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Baby Shower Registry Tips

One of the most exciting things that you get to do when you are pregnant, besides getting up a thousand times a night to use the bathroom, is to complete your baby shower registry.  Seriously, what's better than getting to pick a bunch of stuff that you want and then waiting until your shower, when all your friends and family will give you all the things you picked?  It's tons better than when you got married because now you get to pick baby stuff - and we all know that's far more fun that household stuff!! 

While you may be excited, you might also have some questions...like where should I fill out my baby shower registry, is it okay to choose expensive items, and do I have to wait until my baby shower to buy things myself? 

As a self-prounounced baby and gift enthusiast, here are a few baby shower registry tips that may help you along the way:

When you decide where to register, make sure that you choose a store that offers a lot of what you want.  It's also wise to choose a store that has multiple locations or is at least convenient for most of your friends and family to get to.  Last, if you have lots of out of town family and friends who may want to spend some money on you, be sure to register at a store that offers online shopping and will have your baby shower registry listed on line.  

Are you wondering how many stores to register with?  I think the best advice is more than one and less than three.  I guess that leaves only two!  You can register at just one store and there is nothing stopping your from registering at more than two, but it can appear a little tacky to register all over town.  Only registering at one limits people's options.  Most moms-to-be choose a store like Babies-R-Us to register for major items, and then a lower priced store, like Target, for blankets, bottles, clothes, etc.  It's really up to you though.  

Next you've got to know how to go about letting people know that you are registered and where they can shop.  Of course, you don't want to go screaming it from the rooftops or adding it to your email signature because, hello, you've got a lot of class.  That's why someone else will throw your baby shower for you - while it's not generally acceptable for you to go around wearing a shirt that says, "I'm registered at Babies-R-Us," it is totally acceptable for the people throwing your shower to include the location of your baby shower registry.  If someone asks what you need for the baby, however, it is perfectly acceptable to let them know where you are registered.  

Do you really want a $400 stroller, but think that it's tacky to put it on your baby shower registry?  This one is up to you, but most people don't think it is.  While it would be tacky (and a little foolish) to put ALL high priced items on your list, it's totally acceptable to put some of the large items that you want. Many people like to buy presents in groups and are specifically looking for a high-priced item to buy together.  Your best bet is to put items with a wide range of prices - starting with items that cost just a few dollars and going up to the more expensive things that you want.  This way, everyone who wants to give you a gift will be able to find something in their price range. 

So, now you've registered and your shower isn't for four more months.  The problem is that you can't resist going to the store to look at all the baby stuff and you really want to buy some of the things that are on your registry.  What's a pregnant girl to do now?  Simple, just buy the stuff and have them remove it from your registry at the store. Of course, it's always a wise idea to save receipts so that you can return it later if you get another, but if you can't resist buying baby stuff before your shower, you don't have to.  We all know that pregnant women can't control their urges...you don't have to control this one either! 

Need some ideas about where to register?  Babies R Us is popular, as is Target.  Many moms choose to register at WalMart or at Amazon.com.  Kohls is a great place for baby clothing and layette, as are other department stores.  Specialty shops in your area may offer a baby gift registry as well. 

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