The registry process can be quite overwhelming, especially for new moms. I am fortunate to work in the baby industry and have knowledge and resources to learn what products I ACTUALLY need and what products will match my lifestyle. Below is what I consider “must-haves” and my recommendations.

Nursery/Furniture:

  • Crib, Mattress, Mattress Pad (2) & Sheets (3)
  • Dresser, Changing Pad & Changing Pad Cover (2): There is no need for a changing table if you have a dresser, I just put the changing pad on our dresser.
  • Glider: This is not a must especially if you have a small space, but it is really nice to have it. I use an old rocking chair we refurbished but there are small gliders on the market that I also love.
  • Layette:
    • I highly recommend getting HALO Sleepsacks and/or Summer Infant Swaddles. They were great for when Ford (my son) was first born. It keeps the baby warm and secure and helps him or her stay calm and sleep better. I would recommend at least two to three of each size, but make sure your little one likes it before buying all sizes.
    • Tried and True Baby Registry Items // blog.rightstart.comFriends and family will get your tons of clothes, so I would not registry for too many. I do recommend getting six packs of Carters onesies in each size.

Travel Gear:

  • Infant Car Seat: I recommend the Chicco KeyFit 30, and register for an extra base, so you can have one in both cars (if you use two cars).
    • If your car interior is leather, get a seat protector
  • Baby Carrier:
    • The Moby wrap is nice, but the BabyBjorn Carrier One is great because both you and husband can use it. Plus, BabyBjorn is great for hikes and other outdoor activities because it feels stable.

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  • Strollers & Accessories: You really only need one stroller unless you travel a ton, if that’s the case you will also need a lightweight stroller. I have the Uppababy Vista, we like it because it comes with a bassinet, which we used in our room for Ford to sleep in during the first couple of weeks (you can buy a co-sleeper, but the bassinet comes with the stroller; you do have to buy the stand for the bassinet). Plus, it converts to a double stroller if you want more children in the future. Tried and True Baby Registry Items // blog.rightstart.com
    • Accessories: This is up to you, but I think it is nice to have the parent console so you can store your phone, water, keys, etc.
  • Playard/Travel Bed: Not necessary unless you travel often or plan on taking it to grandma/grandpa’s house. Most hotels have one, so you can just use theirs. If you do need one, I recommend BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light because it is lightweight:
    • I do recommend setting up a mini changing station or having a basket with all the changing needs in the room you think you will be in the most (i.e. living room, play room).
  • Diaper Bag: Totally your preference, but I have noticed I really prefer my husband’s Diaper Dude Backpack over my diaper bag. It is so much easier to travel with, and you are way more balanced when baby is in your arms. And, again, we use it on hikes.

Feeding:

  • Breast Pump: I highly recommend Medela, I highly recommend the hands-free one.
    • The Medela Easy Expression Bustier is a must if you decide to breast feed:
    • Please note you can also rent a breast pump or get one through your insurance.
    • You will also need a Breastfeeding Pillow, I loved Boppy because it can also be used to for tummy time with baby.
  • Bottles: Honestly, each baby is different so whatever works. We used Medela bottles and now use Dr. Browns.
  • Highchair: We use an infant positioner. It doesn’t take up much space and Ford likes to play in it.
    • My two recommendations for highchairs would be Stokke Tripp Trapp because it looks like a piece of furniture and can slide right up to the table, or the Mamas & Papas Pixi because it folds flat for easy storage

Child Proofing: You can wait because you will not need any of these items until baby is crawling (after 6 months)

Baby Activity/ Toys:

  • Bouncer: We love the BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance Soft because it folds flat and converts into a toddler chair. Since it folds flat, you can easily take it to grandma’s house or to the park. The 4 Moms mamaRoo is a great bouncer and swing in one; all my friends swear by it, but it did not work well for us. Tried and True Baby Registry Items // blog.rightstart.com
  • If you don’t have a bassinet with your car seat or you don’t have a co-sleeper, get the Fisher-Price Rock N Play Sleeper. It is great for when baby is sick or if baby has colic, and it folds flat for easy storage and great for travel.
    • There are a lot of options as far as color/pattern:
  • Jumperoo/Exersaucer IS A MUST. I recommend any of the Fisher-Price ones. 

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