Creating a baby registry can be overwhelming, especially when you’re a first-time mom.
What do you need?
What are the best brands?
Is it necessary to have ALL that stuff?
Where should I even register?
Questions come soaring, and if you’re anything like me you’d rather give up before you even start.
Here are some practical tips I’ve learned along the way:
- Talk to other trusted moms. Everyone knows someone who’s had a baby recently – or at least within the past five or so years. They’ve been through this. They know the best brands, what you need and what you don’t. No need to reinvent the wheel. I had some of my trusted momma friends graciously make me a list of the necessities. Then, after I had created the “skeleton” of the registry, I had them look through it and tell me what I should add or take off.
- Register for those expensive, big-ticket items. Yes, they’re expensive and you may feel guilty for putting them on your registry. But as one of my momma friends told me, people want to bless you and you’ll be surprised at their generosity. Also, a few people may want to go in together to buy you a big ticket item. And let’s face it, those larger items are usually the ones you need most!
- Gender neutral colors. I know, I know. The pink stuff for girls and blue stuff for boys is so much cuter than the yellow and green. But if you’re planning on having more than one baby, it’s smart to get the larger, more expensive items in gender neutral colors. Then you won’t be stuck with two pack-n-plays when your little boy comes along after your little girl OR you won’t feel so guilty strolling your little guy around in a pink stroller/car seat combo.
- Check consignment sales and with other moms who have older kids. If you’re lucky, you may be able to score some of the necessities for free or really cheap from friends or family who aren’t using them anymore. If you don’t know of anyone, check out consignment sales. You can typically get great prices on more expensive items!