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Ready, Set, Register

Creating a dream baby registry is bump-tingling fun. But it can also be overwhelming. What does your baby really need? How much is too much? And what will you actually find useful? These easy steps can help.

Step one: Make a list

You’re itching to wield the registry wand. But before you hit the shelves you should start with a checklist. There are lots of reputable baby gear book or web sites that can help you list out what and how many of everything you’ll need. Always be a little skeptical of any registry list supplied by a store itself.

Step two: Do your research

An alarming number of baby products, including cribs, crib bumpers, quilts, infant slings and bath seats have been associated with serious baby accidents but are still sold anyway. You want to make sure your list is only safe stuff that you really need. The Web site for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission ( is a good place to become familiar with baby product risks.

Step three: Field test

Don’t be shy about doing some hands-on field-testing for big-ticket items like your baby’s crib, stroller, high chair and car seat. Go to a store that lets you get hands-on and “test drive” models, buckling the buckles, taking high chair trays off or folding and unfolding the strollers. Remember, if a buckle is annoying or difficult in the store, you’re going to face that same problem a thousand times when you’re using it with your baby.

Step three: Edit down to your essentials

Here’s another money and space-saving tip: don’t register for too much of the fun stuff. Sure, the dress-up outfits, toys and novelty pacifiers are adorable, and if there’s something you’re absolutely dying for, put it on the list. But it’s also fun to let your friends and family surprise you with that cute-and-yet-totally-impractical stuff. Keeping a short and simple list will help your friends and family focused on what you truly need to keep your bases covered when the baby is born.

Step four: Exchange

If you do get a dozen baby monitors, save those gift slips and don’t hesitate to exchange extras for what you’re lacking. You can also get gift cards to use later — they will come in handy as your baby grows older to buy bigger sized baby clothes or even diapers and wipes.

Sandy and Marcie Jones are the authors of Great Expectations: Best Baby Gear. Order your copy from Barnes & Noble.

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The Baby Registry: Who Knew It Was This Hard?
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<br><br><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Registering for wedding gifts was such fun. I fondly remember those satisfying beeps from the label-scanning gun as I selected towels, serving platters and a stainless-steel toaster.&nbsp;
</span></font><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br></span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Registering for baby gear when I was six months pregnant, on the other hand, was a nightmare. My husband, mother-in-law and I drove to a big-box baby store in the suburbs to fill out a registry in advance of my baby shower in spring 2011. The woman at the customer service desk handed me a registry gun, a fistful of coupons, a checklist with 62 "must-have" and 45 "good-to-have" items and released us into the store.

"Have fun!" she chirped.&nbsp;
</span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br></span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">I hadn't cared for a child since I babysat for my neighbors in the early '90s and hadn't spent more than a few minutes with an infant, ever. I couldn't tell a onesie from a romper or a gown or a bodysuit, and I had no idea which one a baby actually wore and when. Then, the financial worries kicked in as I scanned the list and saw that the store recommended that I "must have" two car seats and three strollers.&nbsp;
</span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br></span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Before I got married, I knew how a toaster worked and the relative importance of having a "bagel" or "defrost" setting. I didn't fear that if I chose the wrong towels, I would kill my first-born child. But warning labels are slapped on the side of nearly every item of baby gear, from crib sheets (suffocation) to baby swings (falling) to infant bathtubs (drowning). The stakes could not have felt higher.

So, I did what any pregnant lady would do in such an overwhelming situation: I cried. Twice in 10 minutes. Once in the clothing section, once near the cribs. But there are ways to make this moment easier and even to avoid it altogether.&nbsp;</span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br></span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;<strong>1. Bring an ally</strong>

The most important thing you can bring to the store is someone who has <em>recently</em> had a baby. I stress "recently" because my mother-in-law would be the first to admit that baby gear has changed so dramatically since the mid-1980s that she couldn't really help me navigate, say, the world of video vs. audio baby monitors. I'm now expecting my second child and, in just the past two years, a whole new category of baby monitors has popped up: WiFi remote view. ("See the center of your world from anywhere in the world.")&nbsp;</span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br></span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;<strong>2. Consult an expert</strong>

