What to List on Your Baby Registry: Ten Infant Gifts Parents Can’t Live Without

Babies are a big market. Walk through any baby department and try not to be overwhelmed by all the products marketed to your little one. Some products – like diapers, wipes, and first aid kits – are essential, while others are completely useless. It’s difficult to create a baby registry when you’re swamped by products of questionable value. Don’t fret – here are some of the most useful baby gifts a mom can receive. Add these items to your list and enjoy.

Baby Slings

A sling may appear to be a simple piece of fabric, but it’s really a life saver. Slings are lightweight, generally inexpensive contraptions that free your hands while keeping your baby close. Your baby will be happy to sleep near you, and you’ll be happy to get things done. Pouch or ring slings are favored for newborns.

Music

Often overlooked as a shower gift, music CDs bring melody and rhythm into your baby’s life. There are many world music compilations geared specifically for babies or you can request classical or new-age music, or a CD of white noise and clicking sounds – a favorite for newborns.

Swaddling Blankets

Newborns love to be snug in a tight swaddle. Not only does swaddling give your baby a constant secure hug, it disables his or her startle reflex and may reduce colic.

Wipes Warmer

Hated by some and loved by others, a wipes warmer is a boon for cold winter months when your baby will appreciate a warm wipe.

Classic Children’s Books

Reading to your baby will help with attention span and literacy, even though he or she won’t have a clue what you’re saying. Pick some of your favorite children’s books to share with your baby and enjoy a stroll down memory lane.

Nursing Support Pillow

If you’re planning to breastfeed (or even if you’re bottle-feeding), a nursing pillow will be a comfortable addition to your registry. Pillows help in the early days of nursing by giving your baby a place to sleep and freeing your arms so you can concentrate on getting a correct latch. A pillow can double as an infant lounger or be used for tummy time.

Burp Cloths

You can never go wrong with burp cloths. Frequently used and easy to lose, burp cloths will become one of the most used items you receive. Birdseye cloth “diapers” make substantial burp cloths.

Onesies

Forgo cute two piece outfits – onesies are much more practical and easy to use. They make for a quick diaper change and are inexpensive.

Organic blankets

Because you can never have enough baby blankets.

Portable high chair

Even though you won’t use it right away, a portable highchair is a great thing to have for outings at the park or to a friend’s house.

Even though personal preferences vary, these products have been time-tested and widely approved by families. If you find that you happen to dislike any one of these items after giving it a try, you can always re-sell it.