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Build Your Baby Registry on a $500 Budget
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December 6, 2023

Build Your Baby Registry on a $500 Budget

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Build Your Baby Registry on a $500 Budget

There’s no denying that babies can be expensive—but all of their gear doesn’t have to be.

It’s totally possible to build a comprehensive baby registry with everything you need to welcome your new addition on a $500 budget. So possible, in fact, that we’ve done it for you. Here’s a sample baby registry with the quality gear you’ll want to make your life with a new baby a lot easier. (Heads up: The Babylist baby registry checklist can help you see what items are essential to your registry and help you prioritize and save.)

Keep in mind: The budget for this sample registry is based on the product prices as they were at the time this guide was updated. Also, the budget was calculated using prices in the Babylist Shop; however, prices reflected in this sample registry may be lower at any point due to sales or price cuts at other retailers.

When you keep your budget down, you can also pull off a pretty minimalist baby registry—and who knows, maybe you’ll nbe so smart you’ll end up with space for a splurge.


A crib may seem like a must-have when you’re building your registry, but it’s not—and cutting it from your list (along with a crib mattress and crib sheets) can add up to big savings. This safe-sleep approved playard takes the place of a bassinet, a crib and a travel crib, and also functions as a contained play space when your little one gets a bit older.

Graco Pack ‘n Play on the Go Playard


If you’re opting for a playard as the only crib for your baby, you’ll need the proper bedding. This soft, comfortable sheet fits the Graco playard and comes in a neutral color that blends with any room. You’ll appreciate the extra sheet whenever there’s a middle-of-the-night leak.

Graco Pack 'n Play Quilted Playard Sheet


If you’re being extra budget-conscious, a monitor isn’t an absolute must-have—but most parents very much appreciate the peace of mind that it provides, so we think it’s worth a spot on the list. Skip the video monitor and opt for an audio model instead; it will save you some major cash and you’ll still be able to keep an ear on baby’s every move.

VTech DM111 Audio Baby Monitor


This basic changing pad is a staple for diaper changes. The contoured edges help keep baby from rolling off (you’ll still need to keep a hand on them at all times and use the safety belt, though). It features a removable, machine-washable cover for easy cleaning. An added bonus: it fits on most dressers, so you skip the changing table altogether.

Jool Baby Contoured Changing Pad with Cover - White Pebble


A muslin swaddle is a registry staple. Use it for swaddling, of course, but also as an extra layer when you’re out and about, an on-the-go changing pad, a playmat and so much more.

Cloud Island Muslin Swaddle Blanket Citrus


A traditional swaddle blanket is an economical registry add, but it’s also helpful to have a less complicated option at your fingertips as a plan B. This one features a three-point adjustment system with Velcro wings that makes it easy to put on. It also helps it to stay snug and in place throughout the night.

Halo SleepSack Swaddle Organic Cotton - Cream, Newborn


Perfect for keeping in your stroller or throwing across your little one’s lap in the car seat, this plush baby blanket will help keep your baby snug and warm when the temperature starts to drop.

Cloud Island Plush Baby Blanket

Total Nursery Budget: $214.76

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You’re going to have to fork over a decent amount of cash for this one—but you can’t put a price on safety (or mobility!). This all-in-one travel system includes an infant car seat and a stroller that’s packed with features you and your little one will appreciate. And with thousands of four- and five-star reviews from users, they’ve clearly done something right.

Baby Trend EZ Ride 35 Travel System


You can easily go overboard adding items like swings, bouncers and activity seats to your registry, but it’s really not necessary. A bouncer is a useful, compact and safe place for your little one to chill while you’re doing other things, and you can’t beat this one for under 20 bucks.

Fisher-Price Baby’s Bouncer

Total Gear Budget: $163.99


Even if you plan to breastfeed, it’s always a good idea to add a few bottles to your registry to keep on hand. These bottles feature a soft nipple that mimic the natural shape and feel of a breast. We also love the one-piece anti-colic air system that helps reduce fussiness and is quick and easy to clean.

NUK Smooth Flow Anti-Colic Bottle (3 Pack) - Clear, 10oz.


