What to Register for When You're Adopting a Newborn

Newborn Adoption Baby Registry

May 9, 2019

Newborn Adoption Baby Registry

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Newborn Adoption Baby Registry

There are so many incredible ways to form a family. If you’re growing yours through adoption, you’re likely thinking about what you’ll need to add to your registry as you wait to welcome your little one home. This sample registry is designed specifically for families who are adopting a newborn baby.

It includes all the must-haves to get you ready for baby’s homecoming, with a special focus on the specific products and gear you may need as an adoptive family, considering you’ll likely not know baby’s gender before arrival or that you may need to travel to meet your little one.

Congratulations and good luck on your adoption journey!


Chicco Lullago Portable Bassinet - $99.99

Safe sleep guidelines recommend room sharing for at least the first six months of your baby’s life, as well as using a crib or bassinet with a firm surface. This lightweight, portable bassinet is a safe, simple sleep solution for home or travel.

Chicco Lullago Portable Bassinet
Keekaroo Peanut Diaper Changing Pad - $129.99

A mess-minimizing solution to diaper changing, this waterproof, wipeable changing pad doesn’t require a cover and has a non-slip bottom to secure it to almost any surface.

Keekaroo Peanut Diaper Changing Pad
Aden + Anais Classic Swaddle (4 Pack) - $48.45

From swaddle to blanket to stroller cover to on-the-go changing mat, these classic oversized swaddle blankets are functional, soft and durable. (Wondering how to swaddle a baby? Learn how with this video.)

Aden + Anais Classic Swaddle (4 Pack)
Love to Dream Swaddle UP Original - $29.95

This ingenious swaddle keeps babies feeling safe and secure while also allowing them to sleep with their arms up, a natural sleep position that can also encourage self-soothing. And no how-to tutorial needed.

Love to Dream Swaddle UP Original
Nanit Nanit Plus Smart Baby Monitor and Wall Mount - $299.00

No matter how you become a parent, one emotion is universal: worry! This smart video monitor helps you give you peace of mind, with a crystal clear picture and great audio streaming, WiFi connectivity and temperature and humidity display. It even tracks baby’s sleep patterns.

Nanit Nanit Plus Smart Baby Monitor and Wall Mount

On the Go

Birdling Weekender Bag - $150.00

If you’ll be traveling to pick up your little one, this roomy, durable canvas bag with interior dividers is great for keeping everything you need organized—for you and your new baby.

Birdling Weekender Bag
Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat - $199.99

Consistently ranked as a parent favorite, this popular infant car seat is safe, easy to install, and affordable. An infant car seat is more convenient to travel with than a convertible car seat if you’re going out of town to meet your newborn.

Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat
Baby Jogger City Mini Single Stroller - $259.99

Hands-down the easiest stroller to fold, making it a perfect choice for any parent, but especially if you’re going to be flying or traveling to meet your little one. (See more options in our Best Strollers guide.)

Baby Jogger City Mini Single Stroller
BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light - $220.00

Another travel-friendly pick, this ultra-light travel crib weighs only 13 pounds and folds down to fit in any airline baggage space—all without sacrificing on comfort.

BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light
Solly Baby Babylist + Solly Baby Collaboration Wrap - $65.00

Babywearing encourages skin-to-skin and helps with bonding. This soft, lightweight wrap is easy to use (we promise!) and is designed for baby’s first year. (See more carrier options here.)

Solly Baby Babylist + Solly Baby Collaboration Wrap
Little Unicorn Rambler Satchel - $65.00

You’ll soon find out that babies come with a lot of stuff—and this classic and functional canvas messenger bag is a great way to hold everything you’ll need for a day out with your little one.

Little Unicorn Rambler Satchel
Marpac Hushh Portable Sound Machine - $26.70

Those first few nights with baby can be stressful, especially if you’re away from home. This cordless, portable sound machine uses white noise to recreate womb sounds and comfort your little one no matter where you may be.

Marpac Hushh Portable Sound Machine


Babylist Bottle Box - $24.99

Babies can be particular about what bottle they prefer, so instead of risking a drawer full of bottles your baby may refuse, this “sampler” box includes five popular brands so you can test each one out to see what baby likes best before you commit.

Babylist Bottle Box
OXO Tot On-The-Go Drying Rack  - $$14.99

A compact, all-in-one cleaning solution that has everything you need to keep baby’s bottles clean whether you’re traveling to meet your new addition or once you’ve brought them home.

OXO Tot On-The-Go Drying Rack
Baby Brezza Formula Pro Advanced - $164.99

You’ll be making a lot of bottles for your new baby, and this formula mixer automatically makes the perfect one with just the push of a button. Customize the size and temp of the bottle, and you can prep up to 20 bottles at a time. It also works with all bottle sizes and brands, and virtually all formula brands.

