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Before you set up your baby registry, check out our suggested do's and don'ts so you can make your registry as useful as possible – and avoid common pitfalls.
Setting up a baby registry helps your friends and family know what to buy for you, so you get the things you truly want and need.
It also helps you organize your thoughts about baby gear and plan your own shopping.
Here are some do’s and don’ts for making your registry as useful as possible.
Do: Use a checklist to get started.
You can find a list on our site with details about what you might need. Ask a friend or family member who recently had a baby what she thinks about the list, and which things are most worth getting.
Do: Start with the basics, and build from there.
There are so many possible products to consider, it can be overwhelming. Start your registry by focusing on the basics, like a crib or bassinet, bedding, a car seat, a stroller, and diapers.
Do: Choose items at different price points.
Some people may want to surprise you with an expensive gift, and others won’t spend as much. You want to give them options so that everyone who wants to buy a gift can get you something you’ll love, regardless of their budget.
Do: Register both in stores and online.
Registering in person at a store can be fun, and it allows you to see, touch, and try things out before choosing what you want.
Registering online is convenient and quick, and may allow you to add items to your registry that aren’t available in stores.
To recap, when creating a baby registry, do:
use a checklist,
start with the basics,
include items of different prices, and
register both in stores and online.
Now, four things to avoid.
Don’t wait too long to create your registry.
Some moms recommend doing it as soon as you know whether you’re having a boy or a girl, or anytime in the second trimester.
If you’re having a baby shower, make sure to register in plenty of time to help your guests pick out the perfect gifts.
Don’t think just about the short-term, like your baby’s first few months.
You’ll need some things for the newborn period, of course, but keep in mind that babies grow very fast! Consider registering for things like a highchair, safety gates, and bibs and spoons.
Don’t hold back when you register.
Include everything you want, because many stores will offer a discount on items that weren’t bought for you.
Plus, you don’t want to run out of options for your loved ones to choose from. It’s better to have too much on your registry than too little!
That said, don't go overboard registering for clothes or toys.
Friends and family love to pick out clothes and toys for your baby, so you’re likely to get plenty, whether you ask for them or not. Register for some if you want to, but be aware that people often go off-registry for this sort of thing.
Once again, don’t:
Wait too long to create a registry,
think just about the short-term,
hold back when registering, or
go overboard with clothes or toys.
Now you’re ready to create your registry and prepare for your baby’s exciting arrival.