Baby registry gift guide

Here’s a Baby Registry Gift Guide to help you create your ultimate baby registry wish list.

1. Infant car seat – Get the other stuff last but this one first! We had to learn the hard way….We actually bought this THE DAY OF when I got checked in the hospital (early unexpected labor) because the Giggle branch we usually go to didn’t have the color I wanted. (Yes, I am picky!) You can’t leave the hospital without a infant car seat. (rule #1 for new parents!) We chose Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat  because it can go into the UPPAbaby Vista Stroller. Recaro infant car seat is the safest and would have bought it even if it didn’t fit the UPPAbaby Stroller but Recaro didn’t have infant car seats 10 years ago.

2. Stroller – The best one is UPPAbaby Vista Stroller. (tried & tested!) The best affordable stroller is the Chicco Bravo Travel System. Both compliment the Chicco KeyFit 30 infant car seat. Our  UPPAbaby Stroller survived 2 kids, every poop, every vomit, and all the crumbs that have molded to almost beyond recognition. I never used a grocery shopping cart for years- as this stroller has a humongous storage below it. All the other strollers were just copycats :) I was disappointed when my 2nd baby outgrew our UPPAbaby Stroller. Hello, shopping cart germs!

3. Baby Bottles – I loved Playtex Baby Ventaire Bottles. Philips Avent Baby Bottles have been rated the best & Dr. Brown’s Baby Bottles are a best-seller.

4. Breastfeeding Accessories Breast Pump + breast milk storage bags. Shop Breastfeeding items here.

5. Crib – I had a hand-me-down but shop all cribs from Amazon to start designing your nursery.

6. Crib mattress – Buy a 2-sided crib mattress to get ready for the toddler years. Firm side for infants.

7. Fitted Crib Mattress Sheets – Buy tons of Crib Mattress Sheets because you will keep changing sheets. I used American Baby crib sheets because of the softness. I see there’s Amazon Basics Crib Sheets now (their bed sheets are awesome!…though I do not see tons of color choices for crib sheets as of 1/29/2019) and the Burt’s Bees crib sheets look luxurious – perfect for the snotty I-will-only-buy-organic Mums :) 

Centennial Chesapeake Classic Crib in Light Grey is my favorite!

8. Travel CribGraco Pack N’ Play Travel Cribs are a popular choice for travelers.

9. Bassinet – The Graco Dream Suite Bassinet is a multi-use bassinet that is reversible as a diaper changer! Save space & money with this Graco Dream Suite Bassinet.

10. Portable CribDream On Me Portable Folding Crib is Amazon’s choice. The space-saving Portable Crib can be folded for storage or travel. 

11. CradleDream On Me Rocking Cradle (& cradle bed sheets) is an Amazon choice. This cradle will rock your baby to sleep or be stationary. 

12. SleeperSwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper or SwaddleMe By Your Bed Sleeper are popular options for a comfortable & safe bed-sharing with your newborn. Both Sleepers allows you to bond with your baby at night- soothe, touch or feed your baby – SwaddleMe Sleepers are made with heavy sleepers loving parents in mind.

13. Waterproof Everything! AND I MEAN EVERYTHING!!!!! I bought waterproof pads in different sizes, for different uses, for different locations. Not only will your baby rain on your parade, they will spit, vomit, pee & shit on it too. (rule # I don’t know- delay on buying anything expensive! hahahaha)

Waterproof Crib Mattress Protection  
Waterproof Fitted Pack N Play Playard Protective Mattress Pad Cover
Waterproof Fitted Porta/Mini Crib Protective Mattress Pad Cover
Waterproof Quilted Multi-Use Pad Cover 2 pack
Waterproof Quilted Lap and Burp Pad Cover
Waterproof Quilted Bassinet Fitted Mattress Pad Cover
Waterproof Quilted Playard Changing Table Pads 2 pack

Too expensive for you??? Then put saran wrap on everything! Including your dog and cat’s fur! The Cheerios & Fruity Loops will slide off the fur, but the rest….they will harden on the fur. LOL. Don’t tell me I didn’t warn yah!!!

