When I was pregnant with my now (almost) one year old, I don’t know how many people offered me advice on what to put on my registry. Recommendations seemed to be all over the place. Then, friends that had babies within a few months had things on their registries that I had never even seen or heard of. And once baby was a year, I had something delivered from Amazon Prime basically every day for a month. By the time my daughter reached the 11 month mark, a lot of my registry items were no longer in use, had been donated, or simply were never even opened. So, I’ll throw my two cents in and tell you what I wish I had on my registry, what I had too much of, and what I’d buy again and again. (And I’m not kidding you when I said you’ll use 110+ things in baby’s first 6 months. Damn, kids are needy.)
First of all, don’t limit yourself to one place. Consider registering on MyList, Amazon, or Target so that other retailers can be added to your list as well. Most everything here can be found on Amazon (also where I found all the pictures). I’ve provided links to as many products as possible and I’ve included a free printable checklist.
- Furniture. A crib, a crib mattress, a changing table (preferably some type of dresser with storage), a glider/rocker, a table for you. I have more than this, and its definitely too much (especially if you have an available closet in baby’s room).
- Lamp. Make sure you have a good lamp that allows you to see around the room without waking baby up too much. You’ll learn what a good “dream feed” is and how to change a diaper without stimulating baby too much preventing a return to sleep.
- Crib sheets. You’ll need at least 3. One for the crib, one in the laundry, and an extra one just in case.
- Blankets. You actually don’t need nearly as many of these as we ended up with. I recommend 3. There’s something magical about the number 3. Again, you can keep one in baby’s room, one in your room, and one with the car seat. Any more than that and it’s just more laundry!
- Black out curtains. Make sure baby can get good rest even during the day time and invest in some good black out curtains. Check out Amazon, Bed Bath and Beyond, or even Target.
- Diaper caddy or something to organize your changing table for diapers, wipes, creams, etc. I especially loved this one with a handle for the early days–I could take it from room to room with me and baby so I wasn’t holed up in one area.
- Changing table covers (at least a couple to match your decor) and changing pad liners. A friend recommended these changing table liners a couple days after we brought Ava home. They have been a lifesaver. It’s so much easier to change out one of these pads than an entire sheet. In the early days, you’ll be doing that a lot!
- Diapers. Again, VARIETY is key. Baby will likely grow out of a lot of sizes quickly. Ava was out of newborn size by 2 weeks, out of size 1 by 6 weeks, and out of size 2 by 4-ish months. But she’s been a solid size 3 for 7 months now and I’ve just now started thinking about size 4s. We ended up loving Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive and transitioned to Pampers Cruisers when she started crawling. At night, she wears Pampers Swaddlers Overnights and they do a pretty good job of keeping her dry. Another piece of advice: size up early. As soon as baby can fit into a size, a bigger size is more likely to keep them dry/avoid blow outs! Also, subscribe and save on Amazon to get 5-15% off!
- Wipes. Lots of wipes. We go through a refill pack every 7-10 days. We love Pampers Sensitive for these too.
- Desitin or other diaper cream of choice. I swear my Desitin because it worked for me 30+ years ago and it has done great for our baby girl as well. Just a dab will do! So you don’t need the big tub. A couple tubes will do just fine and you’ll be to keep one at home and one in the diaper bag too. Also, don’t wait for diaper rash to appear–an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Apply it every night!
- Diaper Pail. I’m hit or miss on this one. Our Ubbi diaper pail stinks. It has been stinky since Ava was about 8 months old. I know a lot of people that reuse their grocery sacks and simply throw out all the diapers at the end of the day, every day. We actually did this ourselves the first couple of weeks, and I sort of liked that routine and there was never a smelly diaper pail. But, taking the trash out twice a week is nice too.
- Diaper Pail Bags. You’ll need a lot of them if you use a diaper pail. Make sure you buy the correct kind for your specific brand of diaper pail.
