Target Baby Registry Must-Haves You Should Add Now

Thankfully, Target baby registries have all the essentials a new mom needs.

Your Target baby registry is in the works and it's time to figure out what to add. While this is exciting, it can also be overwhelming to decide what to include on your baby registryUmm, hello, have you been to a shower or through a Target store lately? There are a ton of products out there. It can really be a lot to process.

Thankfully, Target has you covered when it comes to everything you'll need. And, their registries are easy for friends and family pick up items in the store or order online. Moreover, since everyone loves Target, no one will complain about having to make the extra visit or place that order. What's even better? Target baby registries include a welcome bundle valued at $100, plus a 15% discount on anything left for you to buy on your registry after your shower(s). Who doesn't love free stuff? And, for anyone who refuses to buy off your registry, you can always give them hints of other awesome ideas you'd really appreciate.

But, back to the big question — what must-haves belong on your Target baby registry? We think your Target baby registry is easier to digest if you look at the different categories below. If you remember to think about what you'll need in each of these areas, you'll likely have all the essentials by the time your baby arrives. And, anything you forgot? That's okay. Target will still be waiting after your baby is home from the hospital, (and Target offers quick and often free shipping!).

Now, let's see what items really belong on your Target baby registry. Just do yourself a favor and be ready to take notes or add to your registry as you go. This way you won't forget anything important. Let's take a look

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Travel Must-Haves For Your Target Registry

We start with travel items for your Target baby registry because you have to get your baby home from the hospital. A car seat should definitely be at the top of your must-have list, as well as a travel system with a stroller that fits your infant car seat. And, as you pack that hospital bag, don't forget to also install your seat so you'll be ready to go. After all, babies come without notice and you don't want to be caught without a carseat when it's time to leave the hospital. Other important travel items to add to your registry? Baby carriers are definitely essential for moms who need to get stuff done. Let's take a look.

Britax® B-Agile & B-Safe 35 Elite Travel System

Target, $429.99

Want to take care of your car seat and stroller needs in one whack? Check out this travel system from Britax, which includes a car seat, car seat base, car seat adapter and stroller. It's everything you'll need to get around with your baby for the first year of life, (and even longer with the stroller). And, you can fold up the stroller with one hand. Another bonus, the car seat is even easy to install, (trust us, we've used quite a few and this one was our winner). You can't go wrong. And, if you don't love the cow print? It also has other options as well. 

Ergobaby 360 All Carry Positions Ergonomic Cool Air Mesh Baby Carrier

Target, $139.99

There is no shortage of baby carriers you could add to your Target baby registry. We recommend all parents start with the Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier because it's user-friendly. Unlike wrap baby carriers that have a steep learning curve, there's very little to learn about using this one. It makes the perfect addition to your must-have list. And, if you purchase the newborn insert, (or learn how to make your own using this hack), you can use this carrier from birth. Moreover, as baby grows, you'll be able to use it forward facing so baby can see out, and also transfer baby to your back for longer wearing.

Sleep Must-Haves For Your Target Registry

Oh, sleep. Talking about sleep and a new baby is amusing. They will sleep for stretches of time and do need a place to rest their cute little heads. Accordingly, you'll need to plan ahead when you register for baby items at Target. Will you start with a bassinet? A DockATot? A crib? All of the above? In addition to a place to sleep, you'll also want to get muslin swaddles or sleep sacks. Babies like to be wrapped up nice and tight to recreate those womb-like conditions. And, don't forget the glider or rocking chair. After all, you'll be holding the baby through those midnight feeding sessions. Ready for sleep must-haves for your Target registry? Let's take a look.

Delta Children Greyson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

Target, $169.99

You might assume cribs are too pricey to include on a Target baby registry, but not with this awesome gem. Don't you love this classic mid-century crib? It looks great and creates a safe space for your baby to sleep. And, even better, it converts into a daybed and toddler bed, so you can use it for the first few years of your little one's life. Talk about value. And, despite the pink touches in the photo, white cribs are gender neutral. This a great option even if you won't know if you're having a boy or a girl until they're placed in your arms. Don't forget to also register for a crib mattress and a crib bedding set.

Aden® by Aden + Anais® Swaddle - Safari Babes - 4pk

Target, $34.99

Muslin swaddling blankets come in handy with a new baby — in and out of the house. Yes, they're great for swaddling. However, they also make a stroller cover, nursing cover, and can even double as a play mat or changing space if you're in a pinch. So, do yourself a favor and register for a whole bunch of these blankets so you won't have to do laundry quite as often. This four-pack from Target is incredibly cute and the muslin is a favorite of experienced moms. And, since you're adding them to your Target baby registry, you might as well choose the highest quality. Honestly, the hardest part is picking which cute designs you prefer.

