Tackling the Baby Registry

Our good friends Kristin and Andrew are expecting their first baby in April. I was so excited about the momentous occasion (none of our close friends around here have babies) that I volunteered to photograph their pregnancy announcement.

Bicycle Pregnancy Announcement

Right before Christmas they found out that it’s a boy, which I’m really excited about because I plan on Owen and Baby H being best buds like Brad and Andrew. And it’s a cool coincidence that the boys will be about the same age apart as Brad and Andrew.

Recently, Kristin asked if I’d meet up with her at Babies “R” Us to help her figure out the things she needed to register for.

Before we met up at the store, Kristin set up an appointment with a Babies “R” Us personal registry partner, or PRP, who are there to educate expectant parents on the registry process and to help select items that will best fit customers’ needs.

We met with the PRP first. She helped set up Kristin’s registry, informed her of the Endless Earnings program (registrants can earn up to 10% on all purchases made from their registry), and told us to let her know if we had any product-specific questions while we were there. She even filled Kristin in on the pre and postnatal classes they offer at the store.

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The PRP also told us about the Babies “R” Us registry app, which is pretty awesome.


Registrants can browse products in the app and easily add them to their registries.


They even have a checklist with 10 categories, ranging from nursery to play time.


When you click on a category, like ‘car seats’, it takes you to a screen where it lists must-have and good-to-have products. From there you can click on the item, like ‘infant car seat’, and see all the infant car seat options.


Since this was Kristin’s first time checking out at baby stuff, she wanted to look around first to get an idea of all the products she would need to register for, so we spent a little over an hour walking around the store.

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There was a lot of pointing and questions like, “Do you think I need that?” and “What is that?” and “You do what with that?”

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While we were walking around, Kristin would bust out her phone and search for certain products in the app, mostly to see the reviews.

If it were something she was really interested in, she would add it to her registry. When she had time later, she was going to go online and research the products more in depth. Then she would delete any products she no longer wanted from the registry.

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I think I had the entire store memorized by the time we were done.

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  1. My number 1 registry must have is a MamaRoo! I’ve heard so many awesome, awesome things about it!

  2. I’m due next month and my number 1 registry item is Graco 4ever car seat!

  3. My registry must-have was the Ergo baby carrier- it has been a lifesaver!!

  4. A Rock n Play! We have the deluxe model that plugs in and rocks by itself. It has been a life saver!

  5. Expecting twins this summer! I don’t know where to start! Maybe cribs or a double stroller?? 🙂

  6. Cristina T says:

    My #1 must have is the Ergo carrier! Love that thing 🙂

  7. My number 1 item has to be the boppy with the rock n play a close second! I wouldn’t get any sleep without the rock n play

  8. Stephanie Phelps says:

    My one must have is the 4moms MamaRoo Infant Seat – Silver Plush! 🙂

  9. A good/safe/light infant car seat bucket!! The one thing they will NOT let you leave the hospital with the baby without! 🙂

  10. #1 is the Rock n Play…my lo lived in that the first few weeks overnight!

  11. A portable baby swing is a lifesaver!

  12. Nose Frieda for when they get their first cold (and all the ones after that too!) Small thing, but oh so helpful for their little noses and makes it possible for sleep to still happen. I don’t know that we would survive without it!

  13. Must have item is the infant car seat!

  14. Most definitely the 4moms mamaRoo! I have heard many, many great things about it from other parents, but just haven’t been able to swallow the price tag.

  15. We just found a new bassinet that turns over to a smaller changing table! Score! We want something for our room for the first couple months for the baby to sleep in and this has the added bonus of becoming a changing table that will fit into the nursery! It’s $150 so the $100 would be nice!

  16. Holly Buckingham says:

    I need to have a mamaroo for baby #2 coming in May

  17. Must have would be the Muslin Blankets. I love, love them!

  18. Morgan Dally says:

    Must have baby item would be a BOB stroller!

  19. My number one item would be a car seat – stroller set. They are a life saver when going on trips.

  20. I’m due in May and I’m really looking forward to receiving a rock-n-play! I’ve heard such great things about them.

  21. I am due in April with our first one. Our must have would be our Britax B-Safe Car seat.

  22. Emily Rousseau says:

    This is so great, I’m due in May with my first!

    1. Emily Rousseau says:

      Oops! I forgot to include my must have– I’m most excited to receive my Chicco Bravo Trio travel system

  23. I just had my 4th baby in September and I think the Mamaroo is awesome!

  24. tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/687751964269101056

  25. My must have baby registry item is a car seat!

  26. Car seat is a registry must have!


  27. CR Williams says:

    My must have item is a stroller and car seat combo.

  28. My must have registry item is a Ergobaby carrier.

  29. My must-have baby registry item is a convertible car seat.

  30. We are expecting our first baby in March and out number one must have would be the car seat!

  31. Amy Cooper says:

    I’m pregnant with my first but excited to register at Baby’s R Us, especially for an Ergo carrier!

