Mommy SOS | Baby Registry Checklist & Registry Must-Haves


Baby Registry Checklist

I remember when I was pregnant with Nora I was TERRIFIED of the idea of registering.  Unlike registering for a wedding I felt so ill-equipped to register for a BABY.  I mean – I had no idea what a baby actually needs or wants.  Who does, right?  Certainly not this first time mama! Just walking into the Target baby aisle (not to mention the baby superstores – Babies “R” Us or Buy, Buy Baby) was overwhelming enough.

So like so many things in life – I turned to my “been-there-done-it” friends for advice.  And by “been-there-done-it” I mean the friends that I really respect and value their opinions – not just anyone.  We’ll call them the “select” few :).

One of the most useful tools a “select few” friend sent me was her Baby Registry Checklist.  This was no ordinary checklist ladies – she had combined a number of store’s and websites suggested registry checklists into one.  It’s nothing fancy but it really is an excellent resource!

Download your copy of the Baby Registry Checklist here.

Note: I will say –  it  isn’t necessary to register for everything on this list but it was a great guide in helping me prepare for the day we registered. I spent a number of weeks going through the list asking people questions like “Is a Bassinet necessary” or “I had no idea bottles came in different sizes – how many of each would you register for?” And so on and so forth.  It really made the day(s) we register much more manageable and less stressful.  (Thanks again Nealy!)

Registry Must-Haves

Now to our Mommy SOS topic…Registry “Must-Haves.”  If you’re a first time expecting mom you’ve probably already figured out that every mom has a different opinion/experience with baby products.

To illustrate this point be sure to jump over to our Steph vs Joy | Baby Essentials List post. Hilarious, right?! All opinions are great… but sometimes they conflict and make it hard for you to decide what YOU will do when registering. 

In an effort to help all of our first-time expecting mama readers I wanted to give YOU an opportunity to share your ONE Registry Must-Have.  If you had to choose just ONE thing that has made your life soooo much easier, we want to hear about it. 

But before we do…here’s my pick…

The Miracle Blanket. Call it a fluke or not – but the first day we used this thing our little princess slept from 10:00 pm to 6:30 am. I couldn’t believe it!! My hubby awoke that morning and said (and I quote) “It really is a miracle!” 

Now it’s your turn! Comment below. 



Steph is the Co-founder of Scottsdale Moms Blog and Social Media Director for Family Matters. She is mamma to Nora (July 2009) and baby girl #2 (due May 2011) and wife of Alan.  She loves shopping for great deals, wearing funky jewery and spending loads of time with friends.  Steph gets a kick out of multitasking and loves nothing more than throwing a good party. You are always welcome to e-mail Steph at [email protected].


  1. Mine is not the most glamorous essential, but I could not have survived without a ton of burp cloths. The cloth diaper kind worked best for me because they were super absorbent and with some fun fabric sewn on, they are super cute! I probably have about 24 of these and in the first few weeks I would go through them in about 2 days!

    • Totally agree! You will use them for things you would never even think to use them for! The first few weeks after my son was born I uses four of them rolled up just to help prop him up when he was in his bouncer seat. You really cannot have enough!

  2. This is not necessarily a newborn item or anything but we got the most use out of our Bumbo seat and tray. As soon as Reagan could sit up, it was great because we could take it anywhere! It was perfect to feed her or just throw some toys on the tray for her to play with. We used it at home, took it to friend’s houses, took it camping, and I even used it in the shower with me! She loved sitting there with the water splashing on her and had a great time while I actually got a shower (then I could just give her a good wipe down too!)

  3. Rather than something TO register for, I would suggest NOT registering for any baby clothes. The way the clothes show up on the printed registry does not include pictures, only descriptions, so even if people tried to buy clothes that you register for it will be VERY difficult for them to figure out what you actually added to the registry. Plus, they will be considered seasonal items and may not even be in the stores by the time friends and family get there.

    • The one thing that I absolutely could not have imagined NOT having was a JJ Cole lite bundleme. My son gets really hot and even if your baby doesn’t, this thing will be a life saver! Rather than bundling the baby up with thick clothes or coats when it is chilly outside then strapping them into their car seat (which is NOT safe by the way!), you dress them as they would need to be for inside. The bundleme just covers baby up and has a zipper to really keep the cold out, if needed. If baby gets hot or cold while driving, no need to pull over and redress them, just reach back and pull the cover off or on. Sure you could use a plain blanket but the zipper helps so they can’t accidentally kick it off, it attaches to the car seat so no need to worry about forgetting it, losing it somewhere, or taking up valuable space in your diaper bag AND it is also water resistant! I LOVE it!

  4. Lauren, I have to agree about the burp cloths. Our house is still littered with them DAILY!
    A close second, I would have to say, is this little Baby Einstein music toy…I’ve used it every day of my son’s life!
    It plays several classical music pieces when you push the button, AND it slides right in between the headrest of the carseat. From day one, it has been a lifesaver in the car and around the house. It’s usually enough to briefly distract Easton when he’s fussy…and now he can push the button by himself sometimes… 🙂

  5. I would for sure say my daughter’s sleep sack was the best. She would always get out when we would swaddle her in a receiving blanket, but she always slept snug as a bug with her sleep sack. That and her sound maker; I still put it on when she sleeps, and she’s 2! It mostly drowns out outside noise and my barking dogs!


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