What You REALLY Need to Register for When Having a Baby

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Congrats Mama!

You’ve got a gorgeous lil’ bun in the oven and we are SO excited for you.

With a little one on the way, you’re probably working on a thousand different to-do lists… decorating the nursery… choosing a stroller… planning your birth… and trying to decide what you need to buy before your baby makes their grand arrival.

We know. It’s a lot.

The good news is, with a baby registry, your wonderful friends and family can buy presents for you and your baby, helping to take the pressure off a little. Because who doesn’t love buying gifts for a newborn? 

But, of course, this can cause another dilemma. Just what do you put on your baby registry? What do you really need? What’s essential, what’s needed, and just plain unnecessary?

Fear not Breast Friend. Your Titty City family is here to guide you through the baby registry maze, so you can tick off some of those all-important essentials… and maybe register for a gift or two for yourself. You’re the one doing all the hard work after all.

Let’s get into it!

What is a baby registry?

A baby registry is essentially a list of baby products from a store that you would like to get before your baby is born. Similar to a wedding registry, you can register in-store or online for as many items as you’d like. 

There are store assistants who can help you as you work your way around the baby department, giving you ideas and information about what to add to your list. You can register for anything from adorable baby onesies and booties to big ol’ items such as cribs, car seats, and strollers.

You can then share your registry with friends and family when they ask what you would like as a gift for the baby. It’s also perfect for baby shower guests, as they can be sure that they’re buying you something you actually want and need…although you can never say no to that hand-crocheted blanket from great auntie Jane!

You can also register at as many stores as you’d like, so the sky is the limit. But this also means the choice is pretty unlimited, which can feel overwhelming. 

A lot of moms-to-be tend to wait until they’re into their second trimester before registering, but you can register anytime you want. Maybe you want to wait until you know your baby’s sex first, but make sure you give yourself plenty of time to research products and brands and give your friends and family time to choose the perfect present. 

With so much stuff available and a massive range of brands to choose from, it can be tough to know just where to begin. Setting up a baby registry is fun and can make your life a heck of a lot easier in the long run (no one wants to be Googling “which stroller is best,” when you’re nursing your newborn. 

So. We’ve done the hard work for you! Here is the Titty City-approved baby registry list!

What to put on a baby registry

To make things even easier, we’ve broken down the registry list into different categories, so you can feel confident you have everything you need for every stage of the baby journey. It’s important to remember that every family is different and we all have different needs, so feel free to modify this list to accommodate your situation.

    Nursery Furniture and Essentials

    Cribs

    There are SO many crib options available, from different designs, styles, and functionalities. There are cribs that work as a ‘next to you’ or co-sleeper style so they can be attached to your bed, allowing complete access to your little one during the night. There are rocking styles, mini styles, and portable styles… do some research to find out which is the best for your needs.

    Crib mattress

    Opt for a mattress that’s soft but firm and make sure the dimensions fit inside the crib you choose. While you’re at it, add a couple of mattress pads to save your mattress in case baby leaks out of their diaper!

    Bedding

    Ooh… the fun part. Choose a few different bedding sets to give your crib its own unique style to match your nursery.

    Changing table

    Depending on your space, you can go for a changing table, dresser, or a specially designed surface that attaches to the top of your crib for changing baby. Each option has its own pros and cons (for example how much space it takes up, whether it comes with additional storage, etc) so, again, research which would be best for you.

    Bassinet/Moses basket

    A lot of mamas choose to put their newborns in a bassinet or Moses basket when they’re teeny. These are portable meaning you can carry your sleeping tot around with you and always have them at arm’s reach.

    Swaddles

    Swaddles are so great for helping your baby feel secure and safe (and they look so cute all swaddled up). There are lots of different styles and brands to choose from, including sleep sacks and swaddle blankets.

    Rocker/Glider

    If you have the space, a rocker or gliding chair is a real game changer. Let’s be honest Breastie. You’re going to be spending a LOT of time feeding or nursing your little one during the day (and night – hello cluster feeding), and a comfy glider is perfect for making sure you’re comfy while you’re doing it. Plus, the soothing rocking motion can help baby fall into a peaceful slumber.