- Diaper Pail Deodorizers. You can try the Arm and Hammer ones, or Fresh Wave, or charcoal based kinds. Get SOMETHING. You’ll need it. You’ll need a lot of them because none of them really work that well.
- Aquaphor. This is great as a backup for diaper rash but is a wonderful moisturizer (and less irritating than many lotions). It’s also great for helping baby heal quickly from those pesky, little nicks from their sharp, tiny nails and other boo-boos.
- Saline drops. Yep, you need these. Winter, summer, spring, and fall. You’ll need them to help the youngest babies clear their nose. Sadly, baby won’t love them. But you need them. Again, just a bottle will do unless baby gets really sick!
- Tylenol/Acetaminophen. This is one of the few medications you can give even the youngest of babies. (No motrin until at least 6 months!) It is great if you think baby has an upset tummy, fever, or other maladies. Ask your pediatrician about weight-based dosing. Also, try to find the sugar-free kind–no sense in starting baby on high fructose corn syrup too early!
- Probiotics. Baby girl was fussy with meals after a lot of her first bottles/breast feeding. We added probiotic drops to her bottle once a day and she has done fantatstic ever since. She has regular bowel movements and it’s rare that she seems to have any kind of upset tummy. Plus, babies are too young for yogurt and other dairy products that can help their gut create these healthy microbes. I love Mommy’s Bliss + vitamin D.
- Nasal aspirator. Again, you need one. Baby will hate it, you will hate it, but it’s a necessity. Some people love the Nose Frida–I personally thought it was a waste. It often didn’t work and the whole idea is pretty gross.
- Boogie Wipes. I LOVED these for the newborn stage and STILL love them at almost a year. They are simple wipes soaked in saline. They work great for runny noses, and for wiping the face and hands.
- Thermometer. Get a soft tipped one that you can use rectally (soft, flexible tip). That’s the most accurate way to measure a baby’s temperature to check for fever. In addition, if a little one is constipated, sometimes the stimulation from a rectal thermometer will help!
- Nail clippers. Another unfortunate necessity. Consider scissors if you’baby re not comfortable, but after a couple weeks, I was very comfortable clipping babies nails. I never used the small mittens for her hands.
- Sunscreen and insect repellent. Keep in mind you probably shouldn’t put these on baby until 6 months old (maybe earlier, but talk to your pediatrician first). Baby Bum is great and California Baby makes a gentle insect repellent that even I use for our morning walks.
- Hand sanitizer. Imperative. You need it in every room when baby is first coming home. You need to make sure everyone uses it. We now keep some in the kitchen/living room and some in the nursery with the diaper changing station.
- Disinfectant spray. We use this once a week and any time someone with a runny nose or any signs of a cold have been playing with Ava. We spray down her room, her high chair, and her toys. It’s quick and easy.
- Disinfectant wipes. We used this for specific toys, especially ones that were visibly dirty and her high chair. I also used them for breast bump parts.
- Pacifier/toy wipes. These are great, the pacifier ones have flavors as well. Keep toys clean. They are covered in saliva, dust, pet dander, etc. Make sure to clean the most used ones daily.
- Burp cloths. Seriously, you need several. At least a dozen. And you’ll STILL need to do laundry at least once a day. Some of my favorites:
- Aiden and Anais Burby Bibs These are are a great ones to keep in the diaper bag because they double as a bib and we STILL use them at almost a year old.
- KittyStar I love how soft and durable these are.
- Swaddles. Get at least three. Again, you’re still going to be doing laundry every day but you always need some extras. Plus you can keep one in a bag and one at home, etc.
- Aiden and Anais muslin swaddle. Great for the south in summer especially! Light weight and overheat, but great for keeping baby appropriately covered.
- SwaddleUp. Our absolute favorite of swaddles, and one I often give as a gift. It prevents the awful sound of velcro from waking baby at night, is easy to put on, and allows babies hands to move without getting to their face. The 50/50 is a great “weaning” swaddle as well.
