Create the Perfect Baby Registry Checklist

Baby Registry must-haves

The Baby Registry: Where Do I Begin?

Congratulations! You’re gonna have a baby! And that means, you’re gonna be getting a whole lot of stuff. Awesome, right?

Well, not if you don’t know what to ask for.

Babies come with a lot. Your home is going to be filled with everything from diapers and tiny little socks to toys and a big ol’ baby crib. Baby essentials can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars. But thank goodness you won’t have to buy it all! That’s what the baby shower is for 😉

If this is your first baby, or if it’s been a while, you might need some help with deciding what to include in your registry. You see, it isn’t a great idea to choose all of the most expensive options out there, for obvious reasons. On the other hand, you don’t want to exclude the unavoidably expensive items you really do need. And of course you don’t want the registry to have so many options that people end up buying things just the extras and you’re stuck having to buy the essentials.

Creating a baby registry is more involved than you thought, huh?

Breathe, mommy. That’s what I’m here for 😉

Baby’s Baggage

You never know how much you have until you have to move.

For real.

We recently moved out of an apartment and into a town-home. I remember thinking, how is there this much stuff?!

I blame the baby. Of course, I don’t actually blame her, but she is definitely the reason we had so much more to move than before! During our first move a few years ago, it was just my husband and me. But our family grew since then, and this time, we had the baby–and along with her, her stuff.

Babies come with a lot of baggage (in both senses of the word)!

It seems like just yesterday we were choosing items for our baby registry. It was not always easy deciding which items we really needed and which ones we could live without. Looking online for baby items was totally overwhelming at times. Did you know that there are at least a thousand options for baby strollers? Maybe not that many, but you get the idea…

Well, now that the baby showers are in the past, and our baby is happily here, it is clear to me which items have been invaluable, and which have been really almost useless.

The (Only) Checklist You’ll Need

Save yourself some stress and follow this easy checklist when you’re creating your baby registry!

You can view the complete list on this page, or download the printable below (scroll to the bottom). I’ve inserted links so that you can be directed right to some products I recommend!

Oh, by the way, if you create a registry with Target, you get a bunch of fun perks like a free goody bag!


  • Onesies (5-7)
  • Shirt and leggings sets (5-7)
  • Outer layers (5, of varying warmth)
  • Hats (2)
  • Socks and booties
  • Pajamas/sleepers (4-5)


  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Baby Aquaphor (works better than diaper rash cream)
  • Diaper Bag
  • Diaper Genie and refills

Baby Gear:

  • Stroller
  • Car seat
  • Play yard
  • Carseat Cover
  • Baby carrier/sling/wrap


  • Nursing pillow (Boppy)
  • Breast pump (Check with your insurance provider for a free Medela breast pump! Then, be sure to get the accessories here.)
  • Milk storage bags and bottles
  • Milk storage cooler
  • Burp cloths (6-12)
  • Bottles
  • Bottle brushes
  • Dishwasher basket for bottle parts


  • Highchair
  • Bowls, spoons, sippy cups
  • Bibs!
  • Baby food maker (if you plan to make your own food)


  • Swaddling blankets (2-3)
  • Nightlight
  • Humidifier
  • Crib/bassinet sheets 93-5)
  • Waterproof mattress pad


  • Baby bathtub (I recommend the Puj Infant Bath from Target)
  • Hooded bath towels (2)
  • Washcloths (3-5)
  • Baby Shampoo and body wash


  • Changing table
  • Crib & mattress
  • Bassinet


  • Baby Aspirin
  • Bulb syringe
  • Teething toys
  • Digital thermometer
  • Baby nail-clippers
  • Baby laundry detergent
  • Soft baby hairbrush


  • Safety gates
  • Outlet covers
  • Cupboard and drawer latches
  • Toiler seat locks
  • Baby monitor

Note: Each of the items in the safety section (besides the monitor) will not be needed for a few months. It’s up to you to include it on your registry right away.)

Baby entertainment:

  • Pacifiers (2-4)
  • Bouncy seat or doorway jumper
  • Play mat
  • Infant swing
  • Toys
  • Books

Need a handy printable? You got it!


*Please note: This page may contain affiliate links. I only recommend products I know and trust!

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