Baby Registry Must-Haves & Printable Checklist!


If you’re like me, when expecting a baby, your first baby, the task of completing a baby registry holds 2 emotions: exciting, as you prepare for the arrival of baby and getting everything ready, and overwhelming.  I’ll be honest the task can be a little scary!  I mean here you are registering for everything that you could possibly need for a baby…that you don’t even have yet and therefore who knows what you’ll need?!  I might have gone a little overboard in my preparation; I talked to family and friends, consulted Pinterest and other parenting blogs and culminated my research by making a checklist of everything I would need, complete with pricing and brand at the 2 stores I knew I would be registering at.

Here’s what I kept in mind while registering: the total number of people that would be attending my showers combined, what did I consider as “necessities” so I wouldn’t register for too many “extras” (you don’t want people to buy all the extras with the money they could be spending on necessities), and not to stress too much because if I forgot something…Target is always 5 minutes away! 🙂

In the end, I registered for the same things at both places (so that no matter where people went, they would have my full list of options), monitored my registries on a regular basis so that I could delete things as they were purchased at the other store, and ended up with almost everything I could have possibly needed.  In an attempt to help other mamas during this process, I’ve come up with a list of must-haves from this “seasoned” mama!  Be sure to check out the printable Registry Checklist at the end of the post!!

Here you go!!


  • Bottles – the amount depends on how often you want to wash them. We had 5 and that was plenty. (Also, it’s really not necessary to get the little 4-5 oz bottles…you only use them for a short time before moving up to the bigger ones, might as well use the big ones from the get go – it’ll just look a little funny with only a couple oz of milk in the beginning!) **Don’t unwrap/sanitize more than a couple – that way if baby hates that particular bottle you can return the majority of them!
  • Formula dispenser – even if you are fairly stuck on breastfeeding, it doesn’t hurt to register for one of these handy things just in case
  • Bibs/burp cloths – 5-7 bibs, 3-5 burp cloths (more if you don’t plan on doing laundry every few days)
  • Breast pump – check with your insurance company… LOTS of them will pay for this for you with a prescription from your care giver
  • Breastmilk storage bags/Lanolin cream/breast pads
  • Boppy or other form of nursing pillow – even if you’re bottle feeding you’ll definitely want one of these!!
  • Nursing cover/wrap
  • Various nipple sizes (optional)– we ended up staying with the ‘1’ the entire time because even as she’s gotten bigger, M likes the slow flow
  • Bottle brush
  • Bottle drying rack
  • Sippy cups – we found that having a variety of styles was nice because it took going though several before M found one she liked!
  • Plates/bowls/utensils – even though you won’t need these for several months, you might as well save yourself the money in the future and have someone buy them for you now
  • Snack cups – these are super handy for on-the-go snacking
  • High chair
  • Booster chair – once again, you won’t need it for a while but might as well put it on there!
  • Reusable or disposable place mats – these are really nice when eating out!
  • Baby Bullet – or another baby food making system. It is so much healthier and cheaper to make baby’s food and it is so easy –especially when you have a food processor/steamer like the Baby Bullet system.

Things I found not so necessary or downright a waste of money in terms of feeding: bottle warmer (we trained M really early on to take her milk at any temperature, this made it soooo much easier to feed her while we were out and about), dishwasher caddy (I hand-washed all of her bottles/nipples and even when I didn’t it was fine to just lay them on the top rack), insulated bottle tote (I got one in the mail and one from the hospital – you’ll probably end up getting one for free somewhere so don’t bother registering for one)


Health and Safety:

  • Monitor – I would suggest a video monitor that way you can keep an eye on baby and when s/he is older and fusses in the night, you can see if s/he is really awake or is just trying to get back to sleep before you go in there
  • Angelcare breathing monitor – this is a monitor that goes under baby’s mattress and detects breathing/movement. An alarm sounds if baby stops breathing…to me this is a MUST HAVE!
  • Baby gates – a necessity if you have open stairs, not so much if you don’t have any stairs
  • Baby care kit – these are really nice because they usually have everything you’ll need in them: nail clippers, thermometer, medicine dropper, comb, etc.)
  • Nasal aspirator – only if you’re going to register for the Nose Frieda. Otherwise just use the one they give you at the hospital – none of the other ones work worth a darn
  • Outlet plugs, cabinet/drawer latches, toilet lid lock, furniture corner cushions… all that safety stuff is oh so important!
  • Humidifier – I guarantee you that the first time your baby has a cold his or her pediatrician will tell you right away to have a humidifier in his or her room when sleeping!
  • First aid kit

Don’t bother with: nose bulbs/aspirators, teething gel – I never used the gel on M… I’m a little hippy and don’t like medicine unless it’s absolutely necessary but to each her own


Bath Time:

  • Infant bathtub
  • Bath seat – these are really nice for when baby doesn’t need to be laying down anymore but can’t really sit on his/her own
  • Bath toys
  • Toy storage – we have one of those storage scoops…love it! You can just scoop up all the toys and then hang it on the side of the tub to drip all the water off and dry
  • Bathtub spout cover
  • Bath kneeler – can I tell you a secret? We use an inexpensive gardening kneeler. It was half the price and works just as well! 🙂
  • Hooded baby towels/robe – these are nice for keeping baby warm on the way to the nursery to get dressed
  • Shampoo rinse cup
  • Soap/shampoo
  • Lotion
  • Brush/comb (if your baby care kit doesn’t come with them)

Don’t bother with: baby washcloths – these are a waste of money in my opinion…just use a regular washcloth, Johnson & Johnson’s yellow baby shampoo/wash/pink lotion – it’s actually terrible for baby’s sensitive new skin and do you know some of the chemicals they put in that stuff? Formaldehyde for one…We use Dove Body Bar for Sensitive Skin for soap and Johnson’s Natural Shampoo or another natural/paraben free shampoo for kids (no tears is important!)