- Clothes. Be careful here. EVERYONE is going to buy baby clothes for your little one. I finally got to shop for my daughter for the first time when she was 7 months old. She still has only worn maybe 7 outfits that I personally purchased for her. My biggest piece of advice–don’t buy too much of one size. You have NO idea how big baby will be on delivery day, or 4 weeks out, or 4 months out. Have a variety from the very beginning and don’t be too attached to anything that is newborn size! Find some of the best deals on the cutest clothes at Old Navy and Target.
- Socks and Sock Ons. Babies need to be covered, including their little toes. Get lots of socks, because you will lose them. But you also should get some Sock Ons in multiple colors and keep yourself from losing them anywhere but the washing machine.
- Pajamas. Once baby can roll over, swaddles won’t be as much use. So you’ll need some PJs. I LOVE Kickee Pants pajamas, especially the zip ones without footies…so much easier for baby to get around in!
- Bows. For the girls anyway. I have an entire bin full and still wish I had more. You can get a dozen bows on Amazon for cheap. Simple, grosgrain, solid bows…and with a dozen, you’ll have one for every day. But also, please go check out all the great retailers on Etsy with some really great bows. And check out, Little Poppy Company for a monthly fix! (There are other monthly ones on Etsy that are great as well.)
- Shoes. Ok, LIMIT yourself here. I successfully put shoes on my daughter for the first time when she was at least 2 weeks old. They barely fit her. She is now 11 months old and still wears a Gymboree size 3-6 months! Most kids won’t keep shoes on for long. We have entirely too many that our daughter has maybe worn one time. Invest in a couple good pairs in each size and leave it at that until they are truly walking. Others I recommend are:
- Skidders Canvas Walking Shoes
- Converse Chuck Taylor
- Mocassins (lots of brands including the popular Freshly Picked). Probably the easiest to get on but don’t offer as much support when baby starts walking.
- Sunglasses. Yes, for real. Get your baby some sunglasses. Babiators are awesome! It’s not just for looks though, protect those precious eyes from the sun.
- Hats. You’ll need some little beanies/head wraps if baby is born in winter. Come summer, baby needs a hat every time he/she sees the sun. A wide-brimmed one is even better. I have found great deals at Old Navy and love this one from Amazon.
- Swimsuit. Make sure you have an appropriately sized swimsuit for the summer months. You’ll want baby to experience a splash pad, or sprinklers, or even a dip in the pool as long as they are in your arms. Consider long sleeves to keep baby safe from the sun. (Also see my post about infant swim for another reason you’ll need a swimsuit!)
- Drool bibs x 6. When teething starts, you’ll want a bib for baby drool. These are typically smaller, come in packs of more than 1, and you’ll find them very useful for keeping their necks and clothes clean.
- Wash cloths. At least 6. You need one for every bath and for lots of other small events too.
- Hooded towels. I recommend 2 or 3. Again, one in the laundry and one in use. We keep three available at all times.
- Bath toys. Let baby enjoy the bath from day one. Ava LOVES to splash around with her friends and we find it entertaining to see which friend she invites in first. Also, this little Duck Thermometer is great for keeping bath temps at a safe level.
- Blooming Bath. If you’re bathing baby in the sink, this makes it much warmer, softer, and gives you a sense of security. If you’re bathing baby in the bathtub, this is a great place to lie them down and keep them warm. I will admit that taking care of this thing is sort of a hassle. Sure, you can just hang it up to dry, but that doesn’t always work to keep mildew away! (We still ended up with two, one for the sink and one we kept dry on the counter for diaper changes/pajamas).
- Bath mat. The bottom of the sink, the bottom of the shower, and the bottom of the tub are all slippery, dangerous places for baby. Especially if you’re not using the Blooming Bath mat, make sure you have a non-slip mat/surface on the bottom of whatever place you’ve chosen to bathe baby.
- Shampoo. Consider some for cradle cap like our favorite: Bella B Bee Gone Cradle Cap. We do baths every other day, and our Cetaphil Baby Wash/Shampoo lasted us nearly 6 months.
