Baby Checklist for Registry

Baby Checklist for Registry

Preparing for the arrival of a baby is exciting. However, it is also a big financial event. If it’s your first time, it can be a bit overwhelming. What are some of the must-haves. What are some of the things that are recommended but not necessary. First-timers tend to buy it all. Follow the baby checklist to make sure that you don’t overspend but also don’t miss the necessary items. This post contains affiliate links. Please read the affiliate disclosure on the legal disclaimer page.

Below are products that we used and liked at the time of this writing in 2019 but please do additional research before making a purchase. At the end of the blog, there is a summary of the baby checklist. You can input prices for all the items to help budget the expenses.


Crib – These typically cost anywhere between $100 and $500. Children typically sleep in a crib until they are 3 years or so .We had one which was slept in only for 6 months. We used a hand-me-down from our close friends. It belonged to their daughter. Hand-me-downs are great way to save some money. When our daughter refused to sleep in the original crib at 6 months, we bought a cheaper one from Ikea. It’s called SUNDVIK and cost about $!40. It was a nice crib but unfortunately, it was only used as storage.

Crib mattress – These sell anywhere between $50 and $500. Look for one that is reversible. One side is typically firm for infants and the other side is softer for toddlers. We used an organic cotton mattress from Naturepedic. This is a light-weight mattress which making changing sheets extremely easy.

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Waterproof lining for mattress – If your mattress didn’t come with a waterproof lining, you will want to buy one separately. There will be accidents, even with a diaper, especially in the initial months. This lining will help protect your mattress.

Crib sheets – I recommend having at least 3 sheets. Each one would cost approximately $10 to $20. I personally prefer cotton but there are a lot of different options available.

Bumpers are not recommended for babies.

Swaddle blankets – Babies sleep best when swaddled. These blankets below have velcro and are difficult for babies to remove their hands out of. Babies will spend a lot of time napping in the first 3 months. If you prefer the conventional swaddling blankets, get those but these ones from Amazon are absolutely amazing.

Basinet – I realized that I slept much comfortably when I was closer to the baby in the first couple of months. We used a basinet on our bed. That helped us monitor the baby through the night while keeping the baby safe.

Baby Monitor – If you are in an apartment, you will hardly need a baby monitor. Our baby screamed quite loudly and we lived in a two bedroom apartment so we didn’t use one. If you need one, there are several options available, some with video monitoring and connect to your cellphone. There are also some options that monitor sleep and breathing. Monitors sell anywhere from $15 to $500. This one from Miku is expensive but has a lot of features.

Night lights – You may need some night lights. These are the ones we have and they are energy efficient. Also, the light is not too harsh or intrusive.


Diapers – Plan to go through at least 10 diapers a day for the first month. In our case, Pampers didn’t work and always gave the baby a diaper rash. Huggies were really comfortable. Amazon subscribe and save helps save a ton on diapers.

Wipes – Again, Amazon subscribe and save will help you save some cash.

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