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Baby Registry Checklist

Updated on January 17, 2014

What is a Baby Registry Checklist?

This is my very own little Christmas gift! Our son born two months early, arrived just in time for Christmas. We were first time parents and it was quite a surprise when our baby arrived in November instead of January - no time for baby showers or baby shopping. Fortunately a great friend came to our rescue and lent us her complete baby kit.

We we lucky. I can tell you it would cost a king's ransom to buy everything a new baby needs - and that's why a well-organized baby shower and baby registry list are true blessings.

The really good news is that in this busy world, Amazon has sprung to the baby shower rescue. You can now create your very own Amazon baby registry list to make sure that your friends can use to select the gifts you'd love and that you really need - and your friends can save cash too!

New parents to be? What are you waiting for? Don't leave it until the last minute - make that baby registry list on Amazon now.


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What is a Baby Registry?

And how does it work?

You go to Amazon or to a store such as Walmart, Toys r Us, Babies R Us, Target ... you choose the items you need for your baby and a baby registry list is created.

Tell your family and friends where your registry is and they can go there to buy a gift for you. They will ask for the list and when they buy a gift from the list it is then 'crossed off'. Simple!

Create a Baby Registry on Amazon Now. Just click on the "Register Now" button next to these products and it will take you to Amazon.com where you can easily create your very own Baby Registry.

The First Item on My Registry List is a Special Cuddly Toy - I've chosen a Pooh Bear soft toy that makes noises to help your baby sleep

Lets start with the fun thing before we get down to the more prosaic baby essentials - a very special cuddly toy that will comfort your baby from day one and that your child will cherish all their lives.

That special toy - traditionally a Teddy Bear - is often kept and even passed on to your child's own baby. My son was given a Panda as his special toy and he loved it. I've chosen a character from a classic book, a Disney soft toy Pooh Bear that makes soothing noises to help your baby sleep. I've done this because it's adorable, but also it's a good way to introduce your child to a whole magic world of books and stories plus anything that helps you get a good night's rest is more than essential - it's worth it's weight in gold.

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The Advantages of an Amazon Baby Registry

Why you should shop for baby on line

The last thing that you'll want to do as you near the end of your pregnancy is to trail around the high street shops selecting and noting guests. Amazon to the rescue! How easy it is to browse when you want, feet up, in your own home, create lists, add and delete as you find better products until you have just what you need - and nothing that you don't need.

Of course, all your guests will have the same advantages. With a simple click of the mouse they can select the gift that you really need. What's not to love about that?

But wait - there's more!

You can choose anything from the Amazon.com website and save money into the bargain!

You can take part in the Participate in the Amazon Baby Registry Sweepstakes where you'll have a chance to win $500 Amazon gift card each week. There's an automatic 10% discount and free 90 day returns policy.

You're in for a real treat with this registry.

Why Should I Have a Baby Registry?

The answer is to avoid getting a whole lot of the same thing

OK - so a friend has organized a baby shower for you and you really welcome a bit of help from all your friends to stock up on all those essentials - having a baby is an expensive business, especially if you factor in loss of earnings! When they all turn up they have all come furnished with a lovely soft toy. No baby bath, no vests, no suits, no booties .....

How do you feel? Ungrateful? Frustrated? Panicky (you don't have anything for baby and I'll arrive withing days or weeks)? How will your guests feel? Embarrassed? Fed up? Cross? Disappointed?

A discreet baby registry ensures that you get the baby gear you need and they get the gift that you will appreciate. You know it makes sense!

How Does an Amazon Baby Registry Work?

How do I create a registry on Amazon?

Click on the registry button next to one of these products. Here you can create a list or you can find a registry list.

Click on the 'Create a registry' button and sign in. Fill in your details and the details of your partner or friend - more than one of you can access this list. Easy!

Best Baby Registry Items

I'm going to stick to baby basics

It's easy to get carried away with gifts for baby - there are so many tempting items out there, but after my Pooh Bear indulgence I'm going to stick to the essential basics - the things that you can't really do without, and safety comes high on my list. Let me know if I've left anything out by leaving a comment on this lens.

A Car Seat is a Legal Essential - Baby car seats keep baby safe

You will need a car seat even to bring your baby back from the hospital so this is one of the very first items that you baby will need.

Keeping your baby safe is Number One priority so it makes sense to choose the very best baby seat. Buy a seat that is suitable for newborns and for older babies and children.

You Will Need a Baby Sling or Baby Carrier - ERGO is one of the best baby carriers

When I had my baby I was living in a old hill town and a baby buggy would have been of no use whatsoever. I accessed my house via a long flight of steps, all the shops had front door steps and narrow doors, the cafs were small without space for buggies so my baby sling was a great boon.

Baby slings allow the baby to nestle to your body and enjoy all the movement that newborn babies are used to; babies just love to be in slings and carriers. They're great for parents too. A baby carrier leaves you free to move around, great for shopping in towns (hands free!) and great for country walks.

Remember though, when selecting a baby carrier, that you should think of your baby (of course) but also think about yourself. You must feel light and comfortable. This Ergo baby carrier is an Amazon best seller and for good reason. It looks great and has been designed for baby and parent comfort.

It is also economical as it can be used for newborns and for older babies - no need to buy two carriers. For new born babies you'll need to have an insert to support the little one properly.