Baby Care:

  • Diapers – don’t forget to register for a variety of sizes!
  • Baby wipes – refill packs and travel packs are nice to have, too
  • Diaper bag
  • On-the-go changing mat – we had one in the diaper bag and one for a “changing station” on our main level at home (that way we didn’t have to take her all the way up to her nursery every time she needed to be changed)
  • Diaper rash cream – Earth Mama, Angel Baby makes the best hands down. Don’t even waste your money on that other crap – trust me! They have it on, but if you aren’t able to register for it where you’re registering, don’t settle on another brand, just buy it yourself!
  • Pacifiers – 4-6, it’s a good idea to register for a couple different options and then open and sterilize only one of each kind. That way if baby prefers one over another you are able to return the ones s/he doesn’t like!
  • Sunscreen – be sure to find one for sensitive skin/babies, preferably one that’s natural with no parabens and remember: sunscreen is only safe for babies over 6 months of age
  • Sensitive laundry detergent – one that’s free and clear of fragrances, dyes, etc.
  • Baby toothbrush (if your baby care kit doesn’t come with one)

Waste of money: wipe warmer – they really just dry the wipes out and you’ll end up throwing them away cause they’re all dried up, baby power – this can cause respiratory issues for baby when they breathe it in…look it up! And anyway, it’s really not needed. Diaper pail – just throw the diapers in the garbage and if they’re really smelly, toss it in the dumpster outside – don’t waste your money on one of these, Destin or some other diaper cream (other than Earth Mama, Angel Baby) bad chemicals, don’t really work, can cause yeast infections and UTIs.



  • Crib/mattress
  • Fitted crib sheets – I suggest having at least 2-3 in case baby gets sick/has an accident in the night
  • Waterproof mattress pad/cover
  • Bassinet type thing – we had a Rock n Play…M LOVED it!
  • Pack n Play – these are handy for traveling – don’t forget sheets for it!
  • Changing table
  • Changing pad/covers (2-3 covers)
  • Glider/rocking chair
  • Dresser
  • Lamp
  • Mobile/crib activity toy
  • Blankets (3-5)
  • Toy organizer
  • Decorations – this is the fun part!!
  • Sound machine/CD player to play white noise – the sound drowns out the other noises in the house and helps baby sleep better!

Skip: Comforter/bumpers for the crib… it’s just not safe!



  • Infant or convertible car seat
  • Additional base(s) for car seat
  • Toddler/convertible car seat – might as well be prepared for when you’ll need it!
  • Car seat cover – it isn’t safe for baby to wear a coat in his/her car seat so a cover will keep him/her warm and protect from the elements
  • Car seat head support (if your car seat doesn’t have one built in)
  • Car window shades – one for each side of the car
  • Auto mirror (so you can see baby from the front seat)
  • Stroller/jogging stroller
  • Umbrella stroller – it’s nice to have one of these in addition to your regular stroller because they are less bulky/lighter weight and good for when baby gets a little older
  • Baby carrier – we have an Ergo and love it!!
  • Car seat/stroller toys
  • “Baby on Board” sticker – did you know that statistically cars with these stickers are involved in fewer accidents?!
  • Cart/highchair cover
  • Swing
  • Bouncer seat
  • Jumper/exersaucer
  • Activity mat for the floor
  • Walker – only if you have a one level house or gates/doors protecting the stairs. Baby can quickly get near the top of the stairs without you realizing and you don’t want him/her to fall down in his/her walker!
  • Bumbo seat with tray – these are handy to help baby sit upright before they’re able to on their own. I’ve even seen people take these to restaurants and sit baby up on the table. If you do this, NEVER leave baby unattended!!
  • Toys/rattles

Skip: seat protector mats for your car – these can make your baby’s carseat slide around and just aren’t safe, multiple seats – ex. bouncer, exersaucer, rocker, jumper, walker, swing… baby really doesn’t need all of these things – just pick one or two (we loved our jumper and swing best!). Chances are you’ll be holding your new little one so much s/he won’t use them very often anyway! 🙂 Stuffed animals – you’ll get lots of these when people come to visit new baby.



  • Short/long sleeved onesies (depending on the time of year baby’s born) – be sure to register for a variety of sizes
  • Socks – I felt like we could never have enough socks!! Again, make sure you register to different sizes
  • Swaddles – these seriously are amazing…baby feels so snuggled and cozy!
  • Hand mittens (so they don’t scratch that brand new skin)
  • 1-2 hats
  • Sleep sacks/gowns (2-3) – these are really nice and comfy for baby, and make it easy to change diapers!

Don’t worry about: registering for clothes – in my opinion this isn’t necessary. I found that between the clothes I bought for M and the ones that people bought for us on their own, we had plenty! Plus I wanted other people to buy the necessities and leave the ”fun” stuff aka clothes, for me! 🙂

Here’s a printable checklist for you!

Registry Checklist

Well, there you have it!  The complete baby registry list…according to this mama!  Pin it, share it, repost it!  Hope it helps ease a little of that anxiety, and remember, even if you forget something: Target is always 5 minutes away!