The dreaded baby registry. As soon as you become pregnant people will bombard you with their opinions on many things including what baby items are a must.
I know for one I went crazy getting items that I thought I absolutely needed with my first 7 years ago. Baby items have come a long way since then and when I started thinking about what we needed for Avery I became overwhelmed.
The market is saturated with items that claim they are a must have for moms and babies. Many of these items are items that I received but never even used. So besides the obvious car seat, stroller, diapers (I suggest registering for different sizes) and wipes here are what I consider the must have registry items to be.
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Obviously a place for the baby to sleep is the number one priority. Whether it be a crib, bassinet or a pack n’ play this should be the top priority on your baby registry list.
Check out this Child Craft Camden 4-n-1 Convertible Crib at Wayfair. This gorgeous crib is on sale too!
Another option is the HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper. This option is more expensive but I have heard amazing things for those that want to keep baby close by while they sleep.
Crib sheets are a must. In fact, you need more then one. No matter which option you go with for where the baby sleeps you will need sheets to cover the pad or mattress. Plus there are so many cute ones out there so put a few on your baby registry. Check out ones that I love HERE, HERE, and HERE.
Even if your breast feeding you may want to have a bottle too in the back of the cupboard just in case. I insisted that I was going to exclusively breastfeed from day one, however I realized that after my nipples were raw and the pain of Avery latching became just too much, pumping for a few days was the way to go. Thankfully I had bottles on hand to give the little lady pumped breast milk.
I love the Tommee Tippee bottles.
I know many people may say that a bottle warmer is not a must but it absolutely was in my household. Avery hates cold bottles and I love the convenience they provide.
Put at least 2 different types of swaddles on your registry. Not every swaddle will work for each baby so try a couple of different ones. Avery loved this HALO SleepSack Swaddle.
These are way easier to put on your baby then cute little outfits in those first few months. Also these are way easier to put on your baby. Bonus if the sleepers have zippers and not buttons because those buttons are terrible to manage when your running on little to no sleep.
The bobby is such a versatile item. I have used it for breastfeeding, supervised naps and helping Avery sit up. My dog also loves to curl up in it thinking it is her own personal bed. Everyone needs a bobby. Check them out HERE to find your favorite pattern.
I used a Boppy carrier that my mom had found before Babies R’ Us had closed. Sadly, I could only use it for about 3 months before Avery outgrew it. I have since moved on to THIS Ergo Baby Four Position carrier. I also have the MiaMily Hipster Plus and love it as well.
Even if you room share with your baby you may still need a monitor for nap time. There really are so many different options out there for video monitors and you can get one fairly inexpensive that has good quality. Check out the one that I have HERE.
This diaper backpack has it all. Extra pockets inside to hold bottles, diapers, wipes and anything else you can imagine. I love the backpack style since they are so much easier to carry and bonus they can hook to the handle of the stroller. The one I have can be found HERE.
I am sure that I am forgetting something from this list so let me know what your must have was on your registry in the comments below. Are you a soon to be first time mom or not a mom at all; let me know what the coolest baby item you’ve heard about in the comments.