Congratulations on your bundle of joy! With the news of your new addition, you might have some questions about exactly what your baby will need once they enter into the world. To find out what should be on your baby registry, take a look below at this baby registry checklist created by the experts at Mustela.

What Is A Baby Registry?

pregnant woman getting ready to prepare a baby registry checklist

A baby registry is a list of items you want for your little one. You will eventually have a baby shower, and the baby registry lets guests know what you want and need. Even though your baby is small, once they’re in your arms and at home, you’ll need several basic items.

When Should I Create A Baby Registry?

If you’ve decided to find out the gender of your little one, it’s best to wait until your 20-week appointment to fully create your baby registry list. Some items are not gender-specific, so you can go ahead and start your list as soon as 12 weeks.

If you’ve decided to wait until delivery to find out the gender of your little one, you can start your registry around 12 weeks gestation. Throughout your pregnancy and before your shower, you can always go back and add to the registry as needed.

Where Should I Register?

You and your spouse will decide where you’ll register. You can register online, in-store, or both. Review and research the details of retail stores and online sites to see what baby registry programs fit best for you and your baby.

Why Do I Need A Baby Registry?

Around 28 to 32 weeks, you will have a baby shower where your guests shower you with gifts. Your baby registry is a guide for your guests. They can choose from the registry to know specifically what you want and need.

Once your friends and family purchase an item on your registry, the cashier will scan your registry to show that the item has been purchased. This way, you won’t receive multiples of the same gift.

The Complete Baby Registry Checklist

This is your unique baby and situation, so your needs and preferences might be different than other expecting moms’. Be specific on your registry so your baby shower guests will know exactly what your essentials are.

Each list below will give you a good idea of where to start, but feel free to add or remove items as you see fit.

newborn baby smiling while relaxing on his tummy

Baby Registry Checklist: Clothing

During the first year of your little one’s life, they will go through several clothing changes per day. Make sure you’re prepared and have enough clothes on-hand to change when needed. After all, most of the time these changes will be completely unexpected!

Check out the following list for must-have clothing items:

  • At least 10 onesies
  • 3-5 pairs of pants
  • 2-4 footed pants
  • 5-7 one-piece pajamas
  • 3 blanket sleepers for a winter baby
  • 1-2 buntings for a winter baby
  • Hat that covers ears for a winter baby
  • Mittens for winter babies
  • Light sweater or jacket
  • Heavy sweater or jacket
  • 7-10 pairs of socks
  • Brimmed hat for a summer baby
  • Swimsuit for a summer baby
  • 2-4 pairs of no-scratch mittens
  • 4-6 swaddle blankets
  • 4-6 receiving blankets
  • 1-2 sleepsack wearable blankets
  • 2-3 dressy outfits
  • 3-4 casual outfits
  • Gentle laundry detergent

Baby Registry Checklist: Nursery

Preparing your little one’s nursery adds to the excitement when you’re expecting. While you decorate and arrange to your desire, keep the following items in mind:

  • Crib
  • Changing table
  • Changing pad
  • Changing pad cover
  • Dresser
  • Glider/recliner/rocking chair
  • Ottoman
  • Nightlight
  • Cool mist humidifier
  • Sound machine
  • Storage Bin
  • Clothes hamper
  • Lamp

Baby Registry Checklist: Bassinet Sleeping

baby sleeping in a bassinet which is an important area to consider on a baby registry checklist

Most likely your little one will be sleeping somewhere in your room for the first few months. A bassinet is perfect to place right beside your bed for your little one. Here are a few items you’ll need to go along with the bassinet:

  • Bassinet pad
  • Bassinet pad cover

Baby Registry Checklist: Crib Sleeping

After a few months, you may decide to transition your little one to their own room. If this is the case, they’ll need a crib to sleep in, along with the following items:

  • Firm, flat mattress
  • 2-3 waterproof mattress covers
  • 3-4 fitted sheets

Baby Registry Checklist: Disposable Diapering

Your newborn will go through at least 5-8 diaper changes every day. With these diaper changes, there can be some unexpected mishaps. Make sure you have everything you need on-hand and in reach, such as:

Baby Registry Checklist: Cloth Diapering

Baby Registry Checklist: Bath Time

happy after bath time which is another area on a baby registry checklist that gets a lot of attention

Mustela’s Newborn Arrival Gift Set is a perfect addition in the life of your little one. This gift set provides you with all the basics for bath time. It includes foam shampoo, gentle cleansing gel, no-rinse cleansing water, lotion, and diaper rash cream.

