Baby Shower registry items

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Jane posted this 14 February 2019

Hi ladies,

I will be having my first baby shower soon and I want to create a baby registry. When looking at all the baby and mommy items that are available, I become overwhelmed and I want to make sure I get all the necessary things I will need. What are must have items I will need when my baby comes?

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Becky posted this 14 February 2019

Don’t go over board. A lot of these registry sites will overwhelm you. Just make sure you have the essentials i.e Diapers, wipes, onesies, pajamas, hygiene stuff, growing stuff etc. 

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Linda posted this 14 February 2019

I agree they are going to overwhelm you. Make sure your baby has enough clothes, diapers, crib bassinet, and baby toiletries (diaper rash cream and baby bath stuff). My two girls spit up a lot as infants so I stocked up on burp cloths. 

Ally posted this 14 February 2019

Go in person! A lot of places will give you a checklist when you register there, which really helps you to know what you should be including! 

Lana posted this 15 February 2019

Yes! Plus going in person is more fun, in my opinion! 

Go in person! A lot of places will give you a checklist when you register there, which really helps you to know what you should be including! 

Lilly posted this 15 February 2019

One recommendation: A Boppy!!! They come in handy and are life savers!

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Madi posted this 15 February 2019

The one thing I regretted spending money on: wiper warmer. So unnecessary and I ended up just using it for storing wipes and didn't even plug it in 90% of the time 

Beverley posted this 15 February 2019

I agree a boppy pillow is awesome, whether you decide to breastfeed or bottle feed you are still going to get your use out of it. 

One recommendation: A Boppy!!! They come in handy and are life savers!

Julie posted this 15 February 2019

My favorites so far: swaddling blankets, lots of wipes/diapers/, rocker/bouncer, and baby monitor.

Stephanie posted this 16 February 2019

I agree with this one 100% An unnecessary item. Much better off going with a way diaper and wipe storage caddy or something that is actually useful. 

The one thing I regretted spending money on: wiper warmer. So unnecessary and I ended up just using it for storing wipes and didn't even plug it in 90% of the time 

Jane posted this 16 February 2019

Thank you ladies for your feedback. This helps a lot. I think I will go in person to complete the registration. 

Michelle posted this 18 February 2019

I feel like you don't need to register for a ton of baby toiletries - they use such small amounts and you may find one brand works better than others (IE diaper cream) and you don't want to get stuck with a ton you won't use. When people asked what we could really use, I'd always say diapers and wipes!

Rachel posted this 18 February 2019

I agree! Diapers, wipes, burp cloths, onesies, and blankets! Everything else will come. I only put the big items on the registry if I knew that someone in my family wanted to buy it. Sometimes though, putting everything on there is a good idea because some places will give you a percentage off of your unpurchased items afterward. 

Melody posted this 18 February 2019

Diapers, wipes, onesies and gowns, nipple cream, boppy, zipper sleepers and I feel like everything else will be clothes given to you. Blankets will be given as well. But those first things are the necessities. 

Nellie posted this 07 March 2019

I agree with all of the above, I also recommend the mammaroo. It's amazing and it's the only thing my daughter would sleep in alone. She loved it

Angel posted this 07 March 2019

I recommend putting in a baby carrier! Not the infantino one though but a nice one like the Lillebaby carrier or Ergo. Baby wraps like the boba are especially great for the first few months too.

maria posted this 07 March 2019

ask for books instead of cards they can write a note in the cover

Heather posted this 08 March 2019

I was overwhelmed at first too until I went to Target with a friend. Just scan everything! 

Fiona posted this 08 March 2019

These were very helpful: diaper storage caddy, diaper sets all the way from newborn to about 6 months, onesies for different ages, sleepers, wipes. You might want to try different wipes, to see which one baby likes best. You can also add a diaper pail. Anti-colic bottles, nipple cream and baby bath essentials.

ANTONIA posted this 08 March 2019

Diapers are always good and very helpful, Just start scanning everything you like I mean of course you are not gonna get everything but it gives everyone lots of ideas . 

Carmen posted this 08 March 2019

A stroller would be a good baby registry item. I would also put in lots of onesies, diapers, gripe water, baby lotion and butt paste

Selena posted this 08 March 2019

Put high ticket items, appliances, tools (strollers, swings) etc. I found that friends who don't buy from your registry tend to buy you clothes.

Allison posted this 09 March 2019

My #1 thing I used for when the baby is small is the rock n play! It was a total life saver! Also, a pack n play. 

