My Baby Registry Must Haves
Of course, baby isn’t here just yet, but we are certainly getting ready for her with our baby registry! June is just around the corner and man, are baby registries overwhelming for a first time momma. Anyone else with me? With the help from trusted friends, a borderline insane amount of research, the search for my baby registry must haves is near complete! After she arrives and we’ve used (or not used) many of the items, I will make sure to come back and continuously keep this list updated with our personal favorites, what you need, what you may not need, what we wish we had sooner, and more.
This baby registry covers the initial decisions we’ve made so far (pre-baby research), keeping non-toxic and safer, where possible, in the forefront of my mind. I hope it helps you with your registry and that it can be used as a great registry resource for you fellow soon-to-be-mamas!
Remember, you don’t need all of this! You can absolutely go way more minimal (I mean, there’s a lot on here y’all). I’m simply sharing my registry/personal decisions thus far in it’s entirety because I’m a major planner, and as mentioned, I promise I will report back as the months go on and will write when the post was last updated!
Helpful Tips for Preparing Your Baby Registry
Breastfeeding pump through your health insurance: If you’re considering breast feeding, many insurances actually cover a pump or partially cover the pump! I’m opting for spending a drop more through insurance and getting the Spectra S1. I was told it’s nice to have one that can be on-the-go that can plug in OR be battery operated. This website is the resource I’m using to grab mine at a fraction of the cost, or ask your OB if they have forms to fill out.
All-in-one registries, with one caveat: I’m using Babylist as a one-stop shop for my registry. It allows you to add things from any store, so you’re not limited or having people go to a bunch of different stores to shop. One tip I received that I want to pass along is to be careful with return issues. Though using Babylist, I did create separate registries and linked them all. Here’s why: If you have a registry somewhere, they are often more lenient with their return policy, and I’ve heard that’s not always the case if it is through a third-party. Example being– you get a gift a few months before baby arrives and it doesn’t work for your family. By the time you have a chance to return it, the return window has expired. Some stores give extra time when you have a registry specifically with them, so it might be wise to make them separate and link them into Babylist.
All babies are different: This is probably the biggest piece of advice I’ve gotten when creating my registry. You can get everything from your trusted friend’s registry, but your baby simply might not go for it. Some moms swear by a certain rocker, some say it was a bust, some say don’t get one they aren’t safe. Some moms say to get the Sock Owlet to relieve anxiety, some say it’ll cause more anxiety. You don’t necessarily need a separate jogger stroller if you don’t live in a city, and depending on the size of your home, you may opt out of a pack-and-play. See where I’m going with this? Ultimately there will be some trial and error involved in the process and thinking about YOUR situation and what will work for you, baby, and your family.
I didn’t include a few things, like our furniture, but can share if y’all want (FYI we got our furniture from Pottery Barn Kids and used their free design service– they came to our home)! If there’s something I didn’t include, it’s likely because im still on the fence about it (like the Snoo Sleeper & a Dock-a-Tot, for example), but rest assured, I will come back and add and also give my honest reviews!
Lastly, you do NOT need all of this. You can go more minimalist and your baby will be perfect. Do what works for you. I will come back and bold items I think are essential.
My Baby Registry
- Baby Closet Dividers – 18 Wardrobe Organizers/Hangers: How dang cute? My organizing friends at Neat Method are going to be so happy with me.
- Casafield 50 Velvet Baby Hangers: When all of your hangers match, you conserve space!
- Humidifier: A baby must from veteran parents.
- Baby Shusher For Babies: Another one I heard is a great thing to have if needed.
- Air Purifier: I’ve wanted this for a while, so it will live in our room while she’s in there with us. Remember: always use a 20% coupon at BB!
- Baby Monitor: Still deciding & doing my research on this one, but pretty sure I’ve settled on this Motorola Halo+. Baby monitors can be controversial, but we are getting one and are good with our decision!
- Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine: Will likely use this multi-use (nightlight, sound machine, and time-to-rise alert) once she’s in her room.
- Non-Toxic Crib Mattress: I was deciding between Holy Lamb Organics, Newton Baby, Naturepedic, Ouef, and LifeKind, and ultimately have narrowed it down to Newton Baby or Naturepedic after much research. Update: I went with Newton Baby. Get 20% off with this link – not sponsored, just received a code when I shopped!
- Non-Toxic Bedding: I’ve added a handful of Aden + Anais organic cotton musilin crib sheets to my registry along with some Pottery Barn 100% organic bedding set pieces that are super cute. Since I went with the above mattress, I’ll make sure it’s a breathable cotton muslin sheet that doesn’t hinder airflow since this was a selling point for me.
- Step Stool: I’m short, so I’ll use this and then it will eventually live in the bathroom for her.
- Baskets:For toys & things!
