By Jim Donovan
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – When it comes to baby registries, experts say skip the teddy bears and keep more money in your wallet! 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan has some advice for new parents and for gift-givers.
It’s easy to get sidetracked when choosing items for a baby registry. So Alison Bernstein, the editor at TheBump.com, a baby website, says “You really don’t need fancy bells and whistles on any of these items. You think you do when you are about to become a parent and you quickly pare things down to what is necessary.”
To make the most of a registry, experts suggest that expectant parents start with everyday needs like a top-notch car seat, a good diaper bag, a hands-free lightweight baby carrier, and plan for later by including things like high chairs.
Don’t be shy about asking for big-ticket items like cribs and strollers. Family, friends, and co-workers will often pool together to purchase them and they can also be used for baby number two.
As far as items that you may want to skip? Pricey bedding sets (soft bedding can be a hazard in a crib), designer clothes a baby will quickly outgrow, and stuffed animals a newborn can’t play with anyway.
As for gift-givers, resist the temptation to go off the registry. Bernstein says, “There are lots of things on there that the mom and dad really think are going to help them in their first year or two. So, we say choose from the registry list and get them something they really want and need.”