Baby Registry

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There is a billion dollar industry in baby products, many of which are bought before a baby is even born. Today’s pregnant mom is hurdled through baby superstores, and fiercely encouraged into making a baby registry so that every person who is even considered a friend, will feel obliged to buy them a gift.

Register for gift cards. Gift cards can make the initial months feel like less of a financial burden and allow you to shop for things you really need when you really need them.

Yes, these are happy times – however many people today aren’t making the best use of their baby registry.

The registry is typically made any time after the 25th week of pregnancy. You can choose anywhere to make a registry – at a baby superstore, department store, or even online. If you have a lot of out of town friends and relatives, an online registry can be a good way to make sure everyone knows what your theme is and what you would like for your baby to have. While it is not written in stone, most people only register their baby when it is their first baby.

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When done right, a registry can be a huge help in the first YEAR or more of your child’s life. For this reason, you may want to take a seasoned mom with you when you register, and do your best to avoid prodding from the store hostess. Following are some tips for a registry that will really help!

1. Avoid putting down too many items such as bottles, pacifiers, or breast feeding pumps and supplies. Many moms are surprised that their baby won’t take certain nipples or that breastfeeding doesn’t work out, which leaves you with an immense amount of stuff that needs to be taken back.

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2. Register for diapers! Yes, diapers are expensive. In one year, you could spend thousands of dollars on these disposable delights. Rather than stocking up on newborn or size one diapers, register for size 3 and 4 diapers – as your baby will spend much of their first year in this size.

3. Infant and newborn clothes are cute, but your baby will grow out of them in lightning speed. Plus, all those frills and cotton button ups will need to be carefully washed and ironed in order to look right. Chances are your infant will wear onesies and one-piece outfits 98% of the time. Make sure to register for clothes that are sized above 3 months and even up to a year.

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4. Infant toys are ‘sort of’ useless. Instead, register for toys for a 6-month old baby and beyond so you won’t be forced to buy these things when you really need them.

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5. Make sure to register for your big-ticket items like a car seat, stroller, crib, high chair, changing tables, bouncy seats, and jumping rings. These items should always be purchased new so that you can be sure they are safe, not missing pieces, and you will be privy to recall information.

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  1. Profile photo of miranda miranda says:

    when should i make the date for my baby shower i am 28 weeks

  2. I’m going to keep all this in mind while I add things to my registry. I’m pretty sure I probably would have broke these rules.. haha =)

  3. Profile photo of Agager12 Agager12 says:

    i scanned everything that cought my eye at babies r us and burlington

  4. I went crazy scanning everything in Target because I kept seeing stuff I liked lol I think that if family, etc sees the registry they can at least get an idea of the stuff I would prefer, if they don’t get the exact registry item

  5. Profile photo of marichinno marichinno says:

    Great tips something that I have to keep in mind when I register in a couple of months.

  6. Profile photo of mc223650 mc223650 says:

    Will need to refer back to this! Well this whole course!

  7. Profile photo of Kim ShannonEditor Kim Shannon says:

    Hello! You can start your registry as early as you’d like! But you should at least plan to have it completed by the time you have your baby shower, which is usually during the early part of your third trimester.

  8. Profile photo of Diamond Diamond says:

    when are you suppose to start your registry

  9. Profile photo of Sasoo Sasoo says:

    I registered for two stores in one day. EXHAUSTING

  10. We are having our 2nd child and will be our first baby boy. 🙂 I’m not sure if we are having a baby shower or not for him since no one has offered. I don’t want to be rude and ask… We don’t really have boy things and we are adding a room to our house so that our daughter will not have to share a room with him. So, money will be very tight and may not be able to buy everything that he needs. I am still thinking of making a baby registry just incase people would like to buy something for him.

  11. I;m excited to register. This is our first baby and neither one of us has any clue what we need… I’m lucky to have some ‘NEW MOMMY" friends on my side. Thank goodness.

  12. Profile photo of Samantha Samantha says:

    Don’t forget waterproof mattress pads! They are a life saver, or even the chucks that fit over the top of the crib mattress so you don’t have to change all bedding when your little one springs a leak=)

  13. Profile photo of Mrs. Mrs. says:

    I registered for my baby shower and I saved a ton of time and energy. Something to establish before you go and register for diapers is a brand. Brand loyalty is important as many brands like Pampers or Huggies offer an incentive program that makes diaper buying or receiving more fun.

  14. Profile photo of demi demi says:

    I dont really like the whole registry idea because i feel it forces people to buy you something….I guess i like the idea of them giving you something that comes from the heart…BUT I am going to make one because I do need it 🙂

  15. Profile photo of LizZin LizZin says:

    http://pregnant.thebump.com/pregnancy/second-trimester/articles/what-to-buy-for-baby.aspx

    This checklist is a life-saver, especially as a first time mom! Good luck and congratulations!

  16. Profile photo of LizZin LizZin says:

    My registry was mostly finished by 15 weeks, all except the items that needed to know our peanut’s gender. I didn’t want to be overwhelmed with a registry right before a baby shower, I was so afraid I would miss something important if I rushed it. Thebump.com has a wonderful checklist, as does Babies R Us.

  17. i’m ashamed to say that i already almost finished my registry and im not even 12 weeks yet -___- lol, im just too excited cuz its my first too so i occupy my time day dreaming about the perfect nursery, which wont happen anyways cuz they grow lighting fast lol

  18. Profile photo of Bridjette Bridjette says:

    I’m ashamed to say I haven’t started finished my registry yet and I’m 30 weeks. It’s just so nerve racking because this is my first and I have no idea what I need. This kind of helps tho!!

  19. Profile photo of Diamond Diamond says:

    i haven’t started my registry

  20. Profile photo of TolerTwins TolerTwins says:

    first time mom having twins.. I have NO clue what I will register for but Gift Cards sound really good to me!

  21. Profile photo of Grace Grace says:

    not sure where i should register… or if, that unwritten rule, but the thing about that is i have 2 girls and i think i’m expecting a boy….

  22. Profile photo of brandy brandy says:

    done with my registry

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