How to Create a Baby Registry – Nasiba’s Tips

Building your baby registry should be fun, not stressful! In this article, The Tot Founder and Mama of Three, Nasiba Adilova, takes the panic out of your decision-making and explains exactly what you need (and what you don’t!)

Nasiba Adilova talks about how to create a baby registry

Expecting a baby? Congratulations! While this is one of the most exciting times in your life, I know from personal experience that it can also be a bit daunting trying to figure out what you actually need to register for. After welcoming three babies into the world, I’ve learned what the absolute essentials are as well as the items you can probably go without.

To help make this experience every bit as special as it should be, I’ve listed my tips and tricks for creating a registry below as well as my favorite product picks.

 

Tips For Creating a Baby Registry

 

#1 Think about the long term

 

I’m a big believer in buying ethically, and part of this is buying from suppliers who use sustainable, natural materials that will outlast their cheaper counterparts. If you know you’re going to have multiple children or plan on passing on items to family and friends, it’s worth investing in the product that won’t end up in a landfill after three uses.

I’m also a big believer in buying products that grow with my kids. For example: a crib that can be converted into a toddler bed and then full size bed, a high chair that can be used from birth to college or a baby bouncer that turns into a table. For strollers, this may mean buying one that can eventually accommodate two children. (Yes, these products all exist!)

 

#2 Check what it’s made of

 

Babies have incredibly sensitive skin and delicate immune systems. I want to buy products that are safe for both them and the environment, which means choosing natural and organic materials that are free of nasty chemicals and toxins that may potentially harm our little ones.

Because babies tend to put everything in their mouths, I avoid clothing that’s been treated with anti-wrinkle chemicals like formaldehyde, teethers with BPA or BPS and playmats or changing pads with PVC. Here’s the full list of ingredients we avoid at The Tot.

 

#3 Don’t be afraid to register for big ticket items

 

I know you may feel uncomfortable putting an expensive stroller or car seat on your registry, but these are must-have items that your family or a group of friends may want to gift. However, remember to include a mix of price points – your closer family and friends will naturally want to spend more, but some guests won’t be able to splurge.

 

#4 Give your friends and family time to shop

 

In terms of actually setting up your registry, I suggest doing so two months before your baby shower, to give everyone lots of time to shop.

 

#5 Only register for the things you’ll need right away

 

My advice is to not get too carried away – you don’t need to register for food processors or ride-on toys; that will all come later, and believe me, you’ll have enough extra stuff in your house that you won’t want to add anything unnecessarily!

 

#6 Break down your needs by category

 

I like to think about what I’m going to need based on the following categories. Since no family is exactly the same, these will vary based on the size of your home, budget, aesthetic preferences, work situations, etc. For example, one mother may plan on going back to work and want a breast pump to express milk, while another may not need to pump. Below I’ve listed the products I recommend for each.

  • Gear
  • Home
  • Feeding
  • Diapering + Bathing
  • Clothing + Bedding
  • Soothers

 

#7 Build off someone else’s registry

 

The Tot’s Registry Service has Starter Lists that you can use to create your own. From Modern Baby On A Budget to Luxury Baby to even Tia Mowry’s Registry, they are curated lists of products that will get you going in the right direction.

 

Gear

 

Dockatot Deluxe+ Cover - Bronzed Cheetah

 

Car Seat + Stroller

 

When shopping for car seats, I always prioritize safety and also am very conscious of the materials used in its construction. Thanks to brands like Doona, this is becoming increasingly easier with their innovative designs that use hypoallergenic and non-toxic dyes and inks. A lightweight stroller that’s compact and easy to fold up is a necessity for any new parents, and Bugaboo’s range is easy to manoeuvre and compatible with a number of car seats, from Maxi Cosi to Nuna.

 

Baby Carrier and/or Wrap

 

Another must-have is a baby carrier. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to get through an aisle at the grocery store or pacing the backyard, having a carrier will lighten your load and bring you closer to your baby. I’m currently obsessed with the Ergobaby Omni Carrier because of how many positions a baby can sit in and the comfortable fit. However, when my babies are mini, I love having a wrap style carrier like the Solly Baby Original Size Wrap Carrier.

 

Diaper Bag 

 

Every parent needs a Mary Poppins bag. No matter where you go with your baby, you’ll need diapers, wipes, creams, a change of clothing, sustenance and a teether or two!

While some moms love a tote style bag, I also love having the option to go hands free, which is why the JEM + BEA Jamie Eco Backpack is also a great choice.

