What are those "must have" registry items?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
2794 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Haakaa pump. Best breast pump I ever used. 

Post # 3
2169 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception/The Gallery

Baby carriers–something to let you be hands-free. Could be Lillebaby, Ergo, Tula, the wrap or sling kinds–just something to wear the baby. 

I’d check out Lucie’s List--I found it SO helpful when creating our registry! 

Post # 4
1665 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Also about to be a FTM but I’ve received wonderful advice from friends and a book I read called the baby whisperer lol. 

Nappy bin. Change table. Baby carrier if you plan on baby wearing. Bassinet or cot sheets. Baby swing or bouncer. Sun shade for in the car. A blanket for the stroller. A nappy bag.

Those are just a few 🙂 

Post # 9
7876 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Prettysmile40 :  congrats!! For baby stuff we found that those little buggers can be super picky so I wouldn’t go crazy stocking up on bottles, diapers, wipes, etc. Have enough to get you home from the hospital but if your LO is like most he/she may refuse all but one bottle type (and oh the adventure to figure out what that one magical bottle is! lol), certain diapers can’t contain really chubby thighs, wipes give a rash etc. My kid LOVED the swing, but my friend’s kid screams whenever they get near it. I’m a big fan of getting a lot of that big gear used when possible since it’s expensive and used for such a short time / possibly never if your kid hates it.

My absolute FAVORITE things that help me out are

(1) haakaa pump/drip catcher thingy

(2) totesavvy insert for my purse because diaper bags are ugly

(3) muslin swaddle blankets for everything (blankets, tummy time, burp rag, emergency toga when you baby poops through all the clothes you packed, etc)

(4) baby carrier – I like the Moby but my husband prefers the Lillebaby so we have both

(5) Keekaroo peanut diaper changer pad. Godsend when they decide to let loose mid-diaper change. Babies make enough laundry and changing pads with sheets gross me out. This things is expensive and no one will buy it for you because old ladies think it’s silly but trust me – it’s money well spent.

(6) lansinoh hand pump. Awesome for when you’re going to be away from baby for only one feeding and don’t want to deal with lugging the electric and finding a plug and all that nonsense. I find I get a ton of milk in just a couple minutes. 

Post # 10
834 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Prettysmile40 :  yay!!! So happy you got pregnant after everything you went through! I know how badly you have wanted this 🙂 I really recommend the Newton breathable crib mattress. It’s pricey but gives you piece of mind bc if the baby rolls onto their stomach they can still breathe through the mattress. They can use the mattress for years so it’s a good investment. I personally like the Halo brand swaddles. Don’t buy many of the same bottle because if you are primarily breastfeeding your baby may not like certain ones (I have tried 3 types and my baby won’t take any of them so I have to keep buying different ones and trying them.) Rock n Plays are useful and the Boppy Lounger for the first few months are must haves. Are you finding out before hand if it’s a boy or girl? I am so happy for you!!

Post # 11
842 posts
Busy bee

I just had my first LO 3 weeks ago, and I’m actually surprised how few things ended up being “must haves”…

Personally I wouldn’t consider nappy bins as a necessity. I’ve just been tossing diapers in a normal waste bin…by the time it starts to stink, it needs to be emptied anyway. Those “diaper genie” things are too pricy to be worth it, imo. 

Everyone had raved about muslin swaddle blankets, so I had the impression I’d use them every day…I got a bunch of them at my shower, but so far I’ve only really used them a handful of times. My babe breaks out of swaddles all the time, so I haven’t had much use for them yet.

You’ll probably get lots of clothing regardless, but I would definitely ask for quite a few bodysuits…baby will be peeing, pooping, and probably vomiting all over her clothes several times a day, so it’s good to have lots of backups (unless you want to do a lot of laundry!). I also love sleep sacks/gowns so that I can add layers on top of her bodysuits on chilly nights. 

An electric forehead thermometer is also really helpful. You’ll probably be checking their temp several times a day for the first couple or weeks, so forehead thermometers are super quick and convenient.

Not really a “must have”, but maybe some nice baby lotion? Someone had given me “Angel baby bottom balm” which has a lovely minty scent and is made from all-natural organic ingredients. It supposedly treats diaper rash, and although my baby hasn’t gotten any of that yet, I’ve been applying it on her bum after particularly smelly blow-outs just for extra defense against any lingering odor…I’ve just been surprised how much I really enjoy the feeling of having my baby smell as clean as her fresh diaper, lol. Don’t forget some sort of baby bath tub and soap! 

And a diaper clutch…way more convenient than hauling a giant diaper bag around with you to the restroom. 

Other than the basics, I can’t really think of anything else I couldn’t live without. Good luck 🙂 


Post # 12
2794 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I also just thought of breastmilk storage bags. You’ll go through lots. Even if breastfeeding doesn’t work out for you they are so userful for taking powdered formula out and about. They are sterile and you can measure out enough formula for one feed into them. They keep closed and don’t take up much space in your bag. 

Post # 13
626 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

DrunkInLove :  Thanks for your suggestion of lucie’s list! With so many reviews and categories of stuff to buy, this simplified version is very helpful!

Post # 14
9595 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015


Post # 15
1036 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Merritt Winery

Congrats! I would say the most useful things for me, my DS is about to be 2 in a few months, would be the boppy pillow and a super comfy chair for the nursery.  The boppy pillow was nice because it’s like a big pillow.  It’s not like the regular boppy that’s more line a horshoe shape.  You can put the baby on it right next to you on the couch or in bed for naptime. 

The chair was a good investment because we spent a lot of time in it.  I pumped in it and Darling Husband and I took some turns spending some sleepless nights in it!  What else…bottle brushes, dreft, plain onsies for baby to sleep in, hand sock things (or just socks), swaddlers were also great.  They are like big sleepingbags with velcro for easier swaddling.

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