Are you having a baby soon!? There is so much to plan and so much to get ready before your little one arrives. You can Google Baby Registry ideas and find all the usual items, but which items will you really need? What are some of the must-haves new moms can’t live without? My daughter is only 11 years old, and I feel like there have been so many new baby items out there since she was a newborn. But I ALSO remember so many fancy things that really weren’t necessary and can take up a lot of your budget!  I decided to ask my team and post a poll on Instagram to find out what the must-have items are. One of my team members just had her second baby last year, so she had some good insights. 

Here are eleven items you should add to your baby registry! We linked to the items below. None of these links are affiliates! 


10 Must-Have Baby Registry Items 

  1. Sound Machine – A sound machine will help the baby fall asleep and stay asleep! There are so many options for sound machines, and some people swear by their Hatch (can can be programmed with your phone), but an inexpensive one this like will do the, job too!

Hanging out in the nursery!


  1. Black Out Shade – Another sleep-must! If light pours into your baby’s room during the day, a black-out shade is a must. Keep your baby’s room nice and dark for better sleep. My team member got this one invented by a night shift worker who needed better sleep! There are many portable options when you travel, too. 

Big sister is excited to meet the baby!


  1. Baby Night Light – Now this would have been great during night feeds! This “egg light” turns on with a tap, is portable, and creates the perfect soft light during a night feed. You can keep the room lights off but still see what you need during night feeds and diaper changes. 

Ready to become a family of four!


  1. Waterproof Crib Sheets (and a waterproof sheet for your bed!) – Register for waterproof crib sheets and several crib sheet backups. You don’t want to have to mess around if the sheets get wet during the night. My team member has a bonus tip: get a waterproof sheet for your bed, too! You just never know what might spill at the worst moment. 

Hugging mom’s baby bump!


  1. Baby Swing – There will be times when you need to set your baby down in a safe spot. A baby swing is the perfect place for baby to hang out while you get things done or just take a break. Swings aren’t meant for sleeping all night, though! Please research the latest in safe sleep. 
hanging out in the nursery

In-home maternity portrait session

  1. Baby Carrier – Another safe spot for your baby is tucked in against you in a cozy carrier. There are many carrier options, and you might have to try a few to find the perfect one for you. My team member really liked the K’Tan or an Ergo Baby Carrier


Swaddled newborn snuggled up with dad


  1. Electric Nail Trimmer – Trimming a baby’s tiny, delicate nails can be nerve-wracking. Now they have these handy electric nail trimmers! Now, it’s easy to trim baby’s nails with no clipping.

    Family of three poses for newborn portrait!


  1. Frida Nose Sucker – The holy grail! Unfortunately, your sweet baby will get sick, and you will be so glad that you have this handy. You can help your congested baby breathe with this easy-to-use nose sucker. It works so much better than a regular suction bulb. 

Documenting your growing family!


  1. Haaka – If you’re planning on breastfeeding your baby, consider adding a Haaka to your pumping equipment! This breast pump is easy to use and clean, making it super easy to collect breast milk. Just YouTube or Google tricks on how to use this pump. 

Their pup is front and center in this portrait


  1. Mobile Diaper Changing Station – If your home has multiple levels, consider a mobile diaper changing station on the main level. You don’t want to be caught with a poopy diaper and need to run all the way upstairs to the nursery for a diaper change! You can choose a simple cart to store all the diaper changing (and maybe even spare outfits!), or you can find a mobile diaper-changing station like this one.

Who’s on diaper duty tonight?


  1. Professional Photography Gift Certificate – Document this very special time in your life with professional maternity and newborn photography. Celebrate your pregnancy and welcome your new arrival by capturing portraits you’ll treasure for the rest of your life. I even offer gift cards with the ability to make multiple contributions for easy group gifting. 

Relaxing as a family during their newborn session

Finding Your Newborn Photographer near Windsor, CT 

After you finish your registry, the next big item is booking your newborn photographer. We typically take newborn photos within the baby’s first two weeks of life, so the sooner you can get on my calendar, the better! I will hold a session spot on the baby’s due date, but babies come when they want! We keep in touch towards the end of your pregnancy so that we can schedule a date that works best for your family once your baby is born. I truly look forward to hearing about your baby’s safe arrival and planning your custom newborn photography session. Reach out to learn more information or to book your session with me. I can’t wait to meet you and your baby!


The Flash Lady Photography is a full service studio located in Greater Hartford specializing in maternity, newborn, baby, child, and family photographs. We create special memories out of your lifecycle events including creative maternity and newborn sessions, personalized first birthday celebrations and cake smashes, and family and holiday portraits! We also support local small businesses and professionals with custom headshots for your professional needs. We are conveniently located in central Connecticut with easy access to major highways and plenty of on site parking. Please use our website contact form to contact us about planning your special photography session! We look forward to working with you!

Kristin Vacca

Wife. Mother. Photographer. :)
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