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The Complete New-Mom Registry (& What You REALLY Don’t Need)

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As an expectant mother, creating a baby registry is a great way to get excited about the bundle of joy on the way. There's a lot about the process that's pure fun. You get to pick out exactly what you want for your little one, zap it with a scanner, and then people buy stuff for you. What's not to like?

Well, for starters, it can be really intimidating. What if you get too much? Or too little? Or the wrong thing? You can ease your stress significantly if you follow this checklist. Of course, you'll want to do some research on what brand and features are best for you and your family, and it's always a good idea to have an experienced mom friend accompany you and offer her sage advice.

In this guide, I've provided you with 25 must-haves and 5 items you can absolutely skip. There are a variety of options at all price ranges. Some of the bigger items are out of the average baby shower attendee's budget, but you never know (grandmas-to-be are notoriously generous). Plus, if you know you want it and it's on your list, you can buy it yourself later at a discount when you "complete" your registry. The more you know!