Inside: A free newborn baby checklist printable!
Are you a first-time mom-to-be?
Are you wondering where and how to create your first baby registry?
Then you’ve come to the right place!
See also: Baby Registry Guide and Caring for Your Newborn: 9 Extensive Resources All New Parents Need
Why you need this newborn baby checklist printable
Being pregnant for the first time is overwhelming enough.
All of a sudden you find yourself researching best diapers, strollers, bottle warmers and ton of other things you’ve probably never heard of before.
On top of that, your friends are asking about your baby registry all the time. “Have you started it already?” and “Have you asked for this or that?”
Not only you don’t have a baby items checklist yet, you probably have no idea where to even start a baby registry!
Am I right?
Now take a deep breath. It is going to be ok.
Not only will my printable newborn baby checklist help you stay organized, it will also save you time and money in the process of getting ready for your new baby.
I am going to hold your hand (virtually) and show you exactly what you and your new baby need.
Today you’ll get to download a super useful baby registry checklist pdf that will help you sort through all the baby items. So you can focus only on the ones that are actually necessary and useful for your first baby. I’ll also mention what not to put on a baby registry.
As a mom of twins, I had to be very budget conscious about our baby purchases. I learned very fast what items were absolutely useless and which ones were lifesavers during the first few months of our new parenting journey.
So let us begin!
Also read: Milk supply after C-section and Homemade baby food recipes
Newborn baby checklist printable
I’ve used my own experience and other reliable resources to create this newborn baby checklist printable.
I also browsed hundreds of forum comments to see what items first-time moms appreciated the most.
You can view & download my baby registry checklist pdf below.
My recommended quantities are in the brackets. But you have an option to add your own number of “needed” items too!
Have a look here:
Best baby registry items
There are several items that were absolute lifesavers during the first months of our parenting journey.
Let’s have a closer look:
1. SwaddleMe Original Swaddle was a God-sent gift to us from our friend. As a first-time mom, I didn’t have any swaddle blankets on my registry. It took a while for my twins to be able to break-out of these. Better sleep for everybody.
2. Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy was the ONLY thing that helped soothe both of my babies’ itching and peeling skin. In case your precious little newborn develops eczema, try this before anything else. The doctors were not sure what was my boys’ condition, but for about two weeks (each!) we went literally through a dermatological hell. The steroid cream prescribed to us did nothing to help. But Aveeno Baby Eczema Ointment worked miracles!
3. Rock ‘n Play Sleeper is the one thing I recommend to every new mom from my friends’ circle. My babies took their naps in it during the day and they would even sleep in it overnight when the times got rough. Skip the bouncy seat and just get this one. It is thousand times more useful!
4. Portable Baby Swing was another baby gear item that helped us greatly. Most likely because we had twins, having one vibrating and rocking seat for each was convenient.
5. Baby Activity Gym came in handy around three months. Once the boys started moving around more, they couldn’t get enough of playing with the hanging toys and kick around. Every baby needs some kind of activity gym for sure.
6. A Ring Sling was my most favorite way of baby wearing! It is perfect for newborns and older babies as well. I tried a couple of other baby carriers and they all serve you in a way, but a ring sling was the one I liked the most.
7. We use Regalo baby gate and play yard to this day. It helped us to create a dedicated area for our boys without going crazy with worry if they were going to get into something they are not supposed to. Easy to install and great looking too (compared to plastic options).
8. If you do not have a Crock-Pot, make sure to ask for one in your registry! It is a great way to cook healthy meals without too much work and effort. We cook so many dishes in it, plus baby food and even applesauce!
9. Tommee Tippee Bibs are amazing! They are sturdy and the crumb catcher actually collects the crumbs and food pieces! We tried other brands, but they would all stick together and never did the job. We still use them and plan on doing so until forever, lol.
10. Carter’s Swaddle Blankets are simple square blankets. The great thing about them is the soft and light material (great for summer), plus they are quite big. Big enough even for my toddlers.
