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.




Dockatot Deluxe+ Cover - Bronzed Cheetah


Car Seat + Stroller


When shopping for car seats, I always try to avoid materials with flame retardant chemicals. Thanks to brands like Nuna, this is becoming increasingly easier with their innovative designs that use Merino Wool. Recently, they teamed up with Bugaboo to create a car seat that works with the Bugaboo Fox, Donkey, Bee, Ant and Lynx Strollers. Together, these items create a travel system that is safe, comfortable and stylish.


Bugaboo Turtle One by Nuna


Bugaboo Turtle by Nuna Car Seat & Base






Bugaboo Fox2 Complete Stroller - Black/Black/Black


Bugaboo Fox 2 Stroller – Black Frame



Available in more colors





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 New Standard.


Ergobaby 360 Cool Air Carrier in Pearl Grey

Ergobaby Omni 360 All-In-One Cool Air Mesh Baby Carrier






Solly Baby Carrier Natural Grey Stripe

Solly Baby New Standard 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 Eco Diaper Bag Backpack is also a great choice.


Jem and bea jemima diaper bag



JEM + BEA Jemima Diaper Bag



Available in more colors




Jem and Bea Eco Backpack

JEM + BEA Eco Backpack Diaper Bag



Available in more colors




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.


Dockatot Deluxe+ Dock


DockATot Deluxe+ Dock



Printed covers sold separately




Play Gym


Lovevery Play Gym

Lovevery Play Gym






Play & Learn Bundle 0-3m


The Tot Play & Learn Set 0 – 3 Months




Booklet of activities + 6 toys






Bassinet + Crib + Mattress


Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Luxe Plus Ivory Linen


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.


Halo Bassinest Premiere Swivel Sleeper Pebble


Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper – Pebble



Available in more colors



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

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



Available in more colors




Nook Pebble Pure Mini Mattress


Nook Sleep Systems Pebble Pure Crib Mattress


$419 – $429

Available in more colors




Change Tray + Dresser


When it comes to change tables, I’m all about putting a changing tray on a dresser. 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.



Babyletto Sprout Three Drawer Dresser With Removable Changing Tray



Available in more colors



Oli Ella Changing Basket



Liner sold separately



Ollie Ella Cotton Insert

Olli Ella Organic Cotton Liner




Nursery Works Universal Changing Tray

Nursery Works Universal Wide Removable Changing Tray






Naturepedic Changing Pad

Naturepedic No-Compromise Organic Cotton Changing Pad



Available 2 or 4 sided




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.


Babyletto Kiwi Electronic Recliner and Swivel Glider



Available in more colors



Babyletto Hudson 6 Drawer Dresser

Nursery Works Compass Rocker – Velvet



Available in more colors





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


The Tot Feeding Sets: Nursing


The Tot Feeding Sets: Nursing



Expert feeding advice + curated products






Hart+Land Organic Cotton Swaddle – Stripes






Nook Niche Feeding Pillow in SeaGlass


Nook Sleep Systems Niche Organic Feeding Pillow


Ranging from $119

Available in more colors




Breast Pump 


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


Elvie Double Pump


Elvie Double Breast Pump



Also available in single





Bottles + Sterilizer


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


Hevea Glass Bottle 2 pack


Hevea Glass Bottles (2 Pack)






Wabi Touch Control Dual Function UV Sterilizer & Dryer


Wabi Touch Control Dual Function UV Sterilizer & Dryer







Diapering + Bathing


Baby Wash Essentials + Diapers + Wipes + 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.


Gryph & Ivyrose Newborn Essentials

Gryph + Ivyrose Newborn Essentials





Coterie Diapers AW19


1 Month Supply – Coterie Diapers






Coterie Baby 8-Pack Wipes

Coterie 8 Pack of Wipes






Erbaviva Diaper cream

Erbaviva Organic Diaper Cream







Ubbi Diaper Pail


Ubbi Diaper Pail



Available in more colors




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.


Stokke Flexibath White


Stokke Flexibath with Newborn Support






TOWL Organic Hooded Baby Towel


TOWL Organic Hooded Baby Towel 3 Pack + Baby Wash Cloth








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.


Hart + Land $250 Gift Set in Micro Chip Grey


HART + LAND Organic Essentials 10 Piece Baby Gift set







HART + LAND Bamboo short sleeve bamboo onesie - rainbow


HART + LAND Baby/Toddler Bamboo Short Sleeve Lap Shoulder Bodysuit – Rainbows






hart + land baby/toddler pima cotton footed bodysuit pj - bugs


HART + LAND Baby/Toddler Pima Cotton Footed Bodysuit PJ




Available in more prints



Sleeping Bag + Swaddle

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


Hart + Land baby bamboo sleep sack


HART + LAND Bamboo Sleep Bag – Simple Stripe




Available in more colors



HART + LAND Bamboo from rayon organic dot print baby blanket swaddle

HART + LAND Bamboo Swaddle Blanket – Organic Dots







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.



Naturepedic Organic Waterproof Fitted Protector Pad

Naturepedic Organic Waterproof Fitted Crib Protector Pad






Kyte Baby Crib Sheet in Storm

Kyte Baby Bamboo Crib Sheet


Ranging from $37.99

Available in more colors







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.



Cheengoo Bunny Rattle


Cheengoo Bunny Teether






Natursutten Round Pacifier

Natursutten Orthodontic Pacifier – 2 Pack



Available in multiple sizes




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.


Fridababy Bitty Bundle of Joy


fridababy Bitty Bundle Of Joy







Baby Susher Baby Shusher



Baby Shusher






Reading to start making your registry?