When it comes to getting recommendations for the best products on the market, it's always good to consult with an expert. Skincare concerns? Talk to a dermatologist. Shopping for on-trend living room decor? Chat up an interior decorator. And when it comes to making sure you're getting the most practical, useful, and cost-efficient baby care items, look no further than your network of experienced moms. Particularly for expecting moms who are creating a baby registry, recommendations go a long way in helping you decide which items are must-haves, and which ones may boil down to your personal preference.
To help you find the greatest brands and products to prepare for your bundle of joy, Romper teamed up with Target to ask moms about their most worth-it baby registry items. Check out their picks below, then add them to your own
Target baby registry — which comes with a free welcome kit (valued at $80!), plus offers you 15% off anything remaining in your registry by the time your baby arrives. With savings galore and trusted products stocked up in your nursery, all that'll be left for you to do is sit back and get excited for what's to come. First Up: A Starter Pack Of Gentle Skincare Essentials
When Liz was creating a registry for her first daughter, she turned to her friends for a baby skincare recommendation, which is how this Babyganics Essentials Gift Set wound up on her list. Now a mom of two, Liz is still a Babyganics fan and would recommend this set over and over again. "It's definitely worth registering for because you will use everything in the kit. The wipes and hand sanitizers are perfect for tossing into your diaper bag, and all of the products are gentle and smell good without being overly scented."
Diapers You Can Trust
“Everyone warned me that there was no such thing as having too many diapers, so even though it seems like a basic thing to register for, it’s actually one of the best things I put on my registry," says Audrey, a new mom to a 1-month-old daughter. "I especially love that these have a wetness indicator — they’re even the brand that the nurses in the hospital put on my baby.”
Wipes That Won't Irritate Baby's Skin
Take it from a mom who was gifted (and tried!)
several varieties of wipes: These Pampers Sensitive Wipes are the ones you want. "These are by far the best. They were recommended to us, but I also like that they were for sensitive skin," says Annie, a mom to 2-month-old Owen. "Their skin goes through so much, and these wipes help take away some of the worry that you’re drying out their skin during diaper changes." A Tub With A Helpful Feature For Newborns
When it comes to baby's bath time, there's a lot to think about. Will they be safe? Will they be warm enough? Annie found that a tub with a newborn sling was just the solution for some of those common bath time worries: "Our son really feels comfortable in the sling. It allows him to feel the water and to stay warm without you having to worry about keeping him above water. Also it allows you to have both your hands free," which — when you're juggling a baby, bath products, wash cloths, and towels — is pure genius.
A Crib That Does The Most
Not only is a convertible crib an excellent way to get more bang for your buck (this one converts all the way to a full-size bed), but this particular model has an unlikely feature that makes it a parent's best friend. "It has a high back, so when they're older and you're worried about them climbing out, you can easily turn it around so the high side isn't along the wall," says Marissa, a soon-to-be mom of two who will be looking for this extra layer of protection for her new baby's crib.
Crib Sheets Worth Stocking Up On
Even though she lives in a Brooklyn apartment with minimal storage space, Adrienne didn't hesitate to register for multiple fitted crib sheets after hearing a brilliant hack from her sister. "It's like bedding lasagna. Start with your waterproof pad on top of a mattress cover, and then add the first fitted sheet. On top of that, add another waterproof pad layer, another fitted sheet, last waterproof pad layer, and then the final fitted sheet," she says. "When your baby spits up, blows out, or pees through their diaper in the middle of the night, you simply peel off a layer of bedding to reveal the next layer of clean sheets. This trick carried us all the way through the crib years."
Cute Caps That Are Perfect For Cold Weather
If you're lucky enough to have a baby who doesn't mind a hat on their head, these ones from Gerber are the way to go. "I loved these caps for my oldest," says Kathleen, a mom of two boys. "They gave me peace of mind that he was warm when we had to go outside during the cold months." And since these caps come as a five-pack, you'll be able to keep one in the car, one in each diaper bag, and one or two tucked away as backups.
Warm & Cozy Flannel Blankets
Kathleen's first son was all about baby hats during the colder months, but her 4-month-old refuses to keep one on his head. That's where these warm flannel blankets come into play. "These are great for that quick trip from the car to the building," she says. Just drape one over your baby's body while you take their car seat out, and know that they'll be kept warm during those quick 10-second jaunts from the back seat to the living room.
Basic (But Super Handy) Long-Sleeved Onesies
As a new mom to 6-month-old Duke, Lauren is all about the simplicity of these white onesies. "My son sleeps in these every night. They're light, but heavy enough underneath his swaddle," she says. "It's also so easy to throw a pair of pants over one and you're good to go." With this kind of versatility in mind, it wouldn't be a bad idea to register for a three-pack in every size.
This post is sponsored by Target.