So you’re having or adopting a baby and need things — a lot of things. Some parents know exactly what they want and need while others don’t even know where to begin. First, make sure you claim all your baby freebies. Then, hunker down and create your baby registry. If your baby shower has already come and gone, we’d like to point out that buybuyBaby is offering up to 50% off top items all parents need.
“[Registries] are great for many reasons,” said Karen Reardanz, Editorial Director at Babylist. “Your family and friends will most likely want to give you gifts to help celebrate your new baby, and a registry is a great way for them to do that. It helps you get what you want and need.”
According to Reardanz, many people start building out their registry after the first trimester around the 20-week mark. You can, of course, also start adding items anytime. Some essential needs include a safe spot for your baby to sleep, diapers, wipes, a high chair and a car seat. But that’s just the beginning.
“There are so many extra things to think about, from clothes and swaddles to bottles and play gyms to high chairs and burp cloths,” said Reardanz. And if you ever think there are too many items on your list, know that on average registry users add over 100 items to their registries.
If you need even more of a reason to add more to your registry, registries offer registry completion discounts after your baby’s expected arrival. They can range between 10% to 15% off and can be applied on remaining items on the registry. And in most cases, the discount can be applied up to six months after the due date.
11 Must-Haves to Add to Your Baby Registry
Fisher Price® Kaden Super Cooler Backpack Diaper Bag in Grey
The absolute first thing you MUST add to your registry is a diaper bag. Make that diaper backpack (they’re easier to carry). The idea is to find a bag that lets you keep baby’s and YOUR stuff together in one single, grabbable pack (because you’ll likely be preoccupied with … oh … everything when you’re on the go with your baby).
Options abound, but we love this sleek, stylish Kaden Super Cooler Backpack Diaper Bag from buybuyBaby. It’s got 16 pockets (and you’ll need ’em). It also has an insulated front compartment that can keep up to to three bottles or sippy cups cold.
Our very favorite thing about this bag, though, is that it includes a cushioned changing pad. The world is often lacking in changing tables, and this foldable, cleanable pad lets you use the floor, the back of your car or other non-baby-friendly surface when the need arises (and the need WILL arise).
$49.99 at buybuyBaby.com
Hatch Rest Sound Machine, Night Light & Time-to-Rise
What You Get: This Hatch Rest gadget is a nightlight and sound machine that connects to your phone over Wi-Fi to create a customized sleeping environment for your baby. You can select from pre-programmed themes and adjust the colors, brightness and sounds. It can also be used as your child gets older with their OK-to-Wake indicator that informs your children when it’s OK to wake up, and a bath time setting to remind them when to wash up and get ready for bed.
Why It’s A Registry Must-Have: It’s a versatile and easy-to-use light that can be used for nursing, as well as when your baby becomes a toddler.
$69.99 at buybuyBaby.com and Babylist.com
Bottle Box (5 Bottles)
What You Get: Curated at the suggestion and need for new parents, this Bottle Box comes with five of the most popular baby bottles: the nanobébé Flexy Silicone Bottle, Comotomo Baby Bottle, Dr. Brown’s Options+ Narrow Bottle, NUK Simply Natural Bottle with Safe Temp and the Olababy Gentle Baby Bottle.
Why It’s a Registry Must-Have: Every baby is different and will take to a bottle differently. This Bottle Box allows parents to try various bottles to see which works best for their new baby. This way, you don’t invest in a full set only to realize your baby will reject the bottle.
$32.99 at Babylist.com
Bitty Bundle of Joy
What You Get: This is a perfectly packaged, easy-to-carry collection of tools that you didn’t think you’d need but will. These tools come in a reusable pouch and include the Nose Frida booger buster for gentle snotsucking, the Windi to relieve gas and calm colic, a nail clipper set from SnipperClipper and the Frida Mom Upside Down Peri Bottle for postpartum care.
Why It’s a Registry Must-Have: While the items seem like a random mishmash, this collection of tools are some of the most frequently used tools for parents of newborns. Plus, reviews show that the Peri Bottle is especially helpful for postpartum recovery.
