10 Not Obvious Must Have Baby Items To Put In Your Baby Registry List
Most prospective parents have a good idea of the most common baby items they will need for their list, such as a stroller, car seat and diapers. For the rest of the baby necessities, these are the essential baby items that I found most useful to have and will really make your life easier!
You can look at it two ways: that babies need a lot, or that they don’t need much.
Every parents weighs every baby buying decision on financial considerations and convenience. And every parent will learn along the way what it is they won’t do without. Also parents will discover gear that they particular favor.
This is definitely my favored list!
1. A White Noise Machine
Before I had a baby I read a lot about the white noise thing for babies but I dismissed it. Sure enough, baby comes along and what should be the number 1 soother to crying?
You guessed it. White noise.
Actually I take that back. Number 1 was the almighty boob, but a close second was the white noise, and we still use it to soothe into naps and bedtime.
There are white noise apps you can put on your phone, but it’s your phone! So you need it for other things.
We purchased this white noise machine which has volume and sound settings, and it’s been awesome.
Trust me, when you are listening to your newborn cry for more than 30 seconds, it will wear severely on your nerves.
If by then you remember this article, I hope you’ll at least bookmark it for this item, because it is probably my wisest purchase I’ve made post baby birth.
2. Diaper Ointment/Salve/Balm/Cream
There are many names for it, but it does similar things.
I love a good organic balm that doesn’t have zinc oxide (the white stuff), so that I can use it for multi-purpose.
You may need about 6-10 one-ounce jars of the stuff for babyhood.
Because of this stuff, I’ve never had to buy or use Aquafor, Desitin or any of the more medicated creams.
Here are the many ways we use this stuff which is why it’s one of the most important essential baby items:
- For diaper area and rash
- For any cuts, scratches, or skin irritation
- For eczema and dermatitis
- For dry skin areas
- For nipple cream
- For cradle cap on face
3. Swaddle Sacks
Buy now, thank me later.
My story in a nutshell: never thought I’d need to swaddle my baby. Tried anyway with blankets: ineffective. Gave up. Tried again later with Swaddleme swaddle sack: became a believer. Bought the next size.
Like many parents, I quickly realized the reason for needing to swaddle was the arms and hands jerking involuntarily and waking him up. It also figures into the 5 S’s of soothing your baby.
You only swaddle a newborn to 4-5 months max. You do not swaddle older babies.
So why should you buy something you’ll only need for 4-5 months max? Because, these weeks to months are crucial. Getting your baby soothed will be your primary concern. It will rule your life.
Basically once your baby grows out of all the involuntary reflexes, and doesn’t jerk themselves awake with their hands when they sleep, you can stop swaddling.
So why swaddle sacks like the swaddleme over swaddle blankets? I do love Aden & Anais swaddle blankets, don’t get me wrong, but I rarely used it to swaddle. Sometimes I bundled him up in a cute way, sure, but it wasn’t an effective swaddler.
The reason the swaddlers are more effective is they are more restrictive and they will help restrain the hands from scratching their faces and from jerking them awake during sleep.
However, they are still breathable. Baby can usually free an arm at some point during sleep, though by then you usually got them sleeping a bit, which is the whole point.
For us, the swaddleme blanket was perfect for getting him to sleep at night at the same time like clockwork.
4. Baby Sling or Carrier
I’ve written about the Solly Baby Wrap, and basically I’m a baby carrying believer. Join this tribe, it’s awesome.
Getting to wear your baby is a true joy. And it’s fun. And dads look awesome wearing their babies.
But more importantly there are much talked about benefits to baby carrying. And you can’t always carry your baby in your arms – you do get tired.
5. Waterproof Crib Mattress Cover
You may not use your crib for months, but once you do, and if you plan to use a crib, then you will need these to protect your mattress. Get 2. Get good quality.
Someone on a forum gave a great tip on how to use them too. First you put a waterproof cover on your mattress. Then you put a crib fitted sheet over that. Then you put another waterproof cover. Then another crib sheet. Boom. Efficiency!
Simple but great idea – especially in the middle of the night, the morning or after naps when you’re exhausted and don’t feel like doing the laundry at that moment.
6. Baby Food Containers
The reason these are so useful, is that they are small, and you can work out the portion easier than if you store all your food in one big tupperware container.
Also you can easily label them and it’s just a convenience I didn’t expect to enjoy, but I do. I found that when you’re dealing with getting a baby into solids, it’s helpful to know how much they are eating, and keep track of it all.
These containers below are microwave, dishwasher safe, BPA free, phthalate free and PVC free. If only they could be free free! Well guess what? Put it on your registry and they will be!
7. Burp Cloths – lots and lots of burp cloths
…placed in every strategic location in the house, car and diaper bag.
“I never needed burp cloths” – said NO parent EVER.
Though it’s true most babies will outgrow the spitting up phase after 6 months, you just can’t do without these.
Fortunately they are inexpensive, easy to make, easy to buy, easy to get.
8. A baby food maker
There are many ways to go about this. Some people say just use a regular food processor or blender. I disagree. Here’s why.
First of all, you need to give your baby very fresh food. Any vegetables and fruits kept for more than a day or two, will oxidize fast, even if frozen – they lose their fresh appeal. And good luck scraping a baby size portion of food out of a large blender or food processor. It’s a pain.
Because you only need a little amount at a time, and that’s where baby food makers come in. They save you time, and headache.
You can get a simple mesh bowl. You can get a fancy all in one blender. You can get a mini-blender.
What’s the best choice? If you are worried about expense – get a simple masher–after all you can cook in regular pots and pans.
However, have fun doing all this work with a little baby screaming for you. In my experience, getting something that can do it all for you in a couple minutes is worth it.
Beaba’s known for making the best baby food makers – so this is your top class item. You won’t be sorry.
From Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling:
“One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore. “Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.”
Your baby needs socks, and they are so small, you will lose them all the time. So get plenty of socks. If you are in a warmer climate get the socks that match the age/size your baby will be during the colder season.
10. Baby-proofing Stuff
I put this last because it’s true you won’t need this right away, but I was surprised how EXPENSIVE all this stuff is.
That’s why you might look ahead to the 1-3 year range, and realize that your baby will try to stick their hands and noses in EVERYTHING, put their fingers in EVERYTHING, and try to climb and stand on EVERYTHING.
I know, you’re too concerned over those newborn weeks and months to really wrap your head around the older baby thing. Or at least I was.
Now looking back, I wish I’d added a few of those baby-proofing items on my registry.
Here is just a sample of ones you’ll probably need:
- Cabinet/drawer latches
- Furniture bumpers (especially sharp corners)
- Covers for stove fixtures
- Outlet covers
Have an essential baby item you must share? A bouncer? A toy? Feel free to let us know your thoughts on what items you absolutely counted on during the first few years. Also let us know if you have any questions about any items you want to buy.