What to Register for When 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!


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

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 Wipeable Changing Pad


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 Cotton Muslin Swaddle (4 Pack)


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 1.0 TOG


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 Pro Smart Baby Monitor and Wall Mount


On the Go

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


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

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 2 Stroller


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.

Babybjörn Travel Crib Light


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 x Solly Baby Collaboration Wrap Carrier


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


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.

Yogasleep Hushh White Noise Machine + Travel Case Bundle



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 (5 Bottles)


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


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


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 Cloth Set


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



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


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


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 Steel Diaper Pail



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

DockATot Deluxe+ Dock


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.)

Babybjörn Bouncer Balance Soft


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 mamaRoo4 Multi-Motion Baby Swing


Health + Safety

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


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)


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



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

Meant to Bee Infant Bodysuit


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

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


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

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

Bannor Toys State Rattle


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 - Baby Memory Book


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

My Family is Forever


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.

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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