Today we’re NOT sharing anything related to photography. Instead, we’re sharing our must-haves for your baby registry list!
Becoming new parents is one of the best things that’s ever happened to us, and was also an introduction into an entirely new world of baby gear. We remember how OVERWHELMED we felt when we first sat down to start our baby registry list and realized we knew almost nothing about what we actually needed!
We’re certainly not experts by any means, but we’ve learned a lot since having our first baby boy, Beckett. We currently have five really important couples in our life who are all pregnant as FIRST-TIME PARENTS right now. Each of them started asking us things like, “Okay. What do I really need? What’s a waste? Which things are your favorite? Where do I start? Will you help me register?!” and we realized since we were already going to take the time to compile a baby registry list for them, there were probably some other parents-to-be out there we might be able to help too!
7. Snooze Shade
20. PATpat Pacifier
21. Ubbi Diaper Pail
So here are our recommended Top 25 Baby Registry List Must-Haves. We split them into five main categories to hopefully make it easy to follow along! Starting with THE MOST important…. SLEEP!!
*Top 5 Sleep Essentials*
This is our NUMBER ONE recommendation for parents-to-be! We took this course when we were still pregnant so we could lay a solid sleep foundation from the start, and it was one of the best decisions we ever made. Beckett starting sleeping eight hours a night at eight weeks old and now he sleeps between 11 and 12 hours a night, and takes two solid 90 minute naps a day (!!) THE DREAM. We’re well rested, are able to be so productive during work hours and have the ability to truly enjoy the time we have with Becks. We couldn’t have done this without Cara and her newborn course! She always points out they use sleep deprivation as a form of torture for a reason. Her class is the very first thing we tell our friends who are expecting about because it’s been the biggest key to ENJOYING life with a baby! A lot of these sleep products below are things we use to implement the things she taught us!
Newborns need to be swaddled TIGHT in order so sleep well on their backs (and stay asleep!). The Ollie Swaddle is designed with velcro to recreate that snug feeling they experience in the womb and keep them asleep, even with their strong newborn startle reflex. It’s the ONLY swaddle we ever needed, and the only one we would add to our baby registry list!
Beckett never goes to sleep without his white noise machine on. It recreates the sounds he heard in the womb and it helps block out surrounding noise (he’s never waken up from the doorbell!) We like this one because it has a battery option, so it’s portable when it needs to be but also can be plugged into an outlet when we’re at home (which saves us tons on batteries!) but there are lots of good options out there. Just make sure you add one of these to your baby registry list! Ours is the MyBaby SoundSpa.
The Baby Shusher is a specific type of white noise machine that actually makes the “shhhhhh” sound for you! It truly sounds like a person saying “shhhh!” It creeped us out when we first heard it, but it totally helps Becks fall asleep. The Baby Shusher is also so small and portable that we used to throw it in our diaper bag any time we ran errands when he was in the newborn stage and turn it on low volume to get him to sleep in his carseat at the grocery store, and nobody even noticed.
If we had to choose only one, the SoundSpa white noise machine is most important because you can use it all night. The shusher goes off automatically after about thirty minutes, but we’ve really liked being able to use both!
Zippers!!! We can’t even tell you how much we love jammies with ZIPPERS! In those first few months of life when you’re changing their diaper in the middle of the night, jammies with zippers become your best friend. They’re SO much easier than snaps, and when you’re exhausted and it’s pitch black, you’ll never love these zippers more. We learned you don’t really need to add clothes to your registry because people are so excited to buy cute baby outfits that they’re going to do it whether they’re on your registry or not, but jammies with zippers is a must-have! Bonus points if they’re inverted!
We weren’t planning on sleeping with our newborn in our bed (we had a beautiful bassinet ready to go!) but as soon as he was born, we were still at the birth center when Amy said with a brand new Beckett on her chest, “I think I understand why people co-sleep now! The first eight weeks, we loved having a way to have him between us in bed that still created a safe barrier (i.e. no chance of rolling onto him!) Once he started sleeping for eight hours at night (thanks Cara!) we moved the Dock-a-Tot to the our Halo Bassinest, and it was such a seamless transition. Our favorite thing about the Dock-a-Tot was how portable it was. His first few weeks of life, we’d bring it wherever we were, so he could sleep in the kitchen while we were eating, for example, and as he got older, we could bring it to our family and friends’ houses and he had the same “nap setup” everywhere we went!
