Have I mentioned that my hubby is one of the biggest researchers you’ll ever know!? We basically can’t buy a new hand soap much less a crib or stroller without doing our due diligence by being well-informed through research! It’s certainly not my innate way ofdoing things, but I am so grateful that he is the way he is. I not only trust every decision he makes (when it comes to purchases! 🙂 ) but he has taught me to slow down and make decisions only once I can confirm I’m making the best choice. Ok, ok, I don’t always have the patience to do it, but I’m trying to work at it! 🙂
With that said, I have compiled a list of baby registry must-haves and I have made sure to only include things that I received consensus on from numerous moms, bloggers, and websites and I did a lot of comparative research on my own.
You will see that there are some items that I listed generically (ex: changing pad), some with a particular brand (ex: Miracle Blanket), and others with 3-4 alternatives (ex: baby carriers). Sometimes, there’s just not one single best option. Some things just come down to personal preference.
So, without further adieu, here is a well-researched list of Registry Must-Haves from a soon-to-be mom who has yet to test even one of them out! 🙂
(Feel free to share additions or provide feedback. Im happy to update this list!)
Registry Must-Haves and Other Advice from Moms
- Miracle Blanket
- Aiden & Anais swaddling blanket – fantastic for swaddling, super soft. Multiple other uses as well. VERY very very popular.
- Halo Sleep Sac for winter babies
- Carter’s plain onesies (3/6/9months)
- Full body (covers feet) onesies/PJs (especially for winter babies) – *Make sure they are zip rather than snap. With 18+ diaper changes a day in the first month, the last thing you want to do is snap, snap, snap!
- From a mom: Buy bottles in small packs b/c every kid is different…..like for us dr browns had too fast of a flow even with the slow nipple and we used played ventaire bottles. If you buy smaller packs you can return the unopened ones if your baby doesn’t like them. Dr browns you can buy one at a time to try it out which is great!
- Dr. Brown’s bottles – Most popular bottles. Great with colicky babies.
- Avent Bottles – “closest to a mother’s nipple”
- Tommee Tippee – also considered very close to a mother’s nipple
- Video monitor – Instead of a baby monitor…look at purchasing a drop cam (so much cheaper and app is free on the phone or iPad)
- HoMedics Sound Machine
- Fitted crib sheets
- Changing pad
- Changing pad covers – lots
- Waterproof mattress cover pads
- Diaper Pails
- Ubbi diaper pail
- Diaper Dekor Plus Pail
- Diaper Champ Deluxe (uses normal trash bags)
- Breathable Bumpers – “at 2.5 months my son started rolling….and getting his limbs stuck in the crib slats. Every night he would start screaming and we would find him dangling by his crotch with both of his legs out of the crib. The breathable bumpers put an end to that craziness.”
- Cool Mist Humidifier
- Snap ‘n Go stroller – very lightweight, not bulky, super easy to use for quick trips (ex: grocery store)
- Britax B-Agile stroller and carseat (travel system) – based on A LOT of research – a great travel system, a reasonable price, very light weight for a travel system, and folds really easily.
- Shopping seat cover
- Car headrest mirror
- BundleMe (for cold weather) – [DO NOT use when riding in car – UNSAFE!]
- ERGO carrier – perfect for newborns (will need infant insert). “Moms seem to swear by it.”
- Baby K’Tan Baby Carrier – great wrap for newborns especially for hanging around house.
- Baby Bjorn (Although, I’ve heard that putting a newborn in this carrier isn’t great because they’re legs just dangle and their hips are spread while they’re still developing)
- Moby Wrap
- Boppy or My BreastFriend (there is ongoing debate about which is better. It sounds like you just need to try and see)
- Nursing covers
- Cloth Diapers – cheap and perfect for burp clothes
- Ciao portable high chair
- Lansinoh Soothies Gel Pads
- Nursing bras
- Disposable nursing pads
- Washable nursing pads
- Hands Free Pumping Bra
- Soft for newborn (with plastic backing)
- Plastic babybjorn for 6+ months
- Prince Lionheart bebePOD Flex Plus Baby Seat – great for baby to have some independence and sit on their own at the table once they can hold their head up
- Breast pump:
- From Kristen – “I read tons of reviews to learn this: medella is the best. Period. But I really didnt want to pay the extra $150, and was perfectly happy with my Lansinoh. I had to rig my own travel system, but liked that better in the end because it just looked like a cute tote and not a breast pump.”
- From Kyley: I have medela pump in style advanced and love it. I bought mine earlier but they had them for sale at the hospital tax free and you can use HRA/FSA! Supposedly you can also get one totally paid for by your insurance but idk how to do it.
- From Danica: “definitely Medela! I forget what mine is called but it is the backpack one. It works really well!”
