This post is sponsored by P&G, but all opinions are my own.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve talked about all the amazing benefits of a Target Baby Registry, and discussed why you shouldn’t have more than one registry. Today, we’re digging into the really fun part: what to put on that registry!
This was probably one of my favorite parts of being pregnant! Well, except for the super cute, sweet baby that I got at the end, but you know what I mean. I tried to conceive for six long years. Setting up a registry felt like a victory dance.
Now, if you head over to your Target Baby Registry, you’ll find a massive handy dandy checklist ready for you to explore. However, if you’re anything like I was during my pregnancy, you’ll hone in on the cute baby clothes or adorable nursery decor and completely forget about all the other things you’ll need once your bundle of joy arrives. That’s why I put together this list of things you’re probably forgetting!
7 things you’re probably forgetting to put on your Target Baby Registry
Yes, more, because even though Target helps you out by adding a Super Pack of Size 1 Pampers Swaddlers to your registry right off the bat, you’re still going to need more. The average baby goes through over 300 diapers in the first month alone. That’s like 11 diapers a day! Goodness gracious!
I suggest adding at least one more size 1 Super Packs, then asking for a few boxes in larger sizes so you’re set for a while. FYI, when my son was born eight weeks early and weighing just over 3lbs, Pampers Swaddlers preemie-sized diapers were a life saver. They were the only preemie diapers that fit him right. Something to keep in mind in case your little one decides to arrive to the party early (in Jake’s case, literally, since he was at his own baby shower!).
Yes, I know, it’s hard to pull your eyes away from the itty bitty newborn clothes, but guess what: your baby is going to grow SO much faster than you can even imagine. Some babies skip the newborn size entirely! Two of my aunt’s boys weighed nearly 10 pounds at birth. Add some larger clothes to your registry now so your baby is covered (both literally and figuratively) later.
Hangers are one of those super simple things that you think you’ll just pick up as you need them, but then find yourself wishing that you already had when the urge to put your baby’s clothes away strikes in the middle of the night.
Go ahead and put a few packs on your list, that way you’ll be ready whenever the nesting instinct kicks in. If you already have your nursery theme picked out, you’ll find some cute complementary colorful hangers. Otherwise, plain white is always a good choice.
Want to raise little readers? Start building their library- and reading to them- while they’re still in the womb! Make sure you add plenty of books to your registry, then ask your guests to pick THEIR favorite from the list. Take it a step further by giving each guest a sticky note and asking them to write down the name of the book they picked along with a little dedication message. Keep the notes in your baby book until your kids are older, then you can stick them inside the books if you want.
Health Care Essentials
No mom ever wants to think about her baby getting sick, but it still happens. I remember my son’s first cold, I was totally unprepared! Again, Target thinks ahead for you by adding Infants Tylenol to your registry right off the bat. You’ll also need a thermometer and a nasal aspirator (which I typed into search as “nose sucker” and Target totally knew what I was talking about).
If your baby is arriving in the summer, don’t just add warm-weather clothes and accessories to your list. Think ahead and add a winter coat, a few warm pairs of pajamas (in larger sizes, of course), hats, and so on. Likewise, if you have a winter baby, ask for a few summery outfits in larger sizes.
Worried that you won’t estimate your baby’s growth and end up with a ton of clothes that don’t fit? No problem! Target has an awesome return policy!
“Big Ticket” Items
When I was creating my Target baby registry, I was reluctant to add the more expensive things that I knew I’d need, like furniture, travel systems, and so on. I didn’t want anyone to think I was being presumptuous. With Target’s group gift feature, though, you don’t have to feel weird about asking for those larger items. Your family and friends can all go in together to get it for you. Plus, if you DON’T get those big-ticket items, you can use your registry completion coupon to get them for 20% off if you’re a REDCard member, or 15% off if you’re not.
Target’s Baby Registry Checklist does a great job of helping you figure out what you’ll really need. They also offer even more guidance in the “Add Items” section of your registry manager with Baby Center Moms’ Picks as well as ideas broken down into 06 and 6-12 months. As you go through all the ideas and suggestions, just remember to think ahead beyond the newborn stage. If you do that, you’re a lot less likely to forget anything important. Need some more inspiration? Check out my sample registry!