The 18 most useful baby products to include on a registry list — recommended by actual parents

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For new parents, the world of baby products is vast and utterly confusing.

Starting a baby registry equips you with all the items you’ll need to hit the ground running once the baby arrives, but it can be difficult to tell which items are actually useful, and which are total duds that just take up unnecessary space. Your home is about to be overrun with baby products and clothes, so anything you won’t really use should be left off your registry.

To help you filter through all the products and whittle them down to the essentials that you won’t regret listing, we consulted the people who are already well-acquainted with the process: the parents who work at Business Insider.

They responded with much gusto, recommending their must-have baby items that have saved them from tears, sweat, and frustration, in addition to dishing on the things you shouldn’t bother putting on your registry.

Before we look at the useful products you should actually add to your baby registry, here are some thoughts on products you shouldn’t.

  • Wipe warmers — “Totally useless.”
  • Diaper disposal containers — “A scam. The refills are a waste of money.”
  • Expensive cribs — “Don’t. It’s dumb.”

Now, here are the 18 baby registry items parents actually swear by.

If you’re not sure where to start your baby registry, we compared the features of five popular baby registries here.

A comfortable, slip-resistant diaper changing pad that wipes down easily

A comfortable, slip-resistant diaper changing pad that wipes down easilyKeekaroo/Facebook

Keekaroo Peanut Diaper Changer, $129.95, available at Amazon and Nordstrom

“It’s a wipe-able plastic changer you can put on your dresser that makes it much easier to deal with messy diaper changes than cloth changing pads.” —Olivia Oran

“Soft, easily cleaned, no fabric to wash, and secures relatively easily. Love the thing and was almost sad to give it away when we were potty trained.” —Stefan Chlanda

“Because a lot of accidents will happen, and you need something that you can wipe away easily.” —Jennifer Wu

A supportive, ergonomic baby carrier

A supportive, ergonomic baby carrierAmazon

ERGObaby 360 Baby Carrier, from $118.33, available in 17 colors at Amazon

“BEST investment EVER! It is the most convenient way to get around with baby (until they’re too heavy) whether you live in the ‘burbs or the ‘urbs. Worth every single penny.” —Nohemy Deras

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