Buy or check out the book "Baby Bargains," known as the baby-gear bible for clueless parents-to-be. Authors Denise and Alan Fields helped me realize that manufacturers and marketers know that they're dealing with vulnerable shoppers and are ready to pounce on our pocketbooks. The next time I went to the big-box store, I brought my copy of the book with Post-it notes marking the things I wanted to buy. They numbered far fewer than the 62 "must-haves."&nbsp;</span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br></span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>3. Go online</strong>

In February, launched a baby registry feature called Advice Team. It's a way for parents to crowdsource their registries; Amazon calls it "social shopping." Registrants can invite friends and family members to recommend items or add comments about their experiences with particular products. Once an item is recommended, it goes to an "advice list," where registrants can view the suggestions and either delete the items or add them to their Amazon registries with one click.

Online registries, available through Amazon and the Web sites of the big-box retailers, are nice because you can shop a little bit at a time and from your home. Also, there's no danger of an embarrassing public crying jag. The downside is you can't feel the different burp cloths to make sure you get the softest one, for example.&nbsp;</span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br></span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>4. Stick it to consumer culture</strong>

One of the most helpful pieces of advice I heard during my first pregnancy came from my prenatal yoga teacher: "You are all that your baby needs. You already have everything." My body could provide necessities such as food, warmth and comfort. While not entirely accurate — you have to have a car seat installed to take the baby home from the hospital, for example — the sentiment stayed with me for the rest of the pregnancy and always calmed me down.&nbsp;
</span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br></span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">The commercial aspect of baby-preparedness often obscures the real work of getting ready for a baby. Are you getting enough rest, exercise and nutritious meals? How are you settling into the idea of becoming a parent? Most important: How is your relationship with your partner, or if you're a single parent, with your support system of friends and family?&nbsp;
</span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br></span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">What your baby needs more than anything (and especially more than window valances that match his or her crib bedding) is to be welcomed into a stable home overflowing with love.</span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br></span></font></div><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br></span></font></div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">

<em>Handy Guides</em> <br>Find buying guides for strollers, car seats, outdoor play sets and cribs at <em></em>.

