Searching for the best things to put on your baby registry? Well, you have found it!
Today I’d like to point out one of my favorite posts on the blog. It’s the most comprehensive list of NEWBORN MUST HAVES (with explanations) you’ll find online and it took me HOURS to write! I happen to believe it’s THE BEST newborn necessities guide on the internet! (maybe I’m a little biased, but still….) 🙂
It took me hours and hours to write because I wanted to be super thorough. There are SO MANY THINGS I wish I had known before having my first baby and one of those things I wish someone had reviewed with me is exactly what I needed to get for my baby and what was really just a convenience item I could do without!
Lots of websites (and stores) will give you printable checklists, but they don’t always EXPLAIN why you need each item. Of course not…because they want you to buy EVERYTHING, including the stuff you’ll never likely use!
Like this Diaper Genie. Please.
After my first two babies and putting approximately 7 diapers in it per baby, I finally got rid of it. Not even sure why I kept it around! I am a SMELL person and I can’t stand even one tiny whiff of lingering poop smell.
Those 100-packs of tiny trash bags from Dollar Tree were the jam when it came to ridding the nursery of poop smells (they are like these….but only one dollar! Seriously, get these at Dollar Tree). One diaper + one bag every time you change a diaper = no lingering smell. Those diaper genies are expensive AND still stinky!
hehe okay I got off track here a little bit. This is about the products I love, not the ones I don’t like.
So what do you actually need for your first baby?
I Wish Someone Had Told Me Exactly What I Needed and WHY!
Some things you’ll want to buy yourself before the baby comes or – better yet – place on your baby registry so others will buy it for your baby shower!
So here’s the deal – in my Newborn Must Haves post, I explain what to buy and WHY. You can put all of these things on your registry, which makes it super simple for shower guests to get you exactly what you need & want!
Use the Newborn Must Haves blog post as your guideline when setting up a baby registry in person or on Amazon. If you’re going to go with Amazon, then you will also want to check out this List of Newborn Must Haves I created directly on Amazon >>
It’s the items I recommend all in one spot. After you start your Amazon Baby Registry, it’s really easy to just add each of these items to your wishlist. Just remember you might have to change the color options I chose (I didn’t add a pink and blue and unisex version of everything, just one of each thing, so make sure to choose the colors you like (for instance if you’d like to switch to a baby boy set of onesies instead of the girly ones I chose).
My Amazon list will be a great starting point for you.
If you don’t want to use Amazon at all, then just bookmark this blog post and pull it up when you’re at the store (Target, Walmart, etc). It’s a good base newborn necessities list no matter what registry option you choose!
For purposes of this post, I am going to assume you definitely want to set up an Amazon registry and use my checklist to do so. If this is the case, read below for steps to follow! 🙂
Here’s Everything You Need to Start a Newborn Baby Registry
Follow these steps to get your newborn baby registry started and items added to it ASAP!
Once it is all set up, you can share the link to your Amazon baby registry with family & friends (especially leading up to your baby shower)!
Step by step instructions:
- CLICK HERE TO START YOUR AMAZON BABY REGISTRY IF YOU’RE READY
- THEN CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE NEWBORN NECESSITIES SHOPPING LIST
- AND CLICK HERE TO REVIEW THE EXPLANATIONS BEHIND EACH ITEM (so you can decide on each one individually)
How to Make Sure You’re Putting the Right Things on Your Baby Registry
There is not right or wrong way to set up your baby registry. I’d recommend starting with the items at link #2 above and then build from there to suit your taste.
Go with items that experienced moms in your life recommend strongly. You can’t go wrong there!
If you still need to “baby proof” your home, here’s a list of essential baby proofing items to get.
As an experienced mom, here are two items that I always recommend to new mamas. They aren’t a “need” but will save you so much time and energy in the end (trust me, worth it!).
1) The Fisher Price Space-Saving High Chair isn’t technically a necessity, but it’s REALLY REALLY awesome to have. Before your baby can sit up properly in a high chair, you still may need to put baby somewhere secure while feeding him or her solid foods. This is a reclining chair that babies can’t get out of very easily and allows them to have a little bit more freedom than scrunched up in your arms while eating. I didn’t have this for my first baby and thought I’d found Heaven when I used it with baby #2!
2) The Fisher Price Rainforest Jumparoo is not technically necessary either but it’s a LIFE SAVER ya’ll! This is perfect for babies who are very active but can’t yet walk. Trust me, you’ll know when your baby reaches this point—watch for it around 6 months old. Non-crawlers can be very active and alert, ready to explore. So even though they can’t walk, they’ll like feeling like they’re “walking” in this jumper. It’s such a great toy that we used it for three babies before passing it on to another family.
If you have ANY questions about the products I recommend adding to your baby registry, let me know in the comments below!
**Updated for 2020**
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