Do you really need that? What items really are baby registry must haves? You want to make sure you have items you really need and aren’t wasting money.
Asking my mother was of no help as she never had a baby shower, apparently, they weren’t a thing in the ’80s. That plus how times have changed and baby products have evolved. After spending hours if not days putting together my own baby register here is my complete list of baby registry must haves that you REALLY NEED.
When putting together my baby registry I went to BuyBuyBaby & Target with two of my friends separately that are both mothers. I wanted to hear from them what they thought were baby registry must haves. With the help of them and months using the products myself here are my favorite baby items to register for in 2020.
I have EVERYTHING on the list below and have taken things off & added products. I will be updating this list regularly with new products to the market that I and baby Atlas (my son) love.
This baby registry must have list is not going to include things like a crib, diapers, baby onesies, or any obvious items that can be chosen on your own depending on your budget and taste.
When To Start a Baby Registry
That is what I asked myself at 22 weeks pregnant. I thought I had months to figure that out but I really didn’t. Most baby showers are held between 30-35 weeks and baby shower invites go out 6-8 weeks in advance. You’ll want to start putting together your baby registry around 20 weeks and have it finalized by 24 weeks.
Note that putting together a baby registry isn’t just a few hours said and done project. Odds are you will spend hours tweaking it and categorizing the products, etc. Then you’ll start reading reviews and swapping products in an out.
I am glad I had my baby showers at 32 and 34 weeks pregnant because I had baby Atlas at 36.5 weeks. You never know when the baby will come so having your shower earlier than later is a good idea. Plus you’ll have more energy to put things away, buy items you didn’t receive, etc.
Best Places To Baby Register
This is going to vary based on the stores located near you and where you prefer to shop. We personally registered at all the places below and had them imported to my Babylist registry.
Babylist then merged all the baby registries into one list so those attending my baby shower see prices at several stores for each item and they could see all store registries in one place. PLUS most places give you a baby registry gift bag/box just for registering and a coupon code to use after your shower to purchase items left on your baby registry.
- Target – Free welcome kit in store & 15% off coupon code for everything left in your baby registry & anything else you’d like to add 8 weeks before your due date. – Create your Target Baby Registry Here
- Amazon – Free gift box mailed to you & 15% off completion discount for prime members & 10% off for nonmembers. The discount code will appear in your account 60 days before your due date and valid for two orders with a maximum discount of $300 for prime members. – Create your Amazon Baby Registry Here
- BuyBuyBaby – Free goody bag in store & 15% completion discount to purchase baby registry items & anything else you’d like
- Walmart – Free welcome box but NO DISCOUNT CODE – Create your Walmart Baby Registry Here
- Pottery Barn Kids – No free gift but 20% off discount code good for registry items & anything else for 6 months following your event date valid for unlimited uses online & in-store
Top 7 Things On My Baby Registry
1. Happiest Baby Snoo – This was our #1 must have on my baby registry and a splurge gift. I can’t imagine life without the Snoo. After reading countless Snoo reviews and videos we knew the Snoo would be worth the investment. They offer rental options for those that want to test it out. The baby will only use this bassinet from birth to 6 months but the sleep we’ll get was worth it. Make sure to watch for Snoo holiday sales, often there are 35-40% off sales bringing the price down.
2. Owlet Sock + Cam – Another great peace of mind is the Owlet Sock. The OwletSock tracks your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels and alerts you on your phone & base station if they are too high or too low. You can view the levels and camera right on your phone through the app. We sleep so much better knowing we’ll be alerted should something ever happen.
3. Elvie – This is a gamechanger for all breastfeeding mama’s out there. Wireless pumping, it’s amazing. I can’t imagine not having this pump. You can literally pump anywhere. I have gone into the TJ Maxx while pumping. I suggest buying a few extra pump parts, I have 4 complete pump sets so that I only have to do the dishes two times a day.
4. 4Moms MamaRoo 4 – A baby swing is a must, and the best baby swing on the market is 4Moms MamaRoo4. What we love about the MamaRoo4 is that it has motions & speeds and it is Bluetooth enabled so I can control it from my app. Atlas loves the car ride motion while listening to waves, he’s going to love the beach like his mama.
5. Doona -If you travel a lot or live in a big city you’ll want to check out the Doona. This car seat & stroller in one will make traveling so much easier. No need to bring both a stroller & car seat. The Doona is a car seat and with a click of a button turns into a stroller too. We plan on putting the Doona to the test on our upcoming trip to Mexico, as we are renting a car in Cancun.
6. Clek Liing – Choosing the best baby car seat is hard, we went with the Clek Liing. We loved the metal load leg feature, as this reduces crash forces by 40%. Make sure to watch the video that shows the difference of a car seat with this feature and without it. We wanted a lighter weight newborn car seat, and the Clek Liing weights 9lb. Other great features: it can be installed with or without a base, it has 7 recline positions, spf100+ adjustable sun canopy, and several fabric options we have the 100% Merino Wool. Another perk, it’s compatible with every stroller we own with an adapter.