Randi posted this 11 March 2019

If you're planning to breastfeed, I would not go overboard on bottles or pacifiers. I have like 20 bottles and 30 pacifiers. None of which my baby ever used! I also didn't use my boppy so don't feel that's a necessity. Never used my baby carrier/ wrap. I used my stroller a lot.

Alitar posted this 23 April 2019

You need a kangaroo, lots of bottles if you’re bottle feeding. Bath towels , wash cloths and lots of burp cloths

Katie posted this 24 April 2019

You really just need the basics. Most sites tell you you HAVE to get certain things and you do not. Honestly, I mainly put diapers. I love shopping for clothes and would rather buy my baby clothes and than to go to the store and buy diapers, so I had other people get me the diapers so I could have fun and shop for my baby. I got a lot of samples of free lotions, butt paste, and shampoo in free baby boxes companies offer and still haven't run out of those so I do not think they are necessary as well, if you get the free boxes! 

Deanna posted this 26 April 2019

Diapers and wipes are your best friend! I use our BOB stroller and actually just got a double since we have a new addition coming. Pack and play is a must have, tons of bottle brushes on hand for in the future. Honestly one of the most fun things in the world is to go to places like target or Walmart, and grab one of their scanners and walk around and scan anything you want. With this baby, we did everything on amazon since that's what EVERYONE uses today! Plus they have so so much on there. One of my favorite little shops on amazon is sweet mojo designs, they make stuff for nurseries.

Tracey posted this 06 May 2019

Honestly , not as many clothes as you would believe and you can shop mom to mom for those. I would say bigger ticket items like a stroller, pack n play and carseats. 

Ella posted this 06 May 2019

Don't waste time registering for clothes--you'll get plenty of that (especially if you're having a girl). I would register for disposable diapers and wipes. If you are planning on using cloth diapers, go ahead and register for disposable diapers. You will need them for traveling, and when you are planning to be out of the house for a lengthy period of time. I recommend registering for water wipes; they are the most natural wipes on the market. Also, register for items like: an infant tub (the Fisher Price 3-in-1 is great), sheets for your changing table and crib, a boppy pillow, and bumbo chair. Also, the less items that you register for the more likely you are to get everything! Put some big ticket (high price) items on your registry that people are not likely to buy; car seat, stroller, nursery furniture, etc. People will give you gift cards which you can later use to buy the remaining items at a discount!

Kathy posted this 07 May 2019

A boppy pillow is a good idea, along with a playmat and bouncer

Mary posted this 07 May 2019

I know this thread is several months old, but for anyone still looking for ideas, I found the Halo Sleepsacks indispensable. It saved me from having to take the time to swaddle, and I wasn't particularly gifted at swaddling. Not to mention, as mine got to the point where they were rolling over, it was easy to zip them into it and just Velcro the swaddle part underneath their arms. I felt so much more comfortable with that on cold nights than I would have putting a loose blanket in the crib. We bought them in bigger sizes as our kids grew, so they wore them until they were old enough that I felt comfortable with them having loose blankets.  

Amy posted this 08 May 2019

Car seat, infant car seat base, bassinet, sheets, crib, diapers, wash cloths, butt paste, wipes!

Misty posted this 12 May 2019

I'm going to disagree! I LOVED my wipe warmer. 

Seriously though! Diapers, wipes, onesies, cloth diapers for burping, creams and bath stuff.  I'd recommend a swing (mine lived in there) and something they can sleep in safely in your room. Other than that, I say get them home and get the rest when you see a need! For me, I LOVE my formula pro bottle maker but it was a luxury item that I didn't ask for before I had them. 

Jennifer posted this 13 May 2019

Diapers, toiletries, wipes, and clothes. These are not only must-have items, but everyone will be able to get them for you!

Grace posted this 01 June 2019

I have a lot of mom friends who say they got WAYYYY too much stuff that they never even used. Be practical. Diapers, wipes, clothes for older ages that they'll stay in for more than 2 weeks. Buttpaste. Bath items. Teething rings/toys. 

Hannah posted this 01 June 2019

Stroller is a great one. Baby wipes. Diapers. Diaper rash stuff. Baby security camera!! Crib sheets and waterproof sheets. Stuffed animals. Also the diapers should be in ALL SIZES. They are gonna go through them soooo quick you'll need larger sizes sooner than expected. 

Robin posted this 03 June 2019

Bottles, bottle cleaner, onesies, bibs, diapers of course, wipes... essentials! 

