Preparing for a new bundle of joy is an exciting experience. Who doesn’t love looking at adorable baby clothes?! They’re just so tiny! But baby will need a few other things, too. Here are a few of our top essentials to add to your baby registry that you may not have thought of yet, so you’ll be ready when it’s time to bring your little one home.
The SlumberPod is a privacy pod that helps babies and toddlers get better sleep. It uses a unique, breathable yet light-blocking fabric to create an ideal and baby-safe sleep environment. Quick and easy to set up and take down, the SlumberPod also includes a pocket for a baby monitor or sound machine.
Kyte Baby onesies are made from bamboo, which is excellent at keeping baby from overheating while still being soft and snuggly. The material is highly breathable, stretchy, and comes in a variety of styles, from sleeveless onesies to full bodysuits. Most importantly, they close with snaps, so you don’t have to worry about struggling with buttons or zippers during a sleepy nighttime diaper change.
The Baby Merlin Magic Sleepsuit is for babies who are ready to stop being swaddled but still need that cozy and contained feeling to help them sleep. It makes the transition from swaddling a breeze by keeping baby snug, safe, and comfortable. Simply put the Magic Sleepsuit on baby, lay them on their back in their crib, and watch the “magic” happen.
You’ll never know which bottle baby will like until you try — and you’ll probably have to try a few of them. Instead of buying full packs of a single style and brand of bottle, consider the BabyList Bottle Box. It provides a selection of BabyList’s top bottle brands for you and baby to test out before committing to one type of bottle.
The Lovevery Play Kit subscription is a monthly, Montessori-style subscription box that provides toys and activities based on your child’s developmental stage. Safe and sustainable, these toys help support your child’s learning. They also take some of the time and research out of picking the perfect activities so you and your child can get straight to playing. Lovevery lets you skip or cancel your subscription at any time, so you're there’s no commitment if you decide to go a different route.
Lots of new parents say that a nursing pillow is a definite must-have. The Boppy Bare Naked Feeding and Infant Support Pillow is compact but still large enough to give you and your little one enough lift and support. This version is sold without a cover, but they also sell one with an included cover. Or you can choose from different Boppy Slipcovers to customize your nursing pillow. Best of all, you can throw the entire thing in the washer and dryer for easy cleaning.
The Ergobaby 360 Convertible Baby Carrier is an award-winning, all-position carrier for when your little one grows out of a wrap or newborn carrier. It fits children between 12 and 45 pounds and lets you babywear in four positions, including front and back. The Ergobaby provides ergonomic support for both the wearer and baby, with a soft, supportive seat, padded shoulder straps, and a lumbar-support waist belt. It makes all-day adventures easier on the whole family.
This baby bib from Amazon makes clean up after feeding time quick and easy, with way less laundry. Made from food-grade silicone, the Mushie Baby Bib is easily washed with soap and water. It also features a deep front pocket that’s perfect for catching food from messy eaters.
The Lovevery Play Gym can be used from the first couple of months of tummy time on through toddler-hood, making it a great investment. Five Montessori-inspired development zones teach focus, encourage sensory exploration, and help baby explore colors without overstimulation. The Play Gym comes with a guide to age-appropriate activities, as well as removable accessories for stage-based learning. It takes about 2 minutes to set up and take down, which makes it perfect for on-the-go play.
10. Diaper Dekor
The Diaper Dekor is a hands-free diaper pail that traps smells, is easy to clean, and keeps little ones away from dirty diapers. It’s made from ABS plastic that doesn’t absorb odors and can be easily cleaned and sanitized. The spring-loaded trap door instantly closes after the diaper enters the pail, which is what makes the Diaper Dekor so great at containing smells. It can also be used as a regular trashcan after baby grows out of diapers.
11. Regalo Baby Gate
Baby gates make great registry items because you’ll often need more than one — and they can add up. This Regalo Baby Gate is extra tall, expands to fit openings 29-35 inches wide, and includes a 4-inch extension kit. The walk-through gate opens in both directions and features an easy-close handle with a one-touch release safety lock. It’s also packable and portable, and the pressure mount set-up makes installing and removing seamless, so you can take it with you when you visit family and friends.
