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Baby Registry Checklist

A Printable Checklist of Must-Haves

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It's gift registry time! This can be one of the most fun times of your pregnancy. Use this list as a guide to make sure you don't forget any important items. You definitely don't need every item on this list-the love and care you give your child is more important to your baby's development than anything here. But when you have family and friends eager to contribute, a detailed registry helps them buy things you can use.

Clothing Your Baby
  • Onesies
  • Sleepers and/or gowns
  • Socks
  • Hats
  • Sweaters
  • Snowsuit bag
Bathing Your Baby
  • Baby tub
  • Baby toiletries
  • Baby washcloths
  • Baby bath towels
Carrying Your Baby
  • Front carrier, sling, and/or backpack
Breastfeeding Your Baby
  • Boppy (or other nursing pillow) and cover
  • Breast pump
  • Breast milk storage and feeding set
  • Insulated carrying case for transporting milk safely
Bottle-Feeding Your Baby
  • Bottles
  • Assorted nipples
  • Utensils for formula preparation
  • Sterilizer, if recommended
  • Formula
  • Bottle and nipple brush
Feeding Your Baby
  • Highchair
  • Bibs
  • Baby utensils
  • Food mill, for grinding up food for baby
  • Plates and bowls
Stimulating Your Baby
  • Board books
  • Gymini
  • Soft blocks
  • Rattles
  • Teething rings
  • Puzzles
Soothing Your Baby
  • Receiving blankets (for swaddling)
  • Pacifiers
  • Music CDs
  • Swing
Taking Your Baby Places
  • Diaper bag
  • Wipes carrying case
  • Car seat
  • Stroller
Exercising with Your Baby
  • Jogging stroller
  • Gift certificates for mom and baby yoga or stroller fitness classes (Stroller Strides, etc.)
Diapering Your Baby
  • Diaper pail
  • Changing table or changing pad
Cloth-Diapering Your Baby
Most retail baby stores do not carry a good selection of cloth diapering supplies. If you want to register for these items, many online stores have virtual registries.
  • Cloth diapers
  • Cloth wipes
  • Wet bag (for carrying wet diapers in your diaper bag)
  • Waterproof diaper covers
  • Pins, "snappi," or other diaper fastener (if your diapers don't have snaps or Velcro)
Disposable-Diapering Your Baby
  • Disposable diapers
  • Disposable wipes
  • Wipes warmer
  • Diaper rash cream
Putting Your Baby to Bed
  • Co-sleeper and/or bed rails (if you plan to co-sleep)
  • Crib
  • Sheets and accessories for co-sleeper and/or crib
  • Portable crib
  • Waterproof crib pads
Baby-Proofing Supplies
Although you won't need this stuff right away, it's a good idea to baby-proof before baby is mobile, so you don't have to go rushing around at the last minute.
  • Outlet covers
  • Baby gates
  • Door latches
  • Toilet latch
  • Non-slip tub mat
  • Padding for sharp table edges
  • Doorknob guards
  • Stove knob guards
For Mom
  • Belly casting kit
  • Nursing tops (for breastfeeding moms)
  • Some women choose to hire a Doula (a professional labor assistant) to increase their chances of a smooth delivery. If you'd like to hire a doula, but can't afford it, consider adding requests for contributions to your registry.
For the To-Be Parents
  • Parenting books
  • Child development books
  • Magazine subscriptions
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About The Author

Liza Barnes
Liza received her bachelor's degree in health promotion and education from the University of Cincinnati and is pursuing a master's degree in nurse midwifery. She is the proud mother of one daughter.
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