Working on the baby registry has been a long process. I love to research and it has been so fun getting input from all of you and reading tons of reviews to narrow down our list. While we haven’t tried any of these items with our sweet peanut (9 weeks to go), we sharing what we decided on in hopes that it will help all of you soon to be parents out there as well. After baby C arrives I will do an updated post with all of our first month essentials.
So let’s dive right in! Keep in mind this is very long list and not all of these are essentials. I wanted to share everything we picked out though so you could benefit from our research and all the recommendations we received. I also know I will be referring back to this list as he starts eating to get all the baby led weaning items.
First Trimester: Pregnancy After Loss
Top Recommended Baby Registry Items
These are the items we had recommended to us the most by current parents
- Dock a tot
- Bjorn Baby Bouncer
- Aden+ Anais Swaddles
- Stoke high chair – we didn’t get this because we got a brand new Graco as a hand me down, but people raved about the Stoke!
- Embe Swaddle
- Ergo Baby Carrier – we got 4 at a consignment sale. Two for us and two for Chelsea hehe.
- WubbaNub pacifier toys
- MommaRoo Swing
- UppaBaby Stroller
- Bob Stroller
Baby Registry: Transportation/Security
- Stroller: We tried every stroller on the market and finally went with this one. I feel so good about our decision. Though it was pricier, it is much lighter and more streamline than others we tried. Also you all have raved about it. The Cruz does not come with the bassinet so we bought that separately. If you get the Vista is can fit two kids and comes with the bassinet.
- Stroller clips
- Travel stroller – Mac loved this one and we still have it one our list to get for travel after the baby arrives.
- Stroller organizer
- Carseat: Weight and safety were key when it came to choosing a carseat. I tried every brand, and finally decided on the Nuna. We did have to get an adapter to fit in the stroller, but it is super easy. I liked the added safety brace with this carseat and the fact that it’s only 6lbs! I tried it with a fake baby weight and it was still manageable!
- Baby monitor: We reviewed a ton of monitors online and really wanted one with an app for monitoring and sound features. After Emily shared about the Nanit, I compared it to the others we were considering and it won by a landslide. It was so easy to setup (though you may have seen mac using his laser tool on IG stories) and the app is easy to setup.
- Stroller toy (Avocado)
- Mini noise machine
- Back seat mirror
- Bedside sleeper – went with this one over the Halo because I like how it slides right into the side of your bed.
- Bassinet stand – so you can easily move from stroller to the house without waking the baby
- Moses Basket – people shared this is so helpful to set the baby in while you shower or get ready
- Pack and play – we got this one as a hand me down and it’s so versatile with the changing station, the bassinet and the storage.
- Soft blankets: Obsessed with this one from Pottery Barn and this one from Nordsrom
- Crib mattress: at the time of writing this we still haven’t decided. I really want the NewtonBaby but we have a credit at the store we bought the stroller from and they don’t carry the NewtonBaby so we may get the Colgate mattress from them.
- Crib Sheets
- Bassinet pad
- Bumbo – friends we know loved these for their twins as they began to want to sit up.
- Baby Bjorn bouncer – you all raved about this and we were able to get one used
- Baby Lounger – we went with this one over the dock-a-tot
Baby Registry: Clothing
- Swaddles andthese
- Footed PJs & Christmas Version
- Sleep sack
- Hooded robes (these are my weakness)
- Sweater onesie – because December babies need to be cozy
- Adorable hats
- Dinosaur onesie
- Moccasins – much cheaper than the Freshly Picked ones
Baby Registry: Feeding
Keep in mind I have no boobs due to breast cancer so breast feeding is not an option. While I grieved this loss a few years ago, it’s been freeing to not have to address breastfeeding now and all the pressure that comes with it. We will be formula feeding and I have done extension research on organic formula for our babe. I’ll report back once I know which ones work for him.
- Bottles: I decided to get these and these to start out. Both fit with our warmer and come highly recommended.
- Bottle warmer – still not sure we will need this but wanted to have it on hand
- Bottle sterilizer
- Bottle drying rack
- Formula: starting with this one and this one to see which baby prefers
- Formula mixer (large)
- Formula mixer (on-the-go)
- Pacifiers – obsessed with small business (now carried at Target) + pacifier clips
- Pacifier wipes
- Burp Cloths
For when he starts eating solids
- Baby food maker – got this on major sale at our local consignment sale
- Baby feeders – highly recommended by Jean who I follow religiously.
- Food processor/steamer
- Baby led weaning book
Baby Registry: Diapering
- Starting with these diapers but many people mentioned they get recalled a lot so we will likely do a subscription with Abby & Fin.
- Diaper Wipes
- Diaper Bag – obsessed and you all have seen I’ve been using it pre-baby as a laptop/travel bag
- Portable diaper pad
- Changing pad
- Diaper pail
Baby Registry: Bathtime
Baby Registry: Books/Misc.
- Wood play gym
- Playmat – we got this one as a hand me down
- Wooden rattle
- Wooden stacking toy
- High contrast books
- Sophie la Girafe (I don’t get it yet, but everyone recommends this for teething)
- Jellycats stuffed animals – everyone loves these and they are SO soft
- Monthly milestone blanket
- “Hello World” sign
- Baby toiletries
- Baby nasal aspirator
Check out the widget below for some of my favorite baby books!
Baby Registry: Postpartum Care
I’ll do a full post about what I am packing in my hospital bag in a few weeks, but here are a few essentials.
- Adult diapers – I used these during my first trimester bleeding and they are so comfy. Many women highly recommend these over postpartum undies
- Frida momwasher
- Postpartum leggings
- Button down Pjs
- Maternity/Hospital robe
Phew that was long but wow do I love lists. I hope this is helpful for you as all of the other guides were for me!