This post is a LONG time coming! Maxwell has been with us for over 5 months now + we’ve learned a lot about what we NEED for him. Drew + I truly want to be minimalists when it comes to baby stuff (aka NOT fill our house to the brim with gadgets + gizmos a plenty). Everyone is different, this is just important to us as a financially responsible family.
I wanted to make this baby registry for mommas that are like me that don’t even know where to begin. I tried to make it nice + easy separating things into categories. I also went back to my registry + Amazon order history to make sure I’ve got you guys covered!
My biggest recommendation is to start an Amazon Registry. The highlights include: easy to navigate site, cheaper prices for the same items compared to other stores (my pump was $100 cheaper on Amazon), ability to easily register online, HUGE selection, easy returns, 15% off remaining items 60 days before your baby’s arrival (if you are a Prime member- 10% if not).
Start your registry here: Shop Amazon – Create an Amazon Baby Registry. I also highly recommend Prime. Sign up to try it here: Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial! When you have a newborn at home it is way easier to Prime something than run out to the store. Early on we used this a lot for things I didn’t realize we needed. If you don’t know about Prime, essentially you can order things from Amazon + they come super fast with free shipping. There are lots more benefits too!
If you started your Amazon Registry you can easily click on each item below + add to registry! My goal was to make it comprehensive enough that you could use this list + be done! I didn’t add many clothes because people love to buy new babies clothes + each momma has a different style in mind for her little babe. We also welcomed wipes + diapers as gifts.
I would put all items that you want, no matter the price. You never know if people will go in together + you can use the discount at the end if you don’t get it from someone 🙂
Let’s start with eating since it is vital to your little babe’s development.
Medela Freestyle Breast Pump: If you are planning to breastfeed you need a pump + a lot of the following items. I used this in the early days at home, so I would highly recommend getting it before hand! I absolutely love this pump because it doesn’t need to be plugged in, which allows me to not have to worry about being near an outlet + I’ve even pumped in the car. It continues to work well as I’m a working momma! I was able to participate in a program (via my insurance) that offered $200 towards a pump if I made it to all my prenatal appointments + completed some phone calls. So, we bought this ourselves so we would have the receipt. I know some of my fellow mommas recommend having 2 pumps, but I’ve gotten by just fine with one 🙂
Medela Breastmilk Bottle Set: It is nice to pump directly into these + put them in the refrigerator for later use or storage.
Medela Pump & Save Breastmilk Bags: Next step is putting the expressed milk into these storage bags + freezing them for future use (when you go back to work or when you want to go on a date night or any time you’ll be separated).
Medela Freestyle Spare Parts Kit: Unless you want to sanitize after every pumping session, it’s important to have extra pumping parts.
8 oz Medela Bottles: My right boob started to pump more than 5 oz, so I hook this one up. Additionally, it’s a nice way to consolidate all pumped milk for the day before it makes it into the bags.
Boon Grass and Stem and Twig: This drying rack works great + you can pop it into the dishwasher to keep it sanitary.
Simple Wishes Hands Free Breastpump Bra: This is the only pumping bra I use. SO perfect. Adjustable to fit you at all stages of postpartum.
Tommy Tippee Bottles: Max started refusing bottles out of nowhere. We bought Tommee Teepees (honestly I was kind of panicking as he was about to start daycare) + these are all he drinks from now.
Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads: I had no idea that my boobs would leak so much. Haha! Such a glamorous new mom life 😉 These have worked perfectly to keep my bra + clothes dry.
Medela Tender Care Lanolin Tube: I tried a couple brands + this is my favorite! I really like how easily it glides on. Get this ahead of time + start using it in the hospital.
My Brest Friend Original Nursing Pillow: I love that this clips onto me + it allows us to get into good position for Max to nurse.
Brest Friend Extra Cover: Unfortunately all the breastmilk doesn’t make it into his mouth or stay down in his tummy, so it is nice to have a clean cover ready to go.
Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioned: I bought the boppy because I wanted to stop forgetting the Brest Friend downstairs at night. I’m SO glad I did. It worked great for helping Maxwell safely practice sitting up. I would recommend getting two pillows if you are planning to breastfeed, believe me…you’ll put both to use.