It’s no secret we travel a lot! Beckett took six round trip flights in his first six months of life! We registered for this one specifically because IT FITS IN A SUITCASE! We repeat: IT FITS IN A SUITCASE!! If you’ve ever seen people traveling with traditional pack n’plays, you know why this is such a big deal! We can’t even tell you how many DMs we got on Instagram the first time we showed this photo of Beckett with all our bags to shoot Megan and Joe’s wedding in Wisconsin. If you’re planning on traveling (even if it’s just a road trip to stay with family!) this thing is so convenient it’s worth the extra bucks and definitely an item not to leave off of your baby registry list!
We learned about this blackout cover for the pack ‘n’ play from Cara and we can’t go a day without it anymore! Sharing a room with a baby (especially on the road!) can be so inconvenient, but this breathable cover keeps it dark for him to sleep and prevents him from seeing us! We love it so much that now we don’t just use it for traveling, we have him sleep in it every day! He hasn’t used his actual crib once! We think it’s the only reason we’ve been able to successfully room share with Becks and still get twelve hours of sleep out of him!
We’re hoping that our family will continue to grow, so we wanted a stroller that would grow with us. We love that with the UppaBaby, you can pile three kids of different ages on it, that it’s able to convert from a bassinet for walks around the neighborhood, worked seamlessly with his infant carseat, and now has a great “big boy” seat. We got the accompanying travel bags to check the carseat and stroller on flights (those things fly free on every airline!) and we’re so glad we did. The first time we flew, our carseat was damaged. Because we bought the travel bag, UppaBaby REPLACED our car seat no questions asked! It’s definitely expensive, but we looked at it as a one-time investment that will hopefully last us for many years to come. If you’re adding a stroller and car seat to your baby registry list, this is the set we would recommend!
We have the UppaBaby Vista Stroller with the Mesa Carseat in Henry (Blue Marl)
We loved the Solly Baby wrap for newborn snuggles. We tried lots of different wraps and baby carriers (even some really expensive ones!) once Becks could hold up his own head, but ultimately loved this $29 Infantino 4-in-1 one the most, especially because he loves facing out (and doesn’t have much tolerance for facing in!)
This isn’t technically a “travel” item, but this Boppy Elephant Lounger did help us “travel” quickly around our house the first few months! It’s just really nice to have a quick and easy way to plop your newborn down wherever you are. We use our lounger as the “docking station” before and after bath time. And before he was rolling over, we used to use it to keep him ext to us when we were eating, working or getting ready!
*Top 5 Entertainment Essentials*
This Baby Bjorn Bouncer is one of our MOST USED items! It allows us to set Beckett down, keep him close by, and (in conjunction with the Meadow Friends Stroller Arch listed below) keep him entertained and secure when we need to do basic things… like eat… and shower! It’s not easy to travel with, but we do it anyway because it’s such a lifesaver. This bouncer is definitely a must-have for your baby registry list!
This stroller arch is also one of our most used items! It attaches to all kinds of things: strollers, carseats, and most importantly for us, the bouncer seat described above! Not sure we’d ever get a meal or a shower in without it! Maybe the best $20 bucks we’ve ever spent!
Beckett’s number one carseat buddy. He easily smushes into our diaper bag and is the best on-the-go toy we have. So many great textures and noises. Beckett LOVES this thing! Mr. Moose’s real name is “Lamaze Mortimer the Moose,” but we’ll stick with Mr. Moose!
We created this beautiful neutral nursery so we wanted an activity play mat that would go with it. We found this mat from Pottery Barn that was a perfect fit, and surprisingly priced about the same as most other activity mats we saw. We learned pretty quickly that if it was Beckett’s choice, everything in our house would be BRIGHT ORANGE, so we still can’t say for sure whether we’d get this one again (and just keep hanging bright, colorful things from it) or just get a bright colored one to begin with! Either way, an activity mat is a great one to add to your baby registry list to keep your baby entertained independently before they can sit up.
