Our Baby Registry Must Haves

Here is my extensive list of Minimalist Baby Registry Must Haves. The products here are only ones we found to be useful and worth spending on. You will find a lot of organic and low-toxic products here, as well as toys, equipment and furniture geared to the Montessori approach.

Every family, their lifestyle and culture is so different so please take what fits your family and leave what does not. One thing I have learned in the past 11 months is despite the advice and wisdom “more experienced” parents have, God has blessed YOU with the insight and intuition needed to raise your baby. Everyone (just like me and this blog) will have their opinion on what works best, but YOU ultimately make the last call on what is best for your family!

I truly hope this list helps you make a more informed decision on preparing for your newborn!


  • Circumcision Care: Petroleum jelly & Gauze- get as much as you can from the hospital
  • Diapers– started with a variety of smaller packs of NB diapers to see which fit our baby best. Ecoriginals is our favorite disposable diaper. Use coupon code BAMIKKA for $30 off your first order of 6 packs of diapers. Esembly is our favorite reusable diaper system. Get 15% off your first Esembly purchase.


#3 CLOTHING (weather appropriate)

  • Hat/ Winter Hat 3-6 months
  • Onesies– short sleeves and long, nb & 0-3. You do not need a lot of NB.. maybe 3-5 pcs is enough. My favorite brand thus far is Colored Organics, a bit pricer than Gerber or Carters, but the material is superb, stains clean out well and does not pile! (coupon code: MIKKAJACOBSON15)
  • 3 Sleepers with zipper- Burt’s Bees or Colored Organics
  • 2 Tshirts (coupon code: MIKKAJACOBSON15)- belly button healing
  • 1 sweater (coupon code: MIKKAJACOBSON15)- we brought a 3 month sized sweater since Baby was born in the fall and he needed an extra outer layer!
  • Mittens
  • Fleece Booties– so much easier than socks because these actually stay on. Socks only started staying put for us at 11 months!
  • Drool bibs– most useful when baby starts teething and drooling a lot. For us, that started at about 6 months. For reference, Bodie got his first tooth at 10 months. But some babies can get it as early as 3 months!


We do a Montessori approach at home. With that being said, we are not purists. We started with the bassinet and at around 3-4 months when Baby was too big for the bassinet, we moved him to a crib which was second hand and given to us. (However, if we weren’t given a crib, we would not have asked for one.) Then, we used just the crib mattress on the floor and now at 11 months, Baby is on twin sized floor mattress.


  1. Swaddle from hospital or other blanket swaddles- 3 weeks, it was great since we got to practice swaddling at the hospital then do it at home, kicking possible suffocation hazard- FREE 
  2. Swaddle Me– 7-14 pounds/ 26 inches, but i dunno if ours shrunk because he outgrew it so quickly, $33 for 3 pcs, 3 stages, others 0-6 for $25 material isnt high quality
  3. Halo Sleepsack– $25, 0-6 months, loved it, but arms out 
  4. *Halo Swaddle– $25, comparable to the dreamland without the weight, but we did not try it
  5. Ollie Swaddle– $59, our second fave newborn swaddle, great material Oeko Tex certified, grows with baby, the velcro enclosure reminds me of the inside of the Dreamland Baby, perfect for controlling Moro reflex but I noticed our baby’s legs had started escaping when he got stronger and at night, this would bother him
  6. Dreamland Baby Weighted Sleep Sack & Swaddle $89 + free shipping (coupon code MIKKA15)- our FAVORITE newborn swaddle!! (see video review here)

See end of blog for more educational resources that helped us form our way of parenting. Don’t get me wrong, we are still learning, from reading, others’ experiences and our own. It is a journey of growth and we are all blessed to have a plethora of resources and professionals to help us figure out what is best for our families!



Make sure to read my blog about Baby Bear’s favorite newborn toys over here. Also, you do not need a lot of materials or play things during this period, although it is very exciting to get them all. Remember, you have your baby for the long run, save your money! But if you were to buy, invest in the more educational kind of toys that are appropriate for their developmental stage.

  • Lovevery “The Looker Playkit”– Having educational age-appropriate toys that helped our baby with his development (which is mostly visual in the newborn stage) has been very useful. So subscribing to the lovevery kit has been so convenient for us and until now Bodie has been playing with these toys.  Not to mention the spiral mobile, which has helped a lot during diaper changes.
  • Black and white cards / books
  • Mobiles- MontiKids (Get $75 off using this link) or DIY
  • Board books and picture books- we have a lot and asked for a number too.. maybe I will do a separate blog about this. 😀


  • Stain remover: Puracy– so far the best low-toxic one, we use this until now that our Baby is 11 months)
  • Lactation consultant: BB Babies– Breastfeeding life saver! I couldn’t have survived without Beth!)
  • Nursing cover: Cocoon by We are Amma– we also loved using this to cover Baby while wearing him using our BabyBjorn Carrier or Carseat/nursing cover– we still use this now especially when riding shopping carts or sitting in restaurant highchairs.
  • My handmade Nipple Cream- Raw byRoque
  • Lactation snacks- Boobie Superfoods (15% off using code MIKKA15)
  • Water additive- Boobie Hydro Mom (15% off using code MIKKA15)
  • 1 gallon water jug– Keeping hydrated was one of my selfcare goals postpartum!
  • Nursing bra: Spanx– a lil of a splurge but this was like a gift to myself for birthing our baby. Still my favorite until now 11 months postpartum & Kindred Bravely– more affordable luxury alternative but sizing was a pain, I should have just stuck with my Spanx and saved money since none of these fit me now.
  • Nursing pads: KeaBabies– do not get too much!
  • Milk catcher: Purifyou– 2 cups are enough
  • Baskets to house toys – still use these until now in different sizes


I think this is all we have for Baby Bear’s newborn stage that we still get to use until now! Let me know if there are any products you think should be on here!

DISCLAIMERS. This blog is solely an expression and documentation of MY journey as a new mom. 

Cliché as it may be: our baby is different from your baby— all babies are different. My journey as a woman, wife & mother is different from yours— we are all different. My partnership with my baby looks different from your partnership— because surprise surprise, things are just different. I do not claim to be an expert in motherhood or being a wife. These are all my opinions, my own research and my own journey. 

It is my hope that this blog helps you navigate yours a little bit easier. 

This blog contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. There is no additional cost to you. This helps support the blog and allows me to help support my family too!

Published by baby bear & mama

Just a 29-year-old happily married Asian in America trying to journal her way through motherhood. New mamas this is for you!

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