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Baby Registry: The Things You Need

Chantal Standafer

A shot from Laura's baby book themed shower. Photo by  James Song

A shot from Laura's baby book themed shower. Photo by James Song

Last week we gave you a quick list of things you really don’t need to get for baby; now it’s time for the essentials. So besides a great diaper bag, here’s the list:


  • Crib

  • Mattress

  • Sheets

  • Humidifier (for when baby gets sick)

Note: Most cribs can convert into a toddler bed. Think about if this is something you want to be able to do.  Some conversion kits come with the crib while others are sold separately. We ended up getting a toddler bed instead of the conversion kit for the crib because we were going to use the crib for the new baby. Some people buy a second crib and have both children in cribs. It depends on the spacing between your children and your preference.



  • Carseat (infant and/or convertible)

  • Stroller. Some can convert to double strollers with a second seat, so if you think your children will be somewhat close in age you may want to consider one with this capability.

  • Baby carrier

  • Diaper bag

Note: There are so many different options available for all of these items. Really evaluate your lifestyle and your needs. If you’ll be in and out of the car a lot, the infant car seat that combines with a stroller base (travel system) probably makes sense for you. Eventually you will need a convertible car seat, so might as well go ahead and register for one. Also, not every car seat fits easily in each car, so be sure to evaluate the seats with this in mind.



  • Bottles + bottle brushes

  • Nursing/feeding pillow

  • Breast pump

  • Nursing bras + pads

  • Burp cloths

  • High chair

  • Eating bibs

  • Baby/small spoons

Note: You may be eligible to get a breast pump for free through your insurance, so be sure to look into that!



  • Diapers

  • Wipes

  • Diaper rash ointment

  • Washcloths

  • Baby shampoo + soap

  • Thermometer

  • Nail scissors/clippers

  • Snot sucker

  • Gates

  • Outlet plugs

Note: While baby may be in newborn size diapers for a bit (though if you have a bigger baby you may not need these at all!), get some size 1 to have on hand--baby will grow out of the newborn size before you know it! And if there’s a great deal on diapers, consider stocking up. These things do not go bad and you will use them. Amazon subscribe & save is also a great option.

Be sure to check back to get the low down on the items parents are split on. Until then, good luck with the registry!