Raising a baby is a big job - and there are many things you'll need but may not think about until you actually do. I've been there， and let me tell you， you don't want the added stress of running to the store when everything else is going crazy. That's why I've put together this list of the most important items for your baby registry - and some brief explanations of why you'll need each item.
A baby registry is a list of products you need for your child. The list is "registered" at one or more stores， and friends or family who want to support you can ask the store what you still need. The baby registry checklist is not a wish-list of expensive things you want to have. Instead， it should focus on the essentials and things that will genuinely make your life easier， even if they're only a few dollars.accent pillow case baby burlap home decor
Most people register around the time they find out their child's gender since that impacts some of the things you'll need to prepare. This usually happens around 20 weeks into pregnancy. Several months may sound like enough time to get everything in order， but it'll go by faster than you think. If you're planning to have a kid， it's never too early to start getting the things you'll need.
That's up to you. Most stores that sell baby supplies allow you to register with them. However， you can make a choice after considering factors like the distance， affordability， and availability of the needed products when compared to your other options.
Most people only register one or two lists， and they don't need to register the same list in multiple stores. Unfortunately， that makes it trickier to keep track of what they've already bought.
You should register most or all of the products below while following good judgment， of course. Remember， the baby registry is what you want to get from a particular store. If you already have a plan to get somethingpersonalized graduation gifts， you don't need to register it.
As a rule of thumb， you can usually find used versions of permanent items like cribs. Disposable and time-sensitive items like diapers and food， on the other hand， should always be registered.
It's best to have everything before your child is born. The last thing you want to do is get home from the hospital and realize you forgot to set up a crib. The time just after your first child's birth will be busier than you have ever imagined， and the more you can set up beforehand， the better off you'll be.
Here are the most important items you should get. For your convenience， I've sorted these into several major categories.
These are the largest (and most fun) items you'll need to get.
A crib set includes the crib itself， a mattress， a mattress cover (expect leaks)， and crib sheets. Together， these provide a safe place for your baby to sleep when they're not with you， making them easily one of the most important items on this list. Make sure the sheets can be properly secured and won't come loose no matter how much your child moves.
Your baby will be going on a lot of trips whether it's to the doctor for checkups or just out with you to the store. Infant car seats ensure the safety of your baby during the trip. Remember， they face backward - this provides additional protection.
As great as babies are to hold， you won't want to carry them forever. Strollers and baby carriers make it much easier to visit the places you want to go to. You don't need this quite as early as the other items on this list， but you should get one at some point.
Babies need to be changed - often. Until they're old enough to be potty-trained， you're going to have to handle every cleanup. Having a dedicated table for changing their diaper makes things easier. Note that some of these come as dressers with drawers to keep supplies.
This should go right on top of the changing table， soaking up moisture and being changed as necessary.
A rocker or glider help babies fall asleep - something you're not going to fully appreciate until you realize just how little sleep you'll be getting.
You should have two to four storage bins in your nursery. Personally， I recommend color-coding them， so you can quickly find supplies of a given type. Try to keep supplies in their own boxes if you can because this helps keep them clean.
A sleep sack is a blanket-like enclosure that can keep your baby warm while they're sleeping. In other words， they're blankets that can be tied around your child， and this is important because babies can suffocate on loose blankets or items. There should be no loose items in the crib.
A high chair makes feeding easier at home， especially when your baby is too big to easily be carried all the time. Your baby doesn't care how high this furniture is， so make sure the chair you get is set to a comfortable height for you. This is a detail many people overlook but trust me， you don't want to be bending over for every meal.
Your baby needs clean clothes on a regular basis， even with diapers that catch the worst of the mess. A private hamper lets you keep their clothes separated. If necessary， add more hampers for different types of clothes. It's easier to sort clothes when throwing them into hampers than it is to sorting them when you're putting them in the wash.
Diaper pails provide a safe place to dispose of the many dirty diapers your house is about to have. There will be too many used diapers for you to want to constantly walk out to a bigger garbage bin every time you're changing them， so a dedicated pail is a must.
Second only to your baby's immediate safety is their need for food.
