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.

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.

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.

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. Avatar of Marien Marien says:

    This is my 2nd baby, but my children will be nearly 14 years apart, so I pretty much need everything all over again. The advantage for me in this situation is that I know from experience what is truly needed (towels! babies require many, many buttery soft towels!) versus what will turn out to be just a fancy fad. One thing I realized with my first baby is that gifting a little something helps people, especially loved ones living far from us, feel a close part of the birth and welcoming process.

  2. Avatar of corind corind says:

    wish I read this just a little bit sooner

  3. great ideas on here and I’m planning on creating one just waiting till after Monday when we FINALLY…(well hopefully) get to discover the gender of our little one whom is brewing about!!!

  4. Avatar of julia julia says:

    I don’t need to register for anything because mi get more than plenty at my babyshower.

  5. Avatar of Melodie Melodie says:

    I have found that it has become increasingly difficult to wait for our baby shower to get the stuff that I want. With this being our 1st child, I have wanted to go out and buy everything all ready. I am some what of an impatient person and having to wait is just driving me crazy.

  6. Avatar of Destiny Destiny says:

    Thanks to this article I feel like my registries will be a lot better.. helped me to realize what I wanted was not necessarily what I needed.

  7. Avatar of Tracy Tracy says:

    I dont want a shower and am not expecting anyone to give me gifts, but I’m going to create a registry anyway because I know some family members will insist on getting something and the registry could give them guidance (if they ask). Otherwise I will not be broadcasting it.

  8. Avatar of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    I should have tried baby registry. But I’ve got a nice baby shower & her baptism turned out to be great ad well.

  9. Avatar of Lynna Lynna says:

    I loved this section! Gave me some good ideas on whats really important vs not so, to put on my registry!

  10. Avatar of Krystal Krystal says:

    A lot of the tips listed here that would make someone go “huh? really? why didn’t they list more of that and this?” actually really makes since. When your baby is a newborn, he or she isn’t really going to need a lot of toys because the most he or she will be doing is sleeping, eating, crying, and pooping! The point of a shower isn’t only to share the enjoyment of having a baby, but also for other’s to help ease the difficulties of raising and taking care of a baby. The parents already have the 24/7 stress of properly bringing up a child. The true enjoyment for the others is being able to play and coddle the young one whenever they are around.

  11. Lots of great suggestions here.

  12. Avatar of Jennifer Jennifer says:

    I love the list! It is so helpful so I don’t feel like I am wasting my time on useless items. But 0 newborn toys? I was thinking about getting at least 1 or 2.

  13. Avatar of amelia amelia says:

    i never had a baby registry. i ended up getting everything i need at my baby shower but its an awesome idea. i’ll have to try it for my next child :)

  14. Avatar of Marilyn Marilyn says:

    This is good information. Wish this is what I was told with my first!

  15. Avatar of samantha samantha says:

    I just started my registry today and it is overwhelming!

  16. Avatar of Phammom Phammom says:

    I’m going to change diaper sizes now.

  17. Avatar of Phammom Phammom says:

    I’ve got a good start then.

  18. Avatar of Allison Allison says:

    This had a lot of very useful tips. Definitely something to consider doing.

  19. Avatar of Arden Arden says:

    My cousin told me that they hardly spent anything at all for the items they needed. Most of the clothes are hand-me-downs or shower gifts. Everything else was given to them. He said they have pretty much only bought bottles so far.

  20. Avatar of lialban lialban says:

    i don’t know..i was really struggling before becoming pregnant, and now i can’t begin to fathom how i’m going to afford it. i MUST work at least 40 hours a week. and find a free babysitting somehow. i can’t even affod maternity clothes right now let alone stuff for a baby atm. but, a ‘registry" has always just seemed selfish. why would you expected everyone to fawn over you and buy you stuff just because your pregnant. seems self-serving. It seems the general opinion is quite the opposite. I just don’t get it, and definitely am uncomfortable with the idea. am i the one who needs a reality check????

    • Avatar of Jennifer Jennifer says:

      Most family and friends buy you things off your registry because they want to help you out not because they have to. as for maternity clothes I found that Ross has really cheap maternity clothes compared to everyone else. 15.99 for pants 5.99 for really nice undershirts and 5.99-15.99 for shirts I would look there.

      • Avatar of Jennifer Jennifer says:

        Oh yea we have to do a registry not because we have to have people buy us things but it is going to get crazy here in the next few months between buying a house, buying a car, planning for the baby, and moving. On the other hand everyone wants to buy us stuff because its our first baby.

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