A baby being on the way is one of the most exciting things in the world, but it can also be very stressful. Suddenly, you find yourself needing an endless list of new things, some of which might be entirely new to you. Your to-do lists are never ending, and now it’s time to finally tackle your baby registry so your loved ones can help you out before this big change.
When it comes to your baby registry, where do you even begin? You don’t want to forget anything, but you’ve also never had a baby before. This checklist will make sure you know exactly what you need to make sure you cover all your bases.
What Is a Baby Registry?
First, let’s talk about what a baby registry even is. Simply put, a registry is a list of baby products that you’d like to stock up on in preparation for your new baby’s arrival. It could be from a single retail store or several if you decide to use some of the registry lists out there.
What can you include on the baby registry? This is really up to you. There are no hard-and-fast rules, though most parents stick with things their baby will need immediately. Sometimes there are also items that benefit the parents as well. Having a baby is hard work, after all! Here are some ideas to get you started on your own baby registry checklist.
1. Infant Car Seat
The car seat is something you’ll need from Day 1 onward. It’s what will get your baby home from the hospital safely, so you want to make sure you do your research. Infant car seats are rigorously tested to ensure they’re safe for babies.
If possible, choose a car seat that’s versatile. One that you can use for a while will be ideal since these can be costly. This is a big-ticket item usually, and it will be one of the most expensive things on your baby registry.
2. Baby Carrier or Stroller
Next, you might also need a baby carrier or stroller. While it might be hard to imagine life with baby, you’ll need this when it comes time to do those out-of-the-house chores and other daily tasks that won’t stop just because a baby’s arrived.
Again, looking for a carrier or stroller you can get a long life out of is key. One that converts from a carrier to stroller would be a big cost saver once baby starts growing.
3. Baby Monitor
Baby monitors can be pricey, so this is a great chance to allow one of your close family or friends gifts you this special device. A baby monitor gives you the freedom to leave your sleeping baby resting in their crib while you do chores, rest, or simply walk into another room.
There are a number of high-quality baby monitors out there, so you’ll have a lot of options when adding one to your baby registry. Consider how you’ll use this baby monitor. Do you need multiple cameras or any extras?
4. Newborn Clothes
Clothes are a must once baby is born. In fact, they’re such a must that this is where you’re allowed to have a bit more fun on your registry. Include some fun and functional clothes for family to pick out, and don’t be afraid to include things beyond the newborn stage as well. You’ll soon learn that babies grow fast!
5. Crib and Mattress
Another big-ticket purchase item is the crib and mattress. These should also include a mattress cover and crib sheets, but you might want to list them separately on your registry so different shoppers can make smaller purchases.
Again, this is one of those things that will become everyday staples. The crib where your child rests will be hugely important, so this is truly a gift you’ll remember.
6. Special Toys
While newborns don’t usually interact much with toys, this is a great time to introduce your baby to new sights, sounds and colors. From colorful blankets to stuffed animals, the right toys will be something to look forward to as your baby reaches his or her milestones.
If you’re not sure where to begin (and most new parents don’t!) check for ideas about the best gifts for 1 year old boys, 6 month old girls, or any other soon-to-be age group that’s just around the corner.
7. Baby First Aid Kit
Last but not least, ask for something you hopefully will never need. First aid kits are a must for all members of your household, including baby. You might be surprised to learn that the first aid essentials you use for yourself aren’t safe for infants.
From nail clippers to thermometers to baby medication, asking for these things will give you much-needed peace of mind. You don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you need something and you don’t have it.
Start Your Registry
Now that you know what to add to your registry, you’re officially ready to get started. Creating your baby registry is the first opportunity to pick out the things that will become your child’s. This is a huge step so cherish it!
Remember, your baby registry can grow and change as you learn more about what you need for your specific situation. From there, it’s time to let your family and friends take action.