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When you’re a first-time expecting mom, it’s pretty common to have no idea what to put on your baby registry.
I remember going up and down allllll the baby aisles wanting one of every single thing I saw.
It’s funny how your perspective changes the second time around. With baby #2, I knew better than to splurge on baby products unless I knew we would use them for a while.
If it’s a real baby registry must-have, it’s main purpose won’t be to collect dust in a corner. 😉
So, what do you actually need for a baby? Here is a short list of baby items you will need and actually use!
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Where to register for baby?
First, if you haven’t created a baby registry- go ahead and do that now!
It’s so easy to create a baby registry these days. You don’t even have to put on pants and leave your house.
You can choose any store you’d like, but I think Amazon has the best baby registry.
With Amazon, you get a massive selection of baby items, easy 90-day returns, and you can manage everything straight from your phone.
Top Baby Registry Must-Haves
A basic list of baby items you will need and are actually worth the money!
Unless you are exclusively breastfeeding (and zero pumping), you will need a few baby bottles to get you started, but I don’t recommend getting a ton of them.
It can be tricky to find the right kind of bottle for your baby. Both of my boys spit up a lot as newborns and it took some testing to find a bottle they both loved AND one that helped with the spitting up.
That being said, it’s probably a good idea to have at least a couple just in case you need them.
Bottle Drying Rack
Next, a bottle drying rack is a definite baby registry must-have for all those little pieces you’ll be washing constantly. These are my favorites:
Burp cloths will help keep you and your baby dry. These Burt’s Bees burp cloths are free from harsh chemicals and are super absorbent. (Make sure to pack a couple of these every time you leave the house!)
A couple suggestions:
- Don’t go overboard with the newborn sizes. Babies grow fast!
- Don’t stress over the brand. Unless it turns out that baby is sensitive to a certain brand, I would go with the cheaper ones. Our favorite cheaper brands have been the Aldi brand and Luvs.
As a mom of 2, I can honestly say you will never have too many boxes of baby wipes.
I think any mom would agree. 🙂
If you plan to breastfeed, a good nursing pillow will be really helpful during those first days at home with your baby. This is one thing I didn’t have (but wish I did).
I also recommend using reusable nursing pads. These are a huge money-saver since you can just toss them into the washer.
Baby Bath Tub
Baby bath towels are another baby registry must-have. Keep her warm with this adorable hooded baby towel for sensitive skin (it has bear ears! *melts*).
You’ll also need a few soft wash cloths for baby. These baby wash cloths are soft, moderately thick, and perfect for sensitive skin.
Baby Wash & Moisturizer
The best baby wash we’ve found so far for our baby’s dry skin is this Dove baby wash. Nothing else has been able to lock in moisture like this stuff has.
Extra Sheets for Crib or Bassinet
From diaper explosions to spit up puddles, extra bassinet or crib sheets are an absolute must!
I recommend having at least 3-4 fitted sheets just in case.
These are not all created equal. I don’t recommend the ones that don’t come apart to clean. I’m still grossed out that mold that grow inside of there! I like this one because you can clean it after every use.
It’s common for newborns to scratch their little faces. A good pair of tiny nail clippers is a baby product you can’t live without.
There’s nothing like holding down a squirmy baby waiting on a slow thermometer to kick in.
I would go with a non-contact thermometer because you won’t have to wake baby just to do a quick temp check. These also test milk and bath water if you’re concerned. 🙂
Baby’s First Hair Brush
The natural wooden brushes in this hair brush and comb set are perfect for baby’s sensitive scalp.
Baby Clothes (Not newborn sizes)
I don’t recommend putting any newborn sizes on your baby registry. If this is your first pregnancy, I know that probably sounds a bit weird.
But here’s the thing. Newborns aren’t newborns for very long at all. They grow SO fast!
My second son was already in size 0-3 months by the time he was 2 weeks old.
0-3 months? Great! 6 months and up? Even better. 🙂
Teething Bandana Bibs
These are soo cute that it hurts. My son loved his teething bandana bibs so much when he first started teething.
You never know whether or not your baby will be one to love pacis or not… but if you choose to let your baby have one, consider getting a backup. These things can be like socks. They’ll disappear and then turn up days later.
Side note: Isn’t this giraffe paci the cutest thing you’ve ever see?
Most babies love to be swaddled, but you need a blanket that’s breathable and on the lighter side. These Muslin swaddle blankets are durable, soft, and 100% cotton.
Finally, we used this frog floor seat with our second son and he loved it!
I love the design of it. With the wide base, you won’t have to worry about baby toppling the whole thing over like you do with the Bumbo.
What are your top baby registry must-haves? Pop them in the comments for other mamas to see!
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