Before you start to create a baby registry. We want to hold your hand and teach you how to create a baby registry. Because yes, there is a right and a wrong way to do it and the team at Suite Child Boutique are the baby registry experts.
Creating a baby registry can become an incredibly stressful process when you’re suddenly overwhelmed with never-ending lists of recommended items. Not to mention the reviews that range between the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Instead, take a breath. That’s right…
We’ve put together 5 of our best tips for how to create a baby registry to take the stress out and ensure that you’re not left surrounded by a pile of baby “must-haves” that you’ll never use. And that will probably, and unfortunately, end up unused in a landfill.
Follow our 5 best tips for creating a baby registry to turn this dreaded task into a fun activity that you can do with your partner! Or alone, of course. We get it, sometimes it’s easier.
Did you know that approximately 4.5 million baby registries are started each year? That’s a lot of parents with the same idea as you!
Here are 3 reasons why baby registries are so popular:
- You’re more likely to receive gifts that you need, love, and want!
- They’re a great way to give your friends and family a little guidance.
- Babies can be expensive…a registry is an easy way to save money!
When friends and family are bursting at the seams to buy you and your new baby all of the gifts under the sun, why not give them a helping hand by creating a baby registry? You’re going to receive gifts anyway, so it makes sense to ask for the things you’ll actually use!
Read on to find out how to create a baby registry.
Before you start making a list of all of the baby registry items you think you’ll need, do some research. The countless options for car seats, bottles, and formula alone are enough to have you running in the opposite direction to the store!
Instead, talk to friends and family members who have had children. Ask them what they couldn’t have lived without during the newborn stage, what they didn’t buy but wish they had, and what they had but didn’t use/need. Remember, the job of the companies selling baby products is to make you feel like you won’t be able to survive parenthood without their product! It’s down to you to hand-pick the things that you think you’ll need.
Once you have a list of possible items, sit down with your partner and decide whether everything on the list aligns with your lifestyle, wants, and needs.
After that, discuss anything that might be missing from the list and what you want to add.
And finally, when you have your final list of items, it’s time to get down to the actual research! This means sitting with your laptop and going through the items, looking at the reviews, finding a retailer, and seeing if there are similar items that you prefer.
Whilst comedy outfits and teeny tiny baby shoes are undeniably fun, you may want to focus on the things you need like an all-in-one baby stroller and a diaper bag. After all, these are not the items that you want to be left without! Although they might be less “fun”, you’ll certainly get a lot more use out of them.
Compile your baby registry with the things you absolutely need for your baby so that you have less to buy once your baby arrives. Of course, you can still add a few fun things and novelty gifts! But prioritize the baby registry must-haves so that the important items are dealt with.
This is where talking to friends and family that have young children will come in useful. Especially if this is your first baby! It’s hard to work out a list of the things you’ll need when you’re about to step into brand new territory. Arrange a coffee date with any mom friends and ask them for their best advice regarding baby products.
It can be incredibly easy to go overboard with your baby registry checklist. After all, you want your baby to have absolutely everything they’ll ever need. But we’ll let you in on a secret…
All they really need is you.
Building a baby registry can lead to panic when you start thinking that you need absolutely every baby product ever created. The good news is that this is just not true. You don’t need everything – in fact, the less you have, the better!
The fewer baby gadgets you gave, the less time you’ll spend tidying, cleaning, and setting up activities. And, as a result, the more time you’ll be able to spend focusing on your baby. As your baby grows, you might want to start adding a select few baby toys and items into your collection but when they’re newborns, there’s very little that they truly need.
Remember that behind every baby product store is a great content writer who is able to spin words together to make you feel as though you need to buy their product. When, in reality, you probably don’t. You might never even use it. Be selective with what you add to your baby registry to avoid your home turning into a replica of your local baby store!
Read on for a shortlist of baby registry must-haves for your newborn – remember, you can always buy new things or ask for gifts as time goes on!
When you stick to adding all of the newborn essentials that we’ve listed at the bottom of this article, naturally you will have a range of prices. And that’s great! And that’s great! Everyone has a different budget, and your baby registry should reflect that.
Including high ticket items is also a great way to give your loved ones a way to group together. In fact, some registry websites allow guests to donate towards a larger item as part of a group gift!
Although it might be tempting to only include low-ticket items on your registry, we all know that the high-ticket items are just as important. And if nobody buys the high-ticket items, that’s fine too! They’ll have saved you money by shopping for all of the lower ticket items and you’ll be able to put more money towards things like a crib or stroller.
Although we mentioned sticking to the must-haves, you’ll also want to have fun when creating your registry. Why not sit down with your partner and each choose 1-2 things that aren’t necessarily “must-haves” but just things that you would love to have or have heard wonderful reviews for.
Remember that your baby registry items are supposed to support you in welcoming your baby into the world, so consider what would make this time feel even more wonderful.
On that note, you might like to consider adding a few must-haves for yourself to the list! It could be a cozy bath gown or a footbath. Your wellness is crucial during this time and your friends and family will jump at the chance to shower you with care.
Below you’ll find a list of the must-haves to include on your baby registry. As well as gear, clothes, and essentials, we’ve also included some medical must-haves that you’ll need to have on hand whenever necessary.
- A stroller
- A car seat
- A crib
- Mattress cover
- Crib sheets
- Clothes up to 6 months
- Baby-safe nail clippers
- Soft towel
- Burp cloths
- Baby-safe laundry detergent
- Diaper cream
- Cotton balls
- Suction bulb
And that’s it!
Beyond that, it’s up to you. You can add as much as you’d like to your baby registry, but we suggest sticking to the newborn essentials to prevent overwhelm and ensure you get what you need.
Once you’ve hand-picked your baby registry items you can make a baby registry announcement by sending a card to your loved ones, or by simply sharing a link with the people who ask for some guidance in what to buy for you!
Now you know how to create a baby registry, it’s time to get started using the above 5 tips! And remember, planning a baby registry should be as fun as it is useful! Pick a time where you’ll be able to sit down and plan your registry uninterrupted (with a slice of cake and cup of tea…of course).
Be practical but have fun with it! You might even like to turn it into a date night for you and your partner.
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