Congratulations! You just found out you’re pregnant. Now what? It’s time to think about your baby registry and all the things you need. When you walk into a buybuy BABY it can be overwhelming to any young couple having their first baby. Aisles and aisles full of cool things and you want them all! But what items are necessary? What items are sometimes overlooked on registries? The folks at buybuy BABY were kind enough to share the below tips on the whole baby registry process.
Question: What is the best way to plan your baby registry i.e. knowing what you want already before going into the store or going to store and walking up and down the aisles with the scan gun?
Answer: The best way to plan your baby registry is working with an expert Registry Consultant to build a baby registry suited to you and your baby's needs. Our consultants are experts on our merchandise and will help you figure out which products best fit your lifestyle best. Questions you should consider when registering are: Does the home or apartment have stairs? How many cars will the baby travel in? Do you want to jog with your baby? Where do you plan to bathe your baby? Do you have a color scheme in mind?
While no appointment is necessary, you're sure to get one-on-one assistance when you schedule a personal shop in any buybuy Baby store. Our Customer Service Representatives are also available to answer any of your questions on the phone 24 hours a day every day of the year at 1-877-3-BUY-BABY (1-877-328-9222). Live chat is also available on our website Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Question: What are the absolute must haves for your registry?
Answer: New parents always comment they can’t believe how much “stuff” they actually need for such a little bundle. With that said, there are a handful of must-have basics that top the list:
- Infant car seat - you can’t leave the hospital without one
- Stroller – we recommend a full size stroller and an adaptor that allows you to attach your car seat to your stroller until your baby can sit up on his/her own
- Crib and a firm mattress – your baby needs a comfortable, safe place to sleep
- Breast pump, if you are planning to nurse – allows your partner to help with feedings
- Bath tub with infant support
- Monitor – preferably digital which has a higher frequency signal so less interference
- Activity mat - for tummy time
- Diaper pail to contain stinky diapers
- Swing and bouncer or combo, like the mamaRoo®
Question: How should couples choose one brand over another?
Answer: This comes down to your lifestyle and each brand has its own benefits and features. buybuy BABY’s expert registry consultants will help you determine which brands fit your lifestyle, taste and budget best.
Question: Should you put a lot of products on your registry?
Answer: Yes, register for all the things you need as friends and family will want to get you the things you want and the essentials you need – from bibs to bouncers to strollers. Put it all down, making sure to include a range of price points, and let your friends and family choose what they'd love to give you. And don't be afraid to think about your baby's future needs, like different clothing sizes, convertible car seats, safety gates, developmental toys, etc. Our Registry Checklist is a great source of inspiration.
If you change your mind about a gift, no problem – you can return or exchange any gift from your Baby Registry that's in new condition. Recent parents will tell you that buybuy BABY's hassle-free returns are one of the best reasons to register with us!
Question: What are items that expecting parents put on their registries that are not needed?
Answer: Getting caught up in the excitement and cuteness of baby clothes, some registrants forget to consider what size their baby will be during each coming season and register for sizes that don’t match the right season. Our registry consultants help each registrant figure out how much of each size to register for based on an individual baby’s due date.
Question: Feel free to add other useful tips you may have
Answer 1: We see lots of partners making multiple trips to our store in the weeks following a new baby’s birth. Typically they are coming in for the following items, which are often overlooked in the registry process:
- Hooded towels & baby washcloths
- Stroller and car seat accessories (Take-along toys, car protectors, sunshades for car and stroller)
- Soaps & lotions for baby
- Diapers (stock up on size Newborn and size 1)
Answer 2: There are a few items that gift givers love to give, but registrants often forget to include on their registry…