All the Items You Need for a Minimal Baby Registry

When I was pregnant with my first child, my husband and I lived in 900 square feet on the northside of Chicago. I knew I didn’t want our new baby’s gear to overtake our little house, but I didn’t know what baby products were must-haves and which ones would be nice-to-haves. When creating my baby registry, I selected products that could easily be collapsed and stored, but I still overdid it a bit.

Our baby swing was used once, some clothes never had their tags cut off, and don’t even get me started on the excess of blankets that overflowed the storage bins in our daughter’s nursery (it’s been years and they’re still all over the place!). But I learned a lot about what we really needed, especially when we had our second child, and I knew what I could get rid of and what I should get back out in preparation for baby #2.

If you’re also looking for a minimal baby registry, the Everymom editors have rounded up this list of essentials, including some clever gear that will grow with your baby.


Baby Clothes and Sleepwear


Convertible Muslin Sleepsack

This sleepsack grows with baby, so when they're ready to have their arms unswaddled, this sleepsack converts.

Burt's Bees Baby

Zip Jammies

Pajamas with zippers are key for feedings in the middle of the night.


Organic Cotton Onsies

These organic onesies are supersoft against baby's skin.


Organic Pants

Easily slip on these pants with a onesie for a cute and comfy baby outfit.


Getting Out and About


Travel System

The hospital will not let you leave without a carseat, so it's essential. I love the Britax travel system because the carseat clicks right into the stroller, no extra parts needed, and the stroller itself easily collapses with one hand.

Skip Hop

Portable Changing Station

Make any surface a changing table or any tote a diaper bag.


Carrier Plus Newborn Insert

Grows with your baby and with your comfort, allowing front, side, or rear carrying.


Baby Entertainment



You'll need a place to safely put baby down, and this bouncer can mesh with most any home decor.

Skip Hop

Stroller Toy

I love toys that can grow with your baby. This starts as a stroller toy but can be part of a kitchen play set when they become toddlers.


2-in-1 Exersaucer and Table

This playstation converts to a play table when baby outgrows the exersaucer.



Alternatively, you can entertain baby in any doorway with a bouncer like this, which was a favorite of my daughter's.

Black & White

Board Book

Stand one of these books up beside baby while they're laying on a blanket and boom, and you have a play mat!

Bright Starts

Lots of Links

Turn any toy into a stroller or high-chair toy.

Hudson Baby

Muslin Blanket

Muslin blankets are great to spread out on the floor as a play space for baby.


Feeding and Bathtime


4-in-1 Bath

This bath system grows with baby.


2-in-1 Convertible High Chair

Use as a separate high chair, or attach to a chair in your home. Plus, it becomes a booster seat when baby no longer needs the tray.


Extra Bottles

No need to buy separate brand bottles, just add to the supply that comes with your breast pump.

Trend Lab

Burp Cloths and Bibs

Necessary for feeding, drool, and general cleanups.

Safety 1st

Baby Nail Clippers

A healthcare must, and these come with an LED light if it's easier to clip while your baby is sleeping.


This post was in partnership with Walmart, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everymom editorial board.