<img src="" alt="" class="nc_pixel" height="1" width="1">&nbsp;</span></font><div><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br>Source: 
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Stock Up and Stash: Be Ready for Diaper Changes Wherever You Are
<font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">By Jeana Lee Tahnk<br><br></span></span></font><p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
	       There are lots of things you need when you have a baby, but really only a few <em>essentials. </em>You
 need food, clothes and diapers. Lots of diapers. For people who haven't
 experienced life with a newborn before, it's hard to imagine a baby 
would need diaper changes 10 to 12 times a day, but it's true, and I 
have the diaper logs to prove it.
</span></font></p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
</span></font><p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
	      With baby No. 3, it had been a few years since I changed diapers 
(and kept the aforementioned diaper logs which tallies how many diapers 
baby goes through each day), but it all came flooding back when I was 
faced with that little rear end. Like my two others, she was pretty 
consistent with the 10 to 12 changes a day, and the one thing I had 
forgotten before she came along is how quickly you go through supplies.
</span></font></p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
</span></font><p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
	      I order my diapers and wipes in bulk online. The minute each 
order comes in, I place rations in strategic locations all over the 
house: in my bedroom, in the nursery, in the living room — basically, 
any place where a diaper change could happen.
</span></font></p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
</span></font><p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
	      I don't stop there, either. I have diapers and wipes in my diaper
 bag, of course. I also have them in my car, in my husband's car and in 
the stroller basket. And once, before one particular airplane trip, I 
even had my kids throw extras into their backpacks.
</span></font></p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
</span></font><p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
	      It may sound excessive, but trust me, if you've ever been without
 a diaper when you needed one, you realize how desperate that need is. I
 never leave the house with fewer than three diapers because you just 
never know how many you'll need. Even if your baby <em>just went </em>and you're confident that you're in the clear, it's always a good idea to pack an extra few.
</span></font></p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
</span></font><p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
	      Also important is to make sure you have a surface to change the 
baby, no matter where the diaper change takes place. There have been 
many times when I've had to do diaper changes on soccer fields, in the 
back of my car and even on a wide window sill at a restaurant bathroom 
(shouldn't those diaper changing stations be required?), and don't know 
what I would have done without the portable changing mat that came with 
my diaper bag.
</span></font></p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
</span></font><p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
	      Diapers and wipes are a mandatory part of life with a baby. Be 
sure to stock up on these essentials and you'll breeze through each 
diaper change like a seasoned pro.
Baby Registry: The Good, the Bad, and, 'Why Didn't I Think of That?'
<font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">By Charlene O'Hanlon<br><br></span></span></font><p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
	    One of the nifty benefits of having a baby is the baby registry—a 
chance to receive as gifts all the things you probably would never buy 
if you had to pay for them yourself. Just like the wedding registry 
offers the opportunity to ask for—and receive—items you probably don’t 
use daily (sterling silver soup tureen, anyone?), the baby registry may 
be the only time you can ask your closest friends to pony up top dollar 
for something you’ll use for maybe a year, maybe a little longer.
</span></font></p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
</span></font><p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
	    With great power comes great responsibility, however, and 
registering for your baby gifts is not a task to be taken lightly. 
Otherwise, you’ll end up with a closet full of unnecessary items, asking
 yourself, “Just what the heck was I thinking when I asked for this?”
</span></font></p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
</span></font><p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
	    When determining what to include in the registry, it’s important to
 keep it in perspective. If you’re a new parent, or if you’re suffering 
from pregnancy brain and need a level head, ask a friend or relative to 
help you with your registry (it is super-helpful to have help from 
someone who is a parent and can tell you what’s necessary and what’s 
</span></font></p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
</span></font><p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
	    I had a few doozies on my gift registry, but for the most part my 
selections were helpful in some way. In hindsight, there are a few 
things I wish I had included on my registry, and they have since become 
my go-to gifts for other moms-to-be. Restaurant gift cards (especially 
those that have a takeout menu), memberships to warehouse stores (for 
stocking up on diapers and wipes) and gift certificates to grocery 
stores that deliver are some of my favorites.
</span></font></p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
</span></font><h4><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>The Good</strong></span></font></h4><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
</span></font><p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
	    The best baby registry items are those that are obvious: diapers, 
wipes, bottles (even if you’re nursing), strollers, portable crib, etc. 
Some of the less obvious but absolutely worthwhile registry items on my 
list included:
</span></font></p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
	<font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Car window shade:</strong> I lived in a desert state when I had
 my first child, where summer temperatures were, on average, 105 
degrees. The window shade kept my baby out of the sun and his skin 
protected. But a window shade is useful for any climate for keeping the 
sun out of baby’s eyes.
</span></font></p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
	<font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Washcloths:</strong> Packs and packs of washcloths. Their 
versatility is amazing. They’re easy to pack and can serve as a 
washcloth, a burping cloth, a bib (in dire situations) or drool cloth. 
Plus, they soak up spills easily.
</span></font></p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
	<font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Diapers:</strong> I asked for one pack of each size diapers, so we were never caught without a diaper when the time came to move up in size.
</span></font></p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
	<font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Diaper wipe warmer: </strong>At first I was skeptical, so I 
didn’t ask for a warmer for my first child. It didn’t take long after he
 was born to realize the benefits of a diaper wipe warmer—the look on 
his face every time a cold wipe hit his bottom said it all. A warmer was
 at the top of my list for my second one.
</span></font></p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
</span></font><h4><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>The Bad</strong></span></font></h4><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
</span></font><p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
	    What constitutes a bad registry item? It’s subjective, but 
generally anything that’s not going to be used regularly is simply a 
waste of money and space.
</span></font></p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
	<font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Onesies:</strong> Don’t get me wrong—onesies are indispensable.
 But I don’t think your baby needs 40 of them. Which is what you’re 
going to get if you put them on your registry.
</span></font></p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
	<font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Multiple strollers: </strong>We were hedging our bets, and 
ended up with a trifecta. None were really expensive, but I can’t think 
of any situation where we’d need three strollers. My husband and I each 
had a stroller in our trunk, but the third ended up collecting dust in 
the garage.
</span></font></p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
	<font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>A cradle:</strong> This was useful for about five minutes. I 
ended up using a portable bouncy chair to keep the little guy with me 
when I couldn’t hold him.
</span></font></p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
</span></font><p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
	    Everyone has her own idea of what they consider to be useful. But 
when it comes to the baby registry, it’s easy to choose things that may 
seem helpful but end up being wasteful. When I was unsure, I simply 
asked my mother. If she replied with, “What’s that for?” then it didn’t 
make the list. <br></span></font></p><p><br><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"></span></font></p><h1><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Read More by </span></font><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Charlene O'Hanlon</span></span></font></h1><h1 id="title"><a href=""><span style="font-weight: normal;"><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Top 10 Reasons Baby Hugs Are the Best</span></font></span></a>
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</span></font></span>                </h1>
Is a Registry for Second Baby a No-No?

