Back by popular demand we are discussing baby registries again. They seem to be getting popular and popular and it’s something we personally recommend soon to be parents start doing as soon as they have the time. Baby registries are essential, not only for you and your baby, but they also help your friends and family know exactly what you need and want for your new life as a parent.
In today’s blog post, we will discuss how to exactly build the perfect baby registry. We will provide insights on how to make your baby registry work for you.
To put it simply, starting a baby registry is easy. Literally, it’s a click of a button. To date, we have provided many helpful blog posts on tips and tricks about how to start a baby registry, baby registry essentials, why you need a baby registry and also baby shower baby registries. However, what parents really need to do is make the most of it. Let the registry do all the hard work for you!
Do: Use a Checklist
Amazon generously provides a baby shower gift checklist on their baby registry, and they feature the most commonly bought items by new moms. These lists are quite comprehensive, they vary in taste and styles (and price) but cover all the baby registry essentials needed to make the new mommy experience breezy. Get up to date input and opinions from fellow moms and friends to ensure it covers everything.
Do: Start with the Basics
There are millions of baby products out there, but you only need so much for your online baby registry. Don’t try to get it all at once, prioritize the necessities – blankets & sheets, bodysuits, crib, crib mattress, changing table, car seat etc. Then move on along to baby monitors and playthings.
Do: Choose Items in Various Price Categories
Not all cheap and not all expensive, you’ll see why…
It is nice to have low priced items such as bath and safety items and burp clothes on there because they are necessary, and it gives your family and friends a wide variety to choose from according to their budgets a your registry.
Similarly, you shouldn’t stock your list with all with low-cost baby items. You’ll surely need a stroller, crib, crib mattress and changing table that fall on the higher cost side, and it is important to put them on the must haves for baby registry. Why? Because friends can pool together and get you one of these items instead of several small gifts. Do not place a budget limitation; you never know how generous a doting grandma is going to be.
Do: Share Your Registry
Well, a baby shower affords you the chance to get together with family and friends, have a great time, and receive tips for your upcoming baby registry. So don’t shy away from spreading the word about the impending baby shower and share the your registry list as well, and you’ll be amazed at the thoughtful responses. Friends will help you clear off the items on the the list quite fast, which lets you enjoy the hefty completion discount offered by Amazon.
Don’t: Wait Until the Last Minute
The last months of pregnancies can be quite trying, and you might accomplish so many things, start your registry well in advance and ensure you monitor it frequently. Remember you are entitled to completion discount on items purchased to before your due date.
Don’t: Leave Off Toddlers Items
Most people are so concencentrated on what they need for a newborn that they give little thought to toddler items, and invariably babies give way to toddlers and toddlers have special needs as well.
So include things like a walker, a high chair and potties in your baby shower items list. Not forgetting the toddler safety items, you know the baby gates, cabinet locks and other baby safety items that will save you numerous trips to the ER. Just be sure to check the consumer safety websites for any recalls on these productsso as not to compromise the safety of your growing child.
Don’t: Try Out Just One Brand
From my experience, it might sound like a nice idea to have all the items from a particular brand, but it does not offer the best experience. Have a feel of different brands as you start out and eventually settle for the one that feels best for you and the baby. Little darlings are quite unpredictable, and their taste in brands might astound you.