Just when you think you nailed the registry game and have been shelling out (perhaps unsolicited) advice to other brides-to-be, you just might find yourself soon creating a baby registry all your own, too.
To keep you from feeling too overwhelmed, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite baby registry essentials that you should add to your list first (aside from the obvious like diapers and clothes).
Fisher-Price Deluxe Newborn Auto Rock ‘n Play Sleeper
This incline sleeper and playtime seat is something many moms swear they can’t live without. With the push of a button, your babe will experience a rocking motion that frees up your hands, while they’re secure within a 3-point safety restraint on a comfortable incline. It also offers soothing sounds and playful toys to help your child develop their sensory skills while being easy to store, and clean.
Deluxe Newborn Auto Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, $89.99, Fisher-Price available at buybuy Baby
Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat
Once the reality sets in that you’re a new parent, you’re going to have to take your baby home, and safely. While it’s encouraged that you of course do your own safety research, the Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat ranks amongst the “Best Infant Car Seats of 2018" according to Babylist. It’s easy to install, has an adapter that works with most strollers, and even has a helpful built in level so you know when it’s positioned the right way.
KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat, $199.99, Chicco available at buybuy Baby
Burt’s Bees Baby 5-Pack Organic Cotton Burp Cloths
Trust us, you’ll need lots and lots of these, regardless of your laundry game. (There will be lots and lots of laundry.) Babies eat, then they burp, then they spit up—it’s a steady cycle. To protect yourself, your clothes, your furniture and anything else within a two foot distance, you’ll need quality, absorbent burp cloths. This 5-pack is made of 100% organic cotton and are both soft and absorbent, important for your baby’s sensitive new skin. They’re available in a variety of prints and colors, so go on and add a few extra to your list, too.
5-Pack Organic Cotton Burp Cloths, $22.95, Burt's Bees Baby available at Amazon
Chicco NaturalFit Pocket Buddies Pacifier Holder
You’ll never want to have pacifiers too far out of reach, especially in the first few weeks or months. So, aside from stocking up on them, add a few adorable and comforting holders to your list, too. They’ll help to entertain your babe while also keeping the tiny pacifiers handy and visible, all while being machine washable and easy to clean.
NaturalFit Pocket Buddies Pacifier Holder, $11.99, Chicco available at Amazon
Dr. Brown’s Options Feeding Bottles Gift Set
Whether from the breast or formula, you’re bound to need bottles. And while your baby may end up making their bottle preference known, a great starting place is with this gift set. With convertible bottles that can be used with or without the venting system, the unique design of the bottles claims to help “reduce feeding problems, digestion, and helps preserve vitamins.” Who wouldn’t want that? This set comes with three 8oz. bottles, two 4 oz. bottles, five level 1 silicone nipples, two extra level 2 silicone nipples, two storage/travel cups and three cleaning brushes, making it a great option to grow along with your baby’s feeding needs before stocking up the shelves.
Options Feeding Bottles Gift Set, $24.99, Dr. Brown's available at Amazon
DockAtot Deluxe + Dock
Lots of new parents swear by DockAtot, the “ultimate docking station” for babies aged 0-8 months, or 5-22 pounds. Offering a snug and cozy environment for your baby, the DockAtot creates a space for babies to rest, hangout, and play while being portable, and a great place for (supervised) tummy-time, too. Machine washable and hypo-allergenic, the lounger is free of harmful substances and doesn’t harbor heat, all while being a versatile must-have for little ones.
DockAtot Deluxe + Dock, $175, DokaATot available at Nordstrom
Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical Lens
People aren’t lying when they say that as new parents you’ll rarely sleep. Your baby on the other hand, will sleep a lot, and thanks to technology you can keep a watchful eye on them while in another room (but you’ll probably spend plenty of time watching them sleep in person, too.)
Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor allows you to customize your viewing angle, and zoom ability, within a 3.5 inch full color LCD display. It’s long battery life lets it run for up to 10 hours before needing a charge, and you can even purchase a wide angle lens for it, too. With other features including invisible night vision, an alarm function, two way talk ability and a temperature display, you’ll breathe a little easier while your babe is off in dreamland.
DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical Lens, $165.99, Infant Optics available at Amazon
The First Years Sure Comfort Deluxe Newborn-to-Toddler Tub
Bath time is special bonding time with your baby, and it’s even better when you’re well prepared. You’ll need something safe and sturdy to keep your little one secure while you rub-a-dub-dub, and this deluxe tub has all you could need. With three different positions to grow with your baby through the newborn, infant and toddler stage, it fits in both the sink and tub and has a removable sling for when your babe grows. As an added bonus, it even changes color to alert you if the water is too hot, and has mildew-resistant, non-slip pads for extra safety and cleanliness.
Sure Comfort Deluxe Newborn-to-Toddler Tub, $19.99, The First Years available at Amazon
Hello Spud Fitted Crib Sheets
It doesn’t get more essential than practical yet pretty, organic baby bedding. These fitted crib sheets from Hello Spud come in a variety of prints and coordinate perfectly with other bedding items within their line. They fit all standard sized cribs and toddler mattresses, so add a few to your registry to always be prepared to provide a sweet space for sweet dreams.
Organic Cotton Jersey Heart Fitted Crib Sheet in Purple, $17.99, Hello Spud available at Bed, Bath & Beyond