Stay at Home Mom: 25+ Baby Registry Must Haves

The Stay-at-Home Parent's Baby Registry Guide

August 17, 2018

The Stay-at-Home Parent's Baby Registry Guide

The Stay-at-Home Parent's Baby Registry Guide
You'll be on baby duty 24/7 soon. Get ready by registering for baby gear that can act like a 2nd pair of hands when you really need it.The Stay-at-Home Parent's Baby Registry Guide

Having your first baby always comes with a learning curve, but that curve can be steeper when you’re planning on staying home to care for your little one. Being a stay-at-home mom or dad is a tough gig—so it’s crucial to stock up on the things that make daily life simpler and more joyful.

Since you’ll be on baby duty 24/7, you want baby products that will go the extra mile and get you from the nursery to your first play date in comfort and style. Here are our top baby registry picks for the stay-at-home parent.

Gear

Since most newborns want to be close to mom or dad at all times, every stay-at-home parent needs a versatile and comfortable baby carrier in their arsenal. This carrier offers six different ergonomic positions and grows with your baby (newborn up to 45 pounds). The breathable mesh also makes it so much easier to wear during the hot summer months!

lillebaby Complete All Seasons 6-in-1 Baby Carrier

$119.99

Baby needs a place to play and learn, and this keyboard gym from Fisher-Price delivers with four different ways to play. As your baby kicks the keys, they’ll be rewarded with pleasing music. There are also five activity toys and a mirror to keep them busy while you sip your morning coffee.

Fisher-Price Piano Gym, Kick and Play

$49.99

This car seat ensures a foolproof installation, with a bubble level that tells you when the seat is installed correctly. For convenience, you can register for an extra base for your partner’s car (although it installs safely using just your car’s seat belt, too). It’s compatible with most Chicco strollers and even some other popular brands, too.

Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat

$199.99

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When it’s time to head to the playground or for a walk around the block, simply connect the Chicco Keyfit Caddy Stroller Frame with your Chicco infant car seat. You’ll know it’s tethered properly when you hear the audible click. This stroller frame is made from lightweight yet sturdy aluminum, and it unfolds with one hand.

Chicco Keyfit Caddy Stroller Frame

$99.99

Say farewell to the days of garish foam play mats that clash with your decor. The Gathre Mint All-Purpose Play Mat from Land of Nod is made from genuine leather and looks beautiful in your living room (even covered with Cheerios and spit-up). It can go anywhere, and it wipes clean easily.

Gathre Mint All-Purpose Play Mat

$70.00

This version of Graco’s ubiquitous Pack n’ Play may be a little pricier than average, but its value is that it’s designed to grow with your baby every step of the way. When baby’s little, you’ll love the cozy napper station and convenient changing table. As baby gets bigger, they can sleep in the full-size bassinet until they’re ready to graduate to a crib. Finally, as a toddler, they can play safely in the playard while you make a phone call or get chores done around the house.

Graco Pack n’ Play Playard Newborn Napper DLX

$157.99

Diapering

If you’re thinking of trying cloth diapering but not quite sure about the commitment, register for the Econobum cloth-diapering kit for newborns. The kit includes a zippered wet bag for storing wet diapers until they can be laundered, two newborn diaper covers with snap closures, six organic cotton prefolds and six newborn-sized liners. Also included are cloth diapering instructions, so there’s no need to stress if you’re not sure what all the different parts are for.

Econobum Newborn Kit

$49.95

Every cloth-diapering mom or dad needs a place to stash wet diapers until laundry time. This hanging wet bag from Planet Wise is made from waterproof material and has a locking zipper to keep odors sealed in.

Planet Wise Hanging Wet/Dry Diaper Tote Bag

$33.95

If you’re on the fence about whether cloth or disposable diapering is right for your family, you may just want to give yourself some time to decide before your shower date. Add a cash fund for diapers to your Babylist registry so that you can be financially prepared for whichever diapering method you choose.

Cash Fund for Diapers

$Any dollar amount

Your nursery needs a comfortable, durable and easy-to-clean changing pad. Babyletto’s Pure 31 Inch Non-Toxic Contour Changing Pad is all of the above, plus it is non-toxic and hypoallergenic.

Babyletto Pure 31 Inch Non-Toxic Contour Changing Pad

$46.00

This gender-neutral changing pad cover is designed to fit the Babyletto changing pad and can be popped in the wash whenever it gets soiled. Baby will appreciate the soft, plush top, and you’ll appreciate the crisp, clean design.

