online as well – reading the positive + and negative reviews and weighing the balances between the two.
Top 22 Must-Have Baby Registry Items
And finally, we came to the consensus (for now) of our top 22 baby items were that made their way onto our registry:
- Snuggle Me Organic Infant Lounger: The key to the mama wanting to multi-task and keep her baby safe + and snug no matter the surroundings.
- Hatch – Rest + Sound Machine, Night Light, Time to Rise + Audio Monitor: This came highly recommended and with rave reviews. It functions as a sound machine, night light, time to rise adapter, and audio monitor.
- Pacifier Box – Babylist: One of the other awesome things about using Babylist for the registry is that they have tester boxes – like this one – to try out a few different brands of pacifiers before committing to purchase multiples of one brand. Since all babies are different, it’s a great way to save some money and be sure you’re getting something your baby will love.
- Bottle Box – Babylist: Same concept as the above but with baby bottles. Comes with a few different options to test out before purchasing more.
- Mockingbird – Single to Double Stroller: After lots of online research and validation from friends, it seems this stroller is a great option to have if you’re hoping to expand your family down the road. It has an extra-large storage space underneath for those extra prepared mamas and is extremely lightweight.
- Keekaroo Changing Pad – Vanilla: A long hard debate on what to use for a changing pad on our dresser – and landed on this option due to its wipe-ability + quality. Many mamas said they’ve had this changing pad with multiple kiddos and no cracking or tearing.
- Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail – White: Going with the Ubbi diaper pail after hearing about the obnoxious cost of Diaper Genie bag inserts. With the Ubbi, you can use regular trash bags to change out.
- Babyletto Hudson Crib: Safe to say, this was one of the first items we picked out. We both loved the natural wood idea, and the crib is convertible to a toddler bed when the time comes. Win, win.
- Baby Bum Brush: Another highly recommended option from mama friends – to avoid getting diaper cream all over the place, use these!
- Tommee Tippee Travel Bottle And Food Warmer: Parents on the go? Worry no more – with the help of this bottle and food warmer that fits safe and sound in your diaper bag.
- Nuna Pipa Infant Car Seat + Base: This was another moment of reading all of the reviews + go see it in person, and after playing around with this option person, we loved the lightweight feel and safety features. And, not to mention with the help of an adapter, it’s compatible with our stroller!
- Graco Pack ‘n Play Day2Dream Travel Flat Bassinet Playard – Who doesn’t love a good Pack ‘n Play find! These handy contraptions are perfect for traveling + or to have set up in your living space on another level than the nursery for a quick nap or diaper change.
- Poppyseed Play – Natural Pine Wood Gym – This aesthetic and functional piece is the perfect addition to a minimalist nursery.
- HALO SleepSack Swaddle – So many SleepSack options and all have rave reviews, but we’re going to test out the Halo brand to see what they’re all about.
- Crane Baby – Cotton Muslin and Terry Burp Cloths – Cute + functional, these burp cloths are great for the many clean-ups ahead. Easy to toss in your diaper bag too.
- Haakaa Breast Pump – For those breastfeeding/pumping mamas, the Haakaa is a catch-all for the other side while your baby or electric pump occupies the other.
- White Wash Tava Handwoven Rattan Single Hamper – Organization is the key to my heart, so having something that’s neutral and also can be closed with all of the dirty clothes was a must-have.
- The Honest Company – Diaper Rash Cream – Another recommendation from my mama friends was the Honest Company products. Again, knowing all babies are different and prefer different skin-related products, we’ll be starting here and going from there.
- The Honest Company – Baby Wipes – Feeding off of the above comment – we’ll be testing these out first before figuring out what’s the perfect fit for our little girl.
- Pampers Swaddlers – Disposable Diapers – While all babies are different, I’ve had many of my mama friends recommend Pampers Swaddlers as a good starting point to try out.
- Babyletto Kiwi Glider Recliner – Finding the perfect glider chair was a hard task for me! I had high standards of being comfortable if I was going to spend the money. After sitting in probably 20+ chairs, the Babyletto Kiwi Glider won for the best functionality + most comfortable chair.
- The Vault Baby Keepsake Box – This sweet little box is a great way to keep all those baby memories tight + orderly. For those of you that like to keep a minimalist household, it’s perfect for making sure you don’t save too much – just the right amount.
And there you have it! A look into the brain of a first-time mom-to-be and all the products out there.
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