I'm doing a series of posts over the next few months on motherhood and parenting sponsored by Huggies & BlogHer. I'm certainly no expert, but I thought it would be fun to join in and share my experiences!
Today I wanted to talk a little bit about registering as you prepare to welcome your little bundle of joy, or in my case bundles of joy! I have lots of friends asking me what they should register for, when they should register, if they should register and lots of other little details!
There are many reasons to register. People want to give you a gift! I love gift giving and I think most people do! By registering, you are helping people to pick things that you need and want. Things can always be returned or exchanged. The goal is to get the things you need, but don't let that scare you from adding a fun blanket or picture frame, something you would just like to have for your little one or the nursery!
I wouldn't load up on too many fun things because people will get those anyway, regardless of if they are on the registry. So, I would probably have the registry be mainly composed of things you will need...or think you will need.
How do you know what you need? There are several ways I determined what I needed. I sought advice from other moms; I looked at other people's registries; I read checklists; I read blogs. The list probably goes on. I do think oftentimes you won't know what you need until you are in the moment. In that case, pick up the phone and call someone! Your baby may be in your arms, but you can still need something then!
I think ultimately you could start a registry as soon as you become pregnant. This kind of gets the ball going. You could add to it whenever you like. I think if you are going to have a baby shower, you should definitely have registered by the time the invitations go out. There are some that like to shop early and may even head to the store the day your invitation arrives!
Another nice thing about registering is you can specify the color or style of something. If there are lots of options, you are more likely to get the one that matches your style if you register for it :)
Most places ask if you want to indicate that gift cards are welcome. I don't think there is any harm in this at all. By putting it out there, you are letting the shopper know you are a fan of gift cards. Gift cards allow you to get what you need, when you need it. I remember returning from my honeymoon and thinking we had received an $85 dog treat jar but still didn't have a full set of towels. People do like to get the fun things, so gift cards are great for the essentials!
I think it's personal preference whether or not you take someone to register with you. Brent wanted to go with me. He thinks baby things are fun and wanted to participate. If you have a friend that has several children, she may be great to take or even consult with before going!
Brent really wanted to test out strollers. He wanted to be sure we were going to get one that I could handle in the mall parking lot, in the rain, with two babies. He wanted to make sure it was compact, folded & opened easily and wasn't too heavy.
As I previously mentioned, I like the fact that you can add things to a registry whenever you need to. You can do it online or in the store. This helps when you realize there is something you may need or want to try, or that you simply forgot about. We took several trips.
Be sure to take breaks when you register because it can become overwhelming :)
This brings me to the chairs! I ordered one online. The price was good and it was cute. However, when it arrived, we did not find it to be a good fit. It wasn't too comfy and it wouldn't rock well on our carpet. It was a rocker and basically rocked back into the wall. We ended up getting the one I'm sitting in above. It is SO comfy. We got a different color, one that isn't so light. And, I can't say enough about microfiber. It cleans SO well.
We did keep both chairs. It is convenient for us both to be able to have a chair when rocking a baby ;)
This is totally my opinion on registering, but just a few tips I've shared with my friends!
And yes, you can totally use a scooter or wheel chair when registering :) #twins
I did THIS post when I was pregnant requesting people's opinions on baby products. There is some GREAT information in it.
I also posted one several months ago on the things we were using at the time, HERE. I need to do another one of those soon!
Read more posts from bloggers sharing their experiences of motherhood on the Huggies page (http://www.blogher.com/huggies) on BlogHer.com.
Have a good day!