We're here to assist you understand everything so you can confidently build your registry. Many congratulations on your new baby! You might have some questions about what your baby will need once they enter the world. You could feel overwhelmed by the amount of supplies you need to gather for your child, including adorable baby outfits, nursery decor, nappy bag, and bath time essentials.
We'll first discuss the what, when, where, and why of a baby registry before diving right into the baby registry checklist and breaking it down into several categories, such as clothing, sleeping etc.
What Is A Baby Registry?
A baby registry is a list of things you'd like to buy for your infant. The baby registry allows attendees at your future baby shower know what you want and need. Even though your baby is small, you'll still need a few essentials once they're in your arms and at home.
Why Do I Need A Baby Registry?
There's more to a baby registry than just making a list of necessities so you'll know what you need. It also allows your loved ones to join in the excitement! They can quickly see what you still need, want, and have by looking at your baby registry.
You will host a baby shower sometime during your second or third trimester. During this period, you can spend quality time with your loved ones while enjoying your pregnancy and the impending birth of your child. The guests often give you gifts to assist you prepare for the new baby at this period.
The items on your baby registry act as a guide for your visitors. They can select a present from the registry after carefully considering what you want and need.
The cashier will scan your registry once a friend or family member makes a purchase to indicate that it has been made. You won't get multiples of the same gift in this method.
What if you're throwing a baby shower online? Making a registry is still a smart move. There are inventive ways to receive and open the gifts so your guests can join in on the festivities, even though you can decide not to do so during the video chat.
When Should I Create A Baby Registry?
If you’ve decided to find out the gender of your little one, it’s best to wait until your 20-week appointment to fully create your baby registry list.
However, some items that you’ll put on your registry are not gender-specific, so you can go ahead and start your list as soon as 12 weeks. After all, every baby — whether boy or girl — will need a crib to sleep in and diapers to do their business in.
If you’ve decided to wait until delivery to find out the gender of your little one, you can start your registry around 12 week’s gestation. Throughout your pregnancy and before your baby shower, you can always go back and add to the registry as needed.
Where Should I Register?
Where you register will be decided by you and your partner. Registering can be done in person, online, or both. You can browse and register online from the convenience of your home.
Alternatively, if you'd rather inspect the things in person before adding them to your registry, head out to the shops and take your time browsing.
To determine which baby registry services are the most suitable for you and your baby, review and investigate the specifics of retail businesses and internet sites. Remember that there is nothing wrong with registering at many locations if one store doesn't offer all you need for your child.
You can also opt for an online registry service that allows you to choose items from many different stores and have them on one registry. Talk about convenient!
The Complete Baby Registry Checklist
After all of that, let's move on to the fun part: selecting the items on your register. To do this, you'll need to day-dream about your future child, picture them, and organise their nursery.
Your requirements and preferences may differ from those of other expectant mothers because this baby and situation are unique to you.
Talk to other parents to get their advice, suggestions, and must-have baby supplies, but keep in mind that every family is unique, so you might choose different baby products.
Be specific on your registry so that the attendees of your baby shower will understand exactly what you need. Give your family and friends a lot of options so they can choose from.
Each list below will give you a good idea of where to start, but feel free to add or remove items as you see fit.
Baby Registry Checklist: Clothing
Your newborn will change their clothes frequently over the first year of their life. Make sure you're organised and have enough outfits on hand so you can change as necessary.
If you have hand-me-downs from a friend or if this is your second (or third, or fourth!) kid, you may not need to include everything you need for the baby on your registry.
Check out the following list for must-have clothing items:
At least 10 onesies
3-5 pairs of pants
2-4 footed pants
5-7 one-piece pajamas
3 blanket sleepers for a winter baby
1-2 buntings for a winter baby
Hat that covers ears for a winter baby
Mittens for winter babies
Light sweater or jacket
Heavy sweater or jacket
7-10 pairs of socks
Brimmed hat for a summer baby
Swimsuit for a summer baby
2-4 pairs of no-scratch mittens
4-6 swaddle blankets
4-6 receiving blankets
1-2 sleepsack wearable blankets
2-3 dressy outfits
3-4 casual outfits
Gentle laundry detergent
Baby Registry Checklist: Nursery
When you are expecting, setting up the nursery increases your excitement. When it comes to paint colours and other decor, the possibilities are endless!
