The problem is that many moms don't quite understand the best way to go about doing a baby shower registry. What is the appropriate etiquette? Here is some advice:
- Think practical.
It's easy to get weighed down in what's really fancy or cute. But in the end, people will buy you the products on your list - can you really use them? Ask other parents for advice, particularly those that practice the way you'd like to parent.
- Don't forget the small stuff!
It's easy to get caught up in car seats and breast pumps, but don't forget about small items. This let's people have a wide variety of price options as well as gives gift options for folks who like to buy lots of little things to fill a goody basket or baby bath tub.
- Consider registering at more than one place.
Despite what the advertising says, sometimes you can't find everything you need at one place. Don't hesitate to register in multiple locations. Since each store usually offers a special discount when you do register, it might be worth it!
- Do the items on your list represent the parent you want to be?
Don't list things you aren't sure you'll use or can quite figure out. Simply because it's on a list produced by the store or a website - if it doesn't fit into your life, it shouldn't be on your registry.
- Don't be completely serious.
Don't forget to have fun! Include some fun items like toys and baby memory albums. It will help you remember to stay wild and free in parenting.