Registry Must Haves?

posted 3 weeks ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Agree with the white noise machine! Also blackout curtains and a good video monitor. A pumping bra if you plan to breastfeed (seriously SO helpful). And also an extra caddy/holder for diapers and such. I had little changing stations all over the house and it was so helpful to have a diaper caddy on each floor. 

Things I didn’t use: wipe warmer, bottle warmer (if you’re breastfeeding).This is more personal preference I think. 

Post # 17
2473 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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@temeculabride:  That makes sense for a section. I do think there are some cheaper alternatives that have the sides that allow for ease of getting baby out of bed. We were looking at one that was $159, before we decided to stick with the pack and play. If I have to have a section, I might end up getting it still. 

Post # 18
5399 posts
Bee Keeper

Not pregnant or anything yet but every friend of mine raved over the boppy.  

Post # 19
387 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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@knotyet:  yeah we had to get both. We have a pack and play downstairs, which is where he napped when he was younger before his crib and I main changing station on the first floor. Then the halo was by the bed upstairs. Even though we only used it for 4 months, I loved having him right next to me. I was able to keep him 1 foot away for safe sleeping and then just glide him to me if I needed to comfort him without getting up. I do know there are mini cribs and cheaper bassinet options though. 

Post # 20
622 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I’d heard the My Brest Friend was an even better breastfeeding pillow than the Boppy, but I ended up finding couch pillows easier to wrangle for the first few weeks, and then just started holding her in my arms to feed.  It’s not really uncomfortable and much more straightforward than trying to get any sort of pillow just right.

+1 on not wasting money on a separate bassinet (unless you really need it for some reason).  My girl slept in the bassinet insert of a pack and play for three months, and we’ve just recently got her a mini crib that will transition to a toddler bed then a big girl bed with the separate conversion kits.  The pack and play bassinet is only rated for up to 15 lbs and we didn’t fancy the idea of reaching all the way to the bottom of the playard to pick her up; the mini crib has adjustable heights.

Post # 21
3016 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse

I have an 8 week old and tried to do a minimal registry.

Must Haves 


-diaper changing mat, super cheap ones on Amazon and you can use on the floor, in the car, throw in a purse, etc. 

-crib/cosleeper of some sort. I have an Arms Reach Cosleeper that fits right next to our mattress which is awesome. However I sometimes wish we got a pack n play bc it’s multi use.

-Triple Paste Diaper Cream (seriously the best out there)

-zippered sleepers with hand mitts already included (Cloud Island from Target has some of the best)


-stroller/car seat combo and I got one that converts to a double stroller when we have another baby so I never have to buy another stroller 🙂

-thermometer, Frida nose sucker, saline spray, etc

-baby safe lotion and bath wash

-Halo Sleep Sack Swaddles , my baby is super strong and even got out of his swaddles in the  hospital. He absolutely sleeps better with a Velcro swaddle and it’s way harder for him to escape AND he sleeps better with a swaddle 

****It’s great to have baby swaddle blankets, wash cloths, towels and burp cloths but technically you just need some blankets, any towels will do for a baby and any dishrag sort of towels will do for burp cloths. Obviously most people buy baby specific of the above but it’s not necessary. 

Nice to Have

-Boppy lounger, safe place to set baby when you pee or want to have hands free. It’s not safe for sleep so we only let our guy snooze on it if we are watching. 
-Swing/Bouncer, babies love motion and swings are great for a little “me” time. Again, not safe for unsupervised sleep though. 
-Swaddles. I know you can use any blanket but I love using my Aden + Anais swaddles for blankets while nursing/napping in my arms, nursing cover, car seat cover, etc. 

-Diaper pail. I have the Creative Baby one from Amazon and it’s amazing. Can’t smell anything and it takes regular bags. Don’t buy one that you can’t use normal bags bc they jack up the price. 
-White noise machine. I would almost put this as a must have but technically you could always use your phone. We have a Hatch for the nursery and then a portable white noise machine that we use in his bassinet and anytime we go out and he’s in the car. I would recommend that everyone gets a portable one and make sure it’s rechargeable and not battery operated. 
-We use a folded up towel for his baths in the sink but some people would argue a baby bath tub is pretty vital. 

If Breastfeeding 

-Breast pump (should be free w/insurance) 

-Haakaa pump. I hate this bc it doesn’t work for me but it works for most women. 
-Nursing bras/tanks/etc. 

-towel wrap. I don’t wear a bra anymore and just wear a towel wrap all day. I just whip my boob out. Easy peasy. 



Post # 22
3016 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse

Forgot to add: I highly recommend signing up for free baby products through your registries as well as similac, Noobie box and more. They ask for some info but in return they’ll send samples and free things like bottles and pacifiers! I didn’t buy any bottles or pacis until my LO was here so I knew what he preferred. It’s not a good idea to buy a lot of one kind of bottle bc your baby might hate it. 

And also I would add to try to get as many things gender neutral as possible if you want more kids. I know so many people that had to buy everything over again because their second child was another gender 🤦🏻‍♀️ Almost all of our baby gear is gender neutral so we would be set for a second baby. 

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