- Body wash. We used the Cetaphil combo for a while but now we just use the body wash. As someone with sensitive skin, I always recommend sensitive skin types of all brands and avoid too many scents. Babies smell good all on their own.
- Hair brush/comb. A small, soft-brushed hairbrush or a small comb. Start early so baby learns to love having their hair-combed. By 11 months, baby might start trying to help!
- Baby toothbrush/toothpaste. Fluoride free toothpaste and a baby toothbrush. Ava LOVES these. I think after watching me while I brush my teeth, she was super excited to try this in on her own. This toothbrush makes it especially easy for her to hold. Granted, she chews more than she brushes, but at least she’s trying!
- Pack N Play. Yes, you need this. You’ll need it to visit friends and family. To put baby down and safely walk away (you’re going to do this AT LEAST once). But you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg. I recommend getting an economical version that packs up compactly and is easy to carry. I spent the money on the “easy” 4Moms version, it’s heavy and bulky. I love the Graco version that my mom purchased for their home!
- Pack N Play sheets. You need at least one of these (two just in case they mess it up). Also consider a Pack N Play mattress if you find you’re using this a lot for baby’s naps, etc.
- Infant car seat. Don’t worry about buying a whole travel system (that was a total waste for us and we ended up giving away our original stroller). We loved the Chicco KeyFit 30.
- Infant car mirror. Since it is recommended that children face backwards for 2 solid years, do yourself a favor and get a mirror for the car so you can see their smiling (or not-so-smiling) faces while on the road.
- Convertible car seat. If you have friends that can really help you out with the big expenses, add at least one of these to your registry. Consider adding 2. Recent studies say that babies should be transitioned to these by 1 year (even if they still fit in their infant carrier seat).
- Infant car seat stroller. Get the simple kind that you can just pop the car seat in and out of. The small ones that fit into your car. Like this Chicco Caddy that I loved. Also consider a Doona if you are in and out of the car a lot. I just didn’t like how low the seat was when used as a stroller, but otherwise it is very convenient.
- Jogging stroller. If you’re ever thinking about taking baby for a walk, which I still do almost every day, get yourself a decent stroller with good wheels. We love our Baby Jogger City Mini GT.
- Umbrella stroller. Once baby is sitting up on their own, you’ll be able to use an umbrella stroller instead of having to lug the infant car seat around. You can find economical versions at Target like this Cosco Mickey Mouse one. We used one similar to this for 3 days in Seattle and it held up great!
- Stroller accessories. Bag organizer, cup holder, adapters for car seats. We had an adapter for our jogging stroller to fit the infant car seat. I also have an organizer on the back that effectively holds my cell phones, keys, and a drink. I find it hugely useful.
- Baby carrier. You only need 1! We have two or three from gifts. I originally loved this Boba Wrap (it was easy to wrap and oh so cute). When Ava gained more weight, I moved to the LILLEbaby Complete All Seasons. And then I realized it was airport friendly and now we use our Ergo. Also, if you have a buybuybaby nearby, try these on in the store. They aren’t exactly designed for all body types. And do this before you’re showing too much!
- Baby bag/diaper bag. We have two. One for us and one for the nanny. Or really, one I keep in our car and one that can go with any one, any time. There’s no real rhyme or reason to the one you might like, just go with your own personal taste. Lots of people like the backpack kind.
- And what do you need inside? A changing station pad, travel wipes, at least 2-3 diapers at all times, a change of clothes for baby, a change of clothes for you, a toy, a paci, diaper trash bags, and snacks/extra bottle and formula.
- Baby clutch. I love these. I ended up with two but only use one. They are great if you’re just going to run out and don’t need to feed baby while you’re out (or are just breast feeding). They have enough room for wipes and a few diapers. I even had a onesie and a paci in ours for a while.
- High chair. You can get a free standing one or one that straps to your dining chairs. I love our 4Moms high chair. It is easy to clean, has a magnetic top that you can use magnetic bowls/plates with and is adjustable in height.
