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A Guide to Creating Your Dream Baby Registry

With a baby on the way, your house is no doubt in a flurry of excitement and anticipation as everyone prepares for your new addition. You’re planning a baby shower, but are stuck on what to add to your baby registry…a new baby needs a lot of equipment, clothes, toys, and nursery items. Make sure so all of these things are taken care of before your due date with an easy-to-use registry.

Wondering where to begin? To help new moms and dads out, we’ve rounded up the most needed items for your newborn and grouped them by category. You’ll also find a list of the best places to create a registry, from one-stop-shop online retailers to comprehensive websites that let you choose from a variety of baby stores. Get started as early as you like in filling out your registry and by the time baby comes, you’ll have everything you need.

Top Items to Include by Category


  • Baby Bathtub
  • Hooded Towels
  • Baby shampoo and soap
  • Faucet cover
  • Baby nail trimmer
  • Thermometer


  • Onesies
  • Bibs
  • Socks
    Burp Cloths
  • Swimsuit for summer babies
  • Snowsuit for winter babies
  • Hat

Nursery Furniture and Gear

  • Bassinet
  • Baby Monitor
  • Swing for Infants
  • Playpen
  • Crib
  • Rocking Chair
  • Noise Machine
  • Changing Table
  • High Chair


  • Stroller
  • Car Seat
  • Diaper Changing Mat


  • Breast pump
  • Nursing bras
  • Baby bottles
  • Pacifiers
  • Milk Storage Bags


  • Disposable or cloth variety of diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Diaper cream
  • Diaper Bag


  • Books
  • Plush Toys
  • Bath Toys
  • Activity Mat
  • Toy Baskets or Bins
  • Rattle
  • Teething Rings

Where to Register

The Bump

If you are planning to register for items at multiple stores, keep it all organized by creating one succinct registry through The Bump. This is a very popular choice for new parents who need a lot of things, from nursery decor to clothing. It allows for the maximum amount of choice without the hassle of having to register with multiple stores separately.

Buy Buy Baby

Stock up on all the essentials at Buy Buy Baby, which is known for their extensive inventory of baby — and only baby — merchandise. You can easily get everything you need from this one store, and they offer discounts and coupons when you create your registry. The only potential setback is that many of the coupons need to be redeemed in store, so if you don’t have a Buy Buy Baby near you, you won’t be able to get the most bang for your buck.


Target has a vast selection of baby products, from diapers to nursery decor, so it is a great place to have a registry as a new parent. Once you create your registry, you’ll receive a welcome kit that includes coupons and free samples. Target’s super easy-to-use registry even allows for a message from the parents as well as a calendar with the baby’s due date. 


Amazon has everything new parents need and it’s a platform most people are familiar shopping on, so there won’t be any confusion about the registry. They have great rates for items and the lowest shipping costs, which are free if you are a Prime member. You’ll also get a Welcome Box and a 15% discount when you complete your registry.

Plumfund Babyfund

If you already feel like you have what you need for your newborn, consider Plumfund Babyfund, started by the creators of Honeyfund. Essentially, it’s a crowdsourcing effort where instead of physical gifts, you’ll receive monetary gifts under the headings of items or experiences. This gives you the choice of what you would like to buy and how to use your remaining funds. You might want to go this route if this is not your first child and you’d rather have cash than a bunch of items you don’t need.

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