If I Had to Redo My Baby Registry Over Again

Now that Judah is almost a year old, I’ve gotten a good sense of the baby gear we really needed, the things that were great to have but not necessary, and the the stuff we absolutely didn’t need. With a few close friends due with their first babies in the next month, I’ve been dishing out all my “get this, scrap that!” advice. I had a fantastic experience registering with Babies”R”Us and we received so many wonderful gifts. Granted, every baby is different, but if I had to redo my baby registry all over again, these are the 10 must-have essentials I would have included from the get-go.

  • Zip Closure Diaper Bag

    We made a rookie mistake with probably everyone’s number 1 registry item: we registered for a lovely diaper bag… that is open on the top. While it’s great to just reach in and grab what I need, it’s not so great when it falls over and everything comes tumbling out! Totally should have registered for this cute 5-piece diaper bag set form Disney Baby!

    Get it at Walmart

  • Bulk Boxes of Baby Wipes

    It is shocking how many baby wipes you’ll go through with a newborn. Register for as many bulk boxes of wipes as you can!

    Get it at Babies"R"Us

  • Clip-On Teether Toy

    We waited until Judah started teething to actually get him any teething toys. Another new parent mistake! Get them before baby gets here so you can have them ready to go. While Judah’s teeth started coming in around 8 months, friends of ours had babies with teeth as early as 3 months!

    Get it at Amazon

  • Multi-Speed Swing

    We waited entirely too long to get a swing, especially when Judah had colic. The gentle rocking motion was a lifesaver for us! Definitely register for a swing; while a pricey purchase, it makes a great group gift.

    Get it at Sears

  • NUK Orthodontic Bottles

    We love NUK products in this house – love, love, love. But it took us several brands of bottles to figure that out. Lots of moms told us to go with NUK but we were hesitant to register for any one brand of bottle. We should have listened!

    Get it at Disney Store

  • White Noise Soother

    It wasn’t until Judah was 4 months old and in the thick of some serious colic before we finally bought a white noise machine. If we had registered for one, it might have helped him with his colic sooner.

    Get it at buybubyBABY

  • Sun Hats - In Multiple Sizes

    If you have a spring, summer or even fall baby on the way, register for a sun hat (especially since they’re in season right now)! We took Judah out a lot when he was little and I wished I had to keep the sun off his little bald head. We also found out he’s got a big noggin, so it helps to register for different hats in different sizes.

    Get it at Disney Store

  • Stand Up Baby Mirror

    When Judah first saw his reflection, he stared and stared… and then burst out in giggles! Mirrors are such a great developmental toy that I wish we’d had sooner to help encourage him to roll over and crawl.

    Get it at Disney Store

  • Soft Stacking Blocks

    Blocks are the best toys ever: you can stack ‘em, knock ‘em down and even tuck a few in the diaper bag. Once Judah started working on fine motor skills, we really shopped around to find appropriately-sized blocks for his age. These Disney Baby soft blocks would have been perfect!

    Get it at Disney Store

  • More White Bodysuits

    If you think baby can have too many clothes, think again. White bodysuits are great to have on hand for those lazy days, the diaper blowout days, or, in our case – the reflux days. They’re easy to wash and are a great basic to register for.

    Get it at Amazon

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