Bethenny posted this 02 July 2019

Stroller, car seat, crib, bouncer, high chair, bassinet, butt cream, onesies, DIAPERS, WIPES, bottles, bottle brush, breast pads, milk bag(if you’re breastfeeding)

Angie posted this 03 July 2019

I was in the same exact boat when setting up my registry before my baby shower. I worked off of the target checklist and if it mentioned a pricey item that I was unsure about I just left it off. The hardest part was that I had too few options on my baby registry at first. You have to balance out the different price ranges of the gifts. Some people can’t afford something expensive or huge but may be able to get some baby powder, bath supplies, and some booties. Don’t neglect the little things that you need, because someone will most likely get it for you. And trust me, the little things add up over time. 

Piper posted this 05 July 2019

OMG I love this idea! 

ask for books instead of cards they can write a note in the cover

Adrianna posted this 06 July 2019

Another GREAT thing to add is a couple postpartum items for mama (depending on who will be looking at your registry 😋 ). Soft nursing bras (Kindred Bravely or Bamboobies brand or similar) and a postpartum kit like Earth Mama's - comes with perineum spray, tea, sitz bath herbs, balm, etc. Trust me, it was a LIFESAVER with my first and now a must have before my second arrives!!

Anna posted this 10 July 2019

I am actually thinking of a small baby registry if we have a 2nd baby. For example, items that we will need 2 of since our first born is only 2.  Diaper pail for example, if they are in separate bedrooms. 

Destiny posted this 10 July 2019

Diapers!! I had tons of diapers from my baby shower, but it still wasn't enough. Id also consider a stroller and car seat. A crib and/or bassinet. Wipes, clothes, pajamas, swaddle blankets, diaper rash cream, pacifiers, car seat cover, baby carrier, burp cloths and blankets. That should be great for the first couple of months. And maybe even a play pen or tummy time mat, if youre also looking to get things for later down the line.

Alyssa posted this 18 July 2019

A swing, swaddles, a baby bath tub, lots of diapers and wipes, bath essentials, and clothes.

Frannie posted this 18 July 2019

Definitely include all the basics, even if you don't expect someone to buy it for you. This means the crib, car seat, diapers, wipes, formula or breast-feeding tools. Include the random things too like onesies, muslin wraps, blankets, baskets, nursery decor. I had maybe seventy-five different items included on my registry and most were purchased (although I have a large family). Mostly, make sure the items are diverse in price. Some may not be able to afford much but will still want to contribute for you and your baby. They may even pair up and buy something together. Make sure to give them the freedom of price without making it seem like you're asking them to spend more money.

Ruth posted this 19 July 2019

I agree it's overwhelming, all the options out there. Others mentioned diapers, and that's a good call, as well as the boppy pillow. No matter what you put on your registry, people are going to give you baby clothes (because they are the most fun to buy)...so think about the essentials for eating, sleeping, and maybe a little baby bath tub.

Sam posted this 19 July 2019

Diapers and a Boppy Pillow! I would register for a lot of the items you are going to use over and over and over and over again lol. On the other hand, I would just register a lot of stuff! It gives friends and family an option to decided little gift ideas if their doing a combo ( Thats what I do for when buying for friends showers ect. )

Nina posted this 19 July 2019

I would not register for a lot of clothes, not even onesies.  Granted you know your crowd best, but most people love buying baby clothes and will pick out their own as well, so you'll end up with way too much of that and potentially not enough of the other items you need.  Also, once the baby is born, most people that come to visit bring clothes.

Ava posted this 19 July 2019

A variety of swings/seats/pack n plays, depending on how big or how many floors your home is - you're going to need lots of places to put baby down and you won't know what he/she likes until you give them a whirl.

Brittany posted this 20 July 2019

Lots of towels, washcloths, and burp cloths.  Skip getting a lot of cloth bibs and stick to the rubbery ones you can wipe off - you'll save yourself the choice between daily laundry and moldy bibs!

Caroline posted this 20 July 2019

A good bassinet is crucial.  The Halo is great.

Layla posted this 20 July 2019

A wipe warmer is a life saver. 

Candace posted this 21 July 2019

Try to stock up on diapers and wipes for sure! One tip I have is have a contest/give away and have everyone bring a pack of diapers as their entry into the contest. Other things that I love are the velcro swaddles. If you are planning on breastfeeding definitely add the haakaa to your list! It is a life saver if you are wanting to store breast milk. 

Danielle posted this 23 July 2019

A variety of swaddlers/sleep sacks.  Finding one your baby likes can make all the difference in terms of getting you some rest!

Emily posted this 23 July 2019

Sounds silly but...a diaper cream spatula!  They are great.

Fran posted this 23 July 2019

Get a baby first aid kit.  They should have lots of things you'll need, like thermometers, nail clippers, and even hair brushes.  We have one from Summer Infant that's great.

