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10 of the most popular types of items on baby registries
Wooden baby toys in boxes in front of a rope rainbow toy.
Preparing for the arrival of a baby can be an exciting but challenging time for expectant parents. With a huge range of baby products on the market, it’s often difficult to know what you really need to buy and what you can live without.
Curated has compiled the most searched-for items on popular baby registries to identify the common needs of expectant parents. Most of the categories identified are considered essential, with toys being the only non-essential category making the top 10.
Three-quarters of expectant parents have set up a baby registry, according to a March 2022 survey by Everyday Health Group. Findings suggest expectant parents are creating registries and purchasing items earlier than in the past due to supply chain issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most (84%) also focus their registries on essential items rather than things they want but won’t use as much. Demand for food-related items, such as breast pumps, for example, is on the rise.
Keep reading to discover 10 of the most popular baby registry articles today.
A row of strollers in a store.
Traveling with a baby, whether across town or long distances, is much easier with the right accessories, making items such as strollers and car seats a must-have in the baby registry.
Some parents opt for all-in-one travel systems, which feature car seats that easily fold out and clip into matching strollers, while others choose separate pieces. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is a great resource to help you choose a safe car seat.
Baby carriers that adults can wear are also a popular registry choice, as they provide a hands-free way to carry a child while doing chores around the house or staying active outdoors. There are many baby carrier options on the market, ranging from slings and slings to forward-facing or backpack-style baby carriers.
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A close up of a baby with a blue hat and a pacifier.
There’s been a lot of talk in recent years about the pros and cons of pacifiers, but they’re still one of the most popular items on baby registries. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, pacifiers are usually not a problem unless they are over 3 years old. The Mayo Clinic reports many benefits of using pacifiers: they promote self-soothing, help babies fall asleep, and may even reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
Pacifiers come with many options that expectant parents can choose from. They are made specifically for different ages, for breastfed and bottle-fed babies, derived from natural or synthetic materials, and can be used with or without clips. Every baby has unique preferences, so expectant parents may choose to include a variety of pacifiers in their registries.
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A breast pump in a box on a white marble table.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages breastfeeding for parents who are able because of the many health benefits. Breastfed babies have a lower risk of health problems such as SIDS, diabetes, asthma and ear infections, while breastfeeding mothers have a lower risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, hypertension and diabetes.
For those who are breastfeeding, there are plenty of supplies to make the process easier. Nursing bras allow easy access for feedings while nursing covers provide privacy in public places. To increase comfort, there are nursing pillows to support the baby during feeding, nursing pads to absorb milk that may leak and creams to treat dry or cracked nipples. Many breastfeeding parents also choose to express their milk, which increases the flexibility of feedings. Breast pumps, milk storage bags or containers, and cooler bags are therefore useful items to add to registers.
A baby room in beige tones with butterflies on the wall above the cradle.
When it comes to nurseries, there are countless items expectant parents can put on baby registries.
Cribs, bassinets, changing tables and rocking chairs are some of the most frequently used nursery furniture. Video monitors allow parents to keep a close eye on their babies, offering features like zooms and access via mobile apps, while audio-only baby monitors are still available.
Using a cool mist humidifier in the nursery can help with congestion and dry skin during the winter months. (A hot mist humidifier can potentially cause burns if children get too close). And let’s not forget the décor: things like wall hangings, curtains and rugs can help complete the nursery, making it cozy and inviting for babies and parents alike.
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Two babies playing with a teddy bear and surrounded by toys.
Baby toys aren’t just for fun, they’re also essential tools for a child’s development. Play helps children grow mentally, physically and socially.
The best toys are those that encourage interaction and build relationships with caregivers, according to a 2019 report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP also recommends more traditional physical toys while limiting screen time and electronics. This means that toys like play mats and play gyms, push and pull toys, and dolls or stuffed animals are all great options that encourage positive interactions between babies and caregivers. Expectant parents can also add classic toys to their baby registries, such as rattles, blocks, stacking toys, cars and trucks, and bouncers.
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A basket of baby bath products.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, newborns don’t need a bath every day because it can dry out their skin. However, about three baths a week are recommended, so expectant parents should always stock up on bath products.
Gentle baby soaps and shampoos, washcloths, and towels are baby registry essentials. A baby tub can be useful for holding small babies upright for bathing on the counter or in a larger tub. And don’t forget the unscented baby lotion after the bath.
Baby bottles and coins on a drying rack.
Food-related items are frequently used every day, so it’s no surprise that they’re one of the top categories in baby registries. For parents who express breast milk or use formula, bottles are an essential part of the registry. Medline Plus offers some helpful tips on how to choose the right bottles and teats for your baby.
To avoid making a mess, bibs and bibs are also must-have registry items. Many parents-to-be ask for bottle warmers to warm bottles faster and easier than on the stove. Cleaning products, such as specially designed bottle brushes and bottle dryers, can also make parents’ lives easier.
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health and wellbeing
Women sitting on sofa opening baby shower gifts.
Health and wellness items are popular and practical additions to baby registries. Being prepared in advance eliminates the need for parents to visit the store when an unexpected problem arises. For sensitive skin issues, many expectant parents add diaper rash creams and ointments to their registries.
For potential colds or illnesses, it’s good to have thermometers, nasal aspirators and a selection of baby medicines on hand for issues like pain, fever and gas. Other key items include first aid kits and teething and oral care products, which grew in popularity on baby registries by almost 20% from 2020 to 2022, according to the Everyday Health Group survey. .
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Diapers are expensive but necessary when you have a baby, making them a commonly selected item for registries. Whether expectant parents prefer cloth diapers or disposable diapers, it’s wise to stock up in advance.
Most registries also include baby wipes, which are used in high volume daily. Many future parents choose a comfortable changing mat for the changing table in the baby’s room and decorative covers that are easy to clean. For venturing outside the home, diaper bags, which usually include portable changing pads, are essential to help carry all of baby’s necessary supplies.
Woman shopping for cot and bedding.
There are many products on the market to help your baby sleep more comfortably. Parents should follow certain crib safety tips, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Safe bedding items often found on baby registries include fitted crib and bassinet sheets, wearable blankets and sleeping bags, and swaddling blankets and swaddles. It’s always a good idea to use a mattress cover under the crib sheets and crib sheets to help protect the mattress from accidents. Sound machines have also become a popular registry item in recent years, as the soft noise can be quite soothing to babies.
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