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1. Register in the Right Places
Creating an Amazon Baby Registry is a no-brainer.
You’re bound to have friends and family who are already Amazon Prime members, so creating a registry on Amazon is a super easy way for them to send you some baby goods.
With pretty much every baby essential imaginable, skipping this one would be foolish. If you haven’t started your free registry at Amazon yet, do so immediately here and thank me later.
A super easy combination of in-store and online shopping with a ton of really cute baby stuff, Target is a wonderful place to set up a baby registry.
Bonus? You’ll probably get at least a gift card or two if you set up a registry here. Those things are freakin’ gold.
A more non-conventional (but totally millennial-ish) option is to start a “Fund Your Future” style registry with Blueprint Registry. It’s essentially a more elegant way to encourage cash donations instead of registering for “things”. Instead of awkwardly saying “give me cash, please”, you can start a Parental Leave Fund, an Education Fund, a Diaper Fund and so on.
Setting up a registry with Blueprint is free and can be done here.
Other Registry Options
There are tons of other places to create a baby registry. Baby-specific stores like Buy Buy Baby and Babies ‘R Us are often seen as standards. However, when you register at baby-only stores, you’re really limiting yourself to…well…only baby products. They also tend to be a bit pricier.
If you stick with Amazon and Target, you’ll have the option to use gift cards to buy other baby-related supplies that you may not want to register for (the stuff to make postpartum padscicles, for example). You’ll also do your gift-givers a solid by giving them a lower price point to shop at.
2. Register Thoughtfully
Creating a massive, over-the-top baby registry is out. Creating a strategic, thoughtful registry that includes only the things that you really need is in.
When registering, take the time to do some research on what items you will truly need for baby, and which items you can leave off the registry and buy if you end up actually needing them later on.
Fewer items on the registry will also drastically increase your chances of receiving gift cards. If you’re creating your registries at Amazon and/or Target, those gift cards can be used for pretty much anything your family could need after your little one arrives.
3. Encourage Giving Back to Baby-Centered Organizations
Maya Angelou once wisely said, “When you get…give”. If you’re reading this, chances are you’re fortunate enough to have loved ones in your life to buy things off of your baby registry. (And that’s beautiful and wonderful and nothing to be ashamed of.)
However, for many families who are about to welcome a baby, a support system like that doesn’t exist. If you feel comfortable doing so, consider inviting your gift-givers to make a small donation to help those new parents who may not be receiving essentials as gifts.
We invited our friends and family to consider making a small donation to Baby2Baby, one of my favorite organizations. Baby2Baby provides low-income children ages 0-12 years with diapers, clothing, and all the basic necessities that every child deserves. You can learn more about them here.