<font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">By Charlene O'Hanlon</span><br></span></font><p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
	   Back in the days when Emily Post ruled the etiquette world, a 
registry for your second baby was frowned upon, considered in very poor 
taste. Apparently, a second registry was akin to begging for gifts.
</span></font></p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
</span></font><p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
	   Thank goodness we have evolved. These days, registering for a second
 baby is not only acceptable, it has become expected. Here are a few 
reasons why a registry can be helpful:
</span></font></p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
	 <font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Fills in the gaps:</strong> You may have gotten everything you
 wanted on your first registry, but inevitably you’ll discover something
 (or two or three) you left off the list. Or what you received is either
 lost, worn out or just plain unusable.
</span></font></p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
	 <font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Helps when “starting again”:</strong> For parents whose 
children were born more than three years apart, sometimes the baby stuff
 (except the keepsakes) has been donated or gotten rid of. A registry 
can provide baby supplies that didn’t have a shelf life—at least, not on
 their shelf.
</span></font></p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
	 <font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Replace recalled items:</strong> Safety is first priority for 
any parent, so using an item that has been recalled should never happen,
 even if the item seems safe. Have a crib style that’s been recalled? 
Get rid of it and ask for a new crib on your registry.
</span></font></p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
	 <font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Different gender:</strong> Baby No. 1 was a boy. Baby No. 2 
was a girl. There’s not much in the clothing department that can be 
reused. Even if the registry consists of just clothing, it’s worth it.
</span></font></p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
	 <font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Different seasons:</strong> Baby No. 1 was born in the summer.
 Baby No. 2 was born in the winter. Fill the registry with bunting, 
hats, heavy outwear and mittens. Ever thought of a towel warmer for 
those cold-winter-night baths?
</span></font></p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
	 <font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Diapers, diapers and more diapers:</strong> You know from 
experience how many diapers your baby will go through. So why not ask 
for lots of what you know you’ll need? Ask for various sizes so you 
won’t end up with too much of one size and nothing else. Oh, and don’t 
forget the wipes.
</span></font></p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
</span></font><p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">
	   Parents shouldn’t flinch at the idea of setting up a second baby 
registry. After all, it’s no longer Emily Post’s world, and babies need 
lots of stuff. Register away!
</span></font></p><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br></span></font>
Baby Registry Essentials - My Top 10 Wishes
By Keiko Zoll, Disney Baby

With positive pregnancy test in hand, my husband and I looked at each other. Now what? It would be another few months before we’d venture into the store to actually start our baby registry. That first trip was overwhelming, for sure! Just what exactly did we really need? As first-time parents-to-be, we were clueless! While we had a great registry, looking back, there are definitely some items we could have used right off the bat that we never registered for.

