One of the most exciting parts of expecting a baby is getting everything ready for the new arrival! However, as any new parent knows, planning for a new baby can quickly become overwhelming. You know to make sure to get all the diapers, blankets, and bottles you need, but beyond that it can be tough to know just what to put on your baby registry. And for that matter, it’s tough to know what not to put on your baby registry. That’s why we made this easy-to-follow list that will help you figure out just what you need on, and a few things you can leave off, your registry. We suggest sharing this list with friends and family so you can make sure you have everything you need and not too many repeated gifts!
1. Baby clothes
5-7 one-piece pajamas
1-3 sweaters or jackets
1-3 rompers or other dress-up outfits
6-8 socks or booties
1-3 hats (broad-brimmed for summer, soft cap that covers ears for winter)
3-5 pairs of pants
4-6 swaddle blankets
2 blanket sleepers for a winter baby
Bunting bag or fleece suit for a winter baby
Gentle laundry detergent
Diaper pail and liners
Unscented baby wipes (causes less irritation)
6-10 dozen cloth diapers and 6-8 diaper covers, or 2-3 large boxes of disposable newborn-size diapers
3. Baby bedding
1-3 washable crib mattress pads
2-4 fitted crib sheets
4-6 soft, light receiving blankets
1-2 heavier blankets for colder climates
Crib, cradle or bassinet
Firm, flat mattress that fit snugly in crib
Rocking, glider, or arm chair
3-4 learning activity toys
Changing pad cover
2-4 soft towels or hooded baby towels
Soft washcloths (keep apart from diaper washcloths)
10-16 bottles and nipples, both 4- and 8- ounce
Pump (if you plan to breastfeed)
Milk storage bags (if you plan to breastfeed)
Nursing pads (if you plan to breastfeed)
Nipple cream (if you plan to breastfeed)
Nursing pillow (if you plan to breastfeed)
Dishwasher basket for small items
Formula (if not nursing)
Baby nail clippers or blunt scissors
Petroleum jelly and sterile gauze (if you decide to circumcise)
Infant first aid kit
It’s really important to keep in mind that each baby’s needs are going to be unique to the baby and your lifestyle, and of course to use this list as a guide rather than a rule. For example, if your baby is coming in the winter, you’ll want to get warm clothing right away, but if they’re coming in the summer, you can put off the coats and extra blankets for a bit – plus their size will be different anyway!
We know you’ll be getting input from a lot of well meaning friends and family, but there are also a few things that you might be tempted to put on your baby registry, but you can probably skip, such as:
- Baby shoes: you can get socks and booties and skip the shoes until baby starts walking.
- Crib bumpers: bumpers are a hazard and shouldn’t be used.
- Drop down crib: drop down cribs aren’t manufactured anymore. If you are given a hand-me-down, check to make sure it abides by current safety standards.
- Bottle warmer: bottle warmers can be convenient, but they really aren’t necessary.
- Dressy clothes: babies don’t get out to many soirees, so if you don’t have an upcoming event in your baby’s first few months, just stick with the basics.
- TOYS: If there’s a specific toy you really want, go ahead and add it to your registry, but don’t ask for a lot of toys as people will get you plenty anyway.
- Diapers/newborn clothes: while these are important to have (we included them on our checklist), keep in mind that you’ll likely get a lot of these items whether or not they’re on your baby registry and use your best judgment when asking for them.
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