Baby Registry Must Haves – Everything You Need, Nothing You Don’t

If you’re newly pregnant you’re likely wondering what are the baby registry must haves. There are so many items to purchase when you’re welcoming a new baby into the home. But, what is necessary and what isn’t is the question. 

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It’s super exciting to buy for a new baby but it’s also expensive.

One way to help with your budget is to utilize a baby registry. This allows your loved ones to spoil you and the new baby with items you need/want and allows your wallet to breathe a little.

There are so many baby supplies to purchase – let’s break down which items you will definitely want on that baby registry – the must have items you won’t want to live without.

baby registry must haves

Baby Registry Must Haves


What is a baby registry?

A baby registry is a list of items you’ll need before baby is born that loved ones will have the opportunity to purchase for you. They can purchase and have shipped to you, or they can purchase and give to you at a baby shower.

You’ll typically choose one or two places for people to choose gifts from and set up a registry with all the items you’d like.

Where to host your baby registry

There are a many options for baby registries, depending on your needs and the items you’re interested in. Also, if you’d like an all inclusive website/store for your registry, vs. a few different stores for your loved ones to choose from.

The best options would be:

In this baby registry must haves article, we link to items mostly from Amazon, but if you use a different registry you should be able to find the same or similar items.

Amazon is a great option as they have just about anything you could want or need, just about everyone already purchases goods from Amazon, and they have great shipping options.

When should you create a baby registry?

This is completely up to you and will differ from person to person, but generally, most women begin creating their registry after the first trimester is complete – so, at or around 12 weeks.

However, if you need are going to find out the sex of the baby, you should wait until then, unless gender neutral items are what you’re going for. And typically, parents find out the sex of the baby around the 20 week mark.

What items should you add to your registry?

Of course, the items you choose will be based on personal taste but there are some basics that should be on any registry. We’re going to cover the basics in the list below.

Take the time to browse the registry location you’ve decided upon, this will often lead you down a rabbit trail of further ideas for the baby registry.

Basics for a first baby registry

  • Infant car seat
  • Stroller
  • Side Sleeper Bassinet
  • Portable Bassinet
  • Baby Swing
  • Pack and Play
  • Jogger Stroller
  • Baby Monitor
  • Boppy
  • Diaper Genie
  • Baby Bouncer
  • Baby Thermometer
  • Diaper Bag
  • Baby Carrier
  • Baby Wrap
  • Swaddle Blanket
  • Cloth Diapers (if Cloth Diapering)
  • Newborn Diapers
  • Diaper Wipes
  • Crib
  • Crib Sheets
  • Baby Laundry Detergent
  • Mattress and Mattress Cover
  • Newborn Clothing
  • Burp Clothes
  • Breast Pump (if Breastfeeding)
  • Nursing Pads
  • Nursing Cream
  • Milk Storage Bags
  • Bottle Brush
  • Bibs
  • Bottles (if Bottle Feeding)
  • Formula (if Bottle Feeding)
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Blanket
  • Baby Shampoo
  • Towel Hoodies for Baby
  • Baby Nail Clippers

Start that baby registry

The sooner you start that baby registry, the better. It will give your loved ones plenty of time to work off the registry list and get gifts ordered for you and baby. If you need to wait until you know the sex of the baby, around week 20, that will still give everyone plenty of time to order.

Think of everything you need and don’t feel bad about a growing baby registry. Baby’s may be small but they require a lot of items, so let your loved ones bless you with gifts that you and the baby will need.

Happy registry making!

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XOXO, Nell

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