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Your baby registry must-haves

Your handy checklist of every last thing you need, from bodysuits to bottle racks.

Whether you’re registering for gifts before your baby shower or just trying to get organized for yourself, having a baby registry is an ideal way to make sure you’re getting what you need. Consider this your definitive getting-ready-for-baby checklist.

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NURSERY

Crib + Mattress: You might not start with your baby in a crib, but you’ll move her over after a few months—and that time will come sooner than you think. Organic mattresses made with nontoxic materials are readily available these days and worth the investment.

Bassinet or Co-Sleeper: The first few weeks to months will be so much easier if your baby sleeps in your room (probably within arms’ reach). Co-sleeper and bassinet options now include built-in motion, white noise, side openings and more.

Fitted Sheets: Having at least two fitted sheets for the bassinet and the crib will cut down on frantic washer/dryer trips.

Changing Table or Dresser: Standalone changing tables are a good way to get organized, but aren’t always the most space-efficient options. Our favorite is a dresser with changing table built into the top for maximum space in the nursery.

Changing Pad Covers: Changing diapers is a dirty job, but somebody’s gotta do it. Having 3-4 changing pad covers in the house means you can swap out for clean ones quickly.

Rocker or Glider: We hope your baby falls asleep quickly, easily, and with zero fussing. For the rest of us, these chairs help lull little ones to slumber and are a perfect cozy spot for feeding.

Hamper: The amount of dirty laundry one small baby produces can be mind-blowing. Keep everything organized with a hamper that separates her laundry from yours (if you think adult socks go missing in the wash, just wait for baby socks!).

Storage Bins: Babies just seem to generate stuff. Put it all away with bins that help sort things and stash them out of sight.

Shelves: Baby books, special stuffed animals, white noise machines—having a shelf to put it all on keeps it in reach.

Swaddle Blankets: If you’re an origami professional or Dr. Harvey Karp, perhaps you use these lightweight, square, breathable blankets for actual swaddling; for everyone else, swaddle blankets are an essential light layer when babies are napping in your arms (we also love them as stroller covers to block the sun when baby is snoozing).

Swaddle Sleep Sacks: These genius velcro or zip-up innovations replicate all the coziness of a swaddle without you having to do all the folding and tucking. Once babies are out of swaddles, an arms-free sleep sack is the next step for nighttime warmth and comfort.  (Doctors recommend keeping loose blankets out of babies’ cribs).

 

 

GEAR

Stroller (with bassinet attachment): This is one of the biggest purchases on your registry, both in terms of cost and utility. Try to find a store where you can test out your favorites for weight, handling and comfort.

Car Seat: Your number one concern for a car seat is safety! Make sure it’s highly rated and installed correctly once you have it (most fire departments will actually check your seat for you to ensure it’s right before you come home from the hospital).

Diaper Bag: This is where all your will go for any trip out of the home. Pick one that’s durable and feels good on your shoulder or back once it’s full.

Changing Pads: That’s plural for a reason. You don’t want to find yourself in a restaurant bathroom with no changing table and only one small changing pad to put on the floor to protect a wiggly baby.

Baby Carrier: Babywearing is a win for everyone: your baby gets to snuggle up close to you (and loves the constant movement), and you’re hands-free. Look for ergonomic carriers that will grow with your child as she gets beyond newborn.

Baby Swing: An instant soother for many fussy babies. Look for ones with built-in music, sounds, or overhead mobile.

Lounger: The answer to “where do I put the baby so I can eat/shower/use the bathroom?”

Play Mat: Your little one needs a comfortable place for tummy time, toy discovery and playing during the first months.

Stroller Sleeping Bag: Once the weather gets frosty, zipping your baby into a cuddly sleeping bag made for strollers is crucial.

Stroller Gloves: Gloves are gloves are gloves, right? Well, not really: regular gloves can slip around on the handle of a stroller and are easy to lose when you’re out (and sleep-deprived). Stroller gloves are great to have for the winter season: they’re cozy, puffy mitts that attach directly to the stroller handle so you can slip in and out easily.

Stroller Cup Holder: You will never appreciate having your cup of coffee handy more.

 

FEEDING

Bottles: Most new parents will end up trying a few types of bottles to see what their baby prefers. Start with a standard size and number one nipple to get them going.

Bottle Drying Rack: Endlessly washing baby bottles is a fact of life for most new parents, but you can streamline and organize the task with a dedicated drying rack—plus, keeping bottles separate from your own dishes is important to minimize contamination with potential allergens. Some drying racks even come with their own bottle brushes, which also cut down on germs.

Bottle Sterilizer: You can choose from microwave bags or on-the-counter machines, but the important thing is to get your bottles as clean and germ-free as possible.

Pacifiers: You won’t use these forever, but a good newborn-size pacifier will help get your little one calm and quiet, especially for sleeping.

