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Adoption Registry (6-18 Months)
Updated on
June 8, 2022

Adoption Registry (6-18 Months)

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Adoption Registry (6-18 Months)

Congratulations on growing your family through adoption! If an older baby will soon be joining your family, a newborn registry may not meet your needs when it comes to thinking about the best gear and products for your new addition—which is why we created this go-to guide designed especially for families adopting a child between 6-18 months old.

From gear just right for starting solids to items especially designed to ease your little one’s transition to a new home, we’ve thought of everything to meet the needs of an older baby.

Nursery and Decor

The clean, modern lines and gender neutral style of this crib fit seamlessly into any style of nursery—and the included toddler conversion kit means it will go the distance as your little one grows. (See more options in our Best Cribs guide.)

babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Bed Conversion Kit - White/Washed Natural


The soft, breathable crib sheets in the absolute cutest patterns.

Little Unicorn Cotton Muslin Crib Sheet - Narwhal


Perfect for your new addition who may need a little extra comfort adjusting to a new home, this is a sound machine, nightlight and ok-to-wake clock all rolled into one (beautiful) package—and all controlled from an app on your phone.

Hatch Rest Sound Machine 2nd Gen - White


Keep an eye (and an ear) on your little one with this well-reviewed parent favorite. (See more options in our Best Monitors guide.)

Motorola VM36XL 5" Video Baby Monitor - 1 Camera


You may be skipping over the newborn stage, but you’ll still have plenty of diaper changes ahead of you! This changing pad wipes clean, minimizing messes—and laundry since there’s no cover.

Skip Hop Wipe Clean Changing Pad - Oat


Once babies can roll over independently, it’s time to ditch the swaddle. Keep your little one warm and safe in this wearable cotton blanket.

Halo SleepSack Wearable Blanket Cotton - Grey Squares & Triangels, Medium


On the Go

Depending on how old your baby is when they join your family, you’ll probably be able to skip the infant seat and go right to a convertible car seat. This 4-in-1 seat is the only one you’ll ever need: it converts from a rear-facing/forward-facing seat to a highback and ultimately to a backless booster. (See more options on our Best Convertible Car Seats guide.)

Graco 4Ever DLX 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat - Bryant


This stroller is a compact, travel-friendly option that’s perfect for older babies—3 months to 55 lbs.—on the go. (See more options in our Best Strollers guide.)

UppaBaby G-LUXE 2018 Reclining Umbrella Stroller


With four carrying positions (inward facing front, forward facing front, hip, and back carry), this ergonomic carrier helps you keep baby close as you bond. You can use until baby is 45 lbs. or about 48 months. (See more options in our Best Carriers guide.)

Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby Carrier - Pure Black


Feeding & Diapering

Be sure to check with your adoption agency or social worker to see if baby already has a bottle preference. If not, these silicone bottles are easy for baby to hold and easy for you to clean.

Comotomo Natural Feel Silicone Baby Bottles - Green, 8 Oz, 2


Most babies start solids around six months, and this classic (and beautiful) Scandinavian high chair is the perfect place to do it. Looking for a less-expensive option? Parents love IKEA’s Antilop high chair.

Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair - White


If you’re short on space or want a safe, secure place for baby to eat on the go, this lightweight, portable high chair hooks right onto most tables.

Inglesina Fast Table Chair - Black


An oversized bib that keeps baby mess-free and wipes completely clean thanks to the waterproof fabric.

Bumkins SuperBib, 6-24 Months, 3-Pack - Feathers, Quill, Arrows


The perfect first plate for little eaters, this mat is made from food-grade silicone and suctions right to a tray or table. (And don’t forget the utensils!)

ezpz Happy Mat - Coral


Perfect for storing, freezing, reheating and transporting baby food and snacks as your little one digs into the world of solids.

OXO Tot Baby Blocks 12-Piece Freezer Storage Container Set - Teal


You’ll likely be introducing a sippy cup to an older baby, and this is a perfect first choice. It features a weighted straw that moves to the liquid and is easy to sip even for the youngest of drinkers.

ZoLi BOT Weighted Straw Sippy Cup - Grey


Lots of food means lots of cleanup! This whimsical drying rack is perfect for bottles, utensils, sippy cups and more.

Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack - Green


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Clothing & Accessories

We love the ease of a diaper + wipes subscription—it means one less thing to worry about every month.

