Are you a first-time Mother who is so overwhelmed with the thought of registering? Worry no more. I was in that exact same place 5 years ago and had no idea where to start.
Did you know that September is the month where most babies are born? Because of that statistic, it means that a lot of you are in the early weeks of pregnancy and gearing up for registering! Registering can be SO overwhelming. If this is your first baby, you likely have no idea where to start and a lot of baby items are listed as items you have never heard of: An exersaucer? What in the world is an exersaucer??
Below is your go-to list. I have 2 littles and I started this list in 2014 when I was pregnant with my first and have been updating it ever since, adding and deleting items that I either never used or ended up using a ton.
Let me set one thing straight: your adorable little will be completely safe and happy without all of the items listed below. These are suggestions, not must-haves! Your newborn will survive with love from Mama, food, and shelter. You’ve got this!
A few notes on registering:
- Don’t register for clothes. You will be given a ton at your showers or hand-me-downs without even asking. Plus, all labels fit differently and you may buy something that doesn’t fit well for your child before they have even set foot on this planet.
- Registering for diapers might seem like a good idea but a lot of babies are sensitive and if you register for Huggies and then your baby has an allergic reaction, you may end up needing Pampers Pure or even cloth diapers. Wait to buy these until you have met your new little bundle.
- Don’t register for baby books. This is also something you will get a ton of at your showers, use those registry items for things you NEED like a baby bath or car seat.
- Another “don’t”: baby blankets. You know never knew how many people loved you until they show it in baby blankets. Don’t register for this.
- Register for your most-expensive items such as your nursery furniture and stroller. Most people will not be buying you these items, however, there are select people who pair up with others in order to purchase expensive gifts. Also, most registry places allow you to do a registry completion at a discounted price a month before your due date. This is where you would then buy your furniture.
- Make sure to check your health insurance before you register or buy a breast pump. Insurance companies don’t tell you this because they want to save money, but the truth is that most insurance companies will cover breast pumps. If not, these items can also be rented from most hospitals.
- Expensive items, such as the new and popular SNOO can be rented. Instead of coughing up the dough to buy one of these, look into renting before you hand over your credit card.
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OR, you can peruse the full list below:
- Crib & Mattress
- Bassinet, Cradle, or Co-Sleeper
- Changing Table & Pad (with extra cover)
- Glider or Rocker with Ottoman
- Crib Bumper (if you want)
- Crib Bed Skirt
- Crib Sheets (2)
- Baby Mobile (one with sound, lighting, & movement)
- Lamp with Adjustable Lighting
- Baby Monitor
- Waterproof Mattress Pad
- Diaper Caddy
- Baby Carrier
- Stroller and/or Running Stroller
- Car Seat (infant size)
- Portable Crib (Pack N’ Play)
- Stroller Blankets (2)
- Wearable Blankets (2)
- Diaper Bag
- Breast Pump
- Nursing/Feeding Pillow
- Breastfeeding Cover/Wrap
- Breast Milk Storage Bags
- Mom Supplies: breast ointment, hot/cold gels, breast pads, nipple balm
- Breast Pumping Bra (for hands-free pumping)
SOOTHERS, TOYS, ENTERTAINMENT:
- Pacifiers (5) – newborn & 3-6 months
- Boppy Floor Seat
- Infant Swing
- ExerSaucer – a jumper with lots to look at
- Doorway Jumper
- Activity Center/Tummy Time Mat Center
- Car Seat Toys
- Teething Toys
- Highchair or Clip-On Chair
- Bottles (Nipples for Newborns & 6+ months)
- Bottle Warmer
- Burp Cloths (6)
- Bottle Brushes
- Bottle Drying Rack
- Regular Bibs (5)
- Waterproof Bib (2)
- Splat Mat (for under highchair)
- Dishwasher Basket for Bottle Parts
- Baby Bowls (4)
- Baby Spoons & Forks (6-10)
- Sippy Cups (3)
- Equipment for making your own baby food
- Baby Food Cookbook (if you want)
- Freezing Trays
- 2 Newborn Swaddling Blankets (Velcro makes this easy)
- Baby Merlin (optional for transition, size 3-6months)
- 2 Sleep Sacs
- White Noise Machine
- Hooded Bath Towels (2)
- Washcloths (6)
- Baby Bathtub
- Shampoo Rinse Cup
- Knee & Elbow kneeler for bath
- Laundry Hamper
- Storage Bin for toys
- Diaper Pail & Liners
- Baby Laundry Detergent
- Hair & Body Wash
- Hand Sanitizer
- Wipes (scent free for a sensitive tushy)
- On-the-Go Wipes/Holder
- Nasal Saline Drops
- Rash Cream
- Gas Relief Drops
- Teething Gel
- First-Aid Kit (Baby Medicine: Tylenol or Motrin, Nose Frida, clippers, thermometer, baby brush)
- Shopping Cart Cover
- Safety Gates
- Outlet Covers & Drawer Latches
- Toilet Seat Locks
CLOTHING FOR NEWBORN/0-3 MONTHS:
- One-Piece Outfits (10 – 15)
- Shirts (5 – 7)
- Leggings or Pull-Ons (5 – 7)
- Outer Layers (5)
- Hats (3)
- Socks & Booties (3 – 5)
- Mittens & Snowsuit or Bunting outfit (if needed)
- Pajamas (5-8)
Are you a Mother and have items you loved or never used? What are they? Please make notes in the comments so all new mothers can benefit! And new Mamas, GOOD LUCK!
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