7. Joolz Geo2 – Joolz makes some of the most gorgeous strollers on the market. If you are wanting a stroller than converts into a double stroller you’ll want the Geo2. We went with the Geo2 for multiple reasons, including: it’s an all-terrain stroller with massive wheels ready to take on anything, it can adapt to a double stroller if we have another baby, comes with a bassinet for newborns which we can use around the house when not strolling, HUGE storage area, one-click compact folding, and did I mention it’s gorgeous?!? This is a larger stroller so it’ll be or at home stroller, as we don’t want to risk it getting damaged flying.
Baby Registry Must Haves
1. White Noise Machine – There are several white noise machines on the market, we opted for the Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine. It’s not only a white noise machine but also a nightlight, and we love that we can control it from our phone and not have to go into the room. We’d also suggest getting a small travel white noise machine for the stroller or car seat, you got this one for under $10.
2. WubbaNub – We don’t know a child under 4 that doesn’t have at least 3 WubbaNubs. Kids love these things, and we can see why. A cute stuffed animal with a pacifier attached. It’s also great for the parents as it’s easier to find! There are tons of animal options and they are constantly coming out with new ones. We’d suggest registering for 2.
3. NoseFrida Snotsucker – When we first saw the NoseFrida we instantly said “no not doing that.” Well according to my fellow mommy friends it’s a baby registry must have and yes we will be doing that and we’ll be happy to have one in the home when we need it. Just put it on your registry and hope you never need it, even though you will…
4. DockATot– We use our DockATot on our spare bed in our office so we can easily watch the baby while we work. There hasn’t been a day gone by that we haven’t used it. You will get your money worth out of it. A DockAtot has tons of uses often babies prefer to sleep it, it’s a safe place to set them in, change a diaper in, and much more.
5. Playard with bassinet & changing table– If you live in a two-story house like us, you’ll want a 3-in-1 Pack N Play on your first floor. It’s super convenient to have a bassinet, changing table, and playpen on the first floor and not having to run upstairs all the time. There are so many options ranging from $50-400, because of this both grandparents have one at their house. Which is super nice for us, one less thing to travel with. We have this one in our home, the 4moms Breeze Plus.
6. Baby Wrap/Carrier – There is no doubt you’ll want some sort of baby carrier or wrap, picking one is hard. We personally didn’t trust ourselves to put some of the wraps/slings on 100% correctly and somehow we would drop the baby. The wrap that looked the easiest to put on and the safest for the baby was the Baby K’tan original, which we plan on trying out and the price is right being under $50. For an everyday baby carrier that my husband can also use, we also registered for the Ergobaby Carrier 360 All Carry Positions. If you plan on using the Ergobaby 180 with a newborn you’ll need the Ergobaby Easy Snug Infant Insert for babies 7-12lbs. We didn’t get the infant insert, instead, we also got the Ergobaby Embrace which is just for newborns 7-25lbs- with no insert needed.
7. Aden & Anais Swaddle Blankets – Another baby registry must have is swaddle blankets, we prefer the Aden & Anais brand. The quality is top-notch, really large, 100% satisfaction guarantee, and great style options. We had to have this swaddle set with world & passports, so fitting for our little travel baby.
8. Newton Baby Breathable Crib Mattress – When looking at mattresses we originally thought it was crazy to spend $300 on a crib mattress, but then thought about it. Our baby is going to be using that mattress for 3+ years and breathing it in, etc. We should really care what it is made of. We opted for the Newton Baby Crib Mattress, which is 100% breathable and proven to reduce suffocation risk (SIDS) and it is 100% washable. These factors we knew would help us sleep better at night once he starts rolling over at night.
9. Nested Bean Zen Sack – This is a registry must have for sure, don’t wait a month or two of sleepless nights before getting it. The Nested Bean Sleep Saks mimic your touch and the feel of your arms with a weighted chest. Your baby will be sleeping better in less than 3 nights, which means you’ll be sleeping better & longer. Best $35 you’ll spend. For newborns, we’d also suggest the Nested Bean Zen Swaddle. I made the mistake of not starting to use it until Atlas turned 3 months, the first day I used it he went down for a nap while still awake instantly. We now use it daily for naps.
10. Baby Car Mirror – When on the road you’ll want a mirror to see your baby in their rear-facing seat. They are super cheap if you are a two-car household register for two, one for each car. Make sure it’s crash-tested & shatterproof.
11. Bumbo 3-in-1 Multi Seat – The 3-in-1 multi-seat will be with you for several years. Use it when baby can hold up their head but needs assistance sitting up, at restaurants for feedings, as a booster seat in adult chairs, and much more. It also comes with a removable tray for feedings and is easy to wash.
