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Smart Start Baby Registry
October 13, 2022

Smart Start Baby Registry

By Babylist Team
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Smart Start Baby Registry

From swaddles and sleep sacks to blankets and bottle warmers and a whole lot more in between, there’s so much great baby gear to choose from when building your registry.

Can it be a bit intimidating? Sure. But does it have to break your budget? Definitely not. All the decisions you’re about to make can feel overwhelming, but having so many options for baby gear also means you can be smart about what types of things you add to your registry—and which ones you skip.

These are our favorite high-quality, reasonably priced favorites to kickstart your baby registry.

Nursery + Decor

A bassinet keeps baby close during the first few months but can be a bit of an investment, especially considering it can’t be used for very long. The Flex sleeper is affordable, adjustable and travel-friendly.

Halo BassiNest Flex Sleeper - Heather Weave


You can spend upwards of a thousand dollars on a crib, but you don’t have to. The Gelato features clean lines, is Greenguard Gold certified and converts to a toddler bed, day bed and full-size bed as your child grows.

babyletto Gelato 4-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Bed Conversion Kit - Washed Natural/White


We love this crib mattress for its price but also for its weight—or lack thereof. Weighing in at about seven pounds, it makes crib changes a whole lot easier. It’s also environmentally friendly and waterproof.

Lullaby Earth Super Lightweight Eco-Plus Crib Mattress


Bamboo rayon is what makes these super stylish crib sheets so soft and comfortable. The fabric is breathable and sustainable, and there’s a print to match any nursery style.

Loulou Lollipop Cotton & Bamboo Fitted Crib Sheet - Llama Rainbow


This monitor checks all of the must-have boxes: a high-def screen, longer battery life and a 900-foot range. The five-inch screen offers a great view of your little one and you can zoom, pan and tilt the camera for the perfect angle.

VAVA Baby Monitor


Unlike some swaddles that take some practice, the Sleepea zips up in about five seconds and keeps baby extra snug for longer stretches of sleep. The inner arm wrap prevents break-outs, and the double zipper helps minimize the time you’ll spend awake changing diapers at 3 a.m.

Happiest Baby Sleepea - Midnight Planets, Small


Every baby registry needs a few muslin swaddles, and Little Unicorn makes some of the best. The fabric is soft and breathable and the colors and patterns are bright and unique.

Little Unicorn Cotton Muslin Swaddle Blanket 3 Pack - Berry Lemonade


A nice middle ground between a traditional changing pad and some of the higher-priced wipeable options, this pad from Skip Hop is reliable and really easy to clean. We love that you can skip the changing pad cover and a lot of the mess.

Skip Hop Wipe Clean Changing Pad - Oat


Dirty diapers are a stinky business, but this diaper pail helps to keep the smell at bay. It holds up to 60 diapers and the foot pedal allows for totally hands-free diaper disposal. It works for cloth diapers too, you’ll just need a cloth diaper pail liner.

dekor Plus Diaper Pail - White


White noise can help your baby sleep longer and better. This one features the soothing white noise of a fan but without the air disturbance and comes in at under $30.

Yogasleep Dohm Uno Sound Machine - White


A mobile adds a pop of fun and color to any nursery space. This one is handmade and features lots of sweet, beautiful details.

Crane Baby Handcrafted Ceiling Hanging - Kendi Animals


We promise you’ll have plenty to put in these stylish ombre storage bins. They’re sturdy, well priced and feature a handle on either side for easy carrying and shelf access.

Lambs & Ivy Ombre Storage - Grey

On the Go + Gear

This infant car seat from Graco is safe and easy to install using either your vehicle’s seat belt or LATCH. There’s a four-position recline, a removable newborn support insert and an anti-reboun bar for additional safety.

Graco SnugRide SnugFit 35 Infant Car Seat - Gotham


A modular seat, oversized wheels, great suspension and an XL storage basket are just a few of the features we love about the Mockingbird Single 2.0 stroller. And don’t forget the amazing price. It’s a fraction of the cost of other strollers with the same range of high-end features.

Mockingbird Single Stroller 2.0 - Sea/Windowpane Canopy With Penny Leather


Playards are perfect for sleep and play both when you’re at home or traveling with your baby. This one is well priced and works from day one through toddlerhood.

Graco Pack 'n Play Close2Baby Playard - Derby


A baby carrier is something many Babylist parents report using frequently, especially during their baby’s first year. Look for one with multiple carry positions (this one has six) and a high weight limit (you’ll be able to wear your littl one in this carrier until they’re about 45 pounds).

lillebaby Complete All Seasons 6-1 Baby Carrier - Stone


You don’t need any batteries to get this bouncer moving—just your baby’s kicks and movements. It’s a bit of a splurge, but parents rave about the ergonomic design that supports babies from birth until they can sit up on their own. Bonus: it looks beautiful and folds flat for compact storage.