- High chair/shopping cart cover. As soon as baby was able to sit on her own, I purchased one at Target. My husband uses this EVERYWHERE we go. I use it most places. It’s nice to help keep baby clean and it’s sort of a catch-all for toys and snacks too.
- Portable high chair. Consider a high chair that you can carry with you to restaurants and when traveling. This Chicco Caddy Hook-on Chair fits in our large suitcase. Again, my husband loves this. I hate setting it up at every meal, personally. However, I do love it for travel.
- Bottles. Mam, Playtex Veltaire, Dr. Browns. You need at least 12 of each size (2 oz, 4 oz, 8 oz) if you don’t want to do dishes every day and especially if you are formula feeding. Believe me, sanitizing bottles every day gets really old. These are the three most popular types I’ve heard about. Ava did great with Dr. Browns, but all the parts are kind of annoying. You may have to try a variety of styles before you find one that baby takes.
- Bottle nipples. Again 12 of each size (0, 1, 2, 3, and 4).
- Lawn for drying bottle parts. Definitely keep something on the counter for drying all those bottle parts. You don’t want to put up wet bottle parts and have them mildew/mold.
- Stems for drying. These save room on your lawn especially if you have the Dr. Browns bottles.
- Bottle sterilizer. We used our microwave sterilizer every day for the first couple weeks/months. We eventually started washing all our bottle parts in the dishwasher and sterilizing them that way. It all depends on how often you do dishes really.
- Bottle brush. Prior to sterilizing bottles, make sure all residue is thoroughly cleaned out of bottles and nipples with this bottle brush that has a small brush inside that helps with the nipples.
- Sippy cups. Buy them as you find the ones they like. Ava LOVES these. We introduced a sippy cup at 6 months, just for her to see it. By 8 months she was readily drinking from a straw. At 9 months, she took to some other sippy cups. And now, I’m fairly certain she actually prefers sippy cups over bottles for all but breakfast. She also likes the second type too, and dentists like them as well!
- Bowls x 6. I recommend 6 because again, I don’t like doing dishes every day. Get these munchkin ones. Or if you went with my 4Mom’s High chair recommendation, go with these.
- Spoons x 6. Again, don’t dishes more than you have to. Introduce a spoon early.
- Food bibs x 3. These will end up needing lots of cleaning as well. I rarely feed Ava without a bib.
- Organization products for pantry. I invested in multiple plastic bins to keep baby bottles, utensils, food, formula, etc organized. Our pantry/cabinets would be a mess without them. Develop a system early so you can find everything at a moment’s notice. Most babies can be a little impatient with feeding.
- Food pacifier. I didn’t know about these until our nanny brought one over. They are great for teething too. You can fill them with ice or pureed foods and the youngest babies (4-6 months) can enjoy a large variety!
- Formula maker. If you end up having to formula feed (my milk never came in), then this is the very best purchase on this entire list. Yes, I feel that strongly about it. It was a total game changer. Bottles take no more than 20 seconds to make and they are already warmed. If you do make this purchase, be sure to clean the spout daily to keep it in tip-top shape.
- Lovey. Our baby girl has 4 and she loves them all equally. They were all gifts, but make sure you have one in the nursery and another one with you at all times. Also, baby started sleeping with hers around 6-7 months.
- Swing. Sometimes this was the ONLY place baby would sleep for the first couple of weeks, and she still took great naps in her swing for the first few months. Granted, I feel like she outgrew it long before the weight restrictions said so, but it was a life saver for being able to catch a nap or eat dinner without a baby in hand.
- Bouncer. Our baby girl didn’t love hers, but I do find them necessary to at least try. They are all types. We tried these:
- Walker. There is some evidence that the walkers you put baby in actually delay their walking development overall. So if you get a walker, get the push kind. Ava loves this one from Fisher Price:
- Rock N Play. This is vital. I wish I had known about it long before I broke down and bought one at Once Upon a Child. LOTS of babies end up sleeping in these for months. Yes, I know. It’s not recommended by most pediatricians. But you know what is VITAL to baby’s existence, their sleep, and YOURS. Get one. Invest in the self-rocking kind and make sure to get the vibrating kind too. This thing was a life-saver.
