One of the most exciting moments of being pregnant is choosing everything you need for your baby registry. Since it is a daunting task to pick out all of the items, most moms-to-be end up registering at one to two stores and still may not always get what they want.
Baby registry how-to
To keep up your sense of style, follow these easy steps to make sure your baby's gear stays as stylish as you!
Research checklists for your baby registry
Print lists and read articles such as 20 Things to add to your baby registry and create your must-have basics list. You can even tear out pictures from magazines of products that you see and like.
Visualize your nursery
Take a look around your house and determine the look and feel for your baby's new room. Do you want an elaborate nursery with art work, lush rugs and fancy sheets, or do you want a nautical or a zoo theme? Understanding how you want the room to look and how it ties into your home will help you pick furniture and decor that will blend into your home. Check out websites like PotteryBarnKids.com for ideas and inspiration.
Decide what kind of baby gear you want
Do you want a designer diaper bag (such as this Juicy Couture New Scottie Embroidery Baby Fluffy Bag, ($178, JuicyCouture.com) that is bold and fabulous? Or do you want a practical diaper bag that can be used for a boy or a girl? What kind of baby sling or carrier do you want? Take note of your personal style and try to pick out some items that reflect your sense of fashion and lifestyle so you can feel like yourself after your baby arrives.
Add mommy gifts to the registry!
We all know that babies are expensive, so when your bundle of joy arrives, spending money on pampering yourself might seem out of the question... but what if you were given spa treatments or a series of blow-drys at Drybar? Do you want to ask for some transitional maternity clothes or chic nursing tops such as this stylish draped nursing tee by Pea in the Pod ($45, DestinationMaternity.com)? Are you and hubby craving a "baby moon?" Go ahead and ask for a night at your favorite luxury hotel. Yes, the baby is the most important, but so is the well-being of mommy (and daddy)! Do not be afraid to put some mommy presents on your list. Remember, happy mommy, happy family!
Go window shopping -- in stores and online
Pick a day to go with your husband (or mom, sister, BFF, whoever will be the most helpful!) and visit baby super stores and specialty stores. Make a list of which items you need (stroller, bottles, crib sheets, sterilizers, etc.) and which items you want (for example a baby food maker, stylish diaper bag or luxury baby skin care products, such as this Mustela Gift Set from Diapers.com, $42). At home, take some time to research online stores that have the gear you crave.
Create the official list
By now you have probably found everything you want but in a million different places. Create your official registry on a website like MyRegistry.com, where you can easily pull products from any online store onto one database. The beauty of My Registry is that you don't have to sacrifice your style on your registry or send your friends and family all over town to get what you want. If the baby super store doesn't carry the crib sheets you want, simply find the store that does carry them and place it on your personal registry page. If this is baby number two and you have a lot of the gear already, you can even tastefully request money for your baby's future.
Watch: How to decorate a nontraditional baby nursery