6 registry items you didn’t know you needed

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You know the big registry items, of course – your car seat, stroller, crib, and diapers, to name a few. But before your baby arrives, you’ll want to make your life as easy as possible by stocking up on a few key registry items not everybody knows about.

In-store registry expert

Okay, so you can’t exactly put this one on your registry, but working with an in-store expert can make a huge difference when you’re putting together the list of what you’ll need when your favorite little person arrives. In-store experts have all the knowledge about what new parents need, and they’ll be able to guide you through the store to find exactly what you’re looking for. Plus, they’ll know about everything on this list!

Developmental basics

Your little one’s number one job for the first several years of life will be growing. Sooner than you think, they will be too big for their first clothes and moving from milk or formula to solid foods. That means you need to have multiple sizes of clothes on hand and some baby dinnerware and utensils. While you’re at it, don’t forget to register for toys that will match their developmental progress! They will be picking up new things every month, so having the toys to match will help them continue to learn.

Clean-up cloths

Don’t forget to register for the not-so-cute accessories. And actually, even these are pretty cute! You’ll need burp cloths to catch spit up after feedings and for general clean-up activities, and they can also double as nursing covers. There are lots of cloths in cute patterns you can register for before your baby gets here. And here’s an insider tip: cloth diapers are obviously great for diapering, but they also make for ultra-absorbent burp cloths!

Crib conversion kit

Your favorite word over the next few years might just be “multi-purpose.” Nowadays, many cribs are convertible, meaning they can change from a crib to a toddler bed to a full-size bed. The conversion kit for moving to a toddler bed isn’t typically included with the crib, so you’ll want to register for the conversion now while it’s still in production and top of mind.

Bassinet or play yard

For parents who want their little one to sleep in their room, a bassinet or play yard is an essential registry item. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies sleep in their parents’ room for the first six months – on a separate surface than the parents. Having a bassinet or play yard will allow you to have your baby close by for those early months before moving to a crib in another room. Play yards are also helpful for parents using a nursery because they allow you to have another resting place for your baby in the living room or bedroom.

Bouncers or swings

You might have one bouncer or swing on your list, but having more than one place might be a good idea. Whether it’s a lounger, bouncer, swing, walker, or entertainer, having multiple will allow you to strategically place them around your house so you don’t have to lug one up a flight of stairs or through multiple hallways or doors when you need it.

You can find all of these things (and even more baby products you never you needed) at Babies“R”Us, the leading retailer with a baby registry of strollers, car seats, cribs, bedding, diapers, formula, and more. Their online registry and in-store experts make it easy to register for everything you’ll need for your little one.

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