Honest Diapers & Wipes Bundle

$79.95 per bundle

This steel diaper pail not only fights odors, it doesn’t require any custom liners or bags.

Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail - Grey Chevron


Your baby’s going to be on the move soon (or may even already be!)—store everything you need for a day out and keep your hands free to chase after your little one with a backpack-style diaper bag.

Skip Hop Forma Diaper Backpack - Jet Black



Older babies love testing their limits as they learn to sit, crawl and walk. This reversible play mat will keep them safe while they play and learn and keep your house looking stylish.

Skip Hop DOUBLEPLAY Reversible Playmat - Cloud/Mini Dot


There’s so much for little ones to do in this activity center that grows along with your developing baby.

LeapFrog Learn and Groove Musical Table


Since you’re going to be dealing with a mobile baby sooner than most new parents, a playard is great to have on hand for anytime you need to keep your little one contained in a safe space. This affordable parent favorite checks all the boxes and doubles as a sleep solution for travel.

Graco Pack 'n Play On The Go Playard - Pasadena

Health + Safety

Once baby can sit independently, they may be ready to move from baby tub to the real thing. This essentials bundle has everything you need to keep baby safe and happy in the big tub.

Skip Hop Moby Bathtime Essentials Kit - Grey


Older babies and toddlers love water play. Encourage exploration and fun during bathtime with these innovative water pipes that suction right to the tub. (Get more fun ideas in our Bath Toys guide.)

Boon Pipes Bath Toy - Old color


Big, soft and absorbent—perfect for keeping little ones warm and cozy after a bath.

Nursery Critter Wraps (green gator)


It’s never fun to think about a sick baby, but having this essentials kit on hand will give you a little peace of mind when you’re facing your first cold.

FridaBaby Sick Day Prep Kit


Get a head start on childproofing before your little one arrives with this 46-piece kit that simplifies the process.

Safety 1st Safety Essentials Kit


Clothing & Accessories

These organic cotton sleepers come in tons of fun patterns, hold up to countless washes and seem to magically grow right along with baby!

Hanna Andersson Baby Zip Sleeper


Protect the knees of little crawlers and give them the freedom to move around comfortably with these organic cotton pants. Great for pairing with bodysuits.

Burt's Bees Baby Organic Footless Pant (2 Pack) - Heather Grey/Stripe, 9-12 Months

Handmade from soft yet durable leather, these easy-on, easy-off soft sole mocs stay put on baby’s feet and are ideal for crawlers and walkers alike.

Freshly Picked Birch City Mocs, size 4


A heart-shaped cloud of words expressing pure joy.

Adoption Adjectives Bodysuit


Play & Keepsakes

Creating a custom photo book is a great way to welcome baby into your family and to keep a strong connection with baby’s birth family. (This is one is about the park, but you can customize it however you’d like.)

Pinhole Press Custom Story Board Book


This kid-friendly book celebrates the adoption experience and explains to a child how there are many ways to make a family.

We Belong Together


A handmade, customizable print that celebrates family and reflects the adoption journey.



This pull toy boosts coordination, balance and strength as your growing little one starts to explore the world.

Hape Pull Along Toy - Crocodile


This banana-shaped silicone “toothbrush” is one of the most popular teethers for a reason: it’s not only adorable, but it’s easy for little hands to hold and is extra soothing on sore gums.

Baby Banana Teether & Infant Training Toothbrush - Yellow


It Takes a Village (Help & Favors)

Adoption Fund Donation

Adoption costs on average between $30,000-$40,000, which often doesn’t include additional travel costs and attorney fees. Give your friends and family a chance to chip in. You can even set up a secure way to donate online via your Babylist registry page.

Registry Coupons

Don’t be shy—there will never be a better time to ask for help as you adjust to your new life as a parent. From house cleaning and babysitting to home-cooked meals (or takeout, of course!) Babylist help and favor cards offer a personal way for your friends and family to help out when you need it most.

If your family isn’t full of cooks, you could change this coupon to “bring us takeout.” (Make sure you let people know about your food allergies or dietary restrictions.)

Home-Cooked Meal


Vacuuming, laundry and dishes, oh my! The work of caring for the new little one will be overwhelming for awhile, so it will be great to get help.

House Cleaning


Just ask: “Who wants to come over and snuggle a baby so we can take a nap? Or shower? Or eat something? Or do anything that requires two hands?”



Adding to your family is an exciting time. Hopefully this registry will help you feel prepared for when your new little (or not-so-little) one arrives.

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