Baby Gift–Registry Tips
It works well for weddings — why not for births? Baby registries help you collect all the essentials and more. After a few simple clicks, you can sit back and watch the gifts arrive!
Why Create a Baby Registry?
A baby gift registry helps your friends and family purchase the most useful and necessary gifts for you and your new baby. Preselecting a wish list of items helps to ensure you get most, if not all, of the baby essentials. It also prevents you from receiving duplicate items or all similar-sized clothing items.
Register for virtually any baby-related item, including:
- Travel gear (car seats, strollers, baby carriers, diaper bags)
- Diapering essentials (diapers, wipes, creams, disposal systems)
- Bathing items (bathtub, washcloths, towels, baby wash)
- Toys (stuffed animals, crib toys, books, mirrors)
- Baby furniture (crib, changing table, glider, bookcase, dresser)
- Baby activities (swings, bouncy seats, activity centers)
- Baby apparel (sleeper pajamas, onesies, jumpers, car-seat blankets)
- Feeding essentials (bottles, breast pump, bottle warmer, burp cloths, nursing pillows, nursing cover-ups)
How to Put Together a Baby Registry
Creating and adding items to a baby-shower registry is a fun, exciting prebaby activity. Take your time and make careful selections. Try to include items in all price ranges to accommodate those shopping on a limited budget. Keep in mind that not everything has to go on the registry — if you’d be embarrassed to open a gift in a coworker-filled room, leave it off the wish list and just purchase it yourself.
Baby showers are usually held in the third trimester — during the last few weeks before the baby’s expected arrival. Just found out you’re pregnant? There's no urgent need to start a baby registry just yet, but it’s a good idea to start noting items. It’ll help you remember the perfect stroller’s model number when registry time rolls around.
The baby-registry checklist below provides a quick basic-essentials summary. It’s just a partial list of newborn baby gifts; your little one may need more.
Heath and Safety Needs
- Baby monitor
- Baby grooming kit
- Nail clippers
- Shampoo and/or baby body wash
- Bath tub
- First-aid supplies
- Pacifiers, with a clip to attach to baby’s clothes
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