Baby Registry

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6. Register for some professional photography sessions. Most parents like to get family pictures or baby pictures taken around the 6-month mark, and this can be a nice gift that keeps on giving.

7. If you have a themed nursery, avoid registering for everything to adorn the room. Even the perfect nursery doesn’t always last through the toddler years, and they will end up as yard sale items.

8. Make sure you have plenty of items on your registry that cost less than $15. This way you don’t unwittingly make people feel like they have to buy something that is more than they can afford.

9. Bibs, crib sheets, bathing items, towels, under shirts, socks, baby laundry detergent, and other day-to-day items SHOULD be on the list. While they may not look like they make awesome presents, you will find in the months to come that they do.

10. Last but not least, 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.

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The point of a baby registry is to allow everyone to share in your joy of having a baby. If you think past the first few weeks of life – you will realize that having children is a huge financial responsibility. By making a registry based on needs rather than wants, you will be better prepared and slightly less stressed during the first few months of becoming a parent.

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  1. 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. 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. julia says:

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

  5. 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. 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. 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. 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. Lynna says:

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

  10. 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. 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. 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. Marilyn says:

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

  15. samantha says:

    I just started my registry today and it is overwhelming!

  16. Phammom says:

    I’m going to change diaper sizes now.

  17. Phammom says:

    I’ve got a good start then.

  18. KaelinRae says:

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

  19. 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. 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????

    • 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.

      • 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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