If you’re here wondering what to put on the baby registry, chances are you’re expecting. If that’s the case, we’d like to extend an exuberant congratulations from our family to yours!
Parenting can be a long and arduous journey on an occasionally bumpy road, (Click here for a helpful article about how to prepare for a baby) but Adaptable Dad can help pave the way by making things like deciding what to put on the baby registry smooth and painless.
In fact, thinking about what to put on your baby registry can be a lot of fun. It’s similar to your birthday or Christmas:
- You make a list
- Others buy you presents
- You rejoice!
The only difference is, every time you get a gift from your registry, it’s exactly what you wanted!
As with any checklist, there are some things that are absolutely essential, and some that are not. To keep things simple we’ve listed the essential things first, and included some relevant information about each item.
Then there are the nice-to-have’s. These are things you can live without (if you have to), but they have the potential to make life with a newborn much easier.
So, when deciding what to put on the baby registry, keep in mind that not all of these items are essential, but they are all important to preserving your sanity once your baby arrives.
What to Put on the Baby Registry: The Essentials
The following items are in order from most essential to least (if it’s even possible for something to be more or less essential). You can create a baby registry almost anywhere (Wal-Mart, Target, Macy’s, Potterybarn), but our favorite place is on Amazon.com. They have everything you could need to prepare for your baby, fast shipping, and incredible customer service.
1. Diapers and Wipes
This one seems obvious, but so many new parents go straight for the crib or the stroller because they’re expensive.
Here’s something to think about:
Diapers and wipes are a necessity. You will go through a lot of them (up to 300 or more in the first month alone), and over time you will spend more on these two things than on everything else in this list combined.
Consequently, it’s a good idea to have plenty of diapers and wipes on hand for when your newborn arrives.
2. A Crib
Okay, now that we have that out of the way, we can talk about a crib.
A crib is often one of the first things that comes to mind when thinking about what to put on a baby registry. There are cribs to fit every budget and they come in all shapes and sizes. My wife and I decided on a crib with a changing table attached for both our kids because it afforded us the space we needed to store diapers, blankets, thermometers, baby powder, combs, and other odds and ends that your baby will need.
Plus, the cribs we purchased will convert into a toddler bed and eventually a twin-sized bed frame.
3. A Crib Mattress and Bedding
One thing I failed to consider when buying our son’s crib was that it didn’t come with a mattress.
We ended up going with a pretty standard inner spring mattress. It was cheap and rigid. No fancy frills like memory foam or pillow tops since since research has shown that they can increase the risk of SIDS. In fact, it’s a good idea to avoid putting things in your child’s crib such as:
- Stuffed animals
- Crib Bumpers
- And even very loose fitting clothing
That last one is a surprise to a lot of parents, but more and more fitted pajamas are becoming the norm. That’s one of the reasons why my wife and I love full body sleepers so much!
4. A Video Monitor
A video monitor is an absolute necessity for your new baby. It will give you peace of mind that you just can’t get with audio-only monitors. It will also prevent countless naps from being interrupted by concerned parents who heard baby make a noise in her sleep.
The Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor is an excellent choice. It’s the first-ever monitor that comes with an interchangeable optical lens. The lens allows you to see a close-up of your baby without distorting the image on the monitor. The Infant Optics DXR-8 also comes with a remote that allows the user to pan and tilt the camera. Perfect for active babies and toddlers!
5. Bottles and a Bottle Warmer
If you will be breastfeeding, you may not consider baby bottles to be an essential item. But research suggests that up to 97% have trouble breastfeeding at the start. Because of this, it may be a good idea to include bottles on your registry just in case.
6. Swaddling Blankets
Swaddling blankets are key to keeping your baby warm (that is what blankets do after all). But they can also help comfort your baby as she adjusts to the world outside the womb. When done correctly, swaddling can soothe your baby and help her sleep better at night (We can all get on board with that!).