Advice for Creating a Baby Registry

Although it may feel like your pregnancy will last forever, we promise you your little bundle of joy will be here before you know it so it’s best to start planning! One of the most exciting, and sometimes overwhelming, aspects of preparing for baby is planning your baby registry. We are here to help by introducing you to the experts and services who will help you determine what you need as well as discover the adorable goodies you’ll want.  
Thanks to universal registry sites like Babylist and Gugu Guru, it’s super easy to add products, big or small, from all over the web to your baby registry. With convenient Pinterest-like functionality, you can add items from Etsy to Buybuy Baby to your list or browse the sites’ recommended products to add items to your registry. Both Gugu Guru and Babylist make it easy to discover for the hottest new baby items as well as the tried-and-true products new parents can’t live without.
Just as important as how you’re creating your baby registry, is what you’ll be adding to it. Every mom-to-be has her own preferences, of course, meaning every baby registry will be a bit different. These simple tips will help you navigate your baby registry to ensure that you’re as ready as you can be for baby’s arrival. 
1. Don’t be afraid to start early
There’s no hard and fast rule for when you start your registry. Many parents wait until they find out the gender of their baby. However, for items like cribs and car seats, gender is not always a factor and it makes sense to take advantage of the deals and discounts that come with starting early. Major retailers like Amazon, Buybuy Baby and Target allow you to make your list settings private until your ready to share your big news.
2. Pick big- and small-ticket items 
Keep in mind that you have a variety of family, friends and co-workers looking at your baby registry to find out what you need. Register for items at a variety of price points – everything from bottles and onesies to the baby carrier and crib you have your heart set on. Your group of co-workers might pool their funds to get you a big ticket item or grandma might surprise you the gorgeous crib you’ve been eyeing. A wide variety of items at a range of price points help you cover all the bases. 
3. Remember you’re a team
Nowadays, dads-to-be are just as excited about building the registry as the expecting mom and this is a great way to get your partner involved. Share the work of researching the best options for your family and attend baby-registry events as a couple. This is a great time to practice working as a team.
4. Plan beyond infancy 
It’s easy to get caught up with infancy, but believe us when we tell you that babies grow very quickly. With each new phase comes new products so remember to add items that you won’t need until several months down the road.
5. Have fun! 
Don’t approach building your registry as just another task to check off your pre-baby to-do list. This is the perfect time to let your imagination go and dream about what life will be like when you bring your little bundle of joy home.