When I consider what my must-have baby registry items are, I realize the items I think are absolute musts have changed with each child. With my first I really had no clue what I was doing. Thankfully I had my sister who was already a mother of three to help me out with my gift registry. My house was stocked full of gear after two baby showers because I didn’t realize that must-haves can really vary by preferences of each baby (and myself) so I registered for almost everything.
While we have used many of these things for multiple babies, some items stood out for each child.
My must-have baby items with Lucian:
Mobile and Crib Toys. When he was really little, Lucian was mesmerized by his brightly colored mobile with beautiful music. It was just the thing to keep him entertained while I showered next door. Later it was a lighted turtle that attached to the side of his crib and offered him lullabies and the sound of waves before going to sleep. Perfect for our nightly routine, it allowed us to bring a little piece of home with us whenever we traveled.
Bibs and Burp Cloths. Lots of ’em. That sweet baby had a special talent with projectile spit up. He would cover himself (and others if you weren’t careful) several times a feeding if you weren’t prepared. I stocked up on bibs and old school cloth diapers to always be ready.
Swaddlers. Lucian loved to be tightly swaddled. He started sleep through the night early on and became a great sleeper overall. He loved the security. Six years ago it was tough to find large receiving blankets so swaddlers were a must.
My must-have baby items with Warren:
Activity Mat. Warren loved to be entertained by the lights and hanging toys found on his activity mat. This is something that all my of babies really enjoyed and made tummy time more fun!
Stroller. When my second came along I already had a 17 month old so a double stroller was a must, especially if I was out my myself. With any stroller make sure you test it out first for maneuverability While our double did the job and looked good, turning around a corner was much like driving a bus (or those blasted “car” style grocery carts). Not fun when trying to get through a crowd or small store.
Jumperoo. At some point with any child you’ll want a place for them that offers entertainment and keeps them contained. This might be an activity center or even a play yard. Warren however was my baby that was always on the go. A jumperoo allowed me some peace of mind while he bounced away his extra energy.
My must-have baby items with Wesley:
Fun Bodysuits. Wesley was the first baby I was able to stay home with and I found how much I liked having clothing he could be comfortable and move around in. During the summer months he practically lived in fun onesies. They are easy to take on and off and pants or shorts were always optional. I went for darker colors that hid stains.
Muslin Swaddle Blankets. These weren’t popular with my first two but were a must for my third. I fell in love with the size and the softness that came with multiple washings. They were especially nice during the summer when anything heavier could be too hot and they also doubled as a cover on my car seat and stroller to keep the sun out.
Teethers. Such a simple thing but Wes cut his first tooth at 4 months and was constantly suffering from sore gums. Several styles of teethers were fabulous to have on hand and offered him some relief.
This list of course doesn’t cover all the items we have loved over the years but here are some other must haves for our baby registry:
- Car Seat
- Nursing Pillow
- High Chair (must be functional and easy to clean)
- Changing Table (not a must for everyone but definitely for me)
- Baby Blankets of various thickness
- Breast Pump
- Clothing (of course)
While some of these items are small, they can really become so important. I can’t imagine not having a pacifier to help soothe my babies. The NUK Advanced AirShieldTM Orthodontic Pacifier designed for ages 6-18 months would have worked well for us had they continued.
Some cool features:
- Allows for 3x the air circulation of regular pacifiers which helps to reduce skin irritation
- Promotes natural development of jaw and teeth
- Button pacifier with discrete puller offers two ways in which to hold the pacifier
- Natural shape mimics mom’s nipple which was originally introduced by NUK over 50 years ago
- Made of silicone and is BPA free and dishwasher safe
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