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Less Common Baby Products You Should Register For

Less Common Baby Products You Should Register For

Compiling a baby registry can be overwhelming. It can be difficult to know which of those hundreds of available items you’ll actually need or use. Aside from your standard baby items – like a crib or a stroller – there are so many choices when it comes to smaller, less universal baby products.

Our Family Room bloggers are here to help! Today they’re sharing suggestions for less common baby products you might consider registering for. Of course, every parent and baby is different. But here are a few of the items that our team of moms found very useful from their own new mom experiences.

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Baby Registry: Less Common Products You SHOULD Register For

Kris-Ann, Progressive Mom: Toddler and Preschool things. For example, register for the infant car seat, the convertible car seat AND the booster seat. Also, think beyond infant toys and look at things an older child might enjoy like a baseball tee or basketball hoop. That way, you have “stuff” in the queue and not just infant stuff for the first few months.

Mary, Organized Mom: A video monitor is worth EVERY penny! They didn’t exist when I had my first child (or if they did, I didn’t justify the expense). Wow, best thing I ever bought. This video monitor saved me from countless trips of checking out if my second child was okay just because he was moaning in his bed.

Amy, Nourish Mom: A friend got me this fabulous crib sheet/protector for my baby shower eight years ago. It was a soft, waterproof, full-size flat sheet that snapped on the crib and was a lifesaver for emergency middle-of-the-night accidents. You could simply snap it off and the regular crib sheet underneath was left intact – no need to fumble with changing sheets while rocking a screaming baby. Also, register for diapers in size 2 and above. Babies can outgrow newborn and 1 diapers quickly. It’s great to have a stock of larger diapers – they won’t go wasted. Another awesome, less common item? A bathtub kneeler stool for parents. There’s nothing more painful than kneeling on hard tile while handling a squirming baby in the tub. I got a soft kneeler from a “veteran” mom and it was a lifesaver in those early years.

Media Mom: I loved my breathable baby crib liner. Also, a music player with a timer, good quality baby towels, and everyone registers for a diaper pail – I’ve had more than one myself. Oh! And footie pajamas that zip up, rather than use buttons or snaps. This is key if you have a winter baby in a cold climate.

Kate, Rookie Mom: It’s not for everybody, but after months of frustration with a constantly stuffed up baby and ineffective and germy nasal aspirators, I tried a Nose Frida and it was SO much better at clearing congestion. Yes, it is a little weird at first but so worth it in my experience. Also, and along the same lines, gentle face wipes (and not just regular baby wipes) for cleaning crusty or dirty faces and hands. Definitely a car and purse must-have from infancy to…college, I’m thinking?

Lisa: Ask for a home store gift card. We received one when our daughter was born, and it was the gift that kept on giving for the first year. We were able to buy all of the nursery decor that we couldn’t envision wanting or needing before the baby was born.

Jessie: Three things come to mind: Infant allergy medicine, items to help with toy organization, and a sound machine.

Baby-in-Bumbo-SeatAllison: The bumbo floor seat was one of our favorites! It was a great way for her to be able to sit up when she wasn’t quite ready to do it on her own.

Other experienced parents – what would you include on your list of suggested registry items? Was there a baby gift you received that was surprisingly more useful than anticipated?



  1. Jillian McLaughlin Tilley November 12, 2014 at 5:50 am

    I second the bathtub kneeler haha. Also if you plan to make your baby food and don’t have a magic bullet, register for the baby bulllet. The blender cup is huge and allows for making a lot of food. I LOVE it. But a regular bullet works tok. A Rock and Play. Someone randomly bought this for us, I didn’t think we’d use it. On the contrary he slept 7 months in it lol. Next to our bed. I’d register for one just in case. And disposable changing pads 🙂

  2. Sam December 2, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    The 4Moms Bathtub has been a lifesaver. It hooks over the kitchen sink and is stable at counter height! And the built in thermometer is a blessing… No Guessing at how hot the water is or should be! When our son outgrows it we’ll purchase their tub spout too. We found that the Ubbi diaper pail worked best for us. It uses ordinary kitchen trash bags and keeps the odor sealed in tight without looking like a diaper pail!

  3. Jennifer December 2, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Carseats have expiration dates, so purchasing them in advance is not a smart idea. (To say nothing of potential recalls, or being beyond the return policy window when you discover the seat doesn’t fit well in your car, etc.)

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      Lindsay December 4, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      Thanks for the note. Yes, most carseats typically expire 6 years after the date they’ve been manufactured, though this depends on the brand and specific carseat. It is a good idea to check the expiration date on a carseat. If you can’t find the expiration date printed anywhere on the seat, check the owner’s manual or get in touch with the manufacturer directly.

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