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Do's and Don'ts For Building Your Baby Registry


As much as it’s a practical way to prepare for your new addition, setting up a baby registry is also an exciting rite of passage. It’s fun to dream about what it will be like once your little one is finally home, to imagine him (or her) wearing those teeny-tiny newborn diapers, to envision the perfect theme for your new nursery.… Setting up a registry makes it all feel real. (And, come on, going to the store and shooting products with the scanner gun is just plain awesome.)

Here Are Mom365’s Top 9 tips For Building Your Best Baby Registry

  1. DO… register both online and in-store. Some companies have different inventories for different formats, so if you can’t find a specific item in one place, it might be available in the other. Certain things are easy to register for online (like that six-pack of plain white onesies), but there’s other stuff you’ll definitely want to see, feel, and test in person (strollers, car seats, diaper bags, etc.) before making a decision. 
  2. DON’T… feel pressured to register for everything you might possibly need, and don’t worry that you need to have it all NOW. You will be able to go to the store (or get on the Internet) after the baby is born, so don’t stress out if your list feels incomplete or if your baby shower guests give you 20 cute newborn outfits and nothing else.
  3. DO… pick big- and small-ticket items. Register for items at a variety of price points – everything from $2 pacifiers to that fancy glider you’ve had your eye on. Not everyone can (or wants to) spend a lot of money on baby gifts, but others will — and you might even have a group of people decide to pool their money on a big-ticket item, like that space-age baby swing with the 10 motion settings and lights and vibrations and a jack for your iPod.
  4. DON’T… think short-term. It’s easy to decide what you’ll need for the baby during those first 3 months, but newborns grow up (and grow out of everything) fast —  before you know it, you’ll be ready for activity centers, high chairs, solid foods, and bath toys. So, depending on where you live, you might also want to register for seasonal items (like a size 6-month snowsuit for your baby born in the summer).
  5. DO… be needy! Your registry isn’t just for friends and family, it’s also for you. Think of it as a list of things you actually need, not just things you want other people to buy for you. Don’t hesitate to include practical items like diapers and wipes, burp cloths, bottles, and baby shampoo. Also, see if the store you’re registering at offers a completion discount, which will give you a percentage off of some items you buy from your list after you due date has passed.
  6. DON’T… go overboard registering for clothes, blankets, and toys. If there are a few specific items or brands you like, include those on the list. But for the most part, trust that you’ll have more than enough of these extras, since this is the “fun stuff” that people like to buy (and make) on their own — often without referencing your registry at all.
  7. DO… think outside the box. Especially if this isn’t your first baby, try registering for items others might not consider: lullaby CDs; art for the baby’s room; even stuff for mom, like nursing supplies or a book about infant care during the first year.  
  8. DON’T… be uninformed. Do your research — if you walk into a baby store without a plan, chances are you’ll soon be overwhelmed by the choices (and you might end up fighting with your partner over whether or not you actually need a diaper pail). Read customer reviews, talk to friends with babies, think about your specific needs, and involve your co-parent whenever possible. Knowing what you want and narrowing down your options before you hit the shops (whether in person or online) should make for a more successful and pleasant experience for everyone. Remember: Registering can be fun!
  9. DO… consider registering at non-baby stores, too. Etsy has some one-of-a-kind items you’ll want to keep long after your baby’s on to the next stage. Amazon is a great place to set up a registry, since it carries just about everything. And Pinterest is a fun and easy (and pretty) way to compile a visual collection of things you want and need. (If you’ll be sharing the Pinterest board with others, just make sure your images link back to online stores where the items are available for purchase.) 
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