Consider the following goods to keep you and your baby comfortable in their room as you decorate and organise everything to your heart's content:
Changing pad cover
Cool mist humidifier
Mustela’s Musti Eau De Soin Spray for clothes and linens
Baby Registry Checklist: Crib Sleeping
After a few months, you may decide to transition your little one to their own room. If this is the case, they’ll need a crib to sleep in, along with the following items:
Firm, flat mattress
2-3 waterproof mattress covers
3-4 fitted sheets
Baby Registry Checklist: Nappies essentials
Your newborn will go through at least 5-8 nappy changes every day. At least. Whether you use disposable nappies or cloth nappies, you’ll soon become a nappy-changing pro.
Of course, with all these nappy changes, there can be some unexpected mishaps and messes. Make sure you have everything you need on-hand and in reach, such as:
Nappy bag with changing pad
Make to go for a natural and gentle nappy cream, like Mustela Vitamin Barrier Cream that will protect and soothe your baby’s irritated bottom.
Baby Registry Checklist: Bath Time
Giving your newborn their very first bath might be intimidating! But soon, you’ll be a pro at handling a slippery baby in the tub.
The benefits of taking a bath are numerous. It can be a wonderful way for you and your infant to bond in addition to cleaning every nook and cranny. Just make sure to use gentle products that won't irritate your baby's skin while cleansing and hydrating it.
Take a look at the following checklist for bath time:
Mustela’s Foam Shampoo for Newborns
4-6 soft washcloths
4-5 soft baby towels or hooded towels
Storage for bath toys
Gentle baby soap-free wash soap
Cradle Cap Cream
Mustela’s Cleansing Oil
You may also want to add Mustela’s Multi-Sensory Bubble Bath to your baby registry checklist to ensure optimal bath time fun once your little one gets a bit older!
Baby Registry Checklist: Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is a special time for mom and baby, but it’s not necessarily a walk in the park for every mother. Speaking with a lactation consultant is a good idea if you and your little one are struggling to get the hang of it.
While you can’t put a lactation consultant on your baby registry checklist, what you can include is an organic nipple cream.
Our Certified Organic Nursing Comfort Balm is a soothing and restorative nipple cream that keeps skin comfortable while breastfeeding.
Specially formulated to protect sensitised nipples, it soothes and helps to restore the skin, to enable new mums fully enjoy breastfeeding.
When breastfeeding, you’ll need the following items:
Breast pump bottle set
Breastmilk freezer bags (a few packs)
Disposable breast pads (several packs)
Washable breast pads (4-6 pairs)
Nursing Comfort Balm
6-8 burp cloths
Baby Registry Checklist: Bottle Feeding
If you choose to bottle-feed, these are the essentials you’ll need:
Various sized nipples
Bottle storage rack
Baby Registry Checklist: Toddler Feeding
Once your little one moves from milk to solid foods, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared by having the following essentials:
4-6 sippy cups
Rubber mat for the table to prevent slipping
Baby Registry Checklist: Safety
Safety is a top concern when it comes to your baby. This includes keeping an eye on them while they’re snoozing, having first aid items on hand, and protecting their skin from the sun.
To help keep your baby safe inside as well as outdoors, you’ll want to have the right items, like:
Baby first-aid kit
When you go outside, keep in mind that you need to protect your baby's sensitive skin from the sun's rays. This includes wearing safety gear and using sunscreen that won't bother your child's skin.
Baby Registry Checklist: Health
Maintaining your baby's health is definitely your top priority, just after safety. The goods listed below can help you keep your infant healthy.
Baby-friendly nail clippers
Baby Registry Checklist: Baby Gear
Despite the fact that your kid is small, they need a lot of large goods. The following items may actually be more for you, the parent, than for your child:
Rear-facing car seat mirror
Pack n’ play
Baby Registry Checklist: Playtime
You must remember to have fun! Before you realise it, toys will become necessities for your child. With the help of this suggested checklist of playtime objects, they will begin exploring and learning right in front of your eyes.
3-4 learning activity toys
We want to take a time to encourage you to add a few items to your register that are specifically for you. Despite the fact that it's termed a baby registry, you undoubtedly have a big say in the matter! Additionally, you are better able to take care of your child when you are healthy and happy.
Remember that your friends and family will want to pamper you in addition to your baby, whether it's a Stretch Marks Product, Nursing Comfort Balm, or something a little more adventurous!
