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!

My Baby Registry

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

Nursery:

  • 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.

Feeding & Accessories:

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.

Carriers:

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!

If/as we add other carriers into the mix, I will make sure to update!

Bathtime:

Diapering:

  • 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!

Travel/On-the-Go:

  • 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 BlanketI 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!

*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:

Health/Safety/Baby Skincare: 

Put together a safety kit with all the things you’ll need in case!

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.

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.

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.

Basics:

Fun/Cute:

Other Little Accessories:


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!

XO,

Lexi


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April 3, 2020

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19 responses to “My Baby Registry Must Haves”

  1. sarah says:

    Thank you so much!! I’m due in August and have been deep in the research process of making a baby registry. This was so helpful! I just added about 1/2 of your items to my list!

  2. Kahlie says:

    Just had a baby in February. Again not needed but so nice to have Hatch Baby scale/changing pad. The app has the ability to keep track of weight, feedings, sleep, etc. it’s nice to have a scale and changing pad in one to see how much they are eating/gaining.

    The Hatch Rest nightlight/sound machine is also a game changer for nighttime feedings and drowning out the noise. I like the Owlet especially when my husbands gone at work and I’m by myself at night. Just gives me peace of mind but that’s just me

  3. Kat says:

    Hello and congratulations! We have a 2.5 Month old so it’s all pretty new to us as well. After reading your list (which is very comprehensive!) two things I found useful were not on there.

    A steriliser for your bottles and dummies (might have missed it) but dishwashers don’t sterilise properly so we use a microwave steriliser before each feed (we express and bottle feed the milk).

    The other thing we found useful was a room thermometer (unless you have a reliable thermostat). We live in a warm climate so this was invaluable.
    The last thing is a jar of dog Bite size treats so when you feed the baby, you give one to the dog/s to create positive associations between the dogs/Bub and feeding.

    Good luck and all the best x

  4. Becky Vess says:

    Loved the spectra S1, it sounds ridiculous but it’s easy to pack and go, and honestly taking trips to see family out of state I have 100% used it to pump while in the car and on the go!

    We loved the inglestina hook on high chair, honestly so much so that we didn’t buy another.

    Agree with the person above that you probably want some way to sterilize bottles, pump parts etc. Dr. Browns makes microwave bags that are super easy.

    TMI moment but the earth mama perineal spray was a god send after baby.

  5. Julie says:

    Second time mom here! A couple tips:
    (1)We LOVE the Merlin suit but you’ll need to buy at least 2 of them because they need to air dry, and that can take 12+ hours.
    (2) I EBF both my kids, but like you I always wanted formula in the house just in case. My tip with that is to reach out to the company that you would want to buy from and ask for samples. That way, if you need it you have it, but you’re not buying more than you need.
    Hope this helps and congrats again! 😉

  6. Liz says:

    Cannot say enough good things about the Ollie swaddle! And honest diapers are by far the most absorbent. I wanted to share a tip for those local to MA or have family/friends close by – you can email UppaBaby and purchase from their factory at a discount if you tell them what you’re looking for! A great way to save some money and make sure usable products don’t end up in landfill (open box but unused condition I believe).

  7. Christina says:

    Naked panda designs for baby carrier. Can use much sooner on back and so squishy soft. Molds amazingly to baby.

    And bamboobies instead of disposable nursing pads.

    If you end up flying a lot get a phil and teds traveler pack n play. It can fit in a checked luggage. It takes up about 25% of the space. Car seats and strollers fly free but not other baby gear.

    And clothes sizing is based on average sized babies, so since you are petite plan to be in sizes longer than they say. The length/height on the tags are more accurate.

  8. Janeen says:

    Hello! Congrats! I just had a little guy back in January. I read your registry post and you have great things on there. Somethings no one told me…. having a very small dimming light next to bed is necessary. Something to give just enough light that you can see what you’re doing or see the baby but not wake the baby up. I bought a battery operated one.

    Also, onesies with handcuffs! My guy basically spent the whole first month in them. The little mittens for their hands are terrible. They fall off nonstop. And, they worried me that he would get them off in his mouth at night.

    Also, since you’re a girl in the kitchen like I am…we put his bouncy chair in the kitchen when he was about a week old and it hasn’t moved. It’s so convenient having it there to put him in to make a bottle, make a meal for myself, wash a few dishes while supervising him, etc.

