So you’re pregnant. Your friends and family finally know and they are absolutely ecstatic about the soon-to-be addition to the circle. You’re glowing and feeling good; and even better? It’s time to head to your favorite baby-junk retailer and start registering for all of the cool baby items you’ve had your eyes on.
You get there, and you’re psyched. The friendly retail associate hands you that nifty gun, and you’re headed off down the aisles on a veritable shopping spree.
But then it hits you.
There are so many items… What in the world should you be shopping for? Should you be stocking up on newborn and infant clothing? Should you put most of your stock in diapers? Will people think that you’re out of your mind for registering for that $400 changing table?
You realize that there are actually tons of things to think about when registering for your baby items. Here are five not-so-apparent baby registry tips that you should consider before heading off.
X-nay on the baby furniture…
Consider this: Your baby shower is generally thrown a month or so outside of your due date. Furniture in general takes about 2 to 3 weeks to get delivered to your home, and after that, you still may have to put it together. Waiting until your baby shower to see if someone has bought your furniture items is probably not the best idea. Buy your crib and other nursery furniture items yourself – long ahead of time.
Stick with the basics…
When my twins were itty bitty, I couldn’t have enough white socks, bibs, and burp clothes. For some reason, you can never seem to find these particular items when you need them. Getting your friends and family to help you stock up on these basic baby staples is a smart move that will save you tons of time and (much needed) energy later.
You won’t need to register for newborn clothes…
Whether you like it or not, a lot of people won’t be looking at your registry at all and will make their own assessments about what they think you need - And what do people always think you can never have enough of? Newborn clothing. After your baby shower, you’ll more than likely have newborn to size 3 month clothing coming out of the wazoo. The crazy part? Your child probably won’t wear half of the items.
Babies generally tend to double their birth weight by month three. Combine that with the fact that in the first few months of your child’s life neither of you will be going out very much. (Trust me on this one.) You’ll more than likely be giving away a good chunk of your child’s 0 to 3 month clothing with the tags still attached.
Don’t forget the baby detergent…
It may not be so apparent at first, but you’ll be doing loads, and loads… and loads of laundry when your baby arrives. Burp clothes, and blankies get messy fast when you’ve got a baby around. Register for tons of those (expensive) gentle detergents and you’ll be saving yourself a lot of money later.
Register for diapers!... Lot’s of them!
Believe it or not, you’ll go through upwards of 300 diapers in just the first month alone. (In my case, it was double that with two little bambinos.) Register for tons of diapers in ALL sizes.