Now that I’ve got my first full amazing year of motherhood under my belt, with time and experience comes plenty of mommy wisdom. Here are the top 10 essentials I wished I had thought of to add to my baby registry the first go round!

Baby Registry Essentials: My Top 10 Wishes

1. Ultralight Urban Stroller

Without a doubt, this is my number 1 essential I wished we had done more research on when I was pregnant. We have a full travel system stroller that includes a car seat and a very flimsy umbrella stroller that doesn’t offer anything in other than a fabric seat with straps. There have been plenty of times I wish I had the storage capacity and comfort of our huge travel system stroller without all the extra bulk and weight.

2. Travel High Chair

Between the trips to grandparents’ homes to the occasional overnight family getaway, baby’s still gotta eat – and we had a few trips where Judah ended up sitting in one of our laps as we fed him. Rookie parenting mistake!

3. Baby Glider Swing

There’s no denying that Judah, like any newborn, loved to be rocked and held. As a new mom, all the rocking and carrying took a toll on my shoulders, back, and arms and besides – it wasn’t realistic to carry him 24/7. I can’t believe that our son was almost three months old before we finally broke down and bought one for ourselves. When Judah developed colic, our gliding swing was a lifesaver.

4. Activity Bouncer

After a certain point, once baby starts sitting up but isn’t quite yet mobile, the swing just isn’t going to cut it anymore. They want to sit or stand up and look around, but you still need to have them within arm’s reach. We waited until Judah was probably five months before we finally got an activity bouncer for him and once we did, he loved it. Ours was portable enough and took up very little floor space, allowing us to move it from room to room as needed.

5. White Noise Machine with Timer

Establishing a bedtime routine is a must to help build good sleep habits. We were very lucky that Judah began sleeping through the night by the time he was three months old. Up until that point, we went through a very challenging time where we’d put him down asleep and as soon as his head touched the mattress, he’d wake up. We finally bought a white noise machine to soothe him to sleep as we put him to bed and then turned off after an hour of soft, gentle sounds.

6. Spinning Bottle Rack

Even when I was breastfeeding, I was shocked at the amount of bottles I went through in a day. We were meticulous about hand-washing them and it wasn’t long before we had a whole line of them across our very limited kitchen counter space. We ended up buying a small bottle rack, but if I had to buy one again, I’d have gone for the vertical, counter space-saving spinning rack, instead.

7. Zipper Closure Diaper Bag

When we registered for our diaper bag, my husband set a clear ultimatum that if he was out with Judah, he only wanted a diaper bag that wasn’t too feminine. We found a great bag and I still use it to this day – but the one major issue I have with it is that it’s open on top with just a single magnetic button to keep it closed. There is nothing more frustrating when you’re trying to get out the door and you accidentally drop or knock over the diaper bag, with diapers, toys, and wipes tumbling all over your driveway! I would give anything for our diaper bag to have a zipper top closure.

8. Small Packs of Diapers in Multiple Sizes

As Judah has grown, we’ve gotten a good sense of when it’s time to size up his diapers. Not so much however, when he made that first transition from newborn to size 1. It took entirely too many blowouts and leak-throughs before we finally figured it out! Sometimes, we’re not sure if he really does need a new size. Registering for the smallest pack available of diaper sizes through the first twelve months would have been the smart thing to do, allowing us to test out the next size up before committing to a bulk-sized box.

9. Children’s Lullaby and Nursery Rhyme Album

This might sound totally lame, but I don’t really know the lyrics to a lot of baby and children’s songs! Sure, I know the melodies, but after a few lines, I just go right back to humming or “la la la.” For now, I just fire up YouTube on my phone to find the songs I’m looking for as I teach Judah words and melodies, but it would be a lot more helpful if I could put on a CD or mp3 album of children’s music just for Judah.

