Completing a baby registry can be overwhelming. You might wonder, “What do I really need beyond diapers and bottles?”
LinnieLou spoke with new mom and blogger Kelley Wilds, who gave us her best tips and tricks for completing a baby registry without the stress.
Keep reading to learn more!
Baby Registry Prep
Kelley suggests expecting parents to put a variety of both expensive and more affordable items on their registries.
She also offered this tip: “It’s important to account for any hand-me-downs you might get so you don’t have too many of one thing,” she said.
Kelley admitted the process can be chaotic, so she made a point to get advice from other moms.
“It's easy to be overwhelmed by all the stuff you could buy, so I reached out to friends and family who recently had babies to get their list of must-haves and things they didn't use to get a better idea of what we might need,” she said. “I also knew going to a store in person would be incredibly overwhelming for me personally, so we registered online.”
Lastly, we recommend you spend some time researching items that will fit easily into your lifestyle and routines. For example, if you live in a big city, you’ll want to find a stroller that can navigate those city-streets with ease.
Where to Register
“It’s great to have an option where people can purchase in-store,” she said. “That was a complaint we got from some of our older family members.”
Kelley said she recommends these 8 items be on every registry:
- Burp cloths
- LinnieLou 3 in 1 Disposable Diaper Changing Kits
- Linnie Lou 3 in 1 Disposable Feeding Kits
- A sound machine
- A baby monitor
- A Pack ‘n’ Play
“The Linnie Lou 3 in 1 diaper changing kit and feeding kit are must-haves for your diaper bag so you're always ready for a mess no matter where you are,” Kelley said.
And, when considering a monitor, she advised being choosey.
“A monitor needs to last for a long time and is key to your peace of mind, so choose a great one that works for your family.”
Lastly, she said a pack ‘n’ play is a must.
“We use our pack ‘n’ play when we traveled (pre-COVID), but we also use it as a diaper station downstairs since it has an insert he can lay on for easy changings,” she said. “It can also double as a bassinet and is great for sleepovers.”
As far as what to skip, Kelley said avoid registering for blankets and clothes, since those are often popular gifts from friends and family who might not shop off of your registry.
Completing a baby registry can be overwhelming, but LinnieLou spoke with new mom, Kelley Wilds of Coastal Kelder, to get the skinny on how to register without the stress.
- Register for items at a variety of price points.
- Be sure to register at least one brick-and-mortar location for friends and family members who don’t want to shop online.
- Diapers, burp cloths, and swaddles are registry musts.
- The LinnieLou 3 in 1 diaper changing kit and feeding kit are must-haves for your diaper bag so you're always ready for a mess no matter where you are.
- Avoid registering for blankets and clothes, since those are often popular gifts from friends and family who might not look at your registry.
What are your must-have registry for items? Be sure to let us know in the comments!