Sleep & Downtime:
I was told to try all the sleep swaddles, so I picked the most recommended/rated/favorited to try.
- Halo Sleepsack 100% Cotton Swaddle
- The Ollie Swaddle
- Happiest Baby Sleepea Swaddle
- Aden + Anais Aden Swaddle Blankets
- Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit: For when she’s a bit older I heard this was lovely.
- Halo Bassinet Swivel Sleeper / Newborn Insert / Waterproof Bassinet Covers / Cambria Bassinet Sheets: For our room. We are going with this bassinet, but I still have my thoughts and questions whirling around regarding the Snoo. This has come highly recommended and great if you don’t need to move it (hearing it’s heavy). Stay tuned.
- Loungers: Lots of thoughts on loungers, but it’s a personal choice and anything supervised can be safe. I’m snagging the Snuggle Me Organic Lounger and the Boppy Original Newborn Lounger.
- Aden + Anais Dream Blanket: To have around the house or when we’re out, one that’s warm and thick!
Feeding & Accessories:
- My Brest Friend Original Nursing Posture Pillow: I’ve heard this over the Boppy for a nursing pillow.
- Maternity/Nursing Bras: After trying many bras during my pregnancy, these were recommended (a 3-pack for $25) and they are super comfy. Also loving these.
- Nipple Creams: Based on recommendations, I’ll try this one by Earthmama and this one by Motherlove.
- Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags: I might try silicone molds to avoid plastic at some point, but was told these are the best leak-free storage bags so I’ll be using them to start!
- Lansinoh Stay Dry Disposable Nursing Pads: My momma friends said these are a must grab.
- Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump & Silicone Cap: I will also be getting one through insurance (see above), but have heard great things about this for catching extra milk, etc.
- Munchkin Deluxe Dishwasher Basket: Love the idea of keeping her things separate in the dishwasher.
- Boon Drying Rack Lawn Countertop / Boon STEM Drying Rack Accessory / OR Space Saving OXO Tot Drying Rack: Have heard nothing but great things!
- Bottle Brush with Nipple Cleaner: I will let you know if this is really needed, but I can imagine It is! UPDATE: I’ve switched my decision to a fully silicone bottle brush cleaner since it’s easier to clean/can throw in the dishwasher. Going to grab this one instead.
- Baby Bottles: Whether exclusively breastfeeding, pumping, formula, or a combination (FYI: fed is best, do you), having some bottles on hand is a good idea, and it’s one of those things, like pacifiers, that it’s good to try a few out and see which baby likes. Trying these, these, and these.
- Formula: I plan to have formula on hand, though I hope to donate it eventually. In my mind, it’s best to have what you want than scramble if you need it.
- Organic Burp Cloths: I was told to stock up on these, which makes plenty of sense. I grabbed these and these. Both seem great so far.
- Aden + Anais Classic Snap Bibs: I heard these are wonderful as well as these.
- 3 in 1 Multi Seat: I’ve heard people can’t live without, and some say they didn’t use it much. I can see it very helpful, so we’re trying it!
- Stokke High Chair: I personally did not add this to my registry as we have a little time, but this is the one I’m eyeing for when we need a high chair. I have friends who have gotten more simple ones, and what they say is they like that this has a foot rest. So regardless where you net out with a high chair, think foot rest! Note: I also didn’t include feeding stuff for once baby starts eating solids, but I will add what we decide.
You’ll notice a handful of different pacifiers on here. Every baby is different so one great suggestion I got was to not open a million different ones and clean them all just yet, because your baby not like them! Hey, your baby (or you) might decide on no pacifiers! Another game of trial and error and to each their own. Luckily they’re fairly inexpensive.
- WubbaNub Pacifier
- MAM Pacifiers
- BIBS Baby Pacifier
- Philips Avent Soothie Pacifier
- Pacifier Clips: I love the Ryan & Rose story and just everything about them!
Another one that is truly trial and error! For baby of course, but especially for petite ladies like me. I’m going to try out a few carriers and wraps, and report back on which work best for me (petite mom-to-be) and for Mike should he use it.
Tip: If you know before you’re showing, go try them on just to see what fits your body. I didn’t do this and I wish I did! Of course, it’s hard to say what baby will like, but good to know what is comfortable for you going in, too!
- Ergobaby Carrier Omni 360: I’ve heard Mike will love this!
- Solly Baby Wrap: I hear nothing but wonderful things.
- Boppy Baby Wrap/Carrier: A mix of the above!
- Baby Tula Explore Baby Carrier: Similar to Ergo. I like the support this one offers.
If/as we add other carriers into the mix, I will make sure to update!
- Boon Soak 3-Stage Bathtub: I like that this grows as she grows and the plastic has no BPA etc., which isn’t clear with others.
- Water Thermometer: My friend Cassy said she thought this was silly but uses it all the time. When I showed it to Mike, he was excited because he often takes too hot of baths himself and feels funny, haha.
