Baby Registry Checklist: Get Ready to Gear Up

Here at Graco, we know it can be overwhelming to decide what to put on your baby registry—that’s why we put together this simple baby registry checklist!

Choosing what to put on a baby registry starts with the baby basics. But after that, there are easy questions you can ask yourself to figure out which baby items you’ll need. Consider seasonality, like what clothing you’ll need for a baby that’s born in winter versus summer. Think about upcoming vacations or family traditions, like baby’s first trip to the beach. And of course, load up on the baby registry must haves, like lots of diapers and wipes. No matter what, your little one will be spending a lot of time eating, sleeping, and just being downright adorable—and you’ll be ready.

Registry Checklist

Baby gear

Infant or convertible car seat
Baby carrier
Baby swing or bouncer
Playard with bassinet
High chair

Baby clothes

• 4-8 onesies
• 10 leggings or elastic-waist trousers
• 10 pairs of footed pajamas
• 1-3 sweaters or jackets
• 1-3 rompers or other dress-up outfits
• 4-7 socks or booties (shoes are unnecessary until baby walks)
• 1-3 hats (broad-brimmed for a summer baby, soft cap that covers ears for a winter baby)
• No-scratch mittens
• Bunting bag or fleece suit for a winter baby
• Baby-safe laundry detergent

Nursery items

• Crib, cradle, or bassinet
• Firm, flat mattress that fit snugly in crib (less than two fingers should fit between mattress and crib)
• Rocking chair or nursery glider
• Dresser
• Sound machine
• Baby monitor
• A cool mist humidifier (warm mist can breed bacteria in the humidifier)

Baby bedding

• 2-4 fitted crib sheets
• 4-6 soft, light receiving blankets
• 4 Velcro swaddles
• 2 sleep sacks
• Waterproof mattress protector

Diapering must-haves

• Changing table or cushioned changing pad for low dresser or bureau, with safety strap or railing
• Diaper pail and liners
• Diaper bag
• Diaper cream
• Unscented baby wipes (causes less irritation)
• 2-3 large boxes of disposable newborn-size diapers

Bath items

• Baby bathtub
• Baby soap
• Baby shampoo
• 2-4 soft towels or hooded baby towels
• Baby hairbrush
• Soft washcloths
• Baby-safe body lotion
• Simple bath toys

Feeding essentials

• 6-8 bottles and nipples, both 4- and 8- ounce
• Breast pump (if you plan to breastfeed)
• Milk storage bags (if you plan to breastfeed)
• Nursing pads (if you plan to breastfeed)
• Nipple cream (if you plan to breastfeed)
• Nursing pillow (if you plan to breastfeed)
• Bottle brush
• Dishwasher basket for small items
• 4-8 bibs
• Burp cloths
• 2-4 pacifiers
• Formula
• Bottle drying rack

Health products

• Baby nail clippers or blunt scissors
• Baby thermometer
• First aid kit
• Rubbing alcohol pads
• Saline nasal drops
• Suction bulb

You can also find out when to set up your registry and what perks are available at specific retailers. Plus, get 25% off at Just visit our registry page for more info.