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When Should I Make A Baby Registry

Starting A Baby Registry

There are many exciting things to do during pregnancy, including shopping for and planning for your baby. It can be overwhelming to know exactly what your baby needs, keep track of all the gear and have a baby registry in place.

We have some tips and tricks to help you get started with your baby registry.

How does a baby registry work?

A baby registry is a list of items that parents would like to receive as gifts for their new child. This ensures that future moms and dads get everything they need to welcome home their new addition. Typically, baby registries are organized by store and can be set up either as an online baby registry or physical one. Some registries allow you to combine lists from multiple retailers to ensure you get all the items you may want or need. 

How to start a baby registry for a first-time mom

We know that you have many questions about your baby and the things you will need.

Don't worry! Although putting together a baby registry may seem overwhelming, once you get started, you will have a better idea of how to proceed and what you should include when you are ready to start the process. This could be as early as 12 week into your pregnancy or later. Some people like to wait to start a registry until they find out the gender of their baby. This can typically be around 18-20 weeks. However, if you are looking to keep the gender a secret until birth then going for gender neutral options on your registry. 

While you can create your baby registry at any point, most expectant mothers start reviewing baby products early in pregnancy. Many online registries allow you to create your baby registry privately until you are ready to share the wonderful news. You don’t want to start your registry too late because if it is too close to your due date it can interfere with your baby shower. Starting around 12-15 weeks will help you relax and focus on the important things that matter most to you and your family, rather than rushing to get your registry done in time for your baby shower.

It can be hard to keep track of all your baby's needs, from diapering and bath time essentials to bottles and rockers to bottles and strollers. To help you with your registry building, you can use a baby registry checklist.

How to start a twins baby registry

If you are expecting twins, it is possible to assume you will need twice as much baby gear. It's not as overwhelming as you might think. With the right products, you may not need twice as much.

It may be a good idea to start your twin baby registry towards the end of your first or second trimester. This will allow you to take your time and sort through those essentials that should be doubled up, as well as those that can be used in one product.

You'll need to buy more baby gear, like cribs and car seats , but there are many baby items such as bibs or receiving blankets that come in multipack gift packs, which often include a variety of patterns and colors. You'll be able to have enough for your twins if you add even one of these sets to your registry.

Some items that you will only need one of: a baby bottle sterilizer, a stroller (as long it's a double-stroller), or a breast pump if your plan is to breastfeed.

If you don't know the gender, when is it time to start a baby registry?

You can keep your baby's gender secret until the big reveal. Perhaps you aren't sure? It's okay! When you begin assembling your baby registry, there are many gender-neutral items that you can add. As we said earlier you tend to find out the gender of your baby around 18-20 weeks.

Start your baby registry as early as possible in your pregnancy. You still have a lot of gear and essentials to choose from when you make your decision on the best. Baby bottles, car seats, baby bathtubs, diapers and cribs, baby carriers and rockers are all useful items that can be used independently of gender. Keeping items more gender neutral will help with having to buy more baby gear for your second child.

Is it a good idea to start a baby registry for your second child?

You may be asking yourself if you should create a baby registry if you are pregnant again. The short answer to your question is yes.

Baby showers for second and subsequent babies are becoming less popular, but it's still a good idea to create a registry. Friends and family might appreciate some guidance when choosing gifts. When you are creating your registry, consider including items that you no longer have or essentials from your first baby.

Start by looking at this list of top baby registry essentials. You might be able to find new models or products that were not available when your baby was born. Some strollers are lighter and more durable than others. 

Where to start a baby registry 

After you have done your research of what products are best for you and your newborn it’s now time to get your registry up and running. For convenience a lot of new moms chose Amazon because of the prime option that makes it a breeze for family and friends. However, that is not your only option! Here are some other store where you can start your baby registry:

  • Amazon 
  • Target
  • Buy Buy Baby
  • Pottery Barn Kids
  • Baby list 
  • Walmart 
  • Kohl’s

When choosing which store you are going to have your registry one important thing to notice is the return policies. You’ll want to know how easy it is to return these gifts and how long after you can return them. This is important in case one of your gifts doesn't suit you or your baby that you may originally thought it might have. Another thing to keep in mind is discounts these sites may offer on your registry but always read the fine print. You may decide to do multiple registries but just be aware that it can be time consuming and cause more stress, if that works for your family. Overall choose which place is best for you and your family.

What not to add to your baby registry

Baby wipe warmer 

Of course, if you want to register for a wipe warmer, feel free to do so. There are some parents who swear by them — but many more who don’t find it worth the money.

Crib bumpers

Your baby’s crib or bassinet should have just a fitted sheet in it — that means no crib bumpers, pillows, blankets or stuffed animals. Why? These things can cause your child to suffocate, even if they are sleeping on their back.

Baby shoes 

When your baby starts to walk you buy special shoes. With all the sharp edges on the floor, it's safer for them to wear something to protect their little toes. But there is no need for your baby to have shoes when they are born because babies will not walk until much later.

Dress clothes 

We all know babies go through a lot of clothes. They spit up, they have blowouts and accidents, they even find ways to make the cutest outfits smell like poop. But when you’re a new parent, your days are busy and unpredictable. This is why dress clothes aren’t important for the first few months unless you have a special event you are already aware of. 


Diapers on a baby registry vary from person to person. Babies can have sensitive skin and while you might think a brand of diapers will work for you baby it may cause a rash or be uncomfortable for them. It is best to buy your own diapers and see which ones will work for your child. 

Final words

It can be a lot of fun to plan for a baby. Your friends and family will love to participate in this process. By having a baby registry sooner than you think, you can share the joy with those you love by letting them know exactly what you need.

It doesn't matter when you start your baby registry, there is still time to update your list with all the necessary information before your baby shower. Your registry should be completed at least four weeks prior to your shower or when invitations go out. This is it!