Let’s have a super fun topic to talk about, making your baby registry. First thing I would 100% recommend, especially since we are living in a post-pandemic world, your furniture first…and maybe ask your family if they will be willing to purchase it. We were lucky that the crib we picked was in stock but walking around Buy Buy Baby, there were multiple furniture sets that had signs that they were on backorder. I have heard some horror stories of sets not getting delivered for 3-4 months after it was ordered, so don’t wait until the last minute.
My second piece of major advice, baby furniture is expensive. My husband and I actually opted to go to IKEA for the dresser instead of the one they had that matched the crib at Buy Buy Baby. We had picked out a gray crib and the gray stain at Ikea matched it nearly identical and the dresser at IKEA was about $500 less then what Buy Buy Baby had. (Huge savings when shopping for baby).
Ok now that those two pieces are done here’s what to do on the rest. I first started browsing on Amazon and made a baby registry but kept it private. With Amazon if you complete 60% of your list, you qualify for a FREE gift. Same with Target and Buy, Buy, Baby when you create baby registries. Now for what is in the free gift varies by each store but it is essentially samples of products. But in my world, Free is for ME!
I started with the basic things a baby needs such as car seat, stroller, bottles, grooming kits, wash clothes, towels, crib sheets and waterproof crib sheets, pacifiers, and books. From there I branched out from each of those things. So for example, my car seat, I needed an extra base, a mirror so I can see them, a seat protector for my car, shades for the windows, etc. Slowly my list was building on each registry.
I also asked a lot of my friends what they bought but didn’t use or what was the best purchase they did make. While every baby is different and what you buy may not be what baby likes…KEEP ALL GIFT RECIEPTS!!!! Also remember, Amazon will literally take back anything so just make the switch, it is not a big deal and it will keep your stress levels down postpartum.