List of Must-have Baby Registry Items

As a parent, you want the best for your baby. However, when making a baby registry, it is best to avoid including just about every baby product in the market, and pick just the essentials. This ensures that your baby has what he/she needs, and you do not end up receiving duplicates and needless gifts.
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Quick Tip
It is a good idea to register both online and in-store. While certain things can be bought online, there are other more expensive and bulky items, like car seats, which need to be tested before buying.
With the baby paraphernalia around, planning a baby registry can be a tough task, especially if you are doing it the first time. Most parents tend to include a whole lot of (mostly useless) baby stuff in the registry, which they end up throwing out or donating to charity.

Moreover, babies are really picky, so all the expensive bottles and blankets you get would probably be wasted if your child does not like it. So, what do you do? Well, the answer is to stock up on the essentials, and narrow down your options. Instead of trying to pick up every baby product in the market, choose the essentials which a baby will use. It is also a good idea to list the number of items you want, especially the clothes. It is useless to stock up too many baby onesies or socks, which your baby will outgrow in a couple of months. Moreover, you do not need every baby gear out there. To help you out with choosing the best for your baby, here is a list of baby registry must-haves. The list is sorted into nursery, baby gear, feeding, diapering, clothing, and heath essentials for the baby.


Baby Registry Checklist

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Nursery
Crib
Crib mattress and waterproof mattress pad
Fitted crib sheets
Swaddle blankets
Sleep sacks
Changing table and changing pad
Bassinet/Moses basket
Baby monitor
Nightlight
Storage bins

Baby Feeding
Breastfeeding pillow
Breast pump
Breast milk storage bags
Burp cloths
Nipple creams
Formula milk
4 to 5 bibs
Baby bottles
Bottle brushes
Drying rack
High chair
Pacifiers

Baby Gear
Car seat
Baby carrier
Stroller

Diapering
Disposable diapers (Up to 8 lbs.)
Cloth diapers
Baby wipes
Diaper creams
Diaper pail and refills
Diaper bags
Baby Care
Baby bathtub
Baby bath towels and wash clothes
Massage oil
Shampoo and body wash
Body lotion
Grooming kit (contains nail clippers, brush, and scissors)
Soft-bristled baby brush

Baby Health and Safety
Nasal aspirator
Digital thermometer
Humidifier
First aid kit
Baby gates
Drawer locks
Faucet cover
Safety plugs
Pacifier

Clothing
10 to 12 bodysuits
10 to 12 baby onesies
10 pull-on pants
2 baby gowns
4 to 5 side-snap shirts
10 pairs of socks
3 to 4 caps, mittens, and booties
4 to 5 outer layers

Entertainment
Bouncer seat or swing (you do not need both)
Play mat
Activity center
4 to 5 infant toys
Teethers
3 to 4 books
DVDs
Buzzle.com Printables

This list may not be comprehensive, but it does cover all the essentials that the baby would need during the first few years. It allows first-time parents to figure out what they should put on their baby registry to help them prepare for their bundle of joy. You can register at brick and mortar stores or online stores such as amazon, buybuy BABY, or Babies"R"US. Do not fall for the hype or feel pressured to register for everything you might possibly need. Do your research, read customer reviews, and talk to other parents before you walk into a baby store to register.
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Published: February 10, 2014
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