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what my baby registry looks like {5 tips for a perfect one}

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After 6 years of operating In The Know Mom, the question I get asked most often is – what should I put on my baby registry? None of us want to buy something that doesn’t work or we don’t need, but we also don’t want to be without those miracle products that make life with a newborn easier. Preparation is certainly key. It will ease your pregnant mind and make those really difficult first couple months better with things already in place.

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When I think back to my first baby registry, I giggle. I had a ton of stuff on there that I didn’t need and little of what I really did need. I had no clue. We live, we learn, but it is way easier to learn from others’ mistakes and heed their advice, so I put together a baby registry on Walmart.com to share with you guys.

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But first I’m sharing my top 5 tips for crafting a perfect baby registry:

Disclaimer: no, I’m not pregnant again = )

  1. Hit the six aspects of newborn life: clothing, toiletries, safety, food, comfort, play. Enough said.
  2. Leave off the etc. Put a book or piggy bank on the registry and your friends will no doubt purchase that before boring items that you really need like a breast pump, wipes and diapers. Avoid this by simply leaving the etc off the registry – you can buy these yourself later on. I put novelty or fancy clothing/accessories in this etc category. Keep to the basics.
  3. Think beyond newborn. Babies keep growing, I don’t know if anyone told you this before. Try to think long-term, not just items that work for the first 2-3 months. Pick items that grow with the child like a high chair that becomes a toddler seat or a crib that transforms into a toddler bed. You will thank yourself (and the gift purchasers) down the road.
  4. Don’t forget the little things. Definitely add all of your big ticket items but don’t forget the little things like pacifiers, teethers, baby shampoo and bottle accessories. Not everyone will spend a small fortune on your special delivery so give them options. Many people would rather buy several small items than splurge on one large.
  5. Be practical. Remember #2? Yeah, I know those leather baby shoes are JUST to DIE for, but babies don’t need shoes (and I’m talking to my former self here). What they do need is DIAPERS… never enough diapers. Remember that your baby will only be in the newborn size for a short amount of time (some even skip this size), so be sure to list larger sizes.

When you are thinking about creating your baby registry, go with a place that has everything you need – Walmart.com being a great one. Their online store has much more than the brick and mortar locations so your have lots of options. Creating a baby registry is easy and they even have a very accurate checklist so you don’t miss ANYTHING.

I made my own registry like I was pregnant – nothing on here would I skip and I think I covered most of the bases, though everyone’s needs will vary. I made sure to list a good amount of – Pampers Swaddlers Super Pack in sizes ranging 1-3 and Pampers® wipes, because those two things are crucial to your sanity, and no one wants to run out of diapers in the middle of the night. In my personal experience, Pampers® brand is the best – never a leak, never lets me down. After all, Pampers Swaddlers is the #1 choice of hospitals*.

See my baby registry

For all you moms-to-be, I’ve created a baby registry. Find me here. The registry is listed by price low to high so be sure to check out all of my must-have items, from teethers and pacifiers to really gorgeous nursery furniture.

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Check out the Pampers Baby Basics for Any Mom on Walmart.com’s Parent & Baby Center for new mom stories and tips available at Walmart.com. There are a ton of AWESOME tips for subjects we all are first puzzled about like diapering, medicine cabinet must-haves and how to exercise while pregnant.

*based on hospital sales data

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