How To Build Your Own Baby Registry Lists
Pregnancy is quite overwhelming – not just because of the changes that are happening inside your body, but also because of the responsibilities and the duties that come with it. Needless to say, the preparations that need to be done before giving birth including planning for a baby shower with your family and friends. That is why it helps to have baby registry lists not just to help your guests sort out what gift to give you and your baby, but for your own sake as well.
Getting pregnant is a mixture of emotions, I must say. It gives you joy, but it also gives you worries and anxiety. Personally, I was so anxious about giving birth – How would it be? Is it painful? Could I handle it? This and that. So much to think about!
But apart from that, I was also worried about making sure the baby’s needs are all taken care of. I do not know about you, but I was one of those moms who listed down what my baby needs, and slowly work on completing them. In fact, when my husband and I decided to hold a baby shower, it was so easy for me to come up and sign up with baby registry lists because I already did my research.
You know, setting up baby registry lists was actually one of the most exciting and fun times for me. It was then that motherhood really sunk in. It was during the time I was completing the baby registry lists that I realized, indeed, I am going to be a mom soon. If before I would only think about what my needs are, today, I am already thinking about the baby’s needs (even forgetting about mine in the process).
What is a baby registry?
For those who are not that familiar with what a baby registry is all about, it’s basically coming up with a list or lists of baby products from a retail store or stores that you would like to stock up on as you prepare for your baby’s arrival.
You list down anything that you like to be included on your baby registry lists – from tiny little items like thermometers to big ones like strollers and cribs. You can share the baby registry lists with your family and friends and other baby shower guests who may want to gift your or your baby gifts. Yes, you included because there are also things that you need that will benefit your baby like breast pumps!
You can create to as many baby registry lists as you want to as many stores you like. But, you can also choose to go for a universal baby registry list that pulls products from different stores in just one master list.
Usually, baby registry lists are organized by the store and can be set up either in their physical store or online. For convenience and comfort’s sake, I highly suggest doing it online. However, if you want to see the items first, then go visit and sign up on-site.
There are a lot of famous baby registries that offer additional perks to their customers. These perks include free returns of items, price matching, a completion discount on some items, as well as a welcome box of assorted freebies. There are also stories that offer some online features as a gift tracker, to help you prepare a thank-you note or an app that allows you to monitor the status of your registry anywhere you are.
When to register for baby registry lists?
There really is no specific timetable on when you should start creating your baby registry lists. You can, in fact, create one anytime you want. However, for some reason, most mommies-to-be usually start listing down when they are about 12 weeks along with the pregnancy.
For some, it may sound a little too early, but to be honest, building a baby registry list can take some work. Personally, I would rather start early to make sure I do not miss anything. You can always add up I items on your list anyway. I mean, you do not necessarily have to finish it in just one sitting. After all, infant needs can be quite a lot.
Some couples though would rather start creating their baby registry lists once they already know the baby’s sex – especially if they want color-coded stuff – like blue if it is a boy or pink if it happens to be a girl. If you happen to one, this usually takes place around 20 weeks of the pregnancy.
Just a little reminder though, do not wait too long. Because I tell you, you would want to give yourself plenty of time to research stuff you would want for your baby and then decide which items should go to your baby registry lists and which ones you will handle buying. Needless to say, if you are holding a baby shower, you should also make sure to give time for your guests to browse for the item you like to have for your baby or for yourself.
How to choose the best baby registry?
Choosing the best store to sign up and create your baby registry lists depends on your specific needs – like your budget, the brand of the products you have on your list, as well as whether or not you prefer registering online or in-store.
Where to register your baby registry lists?
To be honest, when it comes to building or coming up with a baby registry list, there are so many options to choose from. There are a number of stores (online and on-site) that offer registry set-up. However, at the end of the day, it will still depend on you – your preferences like your style, the price range, as well as the perks you want to receive.
This is also the reason why I was suggesting creating your baby registry lists as soon as you can – so you have time to gauge which store fits your taste.
To give you an idea though, here are some of the stores that parents-to-be usually go for when creating baby registry lists:
– Pottery Barn Kids
This is one of my personal favorites. Pottery Barn has so many cute and beautiful baby stuff. If I may say, this store has already mastered the art of creating a very sweet and very pleasing bursary décor. Needless to say, their items are sophisticated. Personally, I like the boho-inspired quilts, as well as their organic collections and gilded mobiles. Honestly, I feel like if I were baby again, I would really want to have them for myself. Another thing that I like also about the store is that they offer personalization for a lot of items. Personalization adds an extra-special touch to the item, would you agree? In addition to all these beautiful things, Pottery Barn Kids also gives a special 10% discount to those buying for multiples.
Yes, Target offers a baby registry as well. The store offers a huge selection of baby products, in fact. I personally prefer target for finding colorful clothing as well as fun nursery stuff. Through the store’s universal feature, you can also add items from other retailers if you want to, which makes it even more convenient, right? In addition to that, Target also gives a 15% discount on any remaining items on your registry list. Great deal, right/
– Crate & Kids
I remember when I was pregnant, I would sneak on Pinterest and look for nursery design inspiration. You know, having a baby will bring out your creative juices. Anyway, I mention that because Crate f& Kids offer nursery design services apart from their selection of design-forward specialty items. What I also like about them is they give out multiples discounts, as well as a 10% registry completion discount. With all that’s been said, it surely is not a hassle deciding whether or not to build a baby registry at Crate & Kids or not.
