5 tips for creating your baby registry from Natalie Gentile, founder of King Kidlet.
As soon as you become pregnant you realize how much there is to learn about bringing a baby into the world and that’s before you even step foot inside a baby store. Once you begin creating your baby registry, you quickly realize it’s just one more thing to research, research, research. While browsing aisles filled with little baby things can be a thrilling experience, it can also be overwhelming. Here are some top tips for creating a registry filled with baby items that are both swoon-worthy and practical.
Consider your lifestyle
Where and how you live really influences which baby products will work best for your family. The good news, there is baby gear out there for every, single lifestyle so whether you live in the ‘burbs, the country or call the concrete jungle your home, you’re sure to find the baby gear that suits you.
It’s easy to get carried away with those sweet bonnets until you remember your baby will be born mid-winter and will be in need of a much warmer hat. Keep in mind you’ll need the appropriate apparel and gear for the season you’ll be bringing your baby home in.
Register for more than just gear
Think outside the baby gear box! Registries are a great opportunity to ask friends and family to pitch in towards your breastfeeding class, a postpartum doula, or a meal subscription service.
Choose your splurges wisely
If you’re going to splurge anywhere, do so with your car seat and crib mattress. The car seat may sound obvious but while all car seats are safe, the more expensive ones come standard with more safety features. And your baby will spend a lot of time sleeping on their mattress in the first few years of their life so it’s best to go with one that’s breathable and made with natural materials.
Register for gift cards
There’s a lot of gear you’ll need six months to a year down the road, think high chair and activity center, that you may not necessarily want to put on your registry. Registering for gift cards means you can make these purchases once you really need them.
Natalie Gentile is a NYC-based baby gear consultant and the founder of King Kidlet. To make the transition into parenthood less confusing and time-consuming, King Kidlet develops custom baby registries tailored to fit the specific needs and personal styles of families.