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!

Man and woman Celebrating together for what to put on the baby registry

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.

You can get started setting up your Amazon.com baby registry here.

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

What to put on the baby registry: the cribOkay, 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:

  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • 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

what to put on the baby registry: video monitorA 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

Image of how to swaddle a newborn baby

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!).

(Click here for more on how to get a newborn to sleep.)

7. Full Body Sleepers

Full body sleepers with help to keep your baby warm at night without a blanket (since blankets and pillows can be dangerous). We like to recommend fleece sleepers for the winter and lighter ones for summer. I prefer sleepers with a zipper instead of snap to make things easier when changing diapers.

8. A Carrier or Car Seat

There are lots of options here, but if you’re trying to decide between a carrier or a convertible car seat, there are two things to keep in mind.

• Cost

Convertible Car seats can cost more than a carrier initially, but the car seat will convert as your child grows so you shouldn’t have to buy another one.

• Convenience

Carriers come in especially handy during the infant phase. Your child will hopefully be sleeping a lot, and having a carrier means you won’t have to wake her up to get her out of the car seat. Additionally, a carrier gives you the freedom to set your baby down next to you in public while you use your hands for other things, like eating.

what to put on the baby registry: stroller

9. A Stoller

Strollers come in all shapes and sizes, and can offer you a lot more freedom as a new parent. BOB jogging strollers are some of the most popular, as well as tandem strollers for parents with more than one child.

10. A Diaper Pale

This one would’ve ended up on the Nice-to-Have’s list below, but for one simple reason:

New babies poop a lot, and poopy diapers smell terrible!

There is nothing worse than coming home to a toilet, but that is exactly what your’s will smell like without a diaper pale. This one is a must when it comes to knowing what to put on the baby registry.

What to Put on the Baby Registry: The Nice-to-Have’s

Here is a list of 5 things that aren’t absolutely essential, but can make life a lot easier (which is pretty important when you’re sleep deprived).

1. A Pack n’ Play or Other Portable Playard (pardon my alliteration)

My wife and I love our Graco Pack n’ Play! We’ve used it for over two years now, and we have zero complaints. It’s portable, easy to set up, and it converts into a bassinet for use when our kids are still small (which doesn’t last long). Although we could get by without our Pack n’ Play, I wouldn’t want to try. I truly don’t know what we would do without it.

2. A Noise Machine

what to put on the baby registry: white noise machineIt may seem counterintuitive, but your child will sleep better at night and especially at nap time with a noise machine. Your child will sleep deeper for longer periods of time because the noise will help cover up other sounds that might disturb your baby’s rest.

This was something my wife and I discovered after going without one for over a year. Once we purchased our first Dohm All Natural Sound Machine there was no going back. Noise from TVs, stereos, washing machines, siblings, phone calls, and anything else that made a racket in our house were no longer an issue.

Our son slept through the night and even took longer naps during the day!

Needless to say, this was one of the first things we added to our Amazon baby registry for our daughter, Joanna.

3. Blackout Curtains

These will help with napping too. Before putting up blackout curtains in our son’s room, he would wake up every morning with the sun, and it was difficult to get him to nap. The blackout curtains solved that problem almost immediately. Now our son sleeps until our cat wakes him up (which is only a little after sunrise, but it’s something), and he naps better too!

4. Burp Cloths

It’s easy to understand why burp cloths are a good idea. Baby’s spit up a lot. At least one of our two kids spits up on me daily. Burp cloths can save you from having to change shirts every time you burp your newborn.

5. Soothies 0-3 Month Pacifiers

These things can save your life. They’re great for public places and nap times. Plus, Soothies are BPA and Latex-free, and pediatrician recommended because of their unique shape and design.

It should be said, however, that most breastfeeding consultants recommend that you avoid using a pacifier until your baby is at least six weeks old. This helps to ensure normal oral development and prevent nipple confusion.

What to Put on the Baby Registry: The Takeaway

Hopefully this post shed some light on what to put on the baby registry. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Thanks for checking out our post all about what to put on the baby registry! What items are you registering for? Are there any that didn’t make our list? Let us know in the comments below.


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