What not to put on baby registry
Here are some items that I consider absolutely unnecessary.
Many of them simply don’t have an important purpose in our baby’s or our lives.
Wipe warmer – don’t worry about “cold” wipes. Your baby will be just fine.
Bottle sterilizer– sanitizing bottles is easy without any special products. You can boil them in a hot water for a few minutes. If you prefer using a microwave, simply place them in a big bowl, put a little bit of water at the bottom of the bowl and let it “cook” for a few minutes. Bottle sanitizer does exactly the same thing!
Diaper Genie – There are several issues with diaper genies. I see way too many of them being thrown away every single week on trash day. They go straight to the landfill for hundreds of years! Plus wrapping every single diaper into an extra plastic bag is disheartening enough. The chances of decomposition are near to none. We never had one (with two babies!) and we were just fine. One way to deal with stinky diapers is to flush the contents down the toilet and simply throw it in your regular trash afterward. Make sure to take your trash out on a daily basis! You can even take the soiled diaper straight to the outside trash can (I prefer this method after flushing the contents away).
Bottle drying rack – Yes, they look cute. But your bottles will dry just as well in a sink drying rack or in your dishwasher. It takes way too much room anyway!
Bottle warmer – it is a nice-to-have item. But you can go without easily. We simply placed bottles in hot tap water for a few minutes and it worked just as fine. You can even heat up water quickly in a water kettle and let the bottle sit in it for a minute or two.
White noise machine – absolutely unnecessary, too loud and too bright! We use a FREE app (Relax Rain ~ Rain Sounds found in Google Play) on my phone/tablet to this day and it works wonders.
Special baby food maker – use Ninja or any other food processor. It is essentially the same thing! No need to waste money or space at your house for something you already have!
Bath kneeler – honestly, I feel like retailers are trying to squeeze the last dime out of new parents! Use a folded towel if your knees really hurt. I bathe my boys without any special knee support and I don’t even notice!
For comparison, check out Jenna’s 15 Baby Items you do not Need, Plus 15 you can’t Live Without at her blog At Home with Kids. Another mom’s opinion can come handy!
Baby items I actually went without
Car mirror – I didn’t feel as if I needed one. And we did just fine without it. But it is a personal preference. If you know that your baby is going to spend a lot of time in the car, go ahead and get one.
Nursing bras – for some moms, they are essentially a must-have, but I felt great with using simple pullover bras the whole time.
Video baby monitor – never had one of these either. Not only video monitors are pricey, but I found them to be unnecessary and a little bit creepy too. I didn’t want a camera to be pointing at my babies all the time! I can see the point if a baby has a serious health concern and you want to keep an eye on her at all times. But we use a very basic sound monitor to this day and never had any problem.
Crib bumpers – yes, they look cute, but I’ve never seen a real purpose for them. Plus there have been a lot of safety warnings from the medical circles in the past years. For instance, see this article from Parents.com.
Shopping cart cover – these were created upon the craze of the germaphobic mania of the past decade. Instead, you can put your infant inside a shopping cart in her car seat or simply carry her in a baby carrier. Or wipe the cart with some wipes, strap her in and go shopping. She will be just fine.
Baby Scale – first-time moms tend to worry about many things. Baby’s growth and weight is definitely on top of the list. In the beginning, you will be seeing your pediatrician often, so she will check your baby’s weight regularly. But if you want to see for yourself, simply step on your scale while holding the baby and subtract your own weight. It is not the most accurate method, but we did this with our twins. At least you can tell if the baby is losing or gaining weight. No need to weigh your baby before and after each meal (yep, there are moms who do this). You will drive yourself crazy!
Fancy glider – I hardly ever nursed my twins in our rocking chair. Gliders are quite robust and can take a lot of space. You are more likely to end up nursing your baby in bed or on the couch, where you can rest and relax much more.
Baby shoes – we received many pairs of baby shoes from our friends. We never used them!