When is the Best Time to Start My Baby Registry?

Setting up your baby registry is an exciting time during your pregnancy, but when is the right time to start one?

According to FitPregnancy, some women start as soon as they are 12 weeks pregnant- TheBump suggests the same. However, TheBump also suggests that if you are wanting to find out the gender, you may want to wait until you’re around 20 weeks pregnant.

Ultimately, the decision is up to you when you want to start. If you’re ambitious and ready to dive in, start your baby registry as soon as you would like.

Why You May Want to Start Your Baby Registry Early

1. Get coupons just for registering.

Let’s face it – you have a baby on the way and you’re going to need all the savings you can score. Several companies offer various coupons for registering with them. Check out your favorite stores and see if they offer any coupons or other deals for setting up a registry.

2. Keep track of which gifts you’re getting vs. what you still need.

As people make purchases on your registry you can keep track of what’s left. You won’t be able to see who made the purchase, but it’s beneficial to see what you still need. Once you get closer to the arrival of your baby, this can help you budget the items you’re going to need to buy yourself.

3. Organize your needs in plenty of time.

The earlier you start your baby registry the sooner you can get all of the items you want organized. For example, waiting until the last minute may leave you in a jam and scrambling to add a bunch of items to the registry.

Making a registry early will allow you to think thoroughly of items you truly need and maybe a few you want. Before you tell anyone where you are registered, you will be ready for them to view your list.

Top Necessities to Add to Your Baby Registry

There are plenty of baby gifts and essentials you can add to your registry – here are a few of the most commonly added items (also some of the most important). Feeling overwhelmed by what to add? Check out our suggestions of what to avoid putting on your registry.

Crib

This is one of the items that almost everyone has on their registry. Some guests love large purchases like this as they can all chip in on it, especially family members.

Car Seat

This is one of the most important items as you will need an infant car seat to bring your baby home in. Make sure the car seat will be compatible with your vehicle. Some older vehicles are not equipped for the safety features and straps of car seats.

Breast Pump and/or Bottles

Whether you plan to breastfeed or formula feed, you should make sure you have plenty of bottles on hand and a durable, reliable breast pump. Some insurance companies will even cover the cost of a breast pump. However, if yours doesn’t, it’s a great item to add to a registry.

Baby Monitor

Most parents like their newborn baby sleeping in the same room, especially during the first few months. However, once that time period is over, it’s beneficial to have a baby monitor. Make sure to check the range on it to ensure it will reach from your bedroom to the baby’s.

Burp Cloths and Bibs

You never know if you will have a baby who will spit up a lot and you will want to be prepared. Bibs will also be handy once you start to feed your baby solids. You can never have too many, and they’re great small items for family and friends to help you stock up on.

 

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Heather Burdo

Heather is a freelance writer from New York. She has a passion for health and parenting. Heather has written for the Gluten-Free Living magazine, Mom.me, Project Eve Moms, and others.

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