What are some tips for creating a baby registry? Getting the Right Gear

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When it's time to build your ultimate wishlist of baby items to share with your friends and family, you might feel thoroughly excited -- and totally overwhelmed. (Both are completely normal!) Consider these smart registry pointers from experts and moms.

Think Big

"Spend most of your time researching the big-ticket items: a crib, stroller, car seat, and glider. If you're a runner, definitely put your dream running stroller on your registry. You never know! Put baby furniture on there too. And know that you don't have to register for everything at once." -- Sandra Gordon, founder of BabyProductsMom.com

Be Practical

"Ditch the list provided by the store, as they are typically based on each section of the store and not what your new family needs. Ask yourself some questions about your family, your needs, and lifestyle before you start. For instance, are you a physically active family, does your family enjoy traveling, and will you be headed back to work? Most stores that offer [a] baby registry will give you a completion coupon for [a discount on] items you aren't gifted, so register for some things you...

"Ditch the list provided by the store, as they are typically based on each section of the store and not what your new family needs. Ask yourself some questions about your family, your needs, and lifestyle before you start. For instance, are you a physically active family, does your family enjoy traveling, and will you be headed back to work? Most stores that offer [a] baby registry will give you a completion coupon for [a discount on] items you aren't gifted, so register for some things you aren't going to use right away (like a convertible car seat), but don't get carried away and ask for things like a potty seat!" -- Julie McCaffrey, chief baby planner and owner at BabyNav Baby Planners

Don't Underestimate Essentials

"If you aren't going to breastfeed, then put formula on there. You can never have too much of an essential. Don't forget about breast pads. And get a couple different-size diaper bags. That way you will be prepared wherever you have to go. I can't stress how annoying it is to have a diaper bag as big as a suitcase for a quick run to the grocery store!"

Be Open-Minded

"Make sure your registry has a wide price range, so people are able to find something no matter what their budget is. Also, ask people who've recently had babies what they actually used. The two biggest mistakes people make with their registry is asking for tons of stuff they never use and being really strict about the types of products they want. Until you have your baby, you don't know what diapers will cause a rash or what pacifier they'll like the best, so add several different styles...

"Make sure your registry has a wide price range, so people are able to find something no matter what their budget is. Also, ask people who've recently had babies what they actually used. The two biggest mistakes people make with their registry is asking for tons of stuff they never use and being really strict about the types of products they want. Until you have your baby, you don't know what diapers will cause a rash or what pacifier they'll like the best, so add several different styles and brands to sample. Also, once you start getting gifts, don't throw away tags, receipts, and packaging until you've had a chance to see what you like!"

Do It Online

"All the major stores allow you to register online. So, I added probably 90 percent of the items online, which was great, because being on my feet too long in pregnancy was not fun. Though, I did want to go in person to pick out a few things like a stroller, to make sure I liked the feel of it."

Request Various Sizes

"Ask for different sizes in clothes and diapers. Babies grow fast, and you need to make sure you have the clothes to keep up!"

Talk to a Mom of a Toddler

"Ask someone you trust who has a toddler. She will remember, having just been there, what she actually used and needed versus what was quickly outgrown or was never really used. Plus, she might have tried several brands and have specific recommendations."

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