Unexpected Baby Registry Items to Consider

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Like many things in life, crafting the perfect baby registry can be tough the first time around. It’s one of those ‘how do you know what you don’t know?’ enigmas that new parents become all too accustomed to. When it comes to knowing what we’ll need for all things raising babies, postpartum care, and general life with a little one, we tend to learn as we go. But, one thing we learn early on in motherhood is that leaning on other moms can be incredibly beneficial. 

It’s one of the reasons The Everymom exists in the first place—to share advice, ideas, laughs, and recommendations with other moms and parents-to-be. Our editors have learned a thing or two about parenting and tackling the postpartum journey as moms themselves. Here, we’re sharing some nuggets of knowledge from our editors in the baby registry department. 

Of course, there are the pillars of a baby registry. Things like diapering, feeding, and other essentials that are not to be left out. But, there are also a few unexpected baby registry items our editors included (or wish they had!), that made becoming a new parent even a little bit easier. Here we’re sharing the unexpected baby registry items our editors included on their wish list!


10 Unexpected Baby Registry Items to Consider


instant ice maxi pads



“With my second pregnancy, I registered for a few more postpartum care items than I did with my first since I knew what to expect. My number one product that I knew I would use over and over again were the Frida Mom Instant Ice Packs. Many moms recommend making ice packs before the baby arrives, but being pregnant while taking care of a toddler didn’t leave a lot of room for DIY projects. These stayed cold for hours at a time and provided much needed relief those few weeks after baby arrived.” —Steph Alleva Cornell, Branded Content Editor

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Kindred Braverly

Nursing Tanks

“After I had my baby I realized I’d focused so much of my baby registry on the baby, I didn’t even think about what I might need postpartum. Luckily, I had a cousin who’d recently had a baby too. She bought me her favorite nursing tank I wore all the time instead of a nursing bra—and ordered more for myself.” —Kathy Sisson, Editor

available in sizes S-XXL and 2 colors available

nursing pads


Reusable and Washable Nursing Pads

“A breastfeeding must-have! If there was one thing I wasn’t prepared for during my breastfeeding journey—it would have been boob leakage. These are so soft and comfortable, plus they’re washable/reusable.” —Nyla Montanez, Social Media Editor

40z tumbler


Oversized Water Bottle With Handle

“I can’t begin to describe how thirsty I was for the first 3 months after I brought my little guy home from the hospital. In the spirit of ‘take everything they let you from the hospital’, I grabbed the big jug I had used to drink water there and it remained by my side for a solid year. This was pre-Stanley Cup craze so now the only thing I can suggest is making sure you have a ‘ludicrously capacious’ cup for all of your drinking needs. It’s actually become my go-to post-baby gift for friends.” —Roberta Correia, Editor-in-Chief

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Meal Delivery Gift Cards

“We used Babylist for our registry and were able to add gift cards for multiple service-based products like Uber Eats & DoorDash. While some people prefer to bring a home cooked meal, others prefer the convenience of letting the parents choose what to eat. We used those gift cards for a few weeks and it was so nice to have meals from our favorite restaurants brought right to our door.” —Steph Alleva Cornell, Branded Content Editor


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unexpected baby registry items


Multiple Baby Carriers

“I registered for a Baby Bjorn, which my husband preferred for outdoor walks, the commute to daycare, etc., but I realized I also wanted something a little more comfy/cozy to wear my baby around the house. I ended up loving the Baby K’Tan for at-home baby wearing.” —Kathy Sisson, Editor

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Baby Car Monitor

“Driving with a new baby is nerve-racking (and I did a lot of driving—our pediatrician is 45 minutes away). With my first baby, I registered for a mirror but found myself turning around, squinting, and unsafely focusing my attention on the mirror. We eventually purchased the video monitor, I could visibly see my child so much better and felt driving was safer without having to look so hard. While we gave our car monitor away when we no longer needed it, this handy item will make it’s way back on my list for my second!” —Megan Kemp, Sr. Sales Manager Brand Partnerships

mom and baby in stroller

Summer Infant

Travel Stroller

“While I loved my big stroller, this became our go-to when my son got a little older. We took this stroller everywhere and it was so easy and light to fold up or carry up and down the subway stairs.” —Roberta Correia, Editor-in-Chief

baby in pack n play


Play Yard

“While playpens seem like something from 1980s parenting, they are definitely useful. It is crazy how much little ones move as soon as they can roll. I remember finding my baby had rolled under her crib after leaving her on the floor of her nursery for a second. A portable play yard keeps them safe and contained.” —Kathy Sisson, Editor

safety item


Furniture Anchors

“I baby-proofed every socket, coffee table corner, and kitchen cupboard, but after hearing friend after friend have near misses with toppled dressers I went all-out on anchoring TVs and furniture.” —Kathy Sisson, Editor

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