This affordable set offers everything you need to catch any mess when feeding your baby. The three bibs and three burp cloths are made from organic cotton and are soft, absorbent and gender neutral.

Gerber Bib and Burp Set - Gray, One size, 3


Some babies cry a lot, and pacifiers can help. Soothies are one of the most popular pacifier brands around and are sized and shaped just right for a newborn baby’s mouth.

Philips Avent Soothie Pacifier - 2 Pack - Green, 0-3 Months, 2

Total Feeding Budget: $26.87

Health & Safety

Baby bath time is pretty cute, and it doesn’t have to be all that expensive, either. This basic tub more than gets the job done for its impressive price. There’s a sling for supporting extra squirmy newborns, which then pops out so you can use the two-position tub for your growing baby and toddler. It’s also compact enough to fit in a regular bathtub and in most kitchen sinks.

The First Years Sure Comfort Deluxe Newborn to Toddler Tub with Sling


We love this dermatologist-tested baby wash and shampoo that includes calming ingredients that are gentle on your little one’s delicate skin. Plus, you can’t beat the price of this well-respected brand.

Cetaphil Baby Wash & Shampoo with Organic Calendula


You could scour the Internet to figure out all of the individual health and safety items you need for baby, or just register for one complete set. (We choose option B, thanks.) This affordable kit contains all the biggies like a nasal bulb syringe, two kinds of thermometers and nail clippers. It’s also stocked with conveniences like hair brushes, a teether and a pacifier medicine dispenser.

Safety 1st 25-Piece Healthcare and Grooming Kit

Total Health & Safety Budget: $44.95


Before leaving the hospital or birthing center, you’ll want to stock up on the free diapers and wipes they provide, but you’ll also want a stash at home. Register for one pack to minimize overstocking; babies tend to outgrow this size quickly.

Parent's Choice Dry & Gentle Diapers


Don’t forget the wipes—every new parent’s best friend, and these are affordable, gentle and fragrance-free.

Parent's Choice Fragrance Free Baby Wipes


Babylist Diaper Fund

Babies go through an average of 2,200 diapers in their first year. Plan accordingly and add a diaper cash fund to your registry.

Total Diapering Budget: $8.60


A layette is a great, affordable way to check a ton of baby clothing basics off of your list all at one time. This one is packed with pieces—14 in all—and includes everything you’ll need for sleep, play and more. It’s all mix and match so you can make plenty of outfits out of just one set.

Child of Mine by Carter’s Layette Set


Babies grow fast. They also tend to stain their cute new outfits with various bodily fluids. That’s why hand-me-down clothes are so great—families are happy to pass them along, and you won’t feel bad about all of the wear and tear on gently used clothes.

Used Baby Clothes

Total Clothing Budget: $31.39


Babies don’t need much in terms of toys, especially over the first few months. (Eye contact and lots of cuddles go a long way with a newborn.) This ring rattle will grab baby’s attention with its bright colors and floating rings, and it also doubles as a teether.

Sassy Ring O' Links Rattle


Teethers can help relieve your little one’s sore gums and are also fun for play. This one is easy for tiny hands to grab, hold and twist, and the different textures feel good in baby’s mouth.

Munchkin Twisty Figure 8 Teether

Total Playroom Budget: $9.48

Help & Favors

It’s comforting to know that when your baby finally makes their arrival, you’ll be stocked with all of the essentials. But want to know what you’ll really want in those first few weeks? Food! Especially food that you don’t have to cook. Add meals to your Babylist registry that friends can drop off even before baby comes.

Home-Cooked Meal


Want to know what else you’re going to want in those first few months with baby? A break! It’s more valuable than any designer outfit or high-end item. Consider adding babysitting to your registry so trusted friends and family can give you a much-needed date night or the chance to take a nap.



Babylist Cash Fund

A cash fund is a low-pressure way to remind your village that even a little financial help can go a long way when it comes to making parenthood a little easier. Adding a cash fund to your Babylist registry gives gift-givers the option to donate on their own or team up on a big-ticket item like a travel system.


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