11 Baby Registry Must-haves

11 Baby Registry Must-haves

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Making your baby registry can be so overwhelming! There’s so much baby gear to consider, and it’s hard to know what you really need. This list of eleven essential items will get you started. To get a full list of everything you need for your baby registry, take this baby registry checklist.

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A Stroller You Love A Safe Car Seat A Baby Carrier Crib/Bassinet Diapers and Wipes Diaper Bag Swaddles Layette Bottles Baby Monitor Help and Favors

A Stroller You Love

Strollers range in price from around a hundred dollars to over a thousand, so it’s important to start with what your family needs. Whether you are looking for a double, a jogger or a travel stroller, here are the 10 best strollers overall, according to thousands of parents.

A Safe Car Seat

All car seats sold today pass tough federal safety regulations. However some have side-impact protection or other features that exceed safety standards. Look for a car seat that is easy to install with the LATCH system or with your seat belt. Here are six of the best car seats to consider.

A Baby Carrier

Baby carriers help you hold your baby without exhausting your arms. They are great for newborns who love to be held, and parents who need to do other things with their hands. Many parents start with a wrap for younger babies and then use a soft-structured carrier for older babies.


Baby will need to sleep somewhere. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies share a room (but not a bed) with their parents at least until six months and preferably for one year. Many parents use a bassinet that is small enough to fit in their room and makes night-time feedings easier. When they outgrow their bassinet or move to their own room, babies often start sleeping in cribs. It’s most useful to have a bassinet on your baby registry so you will have somewhere for baby to sleep in the early months, and then make the decision about a crib later on.

Diapers and Wipes

Since babies go through a lot of diapers, it’s great to have diapers and wipes on your baby registry, too. Register for a gift card for diapers or look at the recommendations for how many diapers to add.

Diaper Bag

Since babies require a lot of stuff, many families find a diaper bag completely essential. Find out how to choose the best diaper bag for your family.


Infants love the feeling of being wrapped tightly like they were in the womb, and many sleep better when swaddled. Swaddles can be large pieces of fabric that you wrap around the baby like a burrito. There are also sleepsacks that take some of the guesswork out of swaddling by providing large wings with zippers and Velcro that also bundle baby up tight.


A layette is a wardrobe for your baby that also includes other cloth items like burp cloths, booties and hats. How many baby clothes you put on your registry should be determined by how often you plan on doing laundry, and some of the specifics will depend on when in the year your baby is born. (Remember to include swaddles, large pieces of fabric that you wrap around the baby like a burrito. Infants love the feeling of being wrapped tightly like they were in the womb, and many sleep better when swaddled.) If you plan to swaddle your baby, be sure to educate yourself on the AAP’s (American Academy of Pediatrics) suggested guidelines for safe sleep conditions, including how to correctly swaddle your baby.


Last but not least, bottles are an important registry staple. Even if you plan on exclusively breastfeeding, it’s nice to have a few bottles around so that someone else can feed the baby pumped breastmilk. If you plan on formula feeding, add some of the best formulas to your registry, too.

Baby Monitor

Common advice for new parents: sleep when your baby sleeps. However this can be hard to do because as soon as you put them to sleep, you worry about whether or not they’re okay. A baby monitor helps you keep an eye and ear on them from another room, so you can go about your business while they rest. Here are some of the best baby monitors (including one that tracks oxygen rate).

Help and Favors

In addition to all the gear, new families find they need actual help like home-cooked meals and babysitting in the weeks (and months) after baby is born. Babylist lets you add help and favors to your baby registry so you can ask for what you really need.

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