Help with baby registry - what should I ask for & what items should I leave out?

Samantha - posted on 10/19/2012 ( 8 moms have responded )




I am a new mom - and am trying to make sure I pick the best items for my baby registry. What items do you swear by as a mom??!! Help!


Mary - posted on 10/25/2012




The one thing I have always felt that I could not do without (other than clothes and diapers!) is my (homemade) Moby Wrap. Without it, I could not be the mother I want to be and still have any ability to get any work done!

Jennie - posted on 10/25/2012




These are the items that we have used everyday:

swing, Boppy Lounger, floor gym mat, Nap Nanny Chill (he prefers to sleep in this for now instead of crib or bassinet), blankets, onesies/body suits & sweat pants, sleep & plays, cozy/soft socks, changing pad and covers, diaper pail, diapers, wipes, bath tub, wash clothes & towels, bath washes and lotions, bottles (we like Playtex Ventaire bottles), drying rack for bottles, fragrance free dish soap to wash bottles, nursery water & formula if you don't breastfeed, burp clothes (we go through a lot of these!), bibs, pacifiers (he likes the ones from hospital: Phillips Avent pacifiers), Car seat, stroller, lullabye cd or nature sound cd to sleep to, sleep sacks, grooming kit

While I haven't had to use a first-aid kit yet, it is always safe to have on hand:)

Congrats on your pregnancy!

Barbara - posted on 10/23/2012




Baby swing was the mostly what was used. Baby tub, onsies, crib sheets, lots of diapers, high chair, if you like to walk a really good stroller. Lots of wipes, lotions, and receiving blankets. Go to your favorite baby store and take the scan gun with you and have fun picking out what you would see yourself doing with your child. Do not forget the bottles.

Amy - posted on 10/19/2012




I wouldn't register for clothes, the season change out too quickly in stores and people tend to by that stuff anyway. I could never live without my bouncy seat for either of my kids, they actually slept in it the first few months. I also wish I would of registered for my breastpump.

Holly - posted on 10/19/2012




Receiving blankets, crib sheets, diapers, bottles, onsies (lots of them) bounces, Baby swing, car , pacifiers,


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Gwen - posted on 02/11/2013




Diapers, bibs, sleepers, onesies, swaddling blankets (they are bigger than a receiving blanket, but lightweight and kinda stretchy...AWESOME. I used them all the time to swaddle her without smothering!), fragrance/dye free laundry detergent, wipes, diaper cream (Pinxav is my personal fave), Lansinoh cream and nursing pads if you plan to breastfeed.

Pack n Play, Bassinet, Bouncy Seat, Infant Carrier/Car Seat, Stroller, . Even better is if you get the stroller/infant car seat combo. The carrier pops right into the top of the stroller which is very handy! Also, someone told me to get a car seat that had the belt adjustment in the FRONT. Advice I should have taken. Let me tell ya, it's a real pain to take the car seat out of the vehicle every time the straps need adjusted! LOL :)

Ellen - posted on 02/08/2013




I spent so much time combing through books and articles about this very same question and finally came up with my own condensed list of stuff you really need and what you could live without. Here's the must have baby registry items. You can find it by visiting the website

Ellie - posted on 10/23/2012




I have had so many offers for bouncy seats and swings, that I'm all set there and have had to say no to some. And people who don't buy from your registry will get you clothes, so you probably don't need to register for those.

My own registry features lots of cloth diapers, cloth wipes, wet/dry bags, feeding supplies (bottles, breastmilk storage containers, soft food feeders, spoons, dishwasher basket, etc.), nursery decor, crib sheets (don't forget the waterproof mattress pad!) breast pump, stroller, carseat, pacis, paci-clips, receiving blankets, boppy covers (I bought the boppy at a garage sale), playard sheets (I bought the playard at a garage sale), co-sleeper, and waterproof lap pads (multipurpose).

You'll definitely want some kind of baby carrier - a way to carry the baby on your body. I didn't register for it because they are so expensive new and there are lots of used Moby wraps and other carriers online for a fraction of the cost, so I plan to buy a used one if no one gets me one before I deliver.

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