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Baby Registry Checklist

A Printable Checklist of Must-Haves
-- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator

It's gift registry time! This can be one of the most fun times of your pregnancy. Use this list as a guide to make sure you don't forget any important items. You definitely don't need every item on this list-the love and care you give your child is more important to your baby's development than anything here. But when you have family and friends eager to contribute, a detailed registry helps them buy things you can use.

Clothing Your Baby
  • Onesies
  • Sleepers and/or gowns
  • Socks
  • Hats
  • Sweaters
  • Snowsuit bag
Bathing Your Baby
  • Baby tub
  • Baby toiletries
  • Baby washcloths
  • Baby bath towels
Carrying Your Baby
  • Front carrier, sling, and/or backpack
Breastfeeding Your Baby
  • Boppy (or other nursing pillow) and cover
  • Breast pump
  • Breast milk storage and feeding set
  • Insulated carrying case for transporting milk safely
Bottle-Feeding Your Baby
  • Bottles
  • Assorted nipples
  • Utensils for formula preparation
  • Sterilizer, if recommended
  • Formula
  • Bottle and nipple brush
Feeding Your Baby
  • Highchair
  • Bibs
  • Baby utensils
  • Food mill, for grinding up food for baby
  • Plates and bowls
Stimulating Your Baby
  • Board books
  • Gymini
  • Soft blocks
  • Rattles
  • Teething rings
  • Puzzles
Soothing Your Baby
  • Receiving blankets (for swaddling)
  • Pacifiers
  • Music CDs
  • Swing
Taking Your Baby Places
  • Diaper bag
  • Wipes carrying case
  • Car seat
  • Stroller
Exercising with Your Baby
  • Jogging stroller
  • Gift certificates for mom and baby yoga or stroller fitness classes (Stroller Strides, etc.)
Diapering Your Baby
  • Diaper pail
  • Changing table or changing pad
Cloth-Diapering Your Baby
Most retail baby stores do not carry a good selection of cloth diapering supplies. If you want to register for these items, many online stores have virtual registries.
  • Cloth diapers
  • Cloth wipes
  • Wet bag (for carrying wet diapers in your diaper bag)
  • Waterproof diaper covers
  • Pins, "snappi," or other diaper fastener (if your diapers don't have snaps or Velcro)
Disposable-Diapering Your Baby
  • Disposable diapers
  • Disposable wipes
  • Wipes warmer
  • Diaper rash cream
Putting Your Baby to Bed
  • Co-sleeper and/or bed rails (if you plan to co-sleep)
  • Crib
  • Sheets and accessories for co-sleeper and/or crib
  • Portable crib
  • Waterproof crib pads
Baby-Proofing Supplies
Although you won't need this stuff right away, it's a good idea to baby-proof before baby is mobile, so you don't have to go rushing around at the last minute.
  • Outlet covers
  • Baby gates
  • Door latches
  • Toilet latch
  • Non-slip tub mat
  • Padding for sharp table edges
  • Doorknob guards
  • Stove knob guards
For Mom
  • Belly casting kit
  • Nursing tops (for breastfeeding moms)
  • Some women choose to hire a Doula (a professional labor assistant) to increase their chances of a smooth delivery. If you'd like to hire a doula, but can't afford it, consider adding requests for contributions to your registry.
For the To-Be Parents
  • Parenting books
  • Child development books
  • Magazine subscriptions

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Member Comments About this Article
"I think most people forget the things you know people are going to buy you! For example, people love to buy baby clothes! They also love to buy baby blankets, not to mention people who will make you blankets. I am still buying basic onsies, and sleepers but know I will get cute colored ones for my shower." -- JCSBAYBEE
"I added Swim Diapers (swimmi's reusable) and pampers (disposable). I know delicate skin needs about 6 weeks before exposure to chlorine, but I LOVE going in a kiddy pool on a hot day, and these items can be pricey, so they can be a great addition to the registry." -- LOSTNFOUND4444
"I found whattoexpect.com had a helpful function for determining your baby shopping list. Not only can you figure out quantity but you can set aside which items you wish to buy yourself, items you intend to borrow, and items you hope family and friends to invest in. Made baby shopping a lot less overwhelming for us." -- MEREDON
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About The Author
Liza Barnes
Liza received her bachelor's degree in health promotion and education from the University of Cincinnati and is pursuing a master's degree in nurse midwifery. She is the proud mother of one daughter.
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