Creating a Baby Registry: Must-Haves and What to Skip

May 15, 2024 | Newborn Photography Blog

You’re glowing, your heart’s bursting, and amongst all the excitement is a tiny to-do list that just keeps growing. One big item on that list? The baby registry.

Let’s face it, baby registries can be overwhelming. Shelves upon shelves of tiny clothes, gadgets you’ve never heard of, and enough bottles to fill a bathtub. But fear not, mamas! I, Amanda Dams, Calgary’s award-winning baby photographer, am here to guide you through the registry mission and help you create a list that’s perfect for you and your little one.

Creating a Baby Registry: Must-Haves and What to Skip

Must-Haves for a Cozy Crib

First things first, your baby’s gotta snooze in style! Here’s where the magic (and hopefully, long stretches of sleep) happen:

  • Crib: This is a no-brainer. Choose a sturdy, well-made crib that meets current safety standards. Pick a style that complements your nursery décor – after all, that’s where many memories will be made!
  • Mattress: Don’t skimp here. Invest in a firm, breathable mattress that ensures proper spinal alignment for your precious peanut.
  • Sheets & Swaddles: Stock up on soft, breathable sheets and cozy swaddles. Swaddles help recreate the womb’s snugness, promoting better sleep for newborns. Plus, a swaddled babe is undeniably adorable!
Creating a Baby Registry

Feeding Essentials

Whether you breastfeed, bottle-feed, or a mix of both, these essentials are key:

  • Bottles & Nipples: If bottle-feeding, choose bottles with slow-flow nipples to mimic breastfeeding. Consider different brands – some babies have preferences!
  • Sterilizer & Drying Rack: Keeping bottles clean is crucial. A sterilizer ensures hygiene, and a drying rack keeps things organized.
  • Nursing Pads & Bras: For breastfeeding mamas, these lifesavers prevent leaks and offer comfort. Choose a supportive nursing bra for additional peace of mind.
  • Burp Cloths & Bibs: Spills happen! Stock up on plenty of absorbent burp cloths and bibs. They’ll be your go-to for messy meals and drooly cuddles.
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Diaper Duty

Let’s face it, diaper changes are a big part of parenthood. Here’s how to make them smooth sailing:

  • Diapers & Wipes: This one’s obvious, but don’t underestimate the power of having a good stock on hand! Choose a brand that works for your baby’s delicate skin.
  • Diaper Pail & Liners: A good diaper pail is a lifesaver – it keeps those stinky smells contained! Choose one with a secure lid and disposable liners for easy cleanup.
  • Changing Pad & Liners: Invest in a comfortable changing pad and washable liners for easy clean-up.
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Strollers, Car Seats, and More!

Venturing out with your little one requires preparation. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Car Seat: This is an absolute must-have. Choose a car seat with a high safety rating and ensure it’s properly installed in your vehicle (many hospitals offer car seat installation assistance).
  • Stroller: Whether you choose a lightweight stroller for quick errands or an all-terrain model, pick one that fits your lifestyle.
  • Diaper Bag: A well-organized diaper bag is a game-changer. Look for one with enough compartments for all your essentials, and don’t forget a comfy changing pad to slip inside.
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Don’t Forget Yourself, Mama!

Pregnancy and those early newborn days are a marathon, not a sprint. Here are a few things to pamper yourself:

  • Nursing Pillow: This will be a lifesaver, especially for those long feeding sessions. Choose one that provides back and arm support.
  • Comfortable Robes & PJs: Invest in cozy robes and pajamas for those late-night feedings and snuggles.
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Skip These

While some baby products seem like must-haves, resist the urge to go overboard. Here are a few things you can skip:

  • Fancy Baby Monitors: A basic video monitor is all you need. Skip the high-tech models with unnecessary features – you’ll have enough on your plate!
  • Designer Clothes: Babies grow so fast! Opt for comfortable, easy-to-care-for outfits. You can always splurge on a special outfit for those newborn photos (that’s where I come in!).
  • Electric Swings & Bouncers: While these can be tempting, they’re not essential. Simple swings and bouncers work just fine, and some babies actually prefer the comfort of being held.

Pro Tip: Register for Experiences Too!

Think beyond just gear! Consider adding gift certificates for postpartum massages, housecleaning services, or even a meal delivery service. These gifts will be a welcome relief in those early, busy months.

Remember, Mama Knows Best!

The most important thing to remember is that your baby registry is a personal list. Don’t feel pressured to add everything you see. Focus on the essentials and choose items that suit your lifestyle and budget.

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Ready to Capture Those Precious Milestones?

Once you’ve got your baby registry sorted, you can start thinking about capturing those precious newborn moments! Here at Amanda Dams Photography, I specialize in newborn photography, creating stunning, timeless photographs that celebrate the miracle of new life.

Contact me today to learn more about my newborn photography packages and let’s create beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.


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