CHANGING STATION MUST-HAVES

14. Changing Table – I used our master bathroom counter top as my changing station, just because our master bath was huge & had like 10′ of wasted countertop. (do some women really need these much space for makeup???!) The poor architectural design became my free marble changing table! Baby loved the mirror and I loved that the diaper bin was in the bathroom, and not in the nursery! You need a changing table if you don’t have extra countertop space. Shop all changing tables from Amazon Nursery to match your baby crib. My  fave

design with an affordable price is this Thomasville Southern Dunes Dressing Table. Image at right >

15. Changing Pad – Summer Infant Changing Pad is still a bestseller 10 years after. There is now a 4-sided changing pad for overprotective moms like me :)

16. Changing Pad CoverSummer Infant Changing Pad Covers come in tons of designs to match with your baby’s distinct poop smell :)

17. Changing Pad Liners – Get this 6 pack Waterproof Changing Pad Liners. A germophobe’s BFF:)

18. Change Pad Gift Set – Give a Summer Infant Changing Gift Set & make the mom-to-be’s life easier & stress-free.  The Summer Infant 5-piece Changing Essentials Gift Set includes 1 change pad, 2 change pad covers, & 2 waterproof change pad protectors

15. Baby Dresser – If you have a huge nursery room and have money to spend, might as well use a double dresser as a changing table. Storage! Choose your a dresser style @Amazon to suit your room style. I love the Evolur Double Dresser Collection from Amazon! They come in different designs. (see images below)

Match with a…….

16. Changing Tray – If you went with this dresser, you will need this changing tray. Get this (21.5″ H x 45.7″W x 6″D) Evolur Changing Tray for your stylish dresser.

 

If you’re not picky, or in a budget, the boxy, simpler, ssmaller & cheaper no-fuss version is a better choice- DaVinci Universal Changing Tray (31.875″L x 16″W x 3″H).

20. DIAPER ORGANIZERS

 

Diaper Organizer – choose your Diaper Organizer / Diaper Caddy style & color. Shown below is the stylish, extra large Charles & Rose Diaper Caddy & Nursery Organizer made of durable felt. Reviews says it is sturdy & conventient for travel or 2-level homes.

Diaper Plastic Caddy – I used both the Prince Lionheart Dresser Top Diaper Depot & Prince Lionheart Diaper Depot because they were made of plastic. Easy to wash!

Diaper Hanging Storage – This standard Hiccapop Hanging Nursery Organizer is a bestseller.

I really don’t like the triangle designs (wasted upper space) but if you have to go get one, get the stylish ones. Diaper Stacker in Gold Dots & Coral Pink or the Diaper Stacker in Metallic Gold Dots and Mint.

Diaper Stacker – This Animal Diaper Stacker by Levtex Home has different fun animal designs.

21. Diaper pailPlaytex Genie is the ultimate diaper pail machine! The hands-free mechanism is perfect for germophobes! Buying the expensive refills is the worst part but very worth it because those bags are magic bags :) I first used Diaper Trend, (liked it!) if you’re looking for a great diaper pail that uses normal trash bags.

* START RANT * Pls do NOT buy the $75 Ubbi. I was an architect & still a designer. I’m all about pretty and these are the prettiest diaper pail there is that’s about it. I HATE everything about it! * END RANT *

22. Don’t forget the Playtex Genie Refill Bags.
23. Wipe Warmer – 1 Prince LionHeart Wipe Warmer lasted me 2 babies! (3 years apart)
24. Disposable DiapersReusable cloth diapers – I used disposable Diapers of course. (#1. who has time to wash pooped cloth diapers?  #2. There is NO WAY I am going to put spoilt diapers in the same washing machine as I put my clothes on! ) 

pampers
25. Baby wipes – Costco wipes are cheaper but Huggies wipes are thicker and better for the poop!
26. WeeBlocksPeePee Covers, PeePee TeePees, iPeeds, or whatever you call this magnificent Noble-prize-worthy invention! For new mommies with baby boys, these are funny at first, but you will realize this is seriously important……You’re welcome……LOL :)

