Baby Registry Do’s and Don’ts + What’s On My Registry List

Baby Registry Do's & Don'ts | What's On My List - Everyday Mama

Babies in general require a lot of research. What do I do if this happens? What is this for? Are they suppose to eat this or that? Why are they crying? The list goes on. One thing you don't always think about is the amount of research required when it comes to what baby items you want for your little one. Car seats, cribs, breast pumps, strollers and more. It's all things you've most likely never looked at before in your life and let me tell you, it is eye opening. I wish someone had a video of mine and Kirby's faces when we walked into Buy Buy Baby for the first time. You think you kind of know what to expect until you're looking at walls of strollers and have no idea what difference anything makes. To say this lil' biscuit is already running our lives is a total understatement. After countless nights researching and researching... and researching we were finally able to tackle our baby registry, but boy oh boy did it take time. I wanted to share my thoughts on baby registry do's and don'ts + an inside look into what we included on ours.

Yes, we still do a lot of research on different items and I'm sure the research won't end once the baby gets here, however, I feel confident in sharing my finds thus far because we have been so happy with everything we've received. I am no genius and I'm not claiming to be right on all of this, but had to throw my two cents in. Please, as always, message me, comment or email me if you ever have any questions! I am more than happy to try and help because us parents (or soon-to-be) need to stick together!

Baby Registry Do's & Don'ts | What's On My List - Everyday Mama

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Isabel Maternity Top here | 7 For All Mankind Maternity Shorts here & similar | ASOS Espadrilles here (blue), here (nude), here (black) | Fawn Design Diaper Backpack here | Uppababy Vista Stroller here

Do Take Time to Research 

Clearly from my paragraph above, you know by now that I researched the heck out of everything. I'm like that with most things in life so when it came time for baby it was no different. It took even more effort than anything else just because baby items were so new for me and I wasn't really aware of what I needed. I'm still not totally, but I'm getting there. Reviews online, fellow mom bloggers, mom websites and more were huge in helping me pick the right items for me and my little family. It does take a lot of work, but it's so worth it in the end because you get exactly what you're looking for and know everything that goes behind the product. Keep in mind that what works for another mom or family may not work for you. For example, everyone told me to get a jogger stroller because of how nice it is to run with the baby. For me, I wasn't a runner prior to pregnancy and I almost guarantee I won't be one after (LOL) so stay true to something you need for you baby instead of going off what works best for someone else.

Also remember that people can get a little crazy with their reviews online. Obviously if something is consistently bad or their is a review that constantly comes up that alerts you then trust your gut. However, don't shoot something done just because two other people absolutely hate it. Overall if the product is right and the research matches up with what you are looking for than go for it!

Do Include Things at All Price Ranges

With having people coming to your shower who are at all budgets make sure to include the big things and even the smallest of things. Just because something is only $5 doesn't mean you should skip putting it on your registry. Babies are expensive and allowing someone else to gather even the smallest little things for you will save you time and money! I also think you should be afraid to add the big items. Kirby and I were in the process of moving, had him switch jobs and I recently became a full time blogger so as you can imagine we have been on a budget. We are finally catching up, but moving really puts you back. We added things like the crib, the bassinet, stroller, rocker, etc. on the list even though we knew we most likely wouldn't get it all bought for us. In my opinion, it can't hurt putting it on there and you shouldn't feel guilty in doing so! Almost everyone knows babies are expensive and like to help as much as possible. Someone may get you a gift card once the seem those items to help out as much as they can.

If you've already purchased some of the big items that is totally fine (and go you!), just make sure to ask for what you need when you have the option to.

Don't Go In Blind - Get Into the Store

I'm a huge fan of the online registries. Kirby and I used Zola for our wedding and when I found Babylist I knew that was the right way to go for us. I just love that you can pull items for any store or online spot you like instead of having to be stuck using one store or driving from multiple stores to check out every single thing. Although I love the online aspect, baby stuff was so out of my league that I made sure Kirby and I went into a store to check things out. It helped so dang much seeing things in person and made it way easier to know the types of things we should be looking for and what most parents get. Buy Buy Baby is where we went and it was great. Very overwhelming, but it was super nice just walking from isle to isle and making a list of items we liked or even just a product that we needed to look into that beforehand we didn't even know existed. Going into a registry blind is stressful and I think you'll miss out on products by doing so. I swear by the online registries, but still make a point to spend a few hours wandering baby isles to get a feel for what you like, what you need and everything in between.

Don't Add Everything Because You Think You're Supposed To

This is super tricky as a first time parent. You obviously want to get as much as you can for your little one and the best of the best, but you truly don't need it all. It's important to focus on what you need for you family and what will work best for you. There are way too many opinions out there on what people think you should have, and although not all are bad by any means, some can get in your head a bit. If you're second guessing if you're going to use something do the research! Look at what comments people leave about the product, why they used it or why they didn't and make judgement off that. Ask your friends and family opinions as well, but always be sure to stick to what you think is right no matter what. For example, we skipped a conventional changing table because I had other ideas of what I wanted for Baby O's room even though others stated it would be easier. We also skipped the baby food processor/warmer because we have the Ninja system and love it. Yes, maybe having a smaller one just for the baby would be easier, but for us it didn't make sense.

Always stick to your gut. Although you may be a first time parent you are a parent. You need to do what's best for you, your partner and your baby.

