A baby registry is a great way to make sure you don’t end up with three diaper pails and too many newborn outfits. But putting together a baby registry can feel overwhelming. How do you know what to include and, even more importantly, what not to include, so you can make sure you don’t end up with items that will never be used more than once? Here is a list of must-have items to include in your baby list to get you started on the right path.
- Essential big-ticker items
Shopping for all the essential big-ticket items on your baby list can get expensive. But there are a few essential items that you would need for the baby. So why not include them in your registry?
- Car Seat
The hospital will not let you bring the baby home (if you are driving) without a car seat. There are many different styles and brands to choose from. If you are a first-time mom, we recommend investing in an infant seat, as they come with a base, so you can easily click the seat on and off.
Don’t cheap out when you pick your stroller. Find a good sturdy stroller that will fit your lifestyle. Go to the store and try out a few before you add it to your registry. Here are a few things you should consider when shopping for a stroller. Who will be using it the most? Will you be taking it on the bus?
What type of terrain will you use it?
- Nursing chair or glider
A rocking chair or a glider will be a great addition to the nursery. You will be able to relax and lull your baby to sleep in one.
- Cord blood kit
Give your baby a gift that lasts a lifetime. Did you know that your baby’s umbilical cord and the blood left over are valuable sources of newborn stem cells? In the past, the umbilical cord and the placenta used to be discarded as medical waste. Now you have the option to collect the cord blood and the cord tissue after birth and preserve these stem cells. Adding a cord blood collection kit to your registry will give you baby (and your family) access to preserved stem cells that will last a list time. Read more about why you should consider banking cord blood here.
- Mid-range essentials
You will want to include gift items that are in several different price points to accommodate all your friends and family. Here are a few essentials that falls into the mid-range.
- Meal delivery service
Once you bring your newborn home, you will be too exhausted to cook. You want to be eating healthy and nutritious meals, especially if you plan to breastfeed. So, why not add a meal delivery plan to your registry?
- Baby carrier
Snuggle with your baby or get your chores done? You don’t have to choose if you have a baby carrier. You can give your newborn the comfort of feeling like they are back inside your belly and have your hands free at the same time. There are several different types of carriers, so we recommend trying a few out before you add one to your registry.
- Diaper pail
A disposable diaper system is essential for keeping your nursery smelling fresh. Look at things like the type of liner used, how you will be disposing dirty diapers, and how easy it is to empty when considering a diaper system.
- Bottle sterilizer
A sterilizer is not essential. But if you are a germophobe, you may find having this nice-to-have item comforting. If you are going to be bottle-feeding your baby, you may find a sterilizer handy.
- Something for everyone
We are going to finish off our list with three essential must add items to your baby list.
- Baby bathtub
Bathing your newborn can be tricky at first. A baby bathtub may be just the thing to help you get comfortable. You can use the baby tub inside your bathtub. It will also be easy to control the water temperature and hold your baby’s in place with a baby tub.
- Car seat protector
If your car seat is installed correctly, it won’t damage your seats, but children will. Having a car seat protector will make it easier to keep your car clean.
You want to make sure your baby stays warm and comfortable while he or she sleeps. Since it is not recommended that you use blankets in the crib, why not invest in a wearable blanket? Sleepsacks with zippers are also great for easy diaper changes in the middle of the night.
Putting together a baby registry can be fun. Remember to start with essential baby items and have gifts at several different price points to give everyone a chance to buy something for you and your baby.