When I first found out I was pregnant I was overwhelmed by the world of baby items.
As a soon-to-be-new mom living in Florida (AKA the land of the elderly!), I didn’t have a lot of mom friends my age.
Who knew there were so many types of strollers, car seats….even diapers! If you said Dockatot to me, I probably would have given you a weird look.
After spending countless hours researching on the internet I realized the best way to educate myself on the best items for a baby registry on a budget was to actually create my baby registry.
So, Step 1: Create your registry.
My all-time favorites are the Amazon Baby Registry and Target Baby Registry. (You can also use both!) They will give you a baby welcome box full of baby samples, just from creating and using their registry. Most importantly, they will both give you a discount on any items remaining on your baby registry. I found this to be SUPER helpful because, like many moms, I was on a budget.
This post is going to concentrate on the best baby items for first-time moms creating a baby registry on a budget. For me, separating want versus need and comparing high-end to budget-friendly items was the most challenging obstacle. There are plenty of items being raved about online, but not everyone has $1,000 to spend on a stroller!
If you’re like me, this is where you spend most of your time researching. Quality is still important, and I can tell you — the good news is that there are many high-quality baby must-haves for affordable prices! I’m going to get specific with exact brands and items because that is something that I was looking for when I was researching.
Creating a baby registry on a budget can be difficult. I’ve spent hours of research comparing the best baby registry budget items for first-time moms so you don’t have to! I own and have tried every item I have listed below.
Nursing / Feeding
- Boppy Pillow: A nursing pillow can be a life-saver! I like this particular Boppy Pillow because it comes with an attached cover, while the others are purchased separately. One side is also a soft velvet – perfect for long feedings. The Boppy can also double as a lounger in the first few months, which can save you money!
- Dr. Brown’s bottles. Someone once told me that when in doubt, buy Dr. Brown’s bottles from the start. They’re marketed for their anti-colic abilities. Even if you’re lucky and your baby isn’t colicky, these are still great bottles! The 1,800 reviews on Amazon speaks for itself.
- Boon Grass: Y’all. I seriously thought, “Why are all of these people raving about plastic grass?” Let me be the first to tell you that I’m now a believer. At first, I had purchased the Munchkins Drying Rack on sale at my local Marshalls. I found the pieces to be a bit flimsy and difficult to hold many bottles. I switched to the Boon Grass and never looked back! Not only is it more attractive on your countertop, but it also holds WAY more than it looks!
- Nursing Cover: First of all, you can easily use a muslin swaddle blanket as a nursing cover to save money and be just fine. However, the reason why I’m including this particular cover is because of its multi-function capabilities. At just over $10, this cover doubles as a car seat cover, stroller cover and high chair cover. Check out the photos here! I highly recommend adding it to your registry!
- Baby Trend A La Mode Snap Gear 5-in-1 High Chair – Java: I did A LOT of research on this one. This high chair converts over time and has 5 functions: Infant High Chair, Traditional Full-Size High Chair, Infant Booster Seat, Toddler Booster Seat, and an Infant Car Seat Stand. At just under $100, I think this is a sound investment that will grow with your baby as they get older. Plus, it has a very attractive design! I love the black + white + grey.
- Bumkins Bibs: You’ll love these bibs: they are waterproof, easy to clean and have a convenient little pouch. Best of all, they are under $15 for a pack of 3! While the other options may be cheaper, they will stain and wear very quickly. I definitely think these are a worthwhile investment to last!
- Halo Swivel Bassinet: Stay with me here — Now, this is definitely a splurge item. The Halo is very popular right now and has GREAT resale value, making the initial investment worth it. It pulls right next to your bed and is an absolute lifesaver in the first few months. Even if you’re creating your baby registry on a budget, it’s worth the add. Alternatively, Here is another great bedside bassinet under $150. Here is a great stationary/rocking bassinet under $100.
- Graco Simple Sway Baby Swing – Abbington: How cute is this? It was important for me to find a swing that was aesthetically pleasing. It is going to be in your living room after all! At under $100, this swing is perfect! It can swing from multiple directions, plays music, and can detach and turn into a portable bouncer. It’s like two machines in one! If you want to save money, this makes a great lounger alternative.
- Boppy Newborn Lounger. If you were to splurge on a lounger, the Boppy is the most affordable and is great for newborns! As I said before, the Boppy Pillow can also double as a lounger in the early months. (If you can afford to splurge, the Snuggle Me Organic and Dockatot are GREAT loungers with high resale values.)
- Convertible Crib: No matter what crib you decide on, a convertible crib is a must. I must have looked at EVERY convertible crib from every website, comparing price, quality, and aesthetics. This is the crib I purchased – It comes in 3 colors: It’s solid wood, a great price, and comes with a matching dresser with a built-in changing table on top. The collection has different names and is sold on different websites. I purchased mine from Wayfair, but it is no longer available. Here it is on Target. And here it is on Amazon. A convertible crib can sometimes be more expensive at first. However, you do not need to buy a new bed as they get older, especially if it converts into a Twin Bed.
- Baby Shusher: Another splurge item, but SO worth it. You can trust the over 2,000 reviews on Amazon – this thing works! And since it’s portable, you can also attach this to the stroller and car seat and watch it work its magic. Here is a great alternative under $10.
- Muslin Swaddle Blankets: Not only are these great for swaddling — I use mine for burp rags, nursing covers, car seat covers, and blankets. It makes a great cover for your lounger. I chose the muslin because they are durable and do not pill or fade after multiple washes.
- Chicco Bravo Travel System: I probably spent the MOST time researching strollers than I did anything else. I can tell you the most valuable thing I learned when creating a baby registry on a budget is to get a travel system. It comes with an infant car seat, car seat base, and a stroller for when they grow out of the stroller. You can buy my exact stroller here. This travel system comes with the Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat included. It is arguably one of THE best overall infant car seats you can buy.
- Graco® Baby Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat – Gotham: If you purchased the stroller travel system then you already have an infant car seat. This is a great car seat for when baby grows out of their infant seat, or as a second car seat if you have more than one vehicle. The most important thing to keep in mind with car seats is to make sure you buy one that is convertible! The Extend2Fit is a great price, great quality, and I love the color! I also love the Evenflo EveryStage Car Seat.
- Car mirror: Great registry gift! They give you peace of mind. You’ll be surprised how much your baby stares at themselves! It’s a great distraction while you’re driving. I also received this one and love it too.
- Graco Pack ‘n Play Nearby Napper Playard – Davis: Depending on your lifestyle, you may need to invest in a Pack n Play. I often have people or travel, and this has been amazing! The colors are great, so it won’t be an eyesore in your living room. I also invested in this one because it comes with a portable napper and changing station on top.
- LILLEbaby SIX-Position, 360° – All Seasons: I went back and forth on the Lillie and Ergo Baby Carrier. After trying them both, I went with the Lillie and love it! My fiancé loves how comfortable it is. You also don’t need to purchase a separate infant insert. This carrier will also transform for you as your baby grows.
- Boba Wrap: The Boba Wrap is a great lightweight alternative to a strap-on baby carrier. I love this one because, at under $40, they come in SO many colors and can double as a nursing cover!
That’s it for now! I sincerely hope this guide helps you. I can’t begin to tell you how much I wish this list was here when I was creating my baby registry on a budget.
What are some of your favorite items? What are your baby registry must-haves? Let me know in the comments below!