Boppy Extra Cover: This is the one Max has.
Bibs: I love these Copper Pearl bibs. They’ve been perfect on our drooly + spitting up little dude.
aden + anais Muslin Burpy Bib: I love that these are big + more absorbent than some of the other ones we’ve tried. You can also snap it to make it a bib.
SO important to have the right gear to help your baby sleep well.
Graco Pack ‘n Play : Maxwell slept in the bassinet part in our room for the first 3 weeks of life. It also comes in super handy when we have visitors with little babies, so they don’t have to worry about bringing theirs!
Boppy Newborn Lounger: Max loved this! We actually used two, one for upstairs + one for downstairs. It’s really nice because we can put him wherever we are. Cannot handle the pictures of him in it!
Fisher-Price Newborn Auto Rock ‘n Play Sleeper: We loved this for nap time! He napped really well in this for a long time + only recently became a little too big for it.
Carter’s 2 pk Swaddle Blanket: We love these swaddles because they are a little thicker than the muslin ones, which works well for our active little babe. They are also bigger than other swaddles, so we’re still using them!
Little Me Original Swaddle 2-PK : Nice + easy way to keep him snug as a bug.
DockATot Deluxe Dock: This is my #1 wish for our next baby. I’ve read raving reviews from my friends + other bloggers. Apparently babies sleep a ton better in this, you can essentially put it anywhere, + even let the babe sleep between you in bed safely. I think it would be SO great for when we travel.
I tried to talk my husband into this recently for Maxwell, but no dice. Let me know if you get it + love it! EXCITING UPDATE. We decided to purchase the DockATot Grand Dock for Maxwell. With a few holiday overnight trips coming up, we wanted to have a cozy place to snooze. It is made for babies 9-36 months (we decided on the Grand because I think he would’ve outgrown the Delux way too fast), so we know we’ll get plenty of use out of it…and hopefully we’ll eventually have another baby or two to enjoy it!
HALO SleepSack: This was gifted to us by Drew’s cousin because it worked so well for her little one! I used it for the first time last night + Max had his best night of sleep yet. His arms are out (which is nice because he is a thumb sucker), but I he feels cozy, snug, + warm!
VTech Baby Soothing Ocean Slumbers Mobile: Max loves this! He loves watching it + it helps give us the ability to put him down awake. He’ll watch it until he drifts off. It also has the ability to turn off after a set amount of time + then switch back on if he starts making noises + stirring.
White Noise Machine: Another helpful tool for nap time!
Chicco Keyfit 30 Magic Infant Car Seat: Our carseat. My super sweet older sister did a bunch of research on the safest/most highly recommended carseats, I followed her lead 🙂
Extra Chicco KeyFit Base: An extra base is key for a 2 car family. I would highly recommend this!
BOB 2016 Revolution FLEX Stroller: We love, love, love this stroller. It is actually the only one we use.
BOB 2016 Single Infant Car Seat Adapter for Chicco: Since we have a Chicco carseat we needed this adapter. Super easy to use.
Milk Snob Cover: This works really well to keep them covered up in their carseat + also to breastfeed. Early on it was hard for me to keep Maxwell covered + feed successfully, but we both got better with time.
IntiMom Breastfeeding Nursing Cover: This cover tents out allowing me to see what he is doing + I think Max appreciated that it didn’t sit right up against him. This was way easier to use than the Milk Snob early on.
BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Original: This is the carrier we use + we love it. Max has always seemed happy in it. Early in his newborn days I would have to put him in it just to get some things done around the house. I’ve also ate above his head many times. We did try a Moby wrap, but didn’t use it very often at all. So, I think you can get away with just one carrier.
Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock: Awesome little hammock for shopping! Max absolutely loves this, he just gets to lay there + enjoy all the views! Moms literally stop + ask what it is because they think it is such a great idea!
Here is a place a lot of people can go bananas. We’ve realized that with a few key toys, Max has been really happy + entertained. He is honestly just as entertained by the crinkly noise that his wipes bag makes.
Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy: I wish I could tell you why babies love this so much. At times this was the ONLY thing that would calm him down + mesmerize him.
