Because I'm such an organized person, I probably went above and beyond in planning and preparing for Little MacchiOTTo to arrive. I made list of things to do each trimester from interviewing Pediatricians to designing the birth announcement early, getting the nursery all painted, and there were several lists of items to register for. Looking back I'm glad I was organized and did all my homework, but like anything hindsight is 20/20 and I do have a couple of tips to pass along to new and expectant mothers out there.
1.) Register for 2 of your changing pad covers, fitted sheets, etc. because diapers will leak and you can't be doing laundry every day.
2.) Be sure to get the stretchy swaddling blankets to grow with your baby and they are a lot easier to swaddle with.
3.) Bibs... get the ones with a snap, because when your child gets older the Velcro ones they can pull right off.
4.) Bottles... register for one of a couple different brands so you can try them out and determine which ones you and your child like best. We started with one brand and then later switched to another to help with gas and I was glad we didn't have a lot of the first brand.
5.) Register at Babies 'R Us where you can earn up to $200 back on items purchased off your Registry created between now and November 15, 2013 through the Sweetest Registry Deal Ever promotion. Moms can earn 10% back on purchases made off their Babies“R”Us Registry (up to $200). This will come in the form of an e-gift card approximately 10 weeks after their expected arrival date, enabling parents to purchase even more products and essentials for baby. Due to its unmatched assortment of innovative and exclusive baby products and trusted expert assistance from Registry Consultants or online resources, registering with Babies“R”Us is a smooth, seamless and efficient process. While in-store, registrants will also receive additional perks, such as a special welcome package, which includes a Baby Registry Planner with a full checklist of essential items, invitation cards to inform family and friends that they are registered at Babies“R”Us, a $5 off $25 coupon, product samples and more.
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To help you or someone you know register or purchase supplies for baby, Babies 'R Us is offering a giveaway on my blog for a $50 gift card. Simply click on the rafflecopter widget below to enter. Must be a US Resident to apply. Contest runs 9/23-9/26. Winner will be announced on this blog on 9/27.