Baby Registry Essentials: The Must-Have Items for New Moms

Are you pregnant? You are likely thinking about everything you need for your soon-to-be newborn. There is so much to consider and prepare before a baby comes! Here, we’ve compiled a list of must-have items for your baby registry, including our picks, plus a few things you might want to get for yourself or a new mom in your life.

Baby Gear

Babies need a lot of gear! Key items include a diaper bag, a car seat, a stroller, a bouncer, an infant lounger, and carriers.

Our Picks:

Diaper Bag: Mina Bae Emmy Vegan Backpack ($189, shop here)

Stroller + Car Seat: Nuna PIPA urbn + TRVL Infant Travel System (starting at $850, shop here)

Lounger: Snuggle Me Infant Lounger ($109, shop here)


The baby’s nursery often takes center stage during the nesting period. Essentials include a crib with a mattress and sheets, a bassinet, a changing table, and an armchair or rocking chair.

Our Picks:

Bassinet: Harriet Bee Landyn Wicker-Look Moses Basket ($91.99, shop here)

Mattress: Graco Premium Crib & Toddler Mattress ($119.99, shop here)

Chair: Babyletto Toco Swivel Glider + Stationary Ottoman ($499, shop here)

Baby Clothes and Other Needs

Your baby will need a lot of things as they grow, but from the beginning, they will need clothes, such as onesies, one-piece pajamas, sleep sacks, socks and booties, rompers, hats, and no-scratch mittens. Other needs include burping cloths, gentle detergent, disposable or cloth diapers, wipes, a diaper pail, bottles, pacifiers, a bottle warmer, and a bottle sanitizer. Additional must-haves include bath supplies, baby soap, towels, washcloths, and a bathtub. And, of course, we can’t forget a nasal aspirator and a baby thermometer.

Our Picks:

Swaddle: Love to Dream Swaddle Wrap ($37.99, shop here)

Mittens: Goumi Mitts ($14, shop here)

Personal Care: Frida Baby Basics Kit ($39.99, shop here)

For Mom

We often only think about what the baby needs and less about what the mom herself needs. In addition to must-haves such as breast pumps and nipple cream, consider getting a new mom (or yourself, if you are expecting) snacks, at-home self-care products, cozy pajamas, slippers, and a smart mug. Having a baby is no easy feat, and the weeks and months that follow are a time when new parents need their village the most and may deal with things such as postpartum depression or anxiety, and thoughtful gifts go a long way.

Our Picks:

Personal Care: Honest Mama Beyond The Bump Kit ($62.80, shop here)

Loungewear: Seraphine Ultra-Soft Maternity & Nursing Loungewear Set ($75, shop here)

Smart Mug: Ohom Ui Plus Self-Heating Mug ($98.95, shop here)

What are some of your top baby registry picks? Share them with us in the comments below!

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