Most new parents will tell you that building a baby registry is a daunting task. Do you really need everything on that checklist? How do you know if the stroller your friend swears by will work for your family? And how many baby monitor reviews can you really read?
Creating a baby registry is a very personal experience. It’s the first step in nesting for the precious new life you’re bringing into the world. You want it to be perfect but knowing where to start can be difficult.
Here are five tips for getting started on the registry of your dreams.
1. Consider your lifestyle and living situation. Ask yourself questions such as, do you have stairs leading to your front door? Do you plan to travel a lot with baby? Is it important that you can easily hop in a cab to meet friends for brunch with baby in tow? Evaluating how you live and how much space you have will help guide you in the right direction when choosing baby gear.
2. Poll your mom friends on their favorite baby products, but make sure to also do your own research. Just because your friend with a house loves her giant baby swing, doesn’t mean you need to cram one into your small apartment. Baby gear is not one-size-fits-all-families, and it’s possible that alternative products might work better with your lifestyle.
3. You will most likely be creating your registry in a different season from the one you are due in, so make sure to consider the weather you will bring baby home in. Think ahead and register for the appropriate clothing and outdoor gear you will need during your fourth trimester. Also, think one season ahead. By the time you come out of the newborn fog, you’ll be needing that winter bunting or hiking carrier you’ve been eyeing.
4. You needn’t only register for baby gear and nursery decor. You can also put birthing classes, meal services, a visit from a postpartum doula or even a maternity leave fund with Babylist on your registry.
5. Know which items are worth splurging on. The two pieces you’ll want to spend the most money on are your car seat and crib mattress. Obviously everyone wants to be sure their baby is safe while riding in a car, but babies also spend a lot of time snoozing during the first year of their life, so it’s important their mattress be safe and free from toxins. Luckily, mattresses made from all-natural materials are available in a range of prices, meaning you can afford one on almost any budget.
Natalie Gentile is a NYC-based baby gear consultant and the founder of King Kidlet. To make the transition into parenthood less confusing and time-consuming, King Kidlet develops custom baby registries tailored to fit the specific needs and personal styles of families. Natalie draws from a wide range of experience in early childhood education to carefully select the safest and most reliable baby gear on the market. As the founder of King Kidlet, Natalie’s niche expertise allows her to skillfully guide expectant parents through the saturated baby product market, ensuring parents are informed and prepared.