12. Tubby Todd Products – I swear by their all over ointment. AT
13. Blooming Bath Lotus – The Blooming Bath Lotus is perfect for baths in the sink with babies 0-6 months old. It’s super soft, the petals create a safe seat, it’s compact, just throw in the dryer after a bath, and it only weighs one pound. It’s perfect for traveling whether it’s to grandma’s house or a hotel!
14. Lulyboo Portable Baby Bassinet – This is the perfect travel bassinet, it weighs only three pounds and folds up so you wear it as a backpack. It’s great for days outside at home, the beach, park, changing station, and for us it’s a safe place to sleep when at hotels. If you travel a lot like us it’s a great portable bed & cosleeper. We usually put it in our checked luggage.
Baby Registry Nursing & Feeding Must Haves
1. Boppy Nursing Pillow – A Boppy pillow isn’t just for nursing & feeding it’s also great for tummy time! If you plan on nursing or not you’ll want a Boppy nursing pillow for feeding. We use it so much we have two, one on each floor of our house.
2. Milkies Milk Trays – Try and reduce your use of single-use plastic and get some milk trays. I have two sets of the trays and it works out great. It’s super easy freezing and storing my breastmilk with the Milkies Milk trays. Make sure not to put the trays in the dishwasher, they get a little bent out of shape and don’t lay flat in the freezer afterward.
3. Haakaa Breast Pump – I am sure you’ve hard about the Haakaa recently. It’s crazy how much breastmilk the Haakka catches while you are nursing on the other side. Every drop of saved breastmilk is worth it. For $12 it’s worth every penny.
4. First Years Bottle Warmer– When Atlas was a few weeks old we were able to get away with warming up a bottle in hot water but ever since he began drinking 4+ ounces we’ve used a bottle warmer. You just pour in water and set the timer for how long you’d like to heat it for. You don’t need an expensive bottle warmer, we’ve had several and this cheap bottle warmer was the best. We had high hopes for this Dr. Browns Bottle Warmer but it was really bad. The bottle would come out blazing hot and the heat was so inconsistent.
5. Breastmilk Alcohol Test Strips – After not drinking the entire pregnancy you may want a glass of wine or a drink, I know I did. After my first dinner out with friends I had two beers and when I got home I pumped and tested my breastmilk for alcohol right away. The breastmilk alcohol stripes indicate different levels of alcohol traces, every time I tested even a small trace I threw away my milk I didn’t want to risk anything.
6. Baby Breeza Pro Advanced –When Atlas’s stopped breastfeeding and we went t0 100% formula we only last one week before we invested in the Baby Brezza. Whoever invented this is a genius. Yes it’s price tag seems high BUT if you break down the price by the bottle it’s pennies a day. The Baby Brezza pours a hot fresh bottle in less than 15 seconds. No more waiting 5 minutes with a screaming baby!
Baby Registry Toy Must Haves
1. Kick & Play Piano Gym – Who knew this $40 toy would be our son’s favorite. This was the first “real” toy he’s played with. Just before he turned two months we brought this out and he loves to kick and hear the piano and see himself in the mirror and the toys above him.
2. Sit to Stand Learning Walker – It’s great to get a few toys that grow with your child and you can use them during many learning periods. The sit to stand walker is one of those. We can’t wait to watch Atlas start standing with it and learning to walk.
3. Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes – This is the perfect toy to take anywhere and babies love it. We have two of these as well, one that is always in my diaper bag and one in our toy bin at home. It’s only $9 so in case it gets lost it’s no biggy.
4. VTech Peek & Play Tummy Time Pillow – Early on you’ll hear over and over how important tummy time is. This is a great toy where babies will actually enjoy tummy time. Our son Atlas is okay with tummy time for a set amount of time and then he gets angry but we can always extend tummy time with this toy pillow.
5. Sophie the giraffe teether – Ask any parent about Sophie and they instantly will say yes you need a Sophie the giraffe. We’ll keep you posted once Atlas starts teething. Right now we’ve got a Sophie and several Sophie books too.
Now that I shared my favorite baby items, I’d love to hear from you! What are your favorite items? Anything I should check out and possibly add to this article?
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*Full disclosure I was gifted: Snoo, Elvie, Doona, Mamaroo 4 & Breeze, Joolz Geo2, Owlet Sock & Cam, DockATot, and the Clek Liing BUT all opinions are honest. If I didn’t fully love a product I wouldn’t promote it or include it in this article. Trust me, everything on this list you’ll love it and be glad you own it. Being a new mom can be tough, I’m all about products that make my life easier & more enjoyable. This article contains affiliate links that I earn a small commission from that cost you no extra.This post may contain affiliate links, see our disclosure