This is my baby list- it does not include any clothing you’ll need. I can put that list together also. I added an asterisk next to the items you’ll need waiting when baby comes home. Anything that could wait a week or two you can always order or run out and get.
CRIB / BEDDING
*Mattress: We wanted to make sure it was organic.
*Mattress Pad: You should get 2. We use these.
*Crib: We didn't want to spend a ton because they aren't in a crib for that many years. Really like this one and it looks very nice.
*Crib Sheets: I’d get 3 or 4. We got these are Pottery Barn.
Travel Crib / Pack N’ Play: We love the Baby Bjorn travel crib (you don't need a mattress pad).
Travel Crib Sheets: We have 2 of these.
You shouldn't have anything else in your crib (bumpers, etc.). If your baby spits up badly, you can always use a sheet saver (Don’t buy unless this becomes an issue).
*Changing Pad: We use the Keekaroo, which is less cozy but so easy to clean when they spit up/pee/poop on it. This happens often! I’m not sure if it fits in every single changing table, but we one from Pottery Barn and it’s perfect.
*Aquaphor: Make sure for the changing table you have a tub. For the diaper bag a tube is easier.
*Diapers: We love Pampers Swaddlers (only buy 1 newborn pack before the baby arrives because they will soon start wearing size 1).
Overnight Diapers: You should size up for night diapers, especially when baby is sleeping through the night. You can use the regular diapers one size up at first because overnight stretches won’t be very long. Once doing meaningful stretches we preferred Huggies Overnights- we thought they worked better.
*Lotion: Nellie has sensitive skin and we like Aveeno.
*Wipes: We like Pampers Sensitive. A lot of people also like Water Wipes.
*Gripe Water / Gas Drops / Saline: You can buy it all in a set – brand doesn’t matter, I’ve used all different brands for this stuff.
*Nose Bulb: Use this when baby is super congested.
*Thermometer: Get a basic one like this to use rectally and covers for it.
*Diaper Pail: I think all diaper pails smell and we use this and love it. We fill it up with pee diapers and after a poop one we take this out. 99% of my friends with diaper pails ended up tossing it because they smell terrible.
Sleep Training: We read the book 12 by 12 and it was amazing. We started doing it around 8 weeks and it was life changing for us.
Mobile: We used a mobile as a sleep training tool as described in 12 by 12. It’s not chic, but we actually took it down and put it away as soon as she was sleeping through the night. We didn’t want her to be distracted while in crib. Pink version. Green version.
Sound Machine: We do not use one and I recommend waiting to use one. Your baby might sleep perfectly without it. I’d generally avoid using things before there is a need. If you do find you need one, this one is great for the nursery. This one is great for travel. And we used the shusher while sleep training and it’s good for on the go. Some of my friends also love this hatch one.
Monitor: I would set up a nest in the nursery and living room. I would also get a true monitor that has a unit and does not run on wifi (the nest already does). We are very happy with infant optics. The picture isn’t amazing, but sound matters way more than picture. We also have an extra of each for when we travel
People are concerned about nest hacks so here’s my advice on this – register your nest with a gmail address that you make that does not have your name in it, do not enter your address when you register (just city), and also do two step authentication.
Hangers: We have these
I highly recommend having their bedroom light on a dimmer and getting someone to install. This is good for middle of the night changes so you don’t have to make it super bright.
You will get 100 stroller blankets (and other blankets) as gifts. Add the ones you really like to your registry. This is my favorite.
Park Mat: This one is massive and rolls up really nicely.
Umbrella Stroller: Babyzen Yoyo (people are talking about the Uppababy Minu, but it doesn’t fit in all overhead compartments and that’s honestly the point of this for me. We use this all the time and LOVE)
Everyday Stroller: I’m very into the Lalo stroller. Use code MFOF for a discount.
*Car Seat: We used the Nuna Pipa and loved it and lots of friends loved the Doona.
Car Seat Cover: Be careful to not buy one that goes between baby and car seat. The 7am Nido is safe, warm, and easy to use.
Adaptors: If you do a car seat other than the Doona you will need adaptors for the Yoyo and the Lalo comes with adaptors (but other strollers do not). This is car seat specific. Feel free to email me and I can help you with this.
Stroller Hooks: The Lalo comes with hooks, but we also like the Mommy Hooks.
Stroller Gloves: The 7AM ones are great.
Footmuff: We the 7AM this for the big stroller. It was warm and easy to attach. We used this for the Yoyo.
Parent Console: Lalo comes with one, but for our other strollers we tried 10. This was our favorite.
Baby Carrier: We have the Ergoand the Baby Bjorn. My nanny says the Ergo is better, I personally prefer the Baby Bjorn. I’d go try them on and decide.
Diaper Backpack: I tried every single diaper bag and backpack and the 7AM is my favorite by far. I am very happy I didn’t buy a fancy one because I leave this under my stroller at the park and the backpack is also so convenient for travel.
High Chair: you DO NOT NEED THIS for at least 4-6 months. We have the Stokke Tripp Trapp and love it. Lalo is coming out with one and if I could do it all over, I’d get that one.
If you do the Tripp Trap, I highly recommend a water proof cover for it so that it’s easy to clean.
Lobster High Chair: We use this on the kitchen island or when going to grandparents houses.
Travel High Chair: I’d leave this in the diaper bag, in case a restaurant ever doesn’t have high chairs.
