Pregnant moms worry like no other! Whether it is your first baby or your fourth navigating what you need can be a nerve racking process! Entering the baby superstore or section of your local store is overwhelming! There are tons of choices for every category! Bottles have their own wall! Fifteen strollers to choose from. So how do you navigate a baby registry to plan for what you need?
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Go to the store when your about 3-4 months and start looking at products. Think about function - where you will use it and how you will use it. Do you like the way the product looks? Do you prefer a certain bottle shape or a pacifier's colors? Keep a list or use your phone to take pictures.
Ask a Seasoned Mom
This one is huge! If you have a close Mommy friend - ask them to go through the store with you and tell you about all the products. Nipples creams, breast pads, milk bags, covers, pillows... it can be a lot to navigate if you've never heard of these things. Even if you have children products change often and there is always the next new thing coming out so it helps to ask.
Test Products Out
There is a reason the carseats have displays! Play with the latches and see if you like the mechanisms. We had one that was like a puzzle piece to put together every time we hooked it. What a pain that was. Some fabrics are hot, some are stiff. Feel the fabric in your carseats, pack and plays, swings, bouncy seats. See if this is something that appeals to you. Ask the staff questions and do some product research online for the bigger gear. If you pick a stroller that has a 2 star rating - you might not end up happy with that equipment. Look into how you can clean the carseat! Is it washable fabric? You don't want to find out when your child pukes or has a blow-out that you can't wash that cover! (Ask me how I know this!!)
Go with your spouse/partner to register
Make it a fun experience. Set aside several hours to browse. Bring a snack and drink so you won't have to leave before you've accomplished your task. You can travel up and down the isles together, making memories! Daddy might have opinions on what he wants for baby. Some men really feel strongly about colors, fabrics and even styles of products. Stroller shopping for us was important as my husband need the handle to be higher than me, being together made sure we had a stroller we both would use.
Register multiply places
Even if you don't share the registries or expect a baby shower register at a minimum of two places. My recommendations are Amazon, Buy Buy Baby AND Target. Why? You get on their mailing list for high value coupons! That alone is worth the time. They also give swag bags with samples for baby and mom when you register. Promotions change but typically they send you a coupon to complete your registry at the end - which is wonderful if you have things to buy. That registry completion discount really helped us to get what we needed for a much better price.
Our Target's Swag Bag Came with:
- Various coupons
- Munchkin Latch Bottle
- Pampers diaper and wipes sample
- babyganics lotion sample - deluxe size
- Mam newborn pacifier - deluxe size
- aquaphor sample - deluxe size
- Lansinoh breastfeeding samples - deluxe size
- Zarbees sample
- mustela sample
As you can see Target's bag was AWESOME! Don't discount those deluxe samples - those are perfect for your diaper bag!!!
If you have any questions feel free to contact me or leave a comment below.