When I was pregnant, I received SO many different suggestions as to what I should add to my baby registry. After a few months with a newborn, I realized I had a ton of stuff I didn’t need, and a ton of stuff I wish I had. My first Baby Registry Starter List has 5 (out of 7) items I love: a car seat, Rock-N-Play, diapers, diaper bag, and stroller.
1. Baby Medicine Kit – I think I bought every option for infant medicine within the first two months of Annabelle’s life. Gas Drops, Gripe Water, Infant Tylenol, Teething Tablets, Saline Nasal Drops, are just a few items in our cabinet. We never bought a Nose Frida but I’ve heard great things about them. Stocking your baby’s medicine cabinet can be easy if you just register for everything you need beforehand.
2. Humidifier – We turn Annabelle’s humidifier on every night before bed. A cool mist humidifier is great for when she is not feeling well. If we ever forget it, we pay for it because our little piggy snores and coughs all night long!
3. Sound Machine – Since we have a crazy neighbor who cleans his driveway with a leaf blower at 2am, we have Annabelle’s sound machine by her window. It isn’t too loud (since baby ears are delicate), but it definitely blocks out the sounds of his random night chores. There is also a Shush-er that we bring out with us to keep her quietly sleeping when noises around us might wake her.
4. Sleep Sack or Swaddle – Swaddling a baby is harder than folding a burrito with a tough tortilla shell. My husband and I had SO much trouble getting our Houdini Annabelle to stay wrapped in the swaddle blanket. We love our Halo Sleep Sack and Merlin’s Magic Suit for our magician.
5. Diaper Genie – There is no smell worse than a dirty diaper sitting in a trash can for a couple of hours. Thanks to the Diaper Genie, I only have to get a whiff of her stinky diapers when I am changing out the bag! Register for Diaper Genie Refills too because they can get expensive!
6. Baby Detergent – After your baby has her third blowout of the day, you’re going to need to do laundry. Whichever baby detergent you choose to use is your preference – but we love Dreft! At $15.99 for a large bottle and with the number of loads you will do (think LOTS), washing clothes can be expensive.
7. Breastfeeding and Breast Pumping Supplies – If you decide to breastfeed and/or pump, you will need a lot of supplies. Your insurance company WILL PAY FOR YOUR BREAST PUMP, so don’t register for one. You’ll need milk storage bags, quick clean bags, nipple shields, disposable nursing pads, and breastmilk storage bottles. I wrote a whole post about how to get ready to breastfeed!
8. A variety of pacifiers and baby bottles – We tried multiple pacifiers and baby bottles before we discovered the Princess in the Pea prefers the hospital pacifier and Dr. Brown’s bottles. A favorite with our second daughter is the Wubbanub Pacifier.
9. Countertop Drying Rack – For some reason I didn’t think to register for a bottle drying rack with my first pregnancy. I don’t know how I did without the Baby Bottle Drying Rack because it easily holds everything from pacifiers to bottle nipples. Plus, it can be tossed into the dishwasher for easy cleaning.
All of these opinions are my own. This post is not sponsored but contains affiliate links.