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Everything you should add to a baby shower registry

If you’re expecting your first little bundle of joy, your mind is probably swirling with a million questions as you start this new chapter of life. There is so much to think about during this exciting time, but we’re here to help take at least a few things off your plate.

This guide to baby shower registries covers everything you’ve probably been wondering about creating your own gift list. From retailer suggestions to gift ideas, use these tips and tricks to help guide your registry-building process!

For even more info about baby showers, read up on when to send out baby shower invitations and how to plan a baby shower. Our expert editors at Evite even put together this guide to baby shower etiquette to cover all your baby bases!

Getting started

Where can I register for a baby shower?

There are plenty of awesome retailers to choose from when building your baby shower registry, so let's break down some of the most popular options out there and the perks that come with each one.

Amazon Baby Registry

  • Choose from an unbelievably wide variety of products (so you can get literally anything!)
  • Get a free welcome box
  • Enjoy one year of free returns
  • Use a 15% completion discount when purchasing anything left on your registry
  • Receive an itemized thank you list
  • And, (debatably) the best part: Creating a registry on Amazon is super easy!

If you prefer an in-person experience:

  • Target: Offers a 15% off completion discount, one year of free returns, a free welcome kit and the ability to shop in person and online
  • Walmart: Gives you the ability to shop IRL and add your fave finds by scanning their barcodes with your phone (ah, the wonders of technology!)

Pro tip: Register with multiple retailers and add up to 3 registries to your Evite baby shower invitation!

How early should I create a baby shower registry?

It's generally recommended to create your baby shower registry around the beginning of your second trimester, or between 12 to 16 weeks into your pregnancy. If you’re hoping to add gender-specific items to your registry, then you’ll likely have to wait until around 20 weeks into your pregnancy as this is the typical time at which doctors will be able to check your little one’s gender.

What are some etiquette tips for creating a baby shower registry?

When creating your baby shower registry, consider these etiquette tips to ensure a positive experience for both you and your guests:

  • Include a variety of items at different price points to accommodate guests with varying budgets.
  • Avoid including registry information directly on the invitation; instead, share it in your Evite’s event details.
  • Express gratitude for gifts received by sending personalized thank you eCards in a timely manner.

How can I share my baby shower registry with guests?

Sharing your baby shower registry with guests is easy and convenient with Evite! Include up to three registry links directly on your digital invitations so guests can easily access event details and registry info all in one place. Read more about Evite’s various gifting options here.

Make sure to browse our baby shower invitations for adorable designs you’ll love. Stumped on which theme to choose for your shower? Read up on this year’s top baby shower trends here. Once you’ve selected your fave invitation, get inspired with these ideas for what to write in a baby shower invitation.

What to put on a baby shower registry

Nursery necessities

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Storkcraft Tuscany Glider and Ottoman

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Our top pick for an affordable and comfortable glider with a gentle rocking motion. And it comes with a matching ottoman!

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Washable Area Rug

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195.00

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The cutest area rug for any nursery, this washable option features a sweet design of cars, trucks and more!

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Blackout Linen Textured Curtains

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46.99

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We love these blackout curtains because they're soft, durable, reduce noice and can be thrown in the washing machine whenever.

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Nanit Smart Baby Monitor

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269.00

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1080p HD video, sensor-free breathing tracking and split-screen app viewing makes the Nanit Pro the smartest of smart monitors.

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Hatch Rest Baby Sound Machine

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59.99

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Combines a nightlight, sound machine and alarm clock into one awesome device. You can even control it from anywhere using the Hatch app. We're really living in the future, I guess!

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SNOO Smart Sleeper Baby Bassinet

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1186.00

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The SNOO Smart Sleeper Crib boosts baby sleep by 1-2+ hours with womb-like rocking and sounds. Customize settings via its smart app for the perfect sleep.

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Maxi-Cosi Iora Bedside Bassinet

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269.99

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Comfortable and sleek, the Iora Bedside Bassinet is a must-have for new parents. With three slide positions and four adjustable heights, it makes midnight diaper changes a total breeze.

