Build the Perfect Baby Registry

Build the Perfect Baby Registry

Note: Updated on 9/25 with notes on what we use, what we don’t, and what I’ve bought since.

When I started building my baby registry, I had literally no idea where to start. I googled a couple of lists but felt completely overwhelmed. Was a diaper genie really necessary (yes) and what the heck is a Rock ‘n Play anyway? I switched to a new strategy which was to email 10 of my favorite new moms and ask them what I should put on the registry. Luckily, my friends are amazing and three of them sent me full on word documents with links and all!

After I compiled my list based on their recommendations, I had one of friends go through it and clean it up by adding more items and taking out the ones that I probably didn’t need.

Gifted from friends

A few of my friends gave me a bunch of stuff that they didn’t need anymore for their babies. It was so generous of them, and I was able to take the following items off of my baby registry because of their thoughtful gestures.

Baby Bjorn bouncer We use this constantly.
Naturepedic organic mattress
Naturepedic organic changing pad
Diaper genie Very necessary.
Nuna LEAF Curv Swing I know a lot of babies that love this, but ours isn’t into it at all.
DockATot Sleeper Station Amalia sleeps in this in her crib every night so we’re obsessed. Great for napping too!

Gifted for nursery

In addition to the items listed below, we were gifted some amazing pieces from Serena & Lily for the nursery including a glider, rug, and dresser that will double as a changing table. I’ll share more about those details in my nursery reveal, coming soon.

Serena & Lily Hudson Crib c/o
Serena & Lily crib sheet c/o
Happiest Baby SNOO c/o Read my full review here.
Little Giraffe blanket c/o

On my registry

In addition to the extensive list below, I bought a lot of the smaller things myself like diaper cream, extra onesies, socks/gloves, leggings, bibs, hats, baby soap and moisturizer, etc., so that we’d be guaranteed to have them on hand at the time of her arrival.

There are also a bunch of cute, more unnecessary things like stuffed animals, cute outfits, and toys on there that I’m not including in the list below but may want to be considered when building a baby registry.

My Little Nest organic waterproof crib mattress pad (2 pack)
Aden + Anais crib sheet
Burt’s Bees organic cotton crib sheet
Pottery Barn organic changing pad cover
Burt’s Bees organic changing pad covers 
Fisher Price Jonathan Adler sensory gym She loves this. We use it daily! I highly recommend it.
Diaper Genie refill bags
Lots of diapers… We originally were going to go with organic ones but after discussing with many moms, learned that Pampers Swaddlers prevented the most poopsplosions.
Changing tray to create a changing table out of a dresser
Fisher Price Rock ‘n Play She loves this and even slept in it for the first few nights home when she refused to lay on her back. 
Spectra hospital grade breast bump I’ve had a ton of success pumping and I think this pump has a lot to do with it.
Medela breastmilk storage solution I bought converters so that the Spectra pump can use these bottles but I always just end up pouring the milk into the bottles we use (Dr. Brown’s- see more below.
OXO Tot bottle brush
Boon countertop drying rack
Boon orb bottle warmer
Uppababy VISTA stroller
Uppababy MESA infant car seat
Dreambaby backseat mirror
Brica sun shades for the car
JJ Cole Urban Bundleme for the stroller when it gets cold
Uppababy MESA car seat base (for second car)
The Mommy Hook
Uppababy Carryall Parent Organizer You need this. Trust me!
Babybjorn travel crib
Vineyard Vines diaper bag (We ended up getting this one gifted from our friends at Vineyard Vines and we love it!)
Totesavvy diaper bag insert This is very helpful for switching bags when we want to on a whim.
Skip Hop changing station We’ve used this numerous times, and I love the storage for poopy clothes if necessary.
Arm & Hammer disposable changing pads
Beco Gemeni cool mesh carrier
Baby Shusher to put in the stroller. This has saved us time and again.
Sleep Sheep to put in the crib. We turn this on whenever we put her down. It turns off after about an hour.
Seventh Generation baby wipes We ended up getting some Water Wipes as a gift and like them even better.
Fisher Price bathtub
Burt’s Bees organic cotton wash clothes
Aden + Anais hooded towel
Sophie La Girafe teether
Summer Infant baby monitor We ended up not liking this because the battery life was so short. We bought this Babysense monitor based on Amazon reviews which we like a lot. It doesn’t connect to your phone but that was intentional for us.
Boppy breastfeeding pillow
Burt’s Bees organic cotton burp cloths Buy a lot more of these than you think you need.
HALO Sleepsack in microfleece
HALO Sleepsack in cotton
Aden + Anais easy swaddle We pretty much hated every swaddle except for the Summer Infant SwaddleMe swaddles which we still use. I recommend getting 4-5 so you don’t have to do laundry every day. We use stage two size small/medium.
Safety First grooming kit
Aden + Anais bibs
Aden + Anais swaddle blankets
Gerber short sleeved newborn onesies These fit her for about 2 minutes!
Gerber long sleeved newborn onesies Same with these
Baby bandana bibs
Addition: Dr. Brown’s bottles We were using some other bottles for night feeds but switched to Dr. Brown’s when she went through a period of lots of gas. As soon as we made the switch the gas was gone so now we stick to these!
Addition: Kimono-style onesies Amalia lived in these for like the first four weeks of life. I bought a pack of short sleeved ones and a pack of long sleeved ones from H&M and they were good for a while. I got the 1-2 month size. They get totally pooped and spit up on so I wouldn’t recommend spending a lot. 


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