Registering For Baby

Registering for your baby shower can be a totally overwhelming experience -- there are so many items available for baby today. But it doesn't mean you'll need (or use) all those things.

Baby registry items

Necessary items should top the list

Before you even head out the door, make a list of things you know you'll really need and use for baby -- like an infant seat, car seat, stroller, infant carrier, diaper bag and crib (or co-sleeper if baby will be joining the family bed). When you go to register, consult with one of the baby store employees (ask if there is someone in charge of baby registry) or bring along one of your new mom friends who can help guide you. It's easy to get caught up registering for cute little outfits... but, don't worry, you'll get plenty of those whether you register for them or not!

Don't register for multiples of the same item

There are certain items you may think you'll need multiples of, like swaddlers or a specific brand of bottle. However, avoid registering for too many of those things before baby is born because you may end up with a baby who doesn't like to be swaddled or who won't take a certain nipple. Some items you'll simply need to buy yourself (one at a time) and try out with baby before you go back and stock up on the brand that works. Do, however, register in bulk for things like diapers, burp cloths, onesies and jammies (in newborn sizes and beyond!).

Don't register for it because you think you have to

I registered for (and received) a complete nursery furniture set for my first child -- but we never really used the changing table on a regular basis. So for baby #2, I just ordered a fresh changing mattress and skipped the bulky changing table altogether. Consider the space in your home, where the baby's nursery will be in relation to where you'll be spending most of your time with baby and your lifestyle choices. For example, if you don't plan on rocking baby to sleep, a big, fancy glider will just take up space.

More on registering for baby

Baby registry options
Crafting the perfect baby shower registry
Baby gear to make Mom's life easier

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