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15 Baby Registry Essentials


Congratulations, you’re having a baby! We think there are few things in life as exciting as pregnancy and becoming a mom. You’ll definitely need to prep for this big event, and one of the ways to do that is by creating a baby registry. Your family, friends, and co-workers will be wondering what you need and want, and a registry is the easiest (and most fun) way to make sure you’re ready when your sweet baby makes his or her appearance.

There are quite a few things you should include on your baby registry. Some are big-ticket items that hopefully someone will be generous enough to gift you. And others are just absolute necessities when it comes to baby care. Take a look at this list of 15 baby registry essentials to get you started.

1. Changing Table

Boppy Chevron Changing Pad Set

A big part of a new parent’s job description: changing diapers. A changing table makes this task a lot more pleasant. Of course you’ll also need a changing pad and some cute changing pad covers, like these luxurious and stylish ones from Boppy that will look great in your nursery.

2. Stroller

a baby stroller

A stroller is a necessity to take baby out visiting, shopping, or to get some air and exercise. If you’re worried about registering for something so expensive, don’t be – a stroller makes a fabulous gift from a group, who will be excited to give you something you’ll use regularly.

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3. Newborn Lounger

Unless you have a round-the-clock nanny, you’re going to want a safe place to put your baby down at times. The Boppy® Newborn Lounger fits the bill perfectly, and its wipeable fabric is also machine washable. Um, why don’t these loungers come in grown-up sizes?

4. Car Seat

a baby car seat carrier

An infant car seat is a registry essential for sure; did you know most U.S. hospitals won’t release you and your baby without one? There are tons of choices here and safety is of the utmost importance, so consider carefully.

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5. Baby Head Support

Weak neck muscles mean newborns’ heads need lots of support, both when they are being held and when they’re in their strollers, swings, and bouncers. To prevent your baby’s head from slumping over, you’ll want a support like this Organic Head and Neck Support from Boppy. The patented cut-out design safely cradles baby’s head, and the removable cushioned neck ring can be used through the toddler years, for all those future stroller naps.

6. Nursing Pillows and Slipcovers

If you are planning on breastfeeding, put the Boppy® Best Latch™ Nursing Pillow on your registry; created with a lactation consultant, this dual-sided pillow is perfectly designed for both infant and older baby breastfeeding support. Crescent-shaped nursing pillows like the Boppy® Classic Infant and Feeding Support Pillow are multi-purpose: they can help you position and support baby while breastfeeding, or serve as a baby support while giving baby a bottle. And don’t forget to register for some extra nursing pillow slipcovers, like these from Boppy featuring Instagram-ready patterns.

7. Nursing Cover Up

Speaking of breastfeeding, make sure you add a nursing cover up or two to your registry. They are easy to stash in your diaper bag for those times when baby demands dinner, now! We love the versatility and style of the Boppy® Infinity Scarf Cover Up.  With a quick tug, it transforms from a cute accessory to a full-size breastfeeding cover, complete with a mesh window so you can peek at your sweet baby.

8. Diaper bag

HaloVa Diaper Bag Multi-Function Waterproof Travel Backpack Nappy Bags

Request the diaper bag you really want, regardless of price. After all, this is the sole bag you’re going to be carrying around for the next two-plus years (we kid you not!). Aim for functional, but also something you love, you’re going to spending a lot of time together.

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9. Baby Carrier

a baby carrier

Baby carriers have tons of advantages: they keep baby close and comforted, but allow the wearer to be mobile and hands free. Ask for a comfortable, user-friendly carrier like the new Boppy® ComfyFit® Baby Carrier. This one-size-fits-most carrier is easy to share between caregivers, is super soft, and can be quickly positioned and supporting baby in three simple moves.

10. Baby Monitor

Infant Optics DXR-8 Pan/Tilt/Zoom 3.5

A baby monitor gives you ears and/or eyes on your little one even when you’re not with them. Choose from the short-range sound and video monitors, or go digital with the new camera-and-app monitors that let you see your baby from just about anywhere. As these can be pricey, they are definitely worth requesting as a gift.

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11. Bathtub and accessories

The First Years Sure Comfort Deluxe Newborn To Toddler Tub

A baby bathtub can make the slippery task of bathing your baby easier and less stressful. And don’t forget the hooded baby towel, baby-sized washcloths, and your preferred baby bath products.

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12. Shopping Cart Cover

With babies’ immature immune systems, warding off germs is no small responsibility. That’s where a shopping cart cover like the Boppy® Luxe Shopping Cart Cover comes in handy. These soft, generously sized covers protect your baby from whatever gross stuff might be lurking on shopping carts and restaurant high chairs. Plus they include hooks to attach baby’s toys (which will otherwise end on the filthy floor, guaranteed). A registry must for the conscientious mom.

13. Teething Supplies

Boppy Teething Scarf

Babies’ tiny teeth can begin erupting as early as four months, and even before that most babies enjoy gumming on teethers and soothers. Be prepared by registering for some teething supplies like Boppy™ Teething Scarves, which are genius for their combo of style and utility: you look cute while baby gets relief with a teether that is not your shoulder! Plus, the teether on these infinity scarves will never hit the ground like everything else your baby tries to hold.

14. Portable Changing Station

Skip Hop Baby Pronto Portable Changing Station with Cushioned Changing Mat and Wipes Case

A diaper clutch, featuring a small changing pad and space for diapers, wipes, etc., is such a nice thing to have in your diaper bag when you’re on the go. Not only do they help keep you organized, but they are also so easy to pull out for a quick diaper change. Add one to your registry, we guarantee you’ll use it.

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15. Diaper Pail

Dekor Classic Hands-Free Diaper Pail

All those dirty dipes have to go somewhere! Let someone else have the honor of buying you a diaper pail, ha. And be sure to add a few diaper pail refills to your registry as well. Diaper pails are also a must for moms planning to use cloth diapers.

Add these 15 baby registry essentials to your list and you’ll be well on your way to being ready for baby.  Congrats again!

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