- Washcloths, 100% Organic Cotton / Bamboo Organics Baby Washcloths: Can’t have enough I’ve been told!
- Baby Bath Set: Spout Cover, Bath Kneeler, Elbow Pad, and Waterfall: Cute and functional AKA protects your knees/elbows when you’re bathing baby.
- Organic Bamboo Baby Hooded Towel: I’m registering for 2-3 hooden towels. They are also so dang cute.
- Baby Hair Brush and Comb Set for Newborn: I heard this is a wonderful set.
- Bath Toys: I like these because they’re Phthalate-free, BPA-free, and ead-free.
- Keekaroo Peanut Changer: I heard this is wonderful since you don’t have to change sheets over and over. The one thing I did hear is that it can get cold and some babies don’t love that. You know I’ll let you know!
- Baby Bum Brush: Diaper rash cream applicator. Seems silly but I heard they are wonderful to have on hand.
- Ubbi Steel Odor Locking Diaper Pail: Some say needed, some say not, I’m going for it.
- Ubbi Disposable Diaper Pail Plastic Bags: Apparently you can use regular kitchen trash bags.
- Honest Wipes: These are the ones I’m trying to start! I’ve heard these are good too.
- Honest Diapers: Personally am starting with these! Others I’ve seen people like are Earth’s Best & Eco by Naty. Asking for a few packages of newborn, 1, and 2 to start us off. I will not be cloth diapering because I hate laundry. Know yourself and do what works for you and your family!
- Diaper Bag: I’m going for this one after hearing great things! So this comes with a changing mat, but you may want the above to leave in your partners car.
- Portable Changing Mat: FEEL like this is necessary for public places but will report back!
- JJ Cole Outdoor Blanket: I have my screened in porch, grass areas, and back deck in mind here.
- Baby Car Mirror: One for each car. Make sure it’s one that can’t fly off.
- Ubbi Retractable On The Go Bag Dispenser: Feel like these are good to remember to have for on-the-go!
- Ubbi On The Go Refill Bags: And of course, these go with the above.
- Lotus Travel Crib – Backpack Portable: Apparently easily folds up into a backpack and is lightweight. Will let you know!
- Graco Pack ‘n Play: May seem like a duplicate to the Lotus, but I have a feeling this will stay put downstairs for changing, play, etc., whereas the Lotus will travel to grandparents, on trips, etc.
- Aden + Anais Car Seat Canopy: Sun blocker! Though our car seat has one built in.
- Mini Handheld Stroller Fan: My thought was summer baby, but I will let you know if it’s silly.
- Aden + Anais Stroller Blanket: A nice lightweight one to start (again, summer cutie).
- Fast Table Chair: For when she’s a bit older (around 6 months) and we’re out and about eating. Dreamy of our family dinner dates already! I know some that have used this instead of their high chair even!
- Nuna Pipa Car Seat + extra Base for Mike’s car: I personally think there are a lot of great car seats out there. We did a lot of research here. Aside from the safety standards, it’s VERY light. Hence why we’re going for an infant car seat and not a convertible. I also grabbed. the adapters so if she’s sleeping I can easily clip the carseat onto her stroller.
Strollers: Strollers are another specific one to your own needs. We decided with the UPPAbaby VISTA for our Stroller after much research. It converts for two kiddos (if needed), and UPPAbaby does not use toxic flame retardants, BPA, Phthalates, Lead, Latex, Teflon, or ScotchGuard in any of their products. Plus they are local to me here in MA which is fun!
- UPPAbaby VISTA V2 Stroller in JORDAN
- Accessories (if you want to splurge): Nuna Adapter, Stroller Organizer, Cupholder, Stroller Snack Tray, Bassinet Stand, Blanket.
*After seeing this, these items were gifted to us by UPPAbaby. All opinions are my own and I was not paid to share this as my stroller, just a generous gift!
Toys & Entertainment:
- The Play Gym by Lovevery; Stage-Based Developmental Activity Gym & Play Mat
- Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer or 4moms mamaRoo infant seat
- Skip Hop Silver Lining Cloud Baby Play Mat and Infant Activity Gym
- Promise Babe 4pc Organic Toddler Wooden Toys Wood Montessori Baby Rattles
- Mini Tudou Baby Blocks Soft Building Blocks Baby Toys Teethers Toy
- Fisher-Price Deluxe Kick ‘n Play Piano Gym
- Jam Naturals- Wood Baby Rattle – Montessori Inspired Rattle for Babies
- Tiny Love Meadow Days Stroller Arch
- TEMI Newborn Baby Rattle and Teether Ball
- Organic Cotton Play Mat
- Best Seller Baby Books
- Ryan and Rose Teething Rattle
- Baby Banana Teething Toothbrush
Put together a safety kit with all the things you’ll need in case!