A Baby Gate Keeps Baby Safe - And gives you peace of mind

Being a parent is stressful enough without worrying on a daily basis that your baby might fall down the stairs of get into the room with a hot stove or ..... well - you get the idea.

A baby gate or two allows you to turn your back from time to time knowing that your baby is kept safe.

Baby gates are easy to install and they're pretty useful for pets too!

Regalo Easy Step Walk Thru Gate, White, Fits Spaces between 29" and 39" Wide
Regalo Easy Step Walk Thru Gate, White, Fits Spaces between 29" and 39" Wide

Fits opening from 29" to 40", easy one touch release and works for doorways and staircases

 

And Your Baby Will Need Lots of Clothes - Go for quantity and value because babies grow fast

You'll be shocked at how many changes of clothes your new baby will need each day, so go for lots of good value, practical clothes.

Personally I didn't want clothes aimed at specifically boys or girls - firstly it's sexist and secondly you might have another baby of the opposite sex. You can use these clothes a second time around or do what my friend did and pass them on.

You need lots of vests (or bodysuit) and sleep and play suits (also called footies, baby grows and one piece), socks and a warm snow suit for outdoor winter play. A warm jacket is perfect for Spring and Autumn days out..

Make sure that you don't put shoes onto your baby too soon. Put that off as long as possible so that you don't damage their perfect little feet.

Babyprem Plain Cotton Baby One-piece Bodysuit Vest Newborn -12 Months RED 0-3
Babyprem Plain Cotton Baby One-piece Bodysuit Vest Newborn -12 Months RED 0-3

This plain and practical baby vest / bodysuit comes in nine colours so you can please yourself

 
Magnificent Baby Unisex-Baby Infant Hooded Bear Jacket, Cream, 6-12 Months
Magnificent Baby Unisex-Baby Infant Hooded Bear Jacket, Cream, 6-12 Months

I love this cute and cuddly baby jacket that comes in various sizes starting at 0 - 6 months

 
Gerber Unisex-Baby  2 Pack Sleep N Play Snap Front Bears, Green/White, 6-9 Months
Gerber Unisex-Baby 2 Pack Sleep N Play Snap Front Bears, Green/White, 6-9 Months

You'll need lots of these footies. A sleep and play suit that leaves your baby free to move around and keeps her warm.

 

A High Chair is Safe and Handy - It would be hard to manage without a highchair

When choosing a high chair think about safety and practicality. Is it sturdy and stable? Is it easy to clean and easy to use?

I've chosen this OXO Tot Sprout high chair because it is so solid, although it is a bit on the pricey side but it does Converts to youth chair so you save money there.

BABYBJORN Soft Bib, Green/Yellow, 2 Pack
BABYBJORN Soft Bib, Green/Yellow, 2 Pack

You'll need bibs and these bibs are easy to wipe clean and are supremely practical.

 

A Baby Gym is a Baby Essential - It is educational, entertaining and gives you a break!

What's not to like? Your baby will lie safely and play, if not for hours, at least for long enough to give you a break - and that is worth quite a lot. My son loved his baby gym and I really do think they help with your baby's development.

A Baby Toothbrush - Take care of your baby's teeth from the word go

You might laugh (my mother did) but you really should brush your baby's teeth as soon as they appear. "But they will loose these baby teeth so why bother to clean them?" you might say.

The answer is that healthy first teeth help to ensure that the second teeth come through healthily. There's also increasing evidence that bad teeth can affect general health. Finally, it gets your baby used to tooth-brushing so that it's easier to establish the habit of brushing teeth morning and night.

Baby Banana Infant Training Toothbrush and Teether, Yellow
Baby Banana Infant Training Toothbrush and Teether, Yellow

Safer than hard plastic toothbrushes this is a fun baby tooth brush. It's non-allergic and dishwasher freezer friendly

 

Sophie the Giraffe Teether - Anything to help you sleep is 'a very good thing'

Babies can suffer badly when they're teething and when they suffer so do you so I've included this best seller Sophie the giraffe teether in my baby register essentials list. It doubles as a toy and I think that versatility and long term use are essentials. You need top goods and top value!

A Baby Cot and Mattress - I've left this until last because my baby shared our bed for the first few months

A comfortable and safe bed and mattress is essential for your baby. This baby crib also converts to a toddler bed and will see your baby through until it reaches 35 pounds which means that this top quality crib also offers good value.

Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams White Crib Mattress
Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams White Crib Mattress

Provides firm support, has a hypoallergenic sleeping surface and is free of phthalates and lead. The waterproof cover wipes cleanand resists stains and odours.

Finally this mattress meets flammability standard 16 CFR 1633 without the use of potentially harmful chemicals

 

Strapped for Cash or Don't Want to Buy New for Ethical Reasons? - Top tips of how to give your baby everything she needs - for less

... or even for free! Babies thrive in a good environment rich in stimulation. They need toys and books, clothes and gadgets that make life worth living in the modern world. This article will help you to provide the very best for your baby without splashing the cash.

Have I Missed Any Essential Baby Items? - Any ideas gratefully welcomed

If I've missed off any really basic items please leave a comment below and I'll add it to my list. Anything here that you think is NOT essential? Let me know that too!

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