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PeraBella Baby Diaper Caddy Organizer

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24.95

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We love the gazillion pockets, teddy bear charm and plush fabric. The kind of diaper caddy that is so cute it'll have you considering wearing it as a purse.

Feeding essentials

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Muslin Nursing Cover

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19.99

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This cotton nursing cover offers privacy and comfort for breastfeeding. Plus, it gets major bonus points for doubling as a stroller cover!

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Lansinoh Stay Dry Disposable Nursing Pads

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9.98

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Absorbent, comfortable, fragrance-free and dermatologist-tested. Say "Hello!" to healthy and happy skin.

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8-in-1 Bottle Warmer

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39.99

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Heat milk to 98.6°F in three minutes with this multifunctional bottle warmer. It even turns off automatically once ready, giving mama the freedom to multi-task as she pleases!

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Lalo 3-in-1 High Chair

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235.00

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The high chair of the moment, and for good reason! Thanks to awesome adjustable features, Lalo's chair is designed to grow with your baby.

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Spectra Breast Pump

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264.49

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Comfortable and portable, this is the perfect breast pump for on-the-go moms. Built from BPA/DEHP-free materials, you can rest assured your baby will be totally safe.

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Boppy Nursing Pillow

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44.99

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An ergonomic pillow that works for multiple feeding styles. Oh, and it comes in the cutest patterns ever, so that's always a plus.

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Evenflo Feeding Bottles

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14.98

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Easy to hold and easy to clean, these really are the bottles that can do it all!

Diapering items

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Pampers Swaddlers Diapers

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The ubiquitous name in the world of diapers, Swaddlers feature ultimate leak protection and a super helpful wetness indicator. Because a dry baby is a happy baby!

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The Honest Company Clean Baby Wipes

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48.48

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Hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and safe for sensitive skin. Ideal for everything from diaper duty and to cleaning up OJ spills!

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Hatch Grow Smart Changing Pad and Scale

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149.99

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Track your baby's weight and feeding amounts with this easy-to-clean scale. It's soft, comfortable and connects easily to your phone via a free app!

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Boudreaux's Diaper Cream

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6.99

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This diaper rash cream offers fast relief and protection with 40% Zinc Oxide, sealing out moisture and keeping skin dry.

On-the-go gear

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JuJuBe Classic Diaper Backpack

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164.99

Spaciousness and versatility join forces in this adorable, multifunctional diaper backpack. Lots of pockets, comfy straps, insulated bottle storage and an undeniably stylish look.

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Munchkin Car Window Shades

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15.69

Keep the back seat comfy while maintaining ultimate visibility. Plus, always know when the car gets too hot with Munckin's White Hot indicator.

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Travel-Friendly High Chair

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79.00

Give your baby a seat at the table with this comfy and convenient high chair. Its super portable design makes it the ultimate convenient option.

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Baby K'tan Baby Carrier

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59.95

The 100% cotton no-wrap wrap you've been searching for. Baby K'tan's simplified design provides hands-free wear and comfort for both baby and parent!

Playtime picks

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Skip Hop Baby Activity Center

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141.98

Support your baby's curiosity with this play center's 25+ activities. Help your baby swivel and play all day!

2

Lalo Baby Gym & Playmat

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115.00

Designed with developmental milestones in mind, this play mat helps little ones practice reaching, rolling and more. Get their gears turning and their bodies moving!

3

Fisher-Price Baby Toys 3-in-1 Puppy Tummy Wedge

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32.99

This puppy-themed tummy wedge supports your baby through different stages of play. With an accompanying rattle, teether and mirror, it's the ultimate sensory play package!

4

Hape Penguin Musical Wobbler

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13.94

A roly-poly penguin toy that is certain to provide endless fun for your little one. A built-in bell tinkles as it waddles which is honestly just too cute to handle.

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WOODMAM Montessori Toys for Babies

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49.99

This 8-in-1 Montessori set for newborns includes sensory toys like a spinning drum, maracas and a rattle ball to stimulate early development in vision, hearing and motor skills.