  32. My number one item for the registry is a pack and play!

  33. Ashlee Beaumont says:

    My must have for baby is a rock n play sleeper.

  34. Christine bentley says:

    A nursing pillow is an absolute must have!!

  35. Christine bentley says:

    A nursing pillow is an absolute must have

  36. Pack n play is a must!!!

  37. Kimberly H says:

    I’m due in March, but the registry item I am excited for is our travel system car seat/stroller.

  38. I’m not expecting,however I’m the grandma that takes care of my grandson while my son and daughter in law are working daily. They are expecting their second baby in March,it’s a girl.
    I would say the double BOB is a must have. They have the single one now and daily walks are so much better. When the second one comes walks will be difficult without the BOB.
    I highly recommend the BOB to all parents and grandparents, expensive but a great gift even if you’re not a jogger.

  39. Heather Houtman says:

    My registry must have as a new mom is probably the pack n’ play!

  40. Julie Wood says:

    My number one item is the Original Boppy Nursing Pillow because it really helps me with being comfortable with baby while nursing!!

  41. Julie Wood says:


  42. We’re also due in April with a boy! And we live in Indy(where you’re located right!?) 🙂

    Our #1 registry item is the City Mini stroller! We’re so pumped about it!

  43. Our must have is a lightweight jogging stroller.

  44. It’s hard to come up with just 1 must-have registry item! I’m inclined to say my Boppy. It was so handy and we used it for at least the first 7 or 8 months. We used it for nursing, tummy time and propping the little guy up.

  45. We could not have survived without our rock n play!

  46. My number 1 baby item was the Floppy brand cart cover! I used mine for both kids. I worried about spending more on that one than other brands (so of course I bought cheaper brands and didn’t like them), and went back and got the Floppy one.

  47. My number one must have was the Aden and Anais Muslin blankets, they’re great for nursing covers, changing pad on the go, burp cloth, blocking baby from weather elements. They are very light weight and the best all in one blanket I have found!

  48. Kylynne Cartor says:

    Mini Arc Co Sleeper! Don’t think I’ll be ready to out babyin the crib right away.

  49. My number one must have is the Ergo baby carrier!

  50. Mary Gillespie says:

    My must have item is a NoseFreda. BabyG is now 7 months old and that thing has saved us on more than one occasion. I know it looks gross and the idea of it is gross. However, what’s more disgusting for me is the idea of not cleaning out a bulb sucker properly and it growing mold. It happens. I’ve seen it. The NoseFreda isn’t only more hygienic it’s better for the baby. I like that I have control over the suction, which you don’t have with the bulb.

  51. Carrie Riley says:

    Diaper Dekor, learned this this the hard way. Registered for the lame Diaper Genie and was less than impressed. I bought the Diaper Dekor and love it. You can even use regular trash bags in it.

  52. I’m due in 2 months and my registry must have were Aden + Anais swaddle blankets!

  53. We are due at the beginning of April with our first and our registry must have are swaddle blankets!

  54. For us the first thing we registered for was a pack n play so we can travel with our new little one.

  55. My one must-have baby registry item was diapers! Can never have enough! LOL

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  56. My #1 registry item still needed/wanted is a large baby swing.

  57. Besides the obvious diapers, I am torn between a quality soft-sided carrier and a swing. Those were the two things that made the newborn days (and beyond) so much more enjoyable for baby and me. My son loved going on walks in the carrier, but also loved sleeping in the swing.

  58. My number one registry item is a medela double breast pump!

  59. My must have registry item would have to be a baby rocker/bouncer. It keeps her entertained and happy!

  60. Sarah Sobocinski says:

    A baby carrier. I love my lillebaby. I want a toddler size now.

    1. Sarah Sobocinski says:


  61. My one must have item is a well constructed but lightweight stroller.

  62. Mrs.M in MI says:

    My number one registry must-have for my 11-month-old is a set of muslin blankets. We’ve used one every single day since she was born for so many different things!

    Number two is OxiClean. There is no bodily fluids, solid, or food that stuff can’t remove from clothes!

  63. Anita Ivanov says:

    My must have item would be a mamaroo swing. Since it is already on here, my next item is the Chicco Bravo Travel System. Haven’t yet created my registry, but am looking forward to it!! ❤️???

  64. i like shopping a baby registry for shower gifts – one of my favorite things to buy are toys or rattles

  65. Michelle Stephenson says:

    My number 1 item is the Uppababy Vista. We live in an amazing city and my husband and I can’t wait to share all of the sights with our first baby!

  66. A car seat

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  67. Jill Cote says:

    My must have was a really good sound machine. 3+ years later we still listen to it!

