What to put on your baby registry: things you’ll actually use, plus tips about the best way to register for your baby!
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The first time your pregnant self walks into the baby store can be crazy overwhelming. So many brands, so many things that people say you MUST buy, so many things you have no idea how to use. I mean seriously, what in the world is a nose frida? It’s hard to know what is helpful and what is a waste of money when it comes to baby products. Especially because some of them can be expensive!
One of the best ways to get some of those pricier items is to add them to your baby registry! You never know who is going to be super generous or if your coworkers might want to chip in and buy you that fancy stroller you have your eye on. And you can often get coupons or discounts to buy things that people don’t purchase off your registry!
Before I get to all the goodies and tell you what you should add to your baby registry, let me first ask you a question. Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could just have one big registry with things from lots of different stores so you wouldn’t have to settle on a style because they don’t have the one you actually want at the store? WELL YOU CAN! Hooray!
The benefit of doing your baby registry with Shop Amazon – Create an Amazon Baby Registry is that you can add items from any website! You can literally add anything you need, in any style you can find! Amazon offers free 90-day returns on any unopened baby products, and 60 days before your due date and up to 90 days after, you can get a one-time 10% off discount code (15% off for Amazon Mom members), to use for any of the items left on your registry. It seriously doesn’t get much better than that.
Now, let me tell you what to put on your baby registry!
Diapers and Wipes. DUH! You can’t have too many!
Pack n’ Play. We have used our pack n’ play for vacations, camping, naps at home when the nursery is occupied or inaccessible, and as a play pen outside for smaller babies. There are lots of different styles of pack n’ plays, and we have loved our Graco Pack n’ Play because it came with a little removable bassinet that vibrated to help baby fall asleep. These things are pretty much essential.
Baby Monitor. Another great item to add to your registry is a baby monitor. We had regular audio monitors when our son was a baby, and then we just got the Keera 2 Video Monitor, and I love it. The bonus of having a video monitor is that you can see your baby and it can give you more peace of mind than just an audio monitor. It’s not an absolute essential, but it does make a big difference in easing your stressed-out mommy mind.
Stroller. Whether you register for a stroller that matches your car seat, or fancier one like the raved-about City Select stroller, adding a stroller to your registry is a great idea. Because I can guarantee you’re going to want one of these bad boys, even if you just use it for mom-walks around the mall.
Bouncer or Swing. We have used both a bouncer and swing with our kids, and they have come in handy a lot! When our babies were newborns we had them nap in the bouncer a lot so we could be with them still, and a swing is helpful when you just can’t get baby to calm down!
Healthcare and Grooming Kit. One of my favorite (and most helpful) things we got off of our baby registry was a baby healthcare and grooming kit. I know it sounds weird, but it has things like a baby thermometer, nail clippers, nasal aspirator, medicine dispenser, and a comb. We’ve used it so many times, and seriously guys, it has been so helpful. I highly recommend adding one of these to your baby registry (and props to my sister who bought ours for us!).
Swaddle Blanket. Swaddle blankets can be simple or fancy, and they range in price quite a bit. Having at least one is essential because that’s how babies sleep at first! I can’t imagine newborn life without a swaddle blanket. I have heard people who love muslin swaddle blankets, but we have used a SwaddleDesigns blanket with both of our kids and it is still in amazing shape.
Boppy. Oh, the boppy. So much more than just a regular pillow. Guys, if you are planning to breastfeed, I insist you register for one of these. It makes all the difference in holding and position your baby, and in saving your back!
Diaper Bag. Pick out one you like, and add it to your registry! I started off with a Vera Bradley diaper bag, and now I am using a JJ Cole diaper bag, and they have both been great. I have also heard amazing things about Petunia Pickle Bottom bags, but they are quite a bit pricier! But if you’re adding it to your registry, why not!?
White Onesies. Guys, you can never have enough white onesies. Gerber Onesies are one thing you can always have more of, and you need them in essentially every size! Babies are messy, and I can guarantee you are going to go through a lot of these. So add them to your registry and save yourself some money!
Chest Carrier/Baby Wrap. I have tried a Happy Wrap Baby Carrier, a JJ Cole Agility Stretch Carrier, and a Chicco UltraSoft Infant Carrier, and there are things I like and dislike about each. So do your research, pick one, and add it to your registry. Because there are definitely going to be times when you will want your hands free and baby will just want to be held.
Bumbo. I’ve used our Bumbo seat for both kids, and it has been great for helping them learn how to sit, feeding, and even just hanging out in! They are super sturdy and will last through multiple kids, so I highly suggest getting one with your first baby!
Baby Memory Book. I know that some people don’t use baby books anymore, but I love having a place to write down the new things my babies do each month, their first words, what things were like when they were born, and their growth percentiles. I even have my own baby book from when I was a baby and it’s so fun to look back on. You should consider getting a memory book because they are a great way to record memories, doctor’s visits, and important milestones. And adding it to your baby registry is a great way to get one for free!
Bathtub. I love having a baby bathtub to put in the big tub and bathe babies. It’s so much easier to have a small little tub, and you use so much less water that way! Adding one of these to your registry is a must for making bathtime easier.
I hope that list was helpful! Let me know if there’s anything else you think I should add to the list! And make sure you check out the Shop Amazon – Create an Amazon Baby Registry program!
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