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modern baby registry

05.16.17

while i’m not deeming myself an expert since i have zero babies so far, i have done a lot of research on things i’d need and wouldn’t need, and while this list might not be the most minimal, i did try to keep our registry concise, and also as attractive as possible. i know in the long run, we won’t be able to keep everything baby related aesthetically pleasing, but at this point i can try.

starting your registry from scratch seems so overwhelming, because i too had no idea where to start — so looking at other peoples essentials and talking to moms made it a lot easier. if you’re in the same boat and having trouble even trying to begin working on your registry, hopefully this cohesive list will help. 

GEAR

snoo smart sleeper while it’s an investment, we are so excited for the snoo — it’s a bassinet that gently rocks and swaddles your baby, and can sense his level of fussiness and you can control it with your phone! and it’s pretty. ( babybjorn bassinet was my second choice if we didn’t get the snoo. )

gathre mat these leather mats come in a variety of sizes and colors and are perfect for changing, playing, outdoor time, they’re super versatile and wipe clean and i really want one.

ergobaby swaddler while i guess we learned how to swaddle in our newborn classes, i really like the idea of using these idiot proof ones — and how cute is the elephant pattern?

4moms mamaroo this baby swing has 5 different movements and again can be controlled with your phone, seems crucial for entertaining baby while i’m trying to be productive so i’m stoked to have one of these.

joovy walker he doesn’t need this right away, but i registered for this walker after seeing how cute it was (especially in comparison to the ones with the colors and lights), i can always add some fun things for him to play with on the tabletop right?

dockatot i love this baby lounger so much, i’ve seen people use them for travel, tummy time, and just lounging around the house.

DIAPERING

munchkin step diaper pail i chose this pail based on good reviews and a simple design — it looks really good in his room!

disposable changing pads i debated for a long what we wanted to do for changing outside of the house, whether i wanted a washable changing pad or disposable and ultimately we chose disposable (sorry if you hate that choice!). these are actually pet training pads but they’re way cheaper than the baby ones! (here’s a cute washable version i debated getting instead)

mesh pouches are another thing i’m gonna keep a couple of in my diaper bag always, i can use them for wipes, dirty clothes, my belongings, etc.

keekaroo peanut changer we decided on this changer versus a traditional one because it seemed way easier to clean and we don’t have to wash a bunch of changing pad covers all the time.

water wipes i’m assuming baby is going to inherit my sensitive skin, and everyone says these wipes are awesome and super gentle.

ubbi baby wipes dispenser the cutest option i found for wipe dispenser and i actually like all the different colors it comes in too.

pampers diapers it was really tricky trying to figure out what size and how many diapers to register for, so after a lot of reading about it, i decided one 1 box of 128 newborn size, and 1 box of 141 size 1 diapers.

FEEDING

micuna ovo high chair is like the prettiest high chair ever, and proof that baby stuff can be just as nice as all the other things in your house. (here’s a more affordable option that i love too)

beaba silicone spoons these little spoons are super cute for introducing babies to solids, and i love the different colors (yes you heard me right!)

biobu bambino plates we chose these plates because they really look like something i would buy for us to use — i love them!

burt’s bees 5 pack burp cloths i read many times this is the last item to spend money on, because they’re going to be so disgusting — i love the color of these and chose it because we didn’t have any other fabrics in the dark grey so i figured that would make them more distinguishable.

philips newborn bottle starter set again, you might be like um which bottles do i buy? they come in different sizes? yeah i was like that too, so this set seemed like the right choice.

oxo tot silicone bib love the idea of less clean up because these bibs have pockets to catch what baby drops. (but i also registered for some cute cloth bibs like this one and this one)

ergobaby nursing pillow there are tons of options for nursing pillows, but i liked the shape and fabric of this one.

bottle brush + sterilizer bags

breast pump i got mine free from my insurance like days after i filled out a form, so do that for sure if you can!

TRAVEL

babybjorn travel crib i wasn’t sure if we really needed this or not, but ultimately decided it would be super useful to have for visiting the grandparents.

fawn design diaper bag i’m going to do a roundup post of all my favorite diaper bags, but we decided on this one because it’s big and roomy, it has comfortable straps and it’s unisex enough that gid doesn’t mind carrying it.

nuna mixx (jett) stroller system i’ve learned quickly that being a petite mom is tough, we went and tried out a TON of strollers to see what was best for my height and chose the nuna because it was on sale and we loved the all black. someday we might also get a jogger which will probably be easier for my tiny size but haven’t picked one out (but i guarantee we’ll go with an inexpensive one since we sprang for a fancy stroller)

ergobaby carrier with infant insert again this was the carrier that was the best for my torso size, it’s handsome and fits both gid at 6’2″ and me at 5’1″ comfortably.

solly baby wrap once we figure out how to actually tie these things, i think we’re gonna want to wear the baby all the time because i like having my hands free and i like cuddling 24/7.

nuna pipa car seat we went with the coordinating car seat for our stroller, it looks nice and it works on the stroller without an adapter.

sakura bloom wrap we are also excited for this wrap, these slings have a ring on them which might make them easier to tie on when you’re alone? i am clearly not an expert.

binxy baby shopping cart hammock i was trying to wrap my head around how to go do solo errands and shops with the baby in tow, and was excited when i found this — seems way chiller than trying to fit the car seat in the shopping cart (but you can put the car seat on top of it too). this seems like another v useful product for petite (+ weak) moms.

