Registries and baby showers can help parents cut the cost of preparing for baby dramatically— if you know how to do it right. With a little strategizing your registry can be a real money-saving tool.
My best tip for creating a registry is to focus on the items you know you’ll need–especially items that you don’t think you’ll be getting for free or purchasing second-hand.
By registering for essentials, you won’t be stuck handing over money for items you can’t live without while you have a closetful of adorable newborn clothes that will be outgrown in two weeks and rattles that your baby may or may not ever give a shake about. Here are more suggestions for your registry:
10 Baby “Needs” worth Registering For:
- Crib Mattress
- Crib Bedding
- Diapers (cloth or disposable) / wipes
- Formula (if you plan to use it)
- Breast pump (if not covered by your health insurance)
- Disposable or washable breast pads
- Car seat
- Baby thermometer
When deciding where to register, look for a store with a great selection, low prices, a generous return policy, and free shipping (if online).
Baby Cheapskate readers are big fans of Amazon.com’s Universal Registry, which lets you add items from any retailer in addition to Amazon’s items. Amazon also lets you prioritize items on your registry–a super helpful feature.
Right now there’s a little extra incentive to create a registry at Amazon: If you create a registry at Amazon and add ten items, you’ll be entered to win a $500 Amazon gift card in the Amazon Baby Registry Sweepstakes. One winner will be chosen each week.
In the next Registry 101 post, I’ll discuss baby gear “extras” that make fab additions to your baby registry. In the meantime, browse a bunch of BC readers’ top registry picks over at Pinterest.