Hey mama, you have a beautiful bundle of joy on the way, and you also have a baby shower coming up to celebrate their impending arrival. You’re keen on stocking up, and, understandably, you want that baby registry to be chock full of everything you need once your little one arrives. But, how do you know what you and your baby truly need? Perhaps the bigger question is, how can you know what you don’t need?

Knowing what not to put on a baby registry is just as important as knowing what to include. It’s time to have a look at a few baby items you don’t need to include on your registry to help you sort it all out.


The truth is that many of the things you may think of as being “essential” inclusions on a baby registry aren’t always all that necessary, actually, though why might not be so obvious at first. This list of what not to put on your baby registry should clear things up a bit!

Baby Clothes

Of all of the things you shouldn’t put on your baby registry, baby clothes top the list. You’ll get a ton of these as gifts from expectant grandparents and other family members, anyways. Plus, your precious angel will outgrow them quickly. If you still absolutely must include clothes on your baby registry, plan ahead and ask for clothes they can grow into when they’re two or three months old.

Stuffed Animals

For the first several months of your baby’s life, they’ll get no use out of stuffed animals. They make for good pictures in the crib, but you shouldn’t leave them there when the baby is alone. When asking yourself what not to put on the baby registry, remember: Don’t include stuffed animals. You’ll get plenty as gifts, or you can even buy some on your own later on. Wait until your child is a little older to buy them, as tempting as it may be.

Baby Blankets

Do you have any idea how many baby blankets you’re going to receive as gifts, quite possibly from Lily + Llama? Well, you’re going to get a lot of them, and you won’t be able to use them all. Everyone, from the hospital to your family members, wants your baby to stay warm and comfy. You can feel fine with leaving them off the registry. What you’re going to definitely need a lot of, though, are diapers. Go ahead and ask for diapers, instead!

Changing Table

You can leave a bulky changing table off the registry, simply because you won’t need it for all that long, and it also isn’t very convenient. Once your baby is done with diapers, what will you do with it? Furthermore, it can be quite inconvenient and impractical to rely on one place to change diapers. Buy, or ask for, a changing pad instead. You can take a changing pad anywhere with you and place it on any flat surface.

High Chair

It’s going to be a while before your wee one’s neck is strong enough to support their head on their own, so there’s no need to bother asking for a high chair. You’re going to be nursing or bottle-feeding your baby for quite some time, and a high chair you won’t use will just take up space in your home. Instead, why not ask for an infant car seat? You’ll get a lot more mileage out of it, pun intended!

Infant Bathtub

Do you know how often you should wash your baby? About once a week. Plus, within a few months, your baby will likely outgrow any infant bathtub you buy or receive anyways. You’re not going to get much use out of an infant bathtub, though the same cannot be said for a regular-sized baby bathtub. So, ask for a regular-sized baby bathtub, and possibly a sling to safely hold your baby in it.

Bottle Warmer

Do you need a dedicated baby bottle warmer? No. You can fill up a pot, heat the water, and place the bottle in it to warm up the contents. Simple as that. You might even find your baby prefers a bottle that’s at room temperature, making a bottle warmer even less useful.

Baby Toys

Remember the stuffed animals from earlier? The same principle holds true for baby toys. For the first several months of his or her life, your baby won’t even be able to play with any toys. Furthermore, the odds are high that you’re going to receive baby toys at your baby shower, at the hospital, or home from family members and friends after they’re born.


Now if you want to hear the BEST gift of all to register for –– it’s a pre-packed hospital bag from Lily + Llama. Lily + Llama has packed everything you need in a hospital bag for you so you don’t have to stress over it! Expectant mamas can register for pre-packed hospital bags with everything from a nursing bra and night gown to a swaddle and cold packs. 

There’s so much to prepare for, and there’s no time to waste! Visit the Lily + Llama shop today and add a pre-packed hospital bag to your existing registry using the MyRegistry button on our website. You deserve it!

March 23, 2022 — Michelle Conarty