When you’re trying to plan for a new baby, I’ve found the best way to do it is to create a baby registry checklist. After all, there’s a lot to think about! While I was pregnant, I had a bit of trouble keeping everything I needed straight. Even though I created a pretty extensive wish list, one of my friends pointed out that I’d forgotten more than a few important necessities, like pacifiers and teething rings. Luckily, we caught it in time, but it offered a valuable lesson.
Babies need so much and it’s easy to forget the little things! I wish I’d had then what’s available now. Online baby registries can be invaluable for the busy mom-to-be, as they let you keep all the items you need and want in one place.
There are some things that you’re absolutely going to need when you’re preparing for a new baby, some things that would be nice to have, and other things that are just hopeful wishes. When I was pregnant, I broke down the things I wanted for my new baby into categories, and that really helped me keep everything organized. Today, I’d use an online baby registry to store and share my wish list with friends and families to make the planning process as easy as possible.
Breaking Down a Baby’s Needs
Every baby is different, but there are some items that will be almost universally valuable. Same goes for the parents; while planning for the baby, don’t forget to think about gifts for you, as the parents. Overall, the items you choose to put on your registry should support your own parenting plans.
For the most part, every item for your baby registry can be put into one of three categories:
- Must-Haves: Must-haves include standard things like clothes, toys, bottles, and diapers, all of which you can never have enough of. One thing to keep in mind when filling out your registry is to select things in different sizes rather than just focusing on newborn offerings. Babies grow fast, and it won’t be long before those newborn swaddling diapers need to be traded in for something a bit bigger. And because these gifts may need replacing, you can let friends and family know that it’s okay if multiple people give you similar must-have items.
- Should-Haves: These are items that might not be necessities but will definitely make life easier. Things like diaper genies and baby monitors fit into this category, as do short-term furniture items like bassinets. In addition, you may want to add items specific to your parenting choices, like breast pumps for those who plan on breastfeeding or formula for bottle feeders.
Wishes: There are a few items that you might want for your baby but that aren’t entirely necessary. Things like baby wipe warmers or fuzzy little booties might not be mandatory and may not get a ton of use, but if they’re items you want anyway, there’s no harm in adding them to your registry.
It might help to keep these categories in mind as you create your baby registry, giving the biggest priorities to the necessities and adding in the wishes only after you’re sure you’ve met those needs. This will definitely help organize your own shopping and will ensure friends and family are getting gifts you will actually use.
Remember, there’s going to be a lot to keep track of, and I’ve found the easiest way to do so is by using an online baby registry.
Where to Shop For Your Baby Registry Checklist
There’s a lot of room for error when setting up a baby registry wish list. First, there’s a chance that many of your friends won’t have children of their own. As a result, they may not be familiar with specific safety standards for baby products. Next, setting up a registry through a retailer-specific site limits gift buying options to only things that are available on that retailer’s site. Or, you may end up with several registries all on different sites, making it quite challenging to organize. Instead, it’s wise to use an online registry that allows you to aggregate all those needs and wants into one place.
There are a lot of options out there, but mainly, look for an online baby registry that allows you to:
- Get suggestions for things you might need: It’s easy to forget the little things that a baby needs, like nail clippers, burping towels and other small items you may not remember until you absolutely have to have them. Use a registry that offers suggestions for items as a way to keep track of these things. Elfster’s wish list option allows you to shop by event, and its “Bundle of Joy” listing is specifically designed for items that new parents need.
- Add items many different ways: A good registry program will allow you to add items not just by text but also by link, so you can list the specific items you need. Elfster’s registry even lets you add a browser button that allows you to quickly and easily add items as you stumble upon them without navigating back to the main site.
Share wish lists easily and quickly: One of the benefits of an online registry is that it’s easy to share. Choose a registry that gives you plenty of options for sharing your list. With Elfster, online wish lists can be shared via email, text, and social media, thus ensuring you’re covered no matter what platform your friends and family prefer.
- Keep others informed and updated: Pregnancy is unpredictable. If your due date changes or you find out that the little girl you were expecting is a boy (or vice versa), you’ll want to be able to communicate that to your guests. Choose a registry that allows you to update it easily and communicate with the participants in one simple place. The ability to send messages and add details is particularly useful if you’re planning an event like a baby shower.
Online baby registries are a major benefit for parents-to-be, as they allow you to keep track of all your needed gifts in one place. They can become your registry checklist, helping you to make sure you get every single thing you need for your little one. Choose a registry that allows you to do everything in one place and you’ll find your pre-baby planning is a whole lot easier. And by streamlining the registry process, you’ll have more time to focus on what matters most; celebrating the new life you have brought into the world.
To keep your baby registry organized, set up a wish list on Elfster. You can also search our baby gift guide for ideas of key items to include. To share ideas and connect with our other users, find us on Facebook, or Instagram @Elfster. or Twitter @Elfster.
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