Sophie La Girafe: Another item that pre-momma me was like, wait…why? But, Max loves chewing on this thing. He’ll sometimes try to shove all 4 feet in his mouth.
Tiny Love GyminiSuper Deluxe Lights & Music Play Mat: Max loves this mat. We use it for tummy time + now he cannot get enough of pulling on the animals + playing with the music/lights.
Fisher-Price Step ‘n Play Entertainer Piano: My sister borrowed us this + we owe her! This is a landing place for when we want to eat dinner together or when Max is fussy. He loves playing in this + it is really fun to watch him.
The First Years American Red Cross Baby Healthcare And Grooming Kit: Lots of useful things all in one place, including a nail clipper. Which is my least favorite task to do on a baby, but very important!
FridaBaby Nasal Aspirator: This is AWESOME. It seems kind of gross to suck your baby’s snot out of their nose, but there is a filter to make sure it couldn’t come any further than it is supposed to. This really helped Maxwell during his latest cold.
Infants’ Tylenol: Great to have on hand because you’ll need it! We’ve used this several time with Max including after his first set of vaccinations.
Vicks BabyRub: People swear by putting Vicks on their baby’s feet when they have a cold. We found this to be helpful for little Max!
Desitin Diaper Rash Cream: As a nurse, I know my butt creams. Max has never had a diaper rash because if we see any redness we make sure to put this on right away! I know some people always utilize it preventatively.
Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer: Easy way to measure your baby’s temperature.
Skip Hop Chelsea Downtown Chic Diaper Backpack: This is our go to diaper bag. We love that it is a backpack because it is easy + comfortable to carry (especially when we have plenty of other things to carry too).
Gray Arrows Weekender Tote Bag: This diaper bag is a little more casual/less structured. I use it when I want to match my outfit (haha, probably not essential). But, we also find use when we’re going away for the weekend with Max as all of his stuff doesn’t fit into one. I’ll pack this one with all of his clothes.
Summer Infant Contoured Changing Pad: We put this right on top of his dresser. Coincidently it was one of Max’s very favorite spots when he was little. Laying on this + looking out the window would calm him down.
Changing Pad Cover: A fabric cover for over the top of the changing pad. I would recommend getting a couple of these.
Dynarex Disposable Changing Pad: We put these over the changing pad, because the fabric covers are cute…but, Max’s pee + poop could not be contained. It was constantly getting on the fabric. The disposable changing pads will save you lots of laundry.
Carters Onesies: I would get like 10 zipper onesies for your new addition. They are SO much easier than pulling something over their his or her little head. When there are super little it’s great to keep them in something warm + comfy all day. Max lived in zipper onesies for the first month.
Munchkin Step Diaper Pail Powered by Arm & Hammer: Perfect to keep the diapers + smells contained.
Munchkin Arm and Hammer Diaper Pail Refill Rings: Easy to use refill bags.
Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Sling N Seat Tub: I actually tried to find a better one than we have for you guys. I like how this one looks like it easily transitions for when the baby can sit up better.
Hooded Towel: Because cute + SO practical. I would recommend getting at least two of these.
Matimati Bamboo Baby Washcloths (6-pack): We love these! So soft + comfy for getting the little man all clean!
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Some of our favorite items in Max’s rooms were purchased from momma makers! I would be remise if I didn’t mention these awesome women that made Max’s room unique to him.
Trendy Timber: We ordered this after Maxwell was born. Since we didn’t know if Max was a boy or girl when he was in my belly, I wanted something afterward that was unique to him. We love this sign.
Tnee’s Tpees: Max’s room theme is tribal, so I had to get him a teepee. This one is very well made + I love the teepee polls are all ready to go upon arrival. We cannot wait until he can play in it.
Bear Cub + Co: My friend (+BalancedAmes reader) was sweet enough to send a blanket over for Max! SO cozy + perfect, we love it! Her stuff is very affordable.
Lucy Darling Shop Stickers: I love, love, love using these stickers each month to track our growing baby’s progress. If only time would slow down 😉 I also used their pregnancy stickers to track Max’s progress on the inside.
I can highly recommend all of the aforementioned products! I hope you enjoyed the list. If you do start a registry or make an Amazon purchase, I do make a small commission. Thank you for your support!
Ames, Drew, + Maxwell