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To Register or Not?

by Editorial Team | May 29th, 2012 | Pregnancy

You are parents-to-be and are excited for the arrival of your little bundle of joy.  You spend hours flipping through parenting magazines, reading pregnancy books, and talking to friends and family about what to expect.  One thing is certain: there are many, many items that you want or need for your baby.  While it would be convenient if strollers and high chairs just grew on trees, they certainly don’t.

If you think that you will be having a baby shower, you may be contemplating whether to register for baby supplies.  Although there are some people who prefer to buy whatever they like for you and your baby, most friends and family members prefer using a registry.  Although it may feel selfish to walk through a store listing all of the items that you want, it really is helpful.

A registry allows those close to you to find items that you need.  Think about it.  Would you rather give a present that is placed in a closet or a present that is used often?  By registering, your friends and family can purchase the items that you want and need.

There are a few things to keep in mind when registering:

1. Do include big tickets items, such as nursery furniture.  While more expensive, they may be purchased.  Many a grandparent saves extra money for this special occasion and would like to buy a significant gift.  Additionally, friends or co-workers may want to pool funds and buy one big gift instead of a handful of smaller presents.

2. Also include small items.  By small items, we don’t mean parenting tools that cost as much as dinner at a restaurants.  We mean items that cost the same price as a cup of coffee.  Some of your guests may be on a tight budget but still want to buy something you want.  So, don’t feel silly adding an inexpensive pacifier.  There may be someone who wants to buy it.

3. Research the products for your registry.  Before visiting your local baby store, do a little reading to find the brands/models that you want.  If your local store doesn’t carry the item you want, see if it is available elsewhere.  For example, if you want a stroller made from the quinny selection, then find a store that carries that brand.

4.  Keep the list reasonable.  There are a plethora of baby items available; however, neither you nor your baby will need many of them.  Choose items that are essential and don’t let yourself be carried away by greed.

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