    Baby monitor

    This is another item where there is just a truckload of options. Video monitors are great so you can watch your baby while they sleep (or don’t), there are also monitors that measure breathing and heartbeats, and ones that come with light shows and music to help comfort your little one. Think about what you need, and the price point, before choosing the right monitor for you.

    Diapering Essentials

    Diaper pail

    A diaper pail comes with liners so your little one’s stinky diapers can be thrown out without leaving a smell… just remember to empty it frequently!

    Diapers

    Newborns get through A LOT of diapers. Especially breastfed babies (breast milk can act like a natural laxative). Whether you want to use disposable or reusable diapers, asking for diapers in a range of sizes is a great and cost-effective option for your registry.

    Diaper cream

    Select a range of diaper creams to keep your baby’s butt smooth and rash-free.

    Baby wipes

    Another thing you’ll always use – baby wipes. An essential from the newborn stage all the way through childhood. Unscented wipes cause less irritation so are a good option for newborns.

    Diaper bag

    There are lots of options available so think about the size and functionality you’ll want your diaper bag to have. Some come with a travel diaper mat, which means you can cross that essential off your list.

    Bath Essentials

    Baby bathtub or bath seat

    You can choose a specially designed bathtub just for babies, or a seat that can be placed into your normal bath.

    Soft hooded towels

    Baby hooded towels are perfect for drying your baby and keeping them cozy after bath time. Choose a few options so you always have spares in the wardrobe.

    Body wash and lotion

    Add some baby-friendly shampoo, body wash, and lotion to your registry to keep your little one clean and soft. Don’t forget to add washcloths or sponges too.

    Baby nail clippers

    Those tiny nails are like razors! Give your baby a mini mani-pedi with a pair of specially designed baby nail clippers and a baby nail file to dull the edges.

    Baby Clothes

    This part may seem to be the most fun part of creating a baby registry. There are so many cute baby clothes out there, it can be very easy to get carried away. While you might want to buy every sweet newborn outfit you see, remember that babies grow quickly, and before you know it, that little baby tux will already be too small.

    In fact, you may want to ask around and see if anyone you know has hand-me-downs you can use since the first few months they grow so fast and baby clothes are typically only gently used.

    It’s fine to ask for a few newborn clothes, but make sure you register for size 3 months and upwards too. Sometimes babies skip the "newborn" clothing size altogether. 

    Here’s a basic list of the baby clothes to register for:

    • Up to 10 onesies (if you can find ones with wide head openings and zip fastenings, even better!)
    • 10 footed pajamas that zip
    • 10 non-footed pajamas that zip
    • 10 t-shirts (long and short-sleeved)
    • 10 pairs of leggings 
    • A couple of hoodies
    • Blanket sleepers for a winter baby
    • Sweaters 
    • A couple of front-buttoned jackets
    • Several pairs of socks and booties
    • Sun hat for a summer baby
    • Scratch mittens
    • Fleece suit for a winter baby
    • 5 burp cloths
    • 5 bibs

    Feeding

      You might choose to breastfeed or bottle feed, so it’s a good idea to think about how you would like to feed your baby before adding feeding essentials to your list. If you want to pump, you can buy a breast pump or hire one.

      Here are a few essentials for both options.

      Breastfeeding essentials

      • Breast milk freezer bags
      • Nursing pillow (also great for bottle feeding)
      • Nursing bras
      • Nipple cream
      • Nursing cover (if you feel self-conscious about nursing in public)
      • Nursing pads

      Bottle feeding essentials

      • 10 - 16 bottles and nipples
      • Bottle sterilizer (there are electronic and microwave options)
      • Bottlebrush
      • Dishwasher basket for smaller items
      • A selection of pacifiers
      • Formula

      You can also think ahead to when your baby is a little older and ask for feeding essentials such as a highchair, baby cutlery, and a mess mat to put under the highchair (weening is a messy business!)

      Baby Travel Gear

        These are the essential big-ticket items to add to your registry, so make sure you choose wisely.

        Car seat

        This will need to be fitted before you bring baby home from the hospital. You ideally want one that is suitable for a newborn and can be adjusted to grow with your baby. 

