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When I was first pregnant with Theo almost 5 years ago, we didn’t know if we were going to have a second child. But just in case, and because it was more our style in general, we opted for a gender neutral baby registry, even though we knew we were already having a boy. Having a gender neutral baby registry would be so helpful in the long run should we decide to have a second child and if that second child ended up being a girl. We’d save a lot of money because we wouldn’t have to buy all new things, and if we wanted to resell any items, our items would be more appealing to more buyers because they worked for both girls and boys.
We included all the baby essentials we needed like burp cloths, bottles, breastfeeding pillows, toys, activity gym baby carriers, swaddle blankets, car seat, stroller, travel crib, travel crib, breast pump, bibs, and clothes galore. We used a few baby registries back then because we had items we wanted from different shops and no registry let us put everything we wanted into one universal registry, and building it took a long time. Since I’ve discovered Babylist’s baby registry, it’s the only registry I recommend to all my new mom friends. Babylist is my favorite baby registry choice because it’s a universal registry that works just like Pinterest, that lets me include items from all the brands I love, both big (Baby Bjorn, 4Moms, Nuna, etc) and small (Finn & Emma, Babysoy, Avanchy). Babylist’s online store also has literally every baby item we want and need, from the car seat to the whimsical bedtime story books. And there are options to register for meals, cash funds for those college savings accounts, and so much more. I love being able to support smaller independent designers for decor, clothing, feeding, and toys, and also select the trusted brand names for our car seats, strollers, carriers, and breast pumps. Babylist ships all items over $25 free, offers a 10% registry discount to complete your registry, and sends price change alerts (the BEST!). And their mobile app and browser button makes it so easy to build a baby registry. Babylist makes the formerly overwhelming and time intensive task of registry building into a simple and enjoyable experience.
Now, 5 years later, we have a second child and she is in fact a girl, so we’ve been able to use a lot of Theo’s baby clothes and toys and have picked up more gender neutral items as well. We’ve shopped for girl accessories like headbands and pom pom beanies and socks with lips on them to add a little more female flavor when we feel like dressing her up a little more, and yes, Olive does have pink outfits and ruffles and flowery outfits too. But we’re so grateful that we were able to reuse a lot from our first baby days and use that money towards a rainy day fund for other areas in our life that we needed to spend on.
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Here are 6 tips to building an awesome Gender Neutral Baby Registry on Babylist, my favorite baby registry option for all new parents.
Gender Neutral Baby Registry Tips
- Show Your Stripes: Neutral stripe combos are adorable on both boys and girls. We picked striped onesies, footed pjs, sweaters, hoodies, sweatshirts, leggings, socks, hats, crib sheets, and blankets in navy/white, light grey/white, and black/white combos. We even have a few yellow/white and mint green/white striped items that looked so cute on both our son and now our daughter.
- Everybody Prints: Stars, Clouds, Animals, Geo Shapes (triangles, dots, etc), marble/swirl, sunglasses, palm trees, cactus, happy faces, ocean waves, fruits, and other non gender specific conversational prints are perfect for both girls and boys. We have a lot of these prints in every type of baby clothing item from Theo’s baby days and now Olive gets to wear them!
- Go for Gray (or Silver): We have a LOT of gray/silver colored baby items – swings, toys, carseat, carriers, changing pads. It happens to be one of my favorite neutrals to wear so this wasn’t much of a stretch and it also works well for both genders.
- Wooden Toys for the Win: Not only are wooden toys safer for our babies (no toxins and plastic for them to gnaw on), they’re also gender neutral! We have wooden rattles, puzzles, teething toys, pull toys, vehicles, animals, blocks from Theo’s baby days and they’re back for Olive to enjoy.
- Pick the Primary (colors): Red and Yellow are fun colors for all babies, and blue is too! Olive actually has a lot of blue clothing items — check out her star print blue sweatshirt at the top of this post — and we usually add a fun accessory in a pop color or a little metallic to make it extra fun.
- Go for Graphics: I’m obsessed with graphic tees and this has translated to my obsession with graphic onesies. There are so many fun graphic onesies and baby tees and sweatshirts with sayings like “The Snuggle is Real,” “Tot,” “Little Star,” that are perfect for boys and girls.
Want to see more examples of cool gender neutral baby registry items? See my Gender Neutral Baby Registry picks on Babylist here!
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