Having a baby is an exciting time in any parent’s life, but it can also be overwhelming. One of the most important things to do before your baby arrives is to create a baby registry. A baby registry is helpful to have whether you are having your first or fifth kid. To make things easier for you, here are the top 10 items that you should add to your baby registry.
Baby Must Have’s:
- Diapers and wipes: Babies go through a lot of diapers and wipes, so these should be at the top of your list. Consider adding a variety of sizes to your registry to ensure that you have what you need as your baby grows. My favorite diapers are Huggies Little Snugglers for day and night.
- Baby carrier or wrap: A baby carrier or wrap allows you to keep your baby close while you go about your day. This is a great way to bond with your baby and keep them calm and content. My favorite baby carrier is the Ergo Baby; I love that it helps aid with back support and it was comfortable for my husband to wear the baby too.
- Car seat: A car seat is essential for any new parent. It’s important to choose a car seat that is appropriate for your baby’s age and size and meets all safety regulations. The Chicco KeyFit infant car seat was my favorite for both of my kids; I loved that it came out of the car and could snap into the stroller for easy use. Also, allowed baby to sleep while running errands.
- Stroller: A stroller is another must-have item for new parents. Choose a stroller that is easy to maneuver and fold up for storage and transportation.
- Baby monitor: A baby monitor allows you to keep an eye on your baby while they sleep or play in another room. Consider getting one with video and audio capabilities for added peace of mind. We used the Owlet monitor and sock for both kids and it was so great to have the peace of mind at night; especially being a new parent.
- Nursing pillow: If you plan on breastfeeding, a nursing pillow can make the experience more comfortable for both you and your baby.
- Bottles and formula: Even if you plan on breastfeeding, it’s always a good idea to have some bottles and formula on hand in case you need to supplement or if someone else needs to feed your baby. Dr. Brown bottles are my favorite bottle but as far as formula goes I would speak to your Pediatrician for any recommendations.
- Baby clothes: Your baby will grow quickly, so don’t go overboard on clothes. Choose a few essential items, such as onesies, sleepers, and socks, in a variety of sizes.
- Swaddles and blankets: Swaddles and blankets can help your baby feel secure and comfortable. They also come in handy for tummy time and as a nursing cover. The best swaddle and sleep sack I have found is the Dreamland Baby Co. sleep sack and swaddle.
- Baby bathtub: Bath time is a special bonding time with your baby. A baby bathtub makes it easier and safer to wash your little one, especially when they are still very small.
Creating a baby registry can be overwhelming, but with these 10 items, you’ll be well on your way to preparing for your baby’s arrival. Don’t forget to ask for help from friends and family, and enjoy this special time in your life.