15 Most Overlooked Baby Registry Items

15 Most Overlooked Baby Registry Items

January 15, 2020

15 Most Overlooked Baby Registry Items

15 Most Overlooked Baby Registry Items

Diapers? Check! Stroller? Check! Car seat? Check!

There are lots of no-brainers when you’re thinking about what items to add to your baby registry. But then there are those other items… The not-so-exciting (diaper rash cream…snore), completely un-fun (nasal aspirator…what?) but oh-so-useful ones that you’ll rely on again and again when you’re in the thick of it with your new baby.

Keep this list handy when you’re registry-building so you’re sure to add them to your list. These often-overlooked items may not get the most ohs and ahs at your baby shower, but we promise you they deserve a spot on every baby registry.

A Mattress Protector

Why We Love It

In addition to making sure you have a few spare crib sheets on your registry, you’ll want to add a waterproof sheet, too. A waterproof sheet fits over your crib mattress and under your regular fitted crib sheet. It creates a waterproof barrier between the two, ensuring that your mattress stays dry and clean when your little one (inevitably) has a blowout, spits up or has any other yuck that you don’t want messing with your crib mattress. We especially like this option because of its organic, non-toxic design.

Keep in Mind

Waterproof sheets, this one included, also block things like dust mites and allergens—an extra reason to add one to your registry.

Baby-Sized Hangers

Why We Love It

Lots of first-time parents get super excited thinking about baby clothes. What’s not as exciting? Figuring out where you’re going to store them all. These hangers are sized just right for tiny clothes and give you the option of utilizing hanging space in your closet in case your dresser is full. They come in four different colors and are covered in non-slip velvet to keep those tiny threads in place.

Keep in Mind

Looking to step up your organization game? Add on these closet dividers to keep your little one’s clothes organized by size.

Gross But Glorious

Why We Love It

Wait, a tool for sucking your baby’s boogies isn’t at the top of your baby registry list? Well, it should be. (No, really.) Simply put—the NoseFrida is genius. Tiny nostrils get stuffed up pretty quickly, and a congested baby often equals an unhappy one. The NoseFrida is a safe and effective way to help clear your little one’s nasal passages so they can breathe easier and go back to being their happy baby selves.

Keep in Mind

We know it sounds gross, but we promise the NoseFrida won’t result in you getting your little one’s mucus in your nose; we even have a video to prove it.

Peace of Mind

Why We Love It

No one likes to think about their baby getting sick. Unfortunately, though, it’s a reality of life with a little one—so it’s best to be prepared. Make sure to add a thermometer to your registry so you’ll have one on-hand if you think your baby is feeling under the weather. This is one of our favorites thanks to its ease of use, quick and accurate readings and smartphone compatibility.

Keep in Mind

It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with babies and fevers before your new addition arrives, especially around what’s normal (and what’s not) and how to take your little one’s temperature.

Relief for Baby’s First Cold

Why We Love It

Another health and safety-related item that parents often overlook on their baby registry is a humidifier. If you’re questioning how useful one will be, don’t; most parents use a humidifier lots of times over the first year (and beyond) whether it’s to prevent dry air in their baby’s nursery or to provide breathing relief during a cold or other sickness. The Crane is a great choice. It’s quiet, features an auto shut-off when the tank runs out of water and has an adjustable mist output for just the right moisture level.

Keep in Mind

Humidifiers need to be cleaned on a regular basis. It’s a bit of a pain, but it’s an extremely important step to prevent mold growth.

For the Girls

Why We Love It

It’s easy to focus on your little one when you’re building your baby registry, but it’s also important to add some self-care products, too. Nipple cream is a must-have even if you’re not planning on breastfeeding your baby. (And an extra must-have if you are.) Unlike other nipple creams we’ve tried, this one goes on smooth and isn’t sticky at all—a big plus. It does a great job soothing sore or cracked nipples and can even be used before you pump.

Keep in Mind

This nipple cream is 100% organic, so you don’t have to worry about wiping it off if you apply it before you nurse or pump.

A Bum Soother

Why We Love It

All diaper rash creams are not created equally, and while you’ll probably need to do some trial and error to see what works best for your baby, Triple Paste comes out on the top of our best-of list over and over again. It’s gentle on baby’s sensitive skin but does a stellar job at both preventing and healing diaper rash. You’ll want to add it to your registry so you have it on hand as soon as you bring your little one home.

Keep in Mind

We recommend getting a larger size of diaper rash cream to keep at home and then a travel size to toss in your diaper bag for when you’re out and about.

