Baby Registry Checklist

Congratulations! You’re pregnant. Hopefully you’ve made it out of the first trimester with your dignity intact, and you’re starting to feel better.

So, your registry. Do you need one? Well, most people do. Loved ones and friends are going to buy you stuff, whether you have a shower or not. So it’s best to have a list for them to buy from, instead of having them go rouge (this is also my advice re: wedding registries).

Keep reading to find out what you do and don’t need on your registry. We’ve also compiled all this information into a spreadsheet, so head over there to see our advice in all its tabulated glory. This post will summarize the essential items, but the spreadsheet has the whole kit and caboodle. Please feel free to download the spreadsheet and make it your own!

Where to register

We don’t have a strong opinion about this. Most of the links you will find in this post and our spreadsheet are Amazon links (we do get a small kickback if you purchase anything after clicking these links!). You can create a wishlist on Amazon. You may also (or instead) want to have a registry at a brick-and-mortar store, for those not-so-computer-savvy relatives. Buy Buy Baby or Target are both good options. You aunt will probably appreciate that she can use her Bed, Bath & Beyond coupons at Buy Buy.

What you need

Again, this post summarizes essential items. Check out the spreadsheet for everything.

Bath Time

You’ll need a small tub of some kind and a baby wash/shampoo combo.

Item Recommendation Secondary Recommendation
baby bath wash Aveeno Baby Wash and Shampoo Babyganics Shampoo and Baby Wash
infant tub Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Sling N Seat Tub Puj Flyte – Compact Baby Bathtub


We do list some favorites on the spreadsheet, but honestly, you don’t need to register for clothes. People will buy you all manners of clothes, whether you register for them or not.

Diaper Stuff

We both used and liked Pampers, but this is a personal decision that involves lots of factors. But don’t fall down the rabbit hole too hard! Here’s a good comparison of diaper options. Decide what’s most important to you (cost, the environment, skin sensitivity) and go from there. We do not know anything about cloth diapers, sorry.

If you register for diapers, ask for Size 1. You do not know if your baby will be small enough to fit into Newborn size. You can buy one small pack of Newborn size to have on hand in case, and then buy more if needed.

You also need a place to change the baby and a place to dispose of diapers.

Item Recommendation Secondary Recommendation
diaper rash ointment Desitin Maximum Strength  For routine prevention: A&D Ointment
baby wipes Pampers Sensitive  Amazon Elements Sensitive
diapers Pampers Swaddlers
changing pad: actual pad Summer Infant Contoured Changing Pad
changing pad: cover Get at least 2; something that goes with your decor
changing table Dream On Me Emily Changing Table Ikea has good options
diaper disposal bags Munchkin Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail Refills Dekor Plus Refill
diaper disposal container/pail Munchkin Step Diaper Pail Powered by Arm & Hammer Diaper Dekor


Even if you plan to breastfeed, you should have some bottles on hand, to give pumped milk or formula in a pinch. Only get one or two of any kind of bottle, though. Some babies are particular about bottles. When you find one your kid likes, get more.

We like cloth diaper inserts as burp clothes. They’re cheap and super absorbent.

Register for a high chair, even though you won’t use it for 6 months.

Item Recommendation Secondary Recommendation
bottle drying rack Grass Countertop Drying Rack
bottles for baby Dr. Brown’s Tommee Tippee
burp cloths Gerber Birdseye 3-Ply Prefold Cloth Diapers  Aden & Anais
bottle brush OXO Tot Bottle Brush with Nipple Cleaner and Stand Dr. Brown’s Bottle Brush
high chair Attaches to chair: Fisher-Price SpaceSaver High Chair Stand alone: Abiie Beyond Wooden High Chair With Tray

Ikea (Very Affordable)

Stokke (High End)


You should have a few essentials on hand.

Item Recommendation Secondary Recommendation
baby acetaminophen Infants’ Tylenol
baby thermometer Any regular thermometer can go in their rectum Or you can get a fancy forehead one
dry skin remedy Aquaphor Baby
nail clippers The First Years Deluxe Nail Clipper
nasal aspirator Nose Frida

Stroller/Car Seat

We both have and like the Britax system. This can be an overwhelming decision. Don’t fall down the rabbit hole too hard! This is a great research item to assign to dad. Lucie’s List has a run down of your options. We don’t list an umbrella stroller as essential, but a lot of people like to have one. Check the spreadsheet for our recommendations.