- Fridababy Bitty Bundle of Joy Kit: This kit has it all, and Fridababy/Fridamom products have come highly recommended. I was told at least get the nose set and some mom items for post labor.
- Babyganics Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer: For guests, especially in those beginning days.
- Electric Nail Trimmer: I’ve heard great things about this one!
- Baby Thermometer: It has good reviews, but I’ll report back on accuracy with electric vs. regular as we purchased both.
For cleaning supplies I am using mostly Branch Basics, which I already have used for years in our home. I wrote a post on what to avoid in your cleaning products, why, and all the details here. I’ve used Branch Basics for years now and it’s truly magic. I don’t know how they do it. I’ll report back on blow out onesies and stains (though my girlfriend who I told to try it uses it with her baby says it’s wonderful for stains)! For Branch Basics, you can get 15% off your purchase with code LEXI15.
- Laundry Detergent: Can add essential oils if you want a scent, it’s purposely fragrance free!
- Dryer Sheet Alternative: I use and will be using wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets. Can read more on why here.
- All-Purpose Surface Cleaner: Bathrooms, countertops, etc.
- Babyganics All Purpose Surface Wipes: Sometimes the convenience of wipes is helpful!
- Stain Remover: A mix of all-purpose (or Concentrate for more intense) + Oxygen Boost
I’m personally starting off with a combination of Beautycounter and Primally Pure products for our baby skincare items. I trust their rigorous testing standards and ingredients, and feel good about using these for our baby. I’ll report back on my thoughts. For Primally Pure, you can get 10% off your order with code LEXI.
- Trying both Baby Wash & Baby Bar Soap
- Trying both Baby Oil 1 & Baby Oil 2
- Trying both Baby Balm 1 & Baby Balm 2
- Baby Powder
- Diaper Cream
- For Mama: All pregnancy I’ve used Primally Pure’s Jasmine Oil, Baby Balm, and Body Butter on my belly (and everywhere) and absolutely love!
Clothing & Accessories:
To get her started in a variety of sizes! We’re personally opting for organic cotton in the beginning when possible. I was also told not to look past newborn size, that many babies are in them for a while. Stay tuned! Note on onesies: There are zipper, magnetic, snap, etc. and just like others, figure out what YOU like! So many don’t get all snaps, for example.
- GERBER Baby 5-Pack Organic Long-Sleeve Onesies Bodysuit, White
- Moon and Back by Hanna Andersson Baby/Toddler 3-Pack Organic Cotton Joggers
- Burt’s Bees Baby Baby Sleep & Play, Organic Pajamas
- Magnetic Onesies
- Ruffle Trim Leggings
- Zipper Onesie
- GERBER Baby 5-Pack or 15 Multi Size Organic Short Sleeve Onesies Bodysuits, White
- Touched by Nature Baby Organic Cotton Sleep and Play, Pink Gray Scribble
- Cozy Reversible Pants
- Moon and Back by Hanna Andersson Baby Hooded Sweatshirt
- Burt’s Bees Organic Cotton Hooded Jacket (SO soft)
- 2-Pack Zip Up Sleep and Play Pajamas
- Cotton Body Suits (3-Pack)
- Socks: For socks/booties, I’ve heard these Zutano Baby Booties are amazing and really stay on. They make them in cotton and fleece. Also grabbing these.
- Baby Mittens: Whether you end up using them or not, having a pair or two (or this 3-pack) is always a good idea in case you need them!
- Stem Organic Cotton Graphic Tee & Paint Splatter Jogger Pants
- Love Frill Graphic Tee & Skirt Set
- Jersey Lined Jean Joggers
- Polka Dot Chambray Romper
- Hooded Canvas Jacket
- Flutter Polka Dot Romper
- Ruffle Bodysuit & Chambray Bubble Bloomers Set (I can’t take how cute)
- Tucker + Tate Eyelet Ruffle Top
- Organic Cotton Jean Jacket
- Lemon Sundress
Other Little Accessories:
- Baby Girl Headbands and Bows Classic Knot Nylon Headwrap Super Soft Stretchy
- Baby Girl Headband and Bows (Thin Straps)
- Toptim Baby Headbands Turban Knotted, Girl’s Hairbands
- Newborn Hats for the Hospital
- Baby Letter Book: My mom got us this and I think it’s such a cute and sweet thing to do with your partner before baby arrives and as she grows!
This list is big, so don’t feel overwhelmed! I did so much research along with consulting mamas and friends, and will make sure to keep this updated (I’ll add dates that it’s updated on), X out things that absolutely didn’t work or I didn’t feel are needed, add things I wished I had sooner, and provide my honest review for all the above once babe is here and settled! Do note this post contains affiliate links but all links are things truly researched and on my registry.
Hope it helps you!
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April 3, 2020
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