Crafting a baby registry is an essential element of preparing for impending parenthood — as much a part of the process as choosing a nursery theme and figuring out how to assemble furniture from illustrated-only instructions. It’s a great way to help out your friends and family who might want to share their excitement over the imminent arrival of the new tiny person you are creating by giving a gift. By registering, it lets well-wishers know exactly what you’d like and see what you’ve already received, hopefully preventing you from being the recipient of 13 nasal aspirators. It’s especially helpful to create a registry if someone will be throwing you a baby shower.
In addition to larger items, like a high chair or play yard, it’s a great idea to think about some soft goods too. These are the kinds of things you will use all the time so it’s a great idea to stock up. Just Born has a great selection of bed and bath solutions that are designed to provide comfort, safety and functionality. From soft nursery bedding and safe sleepwear to bath time basics, their products are designed to be durable and adorable!
Here are my six picks from the Just Born Sparkle Collection and a few from their other lines, too. They mix and match so well!
I’ve seen enough of my veteran mom friends use these to know they’re a must-have! Lightweight, 100% cotton muslin blankets are essential for swaddling baby in those early months—keeping them the right temperature without having a loose blanket in the crib, which is a safety no-no. They can also be used to drape over a stroller or lay on the ground for tummy time in the many months to come.
This sleep sack meets a swaddler wraps up baby for a cozy snooze. I like to think it’s bleary 3 a.m. parent-proof, thanks to smart Velcro and an internal wrap. My favorite feature? The bottom opens for easy diaper change access or to offer ventilation, which my summer baby just might need.
My own mom assures me you can never have too many of these! She stashed them all around the house, not just in the bathroom—there was always a supply in the kitchen too. My sisters and I were always presentable in public so I’ll follow suit and keep a supply of soft, cotton washcloths on hand, too.
Growing up, we called them shuffle jammies—and it’s never too soon for the adorable footie jam to make an appearance! Whether napping or just chilling, these are a baby wardrobe staple and too cute to pass up.
Not just for winter babies, hats are super helpful in helping newborns keep themselves warm— babies aren’t born with the ability to self-regulate their temperature yet. A matching hat to compliment a sleeper is picture-perfect way of keeping them warm!
A pair of lightweight mittens are a great idea in case your little one likes to scratch himself in the face with those inexplicably razor-sharp baby nails. Waiting for coordination never looked so cute.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the proper baby registry etiquette?
Some individuals enjoy adhering to traditions, yet new decades provide new opportunities. So, which rules are we still adhering to?
On Instagram, we asked Babylist users for their most pressing (and sometimes embarrassing) queries regarding baby shower etiquette. We must consider whether our acts will make someone feel uncomfortable, harm their feelings, or humiliate them. This is the type of thought we can put into our baby shower registries.
Parents who have had a second, third, or more child frequently have an abundance of newborn gear. However, a “sprinkle” in celebration of the rookie is perfectly acceptable, according to Post. “There may be other items you need that are more fundamental, like everyone needs a million onesies when they have a newborn,” she continues, “but a sprinkle truly is simply an opportunity to wish everyone well and celebrate the arrival of a new baby.”
Prepare the registration insert cards. Whether they’re provided by the retailer or handwritten in calligraphy by your shower host, mentioning a registry in your invitation is the same as instructing visitors to purchase you a gift—a no-no in terms of etiquette.