5 Non-Traditional Baby Gift and Registry Ideas

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With this being my third child, I had no intention of doing a baby registry. After having two kids close together in age, we have more than enough baby gear and clothes. In fact, my husband is always complaining about all the bins and bins of baby clothes that are taking over the garage. Of course there are a few must have items that must be purchased new for each baby, but I tend to wait until after the baby is born for those purchases. Since no one is throwing me a baby shower for this baby, I figured there was no need to do a baby registry. I even made it 30 weeks into my pregnancy before I was asked by a close friend if I was registered anywhere. It was at that moment that I caved and told her I was working on it.

That night as I lay in bed from another night of pregnancy insomnia, I started my baby registry using the Target shopping application. I happily clicked away at cute gender neutral baby outfits, cloth diapers, bath products and swaddle blankets. In less than 30 minutes, I had 28 items on my registry and called it “good enough” to tell people if they asked. The next day, I started to think about baby gifts that would make my life a bit easier with a newborn, but could not be placed in a gift bag or box to later take up more room in our garage (just in case we decide to have a fourth child) and I came up with five non-traditional baby registry ideas that are perfect for a new mom, as well as a mom who has more than one child:

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1. MyRegistry

MyRegistry is an online website that a mom-to-be can create a free account and then register for baby items on any online store. Items can be added to the list by searching through the items on the site or installing the site’s browser button on to your computer and smart phone. You can register for gifts both on and off-line, including several non-traditional registry ideas including:

 

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  • Monthly kids clothing club
  • Cloth diaper service
  • New mom care packages
  • Gift coupons for babysitting, meals, and cleaning services
  • Post-partum Doula services

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2. Gift Cards

I know many people feel that gift cards are impersonal, but I love to give and receive them. There are several ways to personalize a gift card, such as attaching it to a handmade card or gift, flowers, or balloons. If a friend or family member is throwing you a baby shower, don't be afraid to suggest some places you would love to get a gift card to including:

 

  • A favorite coffee or ice cream shop
  • Favorite restaurants
  • Local grocery delivery services (if available in your area)

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3. Post-Natal Exercise Classes

After the birth of my first child, I enjoyed working out with other mom's in an organized group exercise stroller class. There are many different exercise programs that include baby in the class, including yoga and stroller workouts. Once you have the baby, you may feel guilty about spending money on such classes, with so many other expenses, so why not ask to receive a gift certificate for classes as a shower gift? Again, suggest this idea to the person who is putting together your baby shower or even your husband.

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4. Push Pack

The Push Pack is a prepackaged hospital labor bag that includes all the items an expecting mom needs for the big day. My favorite part about the bag is that it includes all eco-friendly products!

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5. 529 College Savings Fund Contribution

You can establish a 529 college savings fund for your child and then ask family and friends to make a deposit to the account, instead of purchasing a traditional shower gift. The bank should be able to provide you with information on how friends and family can make a gift to the account.

If this is your first time putting together a baby registry list, the entire task can be rather overwhelming. Be sure to ask friends and family members for suggestions before walking into a huge box store or starting a registry online. If you are in my shoes and have done this before, don't think you will get out of the daunting task this time. As I learned, there will be a few people who may not know what you need, so it's best to steer them in the direction of items you will actually use and not 20 receiving blankets.

What have been some of your favorite baby gifts you have received? Is there a certain item you typically give to an expecting mom when attending a baby shower or visiting her in the hospital?

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5 Non-Traditional Baby Gift and Registry Ideas

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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11 comments

  1. Lisa says:

    This will be my first child & I’ve been trying to get an idea what I should have people get me that isn’t too much money. I wouldn’t say it’s overwhelming, per se, just that I seem to have a tendency to put too many things that I’m not even sure if I’ll need or want down the road on the registry in my excitement over having a new baby and worry that I might not have everything I need when the baby comes. This list is really helpful to me; I never would have even thought of gift cards or push pack! I will definitely be updating my registry; hopefully I can find out if it’s a boy or girl soon as I seem to be having trouble buying gender neutral & just buy boy, LOL. Thanks! 😀

  2. Jenny says:

    Gift cards are great especially if its for restaurants you like that have take out option especially for the first couple weeks with the baby home that would be somewhat convenient. A gym one would be cool for when the mom is ready to get back into shape and work out. I found registering overwhelming until I found an essential registry guide on Pinterest and it had things I would have never thought to register for that will be needed.

  3. Nichole says:

    This will be my 3 child and still my favorite gifts are the ones I use every day, diapers & wet ones, you can never have enough, it is a weekly expense I didn’t have to worry about, even if they Gerty the wrong size or brand you can just go exchange them & can always use them

  4. Honored that you chose the Push Pack to be a part of your list! Thank you!

  5. really liked the gift cards idea (not just for the baby) but for food too. great idea, thanks

  6. PaulaPC says:

    I should say most of the things here are big things. The gift card is ok I suppose, but is pretty impersonal.

  7. PaulaPC says:

    Anyone I visit in the hospital gets 2 items of chocolate and 2 baby sleepers in the size their baby is when born and the next size up. I got that in the hospital with mine and thought it was so awesome I figured I’d do it for others. These are cool ideas in the blog and all, but they’re big ticket items. That isn’t something you’re everyday co-worker or friend is going to give you.

  8. KaelinRae says:

    I haven’t had my shower yet (my sister will be throwing me one), but I am loving the idea of gift cards. Especially if they are for food because I can guarantee that I am not going to be thinking about feeding myself as a priority if it involves cooking. My favorite gift so far is a stroller that my fiance’s aunt gave to us. It was lightly used and a neutral color 🙂

  9. LovingMomma says:

    I love the idea of gift cards and the push pack. Both are very conveinent and would help out so much. #mother of 3 and one one the way

  10. Amanda says:

    wish i knew about the push pack before i had my daughter in feb!

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