It may not come as surprise but I get a lot of questions about baby registries. From friends and strangers alike. I almost get too excited to share my thoughts and suggestions that sometimes I have to rein myself in. One of the fundamental reasons I started The Wise Baby was to help mama’s and papa’s to be with their registry. So I thought it may be helpful to round up some of the tips I share with my friends, family and all of you sweet readers that send me personal emails. Hopefully these eight tips make your baby registering process easier! Tell me, do you have any tips to share?
1. Do not be overwhelmed. I know, impossible but seriously take a few deep breaths, gather your thoughts and you’ll be fine. If you register for nothing else, put the “essentials” listed below on your registry. The “add later” can all be well, added later! To be clear, I am not saying you do no need the items listed as nice to have but they are not necessary for the first few weeks of parenthood. Many of these are often the hardest decisions to make so holding off putting these on your registry will definitely ease the process. Basically, you add the essentials, request gift cards as shower gifts and/or add additional items to your registry after you have had a chance to soak in this whole baby gear thing. I wish I would have taken my own advice here. I would have definitely chosen different items had I taken some time to soak it all in and waited until after Eloise was born to make some purchases (specifically, the infant seat and stroller(s)).
2. Think about your space and lifestyle and choose accordingly. If you are tight on space look for products that are space saving and serve more than one purpose. Our Suburban Baby Registry Guide and Urban Baby Registry Guide are great places to look to see the difference between the two types of products. All are Wise Baby approved for superior function but some fit their respective lifestyles more than others. This is an important to take into consideration when taking recommendations from people on what products to get. If you’re in a 1,000 SF city apartment taking advice from your 2,500 SF suborn living friend is not all that helpful!
3. Register neutral. Sure some patterns are fun but for the larger, longer lasting pieces of gear (think pack n play, stroller, car seat, etc) choose patterns that fit your style but are still neutral. This way you can use them for years to come and with additional children.
4. Don’t think the most expensive is always better. Not that you would… but I know I went through a phase when registering and when I didn’t know I would just gravitate towards the most expensive because it has to be the best, right? WRONG! Perfect example, the $40 Moby Wrap is one of my favorite products and it is most definitely not the most expensive carrier option.
5. If you aren’t sure what to register for choose a well respected brand. In more cases than not choosing a major brand like Graco, Chicco or 4moms or another are a good bet. These companies are known for the quality and well respected in the industry.
6. Take everyones recommendations with a grain of salt (including ours!). Baby gear selection and registering is not rocket science but everyone is sure to have the “oh-m-gosh-you-have-to-have-this” conversation with one or more of their friends and you know what, it is okay if you don’t agree! Be gracious about the advice but do not feel obligated to put anything on your registry. You know yourself and you are going to be parenting this little bambino and they will most definitely agree with your choices.
7. Make sure you know and understand the return policy of where you register. I won’t name any names here but make sure your place(s) of registry have friendly return policies. If they accept coupons make sure you have a window for price adjustment too. BuyBuyBaby is one of my favorite places to register because of their easy return policy. But take this as your warning that not all superstores are created equal when it comes to return policies!
8. Be sure to check out our Product Reviews page for reviews, buying guides and more for all things Registry related. Our reviews are unbiased, unpaid and we do not profit in anyway from the products we feature (no affiliate links, not paid for reviews, etc). Our Baby Registry guides are another great resource and contain sample guides with product recommendations.
So there you have it, our eight tips that hopefully make registering easier and ease your mind. Do you mama’s out there have any additional tips to share?