Baby registry essentials checklist

I know that once you figure out your pregnant, there are a million things that are going through your head of what you need to get done. I cannot tell you how long I spent on trying to figure out items I needed with my first pregnancy and I had no idea what I was doing and ended up with things I really did not need and not things I really did need. I have decided to put a list together for you first time mommies that have no idea what you really need and what you don’t. I know you cannot control what people buy but it is still nice to know what is essential and what really is not just to give people an idea when looking at your registry. If you do end up with things you do not like or need you can always return them after the shower and replace it with something you need.

There will be some links in the list of items that I have personally used or going to use this time around.


Make sure if you get this you use it. Learn from my mistakes, I was a first time mom and when my son would cry I would just pick him up from his bassinet and lay him in bed with me. Four years later we are still fighting with him to stay in his room all night.

We used a Bouncer and Rock’n’Play and my son loved both, he would fall asleep all the time in them. Some babies don’t like them and some do.

This is the kind of set we received with our son, we have gotten a different set with our daughter this time around that we will use when she is here. I would recommend getting these in a set because it will save you money in the end. I know a lot of people will say that they will not use a stroller but I said the same thing and boy was I wrong! You don’t realize how handy they are especially if you have more than one child.

I used this so many times! My son was very needy and still is, haha. It came in handy when I would cook or clean and he was upset. Also, when he was a couple months old he got really sick with roseola and would only stop crying if we were holding him, so this carrier really got a ton of use during that time.

This is just for the pillow, there are many different covers you can get for these. This really came in handy with my son and I will be using it again for my daughter. They really help when your feeding your baby and I also used it to sit him up, lay him down, and with tummy time.

  • Breastfeeding Cover
  • Diaper Rash Cream
  • Car Seat Cover
  • Wipes and Diapers

With the wipes and diaper you cannot have too many! I would never turn down anyone who wanted to give me diapers or wipes. Even if you get the brand you do not want to use or the wrong size, there are some stores that will allow you to swap them out. For your baby shower I would do a diaper raffle where people put their names into a drawing for how many packs of diapers they bring and they can win a prize.

With my son we used the Drop in bottles because he had terrible reflux so on top of breastfeeding I had to mix formula with breastmilk in bottles to help. This time we are preparing with Dr. Brown and Tommee Tippee anti colic bottles. You really do not need a whole stack of bottles, around 6-10 would be perfect. If you are breastfeeding and planning on doing it exclusively, it is still nice to have some around just in case.

These are really nice to have especially during feeding if your baby is a messy eater. Also, if your baby spits up after eating or drools a lot it is nice to put a bib on them so they don’t get it all over them.

Okay, so these really are not essential but my goodness are they cute! Regular towels will work just fine for you baby and would probably be warmer, but if you have the budget it doesn’t hurt to have a couple cute towels around.

This is the one that we used with our son and I currently have the same one but in pink on my registry for this baby. I liked how it is comfortable for the baby and the water can reach them from the tub. I also like how you can adjust how high and low the baby lays on it.

I received a bunch of blankets that I really did not use for my son. We had so many that we just stuffed up in his closet and forgot about but receiving blankets really do come in handy especially to swaddle them.

  •  Baby Hangers

Yes you heard me right. Hangers are a necessity, you will want to hang up those cute little onesies and outfits and you cannot use the big ones you use for your clothes. Good thing is they are not very expensive at all.

I love the backpack style diaper bags! This is the one I plan on using this time around, Back pack style is becoming very popular and they are very easy and convenient. With my son I used the over the shoulder one and I was not really a fan with having to carry him, other things going on and carrying the diaper bag was just difficult. This one has many pockets for storage and I am so excited to have the space for two kids, haha.

  •  Extra bassinet sheets

It is nice to have extra sheets where your baby sleeps for those nights they pee through their diapers and it makes a huge mess.

  •  Pacifiers

Now, I only put this on here because some babies want them and some do not. So it may be something you will need or it may not be. I would hold off on buying a ton of them or any at all because the hospital will have some they can give you. My son used the hospital ones and we never had to buy any because he only used them for a couple months and then had no interest anymore.

If you plan on Pumping and nursing

  •  Breast pump

This is definitely a must have if you plan on nursing and pumping. I know they can be very expensive but you can get pumps for free or discounted through your insurance. Give them a call and see what you are approved for.

I loved my nursing bras! They were very comfortable and very convenient when your baby is ready to eat. Honestly I would save your money on nursing clothes other than the bras because you really can make due with the clothes you have. Just regular Cami’s will work with your nursing bra. Plus nursing clothes can get really pricy.

  •  Nursing pads

You will need these to keep your milk from leaking through your clothes. With my oldest I used the ones that are not reusable and it ended up getting pricy, so this time we are going to try out reusable ones.

If you plan on pumping outside of the home, it is nice to have this to store you milk in until you make it back home.

Having Soothing Cream for your nipples is a life savor! I have not used this brand yet but have heard amazing things about them and plan on using them this time around.


Thank you for taking the time to read this post! I hope I can help some new mommies-to-be that are freaking out right now. Just breathe momma everything will work out and you will be well prepared for your little one to be here!

I am curious, what items do you think are unnecessary or necessary? What items could you not go without?


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Hello everyone! My name is Alexa Grimshaw and I am a wife and mother. I am from Ohio born and raised, maybe one day move somewhere that I don't have to deal with snow lol. I am twenty-eight years old and I have three beautiful step-children and my husband and I have one four year old boy and our daughter was born July 2020. I love having fun, outdoors, comedy, COFFEE, and my sweets. I am a daycare teacher and I love working with young children and watching them grow and learn daily. I decided to start this blog to share some of my ideas and things I have learned through marriage, being a working mom and motherhood. I also hope to find other moms and bloggers to connect with. I hope to talk to you and I hope you enjoy my blog!

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