Creating your baby registry does not have to be the most stressful part of pregnancy! You can read articles and blogs for hours, but it is hard to know what is essential. I’ve been there.
Despite working with moms every day, I stressed over the details…what are the best baby registry items? What will I actually use? What am I forgetting? Let’s dive into the highly practical, yet often overlooked baby registry items that deserve a spot on your must-have list.
The number of items on your baby registry can vary, but aim for a wide variety of items that covers your baby's needs for the entire first year and on. Don’t forget to add some items for yourself and other caregivers.
A good starting point is around 50-75 items. This allows your friends and family to choose from a range of options while ensuring you receive what you truly need.
Make sure to choose items with a variety of price points, even if the items seem inexpensive! This helps friends and family that have different budgets.
There are a few items that are absolutely essential, including:
After you add the essential items, don’t forget these important and underrated items!
Open communication is key when building a balanced baby registry for both parents. Make sure both parents are involved in choosing items that work for the whole family.
Consider any preferences for a certain look or aesthetic when choosing products and make sure you consider options that are comfortable for each of you. For example, choose a baby carrier that can be adjusted for different heights and body types. A stroller with an adjustable handle can make both parents more comfortable while going on walks or runs.
Items for you and your partner are often forgotten. Adding some self-care items can make you feel like you again! Focus on items that will make your lives easier as parents. For instance, if you don’t have a great vacuum cleaner, now is the time to add it to the list. Kids are messy and it will pay off and save you time. While you’re at it, consider adding a Little Green upholstery cleaner. I hope your baby doesn’t spit up on your couch, but it is there if your baby does!
Consider your interests and hobbies and add some registry items both you and your baby can enjoy together. Do you have a love for the outdoors? Consider a baby carrier that is great for hiking. Do you love a certain sports team? Add a mascot lovey or a soft baby blanket with the team logo on it.
Creating a baby registry can be exciting, but it's important to consider the essentials and those often-overlooked gems that can make your parenting journey smoother. Happy registry building!
Erin Moore is a pediatric nurse practitioner and lactation counselor who believes all moms deserve support throughout their baby's entire feeding journey wherever it takes them.