One of my long time friends from high school is adopting a baby in just a couple months and I’m so excited! We’re helping her put together a baby registry checklist so she knows exactly what she’ll need for her new baby.
When I was pregnant with Roy I had my sister-in-law take me shopping to register for all of the necessary baby things I was going to need. It’s always so much more helpful to get the advice from someone who’s a mom and knows what is actually necessary! 🙂
Now after 2 kids I feel like I have a pretty good handle on what parents need for their new baby, so here’s my ultimate baby registry checklist! Obviously all parents AND kids are different so what works for me may not work for you but hopefully this helps you get started!
Baby Registry Checklist
*Just right click and print the image below to keep track of what you have and what you need!
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DockATot’s are a mom’s best friend. They’re easy to transport for naps outside your home. They give you peace of mind that your baby isn’t going to roll off the bed. And baby’s love them!
I did a full Dock A Tot review that you can check out for all the details. I’m obsessed with this thing!
2. Pack n play
We used our dock a tot to put our kids in for naps and nighttime when we slept at other people’s houses. As your kids grow, though, you’ll eventually need a pack n play!
I highly recommend grandparents or aunts/uncles to have one too – it makes life easier for everyone! 😉
3. Baby carrier
Even if you’re not planning on being a big baby wearer, you need at least one carrier. Having the option to be hands free and carry your little one in a carrier especially in places where strollers aren’t ideal is the best.
I use mine daily for walks with our dog (it’s easer to maneuver sidewalks with a dog when I’m not pushing a stroller)! We also love them when we’re at local events like parades, art fairs or neighborhood gatherings.
4. Diaper bag
My diaper bag changes as often as my handbag does! To be totally honest, each season has different needs so I switch up my bag for what I need.
I started out with this Little Unicorn bag with Roy and loved it! I also used an Austin Fowler bag off and on during that first year too. After P was born, I realized I needed a backpack. I bought this simple one on Amazon which worked very well but wasn’t amazing quality and was recently gifted a Lily & Jade which I love!
We love our Uppa Baby Vista, even more now that we have 2 kids!
We’re Nuna fans and have the infant one and the next size up. Rishi did a ton of research on the best carseats prior to Roy being born so you can know for sure that they’re the best. 😉
Both my kids LOVED this bouncer (side note – it’s not the cutest thing in the world but when you’re kids love it you disregard the ugliness ha!). Penelope still uses it and is so happy when she’s in it! 🙂 Ours is not the cutest but I love this one!
8. Play mat
Before they fit in the bouncer having a play mat is awesome for kiddos. It gives them something to look at and play with when they can’t do a whole lot. Or something like this is great too so you can use it with your Dock A Tot!
We’re big fans of this one because it grows with your child (even adults can use it!).
This little seat can be used all the time! Feeding time, play time, bath time – it’s a multi purpose seat!
Bath + Diapering
We use Honest diapers. Truthfully, I love these the most because a. they are delivered right to my door (with 2 under 2 I have zero room for just about anything in my cart) and b. their prints are adorable. 🙂
A necessary evil. 🙂 We use Honest (because they come our shipment).
3. Changing pad
We had a “standard” changing pad prior to the Keekaro changing pad. Without going into detail, this one is so much better for cleaning when the inevitable happens! Seriously worth every penny.
4. Diaper rash cream
We didn’t have to use that as much with Roy as we did with Penelope but it’s so good to have on hand!
My sister used this back in the day when her kids were little and it’s genius! Instead of having to take the entire diaper bag to the bathroom when you’re out and about, just grab the pack that includes pockets for diapers/wipes/diaper cream and is big enough to lay your baby down!
My favorite thing ever for bath time! Put your baby on something soft while bathing and not have them slipping and sliding all over the place. 🙂
7. Hoodie towels and washcloths
I love the smell and the pump style bottles of Burt’s Bees. Trying to squeeze body wash on your hand and washcloth while holding a tiny baby in water is NOT easy. 🙂
9. Baby brush
We needed these from day 1 with our kids. 🙂 Any kind will do! If your little one happens to have cradle cap I highly recommend this brush/comb duo.
10. Nail clippers
There’s nothing scarier than clipping your baby’s fingernails. Trust me.
11. Diaper pail
We started out with the diaper genie but always dealt with a ton of stink. When I was helping my cousin register for her baby we discovered the Ubbi. I bought one and we’ve never looked back. It’s the BEST. No special bags, no pushing diapers down, just open – drop – close – done.
Each baby is different on what kind of bottle they’ll take but we found that Dr Brown bottles worked really well for both of our kids.
We have a drawer full of your “typical” bib but getting a couple Aden & Anais burpy bibs is totally worth it. Bibs that snap are great so your little one can’t pull it off and they can also be used for burp cloths!
We also have a handful of these that I love for when they’re a little older!
I’m a big fan of these bowls especially when your kiddos are just learning how to eat by themselves. They suction to the table to prevent at least a couple spills!
5. Burp cloths
6. Nursing pads
I loved these reusable ones! I tried a few different brands and these were the best.
7. Milk storage bags
I tried the Medela’s and spilled so much milk it almost made me cry. Get these instead.
8. Milk storage container
It sounds dumb and seems unnecessary but I finally broke down and bought this with Roy and it was a game changer to keep track of all the milk I was pumping.
Health + Safety
1. Nose Frida
So gross and your kid will hate it but get it. It’s so necessary.
3. Saline spray
Another necessary evil that your kid will hate but will be so helpful for stuffy/runny noses.
It’s better to have it on hand than to have your baby get a fever and not have it.
You won’t need these for a while but you will eventually so you might as well put them on your registry!
Our kids basically lived in generic white onesies and swaddles for the first few months.
Zipper pajamas are the BEST especially for middle of the night feedings.
When they’re not in pjs during the day you’ll likely want pants on them even in the summer.
Socks never stay on babies – I love these for keeping those toes nice and warm!
I hope this baby registry checklist helps you get started on your own baby registry or if you’re picking something up for a friend or getting something you missed for your new baby!
Be sure to print off the baby registry checklist above to bring it to the store with you!
If you’re a mom what did I miss? What’s on this list that you never used?
Next up, check out what to pack in your hospital bag! After 3 kids I’ve learned a thing or two. You’ll want to check it out!
Thanks so much for reading and sharing!