Bath time can be a fun bonding experience for you and your baby. Add Mustela’s Multi-Sensory Bubble Bath to ensure optimal play time during your little one’s bath.

Take a look at the following checklist for bath time:

Baby Registry Checklist: Breastfeeding

When breastfeeding, you’ll need the following items:

  • Breast pump
  • Breast pump bottle set
  • Bottlebrush
  • Breastmilk freezer bags (a few packs)
  • Disposable breast pads (several packs)
  • Washable breast pads (4-6 pairs)
  • Nipple cream
  • Nursing pillow
  • 6-8 burp cloths
  • 2-3 pacifiers

Baby Registry Checklist: Bottle Feeding

If you choose to bottle-feed, these are the essentials you’ll need:

  • Formula
  • 5-7 bottles
  • Various sized nipples
  • Bottle cleaner
  • 5-8 bibs
  • Bottle storage rack
  • Bottle warmer
  • Bottle bag

Baby Registry Checklist: Toddler Feeding

Once your little one moves from milk to solid foods, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared by having the following essentials:

  • 4-6 sippy cups
  • Plates
  • Baby spoons
  • Baby forks
  • Rubber mat for the table to prevent slipping

Baby Registry Checklist: Safety

baby crawling on floor and protective mat

Safety is a top concern when it comes to your newborn. To help keep your baby safe, you’ll want to have the right items, like:

  • Baby monitor
  • Outlet protectors
  • Baby gate
  • Baby first-aid kit
  • Sunscreen

Baby Registry Checklist: Health

Next to safety, keeping your baby healthy is probably at the top of your list. Using the suggested items below will help keep your baby healthy.

  • Baby-friendly nail clippers
  • Soft brush
  • Nasal aspirator
  • Thermometer
  • Q-tips
  • Petroleum jelly and sterilized gauze for boys
  • Medicine Dropper

Baby Registry Checklist: Baby Gear

Even though your baby is little, they require quite a few big items. Some of the following items will essentially be for you, the parent, more than for your little one:

  • Crib
  • Full-sized stroller
  • Umbrella stroller
  • Car seat
  • Rear-facing car seat mirror
  • Bassinet
  • High chair
  • Bouncer
  • Swing
  • Pack n’ play

Baby Registry Checklist: Playtime

happy baby playing with toys, a fun area to think about on the baby registry checklist

You can’t forget play time! Toys will become essentials in your little one’s life before you know it. They will start exploring and learning right before your eyes with this suggested checklist of playtime items.

  • 3-4 learning activity toys
  • 3-4 rattles
  • 2-3 teethers
  • Playmat
  • Books
  • Doorway jumper
  • Soft blocks

Other Things To Consider

While these are not true necessities, the below items are nice additions for your baby registry:

  • Baby book to keep track of growth
  • Portable crib
  • Jogging stroller
  • Sunshade for car window
  • Lullaby CDs
  • Maternity skin care items to care for your changing skin during and after pregnancy

Note: as you’re creating your baby registry checklist, consider leaving off crib bumpers. Over the years, controversy has risen over the use of crib bumpers. Results have concluded crib bumpers can be dangerous, so it’s best to avoid using them and opt instead for breathable mesh crib liners.

Baby Registry Checklist: Summing It All Up

basket filled with a variety of items from the baby registry checklist

Whether you breastfeed or bottle-feed, use disposable diapers or cloth diapers, this checklist gives you a complete idea of what to add to your baby registry. Expecting a new bundle of joy is an exciting time in your life!
So don’t get overwhelmed. Sit back and relax, knowing the baby experts at Mustela have you covered.