Creating My Baby Registry! "What Do I Really Need?"

Updated: Nov 13, 2020

When I first started my baby registry a couple months ago, I thought that googling "baby registry" would be the best way to find out what I might want to put on it. I was overwhelmed with how many charts and checklists I found, many of which included items that I had never even heard of.

Which of these things are really necessary? Do I really need ALL that stuff?

I live in a smaller home, so I focus on bringing into it only what is absolutely necessary. I do not like clutter, and I do not like having random items that I might use once in a while for one specific purpose. My thoughts on baby stuff are similar - I only want what I actually need, and will use many times for a variety of purposes. Women have been raising babies for centuries, and I'm pretty sure they didn't have all these gadgets and gizmos for baby.

In this blog, I'm going to lay out what I put on my registries in general terms. I won't be linking specific products, but instead discussing categories of baby stuff and things within those categories that I think baby will actually need and use. (You can find the actual products included on my registries in the links at the end of this blog.)

Being that this is my first baby, I don't know for sure which things I will really need and which I won't, but I've put a lot of thought into how I want to do things and how I can take care of baby without going crazy on the stuff. I'm so happy that there are loving family members and friends who want to shower me with gifts! I'm just hoping to give them some guidance with what would be truly helpful to me.

I chose to create registries at Walmart and Target, as they have a good selection of baby stuff and should be easily accessible to family and friends who live in my area. I love that my tech-savvy guests can purchase gifts directly online, while others can go in-store to look up my registry and purchase gifts the old-fashioned way.

I started by going through the "checklists" on Walmart's and Target's Baby Registry pages. (Links to checklists:, Then, I consolidated the checklists and thought about which products I feel I would really use, and which I could go without. My plan is that after my shower, I'll purchase whatever is left on the registry, and I'll be all set! The exception to that is cloth diapering supplies, which I bought myself since they're harder to find, along with a few other items I wouldn't feel comfortable with having other people buy for me.

Here's what's on my registry!

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Nursery Furniture & Decor

  • Crib & Crib Mattress w/ Attached Changing Table & Changing Pad (already purchased by a family member)

  • Bedside Moveable Cradle (gifted to us by another family member)

  • Dresser

  • Glider Chair

  • Themed Bedding Set (Including Crib Sheets, Changing Pad Covers, Mobile, Blankets & Crib SKirt, already purchased by a family member)

  • Waterproof Matress Pad Covers

  • Muslin Swaddles

  • Clothes Hamper

  • Themed Storage Bins

  • Toy Box

Baby Gear & Toys

  • Stroller/Car Seat Combo Travel System

  • Diaper Bag

  • Baby Carriers: One Wrap for Baby Wearing & One Structured Carrier

(Hint: I had this amazing Ergo Baby carrier on my registry, but no one bought it for me. You might want to just snag one for yourself now! Click the coupon link below to get a free sleep bag with the purchase of an Ergo baby carrier.)

US Only: Free Sleep Bag (both Classic and On the Move) with purchase of any carrier

  • Baby Swing

  • Floor Play Mat

  • Activity Gym

  • Pack 'n Play

  • Teething Toys

  • Rattles

  • Books

  • Educational/Developmental Toys

  • Stroller Toys

Health & Safety

  • Flexible Mesh In-Sink Baby Bath

  • Baby Bath Wash, Oil, & Lotion Gift Sets

  • Hooded Towel

  • Baby Grooming Kit

  • Night Light/Sound Machine Combo

  • Humidifier


  • Cloth Pocket Diapers of Various Brands (purchased myself)

  • Bamboo & Microfiber Inserts (purchased myself)

  • Diaper LIners (purchased myself)

  • Flip Top Diaper Pail

  • Cloth Diaper Pail LIners

  • Wet Bag for Travel

  • Wipes

  • Diaper Sprayer Toilet Attachment (purchased myself)

  • Some Disposable Newborn Diapers


  • A Few Bottles

  • Foldable Cloth Diapers for Burp Cloths (so absorbent!)

  • Haaka Manual Breast Pump (purchased myself)

  • Washable Breast Pads (purchased myself)

  • Nursing Bras & Tops (purchased myself)

  • Boppy Nursing Pillow

  • Bibs

  • Milk Storage Bags

  • Lanolin Cream

  • Sippy Cups

Baby Clothing (all of various sizes, from nb - 18 mos)

  • Long-sleeve Sleepers with Footies & Zippers

  • Short-sleeve Onesies

  • Pants

  • Socks

  • Hats & Mittens

  • Sleep Sacks

  • Coming Home Outfit

  • Cute Holiday Outfits (for Thanksgiving and Christmas since baby is due in October!)


  • Gift Cards!

  • Pacifiers

  • Pacifier Clips

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for an update after baby is born about which registry items I actually used, and if there were any things I had missed.

Links to my registries to see specific products:

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