If you’ve got a bun in the oven or an adoption that just came through, you’re probably getting ready for a shower. Whether it’s your first bundle of joy (and poop and tears) or second or third, you’re excited. This is an amazing time in your life, and while babies come with many challenges (that your family and friends have probably been telling you way too much about–give it up already) you know that every challenge will be worth it. You get to raise a human being and be called “Mom” or “Dad” by an extremely special person. The best things in life are worth fighting for, and you’re ready to fight any challenge as you bring this youngster from being swaddled in your arms to his or her drive to college.
It definitely helps, with every challenge you’re about to face, to have the proper baby care items. This is where your registry comes in, and here’s a simple guide for making sure you get everything on your list and making sure your list has everything you need.
You don’t want to set up your registry, get your gifts, and then realize you’re missing something essential. The less baby shopping you have to do, the better–that’s what friends and family are for. In order to make sure you get everything you need, take a tip from this quick list: you should register for infant car seat, baby bathtub and toiletries, bibs and burp cloths, baby monitor, crib, mattress, mattress cover and crib sheets, stroller or baby carrier, bottles, a breast pump if breastfeeding, formula if not, newborn-size disposable or cloth diapers and wipes, baby first aid kit, rectal thermometer and nail clippers, and a baby bouncer. That doesn’t even include toys or clothes, books or nightlights.
The Fun Stuff
Once you have the stuff you really need, you can register for the other stuff you want. You probably have favourite books from when you were a kid or books you discovered lately and want to read to your little one. If this is your second or third child, just a new gender, then you’ll want to register for boy or girl related items, like different toys, clothes, or even different-coloured nursery gear.
Where and How to Register
With the internet, registering is now a breeze, and you can create a Babies R Us, Amazon.com, or Target baby registry online. Those three stores are the most common, but you can also find a dozen other couture sites to register for items. It’s always a good idea to have two different registries, so your guests have online/in-store options, high/low price options, and you have more products to choose from.
Your new child will be one of the best things to ever happen to you, and a shower is a wonderful time to celebrate the gift a stork is about to drop on your doorstep. Enjoy setting up your baby registry, but enjoy using the items with your little one even more.
This is a collaborative post.