Consider removing the following items from your list completely.
4-8 undershirts or vests
1-3 sweaters or jackets
Coming home outfit (We had a home birth, so he was already home)
6 T-shirts (Baby t-shirts never stay down over his little belly)
Crib (Consider a co-sleeper or family bed situation)
Crib bedding set
1-2 Heavy blankets
(Last I checked babies aren’t supposed to sleep with blankets. Try blanket sleepers if it’s cold)
(BabyE spends exactly zero time in his co-sleeper alone and awake. He wouldn’t allow that, and neither would I.)
(DH cleared out one drawer in our dresser for Baby’s things. They are pretty small after all. Do they need their own dresser?)
(I momentarily considered getting one of these, but now I realize he would have been bored with it within three weeks. There are some wood versions available, and there’s even an affordable one at Ikea)
Changing table (We’re using the top of our dresser)
Wipe Warmer (He’s never fussed during diaper changes, but if he did I might consider finding a used one.)
Diaper disposable system
Diaper disposable refills
Baby bathtub (I’ll talk about How We Do Bath Time in an upcoming post. Stay tuned.)
Baby soap (Warm water works just great, and there’s no chance of irritation or allergic reaction.)
I know it’s uncommon to have the luxury and/or desire to being with your baby 24/7. You’ll see the whole list of bottle-feeding supplies on the Reduce list because we’re exclusively breastfeeding. At his pediatrician’s recommendation I grudgingly got a manual pump, but he hasn’t conceded taken a bottle yet.
Bottles & nipples
Milk Storage Bags
Consider waiting to see which of these items you’ll actually need. Three months in, and so far we haven’t needed any of them.
Medicine dropper or spoon
Saline nasal drops
Baby gas drops
Lightweight jogging stroller (seriously there were three strollers on the Target list!)
Consider getting these used to help divert items (especially bulky plastic ones) from the waste stream. A dear friend gave me all the hand-me-downs from her boys. Some of these you probably already own. Check craigslist or local consignment shops. There’s no need to get everything new just because there’s a new baby. Full disclosure here, I did get a couple of these items new. Sometimes convenience just wins out. Nobody’s perfect right?
Layette: Even if you don’t register for them people will give you baby clothes. They’re just so cute! Who can resist? If there are still some items you need, baby clothes rarely get worn out because they out grow them so fast.
4-8 bodysuits or onesies
4-8 one-piece pajamas or gowns
2 blanket sleepers for winter baby
1-3 rompers or other dress-up outfits
4-7 socks or booties
Bunting bag or fleece suit for winter baby
Swimsuit for summer baby
Music box/sound machine/CD player
Swing or Bouncy Chair
Dish washer basket for small items
Nursing Pillow Cover
Convertible car seat (Only if it is not expired and has never been in a crash.)
Gentle laundry detergent (I used to make our own, but now we use Charlie’s Soap Laundry Liquid.NA)
Co-sleeper or Play Yard with removable bassinet
Waterproof mattress pad
2 fitted sheets
2-4 receiving blankets
Cloth grasping toys
Soft or board books
Puppets (that just sounds like fun!)
Changing table pad
2 Changing table pad cover
2 Washable cloth diaper pail liners
3 dozen cloth baby wipes
Container for cloth wipes
Cloth diapers (1 dozen per day, adjust for how often you plan to wash)
Diaper covers (3 per dozen diapers)
3-4 Soft washcloths
2 hooded baby towels
1-2 dozen burp cloths
6-8 pairs washable nursing pads
Lanolin nipple cream
Baby nail clippers or blunt scissors
Nasal Aspirator (Nosefrida Snotsucker Nasal Aspiratoris amazing! I really like that it’s washable. NA)
Baby carrier/ sling
Stay tuned for Part 2 of Green Baby Registry where I’ll discuss how to Green the items left on your registry list. I’ll also provide a printable PDF of the list you can take with you while registering.
3 thoughts on “Reduce Reuse Register: Green Baby Registry Checklist List”
This is a great list! You really can do with less when preparing for a baby. So much is unnecessary and makes it so expensive.
Thank you for linking to Your Green Resource
Andrea that’s so true! Babies don’t have to be so expensive. Does it sound too starry eyed to say, all they really need is love?
I love this! Wish I would have seen it before I registered.
The items we wanted that we didn’t recieve at a baby shower we purchased on Craigslist or borrowed them from friends. I feel better about the fact that we are “reusing” as much as we can.