Taylor posted this 24 July 2019

Diapers and all the essentials!

Hillary posted this 24 July 2019

A lightweight, one-handed fold stroller for when baby is a little bigger.  You may not want to lug your full sized one around everywhere!

Lori posted this 25 July 2019

Also, a lot of places will give you a discount on your registry items! 

Put high ticket items, appliances, tools (strollers, swings) etc. I found that friends who don't buy from your registry tend to buy you clothes.

Jeannie posted this 25 July 2019

The boppy hands down!

shay posted this 27 July 2019

one thing we did was instead of cards we did books, its so much more memorable and perfect as the kids get older.

Cardi posted this 28 August 2019

diapers, pack n play, and breastfeeding pillows if that is what you are planning to do!

Sophie posted this 22 November 2019

Register for side-snap shirts for newborns and the next size up from newborn - NOT over-the-head shirts. It's just too hard to put a shirt over those tiny, fragile heads/necks. You can lay out a side-snap shirt open and then lay baby on it - then just slip arms in, wrap and snap. So easy when you are tired and baby needs a change! If you are changing a shirt (from the one they spit up on to a fresh one) you can still lay baby on the fresh shirt, slip off the dirty shirt, clean up baby and then dress. Easy peasy

Alexandra posted this 24 November 2019

Things you will actually use frequently are the most important--diapers, wipes, etc.  They will really cut back on costs during the first year.  In addition to that, nice soft towels are super great to have, and a baby monitor that you can rely on. I didn't know what its called exactly, but theres a monitor that you can view on your phone, which is AWESOME.  No extra plug and cord and monitor to carry around.  And you don't have to worry about being "in range"

Liana posted this 24 November 2019

Only put the things you know you will use and need, necessities. Diapers, blankets, bibs, stroller, whatever else is vital. If you get multiples of wipes and diapers and sweaters or something, you know you'll use it. The rest, you can shop around for yourself. Then your approach will always be one that is "I'm not going to waste my money so do I REALLY need this?". 

Elena posted this 19 February 2020

I recommend lots of onsies (plain undershirt ones) and tons of burp clothes.

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Bodi posted this 19 February 2020

Diapers, bibs, and socks. My boy went through so many of those his first year, I'm not even sure how we made it through.

Also, keep track of who gave you what items. This way, a year later you can them another thank you letter, letting them know what happened with the item.

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Sam posted this 20 February 2020

I would say to register for a car seat, bottle set, crib sheet set, onesies, a baby swing or bouncer, stroller, and diapers and wipes!

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Julie posted this 20 February 2020

you can't get enough of burp cloths and plain onsies.  A lot of people will bring cute outfits when baby born, but around the house you will want just comfortable pjs or onsies. And babys can go through 3-4 a day easily.

Nicole posted this 21 February 2020

I was so happy I registered for a jogging stroller. It helped me get back into shape with the baby in tow!

Becky posted this 25 February 2020

Onsies, bibs, caps/beanies, mittens, diapers, wipes, bottles, baby lotion, baby wash, a bassinet, baby blankets and swaddle outfits are the bare necessities  -- and formula if you are not breastfeeding. Beyond that you can get your crib, changing table, rocker, etc. in the next coming months . We did not set up our baby's nursery until he was bout 3 months old, since we were in the middle of closing on our new house and packing up the last house when my little one decided to come a month early.

Sam posted this 08 March 2020

Don't forget to ask for lotions, towels, swaddles, and receiving blankets. You can never have enough!

Nicole posted this 08 March 2020

Sheets, sheets, and more sheets. I made the mistake of only registering for 1 set and I went through about 3-4 every week (spit up, accident, etc.).

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Birdie posted this 12 March 2020

Sleep n play outfits, receiving blankets, a bed, a pacifier (just in case), bathing supplies (soap, hair/body wash, comb, towel, wash cloth, tub, etc.), a light blanket for the baby to sleep with, car seat, stroller, bouncer.

Vanessa posted this 12 March 2020

Car seat, stroller, bouncer, high chair, bathing chair are the big ticket items. 

Johnny posted this 12 March 2020

You're going to need bottles, crib, changing table, pack n' play, safe guard outlet plugs to keep baby from getting into stuff, etc. 

Victoria posted this 26 March 2020

I think the best items to have are the bassinet, bottles, pacifiers, clothing, and all of the baby safety products for health (thermometer, towels, etc.) 

Honestly, cribs and changing tables can wait if you cannot afford to have them immediately. We didn't put our little one's crib together until he was two months old because he was in the bassinet in our room.