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Shopping without spending: Suggestions for creating a registry that will cover your needs.
Choosing items for your registry can be lots of fun, but it can also be stressful. There are so many baby products on the market that it can be difficult to know where to start, what to choose, and when to do it.
Do your Internet research.
Start checking the baby gear department for the store where you plan to register online. If there is a particular item that you know that you must have, make sure that you can find that item in your store of choice. You might also want to read the reviews for items you are considering. If a stroller gets consistently bad marks from people who are using it, you should certainly make sure you can take it for a test run before you decide it is the one.
It is also helpful if you can start your registry online. You can fill out all of your background information, and shipping information, so that you won't have to stand around on swollen ankles, filling out forms in the store.
Don't try to do it all at once.
Many women choose a day, and plan on doing their registry on that date. There are so many things to choose from, and those things are constantly changing and being switched out for other, equally exciting things. Plan on making several trips to add or delete items from your list. You can also make adjustments online. You may find that the bedding you liked has been discontinued, or that the exersaucer you thought you wanted doesn't have as many features as a newer version.
It doesn't hurt to get started early, but your ideas about what you want may continue to change. Most women don't find out the gender until around 20 weeks, so if you plan on plastering the walls with pink if you have a girl, you might have to wait on determining your choices.
Each time you visit, take a different opinion along.
If you have a partner, work together to make selections that work for both of you and don’t assume that male partners won’t be excited to creating a registry together.
It can also be useful to make a trip with a friend who has recently traversed the maze of gear and gadgets successfully. They can tell you what you will use daily, and what you will end up listing on Ebay, hoping to make a few bucks of wasted cash back. Finally, you may want to take an old-school reference, someone more than a few years out of the infant stages. Grandma may insist that car seats are silly, since her kids all survived without them (advice you should certainly ignore!); but she might also have some tips about the many uses of cloth diapers, or the best size blankets for a tight swaddle.