You missed your period, took a pregnancy test, and it came out positive.
Yes! You are pregnant.
Congratulations, we are so happy for you.
We know that with the joy of getting pregnant comes the realization that you and your baby will need several things.
You are surprised we know what is happening precisely, right?
Well, that's not all.
We also know that you are asking questions like, "what exactly do I need?" "what does my baby need?" "When should I begin to make these preparations?".
That is where the baby registry comes in handy.
We have put this article together to give you information to enlighten and guide you regarding creating a list of items you want to receive in preparation for your baby.
Read on to find out more.
What is a Baby Registry?
Usually, when a person is pregnant, family members and friends like to donate gifts to celebrate that individual.
If everyone is left to purchase random gifts, some items will be duplicated, while others will not be purchased at all.
That is why you need to create a baby registry.
A baby registry is simply a list of stuff that you will like to receive as gifts from friends and family members as you expect your baby.
More often than not, baby registries are created online.
When you create your registry, family members and friends who desire to give you gifts can check through the list and pick any item(s) they prefer.
Once someone buys an item on the baby registry, that item becomes unavailable to others.
What are the Benefits of Creating a Baby Registry?
Having a registry is helpful in several regards. Some of them are highlighted as follows.
- It makes overlooking any essential item difficult.
- It completely eradicates the risk of having duplicate purchases.
- It helps keep a tab of those who gave gifts by making purchases and sending a thank you note to them.
- Many stores offer a huge discount when purchasing all that is left on the list when the expected delivery date is near.
- Some individuals don't like telling others precisely what they want to receive. Having a registry helps such individuals to avoid that discomfort.
- It is easier to send a link than a list of things to potential gift donors.
- Baby registries remove the possibility of getting what you don't want; thus, eradicating the possibility of embarrassment for the gift giver or the parent.
When should I Start my Baby Registry?
There is mostly no strict rule concerning when creating the list of gifts you will like to receive as you prepare for your baby; however, most parents-to-be start around the 3rd month.
Is that not too early?
Well, you must know that planning a baby registry takes some work, and it could take longer than you think to separate between what you want and what you need. Early starting the list(s) is definitely, a recipe for success.
If you like to know the gender of your baby before beginning to plan the registry, you could wait till around the 5th month. However, it would help if you were very fast in deciding what you want at this stage.
Around the 7th month, you may want to hold the baby shower. You must have created the checklist way before this time to give your guests enough time to prepare their gifts.
It is good to know that most online stores that offer baby registries allow you to work in private mode until you decide to share the news.
That makes it easier to start creating the registry even before the 3rd month.
What if I am Expecting Twins?
It may appear that you'll need double of all items if you are expecting twins. However, it is not always so.
If you select the right products, you may not need to get double.
However, it would help if you got double some stuff like cribs, car seats, among others. While some things like receiving blankets and bibs come in multipack such that having a one set is more than enough to cater for your twins when they arrive.
So, when should I start preparing?
If you are expecting twins, you should consider beginning your baby registry planning between the 3rd and 4th months. So you have enough time to sort the items you need to double, and those that a set will be just fine.
Should I Create a Baby Registry for a Second Baby?
Baby showers are indeed less common for second and subsequent babies. However, there is nothing wrong with planning a registry in anticipation of the new baby.
Your family members and friends still need to be guided concerning what to give.
When planning a registry for a baby other than the first, you should consider including outdated items from your first baby(s) and essential stuff that you don't have anymore.
You should also check out newer models of the things you got for your first baby(s).
What are the Benefits of Starting Early?
A few of the many benefits of early planning your baby registry are discussed below.
Plenty of time for doing research:
You may think research is a fun task until you have to shop for baby gear. Questions like which stroller will fit in my vehicle? Which crib mattress is firm enough for babies? Among others, will suck you out fast. You can become overwhelmed by the almost endless baby gear options available if you don't have enough time to go through their reviews. Also, when you register your baby registry early, you have a lot of time to talk to experienced moms – this gives useful insight into what is needed.
Access to Discounts:
Some stores give some baby-related coupons and deals to individuals who create a baby registry with them. Only those who register early will have the time to go through all the sales and maximize them. Therefore, to access all the baby discounts that a store provides, you must start early enough.
Access to a generous return policy:
Many stores have a prolonged return policy for things bought through a baby registry. Early Registering gives you access to this benefit.
Enough time to compare stores:
Suppose you start preparations for creating your baby registry early. In that case, you have the opportunity of checking what different stores offer to select the one that best fits you.
How do I make my Family and Friends aware of my Baby Registry?
