If there’s one thing we know, it's that parents will spend hours researching baby products best suited for their unique lifestyle and needs. Despite us curating a product catalog for them, there’s still an element of joy and fun in researching your own baby products to bring home little ones. At Poppylist, it’s our mission to ensure parents have everything they need and nothing they don’t. And it’s safe to say that this year’s list makes us confident we achieved that.
The top 20 baby registry essentials of 2022 tell us a few things:
So if you’re working on your baby registry for a 2023 due date, make sure you consider adding these must-have baby items to your Poppylist registry!
Thousands of parents have loved the Baby Bjorn Mini Carrier for a good reason. It's the simplest carrier to comfortably and safely hold your newborn, and its 40 lb. weight limit means you can use it well beyond the first year. It comes in several color choices, plus there's an option to purchase the carrier with mesh, breathable material for parents who live in warmer climates.
There's nothing better than an outfit that's easy and quick to put on a squirmy baby, and Bonsie has created that, all while enabling skin-to-skin contact with your baby. When packing your hospital bag, you'll be thankful to have this onesie ready to go as soon as your newborn arrives!
There is no shortage of breast pumps and handheld pumps, but our moms seem to have a unanimous favorite, and that's the Elvie. No, you aren't going to yoga close with these in, but you can walk around your home, discreetly run errands, and do most other daily tasks without being tethered to an outlet. If you're a first-time mom or expecting your second or third baby, this product should be high up on your baby registry must-have list!
Parents can't go wrong with affordable, plain onesies. They're the perfect option for warm layers or cool summers, and despite our desire to dress our littles in aesthetically pleasing outfits, chances are they'll be in a diaper and onsesies 90% of the time! Make sure you add multiple packs to your registry.
You've probably seen this car seat and stroller combo, a beloved product among our community of parents. It's sleek, and practical and makes transferring your baby from one place to another a breeze. We've been told that parents with chronic pain prefer this stroller because it's incredibly lightweight—something to consider if you have ailments.
Breastmilk is dubbed liquid gold for a reason, and now you can easily catch any letdown during nursing and pumping sessions. The handheld suction pump means you can pump on the other breast while feeding. This version has a suction base and lid, so you'll never cry over spilled milk again.
We can't say enough good things about this smart crib, and our Poppylist parents agree. Everyone in the house gets more sleep with the Cradlewise, making it an essential must-have baby registry item. If you're curious how it stacks up against the Snoo, here's a comparison article to help you decide what smart crib to buy or register for your baby.
We love finding products that offer longevity and practicality to our parents, and the Hatch light is no exception. It can be used in the infant stages for white noise and low light for middle-of-the-night feedings, and then you can use the light to help guide your toddler when it's time to wake up and get out of bed. It's a light that'll be utilized and loved for years to come, making it a must-have on your baby registry.
New parents are encouraged to get out of the house, especially to maintain well-being and mental health. This portable, electric white noise machine means you can stroll to target or a coffee shop while your little one naps. Pro tip: charge it every couple of days to ensure you never run out of battery while running errands.
Our cult-favorite fanny pack diaper bag has made our top registry item list for two years in a row, and honestly, we're not surprised! The Kibou comes with a waterproof wipe pocket and extra room for all your essentials. It comes in several gender-neutral colors and has a detachable changing pad. This bag might be just a diaper bag, but it's more to us than that. It means you can be hands-free with your little one while keeping everything essential within reach. For those reasons, we tell all our expecting parents to add the Kibou Diaper Bag Fanny Pack to their Poppylist baby registry!
If you're a family that loves adventures and being outside, consider adding the Veer Cruiser wagon to your baby registry. It has compatible handles for nine car seat brands and can navigate the rockiest mountains and sandiest beaches. Plus, it's roomy enough for multiple kids and everything you need to shlep from point a to point b, but getting there is more accessible with the Veer!
This is the kind of book that, once you read it, you recommend to everyone you know that gets pregnant! If Reece's Book Club has an 'Expecting' category, this will make her book club list. The First Forty days help you understand how to prioritize your maternal wellness during the fourth trimester or your postpartum period. It's possible to nourish yourself and your baby, and this book will give you the tools and inspiration to create a healing space.
Poppylist parents love the Nanit Pro for many reasons. First, you can access your wifi enabled baby monitor from anywhere, meaning you get peace of mind on the go. The Nanit Pro has technology that monitors breathing, two-way talk, and several other features. If you're planning on having another kid, the app allows for dual-screen viewing, making it an excellent option for families of multiple kids.
Poppylist parents who love to travel rave about the Lotos Travel Crib for a few reasons: First, it's 50% lighter than the traditional portable crib and comes with a backpack carrying case to make navigating airports easy. Second, it's one of the simplest travel cribs to set up and take down, and you know parents love easy gear! And finally, the crib comes with a waterproof and comfortable mattress. You don't have to worry about naps and sleeping on the go with the Lotus Travel Crib.
Finally, a humidifier that ensures no mold grows inside! Our parents went crazy in 2022 for the most sought-after humidifier on the market, and we can't blame them. With dishwasher-safe parts, innovative technology, and healthy hydration for little ones, Canopy has reimagined humidifiers for babies. Everyone in your house can rest and breathe easier with a Canopy humidifier.
Even if you don't (or didn't) have this on your baby Poppylist baby registry, we recommend buying it now! We can accumulate a lot as new parents, and we're always looking for ways to save on space, including our kitchen countertops! We love this drying rack because it takes up minimal space. It's white and gray, and all the parts can be rinsed off or tossed in the dishwasher or by hand. The OXO is the bottle drying rack that takes up the least space, and we know you'll love it.
At Poppylist, we have no preference or recommendation on how you choose to feed your baby, but we've heard from new moms that having cans of formula on hand helps ease their minds against worrying about being able to feed their baby. All feeding journeys can be unpredictable with a newborn. If you'd like formula at home for those just-in-case moments, we love the Bobbie Infant Organic Formula, as do thousands of our Poppylist parents.
There isn't a more straightforward solution to swaddling on the market than The Ollie, and we can attest to that 100%! Loved by thousands of parents, The Ollie is a two-step swaddle that instantly soothes your baby for naps and bedtime. With just one velcro and tying a knot at the bottom, you'll never have to worry about perfecting a swaddle with a blanket again.
If you're going to have grandparents hold your baby (or toddler), if you suffer from chronic pain or want to save you back from all the moments you'll be carrying little ones, then look no further than the Tushbaby hip carrier. Tushbaby was designed to keep the weight off your lower back, plus it comes with plenty of pockets to keep you hands-free when you need them. Our parents rave about this product, which we see on Poppylist baby registries over and over again!
We love to see baby registries reflect the mom as much as the baby, and no one does it better than Earth Mama Organics. Earth Mama has been caring for mothers for nearly two decades, and they know exactly what they need to aid in their postpartum recovery. This postpartum kit has everything you need to recover, rest, and heal after delivering your baby. The Earth Mama Organics Postpartum Collection Kit is a Poppylist baby registry must-have, and you deserve everything (and more) in this box, mama.
Did you see a product you'll add to your Poppylist baby registry? As a reminder, every single product recommendation has been sourced directly by a mom or a dad, and unless we can verify that it's helped a parent, we will never recommend it to you.
When we say we're powered by parents, we mean it.
Happy registering, mom and dad!