Feeding/Diapering Must-Haves For Your Target Registry

Not to be crude, but feeding and diapering kind of go hand-in-hand. So, you can multi-task when thinking about them both for your Target baby registry. While you don't need to get too ahead of yourself, it's good to think about what you'll need for the first few months. If you're planning on breastfeeding, a pump is a great thing to add to your Target baby registry, (assuming your insurance doesn't give you one for free). It's also good to have bottles and nipples on-hand, and you might as well include a highchair while you're at it. When it comes to diapering, your Target baby registry is a good place to stock up on a variety of sizes and wipes. Oh yeah, and don't forget the butt paste and possibly a changing table.

Dr. Brown's Options™ Baby Bottle 3pk

Target, $17.99

Everyone should register for a set of bottles, even if you think you're going to exclusively breastfeed. After all, you never know what your supply will be like. You also may want to pump milk from time-to-time so you can get out of the house. And, while you may be tempted to order a ton of bottles from the start, keep in mind you may have to play with different brands and nipples until you find an option your baby likes. Dr. Brown's is a trusted choice for many because of its technology that reduces the amount of air a baby gets, which in turn helps with things like colic and gas. 

Diaper Genie Expressions Pail

Target, $23.99

You will sing the praises of a Diaper Genie when it's 3a.m. and you don't have to go stumbling through the house in the dark to the garbage. And, trust us, as they get older, you're not going to want those dirty diapers anywhere near you. This sleek diaper pail can hold up to 50 diapers before it needs to be emptied, which will make life with a newborn easier. And, while their waste won't smell too bad until they start to eat solids, you'll be happy to already have this set up when the really stinky diapers start to arrive. Be sure to include a diaper pail on your Target baby registry.\

Bathing Must-Haves For Your Target Registry

It should come as no surprise you're going to have to bathe your baby. And, you're going to need products on your Target baby registry to help you. Make sure to add a baby-sized tub, baby-friendly shampoo and soap, towels and washrags to your cart. And, you might as well register for a health and safety kit while you're at it. Moreover, once you're done bathing your little bundle of joy, you're going to need clothes to put on them, so you might as well throw in some onesies and other cute clothing. But, add clothes to your registry with care. People are going to buy them anyway, (because who can resist cute baby clothes?!). So, you might as well keep your registry focused on the stuff you really need.

Skip Hop MOBY Bathtub with Sling

Target, $26.49

Your parents might have given you a bath in the sink when you were little, but now there are things like whale-shaped baby bathtubs. Not only are they adorable, but they're also incredibly functional. This one comes with a removable sling for supporting newborns. It will fit your child until they are six months or up to 25 pounds, (or start crawling out!). And, if you've ever actually tried to bathe a newborn in your sink, you know how challenging it can be. For one thing, you have to clean the heck out of it. For another, babies are slippery and the sink has so many hard surfaces. Save yourself the agony and get someone to buy you a cute tub off your Target baby registry instead.

Safety 1st - Ready! Deluxe Baby Nursery Kit

Target, $29.99

This kit will help you through the first year of your baby's life (and beyond!). It has tons of smart products that may not have thought of already. It includes: antiseptic towelettes, brush, comb, dropper, pacifier medicine dispenser, emergency information card, emery board, nail clipper, nasal aspirator, thermometer, and a tooth brush. You won't believe how handy these are until your baby has their first booger or find yourself removing cradle cap with a comb. Not to mention when your baby has a fever and the advice nurse demands you take her temperature rectally. Aren't you glad you knew ahead of time?

Essentials For Mom For Your Target Registry

This is actually a funny category, because on the one hand essentials for yourself sound delightful. On the other, they're going to involve your baby and be all about saving your sanity. For example, did you think that infant swing was really for your baby? Think again. Infant swings are all about surviving life as a new mom and getting a few more moments hands-free where no one's crying. Moreover, your baby's the reason your boobs are leaking and you need those nursing pads, bras, and nipple creams in the first place. Nonetheless, don't be shy about adding things specifically for you (and your sanity!) to your Target baby registry.

Skip Hop Grand Central Take-It-All Diaper Bag

Target, $67.99

See what we mean about things for you really connecting back to your baby? Because, really, you only need the diaper bag because you're carrying around diapers (and everything else under the moon). Nonetheless, if you're going to have to tote around a bunch of stuff, you might as well pick a stylish bag to make it more fun. Usually function takes the cake over style when it comes to diaper bags, but this Skip Hop Grand Central bag has both. We love the chic stripes as well as the insulated bottle pockets, wipeable liner, and plentiful compartments. You might actually be able to find your wallet and the wipes easily with this one. We said might.

Bamboobies Chic Nursing Shawl - Blackberry

Target, $20.49

Again, this nursing shawl is half for you and half for your baby, but still, it's definitely a must-have in our book. Not only does it add a touch of style to nursing your baby in public, but it's cute even when you're not breastfeeding. It's also super functional, (you can take it off and pull it over your infant carseat to create instant shade). And, it even offers you extra warmth for those cool public spaces. While this is something you might not splurge on if buying for yourself, it's definitely worth adding to your Target baby registry and letting someone else buy it for you. Assuming all goes well, we're sure you'll put it to great use. And, it's always nice to feel a little extra cute when you're recovering from giving birth.

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