When I found out I was pregnant, I couldn't wait to create a baby registry! Between morning sickness and weight gain, it was a fun distraction from some of the more painful aspects of pregnancy. But I was also really naive about the process. And looking back, there are a few Do's and Don'ts that I want to remember next time around ...
DO research products thoroughly. Check online reviews and read product descriptions. When my daughter was born, I couldn't wait to use our new Ergo 360 Carrier. The only problem? It needed an infant insert that wasn't included. If I'd done a little more research, I could have put it on my registry instead of shelling out $20 on it later.
DO register for items with a variety of price points. While it's important to register for the bigger items, make sure to include more affordable products as well, such as a changing pad and crib sheets. This ensures all guests can afford a gift you're sure to love.
DON'T register for items that you're not willing to buy yourself. Keep in mind that you'll likely need to purchase the things you don't receive at the shower. Only register for items that are within your budget, especially if they come as part of a matching set.
DO tell guests about the registry. Include registry information on the shower invitations. Make sure to list the name of the store, location, website, and the name the registry can be found under. Older guests may have a difficult time accessing online registries so consider including step-by-step instructions.
DON'T expect everyone to purchase off the registry. Better to be prepared for some unexpected surprises and practice your "I love it!" face before the shower. On that note, try to keep an open mind. You might just receive the perfect gift you never even knew you wanted!
DO check the registry frequently. Baby products often go out of stock or get discontinued. If this is the case, you'll want to know about it sooner rather than later and make changes if needed.
DO register at more than one store. It's great to register with small, local boutiques. But you should also select a few items at big name stores like Target or Babies 'R Us! Guests will appreciate the options and you'll increase the probability of receiving a gift you love.
DON'T put the same items on both registries. It can be uncomfortable when two people purchase the same gift. Even more important, it's a hassle to return items after the fact.
DO think long-term. You might not need a high chair or convertible car sear right away, but a few months down the road you'll be glad you have them!
I wish I'd had this list BEFORE my baby shower! Hopefully it will help make things a litttttle easier for you - especially when it comes to managing expectations about gifts :)
With love and best wishes,