Baby Brezza Formula Pro Advanced
Copper Pearl Burp Cloths (3 Pack) - $19.95

These burp clothes are generously sized, ultra soft and feature an inner layer of absorbent fleece to protect your clothes from whatever comes your way.

Copper Pearl Burp Cloths (3 Pack)
WubbaNub Pacifier - $14.99

Perfect for younger babies who can’t always keep a pacifier in their mouths, these ingenious soothers combine a paci and a plush and are easy for babies to hold (and for you to find!).

WubbaNub Pacifier


Pampers Pure Disposable Diapers - $11.99

We love these soft, absorbent diapers for what they don’t have—0% chlorine bleaching, fragrances, parabens and latex. And don’t forget to stock up on wipes too!

Pampers Pure Disposable Diapers
Triple Paste Medicated Ointment - $29.99

Help keep diaper rash at bay with this prescription-strength medicated diaper ointment that’s still safe and gentle enough for everyday use on baby’s new skin.

Triple Paste Medicated Ointment
Ubbi Diaper Pail - $69.99

This steel diaper pail fights odors and doesn’t require special inserts, giving you one less thing to worry about having on hand as you adjust to life with your little one. (See more options in our Best Diaper Pails guide.)

Ubbi Diaper Pail


DockATot Deluxe+ Dock - $194.99

Perfect for lounging, tummy time, travel or even diaper changing, this baby “dock” is as useful as it is beautiful.

DockATot Deluxe+ Dock
BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance Soft - $164.75

Ergonomic, soft and no batteries required—this bouncer moves in response to baby’s movements. It can be used from birth and folds completely flat, making it perfect for travel or moving from room to room. (Learn more about bouncers, swings and rockers here.)

BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance Soft
4moms mamaRoo - $215.95

For something a little more high-tech, this swing was designed to mimic human movement and fully reclines so it’s just right for newborns.

4moms mamaRoo

Health + Safety

Puj Tub - $44.99

That first bath can be stressful for you and for your little one, especially if you’re not at home. This sink-friendly tub makes the process a whole lot easier and folds completely flat for easy packing.

Puj Tub
Noodle & Boo Essential Care Kit (3 Pack) - $15.00

Everything you need if you’re doing bath time away from home—and a great way to sample for future baths.

Noodle & Boo Essential Care Kit (3 Pack)
Little Unicorn Hooded Towel & Washcloth Set - $34.99

Keep your newest family member clean and cozy with this soft washcloth and muslin hooded towel.

Little Unicorn Hooded Towel & Washcloth Set
FridaBaby NailFrida the SnipperClipper Set - $12.99

Baby nails can get pretty sharp, especially during those first few weeks. These brilliantly designed clippers make trimming baby’s nails easy and stress-free. (Watch this video to learn how to clip baby’s nails.)

FridaBaby NailFrida the SnipperClipper Set


Meant to Bee Infant Bodysuit - $16.95

A loving reminder that the often-long road to adoption ends right where it’s meant to.

Meant to Bee Infant Bodysuit
Burt's Bees Baby Organic Sleeper - $12.95

Don’t be fooled by the name—these amazingly soft, organic sleepers are great basics for both day and night. They won’t break the bank and come in a great selection of gender-neutral styles.

Burt's Bees Baby Organic Sleeper
Copper Pearl Top Knot Hat - $12.50

What’s cuter than a newborn baby in a top knot hat? Not a thing. They’re functional as well—hats keep those little heads warm in the first few weeks.

Copper Pearl Top Knot Hat
State of My Heart Necklace  - $69.00

Parents needs an accessory too! This sterling silver necklace can be personalized with your little one’s birth state, the state you live in or both. (Also available in 14k and 10k gold.)

State of My Heart Necklace

Books + Toys

Bannor Toys State Rattle - $20.99

Celebrate baby’s birth state or your family’s home state with this personalized organic rattle made from solid hardwood.

Bannor Toys State Rattle
Promptly Adoption History Journal - $32.00

Designed specifically for families who grow through adoption, this keepsake book is a beautiful place to record your family’s adoption journey and your little one’s milestones.

Promptly Adoption History Journal
My Family is Forever - $5.99

A family isn’t about where you were born or who you look like—it’s all about love.

My Family is Forever
Lovevery The Play Gym - $140.00

This thoughtfully designed gym grows with your baby through a full year of play and beyond. It makes a lovely gift for a new family.

Lovevery The Play Gym

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.

Home-Cooked Meal

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.

Home-Cooked Meal

Adopting a baby is an exciting time. Hopefully this newborn adoption registry can help you decide on what you need for your growing family.

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