Baby Registry Checklist

Baby registry checklist for everything mama and baby needs! Includes a budget list that will tell you want you really need for the first couple months and what you can buy later.I'll share my favorite must have items and easy links on where to get them. - SewManyWaysKimi
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Making a baby registry starting out as a first time mom can be overwhelming….AND FUN! However, you don’t know when to start, what store(s) to pick to have a baby registry, what to add…..the list goes on and on. First off, I highly recommend BabyList for your baby registry. Practically you can add almost anything to your baby registry and from anywhere! You might love a cute handmade diaper on Etsy or a crib from IKEA…..endless possibilities for whatever you desire.  If your already registered at a big box store, you can easily merge multiple registries to your Babylist registry, or add a link if you’d like to keep them separate. The cutest things I haven’t seen anywhere else that you can add to your Babylist is Helps and Favors. Friends and family can offer to make home cooked meals, gift second hand baby clothes or even help walk your dog. Best of all…its free!

At the end of each section (Nursery, Gear, etc) I have made a Budget Section that gives you tips on what you can get for cheap and then later buy…for example. A crib is what your baby will eventually sleep in but starting out get an inexpensive co-sleeper…instead of buying the crib AND co-sleeper.The budget sections are for parents who are on a strict budget and hardly have any family that can help…or who just want to save money in general.

If your planning on more kids (Lord-willing) I recommend getting big baby items in neutral gender colors. Cribs, cribs sheets, blankets, co-sleepers, swings, etc, in gender neutral colors as well.

Baby consignment shops will be your best friend. Look through these shops all throughout your pregnancy and when you find something you have on your registry, buy it and subtract that item from your registry. And don’t forget you can ask friends for second hand clothes through your BabyList  registry!


1


NEEDS


  • Crib + Mattress
  • Bassinet or co-sleeper
  • Crib Sheet (2)
  • Plush Blanket (2)
  • Breathable Swaddle Blanket (4)
  • Swaddle infant wraps (2-3)
  • Hamper + Storage Bins (3-6)
  • Changing table or dresser with changing pad
  • Changing Pad Cover (2)


BUDGET


Check out my post on newborn baby gear you NEED for the first few months.

  • I recommend that you get the co-sleeper and do without the crib until around 4-6 months.
  • If you can sew or know any friends who can sew ask them to make your crib sheets, changing pad covers, and blankets. Or ask me!
  • Only buy the swaddle blankets instead of infant swaddle wraps. Make your swaddle blanket tight all you want but your little one will get out of it so thats why you need an infant wrap BUT….. a TIP…..if you only have  swaddle blankets, use a flannel baby receiving blanket and fold it the long way to match the length of your babies arms, put it under your baby and wrap the ends of the flannel blanket over the arms and under the back, then swaddle your baby with the swaddle blanket (I had to do this with my first when I didn’t have a SwaddleMe blanket and it worked JUST as well). Trust me I looked at all the videos on how to swaddle a baby but she would come out every time until I tried adding a flannel blanket.
  • Only get what you need in the beginning stages and gradually as he/she gets older buy what they need.
  • Check your local consignment shop every week!


2


NEEDS


 


BUDGET


  • But what about a bouncer?! Isn’t completely necessary. If your co-sleeper or swing doesn’t allow your baby to sit up (a slight incline) then maybe get a bouncer.
  • Tummy time mat? No way! Just use a regular blanket or a baby blanket and place on a soft surface…there is your tummy time!
  • You can save up for a stroller and use a baby carrier instead.
  • Buy your swing and use it as a co-sleeper (just don’t leave it on as they sleep) instead of buying a co-sleeper.
  • No swing at all…your baby will be totally fine!
  • You do not need a thousand baby toys, two on your registry that you would really want and I guarantee you will get over 10 toys and books regardless if you put them on your registry or not.
  • Only get what you need in the beginning stages and gradually as he/she gets older buy what they need.
  • Buy the jumper when your baby is about 4 months.
  • Check your local consignment shop every week!


6


NEEDS



BUDGET


  • Buy some Kam snaps and pliers and turn your sports bras into nursing bras. I had to this in our desperate times!
  • Check eBay for gently used items. Zulily is also a great site for new discounted items, I’ve even racked up a few Aden & Anais blankets for really cheap!
  • Instead of a bottle rack, use your own drying rack if you have one.
  • Get this medela pump for a lot cheaper and works just as well as the higher priced ones. Only difference is that it doesn’t come with a tote bag..but you can surely put it in one and call it your breast pump bag!
  • We got this cheap high chair from Ikea, and it works great!
  • Only get what you need in the beginning stages and gradually as he/she gets older buy what they need.
  • Did I mention to check your local consignment shop every week


3


NEEDS


  • Infant tub
  • Hooded towels (2)
  • Washcloths (4-6) – Super soft bamboo washcloths feel heavenly!
  • Baby shampoo and body wash
  • Baby lotion – Love this organic one!


BUDGET


  • Ask any friends our family that can sew to make your wash cloths and towels
  • Use your own towels from home
  • Instead of buying an infant tub, wash your baby  in your arms and then pass your little one to your husband to finish getting his/her PJ’s on. Even with a tub I love doing this! Great for daddy time too.
  • Check your local consignment shop every week.


    7


    NEEDS


  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Diaper pail + liners


    BUDGET


  • Save $2000 a year by doing cloth diapering instead!
  • HIGHLY RECOMMEND doing cloth diapers along with cloth wipes. You’ll save over $2000 a year, even all the washes alone doesn’t compare to how much you’ll be paying for disposables. Check my post here on what you need to get started.
  • Check your local consignment shop every week. I’ve got some great cloth diapers at our local consignment shop!
  • Have a Daddy Shower Diaper Party! Each guest will bring a box of diapers. I did this with our first child and they lasted us till she was 4 months!
  • Ask any friends our family who can sew to make you cloth diapers and cloth wipes (you can make these on your on without a sewing machine). I show a tutorial here on how to make your own hybrid fitted diapers one size fits all.

4


NEEDS


  • Baby monitor
  • Humidifier
  • White noise machine – Check out my post on how to get your newborn to sleep throughout the night
  • Healthcare kit
  • Baby-safe laundry detergent – DIY Baby & Cloth Diaper Safe Detergent


    BUDGET


  • Wait to get the baby monitor until your baby is in a separate room which should be about 4 months.
  • Check your local consignment shop every week!
  • Use your iPhone for white noise. Buy a cheap app or a free one.
  • Make your own laundry detergent, it is a loooooot cheaper and will last a looooooong time.


    5


    NEEDS


  • Onesies (6-8)
  • Sleeping gowns (5-6)
  • Pants (5-6)
  • Socks or booties (4-6)
  • Hats (2-3)
  • Mitts (2-3)


    BUDGET


  • I would recommend going to your local consignment shop to buy your baby’s clothes.
  • Use socks instead of mitts on your babies hands.
  • I would not bother putting any clothes on your registry. Say whaaaaaaat!? Believe me, you will get plenty of clothes whether you have them on your registry or not. People buy more clothes than the necessary items that you really need.
  • Have any friends or family that can sew? Ask them to make some baby clothes!


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About Keami Terrill

Hi! Being a Mom of three girls (2 in Heaven), past nanny and teacher for infants, I've decided to share my tips on how to get by day by day with your little ones.