One of the many things I’m experiencing now that I’m halfway through my pregnancy is that of creating the registry for little Bebe. Yes, there are few joys during pregnancy that approach that of shopping around for things that you have absolutely no idea if you will end up needing or the baby will like. It’s also amusing to wonder if your family and friends will ignore the list you toiled over and instead purchase items for your little one that have no basis in reality, such as the Zaky hands pillow.
Making a registry can be overwhelming, but fear not! I have compiled a few tips to assist other parents-to-be out there in choosing the right things to add to their registries.
1. Pick a side in the disposable/reusable diaper debate. And do it NOW. If you’re going to
flake out compromise and go with both, write up a treatise on why you feel the need to divide your allegiance between these two warring camps, as enthusiasts will demand a thoughtful explanation. Force share your thoughts with everyone but especially undecided pregnant women who can still be won over. Knowledge is power. Similarly,
2. Spend lots of time with opinionated moms. Frequently stress to them that you don’t know what you’re doing at all when it comes to making purchases for your little passenger; by doing so, you will give them the go-ahead to inundate you with information that they likely omitted as a courtesy to you when they initially sent you a nineteen page email weighing the merits of several brands of spit-cloths. All moms are experts. Do not toss aside any of the critical information they bestow on you. Remember, you don’t know anything.
3. Research every single new item that has emerged from the baby market in the past several years. The more difficult it is to identify the item at first glance, the better. Your baby will thank you for being aware that there is a stroller that doubles as a cookbook holder/ hobby horse/ lap desk/ fondue set; even if you do not purchase it, the child will appreciate that you spent an entire afternoon researching said stroller when you could have chosen any other worthwhile activity, such as eating or bathing.
4. If this is your first child, decide now if you’re planning on having other children. When embarking on the task of decorating a nursery, the expectant parent is faced with the question of whether the room should be gender specific or gender neutral. If you opt for making the room gender specific, you will never be able to use any of this stuff again if your next child is another sex. Imagine the identity crisis that would ensue if you reused a white crib on (gasp!) a boy or dressed your baby girl in (o, the horror!) a blue onesie! So decide now. You likely took far too long to decide to have the current baby anyway. Tick-tock.
5. Adjust your attitude. Had a lot of fun making your wedding registry, now didya? Yeah, it was fun to hop through Macy’s with that little scanner, caution to the wind, wasn’t it? Well, guess what? You’re pregnant now and you have to start acting like a grownup. You want XYZ crib for Baby? Well, XYZ crib could possibly mean the demise of your little one. That’s right; all baby products have the potential to scar your baby for life. You had better be good and sure that XYZ crib is safe or you could very well be buying your child the equivalent of a machete.
Happy registering! Remember, no pressure!