Item Recommendation Secondary Recommendation
car seat w/ base (infant) Affordable: Britax BSafe  High End: UppaBaby Mesa
stroller Affordable: Single: Britax 2017 B Agile Single to Double: Baby Jogger 2016 City Select Stroller

High End: UppaBaby Vista

winter car seat cover Jolly Jumper Arctic Sneak-A-Peek Infant CarSeat Cover 7AM Enfant Nido (High End)



You need a crib, crib stuff, and a baby monitor. Make sure to get at least two mattress covers and sheets. Since cribs are a standard size, you don’t need to fret about the size, as long as it says “crib sheet”.

We also both loved the Fisher Price Rock n’ Play for the early days, but that’s not an essential item. Some folks spring for a bassinet, basically helpful if 1) your child’s crib isn’t in your room already and 2) doesn’t fit in your room if it isn’t. In the early days, newborns wake so often you’ll want to keep them in your room even if you formula feed and if you breastfeed you may not want to kick them out until they stop waking multiple times a night. If you can find a nice friend, borrow one from them. Caitlin likes the Arms Reach Co-Sleeper and if money were no object, we’d have gotten a Snoo.

Item Recommendation Secondary Recommendation
Velcro swaddles Halo Sleepsack Swaddle SwaddleMe Original Swaddle 
baby monitor (video or audio) Video: Summer Infant In View Digital Color Video Baby Monitor Audio: VTech DM221 Safe & Sound Digital Audio Baby Monitor (Laura’s) and Philips Avent Dect Baby Monitor with Temperature Sensor (Caitlin’s)
crib Dream On Me, Classic 3 in 1 Convertible Crib Spendy: Pottery Barn Kids

Babyletto (Caitlin’s brand)

crib mattress Naturpedic Spendy: Pottery Barn Kids
waterproof mattress pad x2 Crib Size SureGuard Mattress Protector  American Baby Company Waterproof Mattress Pad
sheets (fitted) x4 Jomolly Crib Sheets High End: Crate & Kids (formerly Land of Nod)


Here some other stuff we recommend registering for!

Item Recommendation Secondary Recommendation
sunscreen Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Lotion Babyganics Mineral-Based Baby Sunscreen
humidifier Honeywell Cool Mist Humidifier Pure enrichment – Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier
dresser for clothes Delta Children Universal 6 Drawer Dresser

Babyletto (Caitlin’s) – bonus as this one has a changing table attachment you remove when they outgrow it.

Storkcraft Crescent 6 Drawer Dresser
hamper for baby laundry Doesn’t matter, get something you think is cute
black-out curtains Best Home Fashion Blackout Curtains
travel crib BabyBjorn Travel Crib
travel crib sheet BabyBjorn Travel Crib Sheet American Baby Fitted Sheet

What you don’t need

You won’t find the following items on our list, even though they’re typically found on baby registry checklists. You don’t need them!

  • Baby medicine dispenser/spoon/dropper – Infant meds come with them.
  • Baby shampoo – Get a wash/shampoo combo. You don’t need both.
  • Baby washcloths – Your adult washcloths are perfectly fine
  • Books – You will receive plenty of these as gifts. No need to register.
  • Bottle sterilizer – It’s called a dishwasher.
  • Diaper wipe warmer – Come on.
  • Formula – If you plan to breastfeed, keep one of the free samples you will inevitably receive in the mail.
  • Hooded towel – Yes, they are super cute. But a regular towel will do.
  • Infant mittens – They don’t stay on. If you’re really concerned about scratching, get onesies with the convertible mitten on the sleeve. Like this.
  • Insulated bottle carrier – Most diaper bags have insulated pockets or come with one.
  • Kid hangers – You’re not hanging that kid’s shit. If you do, you’ll already be choking on tons of Carter’s hangers.
  • Lovies/blankets/stuffed animals – Again, you will receive plenty of these as gifts. No need to register.
  • Mobile – Not needed. Unless you want one for aesthetics.
  • Nipple shields – You may not need them. I was given one in the hospital by my lactation consultant when it turned out I did.
  • Nursing cover – Whip it out! Or use a scarf. If you are EXTREMELY modest, Caitlin used something like this one…for a few weeks. These things get massively annoying when you’re trying to breastfeed a hungry baby.
  • Receiving blankets – Not even sure what these are.
  • Stroller/Car seat travel bag – If you’re prolific travelers, sure. Otherwise you don’t need it.
  • Toys/rattles/Sophie the Giraffe – Again, you will receive plenty of these as gifts. No need to register.
  • Tub thermometer – Your elbow will do just fine.