Of all the stores to build your baby registry lists, Walmart is probably the best place to be. As you know, Walmart is known for giving amazing discounts. So, imagine how much your guests save when buying stuff at Walmart? Anyway, the “hoo the owl” will be in-charge in guiding you through your baby registry list building experience. Based on the questions you answered during the sign-up process, you will receive a pre-populated baby registry list to help you begin with. Do not worry as the items can be edited anytime you like. So for instance, there are items that you feel like you do not need at all or you just do not like to have, then you can always take that out of the list or change it to something you like. You still have the final say anyway.
If you do not want the hassle of going in-store, or you want to spare your baby shower guests from going to the store to buy stuff on your baby registry lists, Amazon is the perfect choice for you. Yes, even Amazon allows you to build up your baby registry list.
Amazon is actually one of the perfect choices as it is universal, which means you can choose items from any retailer thus giving you plentiful of product options. Furthermore, if you have Amazon Prime, you can have all the items in just two days with additional discounts.
– Buy Buy Baby
Buy Buy Baby offers almost everything – from cleaning materials for your baby’s stuff to baby’s clothing. They also offer car seats, strollers, and others. Once you register with them, you immediately receive a goody bag that is filled up with different samples and coupons. Mommies love coupons and free samples, right? Furthermore, Buy Buy Baby does not let you build your baby registry list alone. Your friends can pitch in with their suggestions too from their very own registry. Now that is amazing!
– The Bump
The Bump baby registry is like a unifying online platform. What the site does is that they sync all your registries from your favorite stores within a 24-hour period, which makes it easy for you to share just one registry among your family, friends, and other baby shower guests. The Bump makes pregnant mommies’ life so much easier. No wonder why 80% of all moms in the United States host their baby registry lists on this site.
In addition to this list, here are some other stores that you can check out for your baby registry needs:
- Babylist Baby Registry
- Bed Bath & Beyond Baby Registry
- Costco Baby Registry
- IKEA Baby Registry
- Kohl’s Baby Registry review
What to include in your baby registry lists?
Now that you already know what baby registry is all about, when you should start building it up, and where to create one, let’s move on to the most exciting part of all – the items on your baby registry lists!
Seriously, when I was pregnant with my son, and I was doing my own baby registry list, it made me giggle listing down each item. I felt like it was also for me! I guess most moms feel the same way, right? After all, baby stuff is the cutest stuff ever!
Anyway, while listing down the items that your baby needs are exciting and fun, it could also be a little hard. You know, it’s hard figuring out what specific items should make it your baby registry list especially with all the cute baby things around.
When it comes to creating your baby registry list, know that there is no such thing as right or wrong. What you put on your list all depends on you. No one can question that! However, there are somethings that can be quite crucial especially when it comes to caring for a newborn. Thus, it is also important to do research or ask your pediatrician about the essential ones.
That said, here are some of the must-have items that should be included on your baby registry lists:
- Baby tub
- Soft hooded towels
- Baby body wash and shampoo
- Baby body lotion
- Crib mattress
- Waterproof mattress protector
- Fitted sheets
- Leggings or elastic-waist trousers
- Footed pajamas
- Short-sleeve onesies
- Long-sleeve onesies
- Non-footed pajamas
- Swaddle blankets
- Burp cloths
- Light sweaters or zip-up hoodies
- Soft hat
- Baby-safe laundry detergent
- Diaper pail
- Diapers, either cloth or disposable
- Diaper cream
- Cotton balls and swabs
Your feeding essentials depends on whether you are opting to breastfeed your baby or not.
- Breast pump
- Breast milk freezer bags
- Nursing pillow
- Nursing bras
- Nipple cream
- Nursing cover
- Baby bottles and nipples
- Bottle brushes
- Bottle drying rack
- High chair
- Baby-safe nail trimmer
- Suction bulb
Nursery furniture and gear
- Rocking chair or glider
- Changing table
- White noise machine
- Baby monitor
- Baskets or bins for storage
- Swing, seat or bouncer
- Activity mat
- Soft baby book
- Teething toy
- Rattles or maracas
- Organic cotton stuffed animals
- Infant car seat
- Baby carrier
- Diaper bag
- Portable changing pad
Note that the number of items like clothing, diapers, blankets, etc. depends on you. While there are suggested numbers of clothing and other stuff for your baby, at the end of the day, it is all up to you mommy!
By the way, if for instance, you are having your second, third and so on baby, some of the items used by your firstborn may still be reused. In that case, before coming up with your baby registry lists, make sure to audit the items that you can still reuse and the items that no longer serve its purpose. Once done, then you can now start creating your list.
What items should not be registered for?
While there are a lot of must-have items to add to your baby registry lists, there are also items that you can actually skip from your list, and these are:
– Crib bumpers – According to experts, crib bumpers are hazardous on babies as it may strangle them or cause suffocation.
– Wipe warmers – It’s one of those baby stuff that is not necessary to put it simply.
– Dressy clothes – Your baby would not be comfortable with such kind of clothing. Buy her such kind of dress when she’s older already.
– Drop-down cribs – Usual crib is better than a drop-down crib.
– Tons of toys – Believe it or not, most babies would rather play with home stuff rather than toys. Just buy him or her one when he or she appreciates or knows how to play with toys already.
As you can see, the list can be quite overwhelming if you think about it, and having some people help you complete these items would be very helpful.
So, if you are a new mom or becoming a mom again, make sure to start building your baby registry lists as soon as you can, and once done, do not forget to immediately inform your family, friends and baby shower guests. These people are surely more than happy to fulfill your baby’s needs.