Planning a baby shower & creating a registry
Before you bring your baby home, you’ll want to make sure you have all the necessities. It’s easy to come up with all the fun stuff (like clothes and toys) for a gift registry, but have you thought about all of the more practical and must-have items you’ll need to get you through day-to-day?
The first item you should include is a car seat. According to Indiana state law, you can’t go home from the hospital without one. When it comes to how to choose a car seat, keep in mind that you’ll want to pick an option for your baby registry that is federally-approved.
Some mothers choose to skip putting a cart seat on their registries all together and prioritize buying a car seat themselves to get exactly what they want and so that they have time to get it installed correctly.
In addition to a safe car seat, you will also want to make sure you find a secure crib. Doctors agree that the safest place for your baby to sleep is in his crib. When considering your options for your newborn, pick a crib that has:
- No missing, loose, broken, or improperly installed screws or other loose hardware
- No more than 2 ⅜ inches between crib slats so that your baby’s body can’t fit through the slats (if a soda can fits easily through the slats, the spaces between the slats are too wide)
- A firm and snug-fitting mattress so that your baby can’t get trapped between the mattress and side of the crib
- No cracked or peeling paint
- No splinters or rough edges
- No quilts, comforters, duvets, blankets, stuffed animals, or bumper pads
When it comes to everything else, the dos and don’ts of creating a baby gift registry can be subjective. In general, though, it’s important to do your homework, pick big- and small-ticket things, and think long-term because when you give loved ones a variety of items to shop for it makes their gift-buying for baby showers easier.
As you add to your registry, don’t forget about yourself! Don’t hesitate to think about items that will add to your comfort during pregnancy and after you have your baby. For example, nursing supplies—such as a breast pump, nursing pillow (and cover), and breastmilk storage bags—make great items to add to your wish list.