BABY GROOMING & CARE

 

27 Baby SoapAveeno Baby Wash or give the  Aveeno Bath Time Gift Set.
Shop all Aveeno Baby.

28 Baby LotionAveeno Baby Lotion or give the Aveeno Baby Essentials Gift Set.
Shop all Aveeno Baby.

29. Johnson’s Baby Oil

30. Diaper CreamDesitin Cream is the best! Don’t underestimated the magical powers of this Desitin tube :)

31. Baby SunscreenNeutrogena Baby Sunscreen

32. Baby ThermometerAnkovo Digital Forehead & Ear Thermometer or buy from your local Costco.

33. Large tub of Aquaphor Healing Ointment -it’s a moisturizer & great for eczema, w/c most babies have.

34. Baby Health Care & Grooming Gift SetSafety 1st Baby Healthcare and Grooming Kit. I didn’t really use most of it except for the nail clippers & toothbrush. There really is no need to comb their hair if there is no hair. The cradle cap comb is new so that might be a good one! (I gave birth to a cradle cap with a baby! hahaha) TIPS: Use the medicine droppers that come free with the pain medicines. Buy a separate baby thermometer as the one in here is a crappy one. Nail files. Why the heck would you file the baby’s nails???? The nose bulb syringe. Get the ones they used on your baby in the hospital. (and ask for extra :P) It’s the best one and it’s free! (well, not really. You technically paid for it….it was probably $100 on your hospital bill that was paid by your geedy medical insurance company…..hahhaha) Anyway, it’s good to have a couple of things from the gift set and well, it’s cheaper to buy the whole set than buying them individually for $5 each anyway.

 

PLAYTIME!

 

35. Check all Deluxe Baby Bouncers at Amazon. This  Fisher-Price Deluxe Baby Bouncer is a favorite.

36. Baby BouncerFisher-Price Baby Bouncer, smaller (& cheaper!) version of the deluxe above.

38. Baby Rocker – My favorite Fisher-Price Rocker thingy- because it’s fun & lasts for about 2 years or so! My kids loved this- from sleeping, to rocking, to reading, to just lounging around! I say this Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker is a super must-have in your gift registry list. Check all Baby Rockers at Amazon.

37. Baby Gym Mat – Check all Baby Gym Mats. Get the Fisher-Price Rainforest Music & Lights Gym Mat or the affordable music-only Bright Starts Activity Gym. Fisher-Price Piano Gym Mat. Or go big w/ all the pastel bells & whistles with the Fisher-Price Safari Lights and Sound Gym Mat. Image below.

NURSERY ROOM MUST-HAVES

39. Baby Foam Play Tile Mats – For the parents who want their babies to be able to read by 6 months and graduate college by age 5- Baby ABC Foam tile Play Mats. I just want style. I just want my babies to see dots :)  LOL. Pink Polka Dots Foam Tile Mats. (and my babies turned out to be smart, just an FYI :)

39a. Or this awesome option of adding a fence……Baby Play Mat Foam Tiles with Fence…..because everyone deserves to go to the bathroom.

41. Baby Lounger – Check all Baby Loungers. Boppy Newborn Lounger or this highly-rated high-quality super soft Snuggle Me Infant Lounger

43. Nursing Pillow – Check all Nursing Pillows. Boppy Nursing Pillow started it all :) Love this nursing pillow slip cover! Perfect for the Boho chic moms-to-be! Baby not included :)

43. Humidifier – Check all Humidifiers at Amazon. VicTsing Cool Mist Humidifier is a popular choice. My kids survived without this but this moistens the air and helps them breathe, as per other moms.  ( my kids are still alive, just an FYI! :) ).