Wipes, Wipes...ALL the Wipes

Why We Love It

Think you’ve added enough wipes to your registry? Think again. If there’s one universal truth we know about parenting, it’s that you can never have enough baby wipes on hand. We love Pure from Pampers that are made from 99% water and are gentle on baby’s delicate skin.

Keep in Mind

You’ll pay a bit more for “purer” wipes, but for many parents, they don’t mind the extra cost since these types of wipes often are gentler on baby’s skin than traditional choices.

A Diaper Bag Must-Have

Why We Love It

If you’re scratching your head and thinking, “What’s a wet bag and why would I ever need one?”, we don’t blame you. We had no idea about the wonders of a wet bag before we had kids—but we sure do now and we think every parent-to-be should have one on their registry.

A wet bag is a waterproof pouch that keeps anything wet or dirty separated from the rest of your stuff. We keep one in our diaper bag and use it a ton, for anything from dirty diapers or soiled clothes to a soaked bib or our phone and keys. It’s one of those baby items that we didn’t realize how awesome it was until we started using it—and now we couldn’t live without it.

Keep in Mind

One of the best things about this bag is that it’s machine washable, so even if it gets gross, simply toss it in the wash when you get home and it will soon be as good as new.

Clothing That Zips

Why We Love It

Know what’s not fun? Trying to snap a squirming baby into a snap-up bodysuit at 2 am. (Or at any time of the day or night, really.) Zippers are the way to go when it comes to baby clothes, and we highly recommend adding plenty of zip-up footies to your baby registry. These are comfy, soft and adorable and can be worn around the clock.

Keep in Mind

We love how well-priced this footie set is, especially considering the quality. If you don’t mind spending a bit more, check out Magnetic Me’s line of footies, too. They use magnets instead of zippers and make changing your little one a breeze.

Eyes in the Back of Your Head

Why We Love It

You’ll want to keep your little one rear-facing for as long as your car seat safely allows, but you’ll want to keep an eye on what’s going on back there, too. A back seat mirror is the solution that gives you eyes in the back of your head (figuratively). This XL one is a favorite of ours since it gives you a wide, complete view of your baby.

Keep in Mind

You’ll want to be sure this mirror is installed securely to your car’s seat so it stays in place in the event of a crash. If you aren’t getting a good fit in your particular vehicle, we recommend looking for a different mirror that offers a better fit.

A Simple, Easy Swaddle

Why We Love It

Swaddling a baby in a traditional muslin swaddle blanket can be tricky. For a more foolproof option, add a 2-in-1 swaddle to your registry. This one has all the benefits of a traditional swaddle (helps your baby to feel snug and secure and prevents the startle reflex to encourage better, longer sleep) but is much easier to operate thanks to Velcro wings and an easy-zip pouch. This one’s made from mid-weight cotton so it can be used year-round.

Keep in Mind

You’ll know it’s time to ditch the swaddle for a sleep sack when your little one starts showing signs of rolling over, usually around four months of age.

A Clean Spot for Outdoor Adventures

Why We Love It

We know it’s a bit overwhelming to think about leaving the house with your baby during those first few months. Once you get your confidence up, though, an outdoor adventure is often just the thing to calm you and your baby. This outdoor blanket is made from a sturdy material that’s soft on one side and water resistant on the other. Add it to your registry so you can keep it in your stroller or car and be ready to chill at the park whenever the mood strikes.

Keep in Mind

This picnic blanket comes in two sizes; we recommend the larger one (5’ x 7’) since it offers a bit more room to spread out.

Soothing On the Go

Why We Love It

Lots of parents choose to add a sound machine to their baby registry. (And we’re all for it, as we think sound machines have a ton of benefits for little ones + sleep.) But you may not be thinking about what you’ll use when you sleep away from home. This portable sound machine is a great solution whether you’re doing an overnight at grandma’s, trying to soothe a fussy baby in the car or just looking for something to clip to your stroller. It’s cordless and only 5.5” yet still does an excellent job at creating white noise and helping to drown out distracting background sounds.

Keep in Mind

No need to worry about batteries here; this mini sound machine recharges with a USB cable.

Soap That’s Safe (and Really Works)

Why We Love It

Thinking about cleaning isn’t all that fun, so it’s no wonder that lots of parents leave soap off of their baby registry. But you shouldn’t. Baby stuff tends to get pretty dirty, especially bottles; both formula and breast milk leave a filmy buildup behind. Dapple does an excellent job of preventing and removing that buildup and is plant-based, hypoallergenic and fragrance-free.

Keep in Mind

Don’t forget a bottle brush for scrubbing those hard-to-reach spots. This one from Oxo Tot is our all-time fave.

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