If she's lucky, your baby will enter a world filled with real and honorary aunts and uncles, people who are ready to shower her with love. This show of affection and support begins at baby showers, when all your nearest and dearest arrive with gifts. Creating the perfect registry, which guarantees you'll receive items you truly need and want, requires balance.
Don't overload your registry with decorative diaper bags and
adorable shoes she'll outgrow before she walks. Once the baby arrives, you'll
appreciate having a month's worth of diapers and wipes more than attractive but
impractical keepsakes. Register for diapers in newborn sizes as well as the
next few sizes up. In addition to these basics, list a diaper trash can, a
changing pad, bottles, a breast pump, a bottle brush, a nursing pillow, baby
soap, a baby tub and bibs.
Clothing and Linens
You're bound to receive a variety of onesies and hats even if
you don't register for them, but filling your registry with specific pieces in
a variety of sizes guarantees you won't end up with nothing but newborn clothes
that your baby will outgrow quickly, or with cute-but-impractical pieces with
tons of snaps and buttons. Registering for clothes also helps you keep track of
what you still need to buy after your shower. "Parenting" suggests
starting out with at least eight bodysuits, three pant-and-shirt outfits, four
one-piece outfits, one sweater and two sleep sacks. A few hooded towels, three
or four fitted crib sheets, receiving blankets and at least 10 washcloths fill
out your registry.
For very close friends and family members or for groups of pals
who want to chip in for big items, register for some of the pricey gear your
baby needs. Some essentials, like a crib and car seat, may end up being your
responsibility, especially if your showers are close to your due date. If you
go into labor early, you'll need these items already purchased and ready to go.
A stroller, high chair and a baby bathtub are must-haves. You may also feel
that a baby sling, a vibrating swing, a rocking chair and a "pack and play"
Register for a baby monitor, which provides much-needed peace of
mind during the nervous first few weeks at home with your baby. And look beyond
the newborn stage by adding teethers, mobiles, a baby food maker, sippy cups,
bowls and baby feeding spoons. Toys that stimulate your baby's senses -- like
musical stuffed animals, soft blocks and toys he can push or pull -- will
delight her in several months. Use your registry to cover some of your
childproofing bases too. In addition to small such as outlet covers and edge
guards, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests using screw-in
baby gates on staircases and window guards to keep little ones safe.