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What to Register For Baby

December 13, 2015

During pregnancy, you’ll want to prepare for all of the items you’ll need once baby is here. If you’re lucky enough to have a baby shower thrown for you, you’ll also want to register for items you’ll need prior to the baby shower. With SO many baby products out there, what items do you REALLY need? We’ll highlight our must-haves in this article.

But, first- a bit of advice:

First tip: invite a friend or sister who already has a baby to register with you. They will help you know what items are must-haves and what items you can pass on. If you don’t have a sister or friend with a baby, no worries! We’ve got your back- just read on!

Second tip: when you are at a store to register at, work your way by departments. For example, start in the diaper area. Look at all of the items they have related to diapers and changing baby first before you scan any items you want. That way you can prioritize what really catches your eye. Then, go back and scan whatever items you are definite on.

Third tip: do your research. Read this article, ask your friends, look at customer ratings on baby products. These tactics will help you decide what to register for- especially when there are so many of the same type of baby products.

Fourth tip: register for the essentials that you’ll need sooner than later. With a baby, you’ll find that many popular baby products you won’t need until the baby is older.

Now, what items are must-haves? Here are the essentials:

Diaper Needs

  • You will be surprised how often you will need to change a newborn’s diaper. Be prepared with these items:
  • Diapers (we recommend getting a bunch of newborn sizes and some size 1 boxes as well)
  • Baby wipes
  • Diaper cream
  • Changing pad

Feeding Needs

If you are planning on bottle feeding your baby, plan for these items:

  • Formula
  • Bottles
  • Bottle brush
  • Bottle warmer
  • Burp cloths
  • Pacifier

If you are planning on nursing your baby, plan for these items:

  • A pump (check with your insurance- some pumps are covered under the Obama Care plan)
  • Burp cloths
  • Bottles
  • Nursing pillow (we liked using the Boppy)
  • Nursing pads
  • Nursing bra
  • Lanolin
  • Nursing cover
  • Pacifier  (even if you don’t plan on giving your baby a binky, have one just in case)
  • When your baby gets older, they’ll be able to start eating solids. For that time, you’ll need:
  • Bibs
  • Baby spoons
  • Small bowls
  • High chair

Baby’s Sleeping/Nursery

Many parents keep the baby in their bedrooms for the first 4 months, so often times, parents don’t need a crib right away. You can opt for a crib early on, or wait and use a bassinet until they are moved into their own room.

Here are some other items to help with the baby’s nursery and at sleeping time:

  • Crib
  • Bassinet
  • Mattress
  • Owlet Smart Sock (of course we had to include our favorite baby monitor!)
  • Crib sheet
  • Swaddle blankets


There are so many cute baby clothes available that it may be difficult to not go too crazy buying all the adorable outfits. But, remember when they are just tiny, you’ll want to keep them warm and bundled. Save all the cutesy outfits for when they are a bit older, and get these practical items:

  • Onesies (buy a preemie size pack + a newborn size pack)
  • Socks
  • 5-7 outfits
  • Hand mittens (if your baby outfits do not have the hand covers)
  • 4-6 pajama sets (note: we love the zipper outfits, as they are the easiest to work with during those late-night diaper changing sessions)
  • Hats (2-3 lightweight hats to keep baby’s head warm)
  • Outerwear for appropriate season (sun hats, coats, warm hat, etc.)


Sometimes you feel like you have to take baby’s entire bedroom with you whenever you leave the house, but, you should be able to get by with these essentials for now:

  • Car seat
  • Diaper bag
  • Stroller (You will be able to find adapters that are compatible with your car seat to hook into your stroller.)

Bathing Baby

Once you’re finally able to fully bathe baby, these essentials will make bath time so much enjoyable for you and baby:

  • Infant tub (We have the Puj tub and love it.)
  • Washcloths
  • Baby soap
  • Baby towel with hood
  • Baby lotion


Once baby has their awake time, you’ll be happy you are prepared with these items:

  • Bouncy chair
  • Baby toys, such as rattles, musical toy, board books
  • Play mat

Baby Carrier

While this may not be an essential for many, some new parents tend to use a baby carrier, such as a Bjorn or Ergo (with the newborn insert), or a wrap early on.

As we mentioned, these are just what we think are “essentials” for the newborn days. Once baby arrives, you’ll find that you have favorite items that you are constantly using. Regardless, you will find what works for you and your little one together.

Finally, once baby gets older, you can find many great ideas for more baby essentials on Pinterest here.

Is there a baby essential that you would add to the list?

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Lacey Pappas

Mother of 2 silly boys and a new baby girl. Happily married. Love to laugh, inspire others, take pretty photos, and curl up with a good book.

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