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10 of the most common types of items in children’s records
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Preparing for the arrival of a baby can be an exciting but challenging time for expecting parents. With a large selection of baby products on the market, it can often be difficult to know what you really need to buy and what you can live without.
The most requested items in common baby records were compiled to identify the common needs of expecting parents. Most of the categories identified are essential, with games being the only non-core category to rank in the top ten.
Three-quarters of parents who will create a children’s registry, according to a March 2022 survey by the Everyday Health Group. Findings indicate that prospective parents are creating registries and purchasing items earlier than in years past due to supply chain issues from the COVID-19 pandemic. Most (84%) also focus their records on essential items rather than things they want but won’t use as much. For example, requests for nutrition-related items, such as breast pumps, are on the rise.
Keep reading to discover 10 of the most popular items in children’s records today.
A row of baby strollers in the store.
Traveling with a baby—whether in the city or long distances—is much easier with the right accessories, making items like strollers and car seats essential for baby registry.
Some parents opt for all-in-one travel systems, which feature car seats that pop out easily and fit into matching strollers, while others choose separates. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is a great resource to help choose a safe car seat.
Adult wearable baby carriers are also a popular choice at the registry, as they provide a hands-free way to carry baby while completing errands at home or staying active outside. There are many options for baby carriers on the market, from rolls and slings to front or backpack-like carriers.
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Close-up of a child wearing a blue hat and pacifier.
There has been a lot of discussion in recent years about the pros and cons of pacifiers, yet they are still one of the most popular items on baby records. Pacifiers are not considered a problem until 3 years have passed, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. The Mayo Clinic points out many positives to using pacifiers: They promote self-soothing, help babies sleep, and they may reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
Pacifiers come with many options that parents expect to choose from. They are specially made for all ages, for both breastfed and breastfed babies, derived from natural or synthetic materials, and can be used with or without clips. Every baby has their own preferences, so expect parents to choose to include a variety of pacifiers in their records.
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Breast pump in a box on a white marble table.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages breastfeeding for parents who are able because of its many health benefits. Breastfed babies are less likely to have health problems such as sudden infant death syndrome, diabetes, asthma, and ear infections, while the risks of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes are lower in breastfeeding mothers.
For those who are breastfeeding, there are many supplies to help facilitate this process. Bras allow easy access to nursing while nursing covers provide privacy in public. To increase comfort, there are nursing pads to support the baby while feeding, nursing pads to absorb milk that might leak, and creams to treat dry or cracked nipples. Many nursing parents also choose to pump, which increases flexibility with feeding, so breast pumps, milk storage bags or containers, and cooler bags are useful items to add to records.
A beige nursery with butterflies on the wall above the bed.
When it comes to nurseries, there are a myriad of items that parents are expected to put on children’s records.
Cribs, cribs, changing tables, and rocking chairs are some of the most used pieces of nursery furniture. Video screens allow parents to keep a close eye on their children, providing features such as zoom lenses and access via mobile apps, while audio-only baby monitors are still available as well.
Using a cool mist humidifier in the nursery can help relieve congestion and dry skin during the winter months. (The warm mist humidifier is more likely to cause burns if children get too close.) And let’s not forget the décor: Items like wall paintings, curtains, and rugs can help complete a nursery, making it cozy and inviting for kids and parents.
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Two children playing with a plush bear surrounded by toys.
Baby toys are not just for fun – they are also important tools for a child’s development. Play helps children develop mentally, physically and socially.
The best toys are those that encourage interaction and build relationships with caregivers, according to a 2019 report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP also recommends more traditional physical games while limiting screen time and electronics. This means that toys such as play rugs, gyms, push and pull toys, and dolls or stuffed animals are all great options that encourage positive interactions between children and caregivers. Expecting parents may also add classic toys to their children’s records, such as rattles, cubes, stacking toys, cars, trucks, and bouncers.
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Basket of baby bath products.
Newborns don’t need to be bathed daily because it can dry out their skin, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. About three baths a week is recommended, however, and expect that parents still need to stock up on bath time products.
Baby soap, shampoo, washcloths, and towels are baby registry essentials. An infant bathtub can be useful for holding young children upright to bathe on a table or in a larger bathtub. And don’t forget the unscented baby lotion after bathing.
Baby bottles and parts on a drying rack.
Nutrition-related items are used frequently every day, so it’s no surprise that it’s one of the top categories in children’s records. For dads who express breast milk or use formula, bottles are a registry staple. Medline Plus offers some helpful advice on how to choose the right bottles and teats for your baby.
To prevent a mess, burp cloths and bibs are essential registry items, too. Many expecting parents are asking bottle warmers for a faster and easier way to heat bottles than on a stove. Cleaning products, such as bottle brushes and specially designed bottle drying racks, may also help make parents’ lives easier.
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Health and wellness
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Health and wellness items are popular and practical additions to children’s records. Being prepared in advance eliminates the need for parents to go to the store when an unexpected problem arises. For sensitive skin issues, many expecting parents add diaper rash creams and ointments to their records.
For possible colds or illnesses, it’s a good idea to have thermometers on hand, nasal aspirators, and a selection of baby medication for problems like pain, fever, and gas. Other key items include first aid kits, dental care and oral hygiene products, which increased in popularity on pediatric registries nearly 20% from 2020 to 2022, according to an Everyday Health Group survey.
Padded diapers in a woven basket.
Diapers are pricey but a must when you have a baby, which makes them a commonly chosen item for records. Whether expecting parents prefer the cloth diaper or the disposable item, stocking in advance is a wise move.
Most records also include baby wipes, which are used in large quantities daily. Many parents who expect a comfortable changing pad for their nursery changing table and decorative covers that can be cleaned easily. For the outdoor adventure, diaper bags—which usually include portable changing pads—are essential to help carry all of the baby’s essentials.
Woman shopping for baby crib and bedding.
There are many products on the market to help your baby sleep more comfortably. Parents should follow some crib safety tips, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Safe sleep items often found on baby records include fitted sheets for cribs, cribs, wearable blankets, sleeping bags, blankets, and swaddles. It is always a good idea to use a mattress pad cover under your bed sheets and bed covers to help protect your mattress from accidents. Sound machines have also become a popular item in recording in recent years, as soft noises can be very soothing to children.
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