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Baby Registry 101: Everything You Need to Know

As you begin to prepare for your new arrival, at some point you’ll probably look over a baby registry. While you probably have a good idea of some of the essentials you need, looking at pages upon pages of baby gear can be overwhelming! “Do I really need a baby wipe warmer?” “Can I buy a used crib, instead?” To make things easier, some baby registry 101 from Pottery Barn Kids is here to help. To get started, take a look at this simple breakdown.

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How to Register for a Baby Registry

It’s perfectly normal to do your registry online instead of going to a physical store. An easy way to get an idea of items you might need is to look through a few websites and make sure that they have what you’ve been thinking of. It also helps to think about whether this is a place where it’s feasible for your friends and family to shop. For example, if your aunt isn’t fond of online shopping, you might want to pick a registry that has a physical store presence as well. Make sure the site is easy to navigate and understand by beginning to select some items.

The Necessities

The bigger essentials you can put on your baby registry include a crib and/or bassinet, stroller, car seat, high chair, bathtub and swing or bouncer. As long as it meets current safety standards, it’s fine to get a crib secondhand. When it comes to your stroller, a car seat/stroller combo can definitely make life easier. These combo strollers allow you to take the car seat out of the car and pop it securely into the rolling base. While you won’t need a high chair until a few months after your baby’s birth, this is something that’s wise to put on your registry – you’ll need one eventually. A small infant tub for bathing is also helpful. A swing or bouncer is a great way to soothe your child and take a break here and there during those first months of parenthood. A bouncer also encourages exercise and activity as your little one gets stronger! You can even opt for one that has soothing music and lights.

Smaller Items

There are a myriad of items that are helpful to have on hand right after your baby is born such as cloth diapers, blankets, clothing and bedding. Bath essentials, such as soap and shampoo, are useful, too. As your baby grows and you start giving them weekly baths, having towels and wraps on hand will make life easier, as well. Smaller gifts like these are great if you’re planning a baby shower! If you plan to breastfeed, you can add essentials like manual and electric pumps to your registry in addition to smaller items like nursing cover-ups.

Things That Are Nice to Have


changing table is great to have, especially if it complements the room. However, if you’re tight on space, a floor-friendly changing pad is a convenient choice, as well. All that matters is that your baby is secure, safe and that you’re comfortable wherever you are changing them. Baby carriers and slings can be handy, as well. Some babies take to them immediately, while others simply aren’t interested. You also might find that it’s not necessary to own a baby wipe warmer or fancy tools to clean baby bottles. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put these items on your registry if you want them, but, if possible, it may be helpful to prioritize your registry according to what’s most important to you.