In partnership with BabyList
Registering for baby when you are expecting is a ton of fun. When you start to plan for what baby will need, how to care for them, and how to decorate their room, it begins to really cement in your mind that a little person will soon be entering your life.
However, creating your baby registry can also be stressful! There is a ton to think about and so many places to choose from when thinking about where to buy. The good news is with a little thinking ahead, organization, and handy tools at your fingertips – you’ll get it all set, so your family knows exactly what you need (and want) for baby. With these five registry rules, you’ll be good to go.
1. Think outside of the standard store frontsDon’t be afraid to create a registry that really reflects you as a family...Click To Tweet
Gone are the days where you can only register at one store, or the store nearest to you. Target, Walmart and Babies R’ Us stores are easy ways to register but, why not have some fun and shop in a few other places? Don’t be afraid to create a registry that really reflects you as a family – which may mean you choose a crib from one store, bedding from another, and toys from yet another store. Which brings me to my next rule.
2. There’s an app for that!
When I had my first child, it was customary to choose a singular store (two at the most) and register with a little handy-dandy scanner gun to create a wishlist for baby.
Not anymore! Enter, BabyList.
First of all, where were they when I had my babies?
If you still want the in-store experience while including some of the online goodies you can find on Etsy or Amazon, they have that figured out for you in the Babylist app. You can combine it all on your BabyList registry. Then, send one main list to your family and friends, using their handy-dandy (and FREE) registry card inserts for your shower invites. They can be ordered or printed out (if you need them sooner).
How amazing is that?
So, choose your baby bedding from Land of Nod, burp cloths and bibs from Etsy, and register for a bunch of diapers on Amazon. Easy peasy.
3. Add items beyond the first yearA baby registry doesn’t have to include items for the first year alone.Click To Tweet
A baby registry doesn’t have to include items for the first year alone. Your child will enter the potty training stage at some point, why not register for a potty seat? Baby is going to move from bottle or breastfeeding to include solids, so don’t be afraid to pick out a homemade babyfood maker, sippy cups and those fantastic snack cups with handy no-spill lids. Trust me, a toddler running around with a snack cup is a happy toddler who lets mom get the laundry finished with sanity intact.
4. Invest in tech and safety
There are plenty of products where you can trim some corners on the price point, but in this mom’s humble opinion, a quality monitor that offers you full sound, color picture and wireless monitoring is an important item, and don’t go for penny pinching on the car seat – steel frame all the way. If you have to put a couple giftcards towards the item and pay the rest yourself, it’s better than not having what you need/want. We used our monitor through the preschool years – so the $300 paid was definitely put to good use (especially with twins – two little minds tend to get into a lot of trouble).
Consider registering for both your infant seat and your convertible 5-point harness seat for after that first year. You’ll need both car seats at one point or another and this gives family the option to provide both if they so choose.
5. Consumables and beyondBabyList recommends (and offers the ability) to register for things like gift cards, contributing to a college fund, babysitting, meal plans, diapers and wipes. This is genius.Click To Tweet
BabyList recommends (and offers the ability) to register for things like gift cards, contributing to a college fund, babysitting, meal plans, diapers and wipes.
This is genius.
I really love the meal plan and babysitting ideas. If there is a loved one who doesn’t have the budget for a gift item, but happens to make a mean lasagna or is a baby whisperer, these items on the registry will be perfect for them to ‘gift’ you. Trust me, date night will be essential to your survival as a new mom.
Registering as a new mom is fun and can offer your new little family a great head start with the help of family and friends who want to celebrate your new arrival. If you give some thought to what is most important to you, what will benefit your little one in the longer term, and think outside the box a bit, you will ensure you maximize your wishlist so it’s gifting you for years to come.
What must-haves are going on your baby registry?
Head to BabyList to create your baby registry! Don’t forget to add sign-ups for meals and babysitting – you won’t regret it.
Founded in 2011, Babylist is the fastest growing universal baby registry that lets expecting parents put any item from any store on one registry. Babylist serves expectant parents with its universal baby registry, newsletters, and Hello Baby, a digital magazine, in a mission to make the journey to parenthood more fun and less overwhelming.