These are the most forgotten baby items expectant parents forget on their baby registry. These are often overlooked baby registry gifts that you’ll want in baby’s first year of life.

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When I set up my registry, I tried to only ask for products we’d really need and use.

I was careful to research what items not to add to your baby registry.

We were blessed to get several items from friends and family at our baby shower. And I was sure that I had thought of everything:

  • Carseats
  • Cute diaper bag
  • Stroller
  • Hands-free bra for breast pumping milk
  • Breast milk bags for milk storage
  • That weird snot sucker thing everyone raves about
  • And even nail clippers.

But as an expecting mom, there was only so much I knew.

Whether you’re a first-time mom, or are making a baby registry for your second baby, here are some of the most overlooked baby registry items that you should consider adding to your registry.

Overlooked Baby Registry Items

Yogasleep Rohm Portable White Noise Sound Machine, 3 Soothing Natural Sounds with Volume Control, Sleep Therapy For Adults, Kids & Baby, Noise Cancelling for Office Privacy & Meditation, Registry Gift

Travel Sound Machine

Lots of people put a sound machine on their baby registry, but forget about a travel sound machine!

This is great to help baby sleep in a stroller or in the car.

This was one of the most forgotten baby items that many of my friends left off their list and wanted later.

Skip Hop Moby Bath Kneeler, Blue

Bath Kneeler

Tile floors are NOT kind to the knees! I love this bath kneeler — it’s cushy and has a handy strap to hang it up to dry (babies are splashy).

baby in SlumberPod

SlumberPod

The SlumberPod is AMAZING and I wish I had one when my daughter was younger.

It’s a blackout privacy pod that goes over a pack and play or travel crib to create privacy and darkness.

I was always nervous to travel much when my daughter was so young, but this would have definitely helped.

You can also use this when you’re visiting grandma’s house to keep your baby on track with naps or even as a way to make your nursery dark at home.

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Frida Baby Thermometer, 3-in-1 Infrared Thermometer for Ear, Forehead & Touchless, Digital Baby Thermometer for Infants ,Toddlers, Kids & Adults

Baby Thermometer

You don’t need a thermometer until you NEED a thermometer.

When your baby gets sick and you need to take their temperature, you’ll be so glad you have one on hand.

This thermometer is a 3-in-1 and gives a read-out in less than a second. You can use it even as your babies grow.

Infants' Tylenol Acetaminophen Liquid Medicine, Grape, 1 fl. oz

Baby Medicine

When your baby spikes their first fever and the pediatrician gives you the okay to offer medicine, you’ll be glad you have some Tylenol on hand.

While acetaminophen isn’t the cutest baby shower gift, it is one that you’ll be very thankful for when the time comes.

Crane Droplet Ultrasonic Small Air Humidifiers for Bedroom and Office, 0.5 Gallon Cool Mist Humidifier for Plants and Home, Humidifier Filters Optional, White

Cool Mist Humidifier

When your baby gets a stuffy nose, a cool mist humidifier can be a lifesaver.

We registered for one and still use it almost 7 years later.

Boon B11192 RIPPLE Textured Non Slip Baby Bath Tub Mat with Hanging Hook and Drain Holes, Blue

Bathtub Mat

A bathtub mat was another overlooked registry item.

The mat keeps babies from slip-sliding around (babies are slippery).

It covers most of the bottom of our tub, which is important when bathing squirmy babies, and it has suction cups that stick to the bottom of the tub.

haakaa Manual Breast Pump for Breastfeeding, Silicone, Clear 4oz/100ml

Haakaa

If you’re planning to breastfeed, make sure you have at least one Haakaa on your baby registry.

It’s a manual breast pump that can collect milk on one side while you’re feeding on the other. It’s also portable enough to take with you on the go.

Onesies Brand Baby Boy's 8-Pack Short Sleeve Mix & Match Bodysuits, Loud Cute Dog, 12 Months

Clothes in Larger Sizes

If you’re registering for clothes, make sure to throw some larger sizes on there.

TIP: Learn how you can organize all those baby clothes when you first get them.

BUSY BABY Silicone Placemat-As Seen On Shark Tank-Built-in Suction Cups-4 Toy Tethers for Babies Toddlers and Kids-Food Grade Silicone-8.5 x 11 in-Comes with Travel Sleeve-Dishwasher Safe-Spearmint

Baby Placemat

Before you know it, your baby will be ready to eat solids.

That time comes really fast, but a lot of parents forget to register for things like placemats.

This placemat is so great, especially if you’re into baby led weaning. (I love it and write about the benefits of Baby-Led Weaning here.)

Ergobaby Omni 360 All-Position Baby Carrier for Newborn to Toddler with Lumbar Support & Cool Air Mesh (7-45 Lb), Oxford Blue

Baby Carrier

It’s hard to know how much you’ll babywear when you’re pregnant, so a lot of people leave carriers off their baby registry.

But baby carriers were another item that my friends said they wish they’d put on their registry.

A baby carrier is amazing for getting in a contact nap. walking a cranky baby to sleep, for taking a nice walk or hike, or doing some shopping without having to drag a carseat into a store.

It’s also a great travel item and one of my recommended baby travel essentials to help you be arms free at the airport.

(And a tip — if baby doesn’t like the carrier at first, just keep trying. It took a while for us to get used to them, but given some time most babies love being carried.)

Clear Stroller Rain Cover, Universal Travel Weather Shield Breathable Baby Stroller Rain Cover for Windproof, Waterproof, Protect from Sun Dust Snow

Stroller Cover

Protect your baby from the elements with a stroller cover.

This is great to have in case of wind or rain.

Hatch Rest Baby Sound Machine, Night Light | 2nd Gen | Sleep Trainer, Time-to-Rise Alarm Clock, White Noise Soother, Music & Stories for Nursery, Toddler & Kids Bedroom (Wi-Fi)

Hatch Rest

The Hatch is now my go-to baby registry gift because it has so many uses.

New parents can use is as a sound machine and soft light for feeds.

As your baby grows, you’ll use it as a nightlight and okay to wake clock.

Seriously, you’ll use your Hatch or Hatch Rest for years!

Baby Brezza New and Improved Formula Pro Advanced Formula Dispenser Machine - Automatically Mix a Warm Formula Bottle Instantly - Easily Make Bottle with Automatic Powder Blending, White

Baby Brezza

I try to have a somewhat minimalist baby registry, and don’t tend to love gadgets. But this one is so great for formula feeding babies.

It’s basically a Keurig for formula.

Put the formula in the top, fill the reservoir on the side with water, and in less than 10 seconds the Baby Brezza spits out a warm, mixed bottle.

It sounds like a luxury, but seriously, it was an absolute lifesaver for an all-formula fed baby.

Sleep Help

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What other items did you overlook on your baby registry? Leave it in the comments and I’ll add it to the list.

Amy Motroni

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