How To Create A Modern Baby-On-A-Budget Registry

From car seats to carriers, we’re here to tell you exactly what you need to register for and how to do it so you won’t break anyone’s budget.


The key to creating a modern baby-on-a-budget registry is to ask for products that are versatile. Whether they do two jobs at once or grow with your child, they need to have some sort of longevity. For example, many cribs can now convert to a toddler bed, day bed and in some cases even full size. Not needing to buy a bed every two years is going to save you a lot of money and stress. Also, by investing in quality products made from sustainable wood or high quality acrylics, you will be able to pass these items on to future siblings or friends, which isn’t only kind to your wallet, but also the environment.

The main thing to remember is that less is more. Keep things simple and neutral. By staying gender neutral and traditional, you will have a greater chance of using items over and over again. You should also consider your own personal style because diaper bags can become weekender bags and toy storage solutions can become laundry baskets and so on.

Other things to think about include safety. Many bouncers, car seats and strollers have toxic chemicals that can end up in your tot’s delicate system, which is why we encourage people to choose wisely.


The Tot’s baby registry picks for modern mamas


1. JEM + BEA Lola Tote

Jem + Bea Lola Tote

Made of featherweight Ripstop nylon, it has durable shoulder straps, a detachable cross body strap and is perfect for parents on the go.


2. Solly Baby New Standard Wrap Carrier


Solly Baby’s new standard wrap carrier keeps both you and your baby in the ideal ergonomic position.


3. Nuna Pipa Lite Car Seat and Base Set

Ultra chic, light and safe, the Nuna Pipa Car Seat will give you the peace of mind needed for your precious cargo.


4. Bumbleride Indie Stroller

Bumbleride Indie Stroller

Made with recycled water bottles, it’s one of the greenest options out there.


5. Charlie Crane LEVO Rocker

Charlie Crane LEVO Rocker in Beech - Rose in April Fawn

Ask any parent – get a bouncer! They help soothe your baby, while also allowing them to safely be part of the action.


6. Aspen & Maple Activity Gym

Aspen & Maple Activity Gym - Rainbow

Simple and purposeful, the Aspen & Mape Activity Gym will fit your modern décor and provide your baby with the stimulation needed to reach important milestones.


7. Stokke Clikk High Chair

Stokke Clikk High Chair in Cloud Grey

Compact and easy to clean, the Stokke Clikk High Chair is easy to clean and able to be assembled in just a few minutes.


8. Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Crib with Conversion Kit


Made of sustainably sourced New Zealand Pine Wood, this bed is built to last. With the included conversion kit, it goes from crib to toddler bed to day bed instantly.

9. Babyletto Hudson Three Drawer Dresser with Removable Changing Tray


Another item that grows with your kid, this three drawer dresser takes the place of a changing table, which will save you money and space.


10. Naturepedic No-Compromise Organic Changing Pad and Changing Pad Cover.

The Naturepedic No-Compromise Organic Changing Pad can be used on a changing tray, the bed, the floor or the couch to make diaper changes a breeze. The cover is also machine washable!


11. Hart+Land Bamboo Solid Sleep Bag

HART + LAND Solid Sleep Bag

The Hart+Land Bamboo Solid Sleep Bag is made from sustainable bamboo rayon fabric that is soft to the touch and provides a cozy and comfortable sleeping alternative to blankets in the crib. The sleep bag has a double zipper that allows quick and easy access for diaper changes, meaning significantly less fuss from babies.


When it comes to clothing, babies don’t actually need that many clothes, and what’s more, they don’t need too many types of clothing – particularly newborn babies. For the first three months (at least) your baby’s main activities will be milk feeds and sleeping.


Ready to make your registry?

  • The Tot has a list of editable starter registries to get you going. We also have a concierge who is more than happy to chat with you on the phone to help you break down exactly what you need. Create your Baby Registry today!