- Breast milk storage bags
- Boon Grass Drying Rack
- Dishwasher basket
- Breast pump:
- Nosefrida The Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator
- Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment
- Triple Paste Medicated Ointment – “awesome for diaper rashes! Paired with Aquaphor works great too!”
- Butt paste
- Good nail scissors
- Gripe Water (home remedy for infants with colic, gastrointestinal discomfort, teething pain, reflux and other stomach ailments)
- Saline spray (for stuffy and dry noses)
- Infant Tylenol
- Puj infant baby tub
- Hooded bath towel
- Noodle & Boo
- Aveeno (for sensitive skin kiddos)
- Pampers Swaddlers “best leak protection I’ve found and helpful blue indicator line…don’t buy too many newborn sized until you know how big the baby is. We only used them for about a week then it was on to size 1.”
- Almost everyone seems to agree these are the best.
- Huggies Natural Care baby wipes – “thickest and most durable”
- Diaper bag (Skip Hop and JuJuBee are popular)
- Skip Hop Pronto changing kit – “This thing makes any bag a diaper bag. It’s small, but fits all the essentials (we keep five diapers, wipes and a wubbanub in it. In a pinch, I’ve also jammed a Medela small bottle and small ice pack in the front cover.”
- Diaper caddy (for living room)
- Wubbanubs – the animal is big enough for him to find and maneuver to put the paci back in his mouth.
- MAM Pacifiers and clip
- Sophie teething toy
- “Advent’s Soothies rule. The green ones.”
Around the House
- Rock ‘n Play for naps (instead of a bassinet) – many moms found it was the only place they could get their babies to sleep. So many say it’s a lifesaver! Also great for when baby is sleeping in your room. SOOO POPULAR!
- Boppy Newborn Lounger
- Graco Pack-n-Play
- Activity mat
- Bumbo chair
For mom (also see breastfeeding section)
- The First 1000 Days: A Baby Journal – In addition to your feeding log, you can document doctor’s appointments, baby’s firsts, vaccinations, and any other info related to baby’s health.
- Earth Mama has a “New Mama Bottom Spray – If you have a vaginal delivery, it’s awesome, and it feels like it heals down there, rather than just masking the pain
- Nursing tanks from Target get a resounding YES from moms.
- Get free breast pump from insurance through new healthcare law.
- Big comfy chair (immobile) vs. glider: Response from a friend: “I have to say the chair we got ended up being the best decision we made for ‘stuff’. It was ridiculously expensive, so out of our budget and beyond our imagination on what to buy….but we thought it was a good brand (Lazy boy) and could easily be used in the living room once we were done with the chair in his room. Well, i’m not kidding when I tell you i sleep on that damn chair EVERY SINGLE DAY. Im not exaggerating. For the past 9 months I have slept on that thing with Tommy every day. It was worth every penny and then some.”
- Total Baby App – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/total-baby/id312198543?mt=8. Tracks feedings, diaper changes, sleeping patterns, and more and comes in so handy when you’re so sleep deprived that you can’t even remember what you did five minutes ago, let alone what side your baby last nursed on.
- Sprout App – Tracks feedings
- If you get long onesies (over legs and feet) definitely get zip-up instead of snap. You are changing diapers so much in the first month that you’ll go crazy with all the snaps
- La Leche League/Breastfeeding facebook groups have been a godsend. They are a wealth of information on all things breastfeeding. Is it 2am and do you have a seemingly urgent poop/breastfeed/other baby related question? These mamas seriously know everything (and they’re up at 2 am, too!). I also appreciate knowing that there are other mamas out there dealing with breastfeeding questions/challenges, etc.
- Breastfeeding: Book-“The womanly art of breast feeding”. It covers everything!
- Use http://www.kellymom.com as a resource
- “Show your partner the list of how dads can help nursing moms – it’s floating around; google it. My husband is/was my most indispensable nursing support.”
- Don’t get the care and grooming kit. The items are generally low quality and you won’t use over half of what’s in there.
- They say don’t give the babe a pacifier until they get really good at nursing to avoid nipple confusion
Some Advice From New Moms About Life After Baby:
- Continue to date your partner
- Enjoy every second, even when youre tired, because they grow up too quickly
- Don’t institute a routine too quickly. Infants need time to just settle in and go with the flow for awhile. Follow the baby’s natural rhythms and allow a looser structure.
- Trust your instincts even if its hard to ignore what friends or a doctor say (X2)
- Breast feeding is hard and takes time
- Celebrate the decisions they make! Praise more than you reprimand
- Don’t compare your children to other siblings or children. Every baby is different (X2)
- Take care of yourself and you’ll be a better parent.
- Snuggle them as long as they’ll let you.