When I was pregnant with my first child, I was clueless as to what to include in my baby registry. Everyone around me suggested registering but being a first time mom I really had no clue what’s important and what not and the least I want to end up is having things that I don’t need right way.
Of course the list I have below is relative and in random order. I’m sure we all need different things and it also depends which part of the world you live in. But if I were to do it again, I would include the following items in my registry because not only did they help me a lot but they also made my first time experience as a mom easier than expected!
All of the items below are either available in my Kids Corner section. I linked all the items I used so you’ll have an idea what it looks like as well as the reviews of other mothers who have used it. You do not need to buy the same brand. I just link the brands I used or I was given as a gift during my registry.
- Baby Stroller. I personally recommend Chicco Keyfit Caddy Stroller Frame because it is light, convenient and the price is very reasonable. The last thing you want in a stroller is bulky. Remember that!
- Rear Facing Car Seat with restraint base. We used Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat and Base, Fuego because it was compatible with our Snap n Go stroller and remember to buy the Car Seat Base – Anthracite
that comes with it.
- Philips AVENT BPA Free Microwave Steam Sterilizer – A must have! You can use this even your child is done with feeding bottles. I use it to sterilize pacifiers and other baby utensils. The brand is Avent but your bottles do not need to be Avent to make it work, just FYI.
- Philips AVENT BPA Free Classic Infant Starter Gift Set - During the first few months of my son we used Medela because that’s what came from my Medela electric breast pump then after the first year, we used Avent. We are both happy with it.
- Electric Breast Pump – I was very satisfied with Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump with On the Go Tote.
- Miracle Blanket or adjustable swaddling blanket. – The Miracle Blanket – Baby Swaddling Blanket is true to their words. Can’t live without it for the first few months. It calms the baby down and allows the baby to sleep for longer periods. Whether the baby is irritable, colic or temperamental, this was such an incredibly important baby item for us!
- Humidifier – We used Vicks Pure Mist Humidifier. This helps clear the baby’s nose when he/she seems to almost get colds. It also has UV light that sanitizes the water.
- Diaper (lots of them). We used the Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers, Size 1-2
- Unscented Kirkland Baby Wipes (unscented to avoid possible skin irritation) – I like Kirkland. I have tried other brands but this one one glides the smoothest and absorbs better and faster than other wipes I used.
- Graco Pack ‘N Play On the Go Travel Playard. If you are going to get a crib, I suggest you get one that is convertible (good from infant to toddler) and has a flexible opening on the side so that you can easily scoop your baby in and out of the crib.
- Convenient Infant Travel Bed. I used this one not only for traveling but as a portable and versatile bed whether I am in the living room or another room in the house. I also used it as a changer and an “add on” mattress for my Pack N Play.
- Newborn to toddler bath tub with thermometer. Thermometer helps you check when the water is too hot or cold for the baby. A sample of this would be The First Years Sure Comfort Newborn to Toddler Tub. We used this one and we are satisfied with it.
- Boppy Pillow with Luxe Slipcover (most especially for mothers who delivered via C section). – This helped me a lot in feeding my baby for the first few months. It helps lift babies into a more ergonomic position for comfortable feedings, and it transitions to help support babies.
- Clothing such as Unisex-Baby Newborn Organic Onesie, bonnets, socks, mittens and towels.
- Dark Color Diaper Bag so the dirt won’t be obvious and in consideration to your husband so he won’t carry a hot pink diaper bag!
- Digital Video Baby Monitor
- Kid Friendly First Aid Kit for the Whole Family
- Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer. The quickest, easiest to use and most accurate thermometer. Easier to scan a child’s temperature than a regular one most especially when your baby resists on getting his/her temperature taken.
- Johnson’s Bathtime Essentials 7-Piece Gift Set (The set includes Johnson’s Head to Toe Baby Wash, Johnson’s Baby Lotion, Johnson’s Baby Cornstarch Powder, Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, Johnson’s Baby Oil, Johnson’s Safety Swabs, Desitin Creamy Diaper Rash Ointment, and a bath caddy). – This is useful during bath time and most especially I like that Desitin (anti-diaper rash) comes with it which you can buy separately too. Desitin is a must-have!
- Diaper Disposal System. This is great for odor control and includes other enhanced features to make diaper changing more hygienic and easier than ever. The Diaper plastic bags are optional. You can use any regular trash bag.
I think from here, the rest can wait or be left on hold in the first few months (for example feeding items such as high chair, sippy cups, potty chair and other gears) because the baby does not eat solid food right away. Now, little things like baby rattles, pacifiers, baby books and toys are just some of the most common gifts you’ll receive on your baby shower so wait before buying these things. You may receive that as surplus instead.
Suggestions are welcome!