  68. Jessie C. says:

    A baby carrier is my one must-have baby registry item.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  69. Jessie C. says:


  70. Jessica To says:

    I think a good car seat is a must have item.
    reklaw422 at Hotmail dot com

  71. Laura mueller says:

    My number one is a rock n play!!

  72. My #1 registry item is a car seat.

  73. We couldn’t live without the swing!

  74. Courtney Phillips says:

    I’m most excited to get the Rock n Play!

  75. Everyone needs an Ergo!

  76. Mommymommymommy says:

    I’m halfway to my third child, and we just received two more children through foster care (not really in our plans, but what do you do when God sets you up?)

    If these two stay through the birth, I’ll have four children under 2 1/2. I used to have a triple stroller in my early foster care days, and I would LOVE to have another. But then I’ll still need a place for the fourth small child, so I’d love to get an Ergo baby carrier.

  77. A car seat! You can’t leave the hospital without it.

  78. Margaret Smith says:

    A stroller is my must have item. Thanks so much.

  79. I am 26 weeks along and the two main items I still need to get is a stroller and swing.

  80. My one Must have baby registry item is a new car set. My favorite thing about shopping at Babies R Us is the free shipping on orders $19.00 or more that is fantastic as I hate to pay for shipping. I also love their wide selection and great prices.

  81. My #1 is the Graco Pack ‘n Play with Reversible Napper & Changer – Drake
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  82. The Kiinde Breastfeeding System has been absolutely amazing! Highly recommended for Mamas returning to work after their babies are born!

  83. My number 1 registry item is the Graco Fast Action Fold Jogger Travel System. It’s so easy to maneuver and comfortable to push for bot me (5’6″) and my tall hubby (6’7″)!

  84. Anna Staver says:

    I adore my Boppy nursing pillow. I’ve used it everyday since my daughter (now 9.5 months) was born.

  85. One of my top items would be an umbrella stroller. It’s useful for the first 2 or 3 years!


  86. Amy Parker says:

    With a 6 month old, the FP Rock n Play has been a LIFESAVER for us!

  87. jessica holybee says:

    I need a sophie because my baby is teething .

  88. My registry must-have was the Ergo baby carrier. I travel all the time.

  89. A good mattress! Baby will be spending lots of time on it!

  90. My number one would be our Britax carseat

  91. Henria O. says:

    My favorite item is a light-weight stroller. A definite must have.
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

  92. I’m expecting my first in April and my must have is an Ergo carrier!

  93. I really love having a swing for my babies for when they are little.

  94. My son is almost a year old. Registering was fun but with all the options (and opinions) out there a bit overwhelming at times. There are quite a few must haves but for our son we would have struggled without the halo swaddle sleep sack. He would only sleep if he was swaddled!

  95. The one “must have” for baby is a car seat as this is needed immediately in order for baby to leave the hospital.

  96. Tweet-https://twitter.com/birdiebee52/status/694007318434873344

  97. We love the Fisher-Price Space Saver highchair and swing. Love how much space they don’t take up!

  98. Rebecca Graham says:

    A car seat is a must have item.

  99. My must have registry item is the Boppy pillow!

  100. My #1 item is another car seat! Baby number 3 needs one 🙂

  101. d schmidt says:

    My favorite is definitely the Boppy, its a lifesaver in the first few months.

  102. Susan Smith says:

    My must have item is a car seat.

  103. We have to have a crib

  104. A Graco Click Connect Car seat!

  105. My must have registry item is a convertible car seat! I am also expecting a baby this year and am super excited!!

  106. My must have registry item is burb clothes. Doesn’t hurt to have plenty around!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  108. Cynthia C says:

    One thing that is absolutely necessary is a high quality safe car seat so the baby can get home from the hospital.

  109. A great quality, sturdy collapsable stroller is a priority on the registry!

  110. Ellie Wright says:

    My must have registry item is a car seat.

  111. Bert Ruiz says:

    My must have item is diapers… lots and lots of diapers!

  112. A rock and play would be my registry must-have!

  113. I can’t live without a swing those first few months!

  114. Having a car seat and stroller are essential baby items. Also, I like having a baby swing for my little ones.

  115. One of my must have items for the baby registry is a good mobile for the babies crib! I love the ones that light up on the ceiling and plays nice soothing music!

  116. Thomas Murphy says:

    My must-have baby registry item is a car seat.

  117. Brestfriend nursing pillow. I liked it much better than other popular nursing pillows because you can buckle it around your waist so you aren’t constantly adjusting it every time you move.

  118. Erica Best says:

    Playtex Diaper Genie Complete

  119. Shawn Gallagher says:

    A really nice stroller!

  120. Anything that keeps the baby bouncing and happy

  121. Tabathia B says:

    It would be a baby carrier or baby sling

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  122. Jessica Beard says:

    One of my favorite registry items is a Britax Advocate carseat.

  123. Pack and play if you have two floors . It’s our changing station and catch all on the first floor.

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