Hey there, Welcome back!
I know it can be so daunting putting together a baby registry especially if it's your first baby and are not quite sure what your baby will even like. I remember when we created our first baby registry for Sophie so many people would swear by certain products and say their babies never liked other products and vice versa. It seemed never ending and really hard to figure out which things were good and which things we wouldn't need. For us I really thought about our lifestyle and that helped us choose a lot of the specific baby products that we ended up loving and using a ton! It can be hard not to listen to everyone but you just have to follow your gut sometimes. For example, so many people rave about the MamaRoo Swing, which I'm sure is wonderful and works great for so many families! For our family though, we had a puppy at the time who liked (still likes) to jump up on things and since that particular swing sits really low to the ground, I could see our puppy jumping right into it on top of our newborn baby. That obviously was not going to work for us and not worth the risk for our baby so we chose to go with a different swing that sat high up off of the ground and had edges around it. So even as our puppy grew she still wouldn't be able to jump up onto our baby. It worked perfect for us and our lifestyle. I'm so glad we listened to our gut and not get the most popular swing out there. So just a reminder this list is a guideline to make sure you have the main items you need for your baby, you can definitely switch the products up to fit your lifestyle or budget according. These items were on our registry with Sophie, items we love, and items we will definitely be using again for our baby boy. You can also buy less and go the minimalist route or buy everything and go crazy with it, it's up to you! You really don't need a lot for the newborn stages of life, but it's nice if you have friends and family that want to help out and get bigger more pricey items or things that your baby will need in the future.
Next topic is WHERE SHOULD I REGISTER?! This can be really hard and overwhelming especially if you like to shop at different stores. You don't want to give your friends and family 5 different registries to try to get you things from. When we started our registry for Sophie (our first born) we chose to register through Babylist.com and absolutely LOVED it! SO much so that we used it again for our baby boys registry. The great thing about it is that you can add products from ANY store, whether it's a cute Etsy shop you love or a big box store like Buy Buy Baby or Target, you can add anything and everything all onto ONE list! Once you create your registry you just add a button to your browser so that when your on any website and see something you love for your baby you can click on that button and it automatically links it right to your registry! Super easy for you to keep everything organized in one place and super easy for the people trying to shop for you also! Below each category from my registry list are shopable links of the exact products we have and love. Just scroll through the carousel and tap on any image and it will take you right to the products and if you love the products also just click on that add to babylist button that you have added and start creating your own registry from this page right here!
I hope this list helps you feel more prepared and confident!
Congrats again! Such an exciting time in life!
Baby Registry Checklist
Waterproof Crib Mattress Pad
Security Blankets for baby
Owlet Smart Sock
Diaper Pail + Liners
A cool mist humidifier (warm mist can breed bacteria in the humidifier)
Letterboard or name card for announcement photos
10-16 bottles and nipples, both 4- and 8- ounce (if fed strictly by bottle, baby will go through about 10 in the 4-ounce size per day)
Pump (if your not planning to breastfeed or wanting to do a combo)
Milk Storage Bags (if you plan to breastfeed)
Nursing Pads (if you plan to breastfeed)
Nipple Cream (if you plan to breastfeed)
Nursing Pillow (if you plan to breastfeed)
Dishwasher Basket For Small Items
Formula (if not breastfeeding or pumping)
2-4 Soft Towels Or Hooded Baby Towels
Gentle Laundry Detergent
Unscented Baby Wipes (causes less irritation)
Petroleum Jelly and Sterile Gauze (for circumcision care)
First Aid Kit
Infant Cough Syrup
Medicine Pacifier Dispenser
4-8 Onesies (some long sleeve some short sleeve depending on when your baby is being born)
4-8 Onesie Pajamas ( we prefer the kind with the zippers and fold over hand coverings! You don't want to be fussing with buttons in the middle of the night.)
1-3 Sweaters Or Jackets
1-3 Dress Up Outfits
4-7 Socks (shoes are unnecessary until baby walks but if it's your thing go for it!)
1-3 Hats (broad-brimmed for a summer baby, soft cap that covers ears for a winter baby)
No-Scratch Mittens ( if you don't get onesies or pajamas with the fold over kind)
Fleece/Snow Suit (for winter baby)
Swim Suit + Reusable Swim Diapers + Pool Floatie (if it's summer months and you're planning on swimming) - When we have Sophie we used ours a ton during the summer, my mom has a pool so it was a MUST and she loved being in the water for a little while!
FEWWFFFF That's A LOT!
I know it may still seem overwhelming but this is a great list to have an idea of absolutely everything you may need and you can pick and choose for what items you want to add to your registry and which items you want to purchase on your own. I hope this helps give you a good idea of what you may need and don't forget to take into account your personal lifestyle and what items might works best for you!