The Ultimate Baby Registry Checklist
While a baby registry can be a great way to guide friends and family on what types of gifts you might like, they're also highly effective for getting organised.
Most parents would agree that getting organised for a new arrival requires a multifaceted approach. By the time the baby shower arrives, many people have already taken care of things like freezer friendly meal preparation and setting up a nursery.
Despite this, friends, family members and well wishers will still feel the need to shower you with gifts as a token of their love and support. To help reduce clutter and ensure that you have baby friendly items that you actually need, using a baby registry is a must - but what exactly is it and how do they work?
How To Make The Perfect Baby Registry
As a general rule, when a recipient compiles a list of items they wish to receive and then distributes it to family and friends, they have created a wish list - think along the lines of Christmas presents for kids or even wedding presents.
On the other hand, a registry is a similar concept that is usually made public and the retailer or registry system provider removes items from the list as they are purchased. You can technically start registering items for a baby at any time, but parents start at around twelve to sixteen weeks. That may seem early, but building a baby registry can take some work - in fact, it usually takes longer than you think to weed out what you want from what you actually need.
If you can't make up your mind about where to register or you know that you want baby items from several different stores, consider MyRegistry.com. This universal registry site allows you to add gifts from any store in the world even if they don't have a website.
On the other hand, some parents-to-be prefer to do it old school and create a cloud based spreadsheet that people can edit as they go. You can distribute it via email or social media and some people even opt to create their own baby registry groups on Facebook to keep all the information in one place.
Once you’ve got the logistics sorted, it’s important to really think about what types of child rearing items will actually benefit both you and your new baby in the long term. If you’re not sure where to start, the following are considered to be a few of the essentials.
Baby Clothes - As singlets, leggings, sleep suits, socks and everything in between are essential for keeping your new baby warm or cool, be sure to highlight these items in your baby registry based on the types of materials you prefer. Friends and family who don’t have kids may not realise that organic cotton products are best, so use the registry to give them a heads up.
Bathtime Essentials - While there’s no need to bathe a newborn baby every day, there are a handful of accessories that are considered essential for keeping your new arrival clean in a safe manner. A bathtub, fragrance free soap, organic muslin swaddles, change mats and hooded towels are all cute and affordable items to add to your wish list for others to take care of on your behalf.
Sleep Friendly Items - Although many new mums and dads might prefer to take care of big ticket items like cots or bassinets themselves, sheet sets, cotton knit baby blankets, waterproof mattress pads, baby monitors, humidifiers and even a rocking chair are all normal items to add to a baby registry, particularly when it comes to prioritising safety.
Breastfeeding Accessories - While baby feeding sets and cutlery may not be the best items to use in the immediate future, any new mum who’s just starting her breastfeeding journey will appreciate things like breast pumps, bottles, nipple creams, maternity bras and breastfeeding covers, especially items that are portable and as user friendly as possible.
Travel And Play Toys - High chairs, car seats and change tables are often highly subjective and based on individual preferences, however smaller items used on the go are a must for a baby registry, especially if you’re trying to eliminate items that you won’t ever use. Think along the lines of playmats, nappy bags, swimsuits, linen bandana bibs and teething toys.
Ultimately, any item on your baby registry should empower mums to navigate the world with confidence and protect their baby from distractions, germs and elements in any season. Once you’ve settled on the essential must haves, it’s important to source items that are made from high quality materials designed to go the distance - but where do you find them?
Baby Gift Boxes - You might be feeling a little overwhelmed about what to buy for a baby shower or expectant mother? Don't worry, we've got a wonderful suggestion that's sure to bring a smile to your face and make a lasting impression. The perfect gift can be a baby gift box!
Imagine a beautifully presented box filled with a wide range of premium quality baby items, ranging from adorable bibs, a cozy romper, and a handmade soft baby toy, just to name a few. All these items will come in handy for when the baby arrives and it will surely leave a memorable lasting impression on the parents.
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