If you are expecting your first baby, you probably already know your life is going to change dramatically. But these life changes don’t just stop at your interrupted sleeping pattern. If you choose to breastfeed, you might refuse to even look at blouses that aren’t button down or offer easy access to the milk supply. Forget the fun, sporty commuter car – you are about to be wowed by the seductive parent-friendly features of the minivan. Okay, maybe that last bit went a tad too far, but the point is clear – from now on the way you think about everyday items will be forever changed.
It’s important to get the right gear for the little bundle, but navigating the endless aisles of baby products is enough to make anyone’s head spin. Never fear - we’ve compiled a complete list of baby must-haves up to 3 months to add to your registry.
Baby needs to eat.
Bottles & Bottle Accessories – Even if you plan to breastfeed, it can take several days for a new mother’s milk to come in. Having bottles handy is always a good idea. A bottle warmer might also be in order.
Formula – Again, research supports that breastfeeding an infant until 6 months of age offers numerous health benefits. That said, whether you are choosing to formula-feed or not, it’s wise to have some formula on hand for emergencies.
Burp cloths – Cloth diapers make great burp cloths, and can be used as cleaning rags in the future.
Pacifiers – If you choose to use pacifiers, put several on your registry as they tend to go missing!
Nursing Pillow – There are several to choose from, and many women swear by one brand or the other. Nursing pillows can save your arms and your back. Pro-tip: bring it with you to the hospital!
Nursing cover – We believe in normalizing breastfeeding; however, if you desire something a little more modest, a nursing cover will help you feel comfortable feeding your baby in whatever environment you’re in.
Baby needs a place to sleep.
Crib & Mattress – Some cribs transform into toddler beds, which your child can use for several years. Make sure the crib you choose meets all safety requirements as outlined by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Bedding – A fitted sheet, a mattress protector and a water-proof liner is all you need in your baby’s crib, period. Make sure to get 2 of each. Do not place bumpers, loose blankets, pillows or stuffed animals in the crib until your baby is at least one year old.
Co-sleeper, Bassinet & Swing – You may not need all three of these things, but having a portable place for the baby to sleep (or just hang out) can be a real life-saver.
Swaddlers and Sleep Sacks – Swaddling can go a long way to helping baby to sleep. Sleep sacks are considered the safest option to prevent SIDS. Blanket swaddlers can have many uses including swaddling, burp cloth, carseat/stroller cover – the list goes on and on.
White Noise Machine – The womb is a noisy place, and many babies are comforted to sleep with a constant whooshing sound.
Baby Monitor – Put your mind at ease without waking a sleeping baby. Baby monitors will notify you if your baby is crying, and there are some monitors which measure your child’s heartbeat and breathing pattern.
Baby needs to be changed.
Diapers – Whether cloth diapers or disposable, your baby’s booty will need to be covered so that mess doesn’t end up on you! A baby can go through as many as 12 diapers a day, so stock up on as many as you can.
Wipes – Many babies are sensitive to the ingredients in wipes, so water wipes might be the way to go. In any case, wipes often become so essential to a new mom’s life, you will see them in her purse long after the kids are potty-trained.
Diaper Pail – Trash cans especially made for diapers help cover up odors in a way that normal trash cans cannot.
Changing Pad – Seasoned moms will often change their babies on any sturdy surface, but for new moms recovering from birth, and especially those recovering from C-Sections, a changing pad atop a changing table will save you from getting in an uncomfortable position.
Changing Pad Waterproof Liners – Just trust us on this one.
Baby needs clothes.
At your baby shower you can expect to get a lot of clothes – some you’ll like and some you won’t. You may also expect some hand-me-downs. What you really need are some basics to get baby covered.
White Onesies – You’ll need these for everyday wear. They are also great for layering at night in the winter.
Pants – For those rare moments you get out of the house and need to look presentable. Also get pants for the baby. ;)
Sleepers – Sleepers will keep the baby warm from the neck down, especially while they are sleeping. Some sleepers also come with built-in mittens so babies can’t scratch their faces.
Hats – Again, keeping that little bundle warm in the first few months is key. This include that little bald head.
Socks – Do yourself a favor and request socks all in the same color. That way, when you inevitably lose these tiny pieces of fabric, you can interchange them.
Baby needs to bathe.
Baby Tub – As cute as the pictures are, it can be pretty tough to bathe baby in the sink. There are also tubs and tub chairs that you can fold up if you need the extra space.
Organic Soap/Shampoo – Bathing a baby too often and using a harsh soap can quickly dry out baby’s skin. Register for a gentle organic soap that can be used head to toe.
Baby Towels – To be honest, your regular towels will probably do, but the baby towels come with the adorable corner head covering, and who doesn’t love that?
Baby needs a clean environment.
Greenshield Organic Baby Free&Clear Laundry Detergent – Your baby is in a perfect environment in your womb, skin touching everything that’s healthy for it. Once the kiddo is in the real world, things like harsh chemicals are a shock to the system. Keep their clothes free from anything that would irritate sensitive skin by picking the right laundry detergent.
Greenshield Organic Baby Liquid Dish Soap – Bottles, sippy cups and baby spoons all need to be sterilized, which usually involves immersing them in hot water, but gunk can still build up. You can’t use just any dish soap to get bottles clean. Our dish soap is made with food-grade ingredients and is designed with your baby in mind.
Greenshield Organic Baby Multi-Surface Cleaner – Keep hard surfaces clean and safe for kiddos to touch.
Baby needs to travel.
Carseat – A new carseat is an absolute necessity. In fact, most hospitals will not let you take your baby home without one.
Stroller – The importance of a good stroller cannot be emphasized enough. Something lightweight that works with your carseat will be essential for whenever you want to get out of the house.
Baby Carrier – Whether or not you’re an advocate for baby-wearing, a baby carrier is a must (Hello – how else do you go grocery shopping with an infant?). There are many different styles out there, so find the one that’s comfortable for you.
Baby needs to play.
Activity Mat – An activity mat with dangling toys is a great way to help your child discover play.
Board Books – There are several benefits from reading to your child at an early age. Also, by letting your children play with books, you can help pique their interest in the written word while they are still infants.
Baby needs to stay in good health.
Baby Thermometer – Digital thermometers that can be inserted in the ear or swiped across the forehead can help give you peace of mind for all those “does he feel hot to you?” moments.
A Snot Sucker/Baby Saline Spray – A snot sucker sounds gross (well, it is gross), but boy is it effective, and can help your baby breathe better.
Baby Fingernail Clippers – Cutting a baby’s nails can be a heart-stopping experience. Still, it needs to be done, and you need the right tool for the job.
While many retailers offer baby registries for items in their store, Baby List, MyRegistry and Amazon will give you more freedom to add registry items from any ecommerce site, including ours. The arrival of a new baby is such a special time, and it’s crucial to have all the gear you need so you can soak up each second with your little one.