There are few things as intimidating as registering for your first baby. Or your second baby for that matter… so much can change in a few, short years!
I have divided it up into a few categories below to try to make it as simple as possible. For being so tiny, babies sure can be complicated!
Before you start reading, be sure to actually go and create your baby registry! My two favorite places are Target and Amazon. Both will give you a completion coupon for 10% off of the items you end up purchasing yourself to finish up your registry. (Amazon gives 15% off to Prime members!)
Now sit back and get ready to add lots of things to those baby registry.
bottles: these Como Tomo bottles are our FAVORITE! Ben had a great latch from the beginning and he was able to start using these bottles at 5 days old without have any issues going back and forth from nursing to using a bottle. Plus they are wide which makes them easy to clean.
burp cloths: We started with 8 burp cloths… and we ended up needing more. So stock up!
bottle warmer: Whether you’re pumping or formula feeding, you’ll need a bottle warmer. I loved this one with Ben. It was very predictable as far as the temperature of the milk every time.
drying rack / bottle brush / stem: The grass version is smaller, so go big and get the lawn! And get the twig and stem, too. They’re good for holding nipples, binkys, etc.
bottle soap: You will want to use a soap specifically formulated for bottles/children. They contain less ingredients and are safer for baby.
bibs: We usually did not worry about either of our babies wearing a bib on a day-to-day basis. Before they started eating solids, we just used cloth bibs occasionally if they were wearing an outfit we really wanted to keep from getting spit up on it. Once they started solids we used bibs with a pocket at the bottom to catch food. Bonus points if it is a bib that is easy to wipe down.
breast pump: If you are returning to work outside the home then you will definitely need a pump. I had trouble getting Blaire to latch, so I actually started using a pump our first day home from the hospital. If you have your choice, the Spectra S1 was amazing for me. I had a Medela Pump in Style first (since that is what I was able to buy locally with my health insurance). The Spectra S1 has a rechargeable battery so you are not stuck near an outlet while pumping.
breast milk storage bags: If you are going to pump milk to feed right away, then you can keep them in bottles. If you are going to pump milk to store for more than a few days, you will need to freeze it. To freeze it, you will need storage bags. You can pump directly into the bags with an adapter for your pump, or you can pump into a bottle and then transfer it to the bags after.
nipple cream: Nipple cream will help soothe your nipples, especially during the first few weeks of breastfeeding.
cooling nipple gel pads: These are made to soothe your nipples. They help relieve the pain that can come from your pump, an improper latch or just while your body is getting used to this new stage of your life.
breast therapy pads: These were a must have for me as my body was getting used to nursing. You can heat them in the microwave and the heat can help release any milk that can be stuck in your ducts.
nursing pads: You will need bra pads to help soak up any milk that may leak. You may also need them in the last few weeks of your pregnancy since some ladies start to produce colostrum even before baby is born.
breast pump cleaning wipes: I kept these in my pump bag for work. They made it easy to clean my parts since I was never able to pump in a room with a sink in it to clean my parts with soap/water.
nursing bra: Be sure to stock up on a few nursing bras. These nursing bras are perfect to sleep in and this one is great for everyday wear.
pumping bandeau: This bandeau will let you pump hands-free. Definitely a must-have! You cannot eat, drink or scroll through your phone if you are not pumping hands-free.
pump parts: Depending on which pump you end up with, be sure to purchase at least one set of back up parts. You do not want to be stuck without in the middle of the night or at work. Most pumps need valves, membranes, tubes and breast shields.
nursery / home
changing table: With Blaire we placed the changing table pad on top of her dresser. You can buy a little square to set in top of the dresser to fit around the changing pad. With Ben we bought an actual changing table with some storage under neath.
changing pad & covers: Babies are so messy and I cannot even count how many times I had to change the changing pad cover some days. So make sure you have a few changing pad covers. We had three and that was enough, even though some times we just went without a cover if it had been a rough few days.
sound machine: The Hatch Sound Machine is more than just a sound machine. You can control it through an app on your phone. As your child gets older, you can do things like set a time for it to wake them.
video monitor: First, we tried a plain old-fashioned baby monitor and it was not good enough for me. I needed to be able to see my baby. I like this model because you can add more videos to the same monitor as your family grows.
binky: Both of my kids have been binky lovers! We loved wubba nubs (binkys with animals attached) because we did not lose them as easily. If she spit it out in her car seat, the animal would sit on her chest and she would usually be able to get it back into her mouth on her own. Also, they are just really cute.
diaper pail: We have loved our diaper pail. Be sure to get refills, too.
