I recently looked back at my baby registries on Amazon, Babies R’Us and West Coast Kids and I cringed. I forgave myself a little because I added everything on the baby registry prior to having a baby. A lot of the items I put on the registry were repeats that I definitely did not need and some of them are definitely for much later on and not newborn essentials.

Here are the items that I ended up using off the registries in the first 3 months:

  • drool bibs
  • burp cloths
  • breast pump (optional, if you’re breast feeding)
  • soothers (optional, our baby didn’t really take to a soother at all, but it helped when he was too fussy to put down)
  • Cetaphil wash (we also use Honest body wash as well – in the very first couple weeks, you don’t need to use soap/lotion on a newborn, so this can wait as well)
  • swaddling blanket (our baby had some bad startle reflex, so we had to swaddle him after sometime home)
  • receiving blanket – this is great for when you’re strolling with baby
  • diapers
  • health care + grooming kit – this was perfect for us – our kit came with a thermometer, a nail clipper, nail file, brush and comb, dropper and a suction for baby’s little nose – all of which we’ve used a lot so far
  • swaddler – if a swaddling blanket doesnt work, you can always try a swaddler
  • bassinet – we had a crib already, but we ended up using the bassinet for a long time – it’s only now where our baby is taking a liking to his crib (and he’s almost 4 months!)
  • bathtub
  • change pad – we used a portable, folding change pad because we didn’t bother buying a changing table or a change pad (we’re a little short on space) and it worked for us.
  • bum balm
  • rock and play – this won’t work for every baby, but WOW this thing was a miracle worker for our baby. he was so fussy the first week or two and he actually hated the first time I put him in it, but I tried again and he fell asleep instantly. From then on, he slept so sound in it that it’s his favourite place for nap time.
  • hooded towel
  • steam sterilizer – if you’re planning to bottle feed, a steam sterilizer is great option to keep everything clean
  • Dr. Browns bottles – I went through so many different types of bottles and my baby had a lot of gas pain, so we ended up going with Dr. Brown bottles. We originally wanted to go with the bottles at the beginning – and we should’ve in hindsight even if they are a bit more expensive than the other bottles.
  • socks – our baby’s feet (and hands!) get cold easily, so socks are a must for us
  • zipper up onesies with foots/sleepers – changing babies’ clothes are so hard, I dont know how other moms do it, but I really prefer the zipper up onesies that have feet to them because it’s so much easier.
  • snap clothing
  • hat
  • brush bottle cleaner
  • bottle dryer – we didn’t have much room, so I ended up getting a stand up bottle dryer which I really like by OXO: http://a.co/d/aQW6Iwi
  • diaper genie
  • diaper bag – I was debating whether I wanted to get a diaper bag or back pack, but I was afraid if I had a c-section, it would be hard for me to use a backpack, so I stuck to a diaper bag. I got a classic and simple black one that fits practically everything baby needs plus my own things. This is the one I’m using: https://www.katespade.com/products/wilson-road-kaylie-baby-bag/098687145152.html
  • wipes case
  • nail clipper
  • diaper wipes – I go between Pampers Pure and Aleva Bamboo Wipes – they have less of a smell and are great for sensitive skin
  • stroller
  • caddy for stroller
  • soother white noise toy
  • wrap/carrier