$42.99 at buybuyBaby
Sophie the Giraffe Teether
What You Get: Sophie the Giraffe has been comforting babies for over 60 years. Yes, 60 years. Originally created in France, Sophie the Giraffe continues to be a popular baby item for children. The long neck and leg design of the giraffe make it easy for babies to grab. Plus, it’s made of 100% natural rubber and edible paint. The contrasting spots on the toy are also great for visual stimulation. The ears, horns and feet are made with thicker rubber for extra gnaw-ability.
Why It’s a Registry Must-Have: It’s been a classic baby toy for 60 years for a reason. It’s easy to clean and durable and designed perfectly to meet the needs of a teething baby.
$26.99 at Target.com
PBnJ baby Clip n Go
What You Get: Made of heavy-duty lightweight aircraft aluminum, the PBnJ baby Clip n Go is a multipurpose hook for your diaper bag, purse, groceries and more. It’s designed to fit all strollers regardless of size and has a soft foam grip to prevent scratching and ensure your bags are protected.
Why It’s a Registry Must-Have: A baby stroller is a core product that all parents will know to buy, but stroller hooks are something that can be forgotten. It’ll make traveling with your baby easy and give your hands freedom to move.
$12.98 at Amazon.com
What You Get: One word: babyproof. This pack of anti-tip furniture anchors come with 10 adjustable strap sets, which include all the hardware needed to lock in your furniture to the walls.
Why It’s a Registry Must-Have: Keep your baby – and yourself – safe. Even if your baby hasn’t explored the world on foot yet (or hands and knees), you just never know what can happen at any moment. If you’re filling up your house with all the things you need for your baby, your shelves and furniture will undoubtedly have more on them now than they did before.
$5.79 at Amazon.com
Lawn Countertop Drying Rack
What You Get: This bright drying rack accommodates bottles, pump parts, nipples, baby utensils and more. The design of the rack ensures that everything remains upright and allows for proper air circulation. The drip tray underneath catches all the water to keep your countertops nice and dry. Just make sure to clean it properly with soap and water (note: it’s not dishwasher safe).
Why It’s a Registry Must-Have: You will definitely be going through many bottles throughout the day. The rack will help you keep all your baby things in one place, and allow all the pieces to air dry. Plus, it comes in a bright green color that makes it look like you have a piece of spring in your home.
$23.99 at buybuyBaby
Frida Baby Fridababy 3-in-1 Humidifier with Diffuser and Nightlight
What You Get: The BreatheFrida is a humidifier, diffuser and nightlight in one. The BPA-free humidifier uses ultrasonic vibration to turn water into an adjustable mist that can run for up to 12 hours. It has an auto-stop feature as well that will turn off the humidifier once water runs out. You can additionally add a few drops of essential oil, which can cover up to 320 square feet. The BreatheFrida also comes with a range of nightlight colors. As with all humidifiers, you want to make sure to frequently clean it as it will grow mold otherwise.
Why It’s a Registry Must-Have: Keeping the air in optimal humidity will help your baby sleep and grow. Whether your nursery or home is dry from the heat in winter or you live in a dryer climate overall, you want to ensure your baby can sleep and breathe comfortably.
$49.99 at buybuyBaby
Labor and Delivery + Postpartum Recovery Kit
What You Get: This delivery and recovery kit has everything you need right before and right after you give birth. It comes with a delivery and nursing gown, an upside down peri bottle, disposable postpartum underwear, labor and delivery socks, instant ice maxi pads, cooling pad liners, healing foam and a bag that holds it all.
Why It’s a Registry Must-Have: While the hospital does provide you with many of these items, this kit gives you the upgraded versions. You can switch into a super soft gown and socks to make the delivery a little comfier. Unless you have a community of veteran moms or have already delivered a baby in a hospital, things like cooling pad liners and ice pads may come as a surprise. Having the kit gives you a better “in-the-know” heads-up as to what to expect.
$92.98 at Amazon.com
DoorDash Gift Card
“Babies need a lot, of course, but don’t forget you’re going through a major life change too,” says our expert.
One of the most overlooked baby registry items is food gift cards. Raising a newborn is hard and sometimes you want the ease of just ordering in to feed yourself. Gifting this to new parents can help give them a much-needed reprieve.
Customizable amount at DoorDash.com
At the end of the day, if you aren’t completely sure if you need something on your registry, still add it.
“If you think it sounds like a good fit for your growing family, go for it,” says Reardanz. If your baby list isn’t completed, you can still keep it up as a wish list for holidays and birthdays too.
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