Top 10 Baby Registry Basics

Baby Gear Essentials


I get it—this has been done to death by every mom blogger out there, but here it is: a list of my favorite baby products. For those who are planning a registry and need a place to start, these are 10 registry basics for baby that I have found to be “essential,” i.e., I couldn’t have survived the beginning months of parenthood without them. I have other posts about breastfeeding gear and bath time essentials, so I haven’t included any of those items here even though some of those things are absolutely necessary as well. Make sure to check out all of these lists if you want to plan a solid baby registry. If you already have babies, you might use this if you’re considering upgrading your stuff, or share this with friends who are expecting to help them find the latest and greatest gear.

  1. HALO SleepSack Swaddle: This is the “#1 Best Seller” on Amazon in swaddle blankets for a reason—it holds really well and is super cozy for baby. I tried a few other brands, but this one was the winner in terms of ease of use and function. My daughter lived in these for the first few weeks. Diaper changes were a breeze because of the zipper feature, and she was never able to “escape” out of it in the middle of the night. I like that they come in different fabric weights for the changing seasons (fleece, cotton, etc.)
  1. Britax Travel System: This is one of those things I researched a ton because I felt like it was the most important product. For the car seat, I wanted one that ranked high in safety and that was lightweight enough for my toothpick arms to lug around. The B-Safe fit the bill, and the fact that I didn’t have to purchase separate adapters to attach it to the stroller was an added bonus. The B-Agile stroller is also very light to carry, and it has an easy one-handed fold feature. I love the 3-wheel design, and even though it isn’t marketed as a running stroller, I have taken it for runs without any issues. I compared this stroller to the Baby Jogger City Mini in person at the store; they look very similar, but I preferred the Britax because it had a smoother ride, mesh air vents (the City Mini had a plastic window in the canopy with no ventilation), and a significantly lower price.
  1. Avent Soothie Pacifiers: These were soft on my newborn’s face and didn’t cause any nipple confusion with breastfeeding. Pay attention to the age range–they’re sized for different developmental stages.
  1. Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play: Nina slept in this every night for the first few months and also napped/lounged in it during the day. It is such a versatile piece of equipment that folds easily for travel or if you need it out of the way—although you probably won’t ever want to put it away until the baby outgrows it. When we have another baby, I might try a co-sleeper like this one from HALO or this Arm’s Reach bassinet for night sleeping because of the adjustable height (that was the one thing lacking in the Rock ‘n Play).
  1. Babybjorn Carrier One: This is MUCH better than the Ergobaby Performance carrier that I also own. It is supremely comfortable, easy to get baby in and out without assistance, and it doesn’t require a separate infant insert (in other words, extra money and bulk) for newborns. The carrying options really seal the deal on this carrier choice—Nina loves facing out, and you can’t do that with the Ergo unless you buy the 360 model which still requires the purchase of a separate infant insert. The other problem I have with Ergobaby carriers is they feel stiff in comparison to the soft materials of the Babybjorn, so my hips would always hurt after wearing it for longer than a few minutes. Also, the buckle closure is located in the back, so unless you have arms made of elastic, you will need help snapping it closed behind your back every time. To me, this completely defeats the purpose of a baby carrier which is supposed to make daily tasks easier. Just save yourself the trouble and get the Babybjorn Carrier One.
  1. Dohm for Baby White Noise Machine: If you have dogs, multiple kids, noisy neighbors, or just a light sleeper on your hands, you will want a white noise machine. This one has various settings and stays on all night, unlike others that have a timed auto shut off. It is a little pricey but totally worth the cost.
  1. Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies and Lights Deluxe Gym Playmat: That’s a super-long title for a great little product. Our pediatrician told us to start tummy time right away, so we were glad to have this play mat activity gym ready to go when we got home from the hospital. Nina was instantly enthralled by all the sounds, textures and hanging toys. We also got this Kick & Play piano mat to keep upstairs.
  1. Pottery Barn Honeycomb Stroller Blanket: I never expected to get so many compliments on a blanket, but that’s what happened with this one from Pottery Barn. I love the look, feel and overall quality of all their blankets and towels (see Bath Time Essentials). This makes a great gift!
  1. Motorola Baby Monitor: I tried and returned three different brands before sticking with this one. We’ve been using it for over a year and have never had any problems with it. It has decent battery life for a video monitor (you can turn off the video screen to get longer life). It has good range, a temperature display, a microphone so you can talk to the baby, several lullabies, and the capability to add more cameras when you need to. At first I wasn’t sure if video was really necessary, but it has been so helpful to be able to see if the baby is just fussing and about to go back to sleep, if she dropped her pacifier, or if she’s standing up and ready to get out of her crib.
  1. Fisher-Price “Snugabunny” Swing: There are all different animal swings in the “snuga” line, but I liked the bunny best. It has a very natural look with plush leaves and a sheer decorative canopy, so it blended well with our living room decor. The rocking motion was always smooth and quiet with different speed and positioning options. Nina lounged in this and also napped in it frequently.

What baby products could you not live without? Comment below!

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