- Head and Neck Support Pillow for Rock N Play and Car Seat. Speaking of the Rock N Play, you’ll need one of these support pillows to prevent cepahlo–. Consider one for the car seat as well if baby is on the go a lot. Baby needs lots of tummy time to help as well, but these support pillows definitely made a difference for us.
- Bassinet or Sleeper. You can let baby sleep in their crib, in a pack n play, or in a bassinet. I found this Graco DreamGlider Swing/Sleeper to be outstanding for helping get/keep baby to sleep.
- Pacifier. Probably the most popular is a Wubba-Nub, but your baby may not love them. Our baby girl took a pacifier for 3 months and then gave them up entirely. We kept one in our bedroom, one in the living room, one in the nursery, and one in the diaper bag. That way we were never without—even for a few minutes.
- Play mat. Some type of cushion for hard floors is important while baby isn’t quite so stable yet. We have tiles and this great play mat I found at Buy Buy Baby.
- Play gym. These are great for stimulating baby’s brain and promoting tummy time. Tummy time is incredibly important for baby’s motor development. We ended up with three of these from friends. Find one that matches your living room decor and you’ll be more likely to make sure baby uses it more often (like during that episode of Game of Thrones).
- Furniture bumpers. Another important part of baby proofing is making sure that sharp edges are covered. Babies fall a lot, they face plant a lot. Keep them safe. We have this kind that actually blends in with our furniture pretty well.
- Furniture anchors. Install these ASAP. You never know when baby is going to start crawling, or trying to throw themselves off of things. You also don’t want baby dying by having furniture fall on them. These are quick and easy to install. You should put them on any piece of furniture that is taller than it is wide–especially bookcases and dressers and heavy TVs.
- Outlet plugs/outlet covers. We have these outlet covers on most outlets and then outlet plugs in the areas where baby isn’t hanging out as often. Ava is CONSTANTLY touching these so I consider them super important in our household.
- Cabinet locks. Make sure you move any breakables, alcohol, dangerous household cleaners, dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent etc UP and out of baby’s reach. We have two kinds of cabinet locks–the easy push and open kind and the magnet-locking kind for the areas where we couldn’t really afford to move all of our stuff to the counter.
- Baby gates for stairs. Do NOT let baby go up/down stairs without your help. Ever. Make sure they have no access to them by installing baby gates at the top and bottom of your stairs. For a cheap alternative, consider foam board that is appropriate width for your stairs and at least 30″ high.
- Baby monitor. This is one of the things that we literally use every day and every night. Invest in a good one. Make sure it has good security (ours isn’t wifi so no one can hack into our system and watch my baby sleep). Make sure it has good range, good picture, night vision, etc. You’ll use this more than you know! Consider using a wifi one so you can have access to pictures of baby while away from the home too. When I’m on call, I resort to a Ring cam to check in my little one.
- Noise machine. We purchased one of these around 12 weeks, and Ava went from sleeping 8 hours a night to 12 hours a night when we did. We travel with ours as well. White noise promotes deep sleep and also avoids your waking baby up when you turn up the TV too loud or your pager is going off all night.
- Shusher. We received one as a gift and the giver told me it was like “baby crack”. Was she ever right! This thing is a must have for the first 9 months to help baby sleep just about anywhere. It’s a miracle worker at a bargain. They also have an app for your phone!
- Humidifier. It’s important to keep the air in baby’s room cool and humidified. It especially helps with the nasal congestion that lots of newborns have due to their tiny little nasal passages. No need to spend a fortune, we picked ours up at Walgreens.
- Dock-a-tot. Ava didn’t have one, but it’s likely worth adding to your registry. It’s another sleep aid that lots of mom’s swear by.
