5 Registry Items You Think You Need (But Probably Don’t)

5 Registry Items You Think You Need (But Probably Don’t)

Kate Trout

Last Updated: July 20, 2016
5 Registry Items You Think You Need (But Probably Don’t)

When you’re pregnant, there aren’t many things more fun and exciting than making your baby registry. At the same time, though, it’s an overwhelming process. There are just so many different baby items and brands to choose from it can make your head spin.

I remember when I was was pregnant with my daughter, and I wanted to register for every single last possible cute thing. But, when it came down to it, I learned the hard way: I ended up with a bunch of stuff I didn’t need, and I missed out on some of the essential items.

At the end of day, you don’t really need to put every baby item on your registry. There is such a thing as overdoing it.

Here are 5 registry items that you might think you need, but when it comes down to it, you probably don’t.

1. Wipe Warmer

Don’t get me wrong, a wipe warmer is definite nice-to-have item. I mean, who likes having a cold tooshie—especially when getting changed in the middle of the night? But a wipe warmer is a prime example of something that you just don’t need. In order for the wipes to be the perfect temp, you have to pretty much always leave the wipe warmer on. Half of the time, I forgot to do this and I have a thing about leaving stuff plugged in when I’m not home. I really didn’t use mine too often.

2. Bottle Sterilizer

Bottle sterilizers are nice, but they just aren’t necessary. You can put all of your bottles in a big, boiling pot of water and the job gets done–not as fast, but just as well, if not better!

Plus sterilizers can be big and bulky, taking up a lot of space on your countertop. You already have a deep pot, so why not use it for something besides cooking pasta?

3. Sound Machine

When both my daughter and son were babies, they loved sleeping with a little “white noise” in the background. So I ended up registering for a sound machine, and it definitely was a great item to have. But as technology has grown over the years, these baby sound machines have outlived their usefulness because they have effectively been replaced by smartphones and apps.

If you do a simple Google search for “white noise machine app”, you will find several options for your needs. Personally, I prefer the Sleep Machine Lite app for the iPhone, but most of these apps work the same way and allow you to play an array of different sounds (including white noise) on your phone. Pair your phone up with a Bluetooth speaker, and you can even stream wirelessly.

The best part about using an app instead of an actual sound machine is that you will save yourself about $50!

4. Changing Table

Many of you are probably horrified that I’m suggesting passing on a changing table, but allow me to explain. In place of a bulky, expensive changing table that I registered for (and received), I actually ended up using a high-quality changing pad instead.

I placed it on a dresser in my nursery, and I even moved it from room to room as I pleased. I had something affordable, portable, and best of all, comfortable for my kiddos to lie on. I saved hundreds of dollars and lots of time and frustration it would have taken me to put a changing table together!

5. Baby Grooming Kit

When I was doing my baby registry, I thought I needed the best of the best when it came to brushes, combs, nail clippers, and nasal bulbs. So I registered for a pretty expensive baby grooming kit. Little did I know that I could score all of these items for free(!) from the hospital.

I ended up giving the kit to my parents so they had a spare when they babysat overnight, but I highly recommend waiting to see what the hospital lets you use and keep during your stay with them.

You’d be surprised! It’s hard to prepare your home for when baby baby arrives, but less stuff is actually more. Every mom’s mileage will vary, but when making your registry, try to prioritize the most important items first, and don’t be afraid to leave off the nice-to-have but non-essential items. You might find you’re actually better off!


Kate Trout is the mommy blogger behind Maternity Glow. She’s a coffee addict, wine drinker, cheese lover, and is kind of obsessed with the new show Odd Mom Out. Oh, and she’s also Mom to the two cutest little kids. You can find her on Twitter.