NURSERY DECOR

cotton muslin quilt it seems like all babies need a blanket or two right?

connected goods woven laundry basket also i’ve heard that babies barf and poop all the time so you need to do a TON of laundry. this hamper is a pretty big size for baby clothes and looks real cute in his room.

nightlight this one was on sale when we bought it

crib sheets this doesn’t seem like the place to splurge, so we’re just getting a few sets of plain white sheets.

cute mobile we went with brass, but i looove this calder inspired mobile.

so many baskets just since the baby shower, i already have tons of things that need corralling, so i’m assuming once he’s got way more toys and things i will need baskets in every room. (and here’s another cute one)

crib mattress apparently you can go nuts trying to choose a crib mattress, we just made sure it was waterproof and free of chemicals.

BATHING

stokke foldable baby bath tub love the modern shape of this tub.

baby brush + baby comb love the look of this set and the goat hair is so soft.

bath sponges how freaking cute are these fruit ones? i love them so much. (but we also got this simple one)

hooded baby bath towels we got a few of these cute muslin ones.

baby washcloths i read many times you need these, because if you’re having a baby you need lots of cloth things.

baby shampoo another thing i learned is that you really don’t need a whole bunch of bath products for your baby, that’s all marketing mumbo jumbo (like a newborn doesn’t even need lotion) — our pediatrician even said skip the baby detergent and products all together, but i thought since these products were shampoo, wash and bubble bath in one, they’d be useful.

bath kneelers i have been hunting for a cute bath kneeler for weeks, and sadly they kinda don’t exist. maybe i should DIY…

HEALTH + SAFETY

instatemp non-touch digital thermometer we chose this one even though it has some mixed reviews, i like the idea of not having the touch the baby! that came out wrong.

nosefrida nasal aspirator and then the complete opposite, gid was pretty against the idea of sucking snot out of babys nose, but people swear by this and apparently it’s less gross than it sounds.

summer baby monitor we did a lot of research on baby monitors — i wanted one that worked well, had a screen (versus using my phone), and was pretty. turns out no baby monitor is that great according to reviews, but this one seemed pretty decent!

self closing outlet plates we won’t need these for a little bit, but i love that these automatically close on their own but are easy enough to still plug into.

zoli buzz b electric nail trimmer i was so afraid of clipping the cats claws for years, so an electric file seems a lot less scary than trying to clip babys nails. and people love this.

humidifier / aroma diffuser i didn’t really know if we needed one of these since people say different things, but i like that it’s compact, pretty and inexpensive. and the rug in the nursery smells kinda funky so i’m gonna spend the next few weeks making it smell nicer with the aromas.

books + TOYS

we found a hat

hape building blocks

jellycat lion

blabla doll sheep 

wooden block sorter

triangle

*i was also thinking of doing a roundup post of all the prettiest baby books, in case you’d be into that — i know i won’t be able to filter everything realistically, but right now i can make sure i only display the pretty books and pretty toys and pretty clothes!

EXTRAS

teething necklace i love how this actually looks like a cute necklace i’d wear

activity mat can you believe i’d want something so colorful?! i didn’t either — but i love the design of this and am v excited for tummy time.

mushy books to this day, i cherish the baby book my mom kept for me and felt i needed to do the same for baby. i love the modern design of this one!

milksnob cover a versatile item, you can wrap it around the car seat for some shade, or over you for some nursing privacy

aden + anais swaddles apparently you ALWAYS need lots of these.

skip hop stroller organizer even though a stroller organizer for my things seems like something i might not need, feels like something i’ll end up being v thankful i have.


PHEW. i know everyone warns you how much stuff you need for a baby, but it’s pretty insane — and i feel like i kept my list somewhat minimal!

i’m also going to do a follow up post in a couple of months to update the things i maybe didn’t need and what i definitely did. did i miss anything crucial? did i help you with your list? hope so.

14 comments on “modern baby registry”

  1. I LOVE that teething necklace. I’m definitely buying it.

    My six-month old is a maniac in the Joovy. Once your guy figures it out, get ready to baby proof real quick. Though, I would recommend something between to fill the space between the 4moms seat and the Joovy, like a doorway bouncer or exersaucer. Around 3-4 months my little dude started getting bored with his bouncy chair and had way more fun in the bouncy swing. All babies are different, but mine isn’t happy unless he’s moving around in some way.

    The mesh pouch is a great idea although I would caution that it might not keep all messes contained, if you know what I’m saying. I keep a gallon-sized zip lock in my diaper bag just in case.

