Building a baby registry is an endeavor that starts halfway through your first pregnancy, when you have begun to grasp how little you know about babies. A wedding registry was fun to set up – dishes, bedding, picture frames. Easy. However a baby registry is not simply about personal aesthetic, since safety and necessity are also factors. Not to mention you haven’t even met the person you are buying all these items for … And let’s be honest – everyone has an opinion about what you “need” and what is “cute.”
Last Christmas, I started building my registry at Amazon.com (click to see my actual registry). Here are a few general tips:
- Try to register for neutral items. You will get plenty of pink or blue items, but the big purchases need to work either way.
- Baby showers can be before or after the due date. We had one of each since we didn’t know the gender. The first shower helped us get the essentials and the second was full of pink baby girl clothes.
- Don’t ignore your personal taste. These purchases are going to be right in front of your face for months or years – if you have strong opinions about design, it might be worth a few extra dollars to pick something more soothing on the eyes.
- Borrow. We had a few friends who lent us a swing, play mat, bouncy seat, bumbo and more. These items have been passed around our small group as each family has a new baby. So. generous.
- Focus your “registry dollars” on the basics. It was important to us not to register for everything, just because a baby might need it. Now with an 8 month old, I can say this philosophy works – you don’t need as much as they say you do. But there are a few lifesavers that you need on your list!
I hope this series helps you mamas-to-be as you register for your little one (Congratulations!!). It is a gift to care for and love a little one. The “essentials” are really a loving marriage and a willingness to love and sacrifice for your new baby. Here is the post with our absolute, tried-and-true favorites and the real registry items we use every day.