Creating Your Baby Registry

By Dr. Bettye M. Caldwell

Signing up for a baby registry is step one for moms who want to be prepared for baby's arrival. To help you, here's a handy checklist of everything you'll need for those first few months with your new baby.

Keep the list with you when you create your registry, and feel free to add to it if something else catches your eye. (Even though this is a checklist of baby necessities, you can make it a wish list, too!)

Finally, when you create your registry, make sure you're thorough. That way, friends and family members can buy gifts that will get you and baby off to a great start!

The Nursery
  • Crib
  • Crib bumper
  • Fitted crib sheets
  • Moisture-proof mattress pads
  • Blankets
  • Bassinet
  • Changing table
  • Washable changing table covers
  • Bureau or clothes storage
  • Diaper pail
  • Hamper
  • Rocking chair
  • Curtains
  • Non-slip rug
  • Lamp
  • Crib gym or mobile
  • Night light
  • Safety
  • Infant car seat
  • Convertible car seat
  • Nursery monitor

Baby Gear at Home
  • Bouncer seat
  • Swing
  • Portable bassinet
  • Play yard
  • Infant to Toddler rocker
  • Travel
  • Portable swing
  • Portable play yard
  • Stroller
  • Baby carrier
  • Diaper bag
Our parenting advice is given as suggestions only. We recommend you also consult your healthcare provider, and urge you to contact them immediately if your question is urgent or about a medical condition.