    For shopping with baby, the easiest way I found was to use the basket of the stroller. If I wasn’t getting too much, and I never am when shopping with baby, that was the way to go. Really depends on how large your stroller basket is though (mine is an UPPAbaby and it’s extra huge). Another thing I like having is some hooks for my diaper bag and/or shopping bags. These are heavy duty: https://www.amazon.com/Stroller-Hook-Groceries-Clothing-Accessory/dp/B00CYRYUXU/ref=sr_1_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1494947432&sr=8-3&keywords=stroller+hooks

    Also: Board books. Once he started grabbing and biting everything I had to put away the beautiful books with paper pages for a while. Board books can take a beating (and bonus – they’re easy to flip through if you’ve got a wriggly baby on your lap).

    I think that’s all I got for advice. I ended up buying so much stuff – little stuff I never would’ve thought of – as the need arose. Get yourself the amazon phone app and you’ll see what I mean… Honestly one of the things I most looked forward to before I had my baby was imagining us doing things with all the dope gear, and now that he’s here, I feel cool and super prepared all the time. It helps to have baby stuff that complements your life. I think that’s the right way to bring a baby in. Let him harmonize with your existing environment.

    1. I second the board books and the cloth ones that crunch – it’s hard to beat a book/toy combo that can be thrown in the washing machine.

  2. I highly recommend a bouncer that you can move easily from room to room. I wore my baby a lot while at home; however, I didn’t feel comfortable cooking with her so close to the stove or cleaning. The bouncer may seem redundant with the Mamaroo, but it was definitely the best post-baby purchase we made. For $20, I was a lot more productive, regardless of what room I needed to be in, and allowed her a chance to spread out a little to catnap or play. It’s great for when they are too small for the high chair because you can set them on the table/floor while eating dinner at home or at the grandparents. I couldn’t find one that was “modern looking” and blended in with my living room, but I would still buy it again which says a lot. Good luck with everything! (Target: Fisher-Price Bouncer – Geometric Meadow)

    1. The Baby Bjorn bouncer is great and I recommend it (very lightweight, easy to move from room to room), but if you do go that route just get the original – NOT the “Mini” version. Not even sure why they make that one tbh.

  3. Such a beautiful list! After 2 babes, these are the only things I’d add:

    Instead of fussing with the baby wrap and all the fabric, the Baby K’tan saved me those first few moths. Just like the fabric carriers without the whole wrapping bit: https://www.amazon.com/Baby-Ktan-Breeze-Carrier-Charcoal/dp/B01BNB4QRW?psc=1&SubscriptionId=AKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q&tag=duckduckgo-iphone-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B01BNB4QRW

    (And the hubs liked it too!)

    Fisher Price Rock n play!!! Our second babe slept in this exclusively for the first few months. You never know what will be most comfy for babe until they are here, but I swear by this one. And if you have friends you can borrow from it’s great. Especially if the amazing things you bought don’t end up jiving for your babe.

    We love, love the water wipes. The only annoying thing is that they don’t come out of the package that great. They do say not to put them in a wipes dispenser, probably because they’d dry out.

    Wishing you all the best these last few weeks!! Watch as many movies as you can, eat at all the restaurants, hang with your friends, and Sleep! As much as possible. Your little guy is so lucky! :)

  4. THANK YOU for this!
    We are just ending the first trimester and I was trying to budget what we need so this is super helpful. I love the idea of a snoo but I’m glad you put another option in there. I can’t begin to imagine spending that on something so transient. Btw, did you consider Craigslist for any of your items? I’m getting mixed reviews about that, just wondering

  5. Hello Molly,
    I love your list! As a mom I can tell you will probably find that some of the stuff you end up needing is totally unpredictable. We have the guava family travel crib and it is great for naps at the house, naps on the beach, camping, and as a portable play pen. We have the fawn diaper bag too, it’s great! You might want to consider getting the Frieda baby fridet
    http://fridababy.com/product/fridet-mom/
    It’s much easier to use than a traditional peri bottle.
    And the nose Frieda is much better than a bulb syringe.
    And you might want to reconsider the baby detergent, in my experience very young babies have a tendency to break out easily and they have very sensitive skin.
    But I love your list and I love your nursery, it’s beautiful!

  6. You always have great photos on your posts, almost perfect!
    After reading your post, I’ve found out some stuff for my sister’s daughter. Hope she likes it!

  7. Lady, I can’t thank you enough for this post! Our little one is 3 weeks old but came a few weeks early so we still had some organizing/ shopping to do. I can’t tell you how hard it is to find simple, modern baby gear. I think I literally pinned/ ordered everything under the bath time section.

    Thanks again! You guys seem ready to go!

  8. Thank you so much for this. I feel like most of what’s out there for babies is rainbow and covered in trucks or frozen characters (yuck!). Love love love this roundup of minimal, modern, beautiful items. Gives me hope for when I finally get pregnant.

  9. When I had my baby I could not have lived without:
    Breastfriend pillow
    Rock and Play
    So many netflix shows. Make sure you save some good TV.

    Best of luck!!

  10. Thank you for this! I’m expecting, too, and you just made life a lot easier by sharing your picks!!
    Good luck with the final days and best wishes for you and your new arrival. Cheers!

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