12 Uncommon Baby Registry Essentials — Practical Items You’ve Never Seen On A Baby Registry List

Apr 6, 2020

12 Uncommon Baby Registry Essentials — Practical Items You’ve Never Seen On A Baby Registry List

Check out these awesome frequently forgotten and little known baby products that you’ll want to register for!

I hadn’t seen most of these on any baby registry lists when I was pregnant, and I bet you haven’t either!

After the list of 12 uncommon and unusual baby must-haves, I’ve also included a bonus list of baby products other moms told me they wish they’d registered for…

…so be sure to check out the last section of this post for a useful crowdsourced list of frequently forgotten baby registry items!

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Tubby Todd

This stuff is liquid gold for when your perfect little creature starts breaking out like a teenager. (If you didn’t know, baby acne is extremely common!)

This is the perfect baby registry item because it’s kind of on the expensive side and shipping isn’t free (it’s not sold on Amazon).


This is a uniquely shaped wearable blanket that works great when you have to stop swaddling.

(P.S. If you haven’t learned about when to stop swaddling yet, I’ll include the link for you again at the end of this post!)

It contains baby’s arms, while still allowing him to have free range of motion.

I wish I had registered for a couple of them!

Note: You guys know I’m all about the evidence, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t state that the Zipadee-Zip is falls into a gray area of safety. Read more here.

Drawer dividers

If you’re OCD about organizing baby’s stuff like I am, you’re going to want these.

Baby clothes are so teeny tiny that you need some extra structure in your drawers in order to make them all visible.

drawer dividers baby registry nursery organization

I liked these so much I ended up buying more for the dresser in the master bedroom too.

Disposable changing pads

AKA puppy pads. These are must-haves for your diaper bag!

They’re *PERFECT* for diaper changes when you’re in a dirty place. Light weight, compact, and can be thrown away after you change a diaper!

Disposable changing pads were first recommended to me when I was preparing to take Aden on a cross-country flight. They’re ideal if you’re changing baby in an unsanitary place and don’t want to carry a germy pad around afterwards.

Dishwasher basket for bottle parts

I actually DID register for this but I needed a second one!

These are *BY FAR* some of my most used baby items.

dishwasher sanitize baby bottles basket new mom hack

Using the dishwasher to clean your bottles is a huge time saver, and if yours has a Sanitize setting you can use it as a sterilizer too.

This product is amazing because it keeps all the little parts from falling into the bottom of the dishwasher.

It also holds the nipples in the right direction, ensuring that they’re cleaned properly.

If you’re someone who cares about scientific evidence when it comes to baby safety, you might like this post:

8 Things to DELETE from Your Baby Registry — and What to Register for Instead

Email yourself the link if you don’t have time to read it now 🙂

This genius cooler bag

This thing is the best. It’s a cooler with built-in icepacks. You just pop the entire thing in the freezer.
I use it every single night to keep Aden’s next bottle cold next to my bed. Saves me from having to go downstairs to the fridge in the middle of the night!

It’s also wonderful for traveling.

Top-rated air purifier

If you’re OCD about creating (and sustaining!) a clean environment for your newborn like I am, you’ll love this product.

This air purifier was the clear winner across the board from all of my most trusted sites that review consumer products. I’m so glad we bought it!

We have one running 24/7 in Aden’s room and another one in the living room.

Sleep sacks

I had plenty of swaddles on my baby registry, but I didn’t include enough sleep sacks.

If you didn’t know (I didn’t!), there are crucial (life-saving) differences between a sleep sack and a swaddle when it comes to the risk of SIDS.

sleep sack baby crib baby registry

You should register for a bunch in all different sizes.

Turn your baby into an avocado or a strawberry with these cozy ones. Lots of other cute styles too: bumble bee, caterpillar, bear, etc. *Note that the hats are unsafe for sleep.

If you’re looking for long sleeves, I like these.

We don’t own a Woolino, but this is the high-end cult favorite.

This portable night light

This thing is ideal for nighttime feedings and diaper changes.

I bought it out of curiosity, expecting that I might return it for something else. I ended up loving it and using it every night.

It’s cordless and rechargeable. It has a touch sensor that allows you to dim the light. Very cool little device.

baby registry essentials night light smart lightbulb

The coolest lightbulb ever

Once baby starts developing a circadian rhythm, it becomes especially important to keep the lights low before bed time.

Not only can you dim this light super low (my FAVORITE feature), it also gives you 16 color options, and bonus: it comes with a remote!

I now use this every night during our bedtime routine and control the lamp via remote from the rocking chair across the room.


A heating pad — AKA an amazing tool to help your baby fall asleep!

Trust me, you’re going to want every (safe) tool under the sun to get your newborn to sleep in his bassinet.

Use it to heat the sleep space before putting baby down.

(Check out my full list of 60 new mom hacks if you like this one!)

new mom hack heating pad get newborn baby sleep bassinet crib


A label maker and extra labels

Definitely not your typical baby registry item, but incredibly useful nonetheless!

Labeling things makes me ridiculously happy and if you’re the slightest bit OCD like I am, you need one in your life too.

label everything in plastic bins new mom hackThe added perk is that the labels make it easier for your partner and other caregivers to find things.

nursery organization bin for outgrown clothes new mom hack

I have labeled bins and baskets with the following, just to name a few:

  • Bottle lids
  • Extra pump parts
  • Burp cloths
  • Bibs and feeding supplies (spoons, bowls, etc.)
  • Teethers
  • Outgrown clothes

One pack of label tape lasts a long time, but I always have an extra on hand in case of a labeling emergency! 🙂

Important read for new parents who are worried about SIDS:

What is the Difference Between a Swaddle and a Sleep Sack?

Email yourself the link if you don’t have time to read it now 🙂

Bonus: Crowdsourced Baby Registry List!

These are the items some mamas in my groups said they wished they’d registered for but didn’t.

handdrawn star Wine – So many people said this and I’m not sure that any of them were kidding!

handdrawn star A wipeable diaper changing pad. (Check out my Keekaroo Peanut Changer review!)

handdrawn star Baby medicine

handdrawn star Baby Dome – Very popular for good reason. It’s super small, portable, and most importantly, it’s safe for sleep!

handdrawn star Drool bibs – I love bandana bibs… check out these awesome ones Aden wears all the time…

handdrawn starBaby Bjorn bouncer – We don’t own this—we have a much cheaper version—so I don’t actually know why everybody recommends this thing to me, but they do. It’s crazy popular. Ask your friends about it.

handdrawn star Extra pacifiers – Try a few different brands and see which your baby likes. These are so cute…

handdrawn star Sun hat – Aden has this one.

handdrawn starSit-Me-Up – Very very popular but I didn’t buy this because we have other similar things.

handdrawn star Swaddle UP – Amazing product we own that I highly recommend.

handdrawn star Jumperoo / Bouncer – We got this one for Aden and it’s literally the best purchase we’ve made yet!

handdrawn star Books

handdrawn star Silicone bibs for when you start solids (around 4-6 months). We have these and they’re great. Also, I just found these trendy ones below that I think I need in my life ASAP…

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What *NOT* to include on your baby registry…

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Uncommon Baby Registry Essentials: frequently forgotten and little known baby products that you’ll want to register for!