It’s not quite as exciting as bringing a new life into the world, but creating a baby registry is still a fun and exciting bonus to being pregnant. A baby registry is an excellent tool you can use to prepare for parenthood and make sure you have everything you need when your baby finally does arrive. Plus, people won’t be stuck for ideas, and you reduce the chance of receiving two of the same item.
New parents browsing through online stores can be overwhelmed by the range of options they have, so we’ve put together this baby registry checklist of the essential items you should include on your baby registry, so you are fully prepared for parenthood.
You can start working on your baby registry as soon as you hear the good news. If you plan on waiting before you shout it from the rooftops, many online retailers allow you to create a discreet registry so you can start adding to it while keeping it on the down-low until you are ready to let people know. Use this baby registry checklist to ensure you don’t forget anything.
Babies never fail to amaze new parents about how much poop they can produce, and most are shocked to find that all the stories are true. Diapers, wipes, diaper cream, cotton balls, and swabs will always be welcome gifts and essential for any baby registry checklist. You can never have too many diapers and the items that go with them. These items are also great options for your friends who may need to stick to a tight budget but still want to gift you with something you need.
You will need a surprising amount of bathing accessories to keep your new baby clean and healthy. A baby tub, soft towels, washcloths, baby-safe shampoos, and simple bath toys are all excellent gift ideas that will be essential items in your home. There are a dizzying array of baby tub designs and price points to choose from, so it might be a good idea to go and check them out at the shops before you add one to your baby registry.
Bedding is pretty basic for a new baby. Safe sleep practices involve only adding a fitted sheet onto the crib mattress without crib bumpers, pillows, stuffed animals, or blankets. You will need 2 or 3 fitted sheets and a waterproof mattress protector as well.
Numerous outfit changes are part and parcel of parenting life with a newborn because they are messy, drooly, and they leak without notice. Make sure you add the following to your baby gift registry checklist:
Baby’s are either eating or sleeping and doing a lot of both, so add the following items to your baby gift registry if you are breastfeeding:
If you are not breastfeeding, you will only need to include:
If it’s your first baby, there are a few big-ticket items you can’t do without including:
Choose a baby car seat you can adjust as your baby grows bigger, so you don’t have to buy another model when they are ready to face forward in the vehicle. Other items you might like to have include a white noise machine, a baby monitor, and a light dimmer or night light.
Babies can make it a logistical challenge to get mobile. Fortunately, there are a lot of travel accessories to make getting around with a baby a lot more convenient, including:
As you can see, new babies need a lot of stuff, so you can get an idea of how handy a baby registry checklist can be for making sure you don’t forget any of the essentials.