You’re Making a List and Checking It Twice: Here's the low-down on what you really need on your Baby Registry Checklist
Knowing what to put on your baby registry can be stressful, but there’s definitely a method to the madness. We’ll walk you through what to put on a baby registry, so you’re getting all the essentials for newborn and postpartum care.
There are two times in your life when it’s socially acceptable to create a wish list of items you’d like for other people to buy for you: when you get married, and when you have a baby.
Wedding registries are becoming less common, as couples opt for honeymoon or house funds (and many couples test drive living together before they tie the knot). But your baby registry? That’s an important list!Your baby registry is what people will ask for when they want to buy you and the baby a gift, what you’ll share with your friends and family, and what your shower attendees will refer to when gift shopping. It’s also what you will refer to when someone not in your circle asks what you need for the baby - you’ll definitely get a few of those! But in order to assure you get what you actually need and will actually use, you’ll want to stick to the essentials when it comes to what to put on your baby registry. You’re going to get tons of cute clothes and swaddles - but those aren’t going to save your sanity when your 3-week old is screaming at 3 a.m. because of a gas bubble in their tummy. You know what WILL save your sanity in those dark times? FridaBaby and the perfectly simple yet effective products they’ve designed with parents in mind.
Skip the fluff, here's what you'll actually use from your baby registry.
Here’s the thing: people are going to buy you the cute stuff no matter what. Everyone wants to get the biggest “Awwwwwww!” when their gift is opened! And snot suckers and icicle pads for postpartum recovery just don’t get the same reaction, you know what we mean? HOWEVER, those are the things you’re going to be thanking your lucky stars you have at home. Definitely add some of the cute stuff, but don’t forget these must-haves. And luckily for you and your potential gift-givers, you can find pretty much everything you’ll need whether you do a Target baby registry, Amazon baby registry, Babylist baby registry, BuyBuyBaby registry, or pull from different sites into your own checklist.
• Bath + Grooming: You’ll need a few things to keep your baby looking so fresh and so clean. The Snipper Clipper Set for keeping those razor nails short and less likely to gouge your eye, the FlakeFixer to help soothe and treat cradle cap, and the SkinSoother so you can ditch washcloths and cut your laundry load down.
• Diapering: Whether you’re doing cloth or disposable, add your baby booty must-haves to your registry. Diapers in the first 3-4 sizes or covers for cloth dipes, wipes, and a gentle diaper cream.
• Feeding: To nurse or not to nurse? That is the question, but the answer doesn’t matter for your baby registry. You’ll need bottles and nipples, burp cloths, bottle brushes, and all the accoutrements that go along with bottle feeding (even if you plan on nursing!). You can also register for a breast pump and/or pump accessories.
• Health + Wellness: This is the real nitty-gritty. The little things you will 100% use on a near-daily basis, and eventually discover you can’t mom without. A NoseFrida for boogies, Rectal Therm to manage baby’s temp, MediFrida to easily and quickly administer meds, and Windi for those troublesome bouts of baby gas. Again, you can add everything individually, or make group gifting a cinch with the, Baby Basics Kit, Sick Day Prep Kit, or Breathe Easy Kit.
• Gear: Strollers and car seats and carriers, oh my! Babies are small, but they need a lot of big stuff. The big gear purchases make for great group gifts, so don’t leave them off your baby registry because of the hefty price tags.
• Nursery: Decor and nursery essentials (like a comfy rocker for late night snuggles) should go on your baby registry. Don’t forget a humidifier, like the BreatheFrida 3-in-1 Humidifier, Diffuser + Nightlight. The multi-functionality means you’ll use it from day one.
• Postpartum Care: Your baby registry shouldn’t be just about baby! Remember, you need some TLC, too. There’s no shame in asking for your friends and loved ones to consider your needs. The Labor and Deliver + Postpartum Recovery Kit has everything you need to get you from the delivery room to the first bathroom trip. . . have we said too much.