Friday, August 3, 2012

Baby Registry Checklist

Whether it's your first baby or you've been out of the newborn world for a while, registering can get pretty overwhelming.  With this in mind, we have put together a list to help you be as prepared as possible for the arrival of your little one.

Baby Registry Checklist

Baby Care

  • Baby care set: brush, comb, nail clippers, thermometer and medicine dispenser
  • Petroleum jelly and sterile gauze (for circumcision care)
  • Humidifier/vaporizer


  • Bathtub and/or contoured sponge
  • Washcloths (6 to 8)
  • Gentle shampoo or body wash
  • Hooded towels (2 to 4)
  • Baby hairbrush


  • Crib and/or bassinet
    • Slats no more than 2 3/8 inches apart
    • Corner posts no more than 1/16 of an inch above frame
    • No cutouts in headboard or footboard
    • Top rails at least 26 inches above mattress
  • Washable mattress pad (2)
  • Flat mattress that fits snugly in crib (less than two fingers should fit between mattress and crib)
  • Crib bedding set
  • Fitted sheets (2 to 4, cotton and/or flannel) 
  • 1-2 heavier blankets
  • 4-6 soft, light receiving blankets
  • Rocking or arm chair
  • Sound machine or CD/MP3 player
  • Crib mobile
  • Baby monitor
  • Nightlight
  • Dresser


  • Diapers- 6-10 dozen cloth diapers and 6-8 diaper covers, or 2-3 large boxes of disposable newborn-size diapers
  • Rash ointment
  • Wipes (at least 2 packs)
  • Wipe Warmer
  • Changing table or cushioned changing pad for low dresser, with safety strap or railing
  • Washable changing pad cover (2-3)
  • Diaper pail
  • Diaper pail liners


  • Nursing pillow
  • Breastpads, shields, and cream
  • Breastpump and milk storage bags
  • Lap pads (4 to 6) and burp cloths (3 to 4) 
  • 1-3 nursing bras 
  • Bottles (6 to 8 of various sizes) and nipples
  • Bottle sterilizer and organizer 
  • Bottle warmer (cuts down on nighttime trips to and from the kitchen)
  • Bottle brush
  • Dishwasher basket for small items
  • 2-4 pacifiers
  • Formula
  • High chair (not needed until around 4 to 6 months)
  • Infant spoons (3 to 4)
  • Baby plates and bowls
  • Spill-proof cups (1 to 2)
  • 4-8 bibs


  • Rear-facing car seat
  • Car seat base for 2nd car
  • Safety mirror
  • Stroller
  • Portable crib
  • Sling or soft carrier
  • Bouncy seat or swing
  • Gym or play mat
  • Infant Bumbo seat

Layette (for newborn to 6 months)

  • Homecoming outfit
  • T-shirts (3 to 4)
  • Shirts and one-pieces (6 to 8)
  • Layette sets
  • Sweaters (2)
  • Sleepwear and gowns
  • Receiving blankets (4 to 6)
  • Booties or socks (3 to 6 pair)
  • Hats (2 to 4)

Just for Mom

  • Healthy snacks
  • Prenatal vitamins -(Promise Prenatal Stage 3 for breastfeeding and Recovery)
  • Maternity wear (pants, comfortable shoes, etc.)
  • Nursing bra
  • Sleep/Body pillow
  • Diaper bag (stocked with diapers, wipes, plastic bag, 1-2 change of clothes for baby, hat, extra shirt for mom, blanket, hand sanitizer, burp clothes) 

Happy shopping moms!


Ashley Wilkins said...

This is SO wonderful! I was way overwhelmed by all the things the baby stores say you "need" to register for. This has calmed my anxious heart and now I'm excited to register for my sweet little boy! Thank you!

Beth R said...

This is definitely a great list for a new mom. I am passing this on to my cousin who is due with their first in December

HannahAchrissmile said...

thank you for a sensible list! I will be referencing this

judi said...

This is a pretty good list. As an experienced mom (my current baby is #7) I've learned that most of what people suggest you need isn't really needed. There are very few items on this list that I would disagree with. :)

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