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registry dos and don'ts

As the excitement builds towards baby's arrival, "getting it all together" may seem like a daunting task. That's where Babies"R"Us Registry comes in: we know that as small as they are, infants require a long, ever-growing list of necessities. But our goal is to make planning for all you need as easy as can be.

registry to the rescue!

Not only does Babies"R"Us Registry help let friends and family know what you really need... it can also help you stay organized throughout your pregnancy. Beyond that, our registry gives you the research support you require to get acquainted with all that's available in baby's world. If it's time for you to create a baby registry, or even if you've already started one, here are some easy-to-follow dos & don'ts to help you get the most out of your registry, and get all set for baby.

dos

do use checklists

Whether you create them yourself or download them from Babies"R"Us.com, checklists will help to keep you organized. If you're creating them on your own, reach out to a friend or family member who's recently had a baby.

do start with the basics

To keep yourself from becoming overwhelmed by all the baby items out there, remember that you don't have to do it all at once. To prioritize, start with necessities - like a crib, blankets & sheets, car seat, stroller, bodysuits and sleep 'n plays. Then move on to making decisions about other items like baby monitors and bouncers.

do choose items of varying prices

It's okay to include both the more costly items, like cribs and strollers, and those that are less expensive - such as burp cloths, bath and safety items. This will allow gift-givers the option of just how much they want to spend. Big ticket items are often bought by several friends who pool together to make the purchase.

do share your registry

Once you've completed your registry, tell your friends and family. If you don't feel comfortable telling everyone, be sure to at least inform a few key people - your mom, your best friend, your sister-in-law - so they can pass the information along. And be sure to inform them before you anticipated shower. This way, anyone who wants to buy a gift can see what others have purchased and what you still need.

do double up

Have two cars? You may want to ask for two car seats. Will your mom be baby-sitting frequently? Keeping a few extra supplies and necessary baby gear at her place may be a good idea. This doesn't mean you should ask for two of everything on your list, so use your judgement.

do include all the items you want

Even if you don't receive all the items on your registry, some stores, including Babies"R"Us, provide a "completion discount" for those items remaining on your registry. It's a discount you'll receive shortly before your due date.

do look for items that reflect your lifestyle

Are you and your husband eco-friendly? You may prefer cloth diapers, organic products, or green gadgets. Are you a runner? Perhaps a jogging stroller is for you. Sure, your life is going to change when the baby is born, but your basic interests and lifestyle choices will not.

do send thank you notes

Ask a friend to help you keep track of your shower gifts. She can matintain a list as you open gifts or make a note of what you received in the card from that guest. You may feel like you have a lot to do to get ready for baby, but it's important that you take the time to thank your friends and family for their generosity.

dont's

don't wait

Showers are often given for moms-to-be a couple of months prior to their due date, so you'll want to prepare your registry list well in advance. This way, your friends and family will have enough time to do their shopping, and you can make additions and changes to your registry as needed.

don't let your registry sit there

Even after you've created your registry, you should go back, check the status, and add or update items as needed. When you're registered with Babies"R"Us, you can do that in store, online, or even on your mobile device...at anytime. How convenient is that!

don't leave off toddler items

Remember, your baby won't be a baby forever, so you may want to include items designed for toddlers, such as high chairs, potties, walkers and jumpers. Your baby will need them before you know it!

don't forget about health and safety concerns

You'll also need items to baby-proof your home, like baby gates, cabinet locks, and covers for your electrical outlets. While most manufacturers design their products to be safe and appropriate for babies, safety issues do arise. Check the Consumer Product Safety Commission website to see if any items on your list have been recalled.

don't stick to one brand

Particularly for disposable items like diapers, wipes and formula, you might want to try a few different brands to see which ones work best for baby and you. For that, you'll have to wait till baby is born!