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Ready, set, register!

Creating a dream baby registry is bump-tingling fun. But it can also be overwhelming. What does your baby really need? How much is too much? And what will you actually find useful? These easy steps can help.
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Step one: Make a list

You’re itching to wield the registry wand. But before you hit the shelves you should start with a checklist. There are lots of reputable baby gear book or web sites that can help you list out what and how many of everything you’ll need. Always be a little skeptical of any registry list supplied by a store itself.

Step two: Do your research

An alarming number of baby products, including cribs, crib bumpers, quilts, infant slings and bath seats have been associated with serious baby accidents but are still sold anyway. You want to make sure your list is only safe stuff that you really need. The Web site for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (www.cpsc.gov) is a good place to become familiar with baby product risks.

Step three: Field test

Don’t be shy about doing some hands-on field-testing for big-ticket items like your baby’s crib, stroller, high chair and car seat. Go to a store that lets you get hands-on and “test drive” models, buckling the buckles, taking high chair trays off or folding and unfolding the strollers. Remember, if a buckle is annoying or difficult in the store, you’re going to face that same problem a thousand times when you’re using it with your baby.

Step three: Edit down to your essentials

Here’s another money and space-saving tip: don’t register for too much of the fun stuff. Sure, the dress-up outfits, toys and novelty pacifiers are adorable, and if there’s something you’re absolutely dying for, put it on the list. But it’s also fun to let your friends and family surprise you with that cute-and-yet-totally-impractical stuff. Keeping a short and simple list will help your friends and family focused on what you truly need to keep your bases covered when the baby is born.

Step four: Exchange

If you do get a dozen baby monitors, save those gift slips and don’t hesitate to exchange extras for what you’re lacking. You can also get gift cards to use later — they will come in handy as your baby grows older to buy bigger sized baby clothes or even diapers and wipes.

Sandy and Marcie Jones are the authors of Great Expectations: Best Baby Gear. Order your copy from Barnes & Noble

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 6reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by A lot of the stores already have a broken down list of stuff you need for the baby. What I found really useful was going to the store just to look at the products and to have an idea on what I was wanting to register for. What really helped me register was asking either family members of friends who have recently had kids. They had really good tips and advice for several items, such as don't buy a whole bunch of the same bran bottle because you never know what the baby would want. So instead you would buy one of earh bottle until you find the right one. ANYWAYS..asking moms is the best thing to do...but also follow your instinct. June 12, 2012
    Rated 0 out of 5 by If you have hesitations about including an item on your registry because you think no one will give as a gift, remember most baby stores give you 10-20% off items on your registry that were not purchased. November 5, 2011
    Rated 0 out of 5 by New Moms, trust your instincts! You can do it! You have been equipped with a certain innate knowledge to nurture and take care of your pregnant body and the new baby you're carrying, and will snuggle in your arms very soon. Just slow down, take your time, and get plenty of rest. Enjoy! And angelsingh, trust your wonderful body--God made Moms' bodies to do the most awesome of duties! Just take good care of yourself! May 15, 2011
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I found this article to be the most helpful, however, I am at a loss for having my husband and I time to get registered. The doctors are not properly diagnosing my pregnancy and they are sending me mixed signals and I am totally confused at what they are not telling me. They say that I'm not, but actually I am pregnant. It seems to be the medical field who are the problem and that needs to tell each patient their true diagnosis. December 20, 2010
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