Shopping for baby and toddler stuff can get really tricky and expensive. With new products out in the market, there’s a lot of trial and error for determining which ones are half decent or really worth having.
Take my word for it, I’ve been through my fair share of shitty products, but these are all worth having to ease your life as a parent.
Where should I get a Baby Registry?
These days, you don’t need to leave the house to set up a registry and some places will even give you a free gifts when you set up a registry with them.
Buy Buy Baby,Target, and Amazon are my top three places to register.
Amazon being my number one because they really have everything A-to-Z, ship everything, and have great online service. Plus it’s really easy for other people to find your registry, buy things from it, and ship directly to you with gift receipts.
Amazon will also send you a a great free welcome box for registering with them, delivered straight to you. Make sure you request it though when you sign up.
My Registry Favorites
I can help you determine your baby necessities if you’re a first-time parent or just need a little help filtering through baby registries.
But for now, these are 19 items that I would highly recommend putting on your registry for you and your chld.
1. Skip Hop Forma Diaper Backpack
Moms and babies have a lot of needs so getting the right diaper bag is essential. Most are heavy side bags that don’t fit a lot but do cost a lot.
This diaper bag is affordable, lightweight, easy to clean, and fits a lot of stuff. And the best part is, it’s a backpack!
An added benefit is that its not too feminine either so men can feel comfortable using the same bag.
I use this backpack every day to carry for two children and myself, it is my purse when I go out with the kids. I can fit everything we need on an average day.
2. aden+Anais Muslin Swaddle Blankets
Newborns also need to be swaddled for soothing comfort, it reminds them of the womb and keeps them extra warm.
Aden+Anais makes the perfect baby fabrics because they use super soft, breathable cotton muslin. They also make pajamas, sheets, and burp cloths out of the same material.
I’m in love with their Swaddle Blankets because they are extremely versatile, soft, and have the cutest patterns. It’s really hard to pick just one or two sets, which is all you should need for one child.
They can be used as swaddles, blankets, nursing cover, burping cloth, stroller cover, changing table sheet, or basically anything else you can think of. Including a toga outfit for when your baby has a massive blowout and you don’t have any spare clothes with you (my personal #momhack).
Another great product you might want to consider or bookmark for later are sleep sacks, they’re basically a swaddle but in a sack so your child has room to move around inside it but is still kept snug and warm.
3. Footed Pj's
Newborns need minimal clothing, mainly enough to get between laundry days, which as a new parent will probably be daily because of spit up and diaper blowouts.
They need soft fabrics and full coverage to keep warm, so footed pajamas are going to be your best friend because you won’t need to buy as many onesies, pants, and socks. They even call them “sleep and play” outfits instead of just pajamas.
I particularly love the ones with fold-up mittens built in for newborns.
4. Medela Freestyle Breast pump & Hands free Pumping Bra
A first-time mom may ask, do I really need a pump if I plan on breastfeeding as a SAHM? And the answer is yes!
There will be times when you will need reserve milk (date night, taking turns with baby at night, going to work etc) and that’s where pumping comes in.
A portable electric double breast pump is definitely the way to go if you plan on nursing.
5. Nest Indoor Camera + Vtech Sound Monitor
The Nest Indoor Camera is designed to be used as a security camera but it’s ingenuity became extremely useful to parents as well.
This camera needs to be connected to a direct power source and wi-fi and is viewed from any digital device via the Nest App or Nest Home website. It can also show multiple cameras simulteneously for parents of multiples.
It can be placed just about anywhere, whether attached to their magnetic mounting base or standing on it’s own. You can manually tilt it, turn it, move it to a different spot and set your zoom on their free App.
The video quality is fantastic and has amazing night vision. It also includes audio and you can talk function.
The App provides notification options for both sound and motion and, with a monthly subscription to Nest Aware, can save recordings to their cloud for a certain amount of days of backlog.
Amazing as this Camera is, I’d recommend having a basic real-time audio monitor for when the internet lags or is down, as well as for night time, when you’re asleep so can hear your child prior to checking the camera.