Babyletto Contour Changing Pad Cover

$29.99

Clothing & Accessories

Aden + anais makes some of the softest and most beautiful swaddles blankets out there. Aside from just swaddling newborns, these 100-percent cotton muslin blankets can be used as a nursing cover, a car seat cover or a place to lay baby down for playtime. They’re also designed to be breathable so your little one doesn’t get too warm.

aden + anais Freehand Swaddle Blankets

$49.00

Your little wild child will look adorable in this gender-neutral newborn bodysuit and pants combo by indie designer LittleLoviesChic.

Where the Wild Things Are Newborn Outfit

$13.00

Feeding

This handy machine will make your life easier if you’re planning to make healthy homemade baby food. Not only will you know exactly what ingredients are going into your baby’s food, you’ll likely save money by making your own purees, too. The one-bowl design means you won’t have to transfer hot food to a blender—just add your ingredients, set your steam time and let the machine work its magic.

Baby Brezza Glass Baby Food Maker

$159.99

You’ll love the feel of this supportive breastfeeding pillow, and you’ll love even more that it doubles as a lounger for baby before they’re able to sit up on their own.

Boppy Luxe Nursing Pillow and Positioner

$49.99

Even though you may not be going into an office, there may come a time when you need to pump. Stay-at-home moms will build a breastmilk stash for times when their milk supply drops due to illness, or if they’re planning on being away from baby for more than a couple hours. It’s great to have a reliable manual breast pump on hand to get the job done.

Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump

$23.99

For breastfeeding parents, when it’s time to transition to a bottle, you want one that has a natural feel, like the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles. It’ll make it less likely that baby will reject the bottle, and also less likely that they’ll come to prefer it over “the real thing.” These bottles are great for formula-feeding parents, too, because the wide neck makes it easier to scoop in the formula powder.

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottles

$17.39

Bathtime

For babies zero to six months, this adorable and cuddly infant tub alternative is where it’s at. The plush material makes bathtime comfortable so it will be baby’s favorite time. Plus, can you imagine the photo-ops?!

Blooming Bath Blooming Bath Lotus Baby Bath

$39.99

If cradle cap is a concern with your new baby, Mustela foam shampoo is a gentle way to get rid of those pesky flakes. It’s made from 99-percent natural ingredients and smells great, too.

Mustela Foam Shampoo for Newborns

$12.50

Nursery & Decor

This beautiful vintage-inspired crib from Jenny Lind will instantly upgrade your nursery. It’s made from solid poplar wood, comes in two neutral colors and converts to a toddler bed when your little one is ready.

DaVinci Jenny Lind Stationary Crib, White

$178.72

The genius in this mattress is that it has two sides: a firmer side to safely sleep newborns, and a cushier side so when you’re ready to flip it, your toddler can sleep in comfort. It fits most standard-sized cribs.

Colgate Classica III Dual Firmness Foam Crib Mattress

$159.99

For a cozy place to nurse, rock or read to baby in comfort, this Comfort Square glider and ottoman set from Pottery Barn Kids is a great option. With a range of colors and materials, you can customize this nursery essential to your heart’s desire.

Comfort Square Arm Swivel Glider & Ottoman

$999.00

Health & Safety

Be prepared with this newborn health and safety kit, which includes essentials such as a rectal thermometer, nasal aspirator, nail clippers and infant brush.

Safety 1st Safety 1st Ready! Newborn Nursery Kit

The cutest plush penguin adorns this Soothie pacifier made with medical-grade silicone. Perfect for soothing babies from the newborn stage to three months.

WubbaNub Grey Penguin Pacifier Toy

$14.95

Toys

Babies love having a sweet plushie to touch and hug, and Jellycat makes the most adorable ones out there. The Jellycat Sweetie Fox works great in a woodland- or animal-themed nursery.

Jellycat Sweetie Fox

$22.50

Why not tap your friends and family for their gently used stash of toys? They’ll likely be happy to get them out of the house, and as a stay-at-home parent, you’ll appreciate having a wide variety of toys around to keep baby entertained. You can ask for anything on Babylist, hand-me-down toys included! Just add a blank coupon and let your gift givers know what you want.

Preloved Toys

Inspired by nature and created by independent toymakers Water & Lightning, these handcrafted, painted-wood blocks are the perfect first set for your wee one.

Water & Lightning Sticks & Stones

$37.00

Staying at home with baby doesn’t mean going at it alone. They say it takes a village to raise a child—enlist the help of your village to ease your transition into parenthood and beyond. With Babylist, not only can you register for any item from any store (Amazon, Target, even Etsy!), but also for help and favors (like dog walking or freezer meals) or even cash funds toward a big-ticket item like a glider or your child’s education. Start your Babylist registry now to get what you really need.

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