Whether you’re planning to have an intimate baby shower with family, or a large celebration of your soon to be son or daughter, creating a baby registry can help those closest gift you a present that you need.
Nearing the end of a pregnancy can be daunting, especially for new moms. Creating a registry can be a hassle free approach to kindly ask friends and family for what items you still need. If creating a baby registry sounds overwhelming, don’t stress. In this guide we’ve got all your questions covered and a list of categorized items for baby that you won’t be able to live without!
I hope this collection of baby registry ‘must-haves’ gives you ideas of what you may like to include in your own registry and better prepares you for your bundle of joy.
- 1 The Complete Guide to Baby Registries: Baby Registry FAQs
- 1.1 What is a Baby Registry?
- 1.2 When Should I Create a Baby Registry?
- 1.3 Why do New Mother’s Create a Baby Registry?
- 1.4 What Type of Items Should I Include in my Baby Registry? What Items Shouldn’t I Include?
- 1.5 How Can I Let my Baby Shower Guests Know I Have a Registry?
- 1.6 What is a Baby Registry Completion Discount?
- 1.7 Where Can I Set Up my Baby Registry?
- 2 70 Neutral Baby Registry Must-Haves
- 2.1 Newborn Registry Must-Haves: Newborn Clothes and Bedding
- 2.2 Newborn Registry Must-Haves: Large Nursery Items
- 2.3 Newborn Registry Must-Haves: Electronic Safety Items
- 2.4 Newborn Registry Must-Haves: Nursery Accessories
- 2.5 Newborn Registry Must-Haves: Everyday Essentials
- 2.6 Newborn Registry Must-Haves: Bathing Essentials
- 2.7 Newborn Registry Must-Haves: Feeding Essentials
- 2.8 Newborn Registry Must-Haves: First Aid Products
- 2.9 Newborn Registry Must-Haves: Toys
- 2.10 Newborn Registry Must-Haves: Baby Proofing Items
- 2.11 Newborn Registry Must-Haves: Newborn Car Fixtures
- 2.12 Newborn Registry Must-Haves: Newborn Transport
The Complete Guide to Baby Registries: Baby Registry FAQs
What is a Baby Registry?
A baby registry is basically a list of items that you need for your soon to be son or daughter. These items can be smaller low cost baby items such as socks and singlets or more expensive bulky items such as car seats and change tables. The majority of new mothers try to include a mixture of items so that all guests can purchase something in their budget.
A baby registry works similar to a wedding registry in the way you can politely direct your family and friends to it via email, message or written directions. It is here that your family and friends can purchase one or a number of gifts that you have selected for your new baby. The store then manages the directory to ensure that only one of each item is purchased so you don’t end up with duplicates.. unless of course you’re expecting twins!
These days a baby registry is often compiled online, although an in-store baby registry is still available at some leading stores. While many mothers to be choose to create a registry at one large department store, this does not mean you cannot have smaller registries at multiple stores.
When Should I Create a Baby Registry?
A baby registry is often created early on in the pregnancy not long after the mother has announced that she is expecting. This is generally around the 12 week mark. Creating a registry in the second trimester of your pregnancy gives your baby shower guests enough time to purchase the item, especially if the item is online and will need to be shipped.
If you create your registry early on, you may choose to wait a couple of weeks to share the registry location with your friends and family, especially if you plan to add gender appropriate items to the registry after you find out whether you are expecting a little girl or a little boy. Sharing your registry between week 12 and week 20 of your pregnancy is acceptable and will give your guests enough time to choose a gift.
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Why do New Mother’s Create a Baby Registry?
If this is your first pregnancy, now is the time to create a registry. Your family and friends will be excited about the new addition and will want to shower you in gifts. Selecting a range of gifts that differ in price allow yours guests to choose something that is within their budget. A baby registry saves your guests messaging your asking you what you would like and ensures you do not end up with duplicate or unwanted presents.
What Type of Items Should I Include in my Baby Registry? What Items Shouldn’t I Include?
The items you include in your registry ultimately depend on what you have already purchased or what items you have kept from a previous child. Both large items and small items can be included in a registry, especially if you will be directing those closest to this registry. Make sure you don’t include items that you may have already purchased such as a pram.
When adding items to your registry ask yourself ‘Does my Baby Really Need this Item?’. There are a number of ‘fad’ baby items that now many expecting mothers choose not to add to their list such as baby robes and wipes warmers. When creating your baby registry consider the following:
Adding Newborn Clothes to My Registry:
What Season Will my Baby be Born? Is He/She Likely to Fit Size 00000?
Adding Newborn Diapers (Nappies) to My Registry:
How Many Newborn Diapers will I Use before my Baby Grows Out of Them?
Adding Feeding Bottles to My Registry:
Will my Baby Adjust to the First Bottle they Drink from? Should I Register for a Number of Different Teats?
Adding Breast Feeding Items to My Registry:
Will I be Able to Breastfeed? Should I ask for a Breast Pump?
How Can I Let my Baby Shower Guests Know I Have a Registry?
Wondering how you can politely share your registry with your baby shower guests? Below we’ve listed a number of ways that you can let your guests know about either your in-store or online baby registry:
- Include it in Writing on Your Baby Shower Invitations
- Allow your Mother or the Person Organizing Your Baby Shower to Personally Inform Guests
- Only Direct Those Who Ask You What You Would Like
- Politely Send Each Guest a Link to the Online Registry
What is a Baby Registry Completion Discount?
Some of the leading baby stores offer a registry completion discount. This discount allows the parents to go and purchase the remaining items from their registry at a discounted price. This is a great incentive for expectant mothers to create a registry. Below you can find the completion discount a number of stores offer for new mothers:
Name of Store:
Baby Registry Completion Discount:
10% for Primary Registrants and 15% for Amazon Prime Members.