44. Baby Monitor – Check all Baby Monitors at Amazon. I survived 2 babies without this (you can too!)Well, my original office was in the baby room. My babies/toddlers/kids went with me everywhere I went. My babies were in the baby bouncer in the bathroom, while I was in the shower! BUT- I would’ve loved to have had a baby monitor during the busiest of days! Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor is a best-seller!

BABY CLOTHES

I got a lot of hand-me-downs from my family and I highly recommend it because babies only wear clothes for about 3 months. After that, it goes to Goodwill or gets handed down again. But if you have tons to spare or not much but want to waste money anyway, shop away :)

45. Layette Gift Set – Give the mom-to-be the essential baby shower gift that includes must-have essentials in every baby’s wardrobe! Includes onesies, bodysuits, sleep n’ plays, mittens, gowns, knit caps, socks, bibs, and burpcloths. Popular brands are Gerber and Carter’s.

Shop Amazon- Gerber Baby Girls’ 19-Pc Gift Set or Gerber Baby Girls’ 30-Pc Gift Set if you’re feeling generous :)

Shop Amazon- Gerber Baby Boys’ 19-Pc Gift Set or Gerber Baby Boys’ 30-Pc Gift Set if you’re feeling generous :)

Shop Macy’s for Baby GIRL Clothes  |  Shop Macy’s for Baby BOY Clothes  |  UNISEX Newborn Clothes

46. OnesiesMy favorite onesie brand was Gerber. Though Carter’s & Circo (now Cloud Island) had more design choices, Gerber was way cheaper. Gerber‘s fabric was also softer. Take note that Gerber onesies run smaller, so get the next size up. So if you’re buying a size 3-6 mos at Carter’s, you need a 6-9 mos at Gerber. 

If you’re going to a Gender Reveal baby shower, best one to give is the bright & white Gerber onesies! Buy the Gerber Newborn 15 Piece Onesies Bundle, in “assorted months” sizes. (to the newbie moms, this means sizes in 3, 6, 9 & 12 months. Before I had kids, I had no idea babies grew so much faster than weed!)

59. BABY ROMPERS. If you or anyone you know is having a girl (or boy :) ), get these baby girl rompers below from Firsts Impressions at Macy’s! Not essential because it is NOT practical. I repeat. NOT essential. BUT very very cute! So buy them!!!! LOL. They don’t make sense because babies’ first few months are sleeping & eating & pooping (say that again 1000 times) and getting hugged so this is probably for Christmas or Easter when all the Aunts & Grammies are drooling over the bassinet, and for those monthly photo sessions. So if you are in a budget, skip this & buy diapers instead. They’re sooo beautiful you might just want to have your own baby girl……feline, human or extraterrestrial hybrid, the choice is totally up to you :) 

TOYS

TRAVEL

61. Diaper Bag – Choose your style, shop all Diaper Bags from Amazon. Check out these JJ Cole Diaper Bags. I chose a black patented leather (I splurged!!!!!) because I wanted a diaper bag that didn’t look like a diaper bag (c’mmon, I was single & stylish for years! LOL) & I hate patterns, animals & backpacks. Bottom line is, you need an Xlarge waterproof bag that has tons of pockets! (insulation is a plus). My diaper bag is still alive and now looks like a normal (but shiny!) travel bag for my kids, esp, when we’re pool-bound! I’d say that was my greatest baby purchase! Yes, I’m giving myself a glitter trophy :)

62.  Baby Travel Bag – I don’t like travelling with babies, it’s just doing all these yukky no-fun baby stuff- just in a different location! LOL. But if you must…..get the 3 in 1 Scuddles Portable Changing Station-Foldable Baby Bed-Diaper Bag, easy folding perfect for travel!

63. Formula DispenserAvent Formula Dispenser. These became snack cups during their toddler years.
64. Baby Bottle Warmer – This Tommee Tippee Travel Bottle Warmer is an Amazon favorite. While this Munchkin Travel Bottle Warmer is a bestseller- great for warming it up fast, charged in the car.
65. Insulated Baby Bottle BagSkip Hop Insulated Baby Bottle Bag
66. Baby Car MirrorShynerk Baby Car Mirror is perfect for your rear-facing infant
67.  Car Seat Protector – Brica Seat Guardian Car Seat Protector
by Munchkin is a best-seller!