6. Moonlight & Melodies Nightlight OWl Soother
This awesome baby product is a nightlight, sound monitor, and a star projector all in one.
I got this for my second child but wished I had something like this for my first when he was born.
I used this on my nightstand every time I nursed and put my newborn down to sleep through the night. It also came in handy for nighttime diaper changes rather than fully waking up our baby with the bright lights.
We still use it to this day because my kids love looking up at the stars. We even take it with us when go out of town. It’s not too big and can be plugged in anywhere.
7. wubbanub infant pacifier
As a first-time mom I thought these were one of those things that was cute but maybe not so practical but when I realized how differently my newborn reacted to this as opposed to a regular pacifier, I purchased more.
When an infant is falling asleep with a regular pacifier, as soon as they doze off it slips out and they get frustrated looking for it and wake up crying. But the Wubbanub’s plush animal helps keep the pacifier up in place so it reduces a lot of that frustration of a waking baby that just finally fell asleep.
Bot my kids took extremely well to these. My daughter really bonded with her elephant and I had to manually remove the pacifier when it was time. It is literally her best friend and needs to be washed regularly because it goes everywhere with her.
8. Skip Hop Foam Floor Tiles
Foam mats are a mom’s best friend when it comes to child safety at home. They’re ideal for both baby and toddler stages and do a great job of decorating your space as an added bonus.
My kids are now toddlers and I still find them entirely useful. In fact, I’m not sure how old they’ll be when I do decide to change them because we like them so much and they add to the decor.
What’s great about them is that they can be assembled however you want. And since they come in different colors and shapes there are many ways of assembling patterns.
As my kids grow up and I rearrange their toys and furniture and sometimes need to reassemble the floor tiles accordingly and it’s so easy.
When we changed our two year old’s crib to have a toddler rail we reassembled the tiles to have a section of coverage just under the bed in case he fell out. I also moved all of the whole set from one room into my living room once for a party and it was great!
9. The Play gym by Lovevery
Every infant enjoys a tummy time play mat for most of their first year. This one actually grows with your child.
Lovevery’s Play Gym has five different development zones, removable accessories for stage based learning, and a developmental play guide for parents. It even converts into a play fort for toddlers.
Setup, storage, and cleaning is easy, as it can be easily put up or taken down, folded up, and spot cleaned or machine washed.
10. Tiny Love Cozy Rocker Napper
This 3-in-1 Rocker Napper has three reclining positions and is great for lounging, rocking, napping, and sitting.
It’s small, lightweight, and easily portable. The mobile arm can rotate or be removed and plays music with lights. The fabrics are soft, removable, and machine washable.
I used it as a bassinet for a while and would move it around the house for baby to stay close to me during the day. You can even use it as an infant feeding chair.
11. Graco Simple Sway Baby Swing
A baby swing is not a requirement on my books because they take up a lot of space. But having one can be a really nice luxury.
This is one of the simplest swings on the market and the price reflects. It basically just sits your infant and swings them from side to side to relax them. It has multiple speed options, sound options, a mobile, and a vibration option as well.
There are also other versions by Graco or other companies that have additional perks, like multiple swaying directions, rocking, different seating positions etc.
Swings are perfect for when you’re struggling to get a tired infant to fall asleep. I abused my baby swing more with my second child than my first. It was where I’d leave her to nap while I could distract my toddler quietly in the other room.
12. STroller Organizer
They can be easily attached to the handlebar of any stroller and store all your essentials (bottles, phone, wallet, glasses, toys, wipes etc). It’s even insulated to keep your things cool.
13. 4moms Breeze Playard
This playard is a simpler version than the average pack and play out in the market but it was designed to be extremely easy to assemble- and it really is!
Assembling is as easy as setting it down on the floor and opening it by pushing down the center handle with one hand, or closing it back up by pulling the same handle. And packing it up isn’t complicated either, it even comes with a carrying case.
It comes with a bassinet insert, the bassinet pad, crib pad, and carrying case for the entire thing. The surrounding mesh is durable yet perfectly transparent so you can keep an eye on your kids.
