As soon as you come to know that you are pregnant, you have a sense of responsibility and start thinking that you need to do a lot of things and bring a lot of baby-related things to your house. But, relax and do not take a lot of stress, you can create a baby registry and your friends and other family members can choose a gift from it for your baby shower. With the help of a baby registry, you can guide the family and friends to what you need. But, what to put on the baby registry and what not is a tricky question. We will show you what to include and what not to.
How does a baby registry work?
A baby registry is a list of baby products from a particular store or baby site that you liked to stock up before the arrival of the baby. You can add whatever you like into the baby registry from the smallest item to the bigger one like a stroller, crib, car seat, and a lot more. This ensures that the new parents get all the much-needed items to welcome their new addition to the family. This baby registry is mostly organized by stores and can be organized online or a physical registry. Some organizers also allow you to combine products from different retailers.
Many baby registries also provide you with extra perks free returns, price matching, a welcome box of freebies, extra discount on completion, and gift trackers, or an app that helps you monitor your baby registry.
When to create a baby registry?
There is no time to start creating a baby registry. But, most of the moms start looking for a baby registry around 12 weeks time. If you want to buy items after knowing the sex of the baby, then you should wait for around 20 weeks of time, when the doctors determine the sex of the baby. But, you should not wait for a long period of time, as you need to give a lot of thought to what to buy for the baby, what is best for your baby, and which brand you want to choose from. And all these things will take a lot of time. Also, if you are expecting twins then you need to go for a twin baby registry.
What to put on the baby registry?
Making a baby registry and following it step by step will keep you focused and help you decide on which are the top baby registry items that you should include in your list. By now you might have watched a lot of videos and you might also have come to know that babies require a lot of stuff. Right from pails and pails of diapers to nursery items, feeding essentials, and many more items. Here is the section vise list of items that you can include in your baby registry
The baby will need to feed and whatever way ou are planning to feed the baby, you may need the following essentials. Here are the following essentials that you will need. Certain items you may not require when the baby is a newborn. But, may require it as soon as the baby starts eating solid food.
- Milk storage bags and containers
- Bottle cleaning essentials
- Breast pads and nipple care cream
- Burp clothes
- Nursing bras
- Feeding pillows
- High chairs
- Sippy cups
- A good quality eating plate and spoon
As soon as the parents come to know that they are pregnant, the parents start preparing for the baby nursery. The baby nursery is the most photographed place in the house. Here are the most important items that you should include in your baby registry.
- Changing table
- Baby monitors
- Baby room thermometer
- Nursery decorative items
- Swaddling blankets
- Cabinets for storing clothes and toys
- Black-out curtains
- A humidifier
Bath time essentials
Bath time is a very important part of a baby’s routine. The Bathtime will also include the massage time schedule. So, here are the things that you should put up on your baby registry for your bath time routine.
- A good mat to give massage to the baby
- Pediatrician recommended baby massage oil
- A baby bath tub
- Good quality baby top to toe wash kits
- Wash clothes
- Good quality towels
- Baby bath thermometer
Health and safety essentials for your baby
Health and safety of the newborn baby is of primary concern to the parents. They want everything that is best for their baby. Here is the list of essentials that is required including diapers, and essentials regarding diapering.
- Scent free good quality wipes
- Diaper changing pads and their covers
- Disposal bin and bags for dirty diapers
- Baby first aid kid including thermometer
- Nail cutting set
- Nasal aspirators
- Baby gates
- Plug protectors
- Drawer protectors
- Outlet covers
When the baby is born, the hospital will provide with a few pair of clothes. But, we have to arrange for the newborns clothes
- One or two sleeping sacks
- Some onesies or body-suits
- 5 to 6 long and short slieved shirt options
- 8 to 10 footed pajamas
- Some long and short pants
- Pair of mittens
- Newborn knit hats
- Snow suits or cotton clothes as per weather.
On the road essential for babies
Once your baby turns 3 to 4 months old, you might also like to travel with your baby. So, here is the list of items that you will need when you are on the go.
- A car seat with its base
- A stroller
- Diaper bag
- Bottle cooler
- Baby-safe sun screen (6 months+)
- Baby clothes according to the weather where you are travelling
What not to include in your baby registry?
Of course creating a baby registry and getting help from friends and family is a very good option, but, there are certain things that you should not include in your baby registry. First of all, there is no need that everything you want for the baby should be always new. Your immediate family or friends might be having some of the expensive things that you need for the baby and are more than happy to lend it to you. So, instead of spending a lot on those things please except the offer from your friends and family. Also, here is the list of things that you should not include in your baby registry
- High priced furnishing and decor
- Wipe warmers
- Baby shoes
- Baby food kit
- Nice bedding set
High priced furnishing and decor
It is not until your baby becomes six to seven months old that he or she will start noticing the different colors and decorations. So, definitely this is not the item that you should include in your baby registry.
Many companies producing wipes will say that a wipe that is warmed at 80 degrees is the best for your baby. But, do you think that baby’s care for anything other than a clean butt area. Wipes that are at a room temperature are completely fine along with the use of an anti-rash cream.
A cute little pair of shoes are really nice to look at. But, you may not need them for a long period of time. The baby may not need the shoes till the time he or she starts walking. Also, the baby’s grow really soon and may out grow the show size soon.
Baby food kit
Making the baby food is no rocket science and it does not require 10 to 15 different ingredients and long hours of cooking. So, you will just have to put your culinary skills at rest for now and do not need the baby food kit.
Putting diapers on your baby registry list is a big no. Until, the baby is born you may not know what brandof diaper will suit the baby and which size to buy.
Nice bedding set
Other than the crib side fittings, the cute blankets and sheets are not recommended by the doctor due to the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) occuring in the crib. So, there is no use that you include that in your baby registry list.
All and all your baby registry should be well-planned and well thought of. It should not cost a ton of money for the relatives and also should be useful to you.