Last updated: 8/17/2016
After having my 2nd baby, I thought it’d be a good time to update my Baby Registry Must Haves. This isn’t a list I created based on items that I have heard of or that look nice. We literally own and use every item on this list.
You’ll notice that most of these registry must haves can be found on Amazon– my favorite place to create a baby registry! It has everything you need, is so easy and fun to create your registry and add or remove items as you wish and BONUS: you get up to 15% discount when you buy any of the items on your registry! Also, they offer very easy 90 day returns on registry items, which comes in very handy. See my entire post about the benefits of an Amazon registry here.
Just a head’s up: this one is very comprehensive. This is basically everything you need for a baby, according to me.
Baby Registry Must Haves
S L E E P
Dock-A-Tot – Okay, this thing is one of my HOLY GRAILS of baby sleep. I swear by it! Baby girl has slept so well since we got it when she was about 1 month old, and I highly recommend it! It’s safe and allows you to (safely) co-sleep if you so choose, and also fits well inside a bassinet or crib. I recommend this to everyone! Sleep is priceless.
baby swing, which was a literal life saver with Sam, and Bouncer – This Fisher-Price bouncer is modestly priced and very durable. It also fits a wide range of baby sizes! Have a larger budget? We love our Mamaroo, which mimics being in Mama’s arms, and has lots of settings for different rocking as well as white noise sounds.
Newborn lounger – So when we first got this, we totally thought it was useless. WRONG. We surprised ourselves at how often we used it! When you have an infant (aka a potato) who does not roll or move on his/her own, this lounger is AMAZING.
Sleep sack – A sleep sack is a must! Babies love that safety and security of the womb, which is why swaddling is so great. This sleep sack carries on that same idea for when swaddling is no more.
White noise – We use the white noise baby app on an old cell phone that we don’t use anymore, and LOVE it. But they make sound machines too, I’ve heard, if you’re into that sort of thing. ;) Hey, whatever works. Just get that white noise in there. Sleep will come easier with it. It’s almost like magic. Almost.
Video monitor – We have a Motorola, and are super happy with it. For our 2nd baby, we just got this IP camera and synced it up with our phones. It does just as well as the Motorola but does require wifi and a smartphone. If you’ve got that, you have a high-quality video monitor for $60!
Owlet baby monitor – This thing is so great! As a parent of a newborn, you can get very paranoid, am I right?! This takes away that paranoia and replaces it with peace of mind, as it monitors your baby’s breathing and heart rate levels and alerts you if something isn’t right. It just connects to your cell phone and you put the little sock on your baby’s foot when they sleep! So simple, and such a priceless thing to have if you ask me!
Swaddle Blankets – The Miracle Blanket makes swaddling a breeeeeze, which is important when you are running on very little sleep and being awoken at ungodly hours of the night. :) We also love the Halo sleepsack (the velcro is a game changer- makes swaddling super simple and quick!) and of course Aden and Anais muslin blankets are a must, and serve multiple purposes.
Related: What’s in My Hospital Bag
E A T
Boppy – A nursing pillow is a must. A must! Great for tummy time too.
Bottles – We tried a few different kinds, and the Avent are the ones that Sam took to the best. Each baby is different, but these are his favorite! To go along with bottles, a bottle warmer is AMAZING. We used it so much. Makes for quick and even heating. With Sophie, we’ve been using these Chicco bottles– the natural nipple that curves is AMAZING!
High chair – We were lucky enough to receive the Stokke Steps, which is an amazing high chair set, but suuuuper pricey. I love the bouncer feature, as we could have Baby with us at the table from infancy. :) For a similar look but way lower price point, I love this one or the Ikea high chair- it’s only $20!
T R A V E L
Infant car seat – We didn’t get this the first time around and just got a convertible car seat right off the bat. This time we got a Maxi Cosi infant car seat, and in my opinion it is a GAME CHANGER! It’s so great for getting around town and for easy car to house transfers, especially while Baby is sleeping! If only we had it with our first. Hindsight, guys. Always 20/20. Oh, and this one by Britax is also a great infant car seat option.
Stroller – So, we have a lot of strollers. It’s kind of an obsession of mine. I collect strollers, ha! If you just have one baby, I highly recommend the Quinny Buzz Xtra. It is our faaaaavorite. We also have the Baby Jogger City Select, since we needed a double stroller. I love all of the different seat positions, love that they’re close to each other and I just haven’t heard a bad thing about it! If you’re not looking to spend several hundred dollars, this Graco stroller is cute and has very high reviews on Amazon! And for a lightweight, umbrella type option, the Quinny Yezz is our favorite.