Babybjörn Bouncer Balance Soft - Cotton Jersey/Dark Gray/Gray


Most babies love constant movement, and this popular swing from Graco offers two different options: side-to-side or front-to-back. There are six swing speeds as well as two vibration settings and 15 sound options. The swing does take up a bit of space, though, so just keep that in mind as you consider it for your registry.

Graco Duet Soothe Swing & Rocker - Winslet


You’re going to need a safe spot for your baby when you need a break from carrying them but still need keep your eye on what they’re up to. This easily portable lounger is designed to give your little one a snuggling sensation to help calm and soothe them when you can’t. It’s great for supervised lounging, tummy time or even as a changing pad.

Snuggle Me Organic Organic Infant Lounger - Birch



Why commit to a full bottle set before you know what your baby will like? The Bottle Box lets you try five of the most popular bottles on the market so you can figure out what works for your little one (and you) before stocking up.

Babylist Bottle Box (5 Bottles)


We promise you’ll get a ton of use out of these large, absorbent burp cloths. There are tons of fun, modern prints to choose from and they come three to a pack, a great value for under $20.

Copper Pearl Burp Cloth Set - Noah


And while we’re on the topic of messes, you’ll also want to make sure you have plenty of bibs on hand. We love these for their soft feel and easy slip on/slip off fit.

Burt's Bees Baby Organic Lap Shoulder Bib (5 Pack) - Carrots & Avocados


There’s plenty of space on this drying rack to spread out everything from bottles and nipples to pump parts, pacifiers and everything else you’ll need to air dry. The drip bin keeps water away from your freshly cleaned stuff (and off of your countertop) and can be tossed in the dishwasher when it starts to get yucky.

OXO Tot Bottle Drying Rack - Grey, Drying Rack


An all-time favorite among new parents, we recommend adding this nursing pillow to your registry even if you’re not planning on breastfeeding. It ergonomically supports your little one for nursing, of course, but also helps with bottle feeding and can be used for propping, tummy time and sitting.

Boppy Boppy x Babylist Nursing Pillow Original Support - Sand Stick And Twig


These rubber pacifiers are as Instagram-friendly as they are functional. A go-to of Danish parents for over 30 years, they’re made from safe and durable rubber and mimic the breast in both comfort and feel.

BIBS Natural Rubber Pacifier (2 Pack) - Sage / Ivory, Size 1


A high chair with a modern look and a manageable price point, the minimalist Lalo looks great in any home. We love that the large tray and sleek seat are super easy to wipe down (a high chair must-have feature), that it’s easy to assemble and that it features an adjustable footrest for support. It also converts to a booster seat and finally a kid-sized play table chair.

Lalo High Chair - Coconut


Solids seem far away when you’re building your registry, but the time comes sooner than you think. This feeding set is one of our favorites. Designed especially for new eaters, it encourages independent feeding and is made from food-grade silicone so it’s safe, durable and easy to wash.

ezpz ezpz x Babylist First Foods Gift Set - Oat


Adding a few wipeable bibs to your registry is a good idea for easier cleanup once you start moving beyond breastmilk or formula. These come in super fun prints and do a great job to help contain the mess.

Loulou Lollipop Printed Silicone Bib - Avocado


Babylist is a free, all-in-one baby registry that lets you add any item from any store, as well as things like help, favors and cash funds. Your registry should be as unique as you are. Start your Babylist now.


An important feature to consider in a diaper bag is storage. The Forma has tons of compartments to stash your stuff and keep everything organized. The padded backpack straps keep your hands free for other things, and there’s a changing pad included.

Skip Hop Forma Diaper Backpack - Jet Black


Huggies diapers are well priced, absorbent and free of fragrance, chlorine and other possible allergens. Little Snugglers also feature a wetness indicator and an umbilical cord cutout in the newborn size.

Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers - Newborn (84 Count)


Going the cloth route? These diapers can be used with microfiber, organic cotton or disposable inserts and come in a huge variety of fun prints. They’re one-size-fits-all and feature three snaps for the perfect fit.

Charlie Banana One-size Reusable Cloth Diaper with 2 Reusable Inserts - Grey/White Stars

A wipes dispenser isn’t a must-have, but it is helpful for keeping your wipes moist and makes pulling out one wipe at a time easier than if you’re wrestling with just the pack on its own. This one features a weighted plate on top and a clear window in front so you can see when you’re running low.