68. Car OrganizerBackseat Car Organizer & Kick Mat
69. Baby on Board Sign – OK. You are not officially a parent if you do not have this Baby on Board decal hanging on your car window! so have this on your baby gift registry list Safety 1st “Baby On Board” Sign– It is also an announcement to get as far away as possible from you, if you are a terrible driver :)

69. Portable Changing StationSkip Hop Portable Diaper Changing Station is a portable changing mat with pockets for diaperswipes.
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. Portable Changing Mat – Sigzagor Portable Changing Mat is pretty.
71. Travel Wipe Dispenser OXO Tot On-The-Go Wipes Dispenser
72. Diaper Bag Dispenser – Munchkin Arm & Hammer Diaper Bag Dispenser – don’t forget the Munchkin Diaper Bag Refills !
64. Baby Carrier – The Infantino Baby Carrier for the old-school boring-to-the-max design. It’s a best-seller though.  Go figure! (maybe designed by a dad, intended for dads???! hahaha) I did use this- well, just because it was a hand-me-down! But I did not use it a lot because it hurt my back. (my babies were giants for some reason! born almost 10 lbs. hahaha) I must admit, this baby carrier looks & feels safer than the baby wrap below, but…..#FashionFirst……I’m kidding of course.

64. The Baby Wrap is for the stylish mom! The cotton Boba Baby Wrap Carrier is a best-seller while the luxurious striped 100% micromodal Tuck and Bundle Baby Wrap is my favorite! If you’re wearing an ugly sweater, (or an ugly baby :) ) hide it with this uber stylish Tuck and Bundle Baby Wrap :)

ps- No, that is not me above. I just love this Tuck and Bundle Baby Wrap mommy photo, it needed a huge space of its own! Credit goes to the photographer! (and to the person who edited the photo who used an awesome preset/action BTW!…..who may or may not be the photographer :) ) Pls comment below if it’s you :)

………….BUT WAIT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THERE’S MORE!!!!

THE MUST-NOT-HAVE LIST.

You can almost, just almost, forget about this list :) If you have time to laugh, read on!

 

Baby Shoes – Babies do not walk yet so pls. pls. pls. do NOT gift them baby shoes! It’s a waste of everything! This link is for people who do NOT listen :)

………..I told yah! LOL

Pacifiers – When I was single and clueless with babies, I saw my friend’s baby with a pacifier. I thought there was milk in them coz the baby would cry without it. My friends laughed at me. LOL. After that, I hate seeing babies with pacifiers. I think they make babies look ugly so I didn’t use them for my babies. When babies cry, do you give a pacifier or will you hug them? No brainer :) But if you must, many hospitals recommend Philips Avent Soothie Pacifiers. Buy a bunch because these suckers always end up on the floor :)

Baby Keepsakes – Seriously, the best baby keepsakes are taking pictures of them. All. The. Time. Every smile, every dreamy smirk, every laugh, every fart :) I had pictures of their monthly birthdays, complete with cake & balloons! Anyway, that footprint on clay is useless and that 7D image looks like either a baby dreaming on a nightmare on Elm St. or baby Freddie Kreuger himself. 

Rocking Chair – I didn’t like the idea & look of Rocking Chairs. But this 

Emma Rocking Chair by Delta is so chic! Shop all Delta Rocking Chairs!  Go for it if you have the money, or the extra corner in your room, or if you are not creeped out looking at a rocking chair rocking on its own at 2am :) 

Baby Walkers – I didn’t use walkers because I read about the dangers of it! I used this Baby Walking Harness instead, at age 1. Woops…..I’m lying, I practiced them at age 2. hahaha. You know, once they start walking, you’re life is practically over!….NO SHIT…..I’m not lying.

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Tina H.
Reply April 24, 2019

I'm a new mom! This is very helpful! Thank you!

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