Congratulations Momma! You are expecting a new bundle of joy and now are faced with creating a registry. When you go into this, it seems exciting but quickly turns to overwhelm. If you are creating a registry in-store, you will come across the Want. We will address this in a moment. When you are creating online, you will come across the Recommendations. Here, we are going to go over the best places to register and what you really need. By doing this, it is going to prevent overwhelm and help you to not be inundated with stuff. That way you can enjoy your new baby and have the essentials and a little extra.
There are so many stores that you can register on and that in itself can be overwhelming (are you seeing a trend here?). When I was pregnant with B, I did so much research that it wasn’t even funny! I found out the perks of registering at certain stores, which had the best return policies, which ones were the most accommodating for Mom, etc. Now that I am pregnant and due with Z here in a whole whopping 6 weeks (where did the time go!?) and my sprinkle is next week, I had to recreate the whole experience I had with B, just much more minimal.
I also love Amazon Prime, as do most people I know who order anything from the internet. Amazon’s Baby Registry has the Earth’s BIGGEST Selection for registries. If you create a baby registry on Amazon, it is so easy to go ALL OUT, so be sure to go in at least with an idea of what you want. Amazon also has the group gifting feature which is fantastic for big purchases and they have a 90-day return policy for most items. A lot of small businesses have gone to Amazon too for fulfillment so you can support small businesses in the grand scheme of things. Did I mention that you also get a FREE Welcome Box?
A lot of moms have not heard of BabyList. It is an amazing resource - especially if you have a group who is pro online shopping! What makes BabyList stand out from the rest is that you can add ANY item from AN store to your registry on BabyList. You can also add meaningful gifts you can’t buy in-store, like house cleaning, meals, and even dog walking! It is available online and for both Apple and Android users. How cool is that?
I am a Target Mom. I am not going to lie. But part of that is because of their registry. Why would you become a Target Mom due to a registry you ask? Well, first, they had the option of doing the registry both in-store and online. They also had the BEST exchange policy. You can exchange any items up to a year after the birth date of your baby. That means if you get a stockpile of diapers, you can exchange them at any time for a bigger size with absolutely zero fuss! Target even has a small goodie bag for you at guest services.
It can be intimidating and overwhelming to figure out what exactly you need for your baby, especially if it is your first one! I mentioned a bit ago that you are going to experience the Want, the Recommendations, and the Need. I am briefly going to go over these so you have the thought fresh and in the back of your mind. I am going to go with the most important first!
You can put all of these categories on your registry but think big picture when you do. If you get EVERYTHING on your registry, there is a good chance you will be returning or exchanging over half of it. You also will have so much stuff that you literally won’t know where to put it all!
I am going to give you a short, small list of what I think every mom needs. It is not a minimalist list by any means but it is a list that will make sure that you have the essentials for you and your baby. And yes, I said you, because the shower is about you too.
Again, this is not a huge list, but it covers everything that I used with B and everything that will be used with Z when he is born. I did use a diaper pail with B but I found it took up a ton of space and I utilized it less when she got older. You also will want to look at what furniture items you need. Do you need a pack N play, Crib, Swing, or Rocking Chair? These are items that you will use and can put on your registry.
Absolutely! I did when I had mine with B, just because there are a lot of people who will not shop at Target. It also allowed for me to put stuff on that Target did not necessarily carry. I personally am not put off by that when I see multiple registries on invitations either. It allows for people to again, shop in different places and it allows for a difference in items too.
I hope this guide has helped take some of the overwhelm off where to register and what you might need on your registry! This is a time where you should be sitting back and relaxing, so take it easy, Momma. I would love to hear if there are any essentials you think I have left off on my list and if you love the registries I recommended. If you have another place you feel I should have on here for registries, let me know that as well!
Brenna Dean is the founder and author of Momma Camping, a resource for Expecting and New Moms which helps them to embrace motherhood. She is passionate about pregnancy, breastfeeding, self-care, and finding the perfect motherhood journey.
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