Baby Registry Checklist: The Complete Checklist For New Parents
To create a registry complete with all the items you’ll need for your baby, you’ll first want to come up with a baby registry checklist. We’ve done the work and created one for you so you can be sure to register for the baby essentials!
But since every family’s needs are different, we’ve also included some tips to help you personalize your registry. Before we get to the checklist, let’s start with when and where to create your registry.
When To Create Your Baby Registry
But it also doesn’t hurt to hold off until you learn the gender of the baby and make a few decisions about your nursery theme. That information might help you decide exactly what to put on your registry.
Whenever you end up creating your registry, remember that you can change it as you go. You can add or delete items later, depending on what you receive as gifts and what your friends say you can’t live without!
Where To Create Your Baby Registry
Today, creating a baby registry is about as easy as it gets, and you have plenty of choices when it comes to where to register.
For example, you can create your registry online without ever setting foot in a brick-and-mortar store. Pick a couple of your favorite online stores and create registries there.
If you can’t seem to narrow it down to just one or two online stores, use an online baby registry service that allows you to pull from more than one store. This means that you can select your favorite items from all over the internet and keep them in one common registry.
If you prefer to see things in person before putting them on your registry (or you just love looking at those cute baby clothes!), enjoy a day out and create your registry at local brick-and-mortar baby stores.
Of course, you can also get the best of both worlds by registering for items both in-store and online.
Lastly, if you love freebies and discounts, keep in mind that some stores give special perks! They may send you a gift upon creating your registry or offer a completion discount so you can easily purchase the items that are left on your registry when your due date rolls around.
How To Decide What To Put On Your Baby Registry
While every new parent needs things like diapers, onesies, and a crib, there are still a lot of decisions to make within those baby basics. So, before we give you our baby registry checklist, we’ve got six questions.
These questions will help you personalize what goes on your baby registry and sift through brands, styles, and sizes to choose just the right thing for your baby.
1) Is It Safe?
Looking out for your little one’s health and wellbeing is one of your top priorities as a parent. Before putting an item on your baby registry, make sure it’s safe for your baby.
Researching car seats, creating a safe place to change their diaper, and having a baby first aid kit on hand are a few of the ways you’ll keep your little one safe during their waking hours. But what about safety while they’re snoozing?
Keeping babies safe while they’re sleeping is called “safe sleep” and includes the following:
- Using a firm crib mattress that fits correctly in your crib
- Putting them to sleep on their back
- Keeping pillows, blankets, toys, and crib bumpers out of the crib
- Sharing your room but not your bed
- Putting baby to sleep with a one-piece pacifier designed for their age
When it comes to safe sleep and creating your baby registry, here’s one item you won’t have to think twice about including: a breathable mattress.
If your baby rolls onto their stomach at night (which they’re bound to do once they learn to roll over at around four to six months), a breathable mattress like Newton Baby’s Crib Mattress will help reduce the risk of suffocation.
Our Crib Mattress allows for the best breathability because both the mattress and the mattress cover are breathable. It also helps regulate your baby's body temperature so they’re sleeping safely and comfortably at nap time and bedtime!
2) Do You Want To Buy It Used?
You may want to buy all new things for your precious little one, in which case you might as well put them on your registry. But it’s also an option to buy second-hand.
Just keep in mind that for health and safety reasons, there are a few items you should always purchase brand-new: the crib, crib mattress, car seat, breast pump, baby carrier or sling, nipples for bottles, and pacifiers.
If you want to purchase other items used, recycle things you have from your first child, or see what your friends can lend you, go for it!
3) Do You Have Space For It?
Consider the size of your home (more specifically, the nursery) when choosing the bigger items, such as the changing table, rocking chair, bassinet, cradle, or crib.
Take some time to think through your available storage space as well. Things like your stroller and baby bath will need to be stored in a corner or closet when you’re not using them.
4) Do You Want To Use It Again?
Depending on the plans you have to grow your family, it might be in your best interest to register for gender-neutral baby items so you can use them again with another little one.
Opting to reuse for future babies may also mean that you choose a more expensive — but higher quality — item that will survive many years of baby-raising.
5) What Season Will Your Baby Be Born In?
Think ahead about what you’ll need for each season of your child’s first year or two. Sure, go ahead and register for that cute swimsuit even if summer is months away — just make sure to calculate the correct size!
6) Did You Include Something For Yourself?
When people come to your baby shower, they’ll want to make you feel as special and loved as the little one you’re expecting! So, why not include a little something for yourself on your baby registry?
Here’s one idea: Newton Baby’s Weighted Blanket acts like a great big hug to increase serotonin and decrease anxiety levels. If that’s not what expecting moms and new parents need, we don’t know what is!
The Newton Baby Registry Checklist
Now that you know the when and where of creating your registry and how to pick out what to put on it, we’ll get straight to the good stuff. Here’s our baby registry checklist.
- Bassinet, cradle, or crib
- Breathable crib mattress
- Breathable mattress pad
- Rocking chair or glider
- Fitted crib sheets
- Baby monitor
- Nightlight or lamp
- Dresser or chest
- Receiving blankets
- Changing table
- Clothes basket or hamper
- Sleep sacks
- One-piece pajamas
- Sweaters or jackets
- A couple of nice, dress-up outfits
- Several pairs of socks or booties
- Newborn hat
- Winter hat
- Summer hat sun protection
- Gentle laundry detergent
- Pants and shirts
- Hand mittens
- Baby hangers
- Changing pad
- Diaper pail and liners
- Diaper bag
- Diaper rash cream
- Gentle baby wipes
- Diapers (cloth or disposable)
- Diaper covers (for cloth diapers)
- Diaper fasteners (for cloth diapers)
- Diaper stacker
- Baby tub
- Baby washcloths
- Gentle baby soap or bath wash
- Baby shampoo
- Baby hairbrush
- Hooded towels
- Bath thermometer
- Faucet guard
- Bath toys
- Bottles with nipples
- Dishwasher bottle basket
- Bottle-cleaning brush
- Baby formula
- Bibs (lots of them!)
- Burp cloths
- Bottle sterilizer
- Insulated bottle carrier for traveling
- Nursing pillow
- Breast pads
- Nursing bras
- Nursing cover
- Breast pump
- Breast milk storage containers
- Nipple cream
For babies eating solid foods:
- High chair
- Baby spoons
- Baby bowls
Health And Safety
- Nail clippers (or nail scissors or a file)
- Bulb syringe
- Baby thermometer
- Medicine spoon
- Medicine syringe
- Cotton balls
- Cotton swabs
- Petroleum jelly and gauze (if you have a circumcised little boy)
- Baby medicine (talk to your pediatrician about what you should have on hand)
- Car seat
- Sunshades for the car windows
- Baby gates for the top and bottom of stairs
- Cabinet and drawer latches
- Outlet covers
- Fireplace bumper
Carrying And Playtime
- Baby swing
- Sling or baby carrier
- Baby backpack
- Baby books
- Toys like soft blocks
- Toybox or basket
- Bouncer seat
- Lullaby music
That’s all there is to it! With this baby registry checklist, registering can be fun and easy. Start with the basics — like diapers, clothes, a crib, and Newton Baby’s Crib Mattress — and go from there.
Soon you’ll be celebrating your little one’s upcoming arrival with friends and family and dreaming of having your sweet baby in your home!