- Boppy pillow. I didn’t end up using this for breast feeding all that often, but I did use it as a place to safely place baby for a few minutes when I was watching TV or just wanted to interact with her face to face. It’s a comfy little sleeping zone and helps keep their head elevated. It’s also great for tummy time!
- Boppy pillow cover x 2. Make sure you have more than one cover for the boppy. Babies will invariably spit up and you’ll be coverless if you don’t. Check out Etsy for ones to match your decor or favorite sports team!
- My Brest Friend Nursing Pillow. This pillow is what I used for breast feeding. It kept baby at a better height and I didn’t feel the need to slump over to breast feed. It also has a nice pocket for your cell phone or nipple shields. Both of which I found necessary to survive breast feeding.
- Breast pump. You’ll need this especially once you get back to work. Most insurance companies will reimburse you for one, but they won’t necessarily splurge. So consider adding it to your registry to get the latest versions. I WISH I’d had this breast pump as I’ve heard nothing but great things.
- Breast shields. Make sure you get a couple sizes to ensure you have the appropriate fit. Don’t just go with the only size that comes with the generic packaging. Appropriately sized shields will provide much more comfort during pumping.
- Nipple shields. I absolutely would not have breast-fed at all without these. My nipples were so dry and cracked that they were excruciatingly painful. Nipple shields at least let baby eat despite the pain. I think they also aided in healing.
- Nipple cream. A definite must. Keep a tube with you at all times. I had one in the nursery and one in my bedside table so that I could reapply as needed.
- Breastmilk storage. Make sure you have lots of bags/bottles to store your breastmilk. Bags take up less room, but I found them leaky and difficult. This Medela set up lets you choose what works right for you, and you can directly pump into the bottles or the bags!
- Pumping bra. A definite must so that you can be handsfree while pumping. It’s a great time to fold some laundry, empty the dishwasher, watch another episode of Mad Men, respond to some emails, paint your toenails, etc, etc.
- Teething ring. Babies can start teething as early as 3-4 months, so you’ll definitely want one early. I recommend the kinds you can put directly in the freezer to add a little extra relief.
- Floor seat. Consider the Bumbo seat (but not all babies like them) or this Fisher Price Sit-Me-Up seat. Ava didn’t really care for either of them, but we did use her bumbo to keep her stable (and securely in one spot) while cooking, etc.
- Infant headphones. If you plan on going anywhere with lots of noise make sure to protect baby’s hearing with some headphones. Babies can suffer hearing damage at much lower decibels than you think, so be careful in large groups/loud environments.
- Books. One can never have too many books. Start with black and white books (it will be a while before baby can really appreciate color), touch and feel books, and peek-a-boo books. Also make sure you have a large collection of goodnight stories and start reading at bedtime as early as possible. This helps establish a good “time for bed” routine and also promotes language development (even if they can’t see it).
- Amazon gift cards. You’ll literally be ordering SOMETHING every day from Amazon for a month. Make sure you’re covered and that you don’t have huge out of pocket expenses when baby makes his/her debut!
- Amazon Echo Spot. Keep yourself hands free while handling baby. Invest in an Echo Spot and Alexa-compatible products (i.e. light bulbs) so that you don’t have to find a free hand when baby seems to be using them all!
- A bag and travel accessories. Babies come with LOTS of gear. Even packing for an overnight trip at grandma’s takes A LOT Of stuff to get by. Get baby their own bag and make sure it’s organized for you and grandma by using packing cubes (and get a set for you too). Also make sure you have bags for gate-checked strollers and car seats too!
Below is my FREE printable baby-registry checklist. Register early and make sure to have a range of prices on your registry for acquaintances and close family members. You never know who will be excited to spoil baby!
If there’s something you KNOW I’m missing from this list, please leave comments below for other ladies to see, and I’ll be sure to add them in the future!
This list is so complete and great with all the links. Thank you!! For the breast pump, I would recommend the s1 Spectra. The s2 is cheaper but you’re going to be attached to the wall. The s1 has a rechargeable battery. 🙂