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Your Essential Baby Registry Checklist

Team Peanut
Team Peanutabout 1 month ago7 min read

Looking for the ultimate baby registry checklist? We’ve got you covered. Read on for the ins and outs of putting your registry together.

Baby Registry Checklist

Babies come with a lot of paraphernalia.

For such little beings, they certainly need an entourage of items to get them through the day.

And, in the spirit of the old proverb of it takes a village to raise a child, friends and family will likely want to jump in and help you get the stuff you need together.

So what should be on your baby registry checklist?

We’ll take you through our ultimate list. But first, the 411 on baby registry essentials.

In this article: 📝

  • What to put on your baby registry
  • What do you actually need on a baby registry?
  • What should you not put on your baby registry?
  • When in pregnancy should you start a registry?
  • What is the most popular baby registry?
  • 74 must-have baby registry items

What to put on your baby registry

A baby registry is a list of things that you need for your baby.











It’s typically organized and managed at one store or marketplace — either online or locally — and the process is facilitated by the retailer.

So once you’ve put your list together, you can step away.

There are many benefits to having a registry.

The first is that you will get gifts you actually need.

It also takes the stress out of shopping for your baby shower guests.

Plus, because the registry will keep track of what’s already been bought, you can avoid a situation where you have duplicates.

And there’s another bonus here.

Many registries offer a bunch of perks.

Hello discounts, price matching, freebies, and easy returns!

What do you actually need on a baby registry?

The wonderful thing about a baby registry is that it can cover your full range of needs.

From small essentials like diapers and diaper pins to larger items like high chairs, there’s so much choice here.

And all of it will be useful.

What should you not put on your baby registry?

There are no exact rules here — but there are some items worth thinking twice about.

Consider what you actually need.

There’s so much marketed at new mamas that it can be hard to separate out what is essential and what is just the product of good marketing.

Things like baby wipe warmers and baby cologne (yep, it exists) are perhaps best left off the list.

And the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against using baby powder as it can cause breathing problems.

And while breast pumps are more on the essential side, health insurance plans must cover breastfeeding equipment.

So it’s probably not necessary to put these on the list.

Also, try not to go overboard with luxury, expensive items.

Strollers, car seats, and cribs are necessary, but they come with a hefty price tag.

Unless you have family and friends who want to put their money together to buy these big-ticket items, they can be quite an ask!

You also may want to note that your registry doesn’t have to only include new items.

Babies are babies for a pretty short period of time.

So passing items from one mama to the next can be a cost-effective and sustainable solution.

Plus, they come with a story.

And consider going beyond newborn items.

Again, the time flies by and you’ll soon be needing to upsize.

When in pregnancy should you start a registry?

If you’re having a shower or sprinkle, it’s a good idea to set up the registry before you send the invites out.

That will give your community ample time to shop.

And while there’s no one way to do this thing, showers are generally held early in the third trimester — usually, it’s the sweet spot when symptoms are not too bad and you’re not too close to your due date.

So working back from there, sending out invites about a month to six weeks before your shower should give your guests enough time to prepare.

And all going well, your registry will be set up by then so that you can get the details to your guests.

(Don’t stress if it doesn’t work out exactly like this. You can always send them a note about the registry down the line.)

What is the most popular baby registry?

Right, now it’s time to choose your registry.

There are various options here, depending on your needs.

Here are some of our top picks:

Amazon

When it comes to easily ticking off all the essentials in a way that’s convenient for your friends and family, it’s hard to beat Amazon.

It also means that your guests can easily get their gifts delivered to you even if you’re having a virtual shower.

The Tot

If you go for this option, you’ll be looking at some well-curated items that teams of experts have tested.

Plus, they are an eco-conscious platform.

The site is also very easily navigable, and the registry easy to set up.

buybuyBABY

This one’s a good option if you’re looking for great deals and perks.

They offer significant membership deals and have in-store pick-up and same-day delivery options.

If you want to shop local, you may also want to register at a baby store in your neighborhood.

This can be a particularly good idea if all your guests live in your area.

74 must-have baby registry items

Ready to get your list together?

Decide which of these baby registry must-haves you’d like to include.

Wearing

  1. Short-sleeve onesies
  2. Long-sleeve onesies
  3. Socks
  4. Footed pajamas
  5. Non-footed pajamas
  6. Leggings
  7. Sweaters
  8. Hoodies
  9. Sun hats
  10. Winter hats
  11. Bathing suits
  12. Snowsuit
  13. Booties

Feeding

  1. Bibs
  2. Breast pump and parts (if you’re not getting this through your health insurance)
  3. Nipple cream
  4. Nursing cover
  5. Nursing pillow
  6. Nursing bras
  7. Baby bottles
  8. Bottle brushes
  9. Bottle drying rack
  10. Breast milk storage bags
  11. Formula
  12. Sippy cups
  13. Small bowls
  14. Baby utensils
  15. High chair

Sleeping

  1. Swaddling blankets
  2. Sleep sacks
  3. Crib
  4. Bassinet
  5. Baby monitor
  6. White noise machine

Cleaning and grooming

  1. Bath tub
  2. Nail trimmers
  3. Baby-safe laundry detergent
  4. Hooded towels
  5. Washcloths
  6. Baby shampoo
  7. Bath toys
  8. Baby shampoo
  9. Baby toothbrush and toothpaste
  10. Baby lotion

Pooping and peeing

  1. Diapers (You get to choose whether you’re going cloth or disposable.)
  2. Baby wipes
  3. Diaper cream
  4. Diaper pail
  5. Diaper bag
  6. Changing pads

Healing and comforting

  1. Pacifier
  2. Teething ring
  3. Thermometer
  4. Saline nasal drops
  5. Suction bulb

Playing and learning

  1. Soft baby books
  2. Baskets for toy storage
  3. Activity mat or baby play gym
  4. Stacking blocks
  5. Teething toys
  6. Rattle
  7. Stuffed animals
  8. Baby swing
  9. Baby jumper or bouncer
  10. Nursery decor

Traveling

  1. Car seat
  2. Baby carrier
  3. Stroller (expensive, of course. But may be an option for a few people to go in together)
  4. Stroller bunting
  5. Stroller phone holder
  6. Portable changing pad

Memory making

  1. Photo albums
  2. Photo frames
  3. Baby’s first-year book

All the best, mama!

Exciting times ahead.

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