15% off remaining registry items.
20% off remaining registry items (not available on already discounted products).
Where Can I Set Up my Baby Registry?
If you have a local baby store in your suburb, this is a great place to inquire about a registry. If you have a younger generation of guests that will be attending your baby shower, why not create an online registry? This ensure that your guests can order online or drive and visit the retailer to purchase the perfect gift for you. Some well known retailers that offer baby registry services include although are not limited to Amazon, Target, Walmart and Pottery Barn Kids. These three big brand retailers offer online registries where you can select a number of items that your guests can then purchase and have shipped to their address.
If you are looking at a number of different branded baby items Amazon may be the best choice for you. Not only will you be able to add multiple different branded items to your registry but your guests may save a dime or two in purchasing them from the Amazon Platform.
Pottery Barn Kids:
Pottery Barn Kids are well known for their designer children’s pieces. If you have a specific taste in mind, this retailer may have the perfect items for your registry. While Pottery Barn Kids do have some beautiful and delicate pieces, each item is likely to be higher in price than those on Amazon and Target.
Target offers a large range of branded and non branded baby items. Target offers a range of items from prams to cars seats to bath time essentials all at low prices. If you have a lot of guests attending your shower, Targets large range may make them the perfect registry choice for you.
Walmart’s famous “everyday low prices” make their baby registry very tempting. Walmart’s large selection of products make it a baby registry contender for all your baby gear needs. They also offer a welcome gift, price matching, an app and free returns.
70 Neutral Baby Registry Must-Haves
While it is highly likely that you will have 70 guests attending your baby shower, you may find those closest to you are happy to add more than one item to their cart. I know when I had my little one, my mother and grandmother were waiting up at the hospital with an overflowing gift bag of goodies for my son.
Below you can find a categorized list of the top 100 must-have baby registry items that you might need or want as an expecting mother.
Newborn Registry Must-Haves: Newborn Clothes and Bedding
1. 2 x Packets of Mittens (Yes your baby may come out with long untamed fingernails)
2. 6 x Pairs of Socks / Booties
3. 2 x Packets of Singlets (You will need anywhere from 8 to 12 singlets for your newborn)
4. 8 x Onesies (either Summer or Winter)
5. 2 x Packets of Bibs
6. 2 x Jackets / Cardigans
7. 8 x Outfits Suitable for Season
8. 2 x Bonnets or Beanies
9. 2 x Packets of Burp Clothes
10. 1 x Newborn Sunhat
11. 2 x Muslin wraps
12. 1 x Infant Sleeping Suits
13. 1 x Change Table Cover
14. 2 x Thick Blankets (1 should be enough if you are having a Summer baby)
15. 2 x Fitted Sheets (Either Bassinet or Crib Sheets)
16. 2 x Mattress Protectors
Newborn Registry Must-Haves: Large Nursery Items
17. Small Clothes Hanger
18. Bassinet or Crib (Cot)
19. Bassinet or Crib Mattress
20. Rocking Chair / Feeding Chair
22. Baby Bouncer
23. 1 x Change Table and Changing Pad
24. 1 x Diaper Bin
25. 1 x Activity Mat / Play Gym
26. 1 x Floor Mat
Newborn Registry Must-Haves: Electronic Safety Items
27. Baby Monitor
28. Night Light
29. Breathing Monitor (If You are a Paranoid Mother Like Myself)
Newborn Registry Must-Haves: Nursery Accessories
30. Toy Box / Toy Basket
31. 1 x Packet of Baby Clothes Hangers
32. 1 x Diaper Stacker
33. White Noise Machine or Sleep Toy
34. 1 x Cot/Crib Mobile
Newborn Registry Must-Haves: Everyday Essentials
35. 2 x Boxes of Newborn Diapers (Newborn Nappies) or Cloth Diapers
36. 2 x Bags of Baby Wipes
37. 1 x Box of Newborn Washing Liquid
Newborn Registry Must-Haves: Bathing Essentials
38. Baby Bathtub or Baby Bath Support
39. Baby Shampoo
40. Baby Soap
41. Baby Hairbrush
42. Small Wash Clothes
43. 1 x Newborn Hooded Towel
44. 1 x Bath Toy or Rubber Duck
Newborn Registry Must-Haves: Feeding Essentials
45. 8 x Bottles
46. Breast Pump (If Intending on Breast-Feeding)
47. 2 x Boxes of Nursing Pads
48. 1 x Tube of Nipple Cream
49. 1 x Nursing Pillow
50. 6 x Bottles and Nipples
51. 2 x Pacifiers (Dummies)
52. 1 x Tin of Formula (If not Intending to Breastfeed)
53. 1 x High Chair (For When the Baby Begins Solids)
54. 1 x Infant Bowel and Spoon
55. 1 x Nursing Cover
56. 1 x Bottle Sterilizer
Newborn Registry Must-Haves: First Aid Products
57. First Aid Kit Including Clippers and a Thermometer
58. 1 x Tube of Diaper Cream (Nappy Rash Cream)
59. 1 x Box of Ear Buds
Newborn Registry Must-Haves: Toys
60. 1 x Teething Toy
61. 1 x Rattle
62. 1 x Stuffed Toy
63. 2 x Reading Books
Newborn Registry Must-Haves: Baby Proofing Items
64. 1 x Baby Gate (If you have a Stair Case)
65. 1 x Packet of Draw Latches / Power Point Covers
Newborn Registry Must-Haves: Newborn Car Fixtures
66. 1 x Sunshade for Car
67. 1 x Car Mirror
68. 1 x Infant Car Seat
Newborn Registry Must-Haves: Newborn Transport
69. 1 x Infant Carrier
70. 1 x Stroller or Pram