A Checklist for Baby Registry Must-Haves

First time parent? Second or third? New babies and pregnancies are a reason to celebrate with baby showers and gifts. Babies do require special equipment, clothes and supplies that really add up. You could just tell those who want to help you with your baby needs what you want, but a registry is recommended for the perks in addition to making your life easier. Some stores will give you an extra gift and discounts to your gift-givers, or extend the return period for items bought through your registry. The online baby registry tells friends and family exactly what you want and what you still need. 

Signing up for a registry is easiest online, although many stores that sell baby registry essentials will also have a kiosk where you can put together your list. Popular store websites for baby registries are Amazon, Walmart, Target, buybuyBABY, Pottery Barn Kids, and Babylist.

Your friends who have been parents usually remember well what baby stuff they never used and what was so well-loved it was worn out. That advice can be invaluable when you build your baby registry. We’ve got your baby registry checklist must-haves so you won’t forget anything!

Baby Registry Must Haves

Getting around

  • Baby travel system (car seat and stroller combo)
  • Baby carrier
  • Bunting bag
  • Car seat cover
  • Diaper bag
  • Travel changing pad 


  • Bottles (and different flow nipples)
  • Breast pump
  • Formula
  • Bibs and burp cloths
  • Nursing pillow
  • Nursing bras
  • Milk storage bags
  • Nursing pads


  • Crib
  • Bassinet
  • Firm mattress
  • Mattress cover
  • Crib sheets
  • Swaddling blankets
  • Baby monitor
  • Night light
  • Zip-in blanket
  • White noise machine

Baby Care

  • Diapers of different sizes
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Diaper pail and liners
  • Baby bathtub or bathing seat
  • Baby wash and shampoo
  • Soft washcloths
  • Baby towel with hood
  • Baby first aid kit
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Saline nasal drops
  • Rectal thermometer
  • Baby nail clippers
  • Pacifiers
  • Comfortable chair and footrest
  • Unscented or baby-safe laundry detergent 

Play time

  • Baby bouncers or swing
  • Baby playmat
  • Exploring toys
  • Teething toys
  • Baby books
  • Bath toys
  • Playpen


  • Onesies of different sizes
  • Simple stretchy pants/shirts
  • 1 set of nice clothes
  • Pajamas with and without footies
  • Sweatshirt
  • Jacket
  • Socks
  • Soft hat
  • Swimsuit

A quick tip: Use the Refer a Friend program when sharing your baby registry! You both will get $20 when they make their first qualifying purchase, and they’ll earn Cash Back on any baby essentials they buy through Rakuten! 

Mariko is a high school English teacher who has three children, illegible handwriting and an obsession with mail-order artisan ice cream. She lives in Hawaii, but she makes a point to eat her way through big cities as often as she can.

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