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The Best Baby Registry Items (That Aren’t For Your Baby)
July 18, 2023

The Best Baby Registry Items (That Aren’t For Your Baby)

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The Best Baby Registry Items (That Aren’t For Your Baby)

Despite your best baby-prepping efforts and conducting all the research, there are some things you just can’t know until you know when it comes to parenthood. While there’s a ton of advice for what your baby will need, parents’ needs are often overlooked. Many parents find themselves late-night online shopping in the early postpartum days for last-minute items to make the parenting transition a bit easier or to help solve for things they’d never anticipated.

That’s where unexpected registry items come in. With a little planning (and thinking outside of the box) you can get ahead of the game by adding some unexpected essentials to your registry.

Here are the non-traditional items you’ll wish you’d registered for

Best Parenting Hacks

These are sure to make you feel like a parenting pro.

Gallon Freezer Bags

Pack baby’s change of clothes in a ziploc bag and you can use it for their soiled outfit.
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Electrical Tape

Everything (and we mean everything) seems to have little lights, from humidifiers to fans (which can wake your baby up or be distracting when falling asleep)—electrical tape can cover them.
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Zippered Mattress Protector

Get one for your bed, baby’s bed, all the beds. It’ll save your mattress from postpartum night sweats, breastmilk leaks, formula spills, accidents and spit up. Thank us later!
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Original Formula

It’s almost an unspoken rule that once your baby is born, all of the doors in your house will start squeaking. A small can of WD40 for well-oiled hinges can save your baby’s naps.
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For An Extra Hand

Everyone can use a little help, especially when we have a new, tiny person to take care of.

One-Time Cleaning Services

Having someone come in to clean and refresh your home will allow you and your partner to rest and focus on your newest addition.
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Little Green Multi-Purpose Portable Carpet and Upholstery...

This little machine will save your couch from all the spills and accidents (think spit-up, breast milk, formula and blowouts).
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Roomba 692 Robot Vacuum

Baby will be on the move before you know it, and it’s amazing how good they’ll be at spotting the tiniest crumb, dirt or pile of dust on your floor. A robot vacuum helps lessen your to-do list since you won’t have to do the vacuuming yourself.
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LUXE Bidet 
NEO 120 Bidet Attachment

Many parents rave about how helpful a bidet is for freshening up during pregnancy and postpartum.
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6-Setting Handheld Shower with Hose

Great for bathtime and hair washing (for the whole family).
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Smart Light Bulb

A smart light bulb (or plug) lets you turn off the lights via voice command or app—super helpful when your hands are full or you’re nap trapped.
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Advanced Individual Cell Battery Charger Pack with 4 AA e...

Everything seems to require batteries yet nothing comes with them. A rechargeable pack will come in handy.
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Postpartum Hacks

A new baby means a huge life shift, so make sure you take time to line up some support to help ease the transition.

Doula Fund

Hiring some extra support in the first weeks of the fourth trimester can be so helpful but can be pricey.
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Cash Fund

Even if you don’t experience postpartum depression, all new parents can benefit from processing this huge life event with a therapist's sup
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Healthy Snack Box Variety Pack

You’ll likely be super hungry in the fourth trimester, especially if you plan to breastfeed. Register for a box of your favorite snacks so you’ll have plenty on hand.
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Streaming subscription

Register for a month or two of a streaming subscription you don’t already have so you have plenty to binge-watch when nap trapped or during middle-of-the-night feeds.
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Audiobook Subscription

Audiobooks are another great way to unwind or pass the time.
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Gift Card

You’ll inevitably (at some point) be too tired to make dinner or need a random and unexpected baby item. Having a few gift cards on hand to use for food, Target runs or late-night Amazon orders is especially nice.
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Briana Engelbrecht

Assistant Editor

Briana Engelbrecht is Babylist’s Assistant Editor, where she brings her passion for early childhood development and the perinatal period, plus experience as a mom of two to Babylist articles and guides. A former preschool teacher, she loves children’s picture books, cats, plants and making things.

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