Did we mention we love soft, neutral things?! Haha this rainforest jumperoo is straight out of our millennial nightmares. It’s giant. It’s rainbow. It takes up half our living room. But we’d get it again in a heartbeat because it’s given us hours of productivity and Becks can’t get enough of it! The key with this specific one is he can jump in it. There are lots of different “excersaucers” out there, but make sure you get one that they can JUMP in! The jumping component is EVERYTHING. He gets out so much energy and LOVES being in there, and WE love how much work we can get done!
* Top 5 Nursing/Feeding Essentials *
Amy *thought* she was going to like those cute stretchy scarves that double as a nursing cover, but they’re actually more of a pain for nursing than she expected. Especially in the beginning, there’s a learning curve to nursing in public, or in the backseat of a car, or an airplane, and those stretchy nursing covers made things more difficult because she couldn’t see Beckett. Now she only uses apron-style nursing covers because the keep their shape which means she can see Becks at all times, and they still provide privacy when we’re out in public. Amy’s is this Bebe Au Lait Premium Nursing Cover.
These next few things we’re including because Amy didn’t even know these existed before Becks was born and they’ve been so convenient. Every second counts when you’re a new mama, and this hands-free pumping bra allows her to multi-task. She’s able to blow dry her hair and pump at the same time! Or work! Or read!
These were two things we didn’t think add to our baby registry list that we use all the time!
Once Becks could sit up and we introduced solids, the bumbo seat became our best friend! He can play in it on the ground, and it helped him learn how to sit, but our favorite thing about it is we can easily feed him wherever we are (the kitchen counter, the dinner table etc.) and it’s easier to move around than the high chair. Bonus: it’s easy to clean!
Our baby does NOT take a pacifier. We repeat: does NOT take a pacifier! We tried EVERY brand trying to find one he would like, but he’s made it pretty clear that sucking on a pacifier just isn’t his thing. Luckily, we found THIS pacifier on Amazon, and it’s been a total lifesaver. He won’t use it like a regular pacifier, but it’s the best way for him to self-soothe teething pain, and he LOVES it! He gnaws on all the sides and it brings him so much relief!
* Top 5 Diapering & Bath Essentials *
We did so much research on the best diaper pail (haha add that to our list of things we never expected to google!) and this one came away the winner. The Ubbi done an awesome job of locking in the scent and keeping the house smelling good, and the reason we really love it is because you can use ANY type of trash bags! So it’s saved us SO much money already not having to purchase expensive bags specific to a diaper pail brand.
We’ve tried a few different natural brands, and nothing works better than this stuff! We keep the Burt’s Bees Diaper Rash Ointment in our diaper bag and one by his changing pad.
We’ve tried A LOT of natural diapers, and these Earth’s Best are our favorite! People love to bring diapers to baby showers, so include these on your baby registry list to be sure you get the ones you like 🙂
We’re Burt’s Bees fans over here for all things baby soap! Love the way he smells after a bath! The baby bath we have isn’t available anymore, but we loved having one that helped us make sure the water temperature wasn’t too hot!
We never could’ve known how quickly Becks would grow (and regrow!) death claws! Haha! BUY TWO! Losing them is the worst!
Okay, so this is a shameless plug, but we had to include our online Shooting & Editing Course on this baby registry list because we have SO MANY NEW MAMAS who enroll! So many of our students buy a nice camera to be able to capture beautiful memories of their babies and quickly realize that the pictures they’re taking do NOT look the way they were hoping in their head! It’s frustrating and intimidating and disappointing, and a lot of people end up putting their cameras on a shelf. That’s who we’re here to help!
We designed this course to be able to walk someone brand new to photography step-by-step through our entire process for creating images we love in-camera and editing them faster than ever before. Even though a lot of our students who enroll have plans to make photography a part-time or full-time career (and they do!) we have just as many students who don’t even consider themselves “photographers” and don’t WANT to make it a career, they just want a lifelong skill that will allow them to capture beautiful memories of the people they love the most.
Here’s a few before and after photos taken by our students. On the left, before the course, on the right, after the course.
Before & after photos taken by Gina in California
Before & after photos taken by Danielle in Minnesota
Before & after photos taken by Sarah in Texas
Photos of our course students’ children taken by them!
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We hope you found this post helpful when it comes to what to include on your baby registry list! This is such a special season and we’re so excited for everything you have ahead! Just in case you want a quick list all together, we included it below!
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