The Ultimate List of Baby Must-Haves for Your Registry
So you have a little one on the way. Congrats! While this is an exciting time it can also be a little overwhelming. Just know that you’re not the only one who doesn’t know where to start as you prepare for baby. Whether you’re a first-time Mom or a seasoned pro, assembling and organizing all of your baby must-haves can feel like a lot of work. Not to worry. We’re here to help with our ultimate list of baby registry must-haves. Here’s everything you need (and nothing you don’t) to get ready for your little one’s arrival. Let’s do this!!
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The Complete List of Baby Must-Haves for First-Time Moms
The nursery is a place where you and your baby will share some special moments throughout their first few years of life. It should be peaceful, well-organized, and fully stocked with everything you need so you can make the most of your time together. Here’s what we suggest adding to your list of baby must-haves for the nursery:
- Bassinet/Crib. A crib or bassinet, a firm flat mattress, and a fitted sheet are all you need to create a safe and comfortable sleeping environment for your baby in their first few months at home.
- Baby Monitor. A baby monitor is any new parent’s best friend. So, make sure to add this item somewhere near the top of your list of must-haves for your newborn baby.
- Swaddles. Many parents swaddle their newborn babies until they are about 3 months old. From there, swaddles can grow into blankies, lovies, sun shields, and blankets your little one will reach for again and again. We suggest stocking up on these. You will want at least three.
- Mobile. A mobile is not only a beautiful decorative piece, but it also helps soothe and entertain your little one, over the crib or change station Here are a few of our favourites.
Baby Clothing Essentials
Many new moms are surprised at just how many outfit changes newborns will go through in a day, let alone a week. Let’s just say, it’s safe to presume that the laundry basket is going to get filled pretty quickly. So, if you’re wondering what one of the most important baby must-haves for first-time moms is, clothing certainly lands somewhere near the top of the list. Here are the newborn clothing essentials we recommend adding to your list of baby registry must-haves. Of course they don’t need to be, but organic clothing is the safest way to dress baby. Free of any chemicals or harsh dyes, organic cotton is something that you can rest easy about.
- Sleepers are the perfect pyjamas for the first 0 - 12 months of your little one’s life. Make sure the ones you add to your baby registry must-haves include a full two-way zip for easy changes!
- Onesies are great for mixing, matching, and easy diaper changing. You’ll want a good selection of these on hand as well.
- Pants & shorts to pair with your onesies.
- Sweaters or jackets that you can layer over onesies on cold days.
Cold weather accessories like hats and mittens if you live in a cooler climate and an outerwear piece to keep your little one toasty on walks and other outings.
Speaking of outings … getting out the door and on your way with a newborn can be tricky to say the least. That’s why we recommend adding some on-the-go essentials to your list of baby must-haves in 2021.
- Car Seat. A car seat is one of the most important must-haves for your newborn baby. You can choose an infant or a convertible car seat. There are pros and cons to both so do your research and decide what works best for you and your family. Most hospitals won’t let you leave without one!
- Stroller. As far as baby must-haves for first-time moms go, a stroller is absolutely key. It’ll help you get fresh air with your little one and keep your body moving.
- Carrier. A lot of new parents wonder whether a carrier should be added to their registry or not. We love how it allows you to bond with your newborn and keep your hands free for other important things (like coffee!).
- Diaper Bag. Your diaper bag is your best friend when you’re out and about with your newborn. Ask other moms which diaper bags they liked and why. This will help you decide which style is right for you. Travel pouches are a great way to keep your diaper bag organized and the items you’re carrying with you clean.
- Portable Changing Pad. When your baby needs changing, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. Even if you’re out and about. That’s why a portable changing pad can be a real life-saver. We recommend options with zip pockets for creams and diapers, and a fully wipeable exterior coated for easy clean-ups.
Feeding is one of the biggest challenges new moms face when they bring their baby home for the first time. But, with the right products in place and a little time and practice, it can become much more manageable. That’s why you should definitely include these feeding essentials on your list of baby registry must-haves. Trust us, you’ll be glad to have them during those 3 AM feedings.
- Breast Feeding Essentials
- Breastfeeding can be tough but the right accessories will go a long way towards helping you through the process. Here’s what we recommend having on hand if you plan on breastfeeding your newborn:
- Breast Pump
- Nursing Pillow
- Nursing Bra
- Nipple Cream
- Breast milk storage bags
- Burp Cloths
- Bottle-Feeding Essentials
- Whether you’re planning on bottle-feeding or not, we recommend having these items on your list of baby registry must-haves. Why? Because they’ll come in handy if you want to bottle feed your breast milk and when you’re ready to start weaning your baby.
- Dishwasher Basket
- Burp Cloths
Baths will become part of your baby bed time routine and are another lovely activity that will help you bond with your new baby. It’s also another one of those activities where proper preparation is key. Are you sensing a theme here? We definitely recommend adding these bathtime essentials to your list of baby must-haves for 2021.
- Baby bathtub. If you’re looking for bath time to go off without a hitch a baby bathtub is one of those baby registry must-haves. It will make the process easier for both you and your little one and help keep him or her safe.
- Baby-safe bath products. Make sure you have a gentle shampoo and body wash on hand. Baby lotion is also a good idea!
- Towels. You’ll want to keep your little one warm and cozy when they get out of the bath. We love hooded towels that are cozy and absorbent, like these.
We’re coming to the end of our list of baby registry must-haves but, we’re not quite done yet! Here is our final group of items that you’ll need whether you’re wrapping up bath time, heading out to run an errand, or putting your little one down to sleep. These are the things you want to have on hand in the nursery, bathroom, and diaper bag at all times.
- Diapers. This one is a no-brainer, you’ll need newborn-sized diapers and, we hate to break it to you, lots and lots of them. Decide whether you want to use cloth or disposable diapers and adjust your registry accordingly.
- Diaper cream. Most babies will need diaper cream at some point. We recommend having a tube for your nursery, and a tube for your diaper bag.
- Pacifiers. Pacifiers help calm and soothe your baby so this is a great item to add to any baby registry. This is another one of those items you’ll want to have handy at all times so, stock up so you always have one nearby.
Frequently Asked Questions
Many parents-to-be worry about baby registry etiquette. Specifically, whether it’s ok to include high price items like cribs, strollers, and car seats on your registry. Our opinion? Go ahead if it’s something you really need. Friends and family often come together to purchase gifts as a group and they’ll feel great knowing their money is going towards something that will make your transition into parenthood a little easier.
Many expectant mothers put diapers on their registry. There is absolutely nothing wrong with including them. However, registering for diapers can be tricky because sizing is typically based on weight, not age. Our tip? Ask baby shower attendees to bring a box of diapers and enter those that do into a raffle to win a prize.
There is really no right or wrong way to go about this. Our only tip? Leave yourself enough time! It’s a good idea to have everything in place for the baby’s arrival by the time you’re about a month away from your due date. It’s not that you ‘need’ everything, but you don’t want you or your partner running around buying baby gear once baby is here. Start with the basics and then you can add items later.
One thing you won’t want to deal with as a new mom? Clutter. So, when you’re building out your baby registry, give careful thought to what you really need. You can absolutely add some nice-to-haves to your list but don’t get carried away. Focus your list on the items that you’ll get the most use out of.
We hope this list of baby must-haves helps you as you prepare for the arrival of your little one. While it’s both an exciting and nerve-wracking time, we know that a little preparation can go a long way towards making the transition into parenthood a smooth one!