- Crib and mattress - this may be obvious, but you buy these separately. Make sure you pick a mattress that fits your crib properly.
- Mattress pad/protector - It was recommended to me to get two of these so that you can make the crib twice (pad, sheet, pad, sheet) so you can just take off one set in the middle of the night.
- Bedding set (sheets and crib skirt) - all you need is a sheet, but they're just so darn cute!
- Other nursery decor - rug, valance, curtains, pillow, hamper, etc.
- Rocker/glider - I really like ours but only because the nursery is on the second floor and it's the only chair up there.
- Monitor - video is incredibly unnecessary but really nice to tell if baby is awake or asleep while she's crying.
- Swaddles - again, unnecessary if you have receiving blankets, but these are really nice for sleeping. We have both Swaddlemes and a Sleep Sack. My only preference between the two is that the sleep sack zips from the bottom, so you don't have to take them out to change them in the night.
- Receiving blankets - you'll probably get a ton, so only register if you want specific ones. Aden + Anais ones are huge but are really nice and thin for summer.
- Changing pad and cover - you can really change Baby anywhere but it's a nice thing to have if you don't have another soft spot other than the crib.
- Diapers and wipes - one of my showers included a diaper raffle, where you got a raffle ticket for each pack of diapers you brought - it's great! We have so many size 1's and 2's!!
- Diaper Rash Cream - we were gifted pretty much every brand and Butt Paste seems to work best, but it's possible it was just the last one we used before her rash cleared up.
- Bouncy seat or Swing - again, unnecessary but nice to have a place to put baby outside the crib. I'd wait to see what motion your babe seems to like and pick between the two.
- Play mat - so far Lily doesn't like hers and it will probably get passed on, but we'll see in the next month or two. This is one thing I really regret opening early.
- Foam bath cradle- we registered for a tub too and now I'm really glad we didn't get it. This fit in our bathroom sink for all her baths so far and then it will sit on the bottom of the tub when she doesn't fit in the sink anymore.
- Johnson's bath soap - there is absolutely nothing better than the smell of clean baby.
- Wash clothes and towels - one set of each is enough. You can definitely use your own but the little hooded baby towels are so stinking cute!
- Health and grooming kit - we registered for a kit and then got a separate nicer thermometer. We use the little brush and the nail clippers the most. We use our bulb sucker and nasal saline pretty often too but those were from the hospital - make sure you take the sucker with you!!!
- Wubanub pacifiers - wait to open pacifiers until your baby comes. Lily only takes the Avent Soothies, which is what the Wubanubs use. Not to mention that she cuddles the little animal attached. Doh.
- Freezable Teethers - these are for significantly down the road, but why not put it on the registry if you have space to tuck them away?
- Tub spout cover - Unnecessary. Pure and simple. But our looks like an elephant, so yeah.
- Bath scoop/storage and toys - Eventually fun for bath time, but it's going to be stored away for at least a couple more months.
Out and About-
- Carseat and canopy/cover - this is need number one. They're required to leave the hospital and work as a bassinet for the first few weeks if you don't have the nursery finished. My mom made our canopy using this pattern and it's fantastic. Lily went to church at 2 weeks old and it was really nice to not worry about tons of hands touching her because we could just show her off through the peep hole!
- Car mirror - really nice to have so you can see what's going on while baby is rear facing. My dad mentioned this is one "new" thing that he wished they had with me.
- Diaper bag - I originally planned to just have a big purse, but decided that we would want to be able to leave the diaper bag at the nursery and still have my purse in service, so we got a backpack diaper bag (pretty much just a backpack with an insulated pocket for bottles) and I got a wristlet that fits in the bag with all her stuff.
- Infant toys and books - if you have favorites, register for them, but otherwise just be prepared to return and swap depending on what you get.
- Pack'n'Play - Think through if you'll use one enough to be worth the money. We got one because Lily will stay in it if we take a foster placement who needs a crib (foster kids have to have a crib, not a pack'n'play) and for trips to the grandparents'.
- Baby Carriers - We got a Mei Tai and an Ergo. We haven't used the Ergo yet but Mike is excited to have a "manlier" carrier for trips to the zoo etc.
- Stroller - We got a stroller frame from Mike's sister when they had baby #2 and wanted a double stroller. It's great to be able to click her car seat into it and not have to mess with the car seat straps that she currently hates.
- Burp cloths - we use Gerber prefold diapers. You're going to wipe stale milk with it, it doesn't need to be cute.
- High chair - definitely let this wait unless you have storage space for a while.
- Bibs, toddler cutlery and dishes - these have come in really handy for our nephew while waiting for Lily to need them. And it's just fun to eat from a pink fork sometimes. I highly recommend the Tommee Tippee Easy Roll bibs. Easy to clean and have a giant pocket for missed bites.
- Boppy- so far I use this pretty much solely for pictures and not actually for feeding, but we'll see as my little peanut gets heavier if I want more support.
- Pump and/or bottles - check with your insurance before purchasing. We got our pump (prescribed by my delivery doctor) at the hospital for the same price we could have gotten it at Target but then it came out of our deductible ;)
- Drying rack - we got one of the ones that look like a garden from Mike's co-worker. I always thought they were unnecessary, but it was really handy when I was pumping multiple times a day -
- Microwave sanitizing bags/tray - we only run the dishwasher every few days with just the two of us so these were really nice for the in between times.
- Milk storage bags
- Nursing Cami's - I would wear these 7 days a week if I could. They're great.
- Lanolin - my nurse at the hospital called it chapstick for your nipples and she was completely right. Your nipples likely will feel like really chapped lips and you will want something to help that.
- Breast pads - your boobs will leak at some point and it may start before baby is even born. These are great to have a month or so before baby is expected.
- Post-partum care stuff - I got almost everything I needed (ibuprofen, stool softened, Tucks pads, dermoplast and some leftover giant hospital pads) from the hospital, so ask on your tour what they send you home with. I had to stock up on pads - I recommend a small pack of maxi overnights, a small pack of regular/lites, and then a box of panty liners.
- Nursing distractions - once you and baby have breast feeding figured out you're going to want something to keep you awake during those late night feedings. I went with a couple game apps and a new book on my Nook plus a bunch of movies on Netflix.