What You Really Need On Your Baby Registry

One of the best feelings of becoming a mother is the never-ending amount of love a child brings into your life. Through motherhood, you start to learn new things and view life in a whole different aspect. As a first-time mom, we tend to read many books on diaper changing, breastfeeding, and products to purchase. Some popular questions are: What is important? What are the right products for a baby? What are the items you need on your baby registry? Knowing what you need on your baby registry can make the journey of becoming a mother so much easier. Here is a list of items that were a blessing for my family, from one mother to another that has been in your shoes before.

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Nursery items

Crib, cradle or bassinet – for the baby to sleep in

Mattress – infant mattress to support baby’s body

Bedding set – elevates bedroom décor

Blankets – keep babies warm

Receiving or swaddling blankets –wrap your baby in a swaddling blanket for them to feel like they’re in your womb

Nursery décor – pick color or theme

Nightlight – provides light during the night

Baby monitor – allows parents to see or hear their baby in another room

Hamper – keeps dirty clothes organized

Rocking chair – the perfect place to sit to rock and soothe baby to sleep

Clothes

Hangers – to hang clothes

Onesies (long and short sleeved) – comfortable clothing combines top with the bottom

Pajamas- to keep baby warm at night

Socks or booties (don’t get shoes until baby walks) – will keep baby’s feet warm

Mittens- prevent babies from scratching their face

Fleece suit for a winter baby – for the baby’s that live in states that are cold

Baby laundry detergent – for baby’s with sensitive skin

Diapering

Diapers - a great gift to receive in any size to have on hand as the baby grows

Wipes - unscented for sensitive babies

Diaper rash cream - to prevent rashes

Diaper pail and liners – will keep odors of a dirty diaper away

Bath Time

Infant Tub – a safe place to wash a baby in while they are small

Hooded towels – keep baby’s delicate head warm

Washcloths- to gently clean a baby

Shampoo and body wash - baby brand shampoo to cleanse hair and body

Baby lotion - to keep skin moisturized in a baby scent

Hairbrush – a soft brush that is gentle for baby heads

Rubber Ducky – “rubber duckie you’re the one, you make bath time lots of fun,” says Ernie from Sesame Street.

Feeding

Bottles – 4 to 8 ounces because babies are small Nipples – sometimes babies bite nipples, and they need replacing Bottle drying rack –keeps bottles organized and away from other dishes

Bottle sterilizer – to make sure bottles are clean

Bottle warmer – babies prefer room temperature milk

Breast pump and accessories

Milk storage bags – store breast milk Nursing pads – prevents leakage of clothes

Nipple Cream – provide comfort and healing for cracked nipples after breastfeeding

Nursing pillow – encourages proper breastfeeding as well as provides support for mother and baby

Bottlebrush – is to clean bottles efficiently

Dishwasher basket – makes loading and unloading bottles easy

Bibs – keep babies clothes from getting dirty from eating or drooling

Burp clothes – used for babies to spit up Pacifiers -too many are never enough

Pacifier clip – to keep pacifier on the t-shirt because they get misplaced

High Chair – get one that sits on a regular chair which is less bulky and takes up less space

Health products

Baby nail clipper - clip nails while the baby is asleep

Baby thermometer – use a temporal thermometer because they're quick and easy

First aid kit – to give medical treatment

Nasal aspirator – to remove mucus when your child is sick

Safety gate – keeps babies from entering unsafe areas

Teething tablets – an oral pain relief

Cool mist humidifier – adds moisture in the air that will help ease coughing

Baby Gear

Infant car seat - for baby to ride/travel safely in the vehicle

Stroller - preferably a stroller that leans back for a child to fall asleep in

Baby swing or bouncer – an item that will keep your baby entertained while you cook

Pack ‘n’ play - also known as travel crib to grandparents

Backseat mirror – to watch the child while the car seat is faced backward when in the infant seat

Diaper bag – to hold all baby items

Baby carrier or wrap - great for babies that like being close to mom or dad at all times; convenient when you have things around the house to complete

Play mat/activity gym - helps baby develop motor skills

Teething toys –chewing toy that relieve sore gums

Books – help babies improve language skills by imitating sounds

Extra

Baby month blanket – milestone blanket

Baby memory book - write down all your baby’s sweet moments to remember

Newborn hospital door wreath – to decorate hospital door

The arrival of a baby is exciting and a nervous feeling at the same time. Be prepared for the new life that is about to change yours in the best way you could have ever imagined.