9 Things You Need to Register For, According to Moms (and One Dad) Who’ve Been Through It All

Getting your baby registry right is key to fewer sleepless nights, more smiles, and no regrets. We’ve partnered with Target to make it easy.

Creating a baby registry is exciting, but it’s hard to know exactly what you’re going to need for this crazy motherhood ride before it has even begun. Diapers, sure, but how many is too many? (Spoiler: there’s no such thing.) If you plan on breastfeeding, do you even need formula? And which magical carrier frees up your hands but doesn’t kill your back?

There’s no better authority on these and other registry questions than moms who have seen a thing or two and also learned from their fellow mom friends postbaby. They know what will stay in the box, what you’ll be running to the store for at 3 a.m., and what unexpected godsends will make life a whole lot easier.

To give you a jump on this lifelong learning curve called motherhood, we asked some real-life moms — and a dad — to tell us what would top their lists in a registry do-over.

Diapers in a Range of Sizes
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“I wish I had registered for diapers in bigger sizes. My baby grew out of newborn immediately, and I ended up giving them all away. Meanwhile, my friend in moms’ group is stocked up on all sizes for life from her brilliant diaper party.” — Adrienne Wright

Diapers in a Range of Sizes
Velcro Swaddle Blankets
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“Dad here! Velcro swaddle blankets saved my sanity. My oldest was king of the kick monsters, and no amount of wrapping we did could calm him down enough to sleep.” — Luke McConnell

Velcro Swaddle Blankets
Different Types of Formula
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“It was so helpful to learn from other mamas. I now recommend registering for a…

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