Steamer/Blender: Our nanny makes all of Nellie’s food and she loves the Beaba,
Spoons/Forks: I liked these spoons for purees and these for real food.
Plates: I haven’t found any that I think have amazing suction to the table. They are all just fine. We use these.
Bibs for Solids: I like bibs that are all one fabric / piece. The Bella Tunno ones are so cute and have funny sayings. Amazon has cheaper similar ones.
Sippy Cups: We like Think Baby, but you don’t introduce this for about 6 months.
Activity Mat/Gym: Doesn’t much matter which you pick. We liked the Lovevery Baby one. We have the Jonathan Adler one at my parents house and like it too.
We also had the kick and play piano. This is a but smaller but piano comes off so you lasts a bit longer.
Mirror: We liked this one a lot for tummy time.
We used Rock N’ Play but it was recalled. Next time, I will likely use a bassinet in the living room for the first few months. I personally would not use a swing that rocks or vibrates. I think it's important to let the baby self soothe.
Bouncer Chair: The Baby Bjorn chair is great once they're a little older- get it with the wooden toy attachment.
Don't buy any of those animal pillow mats. You will get at least 5 as gifts and they aren’t actually useful. So return ones that aren’t monogrammed or personalized.
In the very beginning, they don't need/use toys. we used these black and white cards which Nellie really liked - we would stand it up on the play mat for her.
Towels: They have lots of cute ones all over and you’ll get them as gifts. We got these
Washcloths: Don’t worry about these being cute, just get a big pack like these.
Tub: We used this tub for the first few months. We put this sponge in it to make it more comfortable.
Shampoo: We use Eucerin because she has sensitive skin, but a lot of my friends like Mustela.
Bath Toys: You really don’t need these for a while. We like foam letters a lot for bath.
Nail Scissors: Some people like the electric file. It didn’t work for us. You’ll need a nail file for the first few weeks and now I use these scissors which are amazing and way easier than clippers.
Brush: A soft brush - brand doesn't matter.
*Swaddles: Nellie didn't like being swaddled. At first we swaddled her in a kissy kissy blanket. If your baby likes being swaddled, people love the swaddle me and the swaddle up (love to dream). Once Nellie was a few weeks old we got the sleep sack halo swaddle because it's good for transitioning out of swaddle. We were able to remove one arm at a time and still swaddle her belly and eventually we graduated to a regular sleep sack.
*Pacifiers: I was very against them until Nellie was born and I realized they're actually a GREAT tool and prevent SIDs. We used the Soothie pacifiers which are the ones they give you in hospital. I wasn’t into Wubba Nubs – they fall out more and can’t be cleaned in dishwasher so we stuck with the basic ones.
Lovey: You won’t need right away but Angel Dear was Nellies favorite. I’d recommend getting all different animals and changing often so they don’t pick one as their favorite. They might eventually. Then buy a ton of them and rotate.
*Feeding Pillow: Boppy pillow is great for bottle and breastfeeding. I'd also get a cover for when it gets dirty. This pillow is a MUST and bring to the hospital.
*Bottles: We loved Dr. Browns. I tried some cuter ones but always went back to these. I’d have 4 ounce size waiting at home and eventually you’ll move to 8 ounce size.
*Drying Rack: We used a Boon Lawn for drying everything - we had two because all the pumping parts take up a lot of space. We also had the twig, flower, and this brush.
We did not use a bottle warmer or a wipe warmer. My opinion was that if your baby gets used to warm bottles or wipes, you won't be able to feed them or change them when you're out. If a bottle was ever too cold, we put it in a glass of warm water.
*Laundry: We used Dreft for laundry but switched to Tide Free & Clear because it's annoying to use diff detergent than Nellie.
*Bottle Cleaning: We used Dapple but then around 7/8 weeks just switched to throwing everything in the dishwasher in a cage.
A lot of my friends used this sanitizer and said it was amazing and also dried the bottles. They still use it for sippy cups.
*Formula: Even if breast feeding I’d have some ready to feed formula. Before your milk comes in you might need to supplement. If you continue using formula I recommend the powder. I looked into the organic/fancy stuff and just didn’t think it was much better and also liked that no matter where I am if I need formula CVS or any store has Similiac. It’s also what they used in the hospital so I liked that.
*Burp Cloths / Bibs: You should buy cloth diapers and use those around the house. And get a big pack of cheap bibs. They are cheap and you can toss them once they get yucky. You can get a few cute ones for when you're out and about, but around the house it's easy to just use these. You’ll get over cute bibs and burp cloths in the house pretty fast.
*Nursing Bras: I liked these.
*Overnight Nursing Bras: I used something like this.
*Pumping Bra: You'll want something like this.
*Nipple Cream: I used Bamboobies.
*Nipple Pads: I used these nursing pads.
*Pump: I used the Spectra S1 breast pump. Your pump is FREE with insurance. I liked S1 because you can walk around with it – doesn’t need to be plugged in while using.
*Milk Storage Bags: I used these (freeze milk FLAT for maximum freezer space). It's important to label these with the date and amount of ounces because once you freeze it you can't tell.
I recommend doing it on babylist so you can pull all the things you want to one location. The site is a bit annoying for people buying you gifts, but it's easier for you. You'll have just had a baby, so it's all about you! You should register for all the cute clothing you see on online (department stores, boutiques, brands, etc.). People want to get you stuff and it’s nice to get what you actually want. You can make a note specifying what size/color you want them to buy something in, so think about what size your baby will be and the season.