Breast Pump + Accessories: Most insurance plans cover a breast pump for free, so that’s the best place to start. If you want something more specific, you can always purchase one that fits your needs. You will need to find the right flange size for your breasts to ensure the right fit.

Nursing Pillow: Propping up a tiny newborn to breastfeed can be tricky. These C-shaped or wraparound pillows help them get cozy while supporting your back and arms. They double as great snooze spots too.

Formula: We love breastfeeding, but not every mom produces milk immediately or in enough quantity. Having some newborn formula at home alleviates the pressure.

Burp Cloths: Spit up happens. Sometimes a lot of it. Be prepared for the inevitable with plenty of soft burp cloths onhand.

 

BATH

Infant Tub: Washing your baby in the kitchen sink is one of the sweetest moments with a newborn. Make it easier with a tub with a built-in sling so that baby is safely held in place.

Hooded towels: You want to make sure your little one’s head is covered as soon as they get out of the bath to prevent a chill.

Washcloths: Get a stack of these to help gently soap up and wash off baby in the bath.

Baby Shampoo: Look for a tear-free, sulfate-free, all-in-one shampoo and wash like Pipette Baby Shampoo & Wash. It not only streamlines the bath process but ensures that no matter where the soap goes, it’s safe and non-irritating for baby.

Baby Lotion: Baby’s skin is delicate and needs hydration throughout the day, not just at bath time—which is why we love the fast-absorbing, lightweight feel of Pipette Baby Lotion.

Baby Oil: Post-bath, give baby a relaxing massage with super-hydrating Pipette Baby Oil to seal in moisture.

Baby Balm: Baby skin gets surprisingly dry, especially in winter. Target chapped cheeks, dry patches, or sensitive spots with extra-rich Pipette Baby Balm, which gives deep, nourishing hydration.

 

HEALTH & PERSONAL CARE

Diapers: Get more than you think you need—newborns can go through 8-12 diapers in a day!

Wipes: From dirty tushes to messy faces, you’ll use baby wipes from end to end all day long. A water-based wipe like our Pipette Baby Wipes is gentle enough for constant use (and you will use them constantly).

Diaper Pail + Liners: A diaper pail that locks away smells and mess is an absolute must for the nursery. Don’t forget to stock up on extra liners so you don’t run out mid-dirty diaper.

Diaper Rash Cream: At some point, your baby may end up with a red bottom; diaper rash cream creates a barrier for the skin.

Baby Monitor: Being able to leave the room and still keep an eye on baby is hugely important. Find one that fits your needs, whether it’s internet-based with an app or a traditional monitor.

Humidifier: Have we mentioned babies’ skin gets dry? This helps with that, and can also help babies breathe easier—especially in drier climates.

White Noise Machine: White noise simulates the sound that babies heard in the womb, which  leads to better and longer sleep.

Thermostat: Babies should sleep at night at temperatures ranging from 68-72 degrees. If you don’t have a thermostat built into your nursery already, a portable room thermometer will help you keep in the right range.

Thermometer: And speaking of thermometers—there will come a time when you’re little one will get sick, and you’ll want this close at hand. For ease of use, our favorites are forehead thermometers, which read your baby’s temperature in just a few seconds.

Basic Medicines: You don’t need to go overboard here, but having a few basics like fever reducers and gas relief in the house is helpful (especially if you suddenly need them in the middle of the night).

Nail File: Out of nowhere, your angelic baby will suddenly have razor blades for nails. Help them avoid scratching themselves (and you) with a nail file. Look for the new versions that feature spinning files that buff the nails down.

 

CLOTHING

Bodysuits:  Everyone will tell you that you don’t need newborn bodysuits, but who knows what your baby’s birth weight will be? Stock up on multi-packs of side-snap bodysuits (most newborns loathe anything going over their heads)—in all sizes.

Footed Pajamas: Babies have an innate ability to kick off socks instantaneously. Keep their feet warm all night with pajamas that have the socks already built in.

Rompers: Think footie PJs without feet. An all-in-one makes it easy to get them dressed quickly.

Pants: Depending on the weather, your baby may need more coverage than just a bodysuit.

Hats: Babies in hats are deeply adorable, which is reason enough to put this on your registry—but depending on time of year, a good sun hat or a warm beanie are more necessity than fashion choice.

Socks: Heads and feet need to be kept warm on newborns. Stock up on multi-packs of baby socks—keeping in mind that at least 3-5 baby socks will be missing their mates at any given time.

Mitts: Not every newborn scratches themselves, but enough do to merit being forearmed with tiny little mitts to cover their hands.

Booties: You don’t need shoes until they start walking, but booties add an extra layer of warmth to chilly toes for outings.

 

 

Last but not least, these are our favorite places online for creating baby registries—all of them easy to use, versatile, and intuitive (because whatever registry you choose has to be simple to navigate—both for you, and for anyone buying items off of it):

 

 

 

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