  9. Ali says:

    Congrats and thanks so much for the in depth & super helpful post! I’m also a mama to be due this summer and was wondering if during your search you found anything against using the uppa baby bassinet as a sleep solution instead of the halo/snoo options? The vista was our first purchase and I’ve seen so many mixed reviews on using the bassinet as an overnight sleep solution in our room. It’s nice that it was included when we purchased our stroller, but now we’re just trying to figure out if we should also ask for a halo/snoo type bassinet for sleeping (if that means for a safer sleep solution for baby). Appreciate your insights (or any other mama, please chime in!)

  10. Lisa Barbuto says:

    Your list is stacked! The keekaroo peanut has been a lifesaver. As a mom of twin boys the blowouts are definitely a real thing and the ease and speed of clean up on the keekaroo is far better than having to throw a changing pad in the wash.

    In terms of thermometers I love our Braun ear thermometer but I have noticed the temperature is always a little off. After having both boys in the NICU we learned the 2 best things to have are a suction bulb (for the snot) and a plain old thermometer for under their armpit which is the most accurate way to check the temperature.

    We also received the frida cool mist humidifier and how sleek and easy it is to use the cool mist sprays everywhere which can ruin your furniture if you have it on the dresser. We also noticed it’s not big enough to go for as long as we would like. We trialed the Honeywell cool air humidifier and loved it. It’s super easy to clean.

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  11. Caren Williams says:

    Hi Lexi! Congratulations to you! A friend recommended your blog and I’ve been following for recipes for awhile now. I just had my first baby, a little girl, 4 weeks ago. I noticed a lot of great items and things that I have and love on your registry like the frida baby kit (I use the nose frida pretty much everyday!), solly baby wrap and Ubbi diaper pail (we have one for the main level of our house and one for upstairs!).

    I noticed that you have the Nuna pipa car seat and car mirrors on your list and although I hate to butt in, I felt strongly about letting you know that I recommend against both for safety reasons. I should mention that I am also a pediatric nurse practitioner, and since early in my career have been following a blog called The Car Seat Lady (thecarseatlady.com). The car seat lady is actually a longtime labor and delivery nurse named Debby Baer. I was able to consult her and learned that she used to have the Nuna seats for her grand children, but in more recent crash testing the brand did not perform well so she has discontinued using them and switched to Clek, which she tells me is the safest seat on the market. I too was looking at the Nuna and loved that it is so light, but based on her advice we ended up with the clek liing and it’s quite light as well. It can also be installed in any car just with the seatbelt, so without the base! This is so great because it means you can travel without the base and you don’t need to spend the money on a base for your husband’s car. With respect to the mirror, I advise against it as well because in the event of a car accident it can detach and become a projectile, and the force and speed with which it travels is extremely dangerous- a tip I also learned from Debby. You can contact her via her website, she is always happy to advise new parents.

    I hope this is helpful info, and please feel free to reach out to Debby if you have any questions about the car seat!

  12. Erica says:

    First off, congratulations! Such an exciting time!

    I have a 10 month old and through trial and error I can say that there are so many things on your list that we have used and absolutely loved! (Keekaroo peanut changer, Inglesina fast chair, Ergobaby Omni 360 carrier and Solly wrap have all been great among other things).

    The only thing i’ll add is that we have the Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail and it worked great until our little started solids. Since then, anytime you open the pail to put a diaper in the smell fills the entire room, and it is bad! We change the bag very frequently, but it doesn’t seem to help. It’s just something I wish I had known before buying it!

    Also, I agree with the poster above – the Bamboobies nursing pads are amazing and SO soft. Definitely recommend!

  13. Whitney says:

    Loved having a stroller fan! Essential with summer babies! I found that I could clip it to the canopy of the stroller and direct it right on baby. You do you mama! You got this!

  14. Kate says:

    Hi Lexi, one item that I used multiple times a day, every single day (for years!) was a soft shawl to wrap around baby and me while breastfeeding. It was one of the most useful items I ever bought! Good luck with your baby journey xxxxx

  15. Laura Collins says:

    Just a hint: when packing a diaper bag, include a change of shirt for yourself. More than once I had a baby with some very unfortunate clean-up needs away from home, and, while I could freshen up the baby, I was sometimes wearing residual mess that I would have preferred to have avoided.

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