Congratulations! Baby is on the way and it’s time to get planning, which means you could use a baby registry checklist to get you started.

Keep in mind, a pregnant woman unleashed without a plan can be dangerous. If you’ve ventured into the baby section at Target, your pregnancy hormones may have sent you over the edge with the endless possibilities.

Are you wondering how you are supposed to know what’s necessary? We’ve compiled a registry checklist to help you narrow down the must-haves and the things that are nice to have.

Baby Registry Checklist

Clothing Must-Haves

Nice to Have Clothes

  • Snowsuit or one-piece bunting (for winter babies) - blankets tucked over baby in the car seat or stroller work just as well.

Sleeping Must-Haves

Nice to Have Sleep Items

Feeding Must-Haves

Nice to Have Feeding Items

Bathing Must-Haves

Nice to Have Bathing Items

Diapering Must-Haves

Nice to Have Diapering Items

Health & Safety Must-Haves

Nice to Have Health & Safety Items

Baby Gear Must-Haves

Nice to Have Baby Gear

You may find that some of this is necessary, but most likely you will not need everything. Many of these things can be borrowed or purchased second hand.

Babies certainly need a lot of accessories, but when you’re just starting out, the less-is-more rule is good to follow. You definitely don’t need all you think you might need. It’s helpful to get in the game, so to speak, before you make all of your purchases.

People typically like to buy clothes and blankets as shower gifts, so you’ll likely have way more of those than you need. You will learn as you go and find what is necessary to make life easier, and what complicates things and takes up space.

Star your Baby Earth Registry now!

This baby registry checklist will get you started and help you evaluate which things are needed now and which are wanted or could wait for later.



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Annie Wiesman

Annie Wiesman is the co-author of “Education Begins at Birth: A Parent’s Guide to Preparing Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers for Kindergarten.” She is a former kindergarten teacher turned stay-at-home mom who enjoys traveling, hiking in the mountains, and creating memories together with her husband and little girl.

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