The baby registry is a onetime gift-with-baby that you should shamelessly publicize to all your friends and family.

There are few opportunities in life when you get to list all the things you’d love to have and other people actually buy them for you. This is one of those moments. While each store will tempt you with wonder, pick one or two and consolidate your wish lists with them. Just be certain to select hassle-free stores that make it easy to return and exchange gifts.

In an ideal universe, family and friends will group together and buy you the really expensive items that you could never afford on your own. So, use this opportunity to list all the things you secretly covet –things like the Bugaboo stroller, Coco Stylewood Bouncer, Petunia Pickle Diaper Bag…

Don’t be shy.

Remember, presents are supposed to be special!



Watch for  Smart Mama, Smart Money: Raising Happy, Healthy Kids Without Breaking the Bank (NAL/Penguin, March ’12)