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Under the Sea Fabric Book by Stephen Joseph

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22.07

A fun and interactive book filled with crinkle paper, mirrored pages and squeak toys that will keep your little one entertained anywhere.

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Never Drop Silicone Baby Teething Toy

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6.99

Designed to stay on the wrist to prevent dropping. Made from food-grade silicone, it's soft yet firm enough to relieve teething pain.

Cute clothing

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Baby Brezza 2-in-1 Double Zipper Baby Sleepsuit

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24.99

As your baby transitions from swaddle to crib, these sleepsuits are certain to keep them cozy and secure. Super breathable, and even converts into a sleep vest.

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3-Pack Boho Swaddle Blankets

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24.99

Soft, snugly feel and adorable boho patterns. Keeps baby comfy at night to provide a sweet, peaceful slumber. And did we mention the patterns are adorable?

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HonestBaby Kimono Bodysuit

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12.13

These cotton long-sleeve bodysuits are a must. With easy side snaps, they make changes quick and easy.

Bathtime must-haves

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Collapsible Baby Bathtub

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49.99

A collapsible, portable and easy-to-store bathtub that lets you know the water temp? A literal dream come true.

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Aveeno Baby Mommy & Me Daily Bathtime Gift Set

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22.99

This set of Aveeno's baby essentials is the perfect bathtime starter pack. The bonus gift for mom doesn't hurt, too!

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Hooded Baby Towels

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15.99

Large, soft and super absorbent, these muslin towels are perfect for bathtime and beyond. Keep your little one warm and dry, and choose from the sweetest color options.

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Bathtub Toy

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16.99

Make bathtime more fun than ever before with this adorable and engaging toy! Supports your baby's motor skills and sticks to most bathroom surfaces with super strong suction cups.

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Baby shower registry FAQs

How many items should I add to a baby shower registry?

While there's no set number of items you should include on your registry, many registries will include over 100 items, especially for first-time mamas. It’s important to include plenty of price points for guests to choose from as well as a wide variety of essential items, clothing and gear.

Should I register for big-ticket items like a crib or stroller?

Yes, it's totally fine to register for larger purchases like a crib, stroller or car seat. These essential items will usually be purchased by close family members or groups of friends looking to contribute a significant gift to the expectant parents.

Is it okay to register for duplicates of items?

Yes, especially for essentials like diapers, wipes and bottles! These items are frequently used and often need to be replenished regularly, so having multiples will likely be a life-saver. Additionally, it’s always nice to include an assortment of options at different prices. While some guests might be down to pop for those extra bougie baby bottles, others might want to stick with a more lowkey version.

Is it okay to update my baby shower registry after it's created?

Yes, of course! It's perfectly acceptable to update your baby shower registry as needed throughout your pregnancy. As you receive gifts or as your needs change, feel free to add or remove items from your registry accordingly. Keeping your registry up-to-date ensures that guests have access to the most current list of items you desire.

Once your registry is all set, it’s time to start planning your baby shower and sending out your Evites! Browse our adorable baby shower invitations here and choose your favorite design from our wide array of trendy, classic and themed options. Then, head to our blog to get plenty of fun ideas for your baby shower. From this list of the top baby shower games to this woodland baby shower party guide, our blog’s got it all!

What is a signup sheet?

Signup sheets are the perfect way to streamline scheduling, volunteer recruitment, class parties, snack duty, potluck organization, parent-teacher conferences and more! You can think of them as your digital assistant for coordinating events and tasks and ensuring that your event is a success.

Evite SignUp Sheets offers parents, teachers and event planners customizable online forms that organizers and volunteers can access and update effortlessly. Volunteers can choose their preferred time slots, sign up for tasks or indicate what they'll bring to the event. It only takes organizers a few minutes to create a signup sheet and send it out with a shareable link, so they can get the word out via text, email or social media—whichever way they prefer! 

Long story short, signup sheets save everyone involved tons of time, avoid scheduling headaches and ensure everything runs smoothly before and during the event.

How do I create a signup sheet?

