Preparing for a new baby is an incredibly exciting time for any soon-to-be parent, but it’s also a lot of work. Registering for all the right things is a great way to get prepared before your new baby arrives. Need help getting started? Read below for our top baby registry must-haves to make your job as a parent a little bit easier, brought to you by Evite in partnership with Pampers®.
1. Diapers: When in doubt, ask for diapers. Diapers are the #1 must-have item that experienced moms would encourage other pregnant women to add to their registries. In fact, 90% of experienced moms wish they had registered for more diapers (we recommend Pampers Swaddlers® because they’re the #1 choice of hospitals*. The unique Absorb Away Liner™ pulls wetness away from the baby’s skin to help keep it comfortable, and the color-changing wetness indicator lets you know when it might be time for a diaper change. We recommend registering for Size 1 and up, since some babies are born large and will skip newborn-size diapers altogether. Your baby will go through more diapers than you think, so you can never register for too many boxes!
2. Baby wipes: Diaper changes are an inevitable part of parenting. If you’re going through 10 diapers a day, you’ll also be needing a lot of baby wipes. Baby wipes are a diaper changing essential, which makes them a must-have for your baby registry. We recommend registering for wipes that are hypoallergenic and perfume free, like Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes®, which are the #1 choice of hospitals**.
3. Car seat: Federal law prohibits new parents from leaving the hospital without a car seat, so this is something you won’t want to be without. We recommend registering for an infant car seat that is part of a travel system or a convertible car seat. An infant car seat only faces the rear of your car, is suitable for babies up to 35 or 40 pounds and 32 to 35 inches tall, and fits babies snugly during the first year or so. A travel system is essentially a carrier car seat and stroller combo that helps to streamline the travel process so that you can easily transport baby from car to stroller without the hassle. A convertible seat converts from rear-facing to forward-facing and carries children from birth to somewhere between 40 and 80 pounds and up to 57 inches tall, depending on the seat.
4. Crib: Having a safe place for the baby to sleep is essential. When selecting a crib to add to your registry, make sure the spacing between the slats conforms to the current standard of 2 3/8 inches or less. Also be sure that the mattress is firm and fits snugly (you should be able to get no more than two fingers between the mattress and the rails).
5. Baby carrier: Using a baby carrier not only makes life a lot easier on new parents, but it also helps with your baby’s development. A baby carrier holds the baby close to your chest, allowing your hands to remain free and making it possible to get things done while still staying close to your baby. Carrying a baby promotes cognitive development and speech development since babies are exposed to more experiences and conversations. It also promotes bonding and enhances parents’ feelings of competence. Check to make sure that your carrier can hold a newborn (if not, it may need a separate newborn insert). Most stores sell their baby carriers and corresponding newborn inserts as a set.
6. Baby-safe laundry detergent: You’ll be doing a lot of laundry in the first couple months after having a baby. Expecting parents should pre-wash all baby clothes and baby fabrics with baby-safe laundry detergent so they don’t irritate the baby’s skin. This step is essential to preparing for a newborn baby because it protects against any dirt and excess dyes or chemicals that may be left on the fabric from processing, shipping and handling. In fact, 9 out of 10 dermatologists say it’s important for parents to pre-wash the baby’s clothes before the first wear. We recommend Dreft Stage 1: Newborn Liquid Detergent. It’s the #1 pediatrician recommended baby detergent and has been trusted by moms for over 80 years**.
7. Baby monitor: A baby monitor allows you to stay connected to your baby at all times. It’s especially a must-have if you are a heavy sleeper and/or the baby’s room isn’t close to yours. Most new parents say they can’t live without them since they always want to be able to keep an eye on their little one. These range in price and type, but the latest trend is video monitors. There are two types of video baby monitors. The first is WiFi IP camera baby monitors and the second type is one that has a parent unit and baby unit (this does not require WiFi and is recommended).
8. Stroller: A stroller is a must-have piece of baby gear. Consider registering for a stroller that is part of a travel system. Travel systems typically include a stroller and matching infant car seat and tend to be more budget friendly than a stroller and car seat sold separately. Look for one that has a wide base, firm locking mechanism, and a good folding capacity so the stroller can fit in the car.
9. Baby bathtub: Newborns require a sponge bath the first few weeks until the umbilical cord falls off, and then it’s time for baby’s first bath. Register for a tub that is made to accommodate newborns to make your life as new parents a little easier.
10. Baby care tools: A pair of little nail clippers to keep those teeny tiny (yet razor sharp!) nails short at all times, a thermometer to ease your fever fears and a nasal aspirator to keep baby’s nose clean will all come in handy in the first few days.
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*Based on sales of the newborn hospital diaper
**Based on sales data