Checklist: Registry 101

Our print-and-shop registry checklist covers everything you need to dress, bathe, swaddle, entertain, and care for your baby.

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  • Diapers: Whether you're going the re-usable or disposable route, you'll need plenty on hand.
  • Burp cloths (fabric diapers can also double as burp cloths).
  • Disposable wipes. Always have a few packets on hand -- this is not an item you want to run out of.
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Diaper pail: Choose one that you can operate with one hand, one that uses regular garbage bags, and has an odor control system.
  • Diaper bag: Make sure it hangs well from your stroller handlebars.
  • Baby monitor
  • 1 or 2 pacifiers, if you want to use them. Be sure to get ones labeled "newborn."
  • Portable crib, commonly known as a Pack 'n Play, for when you visit the grandparents.
  • Co-sleeper. It's so nice to just reach over to nurse your baby at night. But you can easily substitute the portable crib if it's easier.
  • 6 bottles, including nipples: Make sure you buy nipples for newborns.
  • Bottle brush
  • Breast pump: Go for the fancy automatic double pump if you're going back to work.
  • Breastfeeding pillow
  • Nursing pads
  • Lanolin lotion for sore nipples
  • Breast milk freezer bags or storage cups
  • Thermometer. The rectal kind. Don't be freaked out -- once you do it, it's a piece of cake.
  • Nasal bulb syringe for clearing stuffy noses
  • Baby nail clipper
  • Alcohol swabs and bandages
  • Infant bath tub or seat with a newborn "sling"
  • Baby shampoo and cleanser
  • Baby lotion
  • 2 to 3 hooded towels that let you swaddle baby post-bath
  • Crib
  • Changing table with pad (you can also covert an existing dresser by topping with a pad)
  • Rocking chair
  • ExerSaucer. You won't use it for a few months, but once your baby hits 4 or 5 months, it will blow his little mind.
  • Swing or bouncy seat. The movement makes almost all babies very, very sleepy.
  • Activity mat (also called the baby gym)
  • Mobile for the crib: Think music, lights and movement. We like ones you can turn off remotely.
  • Mobile for the changing table: Distract your baby from the fact that his bum is cold.
  • Crib bumper
  • 2 to 3 fitted crib sheets
  • 2 waterproof mattress pads
  • 2 or 3 changing pad covers
  • A rear-facing infant car seat with base. If you have two cars, you'll need a second base.
  • Baby carrier and/or sling
  • Stroller: Baby won't sit up for a few months, so you'll need a Snap 'n Go, a travel system or a model in which baby can fully recline.
  • A "take-me-home" outfit. Look for a set that's cute for photos, but practical (something warm for winter or light for summer).
  • 6 to 8 onesies, half short sleeve and half long sleeve. Choose kimono styles that don't pull over baby's head to cut down on screams.
  • 5 pairs of pants
  • 6 to 8 sleepers (aka coveralls) with built-in footies, or rompers if it's spring or summer
  • 5 to 6 sleeping gowns, which snap5 to 6 sleeping gowns, which snap, zip, or cinch closed at the bottom, making late-night diaper changes a breeze.
  • At least 3 sleeping gowns should have built-in mittens to cover fast-growing baby fingernails and avoid scratches on smooth baby skin.
  • 1 to 3 sweater cardigans or zip hoodies, depending on the season
  • 1 snowsuit or winter bunting (for winter babies)
  • 1 to 2 pairs of mittens if they aren't included in the snowsuit (for winter babies)
  • 8 pairs of booties or socks
  • 4 to 6 hats, including at least one sun hat
  • 4 to 6 receiving blankets. One should be soft and thick enough to be a blankie contender; two should be thin enough for your diaper bag.
  • 4 to 6 bibs. At least two should be waterproof. Once baby starts solids, you'll need something you can just hose off.
  • Velcro swaddle. This crucial miracle item may be the key to peace in your household.
  • Sleep sac, for when baby outgrows the swaddle or sleep gowns, but is still too young for a blanket in the crib.

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