Walking through the baby aisle or even searching on Google for baby registry ideas, can be overwhelming and stressful. You may ask yourself… Do I have everything I need? Do I have enough “stuff? Why are there 20 different types of bottles? Will this be the best thing for him/her? Well, let me break it to you, there’s no right or wrong answer. As long as your baby is fed, changed, and bathed, you are doing it right. Here are a few items outside of the basic bottles, diapers, wipes, etc that were MUST haves for us and will be items we can keep and save for our future babies to use. Click any image or item title to shop!
The DockATot is definitely one of our top items we used the first few months of Kennedy’s life. We could put it on the bed, couch, floor, you name it. It snuggled her so well and kept her calm. It’s washable and they sell additional covers if you want to change up the look. It’s lightweight, so we pretty much took it everywhere with us. The price tag is a pricier than other baby items on this list but I promise it is worth every cent. It’s that good.
This trio system includes the infant car seat, base, and stroller. The infant car seat snaps right in the stroller. The canopy covers come in handy almost everyday on our walks. At about 6 months old we started using the stroller without the car seat. I love the size of the basket to hold toys and diaper bag. This version is a little more expensive than the basic versions but worth it in my opinion!
If you’re anything like me you’re going to want to multi-task while holding your baby. This carrier was perfect from the very beginning. It is adjustable so both my husband and I could adjust it to fit our bodies. When Kennedy was a little thing, we had her face us and snuggle. She would fall asleep and nap while I was doing chores around the house. Once she was a little bigger, we turned her to face the world and she LOVED it. She just took it all in while I vacuumed, picked up, and just walked around the house.
Support Pillow: Breastfeeding or not this baby item is a MUST have. We brought it with us to the hospital and still use it now to support her while sitting up. We used it to support while holding her and when she was learning to sit, she used it to spot her from tipping over. They have SO many cover options to choose from and there are Etsy shops that would customize covers for you.
Boppy Lounger: The Boppy Lounger was so great for her to lay in when she was a little older (not for naps like the Dockatot). There are also many cover options for this Boppy as well.
The day your little one starts to rollover you are going to be looking for a way to entertain them while you’re multitasking. This activity center has been a lifesaver for us. It also helped our little one build strength in her legs. There’s also an insert that you can replace the seat with that turns the activity seat into an activity table. Super high quality too!
6. Baby Bouncer
Most babies love to be held and bounced! I love that the bouncer has a strap that holds them in and allows them to bounce themselves. Most have mobiles attached to them to play and entertain! We would even put her in the bouncer next to our desk and we would nudge the bouncer with our foot to keep her happy.
YOU NEED THIS. We took the Summer Learn to sit EVERYWHERE. We set it on the couch (with supervision) and floor. She loved to be able to sit up and take in the world around her. We even took it to the beach so she could have her own beach chair!
We are so proud of our little one for pulling herself up to stand all on her own! We have this walker to thank because since she got it for Christmas it has been her favorite toy. It’s less than $40 and comes in so many colors.
How cute is this?! We love items that grow with your little one. From her first bath at home to now playing with toys this bathtub is great for the entire first year. This brand has multiple color options and there are a bunch on the market similar to this.
10. High Chair
Here’s the high chair that we chose! It folds for easier storage and all the cushions are super easy to wash!
Just some baby registry advice…
Also, just a side note & some advice.. when you go to register for your little one make sure you create a registry at EVERY retailer possible. BuyBuy Baby, Target, Amazon, and Babylist are ones I know that give you a free welcome bag/ kit when you set up a registry. They will send you a bag full of goodies and samples. Usually full of full size bottles, pacifiers, wipes, nipple shields, baby lotion, etc. Having multiple types for our daughter to try was so helpful and having a bunch of travel sized lotions and washes are great for traveling!
We personally created registries on all of those retailers and then transferred our registry to Babylist. If you haven’t looked into Babylist, you should! It’s pretty much a registry of all retailers and will actually show all retailers pricing so your gift-givers can shop multiple places and still be part of your registry!