How to Create the Perfect Baby Registry
Creating a baby registry is a lot of fun - but it can also be a little bit stressful. How do you choose from all the thousands of baby items out there to create the perfect baby registry? The first thing to realize is that most of those items you really don't need. Rather than overwhelming your friends and family (and yourself!) with a huge list of things you might need - focus on the things that will really make parenting easier.
So, how do you know what you will really need? Asking experienced parents is one place to start. While not everyone parents the same way, you'll quickly find that there are several items parents mention often as necessities. The following list is some of the items that have proven the most valuable and popular with my customers since 2006. Just add the items you like to your Wish List - then share it with friends and family. Contact me if you would like free cards to share with family and friends so they can easily locate your One Lucky Mama Wish List.
Top Baby Registry items from One Lucky Mama
- 3-4 Swaddling Blankets. Whether you choose muslin for summer or a cozy cotton knit for winter, swaddling blankets will be your best friend. Babies like to feel secure and snug. A swaddling blanket also keeps the baby from startling themselves awake when they move. They'll sleep better and longer- and you'll sleep better when they sleep better. Don't worry, swaddling is easy and you'll be a pro in no time.
- 4-6 Bibs. Spitup bibs for newborns. Drooly bibs for teethers. Bibs to keep the clothes clean and dry make your life easier and baby more comfortable. As they grow, toddler bibs are a nice way to keep their clothes clean while they master spoons and forks.
- Diapers. You'll need about 6,000 disposable diapers over the next 2/12 years - or about 24 cloth diapers in each size. If you opt for cloth diapers, one size diapers will fit most babies from birth to about potty-training.
- Wet bags. If you cloth diapers, you'll want 1 or 2 wet bags just for diapers. If you have a baby, you'll love having wet bags for spitty clothes, leaked on clothes, and other things you want to keep isolated in the diaper bag. We also use these bags for swim suits, toiletries, cosmetics, crayons, sticky medicine bottles, and other items. Just choose be sure to choose different prints so it s easy to identify which bag you need - and so sippy cups and diapers don't end up in the same bag!
- Baby carrier. It always amazes me that so many parents make do without a good baby carrier. I would not have survived my daughter's first 9 months without baby carriers. We did not bother with a stroller at all for the first 6 months - and we saved money by using only a convertible car seat that fits from 5-65 pounds instead of having an infant seat, then a convertible seat, then a booster seat.... Skip the carriers that dangle baby by their crotch - ouch for them and horrible for your back. Instead, choose a carrier that properly supports your babies developing hips and spine - and keeps you comfy at the same time.
- 6-12 Burp cloths. You can opt for simple, white or unbleached cotton prefold cloth diapers (awesome!) or choose fancy burp cloths that will make cleaning up spit-up that much more fun. Ok, maybe not fun, but way cuter. In addition to burping, these cloths are great for catching bottle drips, placing under baby's head as they sleep, keeping your lap clean, catching drool, runny noses, and more.
- Nursing supplies. If you plan to breastfeed, you'll save a ton of money, decrease your risk of breast cancer, improve your baby's immune system, and get your pre-baby figure back more quickly. You'll need some washable nursing pads and a good breastfeeding pillow for support. A nursing cover and nipple butter are very nice add-ons.
- Bottle supplies. If you plan to formula-feed your baby, you'll need at least a dozen 4 ounce bottles and at least a dozen 8 ounce bottles. Look for BPA-free bottles (most are these days) and to save money, you might consider a set that turns into sippy cups as baby grows. Even if you breastfeed, you might want a couple of bottles for juice although some moms go right for the sippy cups for juice at 6 months.
- Big brother or big sister gifts. If your baby is coming home to a big brother or sister, a baby gift for them is a nice way to let them know that they are still the apple of your eye.
If you are using cloth diapers you will want to add these items to your registry:
- 24 one size diapers or 24 diapers in each size (skip large, a lot of kids never get that big and newborn diapers are often unncessary unless your baby is very small or you really can't stand even a little extra bulk).
- 4-6 diaper covers in each size if you plan to use fitted or prefold diapers
- Cloth diaper safe detergent
- Snappi diaper fasteners if you plan to use prefolds or flat diapers
- Wet bags - 1 or 2 depending on how often you are out and about. Add in a large or hanging wet bag if you plan to travel a lot or use cloth diapers at daycare.
- Cloth diaper pail liners - 1 will do, 2 is best
- 20-40 Cloth Wipes - Disposable wipes will cost you about $400! Or you can use cloth wipes, save a bunch of money, and make your life easier. Cloth wipes are easier to use since you don't have to figure out how to dispose of icky wipes - just put them in with the diapers and wash along with everything else.
- Diaper safe bottom balm.