I’ve been working on this post for a while now and I’m excited to finally share the list of items I would put on my registry today if I had the opportunity to do it all over again. These are items I used over and over through infancy and some of the items we still use now. A few of them are splurges (Bebea Babycook for example) that I always suggest but it’s something you may not want to splurge on yourself, so let someone else :) I didn’t include the very basics such as carseat, stroller, travel crib etc. since those are so personal and I figure most people know to shop for them!
Aden & Anai Dream Blanket – I could probably count 100 baby blankets in our home, it seems like they are the go-to gift when you have a baby and I myself bought so many too. I registered for this splurge blanket and it’s my very favorite. It’s soooo silky soft and cozy. It’s the best!
Baby carrier – Do a little research and register for one or two carriers you want to try. I’d highly suggest a structured one like an Ergo and a wrap or sling. I loved using the Solly wrap and my sister in law passed down her Ergo which we used most of the time.
Sound machine – An essential! We still use ours and bring it with us on every trip. I love this one which came recommended and it also has a projector that Piper really likes. It has a variety of different sound options which is nice, too.
Swaddle Me Wrap – You’ll want to register for several different swaddle wraps (I think we tried them all) and I can’t recommend this one enough. We tried and tried again to use swaddle blankets but they just didn’t work for us — but the Swaddle Me did and saved us so many nights. It’s easy to figure out when you’re sleep deprived and snuggles your baby so tight.
Beaba Babycook– I’ve talked about this baby food maker so many times and suggest anyone who has the desire to make their own baby food put it on their registry!
Avent Soothie Pacifier– Regardless of how you feel about pacifiers you should pick up a few to have on hand. I wasn’t going to use one until we decided it would help Piper more than hurt her and I’m so glad we did! These were the pacifiers we used most of the time, they worked really well for us. They are BPA free, one piece and what most hospitals use.
Natursutten Pacifier– I tried to use this pacifier first because I wanted a natural option, eventually Piper grew to like it as she got older but at first she would only take the soothies.
Fridababy Nail clippers + File– I find this nail clipper so easy to use and love that it comes with a curved file. The first few months I only filed Piper’s nails – I just couldn’t bring myself to clip them. Now I clip and file the sharp edges and funnily enough Piper enjoys it and puts out her fingers for me.
Skip Hop Floor Mat – Another item you may not think of for your registry… but you’ll want a floor mat sooner rather than later and they can get pricey! If you have a wood floor you can lay these down early on for tummy time and for play gyms. I love the pattern on this neutral one.
Stokke Highchair – We love our Stokke chair – the design is so sleek and it’s really easy to clean. It’s definietly not an eye sore sitting out in our living space.
Halo Sleep Sack – This is another sleep sack we used as Piper got older and transitioned to her crib, even after she could roll and couldn’t be in the other swaddles we used this to keep her legs from getting stuck in the crib slats.
Video Monitor– An essential… we love this Infant Optics one and haven’t had any issues with frequency, battery life etc.
Diaper Pail – We opted for a cheap diaper pail and to this day it annoys me. I wish we would have splurged on something a little nicer, since we use it so many times a day.
Sock Ons– We received these as a gift and I didn’t quite understand how awesome they were until Piper was about a month old and constantly losing her socks. They keep socks on all day!
Changing pad + covers – Register for a few different changing pad covers.
Baby Brezza Bottle Sanitizer– Boy I wish we had this 6 months sooner than we did! It makes cleaning bottles and pump parts a breeze (no pun in intended)!
Bibs – Bibs bibs bibs! Piper was what our doctor referred to as a ‘heavy spitter’ so we went through so may bibs and burp clothes. In my opinion you can never have enough (car, diaper bag, all levels of your house etc.). These are made from organic cotton, dye-free and adjustable as your baby grows.
Dock-A-Tot- Somehow I missed the boat on this when Piper was an infant but have friends that swear by them. If we are lucky enough to have another baby I will certainly be getting one!
Puj Tub– We tried out a lot of bathtubs and this was our favorite! It’s super lightweight and compact so we would even bring it with us on trips and just pack it on top of all our clothes in our suitcase.
Diaper Bag – We used a similar style when Piper was an infant and I loved the pockets and shoulder strap. Now we have a backpack and it works great (more on that here).
Rock & Play– The most suggested item EVER – for a reason. This thing works wonders. We had two, it’s that good.
Burts Bees Cloth Diapers – Highly recommend having a few cloth diapers on hand – we use them for everything, washcloths, burp cloths, spills etc. and these are so much softer than some of the others we have.