I’ve used mine as a travel crib, a transitional crib before my child moved to their own room, and as a playpen while I would cook. My two kids fit in it with plenty of room for toys.
15. nosefrida NAsal Aspirator
Everyone gets boogies when they’re sick but a child doesn’t learn to blow their nose until about two years old so us parents have to help them relieve the extra mucus.
Until a few years ago, the common method was to use a bulb syringe that would suction it into the bulb but it wasn’t ideal because it was hard to get in their noses, was scary for them, and was hard to clean out.
Hospitals and first-aid kids still provide these bulbs but us modern moms now use the amazing NoseFrida (bowing to the Mom Gods). This nasal aspirator is like a suction vacuum. Instead of holding baby with one hand and syringe with the other, you lay your child down, place one end of the NoseFrida in their nostril, and suck the other end with your mouth.
It sounds gross but it’s safe and does nothing will pass through the filter and into your mouth. Other than using a Neti Pot, the NoseFrida is a much better alternative to boogie removal and your child will be breathing a lot better after a good cleanup.
Also, get use Boogie Wipes instead of tissues, they have natural saline to help remove more mucus and protect the skin.
16. Boone Countertop Drying Rack
This drying rack is designed for holding all those bottle parts upright and in a space-saving way.
My husband convinced me to buy it and I fell in love with it, I use it for everything, not just baby stuff. It’s awesome for drying or storing knives too!
And it’s super cute too! It brings a beautiful pop of color to my kitchen and keeps everything organized.
17. Munchkin Miracle 360 Trainer Cup
At some point your child will need to upgrade from a baby bottle to a sippy cup. This transition is usually recommended around age year of age. Most sippy cups come with a straw or a spout, they also cause dental concern as well as hygenic issues for cleaning hard to reach parts.
The Munchkin Miracle 360 Cups have revolutioned sippy cups. They are dentist-approved cups that can be sipped all the way around, like a regular cup but will not spill. They are super easy to take apart and clean and have no small parts.
They even make different sizes, with or without handles, and adult versions too (because we love them so much). I love that these can grow with your child so you can still use them for on-the-go or for yourself.
18. OXO Tot Silicone Roll-Up Bib
Personally, these bibs are one of my favorite inventions ever and I really wish I had gotten them from the very beggining. But instead I went through multiple shitty bibs that didn’t keep my child clean or stay on because the velcro would come right off.
These bibs are partially made of silicone and fabric, which makes it super easy to clean but not too heavy for your child to wear. The velcro area is adjustable so you can use it for any aged infant or toddler and is strong enough that it won’t come off easily.
The silicone pocket is food safe and actually catches food and crumbs, I even use it as a snack plate so my kids can eat straight out of it. What’s more exciting, is that they roll up and snap closed for easy storage so you only need one bib per child because it is so portable.
They’re not the cheapest bibs in the market but they’re definintely worth it (plus I spent a lot of money on crappy bibs I ended up dumping). The company even has a Gift Set that includes the bib, ice trays, food storage containers, a snack container, spoons, and a sippy cup for a great deal.
19. Phil&Teds Highchair
The phil&teds Poppy Highchair is simple, elegant and modern, easy to use and and easy to clean.
It’s not your average heavy, bulky or padded chair with a million parts and tricks for usage. It’s simple, you put your kid, they eat, you take them out, and you wipe clean. You can even take it apart and store it easily in a closet.
The seat is a full soft removable rubber piece that easily wipes clean. The tray is also removable and easy to clean.
The legs are detachable so it can be used as a high chair or a child’s chair, with or without the the tray stem.
The only flaw, and issue I have, with this chair are the legs. They’re so far apart that they become a tripping hazard. We had ours tucked behind the table, but if you’re looking for something similar to place in an area with a lot of foot traffic, try the Boone Flair Highchair instead.
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My name is Paula and I’m a mom of two scrumptious cuties. Thanks Mommy Blog became a project for me to help guide other new moms and current moms through any of my own personal experiences and struggles. My hobbies include singing, doing jigsaw puzzles, baking, designing and trying to stay creative.