Dockatot: We did not have the Dockatot with Blaire, but it was a lifesaver with Ben. He slept SO well in it and slept through the night much sooner than Blaire ever did. We used it in our bed for cosleeping and used the larger one in his crib for sleeping (after he was 12 months old). You can save $10 off your Dockatot by purchasing through this link.
bassinet: You will want something portable to keep in your room so baby can sleep close to you in those early weeks/months.
glider & ottoman: The glider in the nursery has been the perfect place to nurse, cuddle and rock babies back to sleep when they wake up in the middle of the night. It is also the perfect place to read books before bed time.
sofie the giraffe: Both of my babies loved her as their first favorite teether.
crib/crib mattress/crib sheets
health / on the go
baby tula free to grow carrier: If you are looking for a baby carrier, this is your go-to. It has more structure than a wrap, and can be easier to put on. I liked using something structured with both kids once they were a little bigger. You can wear baby on your front or back with this.
solly baby wrap: This baby wrap is the best! It fits baby up to 25 lbs.
nursing cover: This nursing cover is so cool! It is a 4-in-1 nursing/car seat/shopping cart/high chair cover. The best part? This brand is the originator and of the 4-in-1 design and they have so many cute prints to choose from.
baby bath: We loved this baby bath with Ben. It fit in our kitchen sink or the bathtub. When we was a newborn. We could place a warm towel in it to keep him toasty as we gave him the traditional newborn washcloth bath.
back seat mirror and window shades: I did not even think to register for a backseat mirror, but realized as soon as I went somewhere alone with Blaire how badly I needed one. Go 10 minutes without seeing what your baby is up to back there? Nope.
digital smart thermometer: This thermometer is so cool! It links to an app on your phone to help track your child’s temps. It might seem like overkill, but when you have a sick kid and your doctor’s office is asking what their temps have been like, you will be so happy to be able to see it all documented on your phone for you.
nose frida: Again, until you have a sick kid you might think this is weird or gross. But once you realize how effective it is to help your congested baby, you’ll be SO glad you have it.
misc: diaper rash cream, grooming kit
side snap shirts/onesies: These little shirts are the best for those early days with your newborn. Since they snap on the side, you don’t have to worry about putting a onesie over that tiny little head. I didn’t even know they existed until Blaire was born and this was what they used in the hospital.
onesies: For the first few months, you’ll be dressing your baby in an extra layer to help them stay warm, so you’ll want to stock up.
mittens / hats & socks |You’ll want at least a few pairs of tiny mittens and socks because they go missing so easily! Although, it’s amazing when you find PJs with built in mittens, since those won’t fall off. And you’ll want at least a few hats to keep your precious tiny babe warm for the first month or so. We lose so much heat from our heads, and babies aren’t able to regulate their own body temps, which means keeping their heads covered is important.
zip up pjs: Trust me, you NEED zip up PJs. None of those snapping jammies. The Cloud Island line from Target are AMAZING. They have an inverted zipper so they zip from the bottom up, which means you don’t need to unzip the entire thing to change a diaper. They also have build in mittens to keep baby from scratching his/herself.
baby swing: This swing was a saving grace with Blaire. For months, and months, and months, and months. For Ben we used a rock ‘n play and the mamaroo instead.
rock ‘n play: There are two different types of Rock ‘n Plays.One plugs in and is considered “auto” and the other you have to manually rock. This Rock ‘n Play is an automatic… because sometimes mama’s arms just need a break. This was Ben’s favorite thing from our first full day home from the hospital. For us the rock ‘n play was what we could easily move around the house.
(Added 4/13/19: As of April 12, 2019 all Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleepers have been recalled. The recall states, “Since the 2009 product introduction, over 30 infant fatalities have occurred in Rock ‘n Play Sleepers, after the infants rolled over while unrestrained, or under other circumstances.” You can read the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper recall report here.)
mamaroo: We used a swing with Blaire and then the Rock ‘n Play and the MamaRoo with Ben. I wouldn’t say you need all three. Ben liked the mamaroo once he was about 2 months old then he loved it and it could get him right to sleep even when nothing else soothed him.
Pack ‘n Play: This pack ‘n play is SO easy to set up and put away. It has an infant insert. Although it is not flat, so it’s not for baby to sleep in, but Ben did like to hang out in it when I was cleaning or getting ready. It’s higher off the ground than the mamaroo or the rock ‘n play so he could even watch out the windows.
travel system: We opted to start with an infant carseat and then moved to a convertible carseat once Blaire was close to 20lbs. Having a carseat we could easily move in and out of the car, and being able to buckle Blaire into the seat while we were still inside was nice. If you have more than one car, you’ll want to have an extra base.
diapers / wipes
And last, but not least, do not forget the diapers! We LOVE Pampers Swaddlers and used them on our children from the beginning. We have tried others, but always go back to Pampers because their quality really is the best.
There you have it! My mama favorites for your very own baby registry. I’d love to know which pieces you’re most excited about. For me, I loved putting together her nursery. AND for some reason I was really pumped about the lawn drying rack. …the things that make mamas happy.
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