10. Baby-Proofing Kit

Before you know it, baby goes from tummy time to crawling to cruising and walking – and it seems like you’re always playing catch-up! You can baby-proof your home from top to bottom, but what about visits to the grandparents, or overnight in a hotel? I wished we had registered for a total baby-proofing starter kit that we could just toss into our luggage or overnight bags and not have to worry about curious fingers and uncovered outlets.

What’s on your baby registry wish list? Register Your Wish here with Huggies – no matter how big or how small – and Huggies just might make your wish come true!

Moms Trust Friends for Registry Must-Haves
<font size="4"><span style="font-weight: bold;">By Huggies</span><br><br><span class="im">Mom has infinite resources at her fingertips, yet she 
still relies on friends the most when it comes to baby registry choices.
<b>80 percent</b> of moms report their friends are a primary influence on their baby registry choices.</span></font><br><br><br>
How Often Do Expecting Moms Check their Registries?!
<font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">By Huggies</span><br><br><span class="im"><span>In a digital world, we are accustomed to having updates in real-time – baby registries are no exception.
<b>Sixty-eight percent</b> of moms check their baby registry at least once a week for updates while
<b>18 percent</b> check daily.</span></span></span></font><br>
How Many Diapers Do Babies Need in Their First Year?
<font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">By Huggies</span><br><br><span class="im"><span></span></span></span></font><b><i><span style=</span></i></b><font size="4"><span style="font-family: Arial;">It’s
 hard to envision the sheer quantity of diapers that will be used in 
baby’s first year – they’re an everyday necessity! Nearly half of moms 
don’t realize that on average they
 will change 2,200 diapers in baby’s first year.<b> </b>Moms can register their wishes – from a years’ supply of diapers, to a dream nursery, to help with hospital bills at
The Clueless Girl’s Guide to Creating a Baby Registry
By Nicole Fabian-Weber, CafeMom

One of the most daunting things to me about getting pregnant wasn't having a child to care for, it was coming up with a registry.

My relationship with babies has pretty much always ended with me passing them back to their respective owner. I never cared for a newborn before. I don't have an older sibling and all of my friends just started having kids now -- and they all moved to the suburbs while I'm still in the city. Which means, I don't see them all that often. I don't know what they put their children to sleep in, which stroller is best, or the difference between a Miracle Blanket and a swaddling blanket.

So, when it came time to create my own registry, I was clueless. And incredibly stressed out. But I've devised an intricate system of looking at old registries, talking with people, and conducting my own research -- and I'm pretty confident that, right now, I have a kick-ass registry. And you totally can too. Even if you're as clueless as me.

First thing I did -- because, like I said, I had no idea where to even begin -- was go off of a friend's old registry (who went off of another friend's, who went off another friend's, etc. etc.). I knew I wasn't going to want to do everything exactly the same as this friend -- she lives in a house, I have an apartment; I'm a little more 'green' than her -- but it was a basic jumping-off point. Then I started whittling and researching.

I tailored the list to suit my needs. Like I said, I don't have a ton of room, so big, real-estate-sucking items were swapped out for portable versions, or just nixed altogether. (Of course, I researched -- and researched -- write-ups and reviews on each product.) I also swapped out a lot of the blankets and wearable stuff for organic versions, because I'm neurotic like that.

Then, once I had my list, I took it to a friend whose opinion on all things baby I trust. A lovely editor here at The Stir, to be exact. (Yes, I have a bit of an advantage working for a website that caters to moms.) She told me things she loved and pretty much swore by when her babies were itty-bitty, and things that I didn't necessarily need, i.e., a diaper wipe warmer; a bottle warmer; a bottle sterilizer. And so now, I'm left with a list that's perfectly suited for my lifestyle.

To be honest, the hardest part was just getting started. It felt like such a huge undertaking, and I don't know where I would have begun if I didn't have something to initially go off of. I highly recommend it. But, of course, don't copy someone else's registry verbatim. It's for your baby. And definitely pick someone whose opinion you value to help you with everything else.

How did you do your registry?