Having a baby on the way means having a lot to prepare for. Between constant doctor’s appointments and planning for the future, there is another important thing to consider: the registry. With so much to decide when making a baby registry, sifting through the endless amount of information and recommendations can be overwhelming, making it seem like your registry list will never end. To make this process easier on both yourself and the people who will be contributing gifts, take a look at these three tips to help you put together the perfect baby registry.
It’s hard to read articles about the “hottest baby products” and not want to add them all to the registry. But just because it’s popular, doesn’t mean it’s something you need or will even use. Many of the fancy new baby products aren’t as practical as they seem and others are even deemed completely unnecessary by experts. So make sure to consider what practical items you will need instead of going automatically for the high-end or trendy products.
Another side tip here is to think about what you will need as the baby gets older. For example, if the only clothes you put on the registry are for newborns, you’ll have to go shopping when your baby grows out of them. On that note, it’s great to have a variety of products to choose from on the registry, but be careful of going overboard.
If you have several options listed for items such as diaper bags or high chairs, or options on different registries, you might want to cut down the list so you don’t end up with too many of one item that you won’t be able to put to use.
While expectant mothers are trying to make sure they have all the supplies for their baby, they forget about things they might need or want for themselves. This can be as simple as a meal plan subscription or a housecleaning service that can make things much easier in those first weeks with a baby.
Other non-essentials like baby books are things you might appreciate having once the baby is here. Additionally, it can help to ask other moms you know what kinds of things they wished they would have put on the registry or things they did end up putting in that made their lives easier once the baby came.
Many baby items are expensive, and there’s no way around it. However, putting too many expensive items on your registry can make it more difficult for others to support you. Unless your friends and family are well-off, you may want to consider keeping the bigger purchases like strollers, cribs, and other equipment to a minimum.
A great way to balance this is to put items with varying costs. Some inexpensive options include bottles, diapers, pacifiers, and even some clothes and toys. These might not seem as exciting as other potential gifts, but you will be grateful that you don’t have to worry about stocking up on them when the baby comes. Plus, more family and friends can contribute in a meaningful way without feeling like they’re breaking the bank.
Don’t let a baby registry get you stressed out. Instead, use these tips to create a registry that will make life easier and less stressful for you and your baby.