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Second Time Around: Creating a Baby Registry That Pays It Forward

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Everyone wants to welcome your new baby with a gift. Thankfully, registries help guide friends and family toward the gifts you want or need. If it’s your second time around though, you probably still have a lot of items from your first baby. Maybe all you really need are a few outfits and you’re set.

If you find yourself needing less, you might consider setting up a registry that helps others. In lieu of gifts, your baby shower guests and others can donate to charities of your choosing, and everyone benefits. It always feels great to give. 

Look for charities, organizations, and projects with some personal meaning to you. Here are some creative suggestions for ways to invest in others and support great causes:  

  • Encourage donations to charities. One in three U.S. families struggle to provide clean diapers to keep their babies clean and dry. To celebrate your baby’s birth, you can ask your family and friends to make donations to the National Diaper Bank Network. This national network distributes 52 million diapers to infants and toddlers each year. You can learn more about the Huggies® sponsored network, at: 
  • Give back. Find an organization that gives goats, chickens, cows and other animals to poverty-stricken communities. They can provide milk, eggs, wool and help a family in-need start a business, making a far-reaching difference.
  • Think long-term. Donations to a scholarship fund will help less fortunate children go to college one day.
  • Help the homeless. Find a charity that supplies homeless parents with all the must-haves a baby needs.
  • Thinking globally. Give to an international group that provides medical supplies to the world’s most vulnerable babies.
  • Invest in the future. Ask your guests to plant a tree in your baby’s name locally or internationally. If it’s nearby, you can watch it grow with your child. Take photos with your baby next to the tree as they both grow and send them to the donor.

Not only can your baby shower make a difference in the lives of others, but you’ll also be able to share these donation stories with your child one day. It’s a great lesson in giving back and making the world a better place.

By Bethany Kandel
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