|Baby Registry Essentials||| Print ||
|Written by Kim Droze|
|Monday, 24 May 2010 15:16|
The shopping bug bites pregnant or adopting women at different times, and it's tough to know how to guide the sweet friends and family who want to celebrate the baby's arrival with a gift. But it's important to set up a baby registry, especially if you anticipate having a shower - or two! - before the baby comes. It reduces the need to return duplicates or unnecessary items and makes gift-buyers feel as if they're doing something helpful and needed for you and your new little one. New moms may become overwhelmed at those giant baby superstores, where EVERYTHING seems essential. It's important to make the distinction between items that are necessary, nice to have and luxuries when you create your registry. Another factor to consider is having a good mix of age-appropriate items as baby grows. Many average-sized newborns are not small enough to fit into newborn-sized clothing, so those should be kept to a minimum. It's nice to register for a variety of sizes of basic clothing, such as onesies, socks and sleepwear, taking into consideration the weather in your region during the ages when the baby will wear the clothing.
If the baby is due in the summer, for example, you may not want to register for newborn-sized fleece sleep sacks. Likewise, a baby who'll be six months old in December might need an appropriately sized sleep sack. Consider how you will feed the baby - breastfeeding moms might appreciate a breast pump, accessories and nursing pillows. Formula is expensive, so it may be a good idea for moms who know they'll be formula-feeding the baby to put it on the registry. The baby will need bathing items, like a tub, towels and toiletries, plus those needed for diapering. Diapers may not seem like a "fun" gift to receive, but they are always necessary. First-aid items like a rectal thermometer and humidifier are a must. There are certain gifts that are popular to give expectant moms, whether they're on the registry or not - including bibs, dressy clothing and blankets - so consider that before putting them on the list.
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