This adorable green drying rack looks just like a fresh, green lawn and includes a water tray to keep countertops clean and dry. The Boon Bottle Drying rack looks great on any countertop, suits any bottle size and shape, and can be used for miscellaneous items even after baby has outgrown the bottle.
A double-stroller is a must-have if you have two young ones close in age. The Graco DuoGlider Double Stroller integrates with Graco infant car seats, but can also be converted into two toddler seats for when your little ones are older. It’s great for vacations when little legs wear out quickly, and can be folded using one hand, leaving your other hand free for baby-wrangling duties.
The BABYBJÖRN Bouncer Balance Soft is great for keeping baby close while you get other things done around the house. Place it next to the bathtub while you shower, next to the table while you’re eating, or next to the couch so you can Netflix while still keeping an eye on your little one.
Clipping baby’s nails can be nerve-wracking, but you gotta do it! These Simba Baby Safety Scissors make nail trims easier and less stressful with rounded scissor tips and short thin blades that are easy to maneuver from all angles.
Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment is a multi-purpose ointment that should be in every mom’s toolbox. It can be used on irritated and chapped skin from teething, drool rash, diaper rash, and pretty much anywhere else you can think of. You can also use it to help prevent diaper rashes by applying it during every diaper change. It’s free of preservatives and fragrance, so it’s perfect for delicate, sensitive baby skin. Plus, as a bonus tip from our senior graphic designer, Lauren Parker: “It actually makes a really good nighttime face cream for tired parents!”
Baby-proofing your home is essential when your child starts exploring. The CalMyotis Corner Protectors keep baby from getting injured on the corners of coffee tables, desks, tv cabinets, and other sharp corners in the house. Designed by mechanics, these clear and unobtrusive corner protectors come with high-powered adhesive on each side of the guards to prevent them from being pulled off by children. When no longer needed, the adhesive is easily removed, keeping your furniture intact.
Sterilize bottles, pacifiers, breast pumps, milk storage cups, lids, and more — all with the power of your microwave. The Philips Avent Microwave Steam Sterilizer kills 99.9% of harmful bacteria in just two minutes. Simply load in your baby items, add water, lock the lid, and go. It even keeps the items inside sterile for 24 hours when the lid remains unopened. This option is less expensive than a hefty (and pricey) countertop electric sterilizer, which makes it perfect for those on the fence about investing in a similar device.
The Hushh White Noise machine is a must-have for on-the-go parents. It offers a rich and robust sound in a small package and easily fits into any diaper bag, backpack, or purse. The baby safe clip lets you attach the sound machine to any crib, car seat, or stroller, so your baby’s sleep routine can stay consistent. White noise machines create a constant, soothing sound that resembles what babies hear in the womb. They also help block out disruptive noises, which keeps baby asleep for longer. The Hushh features a soft LED nightlight to help with nighttime diaper changes and feedings, and this bundle includes a crush-resistant travel case to protect your sound machine from bumps, scratches, and splashes.
Take care of diaper changes whenever and wherever with the Skip Hop Pronto Signature Changing Station. This portable changing clutch unfolds into a cushioned changing pad with two side flaps for extra space. It features a stylish design, mesh pockets for diapers and ointments, and a zippered front pocket for smaller items. The Skip Hop changing station easily fits into your diaper bag and can also be carried on your wrist or clipped to a stroller. The changing pad can even be removed, making room for more diapers and other baby necessities.
Hopefully you’ve found some fun new additions to add to your baby registry. If you’ve used any of these products, want more recommendations, or have other tips to share, let us know on our Instagram!
Disclaimer: The information on our site is NOT medical advice for any specific person or condition. It is only meant as general information. If you have any medical questions and concerns about your sleep or your baby, please contact your healthcare provider.
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