This post was updated on May 12, 2020.
If you’re like me, you typically buy anything and everything you need. So, maybe creating a baby registry is pointless, right?
Yes, you could go ahead and save money to buy your own items. However, it’s a lot cheaper if your family and friends pitched in to purchase the items for you.
Loved ones are going to ask what baby items you’ll need for your newborn. Sharing a link to a list of items is much easier than explaining to them that you want a specific car seat.
Everything that was in baby shower registry I have used at least once with my son. But, there are items I regret adding to the list. To help you avoid these mistakes, I have put together a list of useful baby items your little one will love as he/she continues to grow.
But first, let us discuss setting up your baby registry.
Make The Best Baby Registry List
If you no longer doubt that you need a baby registry, then you’ve come to the right place. I’ve seen baby registries with useless baby products that can easily be replaced with everyday items, e.g. a bottle warmer. You could use a glass and warm water to do the trick.
When I finally convinced myself that a registry wouldn’t only be helpful for me but also for my baby shower guests, I did some research and discussed it with some friends and co-workers to see what retailers would be best.
Yes, I decided on .
The reason why I went with multiple baby registries for our firstborn was that certain retailers had better options and offered budget-friendly baby items.
Here are 5 tips for you to easily create a baby shower registry list that saves you time and money:
1. Choose your retailer(s)
Just because I chose to have family and friends purchase items for my firstborn’s arrival, it didn’t mean I wanted them to spend all of their money.
If you decide on more than one registry, then I suggest doing a little price comparison to help your family and friends.
Bonus: If you decide to create a baby shower registry list through Target will give you discounts after your little one’s arrival date has passed for you to purchase left-over items on your baby registry.
2. Load up on essential items
If you don’t know what diaper brand to use with your little one, then you might want to ask for two types of diapers on your baby registry. Be sure to include one that is for sensitive skin. This might come in handy if your child has an allergic reaction.
3. Think about quality
You want to best for your child, and sometimes that means digging a little deeper into your savings. Before you create a baby shower registry list or make the purchase, ask other parents for their opinion on the brands and/or products.
Visit the store or ask a friend who has the product at home to let you see it. This will give you a chance to decide whether it’s worth the purchase.
4. Search for the best (and worst) online reviews
Although it may feel as though you’re alone on this journey, remember there are thousands of moms who went through the same feelings. If you like a brand or product that your friends don’t necessarily know much about or don’t highly recommend, check out what other parents have to say about it.
There are online mom forums for just this. You can do a quick search of the product or ask around in local Facebook Groups for moms.
5. See if you can borrow it
Whether you’re looking to purchase brand new items or not, borrowing the products from family and friends is a great way to save. You won’t need to worry about the clutter and you can easily return the item to their owner if you don’t like it.