        Stroller

        Again, we love strollers that adapt as your baby grows. Go to a store and try out as many options as possible. Look for things such as weight, how easy it is to fold, whether it is a front or rear-facing stroller, and how easy it is to steer.

        Baby carrier

        We love baby carriers. They make life so much easier when your little one doesn’t want to be put down, so they’re perfect for wearing around the home and out and about. There are lots of options, from slings to wraps, so try out as many as you want to see what works best for you.

        Playtime

          Although your newborn is a few months away from playing with toys, there are a few items you can use from the very first days.

          Swing, seat, or bouncer

          Having somewhere safe to place baby when you need your hands free is essential. Baby seats come in a variety of options, including bouncers, swings, and rockers. The rocking motion is great for soothing your baby while giving your arms a break!

          Here are some other great play essentials for your registry:

          • Padded activity mat
          • Soft baby books
          • Soft stacking blocks
          • Teething toys
          • Rattles
          • Stuffed toys
          • Snuggle blankets

          What about you, mama?

          Don't forget to include YOU on your baby registry. From nursing-friendly outfits to postpartum self-care goodies, you deserve it. Consider including items like lactation consultant, postpartum doula, cleaning service, and meal train on your baby registry. These are the things you wish you had prepared once the baby arrives.

          We have a lot of awesome gift ideas for new moms at Titty City Design to make you feel seen and loved during postpartum. With breastfeeding-positive clothing, cozy socks and hats, and breastfeeding milestone goodies, don’t be afraid to add special things just for you. You’re amazing and deserve to be celebrated!

          There are so many fun gifts for new moms that will make you feel special and loved. Here are a few of our Titty City favorites that you can use while pregnant and beyond.

          #1 You're the Tits Tumbler

          Tits Tumbler Pink

          A travel cup is a must to satisfy your thirst and take your beverage of choice wherever you go. This Tit-ally adorable tumbler comes in pink, mint, and black and features our You’re The Tits slogan and an illustration of a pair of beautiful Boobies.

          You can fill this tumbler with hot or cold drinks and sip away to her heart’s content.

          #2 Hot Tits Mug

          Boob Mug for new mom gift

          If you're a coffee queen or a tea addict? Then this Hot Tits Mug will be her new Breast Friend!

          A gorgeous, large-capacity mug with a fun Titty design exterior. You'll love curling up and relaxing with this mug as you wait for baby’s big arrival, and after giving birth when you'll need all the coffee you can get! 

          This must-have mug is also microwave safe so you can keep heating up your drink… essential when you have a new baby to look after.

          #3 Titty City Zip Up Hooded Sweatshirt

          Zip Up Hooded Sweatshirt

          Cozy, cute, casual – this zip-up, hooded sweatshirt ticks all the boxes.

          Treat yourself to this super soft and oh-so-comfy zip-up sweatshirt designed with a relaxed, unisex fit, that you can wear over your bump and beyond when the baby is born.

          It zips to give easy access to the Titties to breastfeed. It comes in two colors: peach and gray, and has the Titty City Design logo on the front chest and the back to be your uniform when breastfeeding at home and for nursing in public.

          It is designed with our encouraging breastfeeding slogan, "Simply the Breast!" on the right sleeve, and is seriously the softest material. This sweatshirt is a must for you and every mama.

          #4 Boob "Toob" Socks

          cozy, best boob socks

           

          Ok, Boobs on socks. Because you are truly all boobs all the time once baby comes along.

          Not only are these so flipping cute, but also they are super nice quality. These boob socks are cozy and thick with extra cushion and the design is woven right into the fabric.

          If you are delivering at the hospital, these are perfect for your hospital bag. Something to keep your toes comfy while recovering. 

          Looking for more gift ideas for you, the mama?

          Add gift cards to your favorite restaurants and a gift card for a post-natal massage. Also, consider adding contributions towards a lactation consultant and postpartum doula for support that you truly need once baby arrives. 

               

              At Titty City Design, we believe that every boobie is beautiful, and that should be celebrated. We are a female-owned and operated, small business here to spread self-love and body positivity with our line of boob apparelboob accessories, and boob-themed decor and products for the home. A portion of our proceeds goes to help support postpartum people and breast cancer patients.

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