Have you ever searched for baby registry checklists on Google? There must be a million out there. It is insane! You must get this, you don’t need this, you’ll want this, but you may not want to pay all that money for it…
Registering for a baby is one of the most overwhelming experiences I have ever had. I read books, articles, blogs, and even lost sleep over what our first baby would need. Looking back, I wish I had had someone to guide me through the whole process. At the time, I remember talking to my sister-in-law about it and while she had a lot of advice to give, my nieces were six and eight at the time, which meant that the last time she had bought anything baby related was six years ago. In the baby industry, six years is a long time and so much had changed.
I think about this now because I just recently went with a very good friend of mine to register for her first baby. We walked into one of the “big” baby stores and got started. They handed us a checklist, a bag of goodies, and a scanning gun; we were off! While the sales associates there were friendly enough, they couldn’t have been older than 23 or 24 and none of them had their own children; they knew nothing about babies!
Three hours later, we had gone down every aisle, and with the help of my own four month old to demonstrate why this bathtub was better than that one or why this high chair maneuvered better than that one, I was able to guide her through the daunting task of baby registering. I wish I had had me when I did it. I was so happy that I could make the process easier for her. I guess the moral of my story is, try and bring along a new mom when you register, and if you don’t know one, make your first stop a small, boutique baby store where there is likely to be a more hands on, knowledgeable staff who can help you. At the end of the day, all your baby really needs is you. You’ll figure out the rest as you go. I did!