Expecting a new bundle of joy is an exciting time in your life! So don’t get overwhelmed. Sit back and relax, knowing the baby experts at Mustela have you covered.
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I am an expert in baby registries and have extensive knowledge in this area. I can provide you with all the information you need to confidently build your registry. Let's dive into the concepts mentioned in this article.
What is a Baby Registry?
A baby registry is a list of items that you would like to buy for your infant. It serves as a guide for your loved ones to know what you need and want for your baby. By creating a registry, you allow your friends and family to join in the excitement and choose gifts that are meaningful to you [].
Why do I need a Baby Registry?
A baby registry is not just about making a list of necessities; it also allows your loved ones to be a part of your journey. They can easily see what you still need, want, and already have by looking at your registry. It helps them select a gift that you truly need and prevents you from receiving duplicates [].
When should I create a Baby Registry?
If you have decided to find out the gender of your baby, it is best to wait until your 20-week appointment to fully create your baby registry list. However, some items on the registry are not gender-specific, so you can start your list as early as 12 weeks. If you have decided to wait until delivery to find out the gender, you can start your registry around 12 weeks of gestation and add to it throughout your pregnancy [].
Where should I register?
The choice of where to register is up to you and your partner. You can register in person, online, or both. Online registration offers convenience as you can browse and register from the comfort of your home. If you prefer to see the items in person before adding them to your registry, you can visit the stores and take your time browsing. You can also consider online registry services that allow you to choose items from multiple stores and have them on one registry [].
The Complete Baby Registry Checklist
Now, let's move on to the fun part: selecting the items for your registry. Remember that your requirements and preferences may differ from other expectant mothers, so feel free to customize your list. Here are some categories and items you may want to consider:
- At least 10 onesies
- 3-5 pairs of pants
- 2-4 footed pants
- 5-7 one-piece pajamas
- 3 blanket sleepers for a winter baby
- 1-2 buntings for a winter baby
- Hat that covers ears for a winter baby
- Mittens for winter babies
- Light sweater or jacket
- Heavy sweater or jacket
- 7-10 pairs of socks
- Brimmed hat for a summer baby
- Swimsuit for a summer baby
- 2-4 pairs of no-scratch mittens
- 4-6 swaddle blankets
- 4-6 receiving blankets
- 1-2 sleepsack wearable blankets
- 2-3 dressy outfits
- 3-4 casual outfits
- Gentle laundry detergent []
- Changing table
- Changing pad
- Changing pad cover
- Glider/recliner/rocking chair
- Cool mist humidifier
- Sound machine
- Storage bin
- Clothes hamper
- Mustela’s Musti Eau De Soin Spray for clothes and linens []
- Firm, flat mattress
- 2-3 waterproof mattress covers
- 3-4 fitted sheets []
- Gentle wipes
- Nappy cream
- Nappy bag with changing pad
- Mustela Vitamin Barrier Cream []
- Mustela’s Foam Shampoo for Newborns
- 4-6 soft washcloths
- 4-5 soft baby towels or hooded towels
- Bath toys
- Storage for bath toys
- Baby-friendly tub
- Gentle baby soap-free wash soap
- Faucet cover
- Cradle Cap Cream
- Mustela’s Cleansing Oil
- Mustela’s Multi-Sensory Bubble Bath (for older babies) []
- Breast pump
- Breast pump bottle set
- Breastmilk freezer bags
- Disposable breast pads
- Washable breast pads
- Nursing Comfort Balm
- Nursing pillow
- Burp cloths
- Pacifiers []
- Bottle cleaner
- Bottle storage rack
- Bottle warmer
- Bottle bag []
- Sippy cups
- Baby spoons
- Baby forks
- Rubber mat for the table to prevent slipping []
- Baby monitor
- Outlet protectors
- Baby gate
- Baby first-aid kit
- Sunscreen []
- Baby-friendly nail clippers
- Soft brush
- Nasal aspirator
- Medicine dropper []
- Full-sized stroller
- Umbrella stroller
- Car seat
- Rear-facing car seat mirror
- High chair
- Pack n’ play []
- Learning activity toys
- Doorway jumper
- Soft blocks []
Remember to add a few items to your registry that are specifically for you. Taking care of yourself is important too, so don't forget to include items like stretch marks products or nursing comfort balm [].
I hope this comprehensive baby registry checklist helps you in preparing for your new bundle of joy! If you have any more questions or need further assistance, feel free to ask.