OXO Tot Perfect Pull Wipes Dispenser - Grey


This diaper balm is 100% organic and 100% effective. It’s made from organic oils and herbal extracts and works with both disposable and cloth diapers to help treat and prevent diaper rash.

Earth Mama Organic Diaper Balm - 2 Fl Oz, 1


Health + Safety

This infant tub is a great value, especially considering you can use it from day one through the toddler years. (It’s also pretty cute, too.) The mesh sling insert helps support your baby for the first few months and can be removed as they grow and become more comfortable sitting up on their own.

Skip Hop Moby Smart Sling 3-Stage Bath Tub - Grey


Who can resist a baby with a duck bill? More than just adorable, these oversized towels will help keep your little one warm after bath time and are built to last into the toddler years.

ZOOCCHINI Hooded Towel - Duck, 0-24 Months


Organic cotton makes these washcloths gentle on your baby’s sensitive skin. They’re affordable and come in packs of six so you won’t run out before laundry day.

Burt's Bees Baby Organic Solid Washcloth (6 Pack) - Heather Grey


Noodle & Boo’s skincare line is designed just for newborns. This kit includes the staples: hair and body wash, lotion, ointment and a pack of hydrating cleansing cloths. Everything is specially formulated for delicate skin and gentle enough to use daily.

Noodle & Boo Newborn Daily Essentials Gift Set


It’s smart to add an easy-to-use, accurate thermometer to your registry for when your little one isn’t feeling their best. We love the Kinsa (and so do lots of Babylist parents) thanks to its reliability and because it links to your smartphone to help you track temperatures and get guidance on next steps.

Kinsa QuickCare Digital Thermometer


Babylist partnered with ER doctors to create this curated First Aid Kit filled with hospital-grade medical supplies and soothers for baby’s first year and beyond. It’s everything you might need (products and step-by-step guidance) to help with baby’s health.

Babylist Baby First Aid & Grooming Kit


Clothing + Accessories

A footie works for day or night, sleep or play. These affordable basics come in several cute prints and feature two-way zippers for easy diaper changes.

Carter's 2-Way Zip Cotton Sleep & Plays (2 Pack) - White/Neutral Stripes, 3 M

A white bodysuit deserves a spot on every baby registry. Endlessly versatile and extremely affordable, they’re wardrobe staples you’ll reach for again and again.

Honest Baby Clothing 5-Pack Organic Cotton Short Sleeve Bodysuit - Bright White, 0-3 M, 5


Babies seem to have an uncanny knack for scratching their faces. These soft mitts prevent just that. They also feature a high-contrast pattern on one side to help stimulate eye and brain development.

Goumi Kids Stay on Baby Mitts - Drops Gray, 0-3 Months


Gowns make the perfect newborn outfit. They keep your baby warm, leave plenty of room for wiggling and kicking and give you easy access for diaper changes. These are made from incredibly soft knit fabric and come in a range of fun prints.

Copper Pearl Knotted Gown - Noah, 0-4 M


Baby booties are notorious for falling off tiny feet. Zutano booties solve for that issue with a two-snap design and an ankle elastic that helps keep them in place. Looking for a warmer option? They come in fleece too.

Zutano Organic Cotton Booties - Heather Gray, 0-3 Months


Stylish and warm, these top knot hats will keep your little one cozy indoors or out. The top knot adjusts for just the right fit.

Copper Pearl Top Knot Hat - Midtown



Infants don’t need a ton of bells and whistles to stimulate development, especially during the first few months. This baby gym is moderately priced and the perfect spot for your little one to stretch out and explore. The black and white contrasting images support eye development, and the 18 skill-building activities and toys provide lots of entertainment.

Tiny Love Gymini Deluxe - Magical Tales Black & White


Give your little one a soft spot to land on as they learn to roll, sit and crawl. This foam mat is made from 42 triangle and 32 edge pieces and can be arranged in a variety of different fun patterns.

Skip Hop Geo Playspot Foam Floor Tiles - Grey/Cream


Make fruits and veggies fun with these produce-themed rubber teethers. They’re made from natural rubber so they’re 100% safe for gnawing and can be used as teethers, sensory toys or even bath toys.

Oli & Carol Fruits & Veggies Chewable Toy - Kendall The Kale

These wooden beads are a classic first toy. They’re easy to clutch, grab and rattle, and your baby will love to twist and turn them again and again. Everything is made from sustainable wood and finished with non-toxic, water-based paint.

Manhattan Toy Classic Baby Beads - Colorburst


This starter library includes all the classics you’ll want on your little one’s bookshelf. They’re bundled together for extra savings and will quickly become your go-to favorites.

Babylist Baby Starter Library Book Gift Box

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