There are several means of making your loved ones know about your baby registry. Some of them are discussed below.
You can send an email to your family members and friends to let them know where you have the registry and the baby shower date.
You can use your social media pages to announce your baby registry to your friends and family members. Most of the social media platforms have a way of streamlining who gets to see your message. So, don't be afraid to try it out.
Word of Mouth:
You can also talk to your friends and family members as you engage in discussions. You can let them become aware that you have created a registry and how they can access it.
You can make a card that you can give to your friends and family members to tell them about the baby shower and the registry. Alternatively, some stores provide you with announcement cards once you register with them.
Now you perfectly understand:
- What a baby registry is when to begin your baby registry,
- The benefits of starting a baby registry early,
- And how to inform your loved ones about your baby registry.
We are sure that the next question on your mind is
What Items should I put on my Baby Registry?
There are about nine (9) categories of stuff that need on your registry. We've put together a checklist of things that you will need under each category.
We've done our best to exclude kinds of stuff that you don't need to include in your registry.
However, every parent-to-be is unique.
So, we encourage you to go through the categories and decide what fits you best.
Items for Bathing:
- Soft hooded towels
- Baby tub
- Faucet cover
- Baby-safe body lotion
- Simple bath toys
- Items for Bedding
- Waterproof mattress protector
- Crib mattress
- Two or more fitted sheets
Quick Note: For your baby to be safe while sleeping, don't use pillows, bumpers, blankets, or stuffed animals in your little one crib; only use a fitted sheet.
Items for Clothing:
- Ten pairs of socks
- Ten pairs of footed pajamas
- Ten elastic-waist trousers or leggings
- Ten long-sleeve onesies
- Ten short-sleeve onesies
- Five swaddling blankets
- Eight pairs of non-footed pajamas
- Three light zip-up hoodies or sweaters
- Three sleep sacks
- Two sun hats (for babies born in summer)
- One soft hat
- One snowsuit with booties and mittens (for babies born in winter)
- Baby-safe laundry detergent
- 1-2 bathing suits (for babies born in summer)
Quick Note: You should consider registering for several sizes of baby clothes. Because most babies rapidly increase in size such that newborn-size clothing will not fit any longer. You should also pay attention to the season that the child will be born and the baby's age in different weather conditions.
Items for Diapering:
- Diapers (disposable or cloth)
- Baby wipes
- Diaper pail
- Cotton balls and swabs
- Diaper cream
Items for Feeding:
- If you plan to breastfeed your baby, you will need:
- Breast pump
- Breast milk freezer bags
- Extra pump parts
- Nursing bras
- Nursing pillow
- Nursing cover
- Nipple cream
- If you plan not to breastfeed your baby, you will need:
- High chair
- Several bottle brushes
- Baby bottles and nipples
- Bottle drying rack
Items for First Aid and Medication:
- Baby-safe nail trimmer
- Suction bulb
- Saline nasal drops
- Rubbing alcohol pads
Items for Nursery Furniture:
- Changing table
- Rocking chair or glider
- Baby monitor
- White noise machine
- Night light or light dimmer
- Bins for storage or bins
- Baby books
Items for Playtime:
- Teething toy
- Activity mat
- Swing, seat, or bouncer
- Soft baby book
- "Lovey" blanket
- Rattles or maracas
- Soft or wooden stacking blocks
- Organic cotton stuffed animals.
Items for Travel:
- Infant car seat
- Diaper bag
- Stroller bunting for winter
- Baby carrier
- Travel crib or play-yard
- Portable changing pad
We are sure that you are asking this crucial question:
How do I choose a Baby Registry?
It is good to create your baby registry online; however, it is better to make provision for people who want to use a physical store.
Some tips for selecting a baby registry are discussed below.
Choose a store that allows for creating a universal baby registry:
Many people don't think about shipping when creating their baby registry; however, you must pay attention to online stores' shipping policies before completing your baby registry.
Check their return policy:
Suppose you follow all that we have discussed previously concerning selecting necessary stuff. In that case, you will most likely not need to return any item. However, you never can tell. So, choose a store with a suitable return policy.
Check for discounts and Coupons:
Choose stores that offer completion discounts for things that were not bought in your registry on a specific date. This allows you to save enough money to purchase the remaining stuff. Ensure that you read the terms and conditions.
Again, When Should You Start Your Baby Registry?
In this article, we have armed you with knowledge about the time to start a baby registry.
We emphasized that it is essential to start early, around 12 weeks, to have enough time to prepare and plan.
Once again, we congratulate you for getting pregnant; go ahead now, and create your baby registry.