With my first born, I didn’t make a baby registry. Partly because it was intimidating in a sense, and partly because I was hell bent on buying everything myself. I pride myself on independence. But, it didn’t take long to realize that my friends and family were more than willing to pitch in and buy a few necessary baby items. And instead of telling each of them what I needed, it would have been easier to make a baby registry and let them choose from the items on my list.
With my youngest daughter, I started making a list of baby essentials early on, and had my baby registry up and running by the time I was six months pregnant. Still, I was new to the baby registry thing and made a few mistakes. But, I have talked with other seasoned moms, party throwers, and baby shower attendees to give you the best baby registry tips.
Amazon Baby Registry
In my opinion, Amazon Baby Registry beats the competition by a long shot! The number one reason I choose them over other online registries is because they allow you add items from any website. Yep, anywhere! Did you find a cute bedding set on Etsy? Is there a good deal on bassinets at Wayfair? You can pick and choose items from all over the internet.
The other added bonuses of using an Amazon Baby Registry:
- With Prime, you get a 15% Completion Discount on an entire order from your registry and a big diaper discount (see how I save tons of money on diapers each month)
- A Thank You List of which people have bought what
- Easy Returns and Extended Return Time
- FREE Shipping on orders over $49 or FREE 2-Day Shipping with Prime
I made my registry on Amazon, and my friends and family thanked me because it was easy to access and easy to make purchases.
Don’t Add Diapers or Baby Clothes
Chances are, some people will get you these items anyways, so putting them on your list may limit the other necessities that you get. Instead, you can add small items like burp cloths, pacifiers, or crib sheets. These are affordable essentials that would be helpful to include on your registry.
Add Items from a Range of Prices
Your friends and family will be much more likely to purchase items that are on your registry if you have a wide range of items from low to high priced. You don’t want people to take one look at your registry and feel unappreciated because they can’t afford to get you a $200 item. Reality check, most people aren’t going to buy you a Mamaroo.
Include Gift Card Option
Amazon allows you to add gift cards to your registry, which is a super nice benefit. Some people are indecisive or they want you to pick out what you need/want most. Gift cards are wonderful for you because you can get whatever you still need after your baby shower or even after the baby comes and you realize you missed something.
Include Your Partner
Don’t go crazy adding all kinds of stuff to your registry without input from your partner, unless they have told you they want no part in it. They may have special requests or want to discuss the options of swings, car seats, etc. You can see my review and comparison of a swing vs. a glider here.
Ask Your Friends About Must-Haves
This is especially important if you are a first-time mom, but even seasoned moms sometimes forget things or get things they never end up using. Your friends or sister will be able to help you decide if the visual baby monitor or the overpriced designer pacifiers are really what you want.
Share You Registry…but Not Too Much
Have you ever encountered that friend that spams their Facebook with links to their baby registry every single day? I have, and it’s rather obnoxious and a little bit pushy. Share your registry a few times throughout your pregnancy with a kind reminder of your shower date. Be polite and grateful, always!
If you have planned your shower far enough in advance you could create a Group on Facebook with those people you invited and share your registry and what you already have on hand.
Add Items According to Your Space
If you live in a small home or apartment or don’t have a separate nursery, it’s probably in your best interest to leave the large items off the list. Yes, you will still need a crib or a bassinet (this is my favorite). But you might not have the room for changing table or exersaucer.
Gender Neutral Options
If you think you are going to have another baby, one of my favorite baby registry tips is to pick out gender neutral items. You don’t want to have to purchase a new swing because the first one was pink and now you’re having a boy. There are lots of very elegant and beautiful neutral gray and white items. My glider, seen here, is gender neutral and absolutely stunning.
Add Comments to Items on Your Registry
If your registry allows, add comments to each item on your list. Amazon allows you to add comments to each indvidual item. You can explain what items are needed most and which items are more luxury items. You can also let people know how important the small and boring items are, like a NoseFrida, because some people just want to shop “cute”, but letting them know that practical is best could get you more items that you really need.
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What items are at the top of your registry? What items do you regret putting on there if you have already had your baby?