Creating a signup sheet has never been easier than with Evite! Here’s how to create a sheet that’s sure to make your event an absolute success:

  1. Go to Evite SignUp Sheets and choose the template that best fits your needs. Evite offers multiple signup sheet templates perfect for every occasion, including:some text
    • Signup sheets for standalone events (without different time slots), perfect for when you’re organizing a class party, potluck or end-of-season party.
    • Signup sheets for recurring or multi-day events (without different time slots), perfect for when you’re organizing a meal train, post-game snack duty or during appreciation week.
    • Signup sheets for single or multiple day events (with time slots), perfect for when you’re organizing concession stand volunteers, fundraisers and parent-teacher conferences.
  1. After selecting your sheet template, create a title for your signup sheet and add the date, the location, the time (if applicable), who the organizer is, the organizer’s phone number or email and an optional note describing the event to your volunteers. You can also change your signup sheet background and title image if you wish!
  1. Next, create slots for your signup sheet. If you aren’t logged into your account, you will need to do so at this point, but luckily, you can use your existing Evite account (no need to create yet another login!). What you’ll include here will depend on what your event needs, but you can include a list of what’s needed (along with optional descriptions), how many volunteers are needed, and dates and times.
  1. After creating your slots, you can then add a wish list from any retailer or include supply suggestions from Evite’s retailer partners. These are to help your volunteers find and purchase supplies quickly and easily.
  1. Finally, review your sheet, copy your shareable link and send it out to everyone on your list! Every time a volunteer signs up for a slot on your signup sheet, Evite will email you. We will also send reminders to you and your volunteers before your event so no one will forget about it, and we’ll even let volunteers know if you remove their slot or cancel your event sheet so you don’t have to!

What information should be included on a signup sheet?

When it comes to signup sheet information, there are some essentials to include regardless of what you’re organizing:

  1. A title for your signup sheet. Tip: Aim to keep your signup sheet title concise but clear. You want volunteers to read it and have a general understanding of what your event is about, and also make it easy for them to look for later if they need to reference your sheet again. You have the option to include a more descriptive note in a different field about your event, so save the more in-depth details for that!
  1. When and where the event is taking place. 
  1. The organizer’s name and phone number.
  1. Slots for volunteers to choose from. Once you choose the SignUp Sheets template that fits the occasion, the slots you’ll need for your sheet will be right there and ready for you to add the relevant info, such as dates, times, items to bring and tasks to complete. 

When adding your slot information, clearly define what people are signing up for, especially for a what-to-bring list or role assignments. If you want someone to bring healthy snacks for kids to enjoy after a game, specify that. You want your volunteers to feel confident in what they’re bringing and to make it easy for them to know what’s expected of them. It will save them time and stress (and you, too!). That being said, if you make your ask too specific (for example, asking for a hard-to-source item or something expensive), you may not end up with a volunteer for it. So be clear about what you expect, but also be reasonable!

Aside from providing the basic signup information, you can also add optional descriptions to both your entire signup sheet and individual slots. While not required, they can help guide your volunteers further and provide more information. You can add information about allergies, preferences and general info about the event. You can also add a wish list to make it easier for your volunteers to bring exactly what you need!

What are the benefits of using a signup sheet template?

Signup sheet templates offer a ton of advantages for both organizers and volunteers and with Evite SignUp Sheets, you'll enjoy even more benefits than other digital and paper signup sheets! Some benefits our signup sheet templates offer include:

  • A 100% free experience (no subscriptions required!).
  • Shareable links for quick and easy sharing.
  • No need to create another login—you can use your existing Evite account.
  • The option to add a wish list to help your volunteers out.
  • Automatic reminders—we’ll remind everyone on your behalf.
  • An easy-to-use experience with eye-catching guided templates.
  • Clean, modern designs with no pop-up ads.

With Evite SignUp Sheets, you can enjoy organizing and coordinating all your events with ease. Signup sheets streamline the signup process for everyone involved, ensuring that everything will go to plan on the day of your event while saving you precious time in the process.

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