 

Infant Lounger

 

Being able to safely put your baby down while you do one of the million things you’ve been wanting to do is one of the greatest gifts you can receive as a parent. I tell everyone I know to get a DockATot because babies love lying in them while watching the world go by.

 

Play Gym + Play & Learn Set

Keeping your little one entertained is important and a play gym is a great way to help develop their body and mind, and is a wonderful sensory-driven activity. While The Tot Play & Learn Set is full of Montessori-inspired toys to help baby reach their developmental milestones.

 

Home

 

Babyletto Lolly 3-in-1 Convertible Crib with Conversion Kit

Bassinet + Crib + Mattress

 

Creating a safe sleeping space for your baby is your top priority. During the first six months of a child’s life, many parents like to have their babies in bassinets in their bedroom. With so many options to choose from, it’s important to consider your needs as a parent. If you had a c-section, having a bassinet like the Halo Premiere Swivel Sleeper, which you can access from your own bed is really important.

If you’re looking for pieces that can grow with your kids and family, the Babyletto Lolly 3-in-1 convertible crib can convert into a toddler bed.

 

Change Tray + Dresser

 

When it comes to change tables, I’m all about putting a changing tray on a dresser, or you could opt for a rustic changing basket. This is especially wise if you’re strapped for space or money. It also means your tot will get to use their dresser long after they’re in diapers.

 

Rocker And Glider

 

Rockers and gliders are a must-have in my book. I love them for feeding, cuddles, story time (or a sneaky nap for myself!) Sleek and stylish, the Kiwi Electronic Recliner and Glider from Babyletto will look great in your home long after you need to rock your baby to sleep. While the Nursery Works Compass Rocker makes for a cozy and stylish addition to your nursery that’s perfect for  snuggling with your little one.

 

Feeding

 

Nursing Essentials + Swaddle + Nursing Pillow

 

I found out the hard way that my milk liked to let down whenever and wherever it pleased! Couple that with the struggle of finding the right hold and battling mastitis and you’ll see why we created The Tot Feeding Sets: Nursing!

The set includes a booklet full of advice and tips from a Registered Lactation Consultant as well as:

  • Breast pads
  • Nipple balm
  • Nursing cover
  • Silicone milk storage containers

 

Breast Pump 

 

Not all mothers will pump, but if you do want the option, (which I did!), I cannot recommend the Willow Generation 3 Pump more. This genius device can be worn in your bra for a truly hands-free experience.

 

Bottles + Sterilizer

 

If you’re going the bottle feeding route, then I suggest registering for bottles and bottle warmer. I also love the Wabi UV Sterilizer because it kills germs without needing a microwave.

 

Diapering + Bathing

 

Stokke Flexi Bath - Yellow

 

Baby Wash Essentials + Diapers + Diaper Pail

 

Finding non-toxic baby body wash and creams is an absolute must. I love the options from Gryph + Ivyrose. One of the many universal truths about parenting is: there will be poop! Keep things clean and tidy by having non-toxic diapers and wipes on hand. I also love having a diaper pail that works with any size bag so you can opt for reusable.

 

Baby Bathtub

 

Bathing your baby is a wonderful way to bond and get them comfortable with water. When it comes to space-saving products, you can’t go wrong with the Stokke Flexibath Tub that folds flat.

 

Clothing + Sleepwear + Bedding

 

 

Wardrobe Basics

 

I’m a fan of easy to mix and match basics. As someone who is incredibly conscious of what can be lurking in clothing, I helped create HART + LAND, a line of every day basics made from naturally hypoallergenic pima cotton. Available in gift sets from $50 – $500, they have pieces that will be worn over and over again.

Sleeping Bag + Swaddle

Keeping babies from kicking off their covers is a challenge, which is why I swear by sleep sacks.

 

Mattress Protector + Sheets + Blankets

 

When choosing bedding and blankets, it’s so important to choose natural fibers like organic cotton or bamboo. Free of harmful substances like pesticides, they help regulate a baby’s body temperature.

 

Soothers

 

 

Teethers + Pacifiers

 

Teethers are a must have for sore gums. They’re also great for teaching babies how to grasp an object and encourage hand-eye coordination. I love choosing teethers made from either pesticide-free cotton or FDA approved food grade silicone. As for pacifiers (which some babies love and some hate), I opt for the ones made from hevea because of their natural anti-bacterial properties.

 

Fuss Busters

 

When you bring your baby home, you don’t know what gripes they’ll have, which is why it’s good to have fuss-busting products on hand! It’s also wise to think about things that will help get your baby to sleep. My kids seemed to settle well to the Baby Shusher.

 

Reading to start making your registry?