This section of the registry is all about making your baby comfy and safe. There are so many products in this category, just walk down the baby isle in Target and you’ll see at least 10 different brands of lotions, soaps, etc. Below is what I’ve found to work best for my kids. Each child is different so you may want to try some of these out before you buy in bulk. When it comes to medications and things your baby will ingest, talk with a doctor and do your own research to make sure it is safe for your baby.
My favorite is Pampers Swaddlers in newborn – size 3. I have used these with all 3 and haven’t tried many others becuase I’ve been so happy with them. Our first was in newborns for quite a while, but our second two only wore them for a few days. Since running to the store with your newborn isn’t easy, I recommend having a couple unopened packs on hand, return what you don’t use. Also, register for the Gifts-to-Grow on the Pampers website. You get points for all the diapers & wipes you buy. We’ve had at least one in diapers for 4 years now and have racked up over 14,000 points. The Amazon Subscribe & Save program is great! You get great discounts and they deliver them right to your door!
If you plan to cloth diaper your baby, check out this post on recommended products!
We like Pampers Sensitive wipes. They don’t have a strong odor, they are really soft, and they don’t fall apart while using them. I am not a fan of their box, however, so I put the Pampers Sensitive wipes in a Huggies case.
We used this for the first few months with our first and not at all with our second or third. We had the Prince Lionheart Premium Wipes Warmer. It was great, but you always have to change them in the same place, which we didn’t always do.
I love the SaraBear Portable Diaper Caddy. Use it daily! It is cute and can easily fit all of your needs.
With our first two kids, we used the Diaper Genie Elite II and refills. We thought we upgraded with our third by getting the Ubbi Diaper Pail. Honestly, I prefer the Diaper Genie! I like that I can use the Ubbi as a regular trash can later, but I still recommend the Diaper Genie because it contains the smell better and is easier to open when you’re holding a baby.
Handsdown, Plender’s Diaper Ointment is the best! It’s made in Orange City, Iowa and not exactly easy to find. Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Diaper Ointment or Triple Paste is good too.
We never got a separate tub because I find them uncomfortable and rigid. We have always used the Leachco Safer Bather Infant Pad. It is SO much easier to use and more comfortable for baby. After the bath, you just wring it out and hang it to dry.
I thought this was dumb when I got it, but we love it! You’ll spend a lot of time bathing your kids over the years; save your knees!
Once your baby can move, they can get pretty wild in the tub. The Spout Covers are cute and protect their little heads from getting hurt if they accidently bump into the spout. It is important to remove this between baths to eliminate errosion of the spout!
Get the thin Gerber ones. They are gentle on their soft skin.
Hooded towels (2)
There are lots of fun options here. I wouldn’t buy too many for when they are little. You can always skip right to the toddler size ones and use them for babies as well.
Any plastic cup will do, but the ones with soft head indentions to pour water over their heads are nice.
Ones that you can squeeze water out of are fun, but they get moldy inside. Foam letters and water cars are fun too.
Bath Toy Storage Bin
You’ll want to store the bath toys in a bin that has good airflow. I like the Skip Hop Tubby Bath Toy Organizer.
I’ve tried Johnson & Johnson, Aveeno and CeraVe. My favorite is definitely Aveeno.
We don’t use these often. I went through 1 box in the first 18 months with our first. It’s important not to clean their ears too much.
This is purely a fun item, but I love it. I like to weigh my little one before and after he nurses so I can see about how much he is drinking each time. It helps gauge how much you put in a bottle if you are nursing and bottle feeding.
Gas Relief Drops
These were always near us until our first was 6 months old. With our second, we heard about Colic Calm. That stuff is AMAZING!! If you are formula feeding, drop a small amout of Simethicone 20 mg drops in each bottle to keep the bubbles away!
These saline wipes are so much nicer on little one’s skin than regular tissues. It seems silly, but this is the best way to get that dried snot off of your baby without hurting them. We have the big tub sitting next to the tissues at home and have a travel size for the diaper bag.
These are great for dry climates. I’ve gone through so many cheap humidifiers. I should have just splurged and bought good quality one right away. Doctors will always recommend a cool mist humidifier, but I like having both. If you little one ever gets croup, you’ll understand why!
First Aid Supplies
We used the Exergen Temporal Scanner for the first year with our first. It was good at first but now it is always off. We now use the Vicks Baby Rectal and Vicks SpeedRead Digital.
Infant Tylenol and Motrin. Just make sure you check with a doctor before you give it to them. It’s just nice to have on hand so you don’t have to take a sick baby out to the store. Benadryl and Pedialyte are also good to have in the cabinet for emergencies.
The hospital should give you a bulb syringe, but ask for more. Just remember that the inside of the bulb syringes get nasty very quickly! All 3 of ours had reflux and would choke a lot as babies, so we always were prepared to suction out their noses and mouths. The Nosefrida Snotsucker is awesome, gross, but awesome!
Baby Brush and Comb
We use Safety 1st Nail Set. It works great on babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.