Car mirror – Oh, this thing has made car rides non-disastrous. Babies love staring at themselves. And who can blame them? They’re stinking adorable!
Pack n Play – If you’re traveling, this is a must. We’ll also bring this with us if we’re staying at a family member’s house during naptime. Packs up easily and Baby sleeps just fine in it.
N E C E S S I T I E S
Swaddle blankets – Aden + Anais are our favorites. So soft, nice and big, ideal for not only swaddling but also as a light blanket, stroller cover, nursing cover, car shade, literally everything. Plus, the designs are so cute!
Pacifiers – Sam never really took to pacis, but for the little while that he did use them, they were a godsend. At the hospital, the nurses scared me so much about “nipple confusion” (there is some truth to it, but honestly, I don’t buy it, by the way) but then my aunt (a pediatric ICU nurse) snuck me some with a wink. Bless her.
Sophie the giraffe teether – Sophieeeee. This thing. Sam still loves her and he’s 17 months! That’s how great she is, and also yes she’s pricey but you will get your moneys worth. Promise.
Drool bibs – Because babies drool. A lot.
Changing pad – We have this one and got a few cute covers to go over it. It’s plush and nice!
Diapers – Duh. We really loved Pampers for when he was a newborn, because they have a strip that changes color when it’s wet. GENIUS. And they smell so good. Is that weird?
Wipes – Again, duh.
B A T H
Infant bath tub – We have this one and love it- we actually still use it for Sam! It has a removable infant insert, which is great. Fits perfectly in the bath tub, too. I love this puj tub, too, as it can fold up into nothing and hang on the back of your door. For tiny bathrooms (like ours!) this is ideal!
Hooded bath towels – CUTE. And functional. Gotta keep that sweet noggin nice and warm. :)
Burp cloths – Definitely need. In the newborn days, we did this thing that Zack referred to as the “burp cloth sprinkle.” Burp cloths. Everywhere. Because you just never know. Ha! Any old burp cloth will do, but I’ve heard that cloth diapers work best, so that’s what we’re doing this time around. Can also be used as wash cloths! Double whammy!
Body Wash/ Shampoo / Lotion – One of my favorite times of the day is putting on lotion after Sam is freshly bathed. That soft clean baby skin is comparable to nothing in this world. And he’s ticklish, so he always giggles when I put lotion on him and it’s the best thing ever. We love Mustela and Burt’s Bees a lot!
Rubber ducky – You’re the one. You make bath time so much fun! Rubber ducky I’m awfully fond of you.
C L O T H E S
Basic onesies – Because blowouts are a constant, one can never have too many onesies. Don’t get attached. You’ll be throwing some away.
Mittens – Sam scratched his face a lot when he was a newborn. Mittens to the rescue!
Socks – These are a must to keep those little baby tootsies nice and cozy warm!
Baby moccs – Totally unnecessary but totally adorable. Sam has accumulated quite the collection that we’ll be passing down to the next babe!
T O Y S
Skip Hop activity gym – Babies looooove these little play mat things. Sam would lie under this and play with the little animals all the time. Definitely a must-have! We found ours on clearance at Target for 1/3 of the price, so look around!
Teething toys – Just get a bunch of these, because they are invaluable. The Nuby keys are cute and Sam loves them! Pro tip: throw all your teethers in the freezer and have them ready for when Baby needs them.
Baby Einstein musical toy – This thing literally entertains a baby for hours. Okay, maybe not that long, but seriously. It’s amazing. Bring it in the car and the crying ceases.
Rattle – Obviously. It’s a baby. This is too classic of a toy not to have.
Stuffed animal – Sam has a super soft bunny just like this, and it is the sweetest.
And inevitably, your baby’s favorite “toys” will be anything that is not really meant to be a toy, i.e. pots and pans and boxes and remotes, so don’t sweat the toy stuff too much.
What are your baby registry must haves?
A little note about Amazon’s registry. I love using Amazon for my baby registry. It’s so easy and you can basically add anything in existence to your registry. Also, the 15% completion discount is enough to create a registry right there! I mean, 15% off diapers and wipes? Yes please! You can create your registry by clicking (affiliate link, thanks for your support!) on the image below.