Setting up a baby registry for a new mom can be overwhelming and first time moms don’t always know exactly what they will need once baby arrives. Here are some tips to keep in mind when setting up your baby registry.
Ask for Advice
A baby registry may be one of those times when a mother’s advice may not always be the best. While including your mother while registering for your baby’s registry may help to avoid some hurt feelings in the long run, it is also best to also ask a friend that is a mom to help you set up your baby registry. The reason behind this is baby items change drastically from year to year and a friend may be more in the know about what is currently available to new moms than your mom.
Have a Plan
When it is time to create your registry have a planned and be armed with information, especially when it comes to big ticket items. Be sure to read the reviews and safety information of items like car seats, strollers, and swings before you get to the store. The research beforehand will allow you to know exactly which items you want to register for before you start your registry. While it is tempting to pick the pink stroller that is absolutely adorable when you are in the store it might be the one with the worst customer reviews. Doing your research about what you want to buy beforehand will help to avoid headaches in the future.
Consider Registering For Neutral Colored Items
With many new parents knowing the sex of their child before it is born there is often a desire to buy items in pink or blue depending upon the sex of the baby. While this is great for some items you might want to consider registering for general neutral colored items when it comes to the big ticket items, this way you can reuse the items with future children.
Skip the Cute Stuff
While the idea of opening up a giant pack of diapers sounds nowhere near as fun as opening a package containing cute baby clothes does it is important to avoid registering for the cute baby extras and instead stick to registering for exactly what items you will need. Most baby shower guests will still purchase the cute things but filling the registry with it may get in the way of receiving what you really need.
Keep Others in Mind
When setting up your registry keep those who will be using it in mind. Be sure to register for items both in store and online. While many people may choose to shop from your registry online chances are your grandmother will want to go into a store to shop from your registry. By registering both online and in store you are making it easy for everyone to shop from your registry.
Also be sure to pick a variety of items of different price points. Don’t be afraid to put those higher priced items on your registry because a group of people may choose to go in together to purchase them. However, be sure to put plenty of lower priced and mid-range items on the registry as well because not everyone has the same budget and if you register for only higher priced items they might feel pressure to spend more or think that you expect them to spend more.