Both my girls are officially in school, and it’s been such a whirlwind of emotions. On one hand, it’s been miraculous to see what beautiful humans they’re blossoming into. But on another, my babies are no longer babies! I stumbled across some old items and photos during my clean out a few weeks back, and they got thinking me thinking about the things I actually used vs received when I was pregnant. I figured many of you may be at a point in your lives where your friends are starting their own families – and you might even be starting your own. With so many items to pick from, it can be difficult to decipher what you actually need. Coming from experience, I’ve pulled together a list of my top 10 baby registry must haves for new parents.
Note that I left diapers of this list…because that goes without saying!
1. Baby Monitor – A baby monitor comes in handy during mid-day naps and at night, especially if you plan on keeping your baby in a separate room. The video monitor is a bonus and it works flawlessly.
2. Bottle Tote – At some point or another, you’ll want to leave the house which means you’ll need something to tote around your bottles, sippy cups and snacks. Aside from being so cute, I love the top handle on this one and the zip around top for easy access. Plus, the interior is antimicrobial!
3. Travel Stroller – A stroller that suits your lifestyle will be an instant game changer. If you’re on the active side or constantly on the go, you can’t go wrong here.
4. Babyganics Baby Shampoo and Body Wash – When it comes to bath time, it’s important to look for a mild, moisturizing body wash and shampoo that won’t irritate the skin or eyes. This one is a favorite among many for its plant-based ingredients, and I’m a fan.
5. Burp Cloths – Parents can never have too many burp clothes. I love how absorbent and easy to clean these are.
6. Changing Pad – I can’t tell you how useful a good changing pad is. This one is not only affordable, but durable and practical. The contoured shape serves as extra protection so the little ones don’t go rolling off.
7. Bassinet – I was one of the moms who liked to keep my kids in the room up until a few months. This is where a bassinet like this is so convenient. I love how you can roll it around as needed.
8. High Chair – When a baby is strong enough to sit, you’ll want a high chair for feeding time. I loved seeing my kids explore foods on their own!
9. Hooded Towels – Hooded towels are the best for the babies and toddlers! They’re easier to wrap them up in and you can keep their heads nice and warm in the winter.
10. Thermometer – You always want to have a thermometer on hand. It’s one of those items that you don’t think to add on a wishlist, but sick babies are scary territory. A digital thermometer is essential during a baby’s first year.
Good luck to everyone starting their own families! Let me know if you found this list helpful!