Babies don't really need a lot of stuff. A car seat, a place to sleep, diapers, clothes, and a few blankets. However, there are lots of products out there that make the lives of parents much easier.
If you want to know what the baby registry must-haves for 2020 are, you've come to the right place. We've got a guide of some of the 2020 standouts and some things that you'll definitely want to add to your registry.
A car seat is a necessity, as a hospital won't let you leave without your baby safely strapped into one. You can opt for an infant seat, that you lock into a base in your car and you can remove and take inside with you, or a convertible car seat that works for an infant all the way up to a toddler.
A convertible seat is stationary and stays in the car, so you lose some of the convenience of the infant seat if you go this route. The upside, of course, is that you only have to buy one seat instead of an infant seat and a convertible seat.
Another upside to an infant seat is that you can purchase a travel system. The travel system comes with a stroller that you just snap your infant car seat right into with no need to remove your baby from their car seat. Once baby gets bigger, you can just use the stroller without the infant seat.
Don't forget a lightweight umbrella stroller for on-the-go and travel and if you're a runner, you might want to invest in a jogging stroller that you can use once baby is old enough and has neck strength. Most experts recommend waiting until your baby is 6 to 8 months old before running with them. You should always get the ok from your pediatrician before hitting the trails though.
Bassinet and Crib
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends room sharing with your baby until they reach 6 months old. We also know that the safest sleep surface for babies is a firm surface with a tight-fitting sheet and no other items in the area. No blankets, no crib bumpers, no stuffed animals.
For the first 6 months, a bassinet is small and will likely fit in your room, right next to your bed. Once your baby reaches 6 months, you can move them to their crib. Bed-sharing is not recommended by the AAP due to the risk of suffocation, so it's important that they have their own space to sleep.
Since you are placing your baby to sleep without a blanket, you'll want to dress them in pajamas and swaddle them in a swaddle blanket, velcro swaddle, or zip-up swaddle sleep sack. Swaddling babies mimics being in the womb and also helps them sleep better as they won't wake themselves up due to the Moro reflex. The Moro reflex is an involuntary movement of the hands and arms that sleeping babies have while they are sleeping and are startled.
Stylish Diaper Bag
When you leave the house with your baby, you'll quickly learn that you need a lot of stuff. Diapers, wipes, blankets, bibs, extra clothes, you name it. Why not toss it all in a stylish diaper bag? Carrying around baby stuff doesn't mean that your bag needs to look juvenile.
Whether you want a leather bag, a designer bag, a backpack, or a tote, diaper bags come in many different styles at price points sure to fit your budget and fit your style.
New parents will quickly learn that there will be days where they need two hands to get things done but their baby doesn't want to be put down. What's a parent to do? Pop the baby in a baby carrier and get your hands back!
You can keep your baby close, have your hands free, and as a bonus, babies often fall asleep in their carriers. For newborns, a stretchy wrap or ring sling is a great option. For older babies (and newborns in some cases), structured baby carriers provide more support.
While you're not putting the baby to sleep with a blanket, they come in handy for so many things. Spread one on the floor for tummy time, use one to cover the car seat or stroller while baby is sleeping or to keep the sun out, use it as a nursing cover, or even as a burp rag if you find yourself in a pinch.
Baby Bath Gear
You'll be giving your baby a sponge bath until their umbilical cord stump falls off, but eventually, you'll be giving them a real bath. For this, you'll want a baby bathtub or sponge, wash and shampoo especially for babies, hooded towels, and baby washcloths.
Eventually, you'll need to put the baby down to go to the bathroom, take a shower, do laundry, or just get a break. A bouncy seat is worth its weight in gold. Get one that works for newborns all the way up to bigger babies so you always have a safe place to put your baby down.
White noise reminds babies of being in the womb where they heard mom's blood rushing through her veins all day long. A sound machine recreates this noise and helps baby calm down and sleep. You might be surprised at how much the sound machine helps you sleep too.
Babies are messy. Spit up, drool, milk dribbles—they need to be wiped off often. You can never have too many burp cloths. Soft ones made of flannel or muslin are gentle on baby's skin. Keep them in all the rooms of your house as you never know when you'll need one.
Diapers and Wipes
Newborn babies go through 10-12 diapers a day for the first month! That's anywhere from 300 to 360 diapers in just one month. Stocking up on diapers and wipes is a smart idea. You don't want to discover that you're out of either during a middle-of-the-night diaper change.
Baby Registry Must-Haves For Your List
Now that you know what baby registry must-haves you should include, consider Ideal Baby when it's time to create your registry. We have everything you could need for your new baby, from diapers to wipes to strollers and car seats. We even have items for bigger kids and special days, like christenings and First Communions.
Check out our products online or pop into one of our stores in Miami or Doral.