Do Realize You'll Most Likely Need to Buy Things on Your Own

I would like to think most parents are aware of that, but I figured I'd add it to the list anyway. Baby showers are amazing and trust me, you do get loaded up with goodies, but you need to be prepared to buy things on your own as well. Make sure to have finances figured out and money saved away as you continue to get closer to babies due date. We have received so much (and feel so spoiled for that) and I know I'll continue to receive more once Baby O arrives (especially since we don't know the gender), however, Kirby and I set up a specific account to dedicated to saving for baby items and then in the future just for the baby. We truly didn't buy really anything until after a shower so we didn't spend unnecessary money and could wait to see what other did get for us. Be smart about what you spend and make sure to be as prepared as possible.



Baby Registry Do's & Don'ts | What's On My List - Everyday Mama

What's On My List?

{I broke it down by categories of how I organized it on Babylist}


Philips Avent Translucent Pacifiers in 0-6 month & 6-18 month  - this is the brand we liked for bottles as well. I was recommend by a friend and loved what I saw

Green Sprouts Baby Brush & Comb

Silicone Raccoon Teether with Clip

Safety 1st Comfort Check Pacifier Thermometer - I loved that this seemed to make things easier, we'll see!

Boppy Nursing Pillow- #1 thing I was recommended by friends and family!

Fridababy Nail Clipper Set

Fridababy Nosefrida Baby Nasal Aspirator

Baby Banana Teether

Bumbo Floor Seat & Tray

Fisher-Price Moonlight Meadow Cradle & Swing

Mommy's Touch Natural Amber Necklace - Both my sister-in-laws swear by these with their kids!

Infant Optics DXR 8 Video Baby Monitor - #1 Monitor I was recommend from my followers! Has amazing reviews and you can move the screen which I wanted.

ExerSaucer by Evenflo Jump & Learn

Sassy Developmental Bumpy Ball

Fisher Price Deluxe Kick and Play Piano


Solly Baby Grey Striped Carrier

Uppababy Vista 2018 Stroller - the biggest splurge however we loved that the bassinet came with it and that we can add up to 3 kids onto the stroller (future plans!)

Lillebaby Child Carrier (Complete All Seasons) - I liked that you were able to have the baby in 6 different positions with this one.

Britax Back Seat Mirror

Chicco Fit2 LE Infant & Toddler Car Seat - super important to me with keeping baby facing rear for as long as possible and this allows that with the added space for a toddler.

Skip Hop Stroll & Go Portable Owl Baby Soother

Clothes & Accessories 

Burt's Bee's Baby Organic Cotton 5PK Long Sleeve Bodysuit

Baby Carter's 5PK Solid Bodysuits

Baby Carter's 5Pk Solid Snap Tee's

Tadpoles Organic Cotton Long Sleeve Kimono Bodysuit

Carter's Cotton Cloud Print Romper

Swaddle Me Original Swaddle in 0-3 Month and Large Size - I've read that having the velcro is a huge help for babies who find someway to get out of these.

Old Navy Zip Front Bodysuit

Zutano Cozy Fleece Booties - Perfect for upcoming MN winters!


Boon Lawn Counter Top Drying Rack

Baby 5PK Bibs Cloud Island

Aden and Anis Classic Snap Bibs - I love this brand and have even bought swaddles from them.

Baby Bjorn Soft Bib - I think this is a genius idea

Philips Avent Natural Baby Bottle Newborn Starter Kit

OXO Tot Waterproof Silicone Roll Up Bib

Graco Baby Diner Duo LX Tanger High Chair - Loved that you can transition this as your baby/toddler continues to grow

Burt's Bee's Organic 5PK Burp Clothes

Munchkin Dishwasher Basket - another genius idea to make cleaning easier

OXO Tot Bottle Brush with Stand

Nursery & Decor

Honeywell Cool Moisture Humidifer

Halo Bassinet Swivel Sleeper - the ease of being able to stay in bed and grab baby is worth the price to me

Diaper Genie and 3 Pack Refill

Skip Hop Moonlight Melodies Owl - Lots of soothing noises + a nightlight!

Child Craft SOHO 4-1 Convertible Crib - loved the look of this and the price wasn't bad at all!

Newton Baby Crib Mattress - completely breathable & washable which is unreal. Peace of mind is worth the price.

Baby Relax Brennan Wingback Convertible Rocker

Colgate 2-sided Contour Changing Pad

Bath Time

Just Bath Luxury WashClothes

JJ Cole Washcloth and Mit 3PK

Petit Pehr Hooded Towel

Blooming Bath Lotus - I liked the idea of this rather than a standard bath tub. Seems comfier to me.



Shop My Baby Registry

Positive Daily Reminders / Fall Casual Look / Strappy High Sandals / Cole Haan Shoes
Positive Daily Reminders / Fall Casual Look / Strappy High Sandals / Cole Haan Shoes
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    July 11, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    As a mom of two I can tell you that the bassinet won’t be useful once the baby can sit up. A pack and play with adjustable heights would be more economical. The diaper genie bags get costly and they still smell. A diaper pale that uses regular trash bags and a box of baking soda works wonders.

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      July 16, 2018 at 10:30 am

      Hey! Thanks for the feedback! I still like the bassinet out of ease as a first time mama and plan to use it for multiple kids, but I appreciate the thought for babes who want to save some cash on that piece. Also, good idea on the diaper pale that uses regular trash bags. Genius!

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