You should have six to eightbaby bottles， and chances are you'll go through several each day. You don't need more than one. However， having several bottles allows you to prepare milk after the other and save yourself some trouble. The nipples on top should be replaced as-needed. Bottle warmers will help ensure the milk or formula is at the correct temperature.
You need to clean each bottle after use. Hence， having a dedicated rack for bottle storage and drying makes it easier to keep track of where they are. Similarly， you'll need a bottle brush and asterilizer for the actual cleaning. Some people like chemical products while others use electric sterilization equipment.
You should have two to four pacifiers for your baby. They'll want to be sucking on something most of the time， and pacifiers have the added benefit of keeping them a little quieter.
If you want to feed your child breast milk instead of formula， a full breast pump set makes it easier to feed them at the best times. This includes the pump itself， breast pump accessories for the model you choose： a breast pump bottle set and breast pump storage bags to keep everything together and ensure you can feed on the go.
Five or six burp cloths will help clean up wet burps or "bolus" from the mouth. The best burp cloths are made of absorbent materials like flannel which will quickly suck up liquid when your baby spews it out. (Not if， when.)
Bibs are there to keep your baby clean when you start feeding them. They're not as important when your baby is drinking from a bottle， but by the time you get to spoon-feeding them solid stuff， they're a must.
If you don't have a food processor， you need to get one. This product quickly purees solid food into soft meals that are easy for your baby to eat and digest. I also recommend getting a book of recipes； this will ensure that your child continues to get the right balance of nutrition.
From plates， spoons， and storage trays to containers， eating supplies are important when it's time to feed your kid.
Each of the mentioned items below is critical to your baby's overall health， so make sure you have all of them before your delivery date. Make sure to practice using these things or start familiarizing them， too. So， you won't be scrambling to learn them when you're already agitated and distracted.
Babies have special needs for clothing， and a sensitive laundry detergent helps ensure that their clothes won't become itchy when worn.
Available at most places that sell baby supplies， healthcare kits offer a wide variety of checkup and treatment items in case your baby gets hurt.
Babies get sick easily， and a baby thermometer will help you determine whether your baby is sick or not.
Newborns should be kept in a room with between 30% and 60% humidity. Make sure the humidity does not exceed to 60% since it can trigger mold growth， allergic reactions， and other problems.
You should place the outlet caps over every outlet in every room where the baby stays in - except for those actually being used， at least. For most houses， this means 18 or more caps.
Most babies start crawling between seven and 10 months， so you don't really need a baby gate as early as six months. Once babies start to walk or crawl， they will zoom everywhere they can. Therefore. installing a gate helps keep them where you want them to be.
White noise is one of the best ways of calming babies down and drowning out exterior noises that might wake them and make them cry. I recommend an independent white noise machine for you to use. White noise apps exist for smartphones and tablets， but do you really want to leave that in the baby's room running at full power all the time？ I don't think so.
A mild nightlight for the baby's room is critical for checking up on them. They also ensure that monitoring systems work.
A remote video baby monitor can help you see if your baby actually needs attention. This product also works anywhere in the house.
Nasal aspirators help you suck snot out of your baby's nose. Trust me， you're going to need one of this.
There are many other items you'll need to get. Here are the most important：
You will definitely need to store a stockpile of diapersbecause you may need to change them 10 or more times per day for the first month. For some estimates figure， you'll go through 2500-3000 overnight diapers within a year. Hence， we recommend starting with at least 500.
Your newborn's first set of clothes. They'll also need other clothes including seasonally-appropriate onesies， pants， sleepers， socks， and so forth. So， be sure to have those ready as well.
These are absolute must-haves! It's really never too early to start reading to your child. Aside from education， this will also help them develop language skills to better understand what you want them to do.
Believe it or not， there are a few items to skip registering for. These items include：
Friends and family may recommend items not on this list， but only listen to people who have actually cared for a child of their own. Other people may just care， but they don't have the personal experience necessary for good advice. Don't be afraid to go over your baby registry checklist with the store owners； they can help you pick specific items for your baby registry checklist.
Jess Miller is a loving mother that wants to help other parents by giving them helpful parenting tips and reviewing the best products for their children to